Mark your calendars as next month approaches for the annual Gretna Heritage Festival planned along Huey P. Long Avenue between First and Sixth streets.

The three-day festival is from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 2, from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 3 and from noon to 9 p.m. Oct. 4. Tickets in advance are $20 per day for adults and $25 at the gate any day of the event. Adults also can purchase a three-day pass in advance for $47.50. However, three-day passes will not be available the day of the event. Children 12 and under are admitted free.

The festival includes performances by Kid Rock, Bret Michaels, Hank Williams Jr. and Rockin’ Dopsie. There also will be games, rides, food and refreshments.

Parking is free, and there will be free shuttle services from Oakwood Shopping Center in Terrytown.

For advance tickets, call (800) 745-3000.

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Zumba for a good cause

East Jefferson General Hospital will host its second annual Live Pink Zumbathon from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the hospital’s Wellness Center, 3726 Houma Blvd., Metairie.

Zumba is the Brazilian-inspired fitness and dance program. Three Zumba instructors will lead the event.

The cost is $15 per person and includes refreshments. Proceeds will go to the hospital’s foundation for its breast cancer programs.

For information and to register, call (504) 503-6868 or visit

Two pet blessings

Two local churches will each hold a pet blessing in honor of St. Francis of Assisi and his love for animals.

First, St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 3407 Green Acres Road, Metairie, will hold its pet blessing from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday on the church grounds. All pets should be on a leash. For information, call (504) 887-4801.

And St. Martin’s Episcopal Church will hold its pet blessing at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, at the church, 2216 Metairie Road, in Old Metairie. All pets should be on a leash or in a pet carrier. Also, several pets will be available for adoption at the event.

Speaking of St. Martin’s, the church’s annual Pumpkin Patch will be open Thursday and remain open throughout October. Hours are 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Pumpkins of all sizes will be available for purchase, and prices will vary depending on the weight of the pumpkin.

There will be a special area designated to take holiday photos, and each family will receive a free brochure with pumpkin carving tips and recipes.

On the weekend of Oct. 23-25, free photos will be available for those who bring a nonperishable food item or a monetary donation for Second Harvest Food Bank. Photos will be taken from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 23 and Oct. 24 and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 25. For information, call the church at (504) 835-7357.

Anti-bullying event Oct. 3

An inaugural event to address the problem of bullying will be held next month in Metairie.

A fun run and 5K run, sponsored by Families Helping Families, will be held Saturday at Zephyr Field, 6000 Airline Drive, in Metairie.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. The race entry fee is $25 for children and $36 for adults. The fun run begins at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K race is at 9 a.m. A party will be held following the race.

Proceeds will go to Families Helping Families, which provides support, information, referral and training concerning disability issues in Jefferson Parish.

Honorary co-chairmen of the event are Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand and Jefferson Parish School Superintendent Isaac Joseph.

There will be refreshments and live music. For information, call (504) 888-9111.

Octoberfest dinner

Christ the King Lutheran Church will host an Octoberfest dinner beginning at 5 p.m. Friday at the church, 1001 West Esplanade Ave., Kenner.

This is a drive-thru, pick-up-and-go dinner and includes bratwurst, German potato salad, Bavarian cabbage and apple muffins. The cost is $7 per person.

Knights of Columbus officers

The newly elected officers of the St. John Bosco Knights of Columbus Council 10057 in Harvey are Billy Sanders, grand knight; Clyde Ortego, deputy grand knight; George Boudreaux, financial secretary; Michael Ha, chancellor; Dale Hymel, recorder; Carlos Hernandez, treasurer; Johnny Danna, advocate; Doug Trauth, warden; Nicholas Tusa, inside guard; Robert Bohley, outside guard; Roger Holmes, lecturer; the Rev. Lawrence Urban, chaplain; and Donald Burrell, Xuyen Bui and Daryle Rodriguez, trustees.

Smart Driving class

A four-hour AARP Smart Driving class is planned for 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Elmwood Fitness Center, 1200 S. Clearview Parkway, in Harahan.

The class is open to everyone 50 and older. Those completing this four-hour safe driving course will receive a certificate that may qualify them for a discount from their automobile insurer good for up to 3 years.

The cost for this class is $15 for AARP members and $20 for others. To register, call (504) 828-3962.

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