Crescent City neighborhood briefs for April 9, 2015 _lowres

Photo provided by Jefferson Beautification Inc. -- Carolyn Russo, left, and Carrel Epling model fascinator hairpieces like those many will be wearing at the Jefferson Beautification Parkway Promenade.

PET ADOPTION DISCOUNT: During April, the Louisiana SPCA is reducing adoption fees by $50 for all cats and dogs that are at least 1 year old. Regular adoption procedures will apply. Adoption hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays at the SPCA, 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., New Orleans. For information, visit or call (504) 368-5191.

LAFRENIERE FREE SPRING CONCERT SERIES: The Patrons of Lafreniere Park recently announced the 2015 Lafreniere Live Spring Concert Series will kick off Thursday at the Al Copeland Concert Meadow Stage in Lafreniere Park, 3000 Downs Blvd., Metairie.

The free concerts are from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with 90 Degrees West on April 16; Category 6, April 23; The Topcats, April 30; The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, May 7; Karma, May 14; and Mojeaux, May 21.

Local vendors will have food and drinks available for purchase.

For information, email Patrons Chairman Chad Pitfield at

EARTH DAY FESTIVAL: Louisiana’s first Solar Derby will be a highlight of the Earth Day Festival to be held from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Palmer Park, South Carrollton and South Claiborne avenues, New Orleans. The Solar Derby will feature a brand-new race track and solar-powered cars.

Musical performances include Theresa Andersson, EarPhunk, Mia Borders, Stooges Brass Band and Africa Brass. Other Earth Day Fest activities include a green business expo, solar-powered booths, Do Whatcha Wanna stage, Earth Day second-line, arts, crafts, children’s activities, a silent auction, and local food and beverages.

PARKWAY PROMENADE: Jefferson Beautification Inc. will hold its Parkway Promenade fundraiser from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Chateau Golf and Country Club, 3600 Chateau Blvd., Kenner. Admission is $75 per person. For information, visit or call Charlotte Ruiz at (504) 887-8992.

This year’s theme is “A Night in Rio” and will feature Brazilian cuisine, open bars, Latin dance exhibitions and music from Julio and Cesar. There will be a live auction of “Toucans,” an oil painting by Hunt Slonem. JBI members Carrel Epling and Nancy Keylon are creating feathery headpieces to match ladies’ outfits, for $20 each. Call Epling at (504) 779-9970 or Keylon at (504) 455-0078 to order a custom fascinator.

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