The Rivertown Farmers Market will hold a special Easter event from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the market, 410 Williams Blvd., Kenner.

Be sure to grab your baskets for an Easter egg hunt for children 10 and younger beginning at 10 a.m. Photographs with the Easter Bunny also will be available for $5 each.

There also will be arts and crafts, food and refreshments.

For information, call (504) 468-7211 or go to

Breakfast, Easter egg hunt

St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church, 6017 Camphor St., Metairie, will sponsor a breakfast with the Easter Bunny from 10 a.m. to noon.

In addition to the breakfast, there will be an Easter egg hunt, puppet shows, games, prizes, food and refreshments.

The event is free and open to children up to age 5.

The church will hold an Easter sunrise service beginning at 6:30 a.m. Sunday.

Crime Stoppers CEO speaks

Darlene Cusanza, chief operating officer and president of Crime Stoppers, will be the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the River Region Republican Women on Tuesday at the Kenner Pavillion, 3800 Loyola Drive, Kenner.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.

For information, call Gail Silbernagel at (504) 487-5735.

Genealogical group to meet

The Jefferson Genealogical Society will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at John Calvin Presbyterian Church, 4201 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie.

The guest speaker is Sarah-Elizabeth Gundlach, and her topic will be “The Holdings of the Louisiana State Museum Historical Center.” Gundlach is the curator of maps and manuscripts at the Louisiana State Museum Historical Center in New Orleans.

For information, call Fred Wilbert at (504) 837-2034.

Safe driving class

A four-hour AARP safe driving class will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at the Elmwood Fitness Center, 1200 S. Clearview Parkway, Harahan.

This class is open to all AARP members and non-members 50 and older, and those completing this four-hour course will receive a certificate that may qualify them for a discount from their insurer good for up to three years.

The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-AARP members.

For information, call (504) 828-3962. Additional classes at this location are June 11, Aug. 13, Oct. 8 and Dec. 10.

Garden club meeting set

“Coloring River Ridge with Flowers” is the theme of the next meeting of the Shady Oaks Garden Club at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 9, at the home of member Cathy Meyer.

Co-hostesses are Joy Lozes, Lynn St. Amant, Margaret Handy, Olga Maynard, Myrna Meyer and Rae Morgan.

Roddy McGoey, master gardener and garden center manager of the Plant Gallery of New Orleans, will give a demonstration on plant propagation. Bonnie Viosca will present the horticultural study on the blue plumbago and Louise Nash will present the butterfly study on the Cassius Blue.

The March community garden of the month was awarded to Bruce and Janice Scott, and the member garden of the month went to Marion Gibbs.

The club recently received a red ribbon at the “Art in Bloom” program held at the New Orleans Museum of Art in City Park. The artwork for interpretation was a painting by Joan Miro that was inspired by Mae West. Those involved in the floral design were Tricia France, Sandy Huston, Erin Fleming, Mona Louviere and Cile Whittington.

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