The members of Friends of Jefferson the Beautiful and the Patrons of Lafreniere Park will hold their annual Tree Dedication Ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday in the park’s Foundation Center, 3000 Downs Blvd., Metairie.

Those being honored are local volunteers Annette Adler and Joann Christopher, and Equitas Capital Advisors, a local investment management company.

Those whose memories will be honored are Laura Ahten, Christopher Beckmann, Mattew Derenbecker, Cynthia Peterson, John Reily, Ashley Royal, Robert Wallace and Valerie West.

“All the names of those being remembered will be placed on the Memorial Tree Plaque in the (park’s) Foundation Center,” explained Metairie resident Jackie Madden, spokesperson for the program. “And trees will also be planted in the Memorial Grove inside the park.”

Both the Friends of Jefferson the Beautiful and the Patrons of Lafreniere Park are trying to replace trees that were destroyed in Hurricane Katrina, Madden added.

Following the ceremony, a light lunch will be served and a special program will feature Neil Odenwald, professor emeritus of landscape architecture at LSU and past president of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Louisiana chapter. His topic is “Trees for All Seasons.”

Both events are free and open to the public, but reservations are required by Thursday.

For more information and to make a reservation, call (504) 833-8733.

Library group to meet

The Friends of the Jefferson Public Library will hold a general meeting at 10 a.m. May 6 the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

Guest speaker is Ann Roth, former president of the New Orleans Orchid Society. Her topic is “Orchids — Then and Now.”

For more information, call (504) 455-2665 or send an email to

Special fundraiser is Saturday

The teachers and teacher assistants at Christ the King Lutheran Preschool will host a spaghetti dinner fundraiser and blood drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the school, 1001 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner.

The event will benefit Gary Sprague, who has been diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer with metastasis to the liver. He is the husband of preschool director Maritza Sprague, who has a form of leukemia.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under.

For tickets, call Kristin Diaz at (504) 559-4564.

Alliance meeting next month

Radio show host Christopher Tidmore will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Jefferson chapter of the Alliance for Good Government planned for 7 p.m. May 7 at the Harahan Senior Center, 100 Elodie St., Harahan.

For information about the meeting or the alliance, call chapter President Jamie Balser at (504) 812-1332.

Pet adoption this weekend

The Louisiana SPCA will hold a pet adoption event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Clearview Shopping Center, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie.

SPCA adoption counselors and volunteers will be on hand to help you select the right pet for your family. For more information, call (504) 368-5191 or

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