The funeral homes of L.A. Muhleisen and Son and Millet-Guidry will sponsor the 16th annual “Christmas Service of Remembrance” at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Belle Grove Plantation Ballroom of the Pontchartain Center in Kenner.

The guest speaker is Wally Pontiff, who will relate the events following the unexpected death in 2002 of his son, LSU baseball standout Wally Pontiff Jr. A graduate of Jesuit High School and a Metairie resident, the younger Pontiff was 21 when he died of a genetic heart disease.

“This remembrance service honors the memory of lost loved ones in our community,” said funeral director Edward Muhleisen. “We know that the holidays are not festive for everyone, especially those families who have experienced a recent death. This is why we encourage anyone who has experienced the loss of someone special to attend the service and pay tribute to their memory.”

The event is free and open to the public.

For information, call (504) 466-8577 or (985) 536-7700.

All-night program

The Nineveh Baptist Church and Jonah Group Outreach Community Development Inc. invite parents and their children to the 11th annual “Up All Night and Drug Free” event beginning at 8 p.m. Friday at the church, 1009 Wilker Neal Ave., Metairie.

The all-night program will include motivational speakers, singers, dancers and other performers. There also will be puppet shows addressing the issues of education, living a drug-free life, having self-respect and dealing with anger constructively.

There will free food and refreshments as well as door prizes.

For information, email

Photography tips

If your photos of Mother Nature never quite capture the beauty you hoped for, local photographer Mike Murphree will provide some tips from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero.

The program is free, but space is limited.

And later this month, a camp for children ages 6 to 8 will include hiking, exploring and learning about seasonal changes in the swamp. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Dec. 21 to Dec. 23.

The camp fee is $15 per person.

Another camp is planned for ages 9 to 11 from Dec. 28 to Dec. 30. The fee is $30 per person.

For information and to register for either the photography program or the two camps, call (504) 689-3690, ext. 10, or go to

Lake Town race Saturday

The Lake Town 10K and 5K Run/Walk begin at 8 a.m. Saturday in Kenner’s Laketown, located at the end of Williams Boulevard at Lake Pontchartrain.

The day-of entry fee for the 10K race for ages 18 to 64 is $40 per person. For ages 65 and older and those 17 and under, the fee is $30.

And for the 5K race, the entry fee for those 18 to 64 is $30. For those 65 and older and 17 and under, the fee is $25.

Following the event, there will be food and refreshments, including a pancake breakfast hosted by the Rotary Club of Kenner.

For information, go to You can also contact race director Chuck George at (504) 468-1488 or by email at

Holiday tea, music

Two special events are planned at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church, 6017 Camphor St., Metairie.

First, a Christmas tea will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday. The three-course tea service includes sandwiches, baked scones and a variety of pastries.

The cost is $22 for adults and $12 for children 4 to 10.

And the annual Christmas concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 15 inside the church.

The program, which is free and open to the public, will feature the St. Matthew’s Chanel Choir under the direction of Maggie Probst; the New Orleans Civic Symphony under the direction of conductor Caroline Carson, Ph.D.; the St. Matthew Bell Choir; and St. Matthew Children’s Choir; and organist Philip Harmelink, Ph.D.

Dinner will be served before the concert at 6 p.m. Reservations for this must be made by Saturday.

For tea Saturday or dinner reservations, call the church at (504) 888-1155.

Snow to fall in Metairie

A special “snow day” for the children 10 and younger will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Lafreniere Park, 3000 Downs Blvd., Metairie.

About 50,000 pounds of snow will fall inside the park between shelters seven and eight.

Admission is free.

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