Around Jefferson: Family fun, football for Father’s Day _lowres

Photo provided -- Members of the reunion-planning committee for West Jefferson and L.W. Higgins High Schools are, from left, seated, Jackie Tapie Caruso, Peggy Daigle Ladato, Sylvia Marks Broussard, Ginger Richards Boudreaux, Debbie Arabie Barrios, Judy Jambon Sullivan and Wynonia Wallace Lazaro. Standing is Jeff Badeaux.

At a special Father’s Day event, the Louisiana Bayou Vipers semipro football team in Hammond and the Mississippi Street Stars flag football team will compete in a flag football game Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Jefferson Park, 4100 South Drive, Old Jefferson.

“There will also be games for kids, gifts for the first 100 fathers, a baby race and face painting,” said Monique Steib, one of the event organizers and the owner of the Louisiana Bayou Vipers.

Sponsored by the Louisiana Soldiers team, food and refreshments will be available. Admission is free.

For information, call Steib at (504) 261-9537 or email

Prayer dinner planned

The 23rd annual Gretna Prayer Dinner will be held at 7 p.m. June 28 in the Mel Ott Multipurpose Center, 2301 Belle Chasse Highway, in Gretna.

The guest speaker will be the Rev. Preston Clark, and the musical guest is the St. Joseph Catholic Church Choir.

Tickets are $15. Premium round tables of eight range from $200 to $500 and will be arranged at the front of room.

The event’s honorary chairman is Gretna Councilman at large Wayne Rau.

For tickets, send a check payable to Gretna Community Association, P.O. Box 2631, Gretna, LA, 70054.

For information, call Val Coles at (504) 432-7618.

West Jeff-Higgins reunion

Members of the 1971 graduating classes of West Jefferson and L.W. Higgins high schools will hold their 45th reunion from 8 p.m. to midnight June 25 at Boomtown Casino, 4132 Peters Road, in Harvey.

The $55 per person cost includes food, refreshments and music.

Checks should be made out to the Class of ’71 Reunion and mailed to 3725 Day St., Harvey.

For information, email or go to the Facebook page

A place of quiet

If you are looking for a place to relax without going too far, Jefferson Parish recently opened River Ridge Meditation Park in the 10000 block of Jefferson Highway.

The area includes a walking trail, a labyrinth, landscaping and an irrigation system.

JJH Construction Co. performed the work at a cost of $128,443. The project was funded by Council District 2.

Harp concerts in Metairie

A trio of harp concerts will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., in Metairie.

The concerts, which are free, are part of the second annual New Orleans Jazz and Pop Harp weekend featuring harpists from all over the world.

There will be master classes, as well as sessions for beginners and those who are curious about harp playing.

Friday’s performers are Luke Brechtelsbauer, a New Orleans eclectic harpist; Jacqueline Kerrod, a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician with the Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, New York City Opera and American Ballet Theater; and Addi McDaniel, a pop singer and songwriter.

The performers Saturday are Patrice Fisher, a Latin jazz harpist who lives and teaches in New Orleans, and Brandee Younger, a New York jazz harpist and teacher who performs with her quartet at many jazz clubs and festivals.

And the final performers Sunday are Rachel Van Voorhees, the principal harpist of the Louisiana Philharmonic, and Becca Babin, a professional harpist and music teacher who lives in Baton Rouge.

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