The 48th annual Al Briede Gold Cup Race, sponsored by the New Orleans Track Club, is Saturday in Metairie’s Bucktown.

The races are open to all runners and walkers, NOTC members and nonmembers. All races start and finish at the Bucktown Marina, 200 Old Hammond Highway, in Metairie.

The event, which is a qualifier for the Crescent City Classic in April, includes a 1-mile race at 8 a.m., and both a 10K and a 3-mile race beginning at 8:30 a.m. Race day registration begins at 7 a.m.

Entry fee for the 10K is $40 per person. To enter the 3-mile race, the cost is $30 for all entrants. And for the 1-mile race, the fee is $15 for all entrants.

For information, email or call (504) 304-2326.

Library group to meet

The Friends of the Jefferson Public Library will hold a general meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., in Metairie.

Earl Higgins, a National Park Service ranger at the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, will talk about the history of the park. Higgins is the author of “The Joy of Y’at Catholicism” and “Metairie, Ames, High: The Streets of Jefferson Parish.”

Those attending the meeting will have the opportunity to sign up to volunteer at the Big Book Sale, scheduled for March 26-29 at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner.

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

Chamber gala set for March

The Jefferson Chamber of Commerce will host its annual gala from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. March 13 at the New Orleans Saints indoor training facility, 5800 Airline Drive, in Metairie.

The gala will include an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and music by The Bucktown Allstars.

Silent auction items include a Blue Dog print by George Rodrigue titled “We Are Marching Again,” a David Yurman bracelet and a suite of seats at the Saenger Theatre.

Individual tickets to the event are $125 per person. Corporate and VIP tickets also are available at an additional price.

For tickets and information, call Katie Ivory (504) 835-3880 or email katie@jefferson

Special dinner Sunday

St. Catherine of Siena’s Boy Scout Troop 230 will host a spaghetti dinner from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in the school cafeteria, 105 Bonnabel Blvd., in Old Metairie.

The cost is $8 per person and includes meatballs and spaghetti, salad, vegetable and bread. Homemade desserts will be sold separately.

For information, call (504) 835-9343.

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