Jefferson Beautification will hold its annual Parkway Promenade from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 19 at Chateau Golf and Country Club, 3600 Chateau Drive, Kenner.

This year’s theme is “Parkway Promenade Goes to Brazil – A Night in Rio.” The event will include Brazilian cuisine, an open bar and music by Julio and Cesar. There will be a live auction featuring “Toucans,” an oil painting by internationally renowned artist Hunt Slonem, the artist who designed the Toucan sculpture on Veterans Memorial Boulevard and Clearview Parkway in Metairie.

There will be prizes as well as a samba dance exhibition and a paso doble dance exhibition.

Parkway Promenade provides funding for the projects of JBI including tree planting, beautification and environmental education projects on both the east and west banks of Jefferson Parish.

Since 1990, JBI has completed projects totaling over $1.9 million on public green spaces in the parish. JBI’s featured project this year is installation of the gardens surrounding the long awaited Jefferson Parish Performing Arts Center.

Tickets are $75 per person. Prior to the event, a patron party will be held at 4 p.m. at Chateau. Tickets to that event are also $75 per person. For those wishing to attend both the patron party and the event, tickets are $125 per person.

For information, call Charlotte Ruiz at (504) 887-8992 or visit

Wreath ceremony in Gretna

The Jefferson Parish Historical Commission and the Jefferson Historical Society of Louisiana will hold the annual Thomas Jefferson Wreath Ceremony beginning at 10:30 a.m. Friday in front of the Thomas Jefferson statue at the General Government Building, 200 Derbigny St., Gretna.

The ceremony, which marks the 272nd anniversary of Jefferson’s birthday, is held his honor. He was the third president of the United States, an author of the Declaration of Independence and the orchestrator of the Louisiana Purchase Treaty.

Guild fundraiser set April 22

The Leading Ladies Guild of the Jefferson Performing Arts Society will sponsor its Promenade Luncheon at 10:30 a.m. April 22 at the Audubon Tea Room, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans.

In addition to the luncheon, there will be a fashion show by Dillard’s, a parade of prizes and a cash bar.

Tickets are $55 per person.

For ticket and information, call Lynn Skidmore, vice president of the Leading Ladies Guild, at (504) 780-1788 or send an email to

Colonial Club to meet

The members of Colonial Garden Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Harahan home of Jeanne Turner.

Club President Susan Hardeman will conduct the meeting. Among agenda items are officers and committee chairmen reports, and reservations for the installation and awards luncheon to be held in May.

Guest speaker will be Don Hanson, a Master Gardener, who will present a program on day lilies.

Kay Ewens and Diane Richardson will announce the winner of the garden of the spring award, and a horticulture report will be given by Marilyn Mart.

Following the meeting and program, lunch will be served by co-hostesses Michel Boudreaux, Susan Bradley, Melinda Jackson and Hardeman.

Special walk this weekend

A reminder that the New Orleans Myasthenia Gravis Resource Group will hold its fourth annual walk at 10 a.m. Saturday at Lafreniere Park, 3000 Downs Blvd., Metairie.

The event is free and includes a one-mile and three-mile walk. There will be food, refreshments and music.

Myasthenia Gravis is a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disorder that is characterized by fluctuating weakness of the voluntary muscle groups and can affect muscles that control eye movements, eyelids, chewing, swallowing, breathing, coughing and facial expression, as well as, the arms and legs.

Donations will be accepted at the event or online at and proceeds will go towards research and programs of the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation.

Eva Jacob Barkoff writes about the people and events in Jefferson Parish. She can be reached at or by calling (504) 430-8053.