The Metairie High School Alumni Association will hold its 29th annual reunion from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Jefferson Orleans South, 2536 Edenborn Ave., Metairie.

Admission is $35 per person in advance and $40 at the door.

For information, call Mike O’Hare at (504) 737-9773 or email You also can contact Carol Salzer Becklehimer at (504) 888-1908 or at

Meditation workshops

Dr. Rishikesh Chavan, an oncologist at Tulane University Health Sciences Center, will lead Sunday afternoon meditation workshops beginning next month at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

The workshops, which are free and open to the public, will begin at 2 p.m. starting Sunday and are ongoing.

Meditation is a devotional exercise of or leading to contemplation. It is a contemplative discourse, usually on a religious or philosophical subject.

The goals of the library program are to help people relax, reduce stress and get connected to inner feelings of love and abundance; to help improve focus and overall performance; and to promote harmony by creating peace.

Each session will include a five-minute welcome and introduction to meditation, 10 minutes of relaxation, 20 minutes of meditation and 10 minutes of questions and discussion.

Chavan works at Tulane Lakeside Hospital in Metairie, where he specializes in pediatric hematology-oncology. He also is affiliated with Children’s Hospital and Tulane Medical Center.

For information, call Chris Smith at (504) 889-8143.

Riverdale reunion

The 1975 Class of Riverdale High School in Old Jefferson will hold its 40th reunion from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 8 at Southport Hall, 200 Monticello Ave., Old Jefferson.

The reunion is open to all women who were in the Riverdale High School graduating Class of 1975. For information, email

New alumni group

Graduates of Our Lady of Divine Providence School will gather at 7 p.m. Aug. 5 to discuss the formation of an alumni association.

The meeting will be held in the school’s Bahan Center, 1000 N. Starrett Road, Metairie .

For information, call (504) 466-0591.

Summer fun at Lafreniere

The spray pad adjacent to the carousel at Lafreniere Park, 3000 Downs Boulevard, Metairie, is open seven days a week from noon to 7 p.m. until Aug. 9.

It will then open only from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays until Sept. 27.

The cost is $5 per person per 90-minute session. Food, drinks, glass containers, toys and floats are prohibited.

The spray pad sprays more than 135 gallons of water per minute and covers approximately 4,000 square feet of surface.

It’s open to children 10 and younger and includes in-ground water spray features alternating with five above-ground water spray attractions, including water cannons.

For information, call the park office at (504) 838-4389.

JPAS performance

The members of the Jefferson Performing Arts Society’s Summer Musical Theatre Intensive program will present the musical “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 3 p.m. Sunday at the newly opened performing Arts Center, 6400 Airline Drive, Metairie.

For tickets and more information, call the JPAS office at (504) 885-2000.

Spelling bee

The Jefferson Parish Library will hold a spelling bee for adults at 7 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Jane O’Brien Chatelain West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey.

Adults 18 and older may participate. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

For information, call (504) 889-8143.

Eva Jacob Barkoff writes about the people and events in Jefferson Parish. She can be reached at or by calling (504) 430-8053.