The sixth annual “Sipping with Santa” food drive and holiday celebration, which benefits the Kenner Food Bank, will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 1 at Chateau Golf and Country Club, 3600 Chateau Blvd., Kenner.

The event features refreshments, hors d’oeuvres, music from Eric “Dr. Disco” Miller, photographs with Santa Claus and a Santa’s Secret Village, where those attending can shop for jewelry, artwork, clothing and other gift items.

There also will be door prizes, a silent auction, a live auction and raffles. Some of the auction items include jewelry, dinners at local restaurants, hotel stays, framed artwork and clothing for children.

“The Kenner Food Bank provides food for a little more than 1,250 families each month,” said Janet Wastsky, an event volunteer. “Requests are coming from many new families who previously were self-sufficient. Typically, there is a decline in donations in December, so keeping the shelves stocked is so important. We want to provide a complete holiday meal to families this holiday season. The funds raised from this event will help keep the food bank open and the shelves stocked.”

Tickets are $35 per person, and those attending are asked to bring nonperishable food items to donate to the food bank.

For tickets and more information, call (504) 467-1351 visit

Holiday bazaar is Sunday

The members of the Sisterhood at Congregation Gates of Prayer will hold a holiday gift bazaar from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday at Gates of Prayer, 4000 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie.

There will be new merchandise featuring gifts for all occasions, including Hanukkah. Baked goods will be for sale, and there will be a gift wrapping station. For more information, call the synagogue at (504) 885-2600.

Book sale a success

Last month’s semi-annual Big Book Sale, sponsored by the Friends of the Jefferson Public Library, was another big success, according to Peg Phelps, publicity chairwoman for the organization.

“We had a large sale this time, with 506 people entering during just the first 30 minutes we were open on Oct. 15. And we were kept busy from that time until we closed on Oct. 18,” Phelps said. “Our sale was a tremendous success, and we are happy to say that the libraries of Jefferson Parish will benefit immensely.”

Phelps said the Friends will give the library a check for $100,000 in December.

“The amount is from the proceeds of the two previous Big Book sales, online sales and profit from our gift shop at East Bank Regional Library,” Phelps said.

Craft fair is Saturday

The St. Christopher Church and School fall craft fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on the church and school grounds, 3900 Derbigny St., Metairie.

More than 60 booths will be selling a variety of items, and Santa Claus will make a special appearance at 10 a.m.

Also, there will be a parade, prizes and raffles, with refreshments available.

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