• ADLOYADAH FEST: The Jewish Community Center celebrates Purim from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday with a family carnival called Adloyadah that’s similar to celebrations held in Israel. Open to the entire community, the fest will includes rides, music, Israeli food, hamantashen (special Purim treats), and snowballs. There’s a costume parade, face painting, crafts tables and inflatables. Children’s all-day play pass is $12, or $10 when you bring nonperishable items for Broadmoor Food Pantry. The center is at 5342 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans.
  • FRIENDS OF THE JEFFERSON PUBLIC LIBRARY: Sal Serio, curator of the American Italian Research Library, will discuss “St. Joseph’s Altars in New Orleans” when the Friends of the Jefferson Public Library holds a general meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Also, volunteers will be able to sign up to help at the next Big Book Sale, to be held March 31 through April 3 at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner. For information, call (504) 455-2665 or email friendsJPL@yahoo.com.
  • ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES: The 40th annual Antiques and Collectibles Mart sponsored by Crescent City Depression Glass Society will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner. The event features 23 dealers selling depression glass, pottery, elegant glass, silver, china, jewelry, furniture, linens, ’40s to ’80s collectibles and much more. $6 admission is good for both days. Proceeds will be shared with the Angels’ Place, a non-profit organization that provides respite and end-of-life services to terminally ill children and their families. Get $1 off admission with coupon from www.crescentcityglass.org.
  • BIRD-WATCHING CLASS: Wendy Rihner, education chairwoman of the local chapter of the Audubon Society, will lead a free, two-night program on the basics of bird-watching at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, March 16 and 23, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Registration is not required. Patrons do not need to attend both sessions as they are independent of each other. Rihner will discuss how to become a bird-watcher; the types of local birds and local places to watch for birds; how to become involved in local bird-watching organizations; and, in general, how to be supportive of the environment of birds and other creatures. She will discuss where to look for birds, what to look for, how to listen and birding etiquette.
  • C.G. JUNG SOCIETY: The premiere performance of “Visions of Genius: Jung, Joyce and Lucia” will be presented as a benefit for the C.G. Jung Society of New Orleans at 8 p.m. Friday, March 18, at Parker United Methodist Church, 1130 Nashville Ave., New Orleans. The play, written by Jungian analyst Del McNeely, deals with Carl Jung, James Joyce and Lucia Joyce and raises questions about art and madness. Tickets are $20 and available at jungneworleans.org or by calling (985) 674-0728.
  • CHILD SAFETY SEATS: The Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force of University Medical Center New Orleans has received a $48,000 donation from Kergan Bros. Sonic to buy nearly 1,000 child safety car seats for families in need. To sign up for a free car seat, visit www.umcno.org/injuryprevention. Kergan Bros. Sonic operates 54 drive-in restaurants in the New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette and Alexandria markets.
  • DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION: Alan Gary Phillips, of Vanderbilt Catholic High School in Houma, was the guest speaker at the George Washington Luncheon held Feb. 20 by the Bayou Lafourche Chapter of the Louisiana Society Daughters of the American Revolution. Among those on hand were Mary Ellen Menge, Syria Mougrabi and Claire Orth, of the Oliver Pollock Chapter in Kenner.
  • JAZZ IN THE PARK: People United for Armstrong Park is accepting applications from people who would like to sell food or crafts during its weekly concerts, which will take place April 14 through June 9 at Armstrong Park, 701 N. Rampart St., New Orleans. In addition, the group will hold a festival, the Jazz in the Park Treme Art & Music Festival, May 6-8. For information on becoming a vendor, email vend@armstrongpark.org or call (504) 258-2444. Vendor fees are due by March 15.
  • RECONCILE NEW ORLEANS: Reconcile New Orleans has received a $175,000 grant from the James M. Cox Foundation to help finish construction of a 17,000-square-foot training facility. Reconcile trains at-risk youth for careers in hospitality, one of the top industries in New Orleans. Cox is also donating surplus kitchen equipment from its corporate headquarters in Atlanta. The James M. Cox Foundation is named in honor of Cox Enterprises’ founder and supports capital campaigns and special projects in communities where Cox Communications, Cox Automotive and Cox Media Group operate. Reconcile New Orleans expects that the investment from Cox will allow it to provide direct workforce development and training to at least 2,000 young people over the next five years.
  • PLAQUEMINES PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE: Phillips 66 Alliance Refinery recently made a donation to the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office that was used to buy seven Tasers. A previous donation from the refinery allowed the Sheriff’s Office to buy two of the weapons in April 2015.
  • JEFFERSON COUNCIL ON AGING: Luis Arocha has been chosen as chairperson of the 2016 board of directors of the Jefferson Council on Aging. Other board leaders are Gordon Wadge, vice chairperson; Jim Thomas, treasurer; and Susan Guidroz, secretary. Board members include: Katherine Carter, Kevin Casey, Gisela Chevalier, Jarrett Falcon, Col. John Fortunato, Cynthia Jackson, Michael Lulich, Wayne Nocito, Lynne Peterson, Doris Rappold and Henry Threefoot. For information on the council, visit www.jcoa.net or call (504) 888-5880.
  • U.S. MARINE CORPS: Three local people graduated Feb. 12 after completing U.S. Marine Corps recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina. Pvt. Bao Nguyen and Pfc. Natasha Vo are 2015 graduates of John Ehret High School. Pfc. Tyler Richier is a 2012 graduate of Jesuit High School. Nguyen is the son of Dai Nguyen of Marrero. Richier is the son of Hillary Richier of New Orleans. Vo is the daughter of Huong Vo and Niem Do in Westwego. All three will head to Marine combat training at Camp Geiger in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Nguyen and Vo have been assigned to communications and will go to military occupational school at 29 Palms in Palm Springs, California, for four months. Richier has been assigned to signals intelligence and will go to military occupational school at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, for four months.
  • WE HEART VETERANS: Lockheed Martin has contributed $12,000 toward We Heart Veterans’ work to provide local war service veterans with a better quality of life. We Heart Veterans is a nonprofit based in Mandeville.