The AARP Tax-Aide program is in need of volunteers to help prepare 2014 tax returns as well as manage computers and software.

Free federal and state tax return assistance is offered by AARP for low- and middle-income taxpayers, as well as those 60 and older. It is a joint program of the AARP Foundation and the Internal Revenue Service.

A three-day volunteer training class will be held in early January. All those interested should have computer skills and basic experience in preparing tax returns. Those interested in helping must provide their own transportation and be willing to work at least four hours per week from Feb. 1 through April 15, 2015.

Volunteers will be provided with workbooks during the training and then will be tested and certified prior to working with taxpayers.

For more information about becoming an AARP Tax-Aide volunteer, call AARP toll free at (888) 687-2277 or go to to complete a volunteer application form.

A local coordinator will contact those who are interested in volunteering.

‘Coats for Kids’

The members of the Knights of Columbus at St. Francis Xavier Church in Old Metairie are sponsoring Coats for Kids.

Children’s coats in good condition may be dropped off at the church, 444 Metairie Road, or the school, 215 Betz Place.

All donated coats will go to the children at Kingsley House, a nonprofit organization that provides children and families throughout the New Orleans area with a wide range of services including Head Start and early Head Start preschool, counseling and health care services, and after-school programs.

For information, call Morgan Stewart at (504) 460-7024 or email

Holiday show

In its 22nd year of production performed in several venues in and around New Orleans, “A Christmas Carol, The Whole Story” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Clearview Room inside Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., in Metairie.

The show is written and directed by Rene JF Piazza and stars Piazza, Connor Anderson, Bobby Cheramie, Chelle Duke, Amanda Francis, Starr Mason, Linsey Shubert, Kevin Songy and Kyle Woods.

Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for students with a valid identification and also children under 12. Tickets can only be bought at the door, one hour prior to each performance.

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