New Orleans Events Calendar for Jan. 21-27, 2016 _lowres


The official Carnival season in Jefferson Parish doesn’t get under way until Jan. 29, but to get everyone into the spirit, the Krewe of Little Rascals parade will roll at noon Sunday in Metairie.

The 33rd annual parade will begin just outside Clearview Shopping Center at the corner of El Dorado and Houma Boulevard. The parade will proceed east down Veterans Memorial Boulevard and will disband at Veterans and Martin Behrman Avenue.

Reigning as queen is Catherine Marie Zimmermann. The 13-year-old is a student at St. Mary’s Dominican High School in New Orleans and is the daughter of Paul and Louise Zimmermann.

The king is Benjamin Michael Hoppe, son of Blaine and Heidi Hoppe. He is 13 and a student at Kehoe-France School in Metairie.

The parade theme is “Little Rascals Love to Dream,” and it will feature 19 floats and 250 riders ages 2 to 18.

Camellia show

The Camellia Club of New Orleans will hold its 76th annual show from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Theodore Roosevelt Middle School, 3315 Maine St., Kenner.

The public is invited to enter their camellia blooms in the show from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

There also will be about 150 camellia plants on sale beginning at 11 a.m.

Admission is free, and the show is open to the public.

For more information, call Nick Piazza, show chairman, at (504) 616-4378, or send an email to You can also contact Andy Houdek, club president, at (985) 726-5187.

Kenner health fair

A community health and resource fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the Hispanic Resource Center, 4312 Florida Ave., Kenner.

Sponsored by Kenner’s Department of Community Development, the event is free and open to the public. All information will be offered in both Spanish and English.

Those participating will have a chance to speak to representatives from a number of agencies, including Serenity Hospice Services, the Social Security Administration, the Jefferson Council on Aging, Families Helping Families, Second Harvest Food Bank, the Greenwalt Adult Day Care Center, Westminster Towers, Health Net, Jencare, Patio Drugs and National Total Care Services.

Blood pressure and glucose screenings will be available.

For more information, call the Hispanic Resource Center at (504) 469-2570.

Senior group to meet

The St. Rita Silver Trotters will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 in the St. Rita School gym, 7100 Jefferson Highway, Harahan.

The members of the Jefferson Community Band will perform, and refreshments will be served.

Club dues of $12 for 2016 will be collected at this meeting.

Member Louise Chapman said that the club is planning a trip to the New Orleans Fair Grounds on Feb. 11. The cost is $30 for members and $35 for guests and includes bus, clubhouse entrance, racing forms and lunch.

“And plans are also being made for a future trip to the New Orleans Lakefront Airport,” Chapman added.

For more information, call Chapman at (504) 737-3797.

College financial aid talk

Carol Langston, Ph.D., director of college guidance at Metairie Park Country Day School, will discuss financial aid for college students at 7 p.m. on Jan. 27 at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

Langston will discuss the College Scholarship Service Profile, referred to as the CSS Profile; the Free Application for Federal Student Aid program, or FAFSA,;and Louisiana’s Taylor Opportunity Program for Students, or TOPS.

And at an event next month, Langston will discuss the importance of college essays. That talk will be at 7 p.m. on Feb. 24 at the East Bank Regional Library.

While grades, courses and standardized test scores will be the most significant factors in the admissions process, Langston said, the other parts of the application, and especially the essays, can sometimes be the difference between acceptance and denial. She will discuss the elements that make an essay a valuable tool in the admissions process.

Both events are free and open to the public. No registration is required.

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