What most locals remember as Mercy Hospital became the Lindy Boggs Medical Center before Katrina floodwaters destroyed it. After years of abandonment, the Mid-City property at 3525 Bienville St. has undergone a major transformation. It is home to St. Margaret’s at Mercy, a nonprofit nursing facility offering short- and long-term care.

The sprawling site continues to grow, and the outdoor parking lot recently became home to the Mid-City Flea/Farmers Market, open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

The Humane Society of Louisiana sponsors the market, and vendors and visitors are welcome to bring along canine companions if they are on leashes. Proceeds from market sales will support Humane Society programs across the state.

The market offers local businesses the opportunity to sell handmade collectibles, artwork, vintage clothes and curios. More than 30 local vendors sell a wide range of items, including original artwork, indigenous plants, handmade organic/vegan soaps, lotions and shampoos. Plans for expansion include a produce market.

The Humane Society of Louisiana staffs an outreach and merchandise booth and invites local rescue groups to let the public know about adoptable animals. Vendors who would like to sell their wares may contact Humane Society member Toni Horton at www.swapmeetnola.com.

Spring fair supports new school site

Morris Jeff Community School will hold its fourth annual Feria de Primavera from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 10, on the temporary school grounds on the Our Lady of the Holy Rosary campus, 3368 Esplanade Ave.

The community is invited to enjoy old-fashioned carnival games, a climbing wall, face-painting, a silent auction, student performances and hands-on activities. Food will include boiled crawfish and pulled pork plates, handmade tostadas, hamburgers, hot dogs and baked goods.

The fair will begin with a performance by the Morris Jeff Band and Cheer Squad. Along with lots of games for children, there will be a special grown-up version of musical chairs.

Fair proceeds will support play activities at the school’s temporary Esplanade location and help build the playground for the school’s new facility in Mid-City on the site of the former Fisk Howard Elementary School at Cleveland Avenue and South Rendon Street. Construction is scheduled to be complete in December.

Morris Jeff Community School opened in the fall of 2010 as a Type 5 open-access public charter school. It serves more than 400 students in grades pre-K through five and will grow to a full pre-K through eighth-grade school. For information, visit www.morrisjeffschool.org.

Odyssey with a Louisiana twist

Explore “Psyche’s Odyssey in the Swamplands,” an evening with multimedia artist Kelli Scott Kelley and Jungian analyst Constance Romero at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, at Parker UMC, 1130 Nashville Ave. The event is free to Jung Society members and $15 for others.

The event is the first in the C. G. Jung Society of New Orleans series of programs exploring the work of Louisiana artists from a deep psychology perspective. Kelley, a professional artist and professor of art at LSU, will present her mixed-media piece “Accalia and The Swamp Monster.” The presentation will be followed by an essay and discussion facilitated by Jungian analyst Constance Romero.

“Accalia” is a modern fairy tale for adults featuring a heroine’s dramatic encounters in an exotic mythic world and her descent into the unconscious. The tale unfolds through spoken dialogue and a series of haunting visual images.

Rose Society meets

The New Orleans Rose Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, at the Whitney Bank Room, 1441 Metairie Road. Members will bring roses from their gardens, and an open discussion will be held.

Admission is free and open to all. For information, contact Clare Madere at (504) 368-6885.

Lynne Jensen writes about New Orleans community events and people. Contact her at jensencolumn@gmail.com.