Reunion-planners from two area high schools are looking for former classmates.

First, the Redemptorist High School class of 1964 will hold a reunion from 8 p.m. to midnight May 31 at the Hilton New Orleans Airport, 901 Airline Drive, Kenner.

The cost is $60 per person, including a buffet, an open bar and music.

For more information, call (504) 393-6312 or email

Also, the first class to graduate from Riverdale High School was in 1964 and two local residents have organized a 50th class reunion for June 13-15 at the Landmark Hotel, 2601 Severn Ave., Metairie.

In addition to the Riverdale class, the members of the graduating class of 1964 from East Jefferson High School are also invited.

For more information, call Judy Gottschalk Johnson at (504) 214-3031 or Barbara Crosby Harney at (504) 343-3499 or (504) 738-9542.

Free movies, music continue

The city of Kenner continues its month of free music on Fridays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and free movies on Saturdays at 8 p.m., with both programs in Heritage Park, 2015 Fourth St., Rivertown.

On Friday, Mojeaux will perform followed by Papa C and the Slammin Horns on May 23. Closing out the musical series on May 30 will be The Topcats.

This event will move outside of Heritage Park, transforming the street into a block party along Williams Boulevard, which will be blocked off from the Mississippi River to near the railroad tracks.

The movie schedule for the rest of the month features “Frozen” on Friday; “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” on May 24; and “Iron Man 3” on May 31.

All events are free and open to the public. However, no pets or outside food or drinks will be allowed at either event.

For more information, call (504) 468-7231 or go to the website

Garden club news

Last month, the Shady Oaks Garden Club awarded the community garden of the month award to Hazel Park-Hilda Knoff Elementary School’s sculpture garden in River Ridge. The member garden of the month winner was Kathy Maffei.

Congratulations also to club member Erin Fleming, who received a red ribbon on her entry in “Art in Bloom,” held at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

4-H news

Six Jefferson Parish 4-H members joined participants from throughout Louisiana for the state 4-H Junior Leadership Conference.

The three-day event was held at the Grant Walker Educational Center in Pollock. The theme for the 2014 conference was “JLC — Where All Your Dreams Come True.”

The conference is held annually and is open to members of 4-H who are 14 and older.

Local students who participated were Richard Hood, Word of Life Academy; McKaela Mesa, East Jefferson High School in Metairie; Kaori Keyser, Riverdale High School in Old Jefferson; Nerrie Borne Jr., Word of Life Academy; Jared Drew from Lutheran High School in Metairie; and Jake LeBlanc from Patrick Taylor Academy in Old Jefferson.

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