Around Jefferson: Fundraiser to benefit Council on Aging _lowres

Photo provided by - River Ridge resident Samantha Evers, a junior at Cabrini High School in New Orleans, was a delegate from June 28-30 to the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders held in Lowell, Massachusetts.

The Jefferson Council on Aging will host its fourth annual “Senior Moments” fundraiser on Sept. 18 at The Kenner Pavilion, 3800 Loyola Drive. A patron party will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the event is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

There will be live music, live jazz and ’50s music performed by Arnie Johnson and the Dynamics, food from local restaurants, refreshments, a dance demonstration by Annette and Martin Marino, a silent auction and a parade of prizes.

The JCOA is a nonprofit organization. Its services include home-delivered meals, in-home care for home-bound seniors, senior employment opportunities, and recreation and wellness activities at 10 senior centers located on both the east and west banks of Jefferson Parish.

Henry and Pat Shane are the lead sponsors of this year’s event. Doris Rappold is the event chairwoman and the development committee chairwoman is Susan Guidroz.

Patron tickets are $125 per person and general admission tickets are $50 per person. Sponsorship levels are also available beginning at $500. All proceeds will benefit the Jefferson Council on Aging, its programs and services.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the JCOA office at (504) 207-4691 or send an email to Liz Yager at Tickets can also be purchased online at

Cabrini student honored

River Ridge resident Samantha Evers, a junior at Cabrini High School in New Orleans, was a delegate from June 28-30 to the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders held in Lowell, Massachusetts.

The event is an honors-only program for high school students who have an interest in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. During the three-day program, students from across the country heard Nobel laureates and National Medal of Science winners discuss scientific research and listened to advice from deans of the world’s top tech universities.

Samantha was chosen to represent Louisiana based on her academic achievement, leadership potential and passion for science and technology. She finished her sophomore year at Cabrini with a 4.5 grade-point average and is a member of the Excalibur Honors Science Club and the Junior Honors Club.

She is the daughter of Jonathan M. Evers and Karen Boudrie Greig, and the stepdaughter of retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Scot W. Greig.

Reading tutors needed

Start the Adventure in Reading is in need of tutors for the fall 2015 semester.

Volunteers with the nonprofit children’s literacy program meet after school or on Saturday mornings at specific locations in Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa parishes. Volunteers will be trained to work one-on-one with public school second-grade students who are reading below grade level.

The program provides each child with professionally designed curriculum materials.

Tutor training is two hours and no experience is necessary.

In Jefferson Parish, training times and dates are from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 3412 Haring Road, Metairie, and Sept. 30 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 6500 Jefferson Highway, Harahan.

To register for a training class, call the STAIR office at (504) 899-0820 or send an email to Elizabeth Artigues at

Rose group to meet

The New Orleans Rose Society will hold a meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Whitney Bank Room, 441 Metairie Road, Old Metairie.

For more information, call Clare Madere at (504) 368-6885.

Senior group to meet

The St. Rita Silver Trotters will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the gym, 7100 Jefferson Highway, Harahan.

Following the meeting, the group will host an event called “Bizarre Bazaar” where various vendors will sell plants, gifts and other items.

And finally, on Sept. 5 after the 4 p.m. Mass, the group will celebrate the end of summer with a potluck dinner.

Called “Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer,” the price of admission is a dish to add to the meal.

For more information, call Louise Chapman at (504) 737-3797.

Republican women meeting

The River Region Republican Women will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kenner Pavilion, 2800 Loyola Drive.

Guest speaker is Jim Garvey with the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE). Garvey will give an overview of what took place this last legislative session and what can be expected in the future regarding Common Core State standards.

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

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