The historic lifestyles of the Canary Islanders who came to St. Bernard Parish between 1778 and 1783 will be showcased at the Los Isleños Heritage and Cultural Society’s 40th Annual Islenos Fiesta.

Set for Saturday and Sunday, March 7 and 8, on the grounds of Los Isleños Museum Complex, 1345-1357 Bayou Road in the St. Bernard community, the festival will feature live music, food, rides, local crafters, and expanded living-history demonstrations of folk crafts and traditions associated with the Isleños culture. The menu will include the usual festival fare, along with various Spanish dishes, grilled oysters and fried seafood.

Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

On Saturday, live entertainment will be provided by the Chalmette High School Jazz Band from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., La Zarzalera from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., August Rush from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and Pick 6 Band from 8 to 10 p.m. Sunday’s lineup will include Ovi-G and The Froggies from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., La Zarzalera from 3 to 5 p.m. and The Top Cats from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

A senior heritage program will take place at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, and an Isleñitos and junior heritage program will be at 11 a.m. on Sunday.

Visitors will be able to peruse the Los Isleños Historic Village, which consists of several remarkable structures, including the Coconut Island Barroom, Estopinal House and Kitchen, and the Esteves and Cresap-Caserta houses. Each building and the surrounding grounds will be utilized for displays featuring farming, alligator hunting, trapping, boat-building, trawl-making, basket weaving, Teneriffe lace-making and quilting.

Admission to the festival is $3 per person. Children 11 and younger will be admitted free.

For information, contact Rhonda Rodriguez Hannan, fiesta chairwoman, at (504) 615-9322 or Kathy Serpas Ziegler, fiesta co-chairwoman, at (504) 494-5848.

Special Olympics

St. Bernard Parish special-needs students will get their opportunity to shine this week when they compete in track and field events at the St. Bernard Parish Public School System’s 2015 Louisiana Special Olympics.

Set for 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, the annual event will take place on the football field at Chalmette High School, 1100 E. Judge Perez Drive in Chalmette.

Spectators are welcome to attend to cheer more than 100 students who will participate in this year’s event.

For information, call Chalmette High at (504) 301-2600.

Sports Hall of Fame

The St. Bernard Sports Hall of Fame and Gulf Coast Bank will hold its annual induction and awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the St. Bernard Sports Hall of Fame Center at Val Reiss Park, Chalmette.

This year’s inductees are jockey Kerwin “Boo Boo” Clark; announcer and statistician James Bickford; and retired basketball referee and baseball umpire Donald Bourgeois Sr.

Ronnie Kornick Sr. will be recognized as the 2014 Humanitarian of the Year. Byron Santiago will receive the Elphage Callihouette Special Recognition Award.

The Hall of Fame also will recognize Callie Lambert and Timmy Alphonso, of Chalmette High, as the 2014 Amateur Athletes of the Year.

New Orleans Saints legend and WWL radio personality Bobby Hebert will speak.

Tickets are $50 per person and include dinner and an open bar with beer and wine. A cash bar will be available for other beverages. Tables of 10 can be reserved.

For information or tickets, call Roy Cortes at (985) 246-8354; Bryan Frichter at (504) 554-2685; or Eddie Appel at (504) 301-6135.

Nemesis to meet

The Knights of Nemesis Social Club and Parade will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 9, at Frozen Fantasies, 3120 E. Judge Perez Drive, Meraux. For information, call Billy Showalter at (504) 583-3998.

Gumbo fundraiser

A gumbo dinner to benefit the Christmas Adopt-a- St. Bernard School Family and other St. Bernard parish charities will be held Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Chalmette High School Ninth Grade Academy cafeteria, 1101 E. Judge Perez Drive in Chalmette.

Members of the St. Bernard Volunteers for Family and Community, Stitch in Time Club will be serving dinners of gumbo and rice, salad and bread for $10 per plate. Dine-in or take-out orders will be accepted. Homemade desserts will be on sale, and a parade of prizes and a 50/50 drawing will be held.

Monetary donations and items for the parade of prizes are being accepted. For information, or tickets, call (504) 669-8089 or (504) 450-5809.

Tickets also are available at Jeanfreau’s Super Market, 2324 Paris Road, Chalmette; Ponstein’s Food Store, 3523 Paris Road, Chalmette; Arabi Food Store, 650 Friscoville Ave., Arabi; The St. Bernard Office of Tourism Visitors’ Center, 409 Aycock St., Arabi; or Title Associates, 300 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette.

Cruise Night

The St. Bernard Rod Knockers’ monthly cruise night will be March 14 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the parking lot of The Palms Casino, 8001 W. St. Bernard Highway in Arabi.

Cruise nights are on the second Saturday of every month. Participation is open to all makes and models of antique, muscle and modified cars.

For information, call (504) 975-2371 or (504) 508-1599. Information about the club is available at

Andrew Jackson crafts show

Crafters are needed for Andrew Jackson Middle School’s annual crafts show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 21 at the school, 201 Eighth St., Chalmette.

Booths are $50 or $60, depending on whether electricity is needed. Each vendor will be provided with one table.

For information, call (504) 301-1500.

Golf tournament

The St. Bernard School Board Employees Lions Club’s seventh annual golf tournament is set for March 28 at Oak Harbor Golf Course, 201 Oak Harbor Blvd., Slidell. Sign-in begins at 11:30 a.m., and a shotgun start will take place at 1 p.m.

The cost is $90 per golfer or $360 for a team of four. Space is limited to the first 144 players. Hole sponsorships are available for $100, $180 or $240. Checks made payable to SBP School Board Employees Lions Club can be mailed to 200 E. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette, LA 70043.

For information, call David Fernandez at (504) 818-8935 or Hugh Harlton at (504) 473-1782.

Mark your calendars

The Knights of Columbus Archbishop Rummel Council 5747 and its Ladies Auxiliary will host their annual St. Joseph’s Day Altar at the council home, 2107 Paris Road, Chalmette. The viewing will be from noon to 6 p.m. March 18, and the public is invited for the feeding from noon to 6 p.m. March 19.

The Louisiana Crawfish Festival will take place March 26 through 29 on the grounds of the Frederick J. Sigur Civic Center in Chalmette. The annual event features live music, rides and plenty of crawfish cooked every way imaginable.

Kim Gritter writes about people, places and events in St. Bernard Parish. She can be reached at