If you are looking for something a little different to do as part of your summer vacation, a beginner’s course in bird watching will be held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday in the Barataria Preserve at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero.

The program is open to beginners ages 10 and older. The course will teach participants how to find and identify preserve birds by sight and by sound, then learn how to use the park’s eBird kiosk to report sightings.

The course is free.

Reservations are required so call (504) 689-3690, extension 10.

Homebuyers course

A 12-hour certified homebuyer program will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Hispanic Resource Center, 4312 Florida Ave., Kenner.

Those interested must attend both days of the class. Completing the program will provide those with income limitations with knowledge of assistance such as home funds, bond money and various grants that can help with down a payment or closing costs in purchasing a home. Assistance is subject to credit and income.

The program will be conducted by Sulli Educational Services Inc. in Kenner. Call (504) 464-6224 for additional and to preregister. Seating is limited.

Special program at West Bank school

At the end of the 2014-15 academic school year, Live Oak Manor Elementary School in Marrero hosted its annual Business and Community Leaders Luncheon meeting.

Certificates and gifts of appreciations were awarded to Jennifer Dykes, the school’s teacher of the year, Karen Childs, the school’s volunteer of the year, Manuel Holmes, the support personnel of the year, and Shy’Kita Barnes, the school’s student of year.

Myrtle Weber, principal of Live Oak, gave a school update and students performed a skit, read poems, performed musical selections, and presented choreographed dance presentations.

Judge June Berry Darensburg of the 24th Judicial District Court was a guest speaker, offering words of encouragement to the students. And Tyrielle Hunter, a fifth grade student of Lincoln School of the Arts, performed a dance.

Other guests included parents of Live Oak students, Lincoln School of the Arts principal Yelitza Gray, assistant principal Patricia Fletcher, music teacher Carolyn Glynn, and retired teachers Roberta Jones and