• FAMILIES HELPING FAMILIES: Families Helping Families of Jefferson will present a touch-a-truck event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the rear parking lot of Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. “There will be more than 20 different vehicles and construction equipment for kids to explore including dune buggies, vintage cars, a van with hand controls, a mini-bobcat, a crane, a fire engine, a police car, and a front-end scoop loader,” said Janice Watsky, fund development and communications director for FHF. Admission is $5, and a family of six will be admitted for $20. Proceeds will benefit Families Helping Families, an advocacy and referral agency that servespeopleof all ages with disabilities. For information, call Watsky at (504) 888-9111.
  • ST. RITA SILVER TROTTERS: Guitarist Joe Barbara will be the featured guest when the St. Rita Silver Trotters meet at 6 p.m. Thursday in the St. Rita gym, 7100 Jefferson Highway, Harahan. Also, lunch at Ormond Plantation is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. For a lunch reservation, call Gerry Gelpi at (504) 737-6023. The group’s Fourth of July party will be at 5 p.m. July 2; for information, call Louise Chapman at (504) 737-3797.
  • HEALTH FAIR: Second Harvest Food Bank will hold a Second Line to Health community health fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the St. Thomas Community Health Center, 1936 Magazine St., New Orleans. It’s an opportunity for community members to access direct services and enroll in programs in the areas of physical and mental health, food access, fitness, literacy and nutrition. Participants will receive a free box of healthful food. Free services will include SNAP application assistance in both English and Spanish, referral assistance for neighborhood food pantries and youth programs that serve as open summer feeding sites for children, 10-minute health screenings, dental health information, stress-management assistance and mental health referrals, and advice on car seat safety and purchasing healthful foods on a budget. For information, call (504) 734-1322 or visit www.no-hunger.org.
  • ST. CHARLES SCHOOL UNIFORM GIVEAWAY: Assistance For Single Parents will hold a school uniform giveaway from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday for the children of working single parents who live in St. Charles Parish. The event will be at St. Charles United Methodist Church, 1905 Ormond Blvd. Registered children will receive a brand new school uniform and gently used uniforms, backpacks, shoes, belts and lunch kits while supplies last. Uniform donations can be dropped off at any St. Charles Parish Public Library, both Anytime Fitness Center locations and Snap Fitness in Luling. To register, visit www.assistanceforsingleparents.org.
  • ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE: The St. John Business Association recently recognized deputy Anthony Ealy as its June Deputy of the month. Ealy is a resource officer at the St. John Alternative School, where he was recently instrumental in preventing a suicide.
  • ST. CHARLES UTILITY BILL ASSISTANCE: The St. Charles Parish Department of Community Services is accepting same-day appointments for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Applicants must have all required documents for same-day processing. Qualified applicants can call (985) 764-7944 for information. The required documents are: recent copies of utility bills, final utility termination notice, the four most recent consecutive check stubs for employed household members, proof of income, a current food stamp print-out, identification to prove address and the Social Security card of each household member. For a household of four, the monthly household income limit is $3,576. The Department of Community Services is at 14564 River Road, New Sarpy.
  • COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL: The child-sponsorship program Compassion International will give presentations on “The Compassion Experience” Friday through Monday in the parking lot of the Oakwood Center Mall, 197 Westbank Expressway, Gretna. In 2,000 square feet of exhibit space, visitors will be immersed in the lives and stories of two children, one living in Kenya and one in the Philippines. Each child’s story starts in hardship but ends in hope. The free event will educate visitors about the realities of life in poverty as well as provide an international experience to visitors who may not ever have the opportunity to travel abroad to a developing country.
  • FRENCH LESSONS FOR ADULTS: Alliance Française de la Nouvelle-Orléans is offering a number of French language classes for adults this summer. Pas à Pas classes for absolute beginners meet once a week for 90 minutes for five weeks and cost $99. Fast-track immersion classes for beginners meet four times a week for 90 minutes for two weeks and cost $320. Classes meet at 1519 Jackson Ave., New Orleans. For information, call (504) 568-0770 or visit www.af-neworleans.org.
  • BALLROOM DANCING: USA Dance Chapter 5031 offers ballroom dance classes for all ages at 7 p.m. Wednesdays in the fellowship hall at Lakeview Presbyterian Church, 5914 Canal Blvd., New Orleans. The cost is $48 for six-week session. No partner is needed. To register or for information, call Mary Tusa at (504) 837-5377.
  • FRENCH MOVIE CLUB: The ciné-club of the Alliance Française de La Nouvelle-Orléans will present “Betty Fisher et Autres Histoires” by Claude Miller, in French with English subtitles, at 7 p.m. Monday, at Cafe Istanbul, 2732 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. The film will be shown again at 7 p.m. July 1 at the Alliance Française, 1519 Jackson Ave., New Orleans. The July 1 event will include a wine reception. Both events are free for AFNO members and $5 for others. For information, call (504) 568-0770 or visit af-new orleans.org.
  • BAYOU SEGNETTE STATE PARK: Middle school students from the International School of Louisiana in Metairie recently helped park staff plant 100 cypress and live oak trees in the campground and day-use areas of Bayou Segnette State Park in Westwego. The trees were donated by Resource Environmental Solutions, which provides ecological offset solutions throughout the Southeast.
