Groups partner for pet adoption event

The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is partnering with the Jefferson SPCA, the Companion Animal Alliance in Baton Rouge and the Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society for an Oct. 18 pet adoption promotion billed as one of the largest ever held in the area.

The Louisiana Mega Match-a-thon, presented by Subaru, is part of a nationally funded promotion in which people can adopt a pet from one of the organizations that day for a reduced fee of $25.

The four groups’ goal for the day is 175 adoptions.

For information, visit louisianamegamatch.com.

Sheriff’s Office to hold Citizens Academy

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office will begin its fall Citizens Academy on Oct. 21.

The free academy consists of eight three-hour sessions designed to give participants knowledge about how the Sheriff’s Office operates and insight into its policies, procedures and programs.

Participants will meet from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each Tuesday at the JPSO Training Academy in Harvey. They are asked to attend at least six of the eight sessions to graduate.

Classes will include topics such as operations, criminal investigations, specialized investigations, SWAT, emergency rescue and the crime lab.

Field trips to various JPSO facilities, such as the crime lab, 911 communications center and firing range, are included.

Applications are available at http://www.jpso.com/Citizens Academy/Application.aspx or by calling (504) 363-5547.

St. Charles to show off pumps, waterworks

St. Charles Parish government will provide residents with a behind-the-scenes look at the workings of parish infrastructure and services, including pumping stations, waterworks and the new Emergency Operations Center, during the parish’s fall Info Tour.

Tours will be held Oct. 15 on the West Bank and Oct. 17 on the East Bank from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The meeting place for both tours will be the new Emergency Operations Center, 15026 River Road, in Hahnville. Transportation and lunch will be provided.

Additions to the tour on both days will include a walk-through of the parish Animal Shelter and the new Edward A. Dufresne Community Center.

To reserve a spot on the Info Tour, call (985) 783-5182 or fill out the online form at www.scpinfotour.org. The deadline to sign up is Oct. 10 and space is limited. Participants should be ready to climb stairs.

Discussion to focus on food as medicine

The New Orleans Athletic Club will host a free panel discussion and cooking demonstration titled “Food as Medicine” at 7 p.m. Thursday at 222 N. Rampart St.

Panelists will discuss efforts to teach doctors and medical students about nutrition; an initiative to provide prescriptions redeemable for fruits and vegetables to diabetes sufferers and expectant mothers; and how to grow organic fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers all year long.

For information or ideas on future presentations, contact Morgan Molthrop at (504) 657-6670 or email morgan.molthrop@gmail.com.