Funds are available to Jefferson Parish residents for utility assistance, the Jefferson Community Action Programs and the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program have announced.

Residents are encouraged to apply by calling the nearest community center to schedule an appointment.

Office hours at each center are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Once funds are depleted, no more appointments will be accepted.

The community center locations are:

West Bank

Avondale Community Center, 4008 U.S. 90, Avondale: Serves Avondale, Waggaman, Grand Isle and Westwego. Call (504) 349-5414.

Bridge City Community Center, 301 3rd Emanuel St., Bridge City: Serves Bridge City, Waggaman and Westwego. Call (504) 349-5464.

Gretna Community Center, 1700 Monroe St., Gretna: Serves Gretna and Terrytown. Call (504) 376-2130.

Harvey Community Center, 1501 Estalote St., Harvey: Serves Harvey and Lafitte. Call (504) 227-1221.

Marrero Community/Senior Center, 1861 Ames Blvd., Marrero: Serves the Marrero area. Call (504) 349-5950.

Woodmere Community Center, 4026 Post Drive, Harvey: Serves the Woodmere area. Call (504) 349-5136.

East Bank

Dorothy Watson Community Center, 1300 Myrtle St., Metairie: Serves Kenner, River Ridge, Harahan and Metairie’s 70003 ZIP code area. Call (504) 736-6480.

Hazel Rhea Hurst Community Center, 1121 S. Causeway Blvd., Old Jefferson: Serves the remainder of Metairie and Old Jefferson Area. Call (504) 838-4277.

Free legal help

Kenner’s Department of Community Development and the Hispanic Resource Center will offer free legal assistance from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the center, 4312 Florida Ave., Kenner.

Attorneys with the law firm of Ferriol, Perez and Gordon will provide help in the areas of wills and successions, name changes, bankruptcy, adoptions, divorce, legal problems involving the disabled and the elderly, contractor fraud and consumer fraud.

For information, call (504) 469-2570.

Jewish center offers course

The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute will present a new six-week course titled “The Jewish Course of Why” beginning Feb. 16.

The course will be held at noon and again at 7:30 p.m. at Chabad Jewish Center, 4141 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie.

The course includes a range of topics such as the cause of anti-Semitism, and what Judaism says about Christianity and about the role of women in Jewish life.

Like all previous JLI programs, the course is open to people at all levels of Jewish knowledge, including those without any prior background. All JLI courses are open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple or other house of worship.

To register and for information, email Rabbi Mendel Ceitlin at, call (347) 351-6476 or go to

Garden clubs to meet

Two local garden clubs will meet this week.

First, members of the Shady Oaks Garden Club will gather at 10 a.m. Thursday at the home of Cheryl Eaton.

The month’s theme will include the study of invasive plant species. Landscape designer Beverly Katz will give a presentation on the topic “Problem Yards.” Co-hostesses will be Evelyn Heinemann, Mollie Frasier, Adeline Dewailly, Vivienne Martin, Beulah Oswald-Soto and Cile Whittington.

Also, Heather Tucker received the January garden of the month award.

On Monday, the Colonial Garden Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Harahan home of Kim Hasney.

President Susan Hardeman will conduct the business, which includes election of officers for 2016-17. Guest speaker will be Molly Prokop, whose topic is “You Bought an Orchid — Now What?”

Member Cindy Schalck will discuss plans for a spring tour of the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden in New Orleans City Park. The tour will take place instead of the regular March 30 meeting. A light lunch will follow.

Co-hostesses for the meeting and the lunch afterward are Carmen Caldas, Kay Ewens, Anna Mae Markey and Diane Richardson.

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