Around Jefferson: Bucktown Bash is a breezy option for the Fourth of July _lowres

Paris Evans is a 2014 graduate of Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy in Old Jefferson.

The Bucktown Bash at the Bucktown Marina along Old Hammond Highway will be held once again on July 4.

Gates to the second annual outdoor festival open at 10 a.m. Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., followed by the Blessing of the Fleet at noon.

The event will feature all-day music from local and national artists as well as arts and crafts, food, refreshments, activities for children and a display on the history of Bucktown.

Musical entertainment gets underway at 12:30 p.m. Scheduled performers and times are:

THE QUICKENING: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

THE BUCKTOWN ALL-STARS: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

BRETON SOUND: 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

ZEBRA: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

LEON RUSSELL: 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Admission is $5 per person at the gate, and children 12 and younger will be admitted free.

Millennium scholar named

Paris Evans, a 2014 graduate of Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy in Old Jefferson, has been named a 2014 Gates Millennium Scholar.

Evans was one out of 1,000 students who were selected for the scholarship from across the country. She also is one of only nine students in Louisiana selected for this honor.

The Gates Millennium Scholarship is a program for outstanding minority students with significant financial need. The award provides a renewable scholarship that students can use to pursue a bachelor’s degree, access to leadership development programs and continued funding for graduate studies in certain fields.

Evans received numerous honors for her academic accomplishments, including being named a National Achievement Finalist and receiving a $100,000 scholarship from the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation.

She will attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this fall.

‘Aladdin’ performances

The Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts and the Patchwork Players will present the musical “Aladdin” at 10 a.m. Thursday and Friday, and again at 11 a.m. Saturday at the theater, 325 Minor St., Kenner.

The show stars Gary Rucker, Greg Stratton, Joe Seibert, Mike Harkins, Chrissy Garrett and Shelley Rucker. The director is Jessica Podewell.

Tickets are $8 per person.

For more information and tickets, call (504) 461-9475 or go to

Local curator is guest speaker

Sal Serio, the curator of the American-Italian Research Library in Metairie, will be the guest speaker at the New Orleans World War II Discussion Group meeting at 7 p.m. July 3 at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

The meeting is free. For more information, call (504) 456-1420.

AquaVan heads to Old Metairie

The Audubon Nature Institute’s AquaVan will visit the Old Metairie Library, 2350 Metairie Road, Metairie, from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday.

The program is called “A Day at the Beach.” Participants will have a chance to explore beach habitats and learn about how sea creatures move and what they eat.

The program, which is free, is for ages 4 and older.

Eva Jacob Barkoff writes about the people and events on the east bank of Jefferson Parish. Contact her at or by calling (504) 430-8053.