The New Orleans chapter of Hadassah will sponsor an inaugural event this weekend that promises to be not only enjoyable but, excuse the pun, uplifting as well.

Hadassah’s Build-a-Bra workshop will be from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Goldring-Woldenberg Jewish Community Center, 3747 West Esplanade Ave., in Metairie.

“The afternoon promises to be a lot of fun for both women and men,” said Charisse Sands, who will chair Sunday’s event.

“What we will be doing is creating works of art from recycled bras.”

The group has collected many bras and is still accepting donated bras.

“Anyone wishing to attend and wants to make a work of art from one of their own bras should feel free to bring it along on Sunday. And this is not an event just for women — men are invited as well,” she said.

A donation of $10 per person is requested to cover the costs of crafts supplies and refreshments.

“I am hoping the room we are using at the JCC will be filled with people,” Sands said. “Not only do we want to generate more interest in what the Hadassah does in the community, but also to increase awareness about breast cancer.

“Participants may take home their decorated bra or they can donate it for the big fundraiser planned for October, which Hadassah is sponsoring for breast cancer research.”

The October event is called “Bra-Veaux: An Uplifting Event” and is this year’s major fundraiser of the New Orleans chapter of Hadassah. It will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Crescent City Auction Gallery, 1330 St. Charles Ave., in New Orleans.

Art bras, some of which will be made at Sunday’s Build-a-Bra workshop, along with breast-themed art pieces donated by professional and amateur artists, will be displayed and auctioned at the event in October. It is being held in conjunction with National Breast Cancer Awareness which is held every October.

All proceeds from both Sunday’s event and the fundraiser in October will be donated to breast cancer research.

For information about both events, go to the website And for details about Sunday’s event, call Sands at (504) 888-2824.

Special bike ride planned

If biking, food and music all sound like a great combination, then head to Kenner on Saturday for a special event.

The Rivertown Revival will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and begins with a bike ride along the Mississippi River bike path from LaSalle’s Landing in Kenner to Oak Street in New Orleans. Volunteer bike captains will provide guidance and assistance along the 11-mile path. There also will be two water and snack locations along the routes.

After returning to La Salle’s Landing, a presentation of the parish’s proposed master bike plan will follow. There also will be food, refreshments and live music. Admission is free, however, a fee of $25 per person includes a souvenir, two beer tickets and one food ticket.

Information also will be available on bicycle safety as well as onsite repair and maintenance demonstrations.

The day’s events also include the celebration of the one-year anniversary of the Rivertown Farmers Market and the outdoor Arts Market conducted in partnership with the Arts Council of New Orleans.

Rivertown Revival is the first public event sponsored by the newly formed Rivertown Merchants and Business Association. Money raised from the event will be used to construct a bicycle repair station at La Salle’s Landing where bicyclists can pump up for free and quickly repair their bikes with a public bike pump and work stand.

For information, call Julie Cantrell, the president of the Rivertown Merchants and Business Association, at (504) 469-3379.

Dinner, dancing for a cause

The Republican Women’s Club of Jefferson Parish will hold a fundraiser from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at Andrea’s Restaurant, 3100 19th St., Metairie. The event, titled “Marching Towards our Golden Celebration,” will have food and music by Dave the Music Man.

Tickets are $50 per person, and all proceeds will go toward the organization’s scholarship fund. For tickets and information, call Dianne Breaux at (504) 813-6109 or email

Amateur radio course slated

The Crescent City Amateur Radio Group will hold an amateur radio technician course beginning next week at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. There will be nine classes, each held at 6:30 p.m. The dates are Aug. 29, Sept. 3, Sept. 5, Sept. 10, Sept. 12, Sept. 17, Sept. 19 and Sept. 23. The Sept. 3 session also involves a Skywarn Weather Class provided by the National Weather Service.

The course is free of charge and registration is not required. For information, call Chris Smith, manager of adult programs at the library, at (504) 889-8143 or send an email to

Pet adoption is Saturday

The Louisiana SPCA will hold a pet adoption day and bake sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Clearview Shopping Center, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie.

A variety of pets will be available for adoption and counselors will be on hand to help you select the right pet for your family. For information, call (504) 368-5191.

Eva Jacob Barkoff writes about the people and events on the east bank of Jefferson Parish. Contact her by calling (504) 430-8053 or by email at