The Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestras will present its Sinfonia Outreach Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue and Community Center, 4004 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie.

The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the concert.

Now in its 20th season, GNOYO provides young musicians the opportunity to participate in a full orchestra program.

For more information about Sunday’s event, visit

Nativity exhibit planned

The fourth annual St. Clement of Rome Church and School’s “O Holy Night” nativity exhibit will be the weekend of Dec. 20 and Dec. 21 in St. Clement’s Vosbein Hall, 4312 Richland Ave., Metairie.

Organizers are looking for people who would like to display their nativity set as well as those interested in helping to set up and decorate.

If you are interested, contact Greg Livaudais at (504) 232-0131 or email

Holiday musical in Kenner

“A Christmas Carol, the Musical” is onstage now until Dec. 21 at the Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner.

Directed by Scott Sauber, performances are at 8 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, Dec. 19 and Dec. 20 at 8 p.m., and at 2 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 21. Tickets are $37 for adults, $35 for seniors and $32 for students and active military.

To purchase tickets, call the box office at (504) 461-9475 or (504) 468-7221 or visit

Civil war group to meet

The New Orleans Civil War Roundtable will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Smilie’s Restaurant, 5125 Jefferson Highway, Harahan.

Guest speaker will be Ted Alexander, a National Park Service historian. His topic will be “Americans All — Hispanics in the Civil War.”

The event is free and open to the public. If you want to stay for dinner, the cost is $25 per person.

For more information, call (504) 456-1420.

NOBA program in Kenner

The New Orleans Ballet Association will host a holiday open house and performance at 6 p.m. Dec. 18 at St. Lawrence the Martyr Church, 2525 Maine St., Metairie.

The event will mark the culmination of 11 weeks of ballet instruction that was held at Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy, 2504 Maine St., Kenner. Approximately 45 students ages 6-14 will perform dances learned throughout the semester, as well as excerpts from “The Nutcracker.”

An awards presentation and reception for the participants will follow.

Also, registration is open now through Dec. 18 and again from Jan. 5-16 for youngsters ages 9-14 for the spring semester of free dance classes at the Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy.

NOBA’s after-school program offers 5,500 tuition-free classes, performances and workshops for young people throughout the New Orleans area.

For more information and to register, call (504) 522-0996, ext. 207.

SPCA events

The Louisiana SPCA will have a couple of upcoming events this month that may be of interest to many of you.

First, a pet adoption is planned for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 20 at Clearview Shopping Center, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Adoption counselors and volunteers will be on hand to help you select the right pet for your family.

Also from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 20-24, SPCA volunteers will be at Clearview wrapping gifts for donations to its heartworm fund.

For more information on the pet adoption or the gift-wrapping program, call (504) 368-5191 or visit

Eva Jacob Barkoff writes about the people and events on the east bank of Jefferson Parish. She can be reached by calling (504) 430-8053 or by email at