Opa! is the cry this weekend as Greek Fest 2015 draws crowds to Bayou St. John at 1200 Robert E. Lee Blvd. The fun will run 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, May 22; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 23; and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, May 24.
The annual festival features Greek food, wine, music and dancing performed by the Hellenic dancers. The Kalamata olive will be featured at the Greek grocery, and other offerings include the official poster and T-shirt, jewelry, cooking demonstrations and desserts galore.
Admission is $7, and children younger than 12 enter free. Tickets for a $1,000 raffle will be sold at the entrance. Everyone dressed in a tasteful toga on Sunday will enter free and will be in the running for a “best toga” prize.
For information about the festival, a run/walk event on Friday, volunteer opportunities and a shuttle service, visit www.greekfestnola.com.
Algiers development meetings
The public is invited to the next Algiers Development District meeting at 9:30 a.m. Friday, May 22, at the Federal City auditorium, 2485 Guadalcanal St.
The ADD Joint Development Committee and Vista Louisiana LLC, the master developer of the Federal City site, invite the community to participate in a design workshop from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, at the same location.
Principal architect Stephen Oubre will lead a discussion of ideas and will help formulate a master plan for the development of the historic Algiers site. A series of meetings will be held for various groups, and ideas and suggestions will be submitted to the ADD for consideration and adoption.
Those who plan to attend the May 27 meeting should RSVP by sending an email to Vanessa Duplessis at email@example.com or calling (504) 367-3331.
Degas and friends exhibit
“Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist — Works on Paper by the Artist and His Circle” is on display through Saturday, May 24, at the Newcomb Art Gallery in the Woldenberg Art Center on the Tulane University campus. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
The free exhibit includes works by Degas — who lived in New Orleans for a time — and peers including Paul Cezanne, Gustave Moreau, Mary Casset and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. For information, visit newcombartgallery.tulane.edu.
John Jay honored
Congratulations to local beauty industry legend John Jay who was honored by Helen Brett Enterprises at the recent spring international jewelry and merchandise show at the Morial Convention Center.
Jay received the Pinnacle Award in recognition of more than 50 years of success in his field. His clients have included dignitaries and celebrities such as Betty Ford, Jacqueline Kennedy and Barbara Bush. He served 23 years as president of Intercoiffure, an organization that sets salon standards worldwide.
Lynne Jensen writes about New Orleans community events and people. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.