JEFFERSON HUMAN SERVICES: James B. Arey has been named to the board of directors of the Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority, which provides behavioral health, developmental disabilities and primary care services to eligible Jefferson Parish residents. Arey, a resident of Barataria, is director of training of the Commander SWAT Negotiation Team for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office. He is also an adjunct faculty member of Loyola University in forensic psychology and crisis intervention. Arey has decades of experience in behavioral health practice.

FRENCH QUARTER FESTIVALS: Jeremy Thibodeaux has been re-elected as chairman of the 28-member board of French Quarter Festivals Inc., which produces the French Quarter Festival in April, Satchmo Summerfest in August and Christmas New Orleans Style in December. Thibodeaux is a certified public accountant with Ericksen Krentel  LLP. Other board officers are Robert Rizzuto, of House of Blues, vice chairman; Barrett Cooper, of ERG Enterprises, treasurer; and real estate investor and commercial real estate agent Jon Smith, secretary. The board has two new members: Sharonda Williams, special counsel with Fishman Haygood; and Jeff Semeons, managing partner and head of social media at MediaCom.

DRIFTWOOD MARDI GRAS: Residents of the Driftwood Park neighborhood between Williams and Power boulevards in Kenner chose Frank Moreau and Alyce Gonzalez to reign over the 2018 Driftwood Mardi Gras Parade. Moreau and his wife, Jane, have been living in Driftwood Park for 27 years. He was chairman of the swim team at Driftwood Park Country Club, and volunteered as a coach at Galatas Playground. Gonzalez grew up in Driftwood Park and returned there with her husband, Marcel, in 1995. She was a member of the Country Club board for four years, and served on the Driftwood Civic Association board for two years, and has been secretary of the Driftwood Park Garden Club since 2016. 

LEARN TO SWIM: Registration will be Feb. 7-19 for spring swimming lessons offered through the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission. There are lessons for children and adults at all levels. Classes will begin Feb. 19 and continue through March 19. For information on aquatics classes. visit NORD's indoor aquatics facilities are:

  • Joe W. Brown Park, 5601 Read Blvd., (504) 658-3020
  • Sanchez Multiservice Center, 1616 Caffin Ave., (504) 658-3067
  • Treme Recreation Community Center, 900 N. Villere St., (504) 658-3162.

ST. CHARLES SPRING SPORTS: Registration is open through Feb. 9 for spring baseball, softball and T-ball programs for ages 5 and older offered through the St. Charles Parish Department of Parks and Recreation. Registration is open through Feb. 23 for youth tennis. The registration fee is $65 for baseball, softball and T-ball, and $45 for tennis. To register for most programs, visit the website for the booster club in your area:

The phone number for the Department of Parks and Recreation is (985) 783-5090.

JEFFERSON DOLLARS FOR SCHOLARS: Through Feb. 20, Jefferson Dollars for Scholars is accepting applications for more than 100 scholarships for students who either attend a Jefferson Parish public high school or live in Jefferson Parish and are full-time students at The Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts or NOCCA. To be eligible, students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and a minimum ACT composite score of 20. All awards are based on both need and merit. For the online application and instructions, visit

LEGISLATIVE YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL: Applications are being accepted through March 22 from high school students who have an interest in representing other young people across the state as members of the 2018-19 Louisiana Legislative Youth Advisory Council. The 31-member body includes three student members selected from each of the congressional districts. For an application, visit For information, contact Megan Bella at or (225) 342-2362.

HELP FOR CANCER PATIENTS: The American Cancer Society is seeking volunteer drivers for its New Orleans Road to Recovery program, which provides transportation to and from treatment for people who have cancer and do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves. In 2016, the society met the transportation needs of about 80 percent of patients, but its success rate fell to less than 40 percent in 2017 because of a lack of drivers. For information or to register as a volunteer, call (800) 227-2345 or visit

CHOOSING A COLLEGE: College guidance professional Carol Langston will discuss how students can find the best college fit and how to find scholarship opportunities during a free program at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.  

ST. CHARLES PEDESTRIAN AND BIKE PLAN: The master plan for a pedestrian and bicycle network in St. Charles Parish is nearly complete, and St. Charles Parish and the Regional Planning Commission are encouraging residents to attend workshops to review the plans. The workshops will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 31, Destrehan High School, 1 Wildcat Lane, Destrehan
  • Thursday, Feb. 1, Hahnville High School, 200 Tiger Drive, Boutte
  • Tuesday, Feb. 6, Edward A. Dufresne Community Center, 274 Judge Edward Dufresne Parkway Luling.

