The 2016 Greater New Orleans Senior Olympics begin Feb. 12 throughout the New Orleans area.

The event is a series of competitions for adults 50 and older. The events include table tennis, billards, swimming, women’s and men’s basketball, women’s volleyball, cabbage ball, track and field, softball, bridge, darts, shuffleboard, weightlifting, horseshoes, tennis, pickle ball, golf, horseshoes, cycling, bowling and archery. The games continue until April 9.

“The games serve several purposes,” said Bernice Bordelon, a longtime participant and one of the event’s organizers. “The games encourage seniors to remain active, help improve general health, offer socialization and just have fun. You do not have to be an athlete to participate. Some people are serious and enjoy the challenge. Others participate just for the enjoyment.”

The registration fee of $25 per person includes entry in three sports, a T-shirt, a gift and free admission to the awards ceremony at 6 p.m. on April 7 at the Four Columns, 3711 West Bank Expressway, Harvey.

Those interested can register online via

For a registration form or more information, call Bordelon at (504) 834-5279 or Janey Perez, program director, at (504) 296-8200. You can also email Perez at

Rose group to meet

The New Orleans Rose Society will have its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the meeting room of the Whitney Bank, 1441 Metairie Road, Old Metairie.

The topic will be spring care for roses. For more information, call Clare Madere (504) 368-6885.

AARP driving class

A four-hour AARP Smart Driver class will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Elmwood Fitness Center, 1200 S. Clearview Parkway, Harahan.

The class is open to all AARP members and non-members age 50 and older, and those completing the course will receive a certificate that may qualify them for a discount from their automobile insurer for up to three years.

The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-AARP members.

To register or for more information call (504) 828-3962.

Carnival continues

There is still a lot of Carnival left to enjoy in Metairie.

Remaining parades, scheduled along the traditional Metairie route, are the Krewe of Centurions at 7 p.m. Friday, the Krewe of Isis at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and the debut of the all-female Krewe of Pandora at 7 p.m. Monday.

Before the parades begin Monday, the annual toast and Lundi Gras celebration will be held at Rivertown, 400 Williams Blvd., Kenner.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the free event includes food, music, arts and crafts. And the highlight of the day is when the king and queen of Zulu, Jay Banks and Artelia Bennets-Banks, and the king and queen of Argus, Michael Hollis and Brooke Kelly, meet and toast to a safe and enjoyable Carnival.

Wrapping it all up on Mardi Gras, the Krewe of Argus parades at 10 a.m. Following Argus is Elks Trucks and then Jefferson Trucks.

Here’s hoping everyone has a safe and happy Mardi Gras!

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