A fortification that served both the Union and the Confederacy will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday during Camp Parapet Day, sponsored by The Jefferson Historical Society of Louisiana and the Jefferson Parish Historical Commission.

Camp Parapet is located at 2801 Arlington Ave., one block east of South Causeway Boulevard. All that remains of the site is the original 1861 powder magazine, which will be open to the public for entry.

Throughout the day, will be military drills and live Civil-War-era music and dancing. There will also be several displays on the history of Camp Parapet ranging from authentic letters from soldiers stationed there and a large scale diorama of the fortification. The event is free.

Son of a Saint fundraiser

A fundraiser for the local nonprofit Son of a Saint, which mentors fatherless boys, will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Fleming’s Steakhouse, 3060 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie.

There will be hors d’oeuvres and silent auction items. Tickets are $75, and all proceeds go directly to the Son of a Saint scholarship program.

Son of a Saint helps fatherless boys through mentorship, emotional support, development of life skills and exposure to positive experiences such as fishing, yoga, music, chess, horseback riding and the arts.

Each year, the organization selects a group of boys ages 10 to 13 to join the existing members. Each boy remains a member until he is 18 and receives his college acceptance letter. Members must maintain a minimum 2.7 grade-point average, complete four hours of community service each month and maintain good conduct at home, school and within the Son of a Saint organization.

Son of a Saint was organized in 2011 by Bivian “Sonny” Lee, III. His father, Bivian Lee Jr., was an NFL defensive back for the New Orleans Saints from 1971 to 1975. He died in 1984.

The organization partners with many New Orleans-based agencies to provide ongoing counseling for the members. Daylong sessions are also held to help academic, personal and overall development. Mentorship topics may include etiquette, time management, decision-making, anger management, moral reasoning, life skills, work ethic, leadership and civic responsibility.

For tickets and more information on the organization, go to www.sonofsaint.org

Big book sale

The Friends of the Jefferson Public Library will hold its semiannual Big Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner.

More than 65,000 items will be for sale, including gently used adult and children's books, puzzles, DVDs, CDs, video tapes, music tapes and records, with most priced from 50 cents to $3.

“We have an exceptional collection of cookbooks and military books,” said Peg Phelps, spokesperson for the Friends. “Auction items include the World War II 50th anniversary edition book with forward by sons of Eisenhower, Rommel and Montgomery; and John James Audubon, 'The Watercolors for the Birds of America,' which reproduces in the original colors, all 470 of Audubon's rarely seen watercolor paintings.”

Also to be auctioned is a football shirt autographed by Matt Flynn, quarterback of LSU's 2007 BCS national championship team.

Only cash and credit cards will be accepted. Admission and parking are free.

For more information, call (504) 455-2665 or email friendsjpl@Yahoo.com.

All proceeds benefit the Jefferson Parish Libraries.

Halloween and a movie

The Booster Club at Johnny Jacobs Playground will host a Trunk or Treat event from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 27 at the playground, 5851 Fifth Ave, Marrero.

Club members will sell concessions, and everyone is encouraged to come in costumes. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Also, anyone who would like to participate by providing their cars and candy for Trunk or Treat should call the office of Jefferson Parish Councilman Mark Spears at (504) 364-2603.

Church convention

Thompson Temple Church of God in Christ will hold its 66th church convention this weekend at the church, 1515 Whitney Ave., Gretna.

The theme is “Committed to the Great Commission.”

Services Friday begin at 7 p.m. And from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, there will be a community outreach program which includes free food, clothes and toiletries. Free health screenings and legal advice will also be available.

And the final event — a Founder’s Day celebration — is Sunday at noon.

The church pastor is the Rev. Keith Thornton Sr.

For more information, call the church (504) 367-2563.

Mystery this weekend

The St. Philip Neri Drama Club will present “Be My Ghost,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Parishioner Center at St. Philip Neri, 6500 Kawanee Ave., Metairie.

Written by Tim Kelly, the show details a young horror fiction writer who travels to a gloomy, rural inn to help him with his writing. A real-life mystery begins to unfold as he meets some unusual characters.

The show includes a cast and crew of more than 25 students and is directed by Stacy Taliancich Randall.

Reserved tickets are $10, and general admission tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under.

For tickets, email amydufrechou@cox.net or call (504) 382-5481.

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