BUSINESS PREPAREDNESS: A Prosper Jefferson seminar on emergency preparedness for businesses will be held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 27, at the JEDCO Conference Center, 701A Churchill Parkway, Avondale. Admission is free, but registration is required. To register, visit For information, contact Kelsey Scram at or Emilie Riser at emilie@jefferson

The seminar is presented by the Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission and the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce. Participants will learn about tools, information and resources to ensure quick recovery and business continuity in the face of a crisis.

ALGIERS KIWANIS: Eric Songy will speak on neighborhood security programs when the Kiwanis Club of Algiers meets at 7 a.m. on Thursday at the Aurora Tennis and Swim Club, 5244 Gen. Meyer Ave. Guests are welcome at the Kiwanis meeting. For information, call (504) 391-0667.

ELKS HOST MAKE-A-WISH BENEFITS: The New Orleans West Bank Elks Lodge will hold two fundraisers for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

First, a family bingo night will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the Elks Lodge, 900 Monroe St., Gretna. Bingo cards are $5 each. There will be food, refreshments and a parade of prizes.

Then, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, an arts and crafts show will be held also at the Elks Lodge.

Vendors are needed for this event and the fee is $25 per booth. All vendor fees go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

For information, call (504) 281-4528.

WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL: Lawyer Michael W. Magner will give the keynote address, “From Kenya to New Orleans: Fighting Corruption Internationally and at Home,” when the World Affairs Council of New Orleans holds its annual meeting at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 30, in the Audubon suite at Zea Rotisserie & Grill, 1525 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Admission is $60 in advance, with discounts for members, students, educators, military and groups. Tickets will be $70 at the door.

Magner, a partner at Jones Walker, was a federal prosecutor in New Orleans for 20 years, during which time he was a member of the team that prosecuted former Gov. Edwin Edwards and led the prosecution of public corruption known as “Operation Wrinkled Robe.” In 2011, he served as the FBI adviser to the Kenyan Anti-Corruption Commission, providing training to investigators, auditors and attorneys.

JEFFERSON CHORALE: The Jefferson Chorale, an affiliate of the Jefferson Performing Art Society, presents “After the Storm: 10 years Later” with two performances directed by Louise La Bruere.

After the Storm will held be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Teatro Wego, 177 Sela Ave. in Westwego; and 4 p.m. Sunday in the Harahan gym, corner of Hickory and 10th.

There will be free coffee and dessert and wine and bear will be available.

Tickets are $12 adults; $8 for youth and seniors. For information and reservations, call (504) 738-7446.

YOUTH SAFETY FEST: With the Atlantic hurricane season beginning June 1, the Team Happy Foundation and other community groups are organizing a Youth Safety Fest that will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 31, at All Souls Community Center, 5500 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. The family hurricane preparedness event will provide free children’s books, disaster kit giveaways, safety tips and a wetlands demonstration. For information, call (504) 315-5084.

ITALIAN REPUBLIC DAY: A celebration of Italian Republic Day will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 2 at the Italian Bocce Club, 2340 Severn Ave., Metairie.

There will be salads with dressing from Boscoli, pasta from Sandro’s, dessert from Brocato’s, and a Bocce demonstration. Cost is $20.

In addition to honoring the founding of the Italian Republic on June 2, 1946 Vincent Liberto will be honored for his service to the Italian community and for exemplifying the Italian principles.

For information, email Charles Marsala at

PEOPLE PROGRAM REGISTRATION: Registration is open for the summer and fall sessions of the People Program, which offers intellectual and creative activities designed for retirees 50 and older. Classes in exercise, dance, writing and art have included such specific topics as strength training, jazz dance, Spanish conversation, memoir writing and Brazilian embroidery.

The summer session will be held Wednesdays only from June 17 through July 22 at 2240 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans. The summer fee is $40 for one class or $60 for two or more.

The fall session will run from Aug. 24 through Dec. 11, both on Lakeshore Drive and on the West Bank at Holy Spirit Church, 6201 Stratford Place, Algiers.

The fee for the fall session is $150 for unlimited classes. New classes for fall include environmental ethics; Just Move It, a combination of yoga and other stretches; and mosaic tile and cement.

To review the class schedule, visit For information, call Jan Martino at (504) 284-7678.