Doris Davis

November will be proclaimed the month to officially honor the veterans of Jefferson Parish during a special ceremony beginning at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 15 in the Kenner City Council Chambers, 1801 Williams Blvd.

Before the Jefferson Parish Council meeting, in conjunction with the Jefferson Council on Aging, the official veterans’ proclamation will be read to honor the Jefferson seniors who have served in the armed forces. 

The proclamation will also kick off a series of senior center celebrations where each veteran will receive a personalized certificate honoring them for their service.

“The Veteran Proclamation Program is a way we honor and provide dignity to our seniors’ service in the armed forces,” said Al Robichaux, executive director of JCOA.

Locations, days and times of the individual senior center celebrations are:

  • 10 a.m. Friday, Harahan Senior Center, 100 Elodie St.
  • 11 a.m. Nov. 8, Estelle Senior Center, 5012 Ehret Road.
  • 11 a.m. Nov. 9, Gretna Senior Center, 476 Franklin Ave.
  • 10 a.m. Nov. 10, Lafitte Senior Center, 4927 Treasure Drive
  • 11 a.m. Nov. 13, Kenner Senior Center, 641 Compromise St.
  • 11 a.m. Nov. 14, Marrero Senior Center, 4420 Seventh St.
  • 10 a.m. Nov. 20, Bridge City Senior Center, 1601 Bridge City Ave.
  • 11 a.m. Nov. 21, Metairie Senior Center, 265 N. Causeway Blvd.
  • 10 a.m. Nov. 29, Jefferson Senior Center, 4518 Jefferson Highway.

For more information, call (504) 207- 4691 or go to

Help clothe a child

The Council of Catholic School Cooperative Clubs will hold its annual “Clothe-A-Child” shopping day at 8 a.m. Nov. 15 at Kmart, 2940 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie.

Members will shop for needy families of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Each family member will receive a wrapped gift containing clothing items. Monetary donations to help fund the project are due Nov. 10.

Last year, the club provided clothing for more 125 children.

To make a donation and for more information, call Kim Heller at (504) 304-4621 or Jennifer Schneider at (504) 831-3376. 

Cook-off and car show

The Harahan Athletic Association will host its sixth annual Jambalaya Cook-off and Car Show from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Harahan Playground, 6601 10th St.

The Topcats will perform from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

All proceeds benefit the Harahan Playground. For more information, call (504) 737-2166.

Seafood fest in Bucktown

The 20th annual Bucktown Seafood Festival gets underway this weekend on the grounds St. Louis King of France School, 1600 Lake Ave., Metairie.

Hours are 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

In addition to food, there will be rides for children, games, auctions, gift baskets, a parade of prizes and raffles.

Musical acts include Contraflow, which will perform at 7 p.m. Friday. From noon to 12:45 p.m. Saturday, Johnette Downing performs, followed by the Mande Milkshakers at 4 p.m. Then at 5 p.m., The Bow Office Giants take the stage.

And beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday, Amanda Shaw plays, followed at 5 p.m. by the Bucktown All-Stars.

For more information, go to

96th birthday

Congratulations to local resident Doris Davis, who celebrated her 96th birthday on Oct. 25 with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren from the New Orleans area, North Carolina, Minnesota and California.

Davis is a longtime member of Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue and Community Center in Metairie and resides at Woldenberg Village on the West Bank.

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