Learn how to avoid scams during the holiday season at a free program at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 18 in the cafeteria of St. Mary Magdalen School, 6425 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie.

Sponsored by the St. Mary Magdalen Council 5301 of the Knights of Columbus, the session also will address personal safety. Kelan Madore, of the Knights of Columbus, said a Jefferson Parish deputy will present the program, which is open to the public.

“We will also raffle off a U.S. flag that was flown over the Capitol and also the best-selling book ‘Killing Patton’ by Bill O’Reilly,” Madore added.

For more information, email Madore at kofc5301@gmail.com.

Program for parents

Families Helping Families of Jefferson and the Louisiana Parent Training and Information Center will sponsor a program next week to help parents understand the specifics of a child’s special education individualized education plan.

Called “The Big Picture,” the program is planned for 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

To register, call (504) 888-9111.

West Bank winners named

Young athletes from 14 West Bank playgrounds recently participated in the Jefferson Parish Recreation Department’s annual West Bank Punt, Pass and Kick Championship at Kings Grant Playground.

First- and second-place winners were:

9- and 10-year-old division: Dawson Simmons, first place, Estelle Playground; Jace LaCava, second place, Pard Playground

11- and 12-year-old division: Daniel Simmons, first, Estelle Playground; Drew Gautreaux, second place, Kings Grant Playground

13- and 14-year-olds: Darius Blair, first place, Avondale Playground; Dillon Volpi, second place, Avondale Playground.

Genealogy group to meet

Sal Serio, the curator of the Italian-American Library for the East Bank Regional Library, will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Jefferson Genealogical Society, to be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at John Calvin Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 4201 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie.

Serio’s program is titled “How to Conduct Basic Cemetery Research.”

For more information, call Fred Wilbert at (504) 837-2034.

Oyster Fest this weekend

St. Clement of Rome will hold its annual Oyster Festival from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday on the church and school grounds, 4317 Richland Ave., Metairie.

The fair will include games, rides, food, refreshments, a raffle for $5,000 and live music. Scheduled to perform are Bag of Donuts on Friday, Paris Avenue and Category 6 on Saturday, and Groovy 7 on Sunday.

Holiday shopping

Two area churches will hold holiday boutiques this weekend:

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 3245 Manhattan Ave., Harvey, will hold its boutique from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the church. Items for sale include holiday table linens, candles, autumn and Christmas decor, jewelry, ornaments, gifts and vintage Christmas items. Tea and baked goods will also be available. Proceeds will benefit church outreach programs. For more information, call Carole Martinez at (504) 392-5887.

The Episcopal Church Women of St. Augustine’s Church will sponsor an art market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church, 3412 Haring Road, Metairie. A variety of vendors will be selling handcrafted art, personalized embroidery, holiday gift items, jewelry, door wreaths and essential oils. Also for sale will be frozen soups, casseroles and baked goods.

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