Parish Lines: Annual ‘Sweets & Treats’ tasting gala set April 19 _lowres

Photo provided by LBC - The Rev. John Dee Jeffries

The fourth annual St. Bernard Gives Back “Sweets & Treats for Disaster Relief” tasting gala will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at the home of Sylvia Guillot, 3800 Bayou Road in the St. Bernard community.

The fundraiser will feature delicious desserts and hors d’oeuvres from various local restaurants along with a champagne bar, parade of prizes and a 50/50 raffle. Live music will be provided by Candy Riedl-Lowe.

Advance tickets are $20 per person and are available at Arabi Food Store, 650 Friscoville Ave., Old Arabi; the St. Bernard Office of Tourism’s Visitor’s Center, 409 Aycock St., Old Arabi; Today’s Ketch, 2110 E. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette; Nonna Randazzo’s Bakery, 925 E. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette; and Jeanfreau’s Meat Market, 2324 Paris Road, Chalmette. Tickets at the door will be $25 per person.

St. Bernard Gives Back is a local nonprofit organization that aids regions affected by natural disasters. In four years, St. Bernard Gives Back has assisted more than 300 families that have experienced a loss from a natural disaster. .

For more information, call Donald Kattengell, president at (504)416-1306.

Rummage sale, crafts show

Covenant United Methodist Church will hold a rummage sale and crafts show fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at the church, 115 E. D’Amour St. in Chalmette.

There also will be music, inflatables and fried fish plates for sale.

For more information, call the Rev. Jeff Duke at (225) 772-2206.

Car show

The Antique Auto Club of St. Bernard’s monthly cruise night will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in the parking lot at Brewster’s Restaurant, 8751 W. Judge Perez Drive in Chalmette.

The club holds a Cruise Night on the third Saturday of every month in the parking lot at Brewster’s. The event is open to the public and there is no cost to participate.

Membership in the club is open to owners of classic and antique cars, as well as those who have an interest in them.

For information, call Johnny Waguespack at (504) 279-5311.

Bird festival

The St. Bernard Bird Festival will be held April 24 and 25 at the Islenos Museum Complex, 1345-1357 Bayou Road in St. Bernard community.

Audubon Louisiana, through Dr. Erik Johnson, will provide the banding and catching of birds for the two-day outdoor exhibition. The individuals handling this exhibit are trained, educated and licensed for this activity. Audubon Louisiana also will provide an educational program regarding birding.

Glenn Ousset will direct a group of experienced birders who will take groups of patrons birding on the Islenos Complex grounds and also at St. Bernard State Park and along the Casa Fernandez Bird Trail. Groups will meet and leave from the Islenos Complex.

Common Ground Relief, Inc., a nonprofit organization focusing on the reforestation and redevelopment of coastal land, will present one program on April 24 and two on April 25 which will include discussions on the “tree of the year,” which is the water tupelo. The water tupelo once existed in vast numbers in the swamps of St. Bernard, Plaquemines and Orleans parishes, but can no longer be found in much of the area. There also will be demonstrations on planting trees and wood carving, and a gift of a water tupelo sapling for all participants.

For more information, call the St. Bernard Parish Office of Tourism at (504) 278-4242.

Pastor elected to board

The Rev. John Dee Jeffries, longtime pastor of First Baptist Church of Chalmette, was recently elected to the executive board of the Louisiana Baptist Convention.

The LBC, affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, is composed of approximately 1,609 Louisiana Baptist churches representing 869,490 members.

The 93-member executive board is divided into four standing committees: the administrative committee, the business and finance committee, the missions support committee, and the properties committee. Jeffries will serve on the business and finance committee overseeing the $21 million annual mission budget.

Jeffries has been with First Baptist for 25 years. Prior to Hurricane Katrina, Jeffries served as vice president of the executive board of the LBC, as a member of the Board of Trustees of Louisiana College, and as moderator for the Louisiana Inerrancy Fellowship.

Jeffries also served as first vice president of the Louisiana Baptist Convention in 2002, and as vice president of the Louisiana Baptist Convention Pastor’s Conference, 1996. Jeffries, who served as chaplain for the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Department from 2001-06, is currently chaplain for the St. Bernard Fire Department.

Kim Gritter writes about people, places and events in St. Bernard Parish. She can be reached at