Country music star Lee Greenwood will be one of three musicians performing at the Uncle Sam Jam on Thursday, July 3 at the Al Copeland Concert and Meadow Stage in Lafreniere Park, 3000 Downs Blvd., in Metairie.

Gates open at 4 p.m. and admission is free.

Christian Serpas and Ghost Town will open the show at 5:30 p.m. Greenwood will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. immediately followed by a fireworks display at 9 p.m.

And closing out the celebration will be country music artist Jana Kramer who will perform from 9:20 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Outside food and beverages are not allowed. Food and beverage concessions will be available inside the park.

For information, call the Lafreniere Park Office at (504) 838-4389.

Laypeople awarded medals

More than 200 laypeople who have volunteered their time to the Catholic Church have been awarded the Order of St. Louis IX Medallion.

New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond presented the awards during a special ceremony at St. Louis Cathedral on June 29.

The award was established by the Archdiocese of New Orleans almost four decades ago to honor members of the laity. This year’s recipients from the east bank of Jefferson Parish are:

Harahan: Edith Flynn and Herbert Soileau.

Jefferson: Janis Lampard and Patrice Osborn.

Kenner: Craig Haynes, Jennifer Haynes, Olga Hermida, Jeanette Jacob, Dennise Kearney, JoAnn Malter and Augustine Waters.

Metairie: Jeff Brignac, Kate Brignac, Eric Broadbridge, Daisy DiMaggio, John DiMaggio, April Duersel, Charles Ferry, Joan Ferry, Jean Francois, Jamesine Guyant, Barbara Hedrick, Lawrence Hedrick Jr., Linda Joint, Mary Kelly, Gary Knoepfler, Sherri Knoepfler, Michael Lacombe, Patricia Lacombe, Kathlene Lefebvre, Landsdale J. Madere Jr. (posthumously), Thekla Madere, John McDonald, Kris McGinn, King McGoey, Elaine Ridgley, Joseph Shields, Frances Skiffington, Babette Staunton, Donald Staunton, Elizabeth Towe, Kimberley Schlosser Tumminello, John Walker and Linda Walker.

River Ridge: Beverly Fontcuberta, Bridget Stiebing and Charles Stiebing.

St. Joseph Academy reunion

The members of the 1964 class of St. Joseph Academy will hold their 50-year reunion this month.

At 7 p.m. July 19, there will be a reception for alumnae and guests at Metairie Country Club, 580 Woodvine Ave., on Old Metairie.

Then at 10:30 a.m. July 20, alumnae and their families are invited to attend a Mass at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 6666 Spanish Fort Blvd., in New Orleans. Following the Mass, a brunch will be held at noon at Heritage Grill, 111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., in Metairie.

For information about the reunion, email Anev Latour Singleton at

Kenner fireworks at lakefront

The city of Kenner and the Treasure Chest will team up for a lakefront fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 3.

Book tells of life of influential rabbi

A program to discuss and review the newly published book “Rebbe: The Life and Teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson, the Most Influential Rabbi in Modern History” will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Barnes and Noble, 3721 Veterans Memorial Blvd., in Metairie.

Rabbi Yossie Nemes, director of Chabad Jewish Center in Metairie and an emissary of Schneerson, and Rabbi Mendel Rivkin of Chabad Uptown will lead the program.

The 640-page book was written by Joseph Telushkin.

For information, call Rabbi Mendel Ceitlin at (347) 351-6476.

And for information on Schneerson’s life and teachings, visit the website

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