The Rev. Mike Mitchell, pastor of Our Lady of Divine Providence Church and School in Metairie, has donated 30 pieces of his own artwork for a special show and auction planned for 6:30 p.m. Friday in the parish’s Bahan Center, 1000 N. Starrett Road, Metairie.

“In addition to my original pieces of art for the show, our parishioners will be donating approximately 20 more pieces of art, so that we will have 50 pieces,” Mitchell said. “There will be a live auction as well.”

Mitchell’s work includes paintings of landmarks such as Camellia Grill, the St. Charles Avenue streetcar and the Roman Candy Man. There also are nature paintings.

“My latest pieces for the show are a portrait of New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond and, for the Jesuit graduates out there, a portrait of a blue jay,” Mitchell said.

Admission is free, but those attending are asked to donate at least one nonperishable item for the parish’s food pantry.

Food and refreshments will be served.

For more information, call (504) 466-4511.

Blood drive planned

The Marrero Estelle Volunteer Fire Company is hosting a blood drive from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the firehouse, 2248 Barataria Blvd., Marrero.

Those donating will receive blood coverage for themselves and three others.

Bereavement group to meet

The Bereavement Ministry and Support Group at St. Christopher the Martyr Church will meet at 6:15 p.m. Thursday in the Parish Center, 309 Manson Ave., Metairie.

Guest speaker will be Paige Rahn with Cannon Hospice.

The program is open to the public.

Library gets a new look

Jefferson Parish officials held a ceremony last month to celebrate the newly renovated Live Oak Library, 125 Acadia Drive, Waggaman.

Renovations include exterior improvements such as a new roof, painted shutters and soffit repairs. The interior received a complete facelift with new LED lighting, furniture, technical equipment, HVAC system and interior doors.

With the work done by Robert Wolfe Construction Inc. and design by Burgdahl & Graves Architects, the total project cost was $280,915. Funding was provided by Library Funds and Bush/Clinton Katrina Funds.

New youth advisory members

Ten new members have joined the Kenner Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council for 2016-17.

They are Christian Gonzalez and Dylan Blady, from Jesuit High School; Ahjah Yunusah and Olivia Edwards, St. Mary’s Dominican; Armando Fuentes, Archbishop Rummel; Abhishek Jani, Isidore Newman; Kennedy Andara and Kevin Kim, Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies; Rileigh Levy, Mount Carmel Academy; and Ghage Fuoco, Louisiana Virtual Charter Academy

The Youth Council was established three years ago to give Kenner teens an up-close look at local government. Members are between 14 and 19 years of age and must live in Kenner. Members can be home-schooled or attend any high school in the metro area.

“This is a diverse and extremely talented group of young people,” said Maria Leon, Kenner’s deputy chief administrative officer. “I am excited for them to learn more about Kenner and local government and to make choices on ways in which to help their hometown.”

The new members join returning members Madeline Puente, St. Mary’s Dominican; Destiny David, Haynes Academy; Daniel Lau and Danial Abbas, Riverdale High; Gerald Aviles, Holy Cross High School; Vanessa Barrios, Mount Carmel; and Brenda Hebert, Archbishop Chappelle.

Eva Jacob Barkoff writes about the people and events in Jefferson Parish. She can be reached at