The Friends of the Jefferson Public Library will hold its semiannual Big Book Sale Thursday through Sunday at the Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

More than 65,000 items will be for sale, including gently used adult and children’s books, puzzles, DVDs, CDs, video tapes, music tapes and records. Most items are priced from 50 cents to $3.

Auction items include “After the Hunt: Louisiana’s Authoritative Collection of Wild Game and Game Fish Cookery” by chef John Folse; “Lost, the Complete Collection,” a box set of 38 DVDs with hidden clues and bonus material; and “Sugar Bowl Classic: A History” by Marty Mulé , which describes the games played from 1935 to 2007.

Only cash and credit cards will be accepted.

Admission and parking are free; all proceeds benefit the library.

For more information, call (504) 455-2665 or email friend

Italian Fest this weekend

The 16th annual Kenner Italian Heritage Festival is Friday through Sunday in Kenner’s Rivertown, 405 Williams Blvd.

Hours are 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults. Children 12 and under are admitted free.

The event will feature a display of historical memorabilia and photographs from Kenner’s Italian families, Italian and local music, children’s activities, genealogical research tutoring, crafts and delicious Italian food from local vendors.

Musicians scheduled to perform are:

Friday: August Rush from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Saturday: Paper Chase from 12:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.; the Victory Belles from 3:40 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Lena Prima from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; and the Yat Pack from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Sunday: Rachel Fleetwood and the Vieux Carre Band from noon to 2:30 p.m. and the Bucktown Allstars from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, go to the website www.italian

Inspector general to speak

Jefferson Parish Inspector General David McClintock will be the guest speaker at the April 7 meeting of the Jefferson Chapter of the Alliance for Good Government.

The meeting will be held at the Harahan Senior Center, 100 Elodie St. The group’s business meeting begins at 7 p.m., and McClintock will speak at 7:30 p.m.

The alliance is a nonpartisan group of local citizens concerned about good government. It has four local chapters in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard and St. Tammany parishes, and has been in existence since 1967.

For information about the meeting, call Jamie Balser, chapter president, at (504) 812-1332.

Gun ownership program

The Metropolitan Republican Women, also known as the Metro Club, will present a program titled “Guys, Gals and Guns — A Second Amendment Education Event and Conceal Carry Resources” from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion Post 397, 1225 Hickory Ave., Harahan.

Speakers include Dan Plunkett, Lewis Frost and Shannon Ducros.

Admission is $15 per person. There also will be refreshments, door prizes and information about concealed carry permits, firearms ownership and gun safety.

Proceeds will go to the club’s local high school senior scholarship award program, its community service support of the Veterans Transition Home in New Orleans and the club’s literacy project for the STAIR (Start the Adventure in Reading) program.

For more information, call (504) 430-4937.

Eva Jacob Barkoff writes about the people and events in Jefferson Parish. She can be reached at