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Photo provided by Algiers Irish Association - Amanda Marie Kiefer is crowned the 2015 Colleen for the Algiers Irish Association. She reigned as Colleen at the Algiers Irish Race at the Fairgrounds Race Course and the 65th Annual Algiers Irish St. Patrick’s Day dinner.

The annual Opus Ball will feature a concert of standards including “My Funny Valentine,” “Ain’t Misbehavin” and “I’ve Got the World on a String” by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra led by Carlos Miguel Prieto at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at the Sheraton Hotel, 500 Canal St.

The elegant evening of music, food and dancing appropriately takes place in the Armstong ballroom, with featured guest Kermit Ruffins paying tribute to Louis Armstrong and his legacy as a symbol of New Orleans culture.

Ruffin’s musical contributions will include the popular “What a Wonderful World,” and dinner and an auction will follow the concert at 7:30 p.m. The event will benefit the LPO and tickets begin at $250. Event chairs are Paulette and Frank Stewart.

Online reservations are available at For information call (504) 523-6530, ext. 302.

All hail Amanda

Amanda Marie Kiefer, 18, recently was crowned this year’s Colleen for the Algiers Irish Association. She is the daughter of Alison Faust Kiefer and Kris Kiefer.

Great-granddaughter of Jimmy and Zelma Killeen, Amanda joins a family line of Colleens, including her grandmother Janice Killeen Faust; her aunt Glenda Killeen Heine; her mother and sisters Ashley and Adrienne Keifer; and cousins Aimee and Erin Killeen and Rebecca Faust.

Amanda also reigned in March as Colleen at the Algiers Irish Race at the New Orleans Fairgrounds race course and at the 65th annual Algiers Irish St. Patrick’s Day dinner at the Four Columns in Harvey.

Amanda grew up in Algiers and is a senior at St. Mary’s Dominican High School, where she is on the Alpha honor roll. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Student Ambassadors and is on the Dominican yearbook staff. A volunteer at Tulane Hospital, she recently visited Haiti on a medical mission trip. She plans to study psychology in college this fall.

Senior Fest

It’s time to get ready for “Get into the Act,” this year’s Senior Fest hosted by the New Orleans Council on Aging on Friday, May 8, at the University of New Orleans Lakefront Arena, 6801 Franklin Ave.

This year’s event focuses on how older adults are taking charge of their health, engaging in their communities, and making a positive impact in the lives of others. Sponsors include Peoples Health, Entergy New Orleans, Amerigroup Louisiana and Walgreens.

“Get into the Act” acknowledges the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson in July 1965. The act helps older adults live with dignity in the communities of their choice for as long as possible through a national network of services including home-delivered and congregate meals, caregiver support, personal care, legal assistance and elder abuse prevention.

For information about Senior Fest and sponsorship levels contact the New Orleans Council on Aging at (504) 821-4121 or email

Jump, Jive and Swing

The Lakeview Shepherd Center will present “Jump, Jive and Swing,” celebrating 38 years of senior wisdom, talent and creativity, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at the Mediterranean Mansion also known as Schoen’s, 3827 Canal St.

The Pfister Sisters will entertain with big band tunes, and there will be a costume prize for the best outfit of the 1940s era. Enjoy food and libations from area restaurants and a silent auction.

Lakeview Shepherd Center offers seniors a place to gather for painting, knitting, crocheting, quilting, tai chi, yoga, bridge, conversational French and Spanish, exercise, dancing, Wii games and cultural outings. Members receive computer assistance and laptop lending is ongoing. Meals are served family style, with no paper plates.

The gala is a way to help the nonprofit center continue its mission. Tickets are $50 information is available at Sponsorships are available by calling or emailing Elaine or Jeannie at (504) 484-0885 or

Algiers Kiwanis

Sharif Nadir with the New Orleans District Attorney Diversion Program, will speak at the Kiwanis Club of Algiers meeting at 7 a.m. on Thursday, April 9, at the Aurora Tennis and Swim Club of Algiers, 5244 General Meyer Ave.

Kyle Wedeberg, president and CEO of the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts will speak at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at the Aurora club. Guests are welcome. For information call (504) 391-0667.

Lynne Jensen writes about New Orleans community events and people. Contact her at