The members of the United Methodist Women of St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church will hold a “Treasure and Trinkets” garage sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church, 6017 Camphor St., Metairie.

Proceeds from the annual fundraiser support worldwide and local missions including the St. Mark’s Community Center, the Dulac Community Center and the Methodist Home for Children.

Items for sale include appliances, kitchen and household items, pillows and linens, jewelry, art, picture frames, toys, books, baby and toddler clothing, women’s shoes, purses and belts.

Book sale begins next week

The Friends of the Jefferson Public Library will hold its semiannual Big Book Sale Thursday through Sunday, March 26-29, at the Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 26-28, and noon to 5 p.m. March 29.

More than 65,000 used books in good condition will be on sale, including fiction and nonfiction books such as collectibles, art, travel, history, military and Civil War books. Also on sale will be puzzles, DVDs, CDs, videotapes, music tapes and vinyl records. Most items are priced between 50 cents and $3.

There also will be auction items, including four limited-edition “King Kong” posters, a Battle of Normandy commemorative coin set and a copy of Walter Cronkite’s “South by Southeast.”

Cash, checks and major credit and debit cards will be accepted. Admission and parking is free.

All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Jefferson Parish Library.

For more information, call the Friends of the Jefferson Public Library at (504) 455-2665 or email

Self-defense class

The Kenner Police Department will hold a self-defense class for women from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The course, taught by certified police officers, will teach self-defense techniques and how to execute them properly if confronted by an attacker.

The program is free and open to women 13 and older. Preregistration is required, and those signing up must agree to attend all three days of the class.

To register and for information about the location of the class, call (504) 712-2395. You also can go to the Police Department’s website,, or email

Car show Sunday

St. Joseph the Worker Young at Heart Ministry will hold a car show from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday on the church grounds at 455 Ames Blvd., Marrero.

The cost to register for the show is $20.

Those attending are asked to bring canned goods, which will be donated to the St. Joseph the Worker Ministry to the Poor community food pantry.

For more information, call (504) 347-8438.

Free boat safety class

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will offer a free boat safety class at 9 a.m. Saturday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

The course includes information on choosing a boat, classification, hulls, motors, legal requirements and equipment requirements, navigational rules, navigational charts, trailering, sailboats, and related subjects including canoeing and personal watercrafts.

Those completing the course will be issued a vessel operators certification card.

All people born after Jan. 1, 1984, must complete a boating education course and carry proof of completion to operate a motorboat in excess of 10 horsepower.

For more information about the program, go to the LDWF website at

Irish-Italian parade Sunday

The 33rd annual Irish-Italian parade is Sunday at noon and begins along Veterans Memorial Boulevard just outside Clearview Shopping Center in Metairie.

The parade will continue east down Veterans to Severn Avenue, turning north, or left, onto Severn Avenue. It will proceed down Severn to 17th Street and make a U-turn onto the other side of Severn. When the parade once again reaches Veterans, it will turn left, or east, and proceed to Martin Behrman Avenue, where it will disband.

The parade will not turn onto Bonnabel Boulevard.

Rob Schulte and Jack Rizzuto will lead as the Irish and Italian grand marshals.

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