For information on the master plan and how to get involved, visit

SAVE OUR SPONGE: The Lost Bayou Ramblers and pianist Tom McDermott will perform during a Save Our Sponge concert benefiting the Woodlands Conservancy from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, at the New Orleans Jazz Market, 1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. "Sponge" refers to an 800-acre bottomland hardwood forest serving as a protective stormwater and wind barrier for the area. Tickets are $35 at

ALGIERS KIWANIS: Milken Educator Award winner Theresa Cross, a teacher at Alice Harte Charter School, will be the guest speaker when the Kiwanis Club of Algiers meets at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, at the Aurora Tennis and Swim Club, 5244 Gen. Meyer Ave., New Orleans. Guests are welcome. For information, call (504) 391-0667.

HARRY POTTER BOOK NIGHT: "Harry Potter Book Night — Fantastic Beasts" will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, at the St. Charles Parish East Regional Library, 160 W. Campus Drive, Destrehan. Wizards, witches and Muggles of all ages will be treated to an evening of beastly games, crafts and activities. Costumes and magical accessories are encouraged. Also, the Harry Hurst Wetland Watchers will feature some of our local “fantastic beasts.” For information, contact Lauren Pitz at (985) 764-2366 or

"CHIEF OF CHIEFS": Al Kennedy will discuss his new book, "Chief of Chiefs, Robert Nathaniel Lee and the Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans, 1915-2001," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Robert Nathanial Lee, known as Chief Robbe, was the first and only person to be named "chief of chiefs" by the Mardi Gras Indian Council. Admission is free. 

PROJECT LIVE & ACHIEVE: Bernice King, CEO of The King Center, will give the keynote address at the "Project LIVE & Achieve" rally for excellence at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at the Xavier University of Louisiana Convocation Center, 7910 Stroelitz St., New Orleans. The rally is expected to attract 5,000 students from New Orleans-area schools. Admission is free. 

JEFFERSON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Linda Rutherford, vice president and chief communications officer of Southwest Airlines, will deliver the keynote address when the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce holds its annual meeting at 8 a.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at the Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport, 2829 Williams Blvd., Kenner. The chamber also will present its Ambassador of the Year Award, Board Member of the Year Award, President's Award and Chairman's Award. The cost is $75 for members and $125 for others. For information or to register, visit or call (504) 835-3880.

GRUMPY GARDENER: Steve Bender, the senior garden editor of Southern Living magazine, will give a presentation and sign his new book, “The Grumpy Gardener: An A to Z Guide from the Galaxy’s most Irritable Green Thumb,” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, in the pavilion at the New Orleans Botanical Garden in City Park. Admission is $20, and the book will be available for purchase. To register, visit For information, contact Susan Capley, education director for the New Orleans Botanical Garden, at (504) 483-9473 or

SAFE DRIVING CLASS: AARP will host a smart driver class from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at East Jefferson General Hospital, 4200 Houma Blvd., Metairie. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for others. Participants completing the class will receive a workbook along with a certificate that may qualify them for a discount from their automobile insurance company good for up to three years. To register, call Carl Drichta at (504) 302-1712.

TUSKEGEE AIRMEN: Waymand T. Brothers will give a lecture on the history of the Tuskegee Airmen at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, as part of the Nunez History Lecture Series in the auditorium at Nunez Community College, 3710 Paris Road, Chalmette. For information, visit

OLD GARDEN ROSE SOCIETY: The New Orleans Old Garden Rose Society will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, at John Calvin Presbyterian Church, 4201 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie. Guest speaker Peggy Martin will speak on the topic "Fabulous Old Roses For Our Louisiana Climate." The group meets the first Tuesday of the month, except for July and August, at 7 p.m at John Calvin in Metairie. For information, visit

ALGIERS KIWANIS: Eric Golub will speak on positive uses of humor when the Kiwanis Club of Algiers meets at 7 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, at the Aurora Tennis and Swim Club, 5244 Gen. Meyer Ave., New Orleans. Guests are welcome. For information, call (504) 391-0667.

NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY WALK: Mike Murphree will lead a free nature photography walk from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, in the Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero. To make a reservation, call (504) 689-3690, ext. 10, or

FEDERAL EMPLOYEES: Vernon N. Landry Chapter 1398, St. Bernard, of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, will meet for lunch at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, in the Sicilian Room of Rocky and Carlo's Restaurant, 613 W. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette. For information, email

ALGIERS KIWANIS: Michael Hecht, president and CEO of Greater New Orleans Inc., will be the guest speaker when the Kiwanis Club of Algiers meets at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at the Aurora Tennis and Swim Club, 5244 Gen. Meyer Ave., New Orleans. Guests are welcome. For information, call (504) 391-0667.

