Low-cost rabies vaccinations offered

The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Southeast Louisiana Veterinarian Association will hold their annual Palm Sunday Rabies Drive from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at nine firehouses throughout New Orleans.

The sites are: Engine 1, 2920 Magazine St.; Engine 12, 5600 Franklin Ave.; Engine 16, 2000 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.; Engine 17, 4115 Woodland Drive, Algiers; Engine 24, 1040 Poland Ave.; Engine 25, 2430 S. Carrollton Ave.; Engine 27, 2118 Elysian Fields Ave.; Engine 35, 964 N. Carrollton Ave.; and Engine 36, 5403 Read Blvd.

The cost of the rabies vaccination, tag and license is $15 per pet — cash only. The event is open to residents of all parishes, but only those living in Orleans Parish will get a physical tag and license. Other parish residents will receive the vaccination at a reduced fee of $10 and must get the license and tag in their own parish.

Annual rabies vaccinations are required by law for both cats and dogs and must be administered by a licensed veterinarian. Pets should be at least 12 weeks of age and must be on a leash or in a carrier. .

Anniversary party set for Big Chief Fi Yi Yi

Big Chief Victor Harris, also known as Big Chief Fi Yi Yi, has masked as a Mardi Gras Indian for 50 years, and the public is invited to help him celebrate. His service to the community will be honored with music, dance, and commendations from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday in Georges Auditorium at Dillard University.

The free event is sponsored by the Victor Harris Committee and the Backstreet Cultural Museum.

Big Chief Fi Yi Yi has garnered local, national and international acclaim for his creativity and his exquisite suits, and his tribe’s musical repertoire has extended the Mardi Gras Indian genre.

His designs include African elements, themes and images. Several of his suits are on exhibit at the Backstreet Museum and on loan to the Tulane University art department.

He was also a founding member of the Tambourine and Fan community organization and served as a youth football coach for Hunter’s Field teams. One school named him “Grandparent of the Year” in honor of his presentations about masking.

Each year he and his committee of community residents host a back-to-school picnic and school supply drive for families throughout the city. After Hurricane Katrina, he was an advocate for displaced New Orleanians.

St. Bernard sheriff offers Junior Academy

The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office will hold a free Junior Deputy Academy in June and July for boys and girls ages 10 to 13 who live in St. Bernard.

“Our academy will offer kids a chance to interact with sheriff’s deputies and make friends with positive role models for them,” Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

“We hope they will find it fun and informative.”

The academy will mostly be held two days a week, Tuesday and Thursday, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Some times and days may vary.

It will start on June 9 and run through July 22, with no sessions the week of the July 4th holiday.

Classes will be held at the Sheriff’s Office Training Center at 2118 Jackson Blvd. in Chalmette, immediately behind the Parish Courthouse.

The academy will include field trips to the Parish Prison and a shooting range.

Participants also will learn basic first aid and CPR and hear about crime scene investigation and the department’s state-of-the-art equipment.

To register, call Capt. Charles Borchers at (504) 278-7628.

St. Charles Parish to hold Easter egg hunt

The St. Charles Parish Parks and Recreation Department and Special Olympics will hold their sixth annual Easter egg hunt beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the West Bank Bridge Park, 13825 River Road in Luling.

Registration will take place from 9:30 to 10 a.m. at the Pavilion.

There will be an Easter hat contest at 10 a.m. and games from 10 to noon.

The egg hunt will be divided into three divisions: 1-to-3-year-olds in Field 1 at 10:30 a.m.; 7-to-10-year-olds in Field 2 at 10:45 a.m.; and 4-to-6-year-olds in Field 1 at 11 a.m. Children should bring baskets for the hunt.

There will be a grand prize for each age group and a prize for the hat contest winner.

A $2 donation will go to St. Charles Special Olympics.

Pictures with the Easter Bunny will be available for $5.