  • JUNIOR LEAGUE OF NEW ORLEANS: Maria Pardo Huete has been chosen as the 2016-17 president of the board of directors of the Junior League of New Orleans. The other directors are Kristen Cocke Koppel, president-elect; Lenora Catherine Costa, secretary; April Fournier Scott, treasurer; Shannon Hickey Sarrat, assistant treasurer; Maribeth Totels del Castillo, business; Jane Read Dufour, communications; Whitney Lamb Brooks, community; Alice Franz Glenn, membership; Susan Elizabeth Dinneen, planning and development; Christine Maria Vinson, ways and means; and Jessie Schott Haynes, nominating. During the past year, the 2,200 members of JLNO have invested more than $750,000 and approximately 45,000 volunteer hours in the New Orleans area. For information, visit jlno.org.
  • ST. CHARLES EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS: The St. Charles Parish Council recently confirmed Joe Ganote as parish director of homeland security and emergency preparedness. Ganote will lead eight employees at the Emergency Operations Center at 15026 River Road in Hahnville. Previously, he was captain commander of patrol operations and the special response team for the St. Charles Sheriff’s Office.
  • SUSTAINABILITY GRANTS: Green Light New Orleans and the Urban Conservancy have received a total of $250,000 in grant money from the Allianz Katrina Fund to promote sustainable living in Orleans and Jefferson Parish. The money will go toward programs that address energy consumption, water mitigation and fresh food access. Allianz is a global financial services company working primarily in insurance and asset management. The grant was matched by an in-kind donation­ of 3,500 LED light bulbs from Phillips to leverage the funding for light bulb implementation in Jefferson Parish. The Urban Conservancy will use its money to further efforts to remove excessive paving in neighborhoods and to reduce stormwater runoff.
  • ALGIERS KIWANIS: Kyle Wedberg, president and CEO of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, will be the guest speaker when the Kiwanis Club of Algiers meets at 7 a.m. June 30, at the Aurora Tennis and Swim Club, 5244 Gen. Meyer Ave. Guests are welcome at the Kiwanis meeting. For information, call (504) 391-0667.
  • MR. LEGS PAGEANT: Bridge House / Grace House will be the beneficiary of the Mr. Legs Pageant from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive, New Orleans. Bridge House / Grace House provides gender-specific treatment to men and women who have become dependent on alcohol or drugs. At the pageant, male contestants strut their stuff to raise money for the organization, with prizes awarded by a panel of celebrity judges for best costume, best performance, hairiest legs, skinniest legs and sexiest legs. The contestant who raises the most money for Bridge House / Grace House is crowned Mr. Legs XVI. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. Raffle tickets are $10 per entry. For tickets, visit bridgehouse.org/support-us/events/mr-legs/ or call (504) 821-7134.
  • ALGIERS KIWANIS: Col. Michael Edmonson, superintendent of the Louisiana State Police, will be the guest speaker when the Kiwanis Club of Algiers meets at 7 a.m. Thursday, July 7, at the Aurora Tennis and Swim Club, 5244 Gen. Meyer Ave. Guests are welcome at the Kiwanis meeting. For information, call (504) 391-0667.
  • NFL CHEERLEADER: Arzice Chua, a 2011 graduate of Archbishop Chapelle High School, has joined the Philadelphia Eagles cheerleading squad. Chua attended Chapelle for one year, after her family emigrated from the Philippines to the United States. After graduating from Chapelle, she earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She works as a labor and delivery clinical research coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Hospital.
  • GIRLS LEADERSHIP ACADEMY: Six high school girls from the New Orleans area are among 57 from throughout Louisiana who were accepted to attend the 2016 Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy June 12-15 at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux. The academy is presented by The Louisiana Center for Women in Government and Business, in partnership with the Lafourche Parish Commission on Women. The girls attend the academy without charge through $1,500 scholarships that are funded by grants, sponsorships, and private donations. The six participants from the New Orleans area are Kaylee Carlone and Talazia Manuel of Belle Chasse High School; Kennedy Andara, Destiny David and Crystal McKinney of Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies in Metairie; and Zyair Smith of Sophie B. Wright Charter School in New Orleans.
  • PLAQUEMINES PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE: After three years with the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office, Jennifer Williams has been promoted from deputy to detective and transferred from a patrol division to the Criminal Investigations Bureau, where she is assigned to the sex crimes unit. A native of Gluckstadt, Mississippi, Williams holds a master’s degree in criminal justice from Florida Metropolitan University. She began her law enforcement career in 2004 with the Mississippi Department of Corrections as a probation and parole agent. In addition to her law enforcement career, Williams is a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force/Mississippi Air National Guard. She has participated in numerous military campaigns and received several awards.
  • SENIOR OLYMPICS: Members of the Waggaman Golden Age Club were active participants in the Greater New Orleans Senior Olympics, competing in arts and crafts, throws, shuffleboard, darts, bowling, washer pitch, track and field, horseshoes and miniature golf. Participants were Bobby Browning; Pam Browning; Wayne Browning Sr., 95, and Wayne Browning Jr.; Jenny Camardelle; Nova Dee Carbo; Mary Charlet; Carolyn Clulee; Joe Clulee; Diane Credeur; Gail Guidry; Dolly Lacombe; Terrie Lacombe;, Rose Mortellero; Joyce Plaisance; Elvis Smith, Anna Thibodeaux; Mattie Whitney; Neil Whitney; and Tom Wilson.
  • UNITED WAY OF ST. CHARLES: United Way of St. Charles has granted $47,700 in scholarships to families participating in the St. Charles Parish Parks and Recreation Department inclusive summer day camp. United Way is sending 159 children from St. Charles Parish to summer camp, including 101 first-time campers. Kacy Kernnan, director of community impact for United Way of St. Charles, said the organization provided 61 more scholarships this year than last in response to increased need, including several families affected by layoffs in the oil and gas industry.