ST. BERNARD HISTORY: Curtis Manning will present a lecture on the history of St. Bernard Parish from 1928 to 1945 at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, as part of the St. Bernard History Lecture Series at Docville Farm, 5124 E. St. Bernard Highway, Violet. For information, visit

FINANCIAL LITERACY FOR WOMEN: The Junior League of New Orleans is presenting a series of free seminars on financial literacy for women. The monthly seminars begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Broadmoor Arts and Wellness Center, 3900 Gen. Taylor St., New Orleans. The seminar dates and topics are Feb. 20, rising food costs; March 13, limited-income earners; April 10, credit report; May 8, preventing foreclosure.

ST. VINCENT INFANT & MATERNITY GUILD A bingo fundraiser for the St. Vincent Infant & Maternity Guild will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, at St. Matthew the Apostle Church, 10021 Jefferson Highway, River Ridge. The cost for bingo, lunch and two cards is $20. To make a reservation, call Cindy Wooderson at (504) 236-8720 or Gaynell Pervel at (504) 858-3443.

ALGIERS KIWANIS: Kemper Sublette, vice president of the Confederate Memorial Museum in New Orleans, will be the guest speaker when the Kiwanis Club of Algiers meets at 7 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Aurora Tennis and Swim Club, 5244 Gen. Meyer Ave., New Orleans. Guests are welcome. For information, call (504) 391-0667.

DISABILITY RESOURCES FAIR: The Jefferson Parish Community Resource Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 24 at Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. The fair, for people of all ages and disabilities, is being organized by Families Helping Families of Greater New Orleans, the Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority, the Louisiana Workforce Commission and the Jefferson Parish school system.

CATHOLICS IN NEW ORLEANS: Architect Robbie Cangelosi will give a lecture, "Stones Made Sacred: The Sacred Art and Architecture of New Orleans," at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, in Schulte Hall at Notre Dame Seminary, 2901 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans. The archdiocese's Tricentennial Lecture Series will continue with a panel discussion on the black Catholic experience in New Orleans on Sept. 7, and a multicultural panel presentation on Oct. 3. For information, visit

LOYOLA JAZZ ENSEMBLE FESTIVAL: Bassist, band leader and arranger John Clayton will give a public concert and participate in student master classes during the Jazz Ensemble Festival from March 2-3 at Loyola University New Orleans. Student ensembles of all ages will observe performances, participate in master classes and give their own performances. Public events include a free concert by the Loyola Faculty Jazz Septet at 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 2, in the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall in the Music/Communications Complex at the corner of Calhoun Street and St. Charles Avenue. Clayton will perform with the Loyola Jazz Ensemble at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3, also in the Roussel Performance Hall. Tickets to the Saturday show are $10,may be purchased online through, by emailing tickets@loyno. and edu or by calling the box office at (504) 865-2074.

ELENIAN CLUB: The Elenians' Day at the Races will be from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 4, in the Black and Gold Room at the Fair Grounds Race Course, 1751 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans. Tickets are $40. The festivities will include a buffet lunch, hat contest and auction. Checks payable to the Elenian Club may be mailed to 1105 Waltham St., Metairie, LA 70001. Proceeds will benefit Ozanam Inn and the Key Program. 

PROPELLER CLUB GOLF TOURNAMENT: Registration is open for the Propeller Club Port of New Orleans Golf Tournament, which will tee off at 1 p.m. March 15 at Timberlane Country Club, 1 Timberlane Drive, Gretna. The fee for an individual golfer is $120; proceeds will support the club and its annual scholarship award. To register, visit

A CAPELLA CONCERT: The Grammy Award-winning male chorus Chanticleer will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 19, at Holy Name of Jesus Church, 6367 St. Charles Ave. Tickets range in price from $20 to $60 at, by emailing tickets@loyno.eduor calling the Loyola box office at (504) 865-2074.

DAUGHTERS OF CHARITY: The Keeping Our Promises gala benefiting the Daughters of Charity Foundation of New Orleans will be from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m,. Friday, March 23, at Messina's at the Terminal, 6001 Stars and Stripes Blvd., New Orleans. The patron party will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $175 for patrons and $100 for others at