Around Jefferson: Patchwork Players to present ‘Pinocchio’ in Kenner _lowres

Photo by Mason Wood—Ross Quinn, left, in the role of Peter Pan, and Matt Reed, as Captain Hook, rehearse for the Rivertown Theaters production of “Peter Pan,” which will be presented July 16-26.

Be sure to catch the last few shows of the Patchwork Players production of “Pinocchio” at the Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts Lagniappe Stage, 325 Minor St., in Kenner.

Performances are at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. through Friday, at 11 a.m. Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8.50 per person.

The show’s director is Jessica Podewell and stars Gary Rucker, Greg Stratton, Joe Seibert, Mike Harkins, Chrissy Garrett and Shelley Rucker.

Speaking of Rivertown Theaters, the musical “Peter Pan” will be presented July 16-26.

Directed by Kelly Fouchi, performances are at 7:30 p.m. July 16-18 and July 22-25; and at 2 p.m. July 19 and 26. There will be an additional show at 2 p.m. July 25.

Tickets are $37 for adults, $35 for seniors and $32 for students and active military.

For tickets and information, call (504) 461-9475 or (504) 468-7221, or visit

Goyeneche to speak

Rafael Goyeneche III, president of the Metropolitan Crime Commission will be the guest speaker when the Jefferson Chapter of the Alliance for Good Government meets at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Harahan Senior Center, 100 Elodie St., Harahan.

For information, call Jamie Balser at (504) 812-1332.

New walking trail

Jefferson Parish officials broke ground June 29 on the new Bellemeade Walking Trail at Bellemeade and Lapalco boulevards in Gretna.

The project is located on 1 acre of parish-owned land and will provide the residents of the Bellemeade community with green space as well as a recreational and exercise facility for the surrounding neighborhood.

Parish officials said the area will be securely fenced with wrought-iron facing the streets and wood privacy fencing abutting the adjacent properties.

Amenities will include a landscaped track covering a sixth of a mile on a meandering path, pedestrian lighting, interior drainage, an automatic irrigation system and paved on-site parking.

Rotolo Consultants Inc. in Slidell is doing the work at an estimated cost of $365,000. The projected completion of the project is four months.

For information about the trail, call Anthony Francis, director of Jefferson Parish general services, at (504) 364-2675.

Eva Jacob Barkoff writes about the people and events in Jefferson Parish. She can be reached at or by calling (504) 430-8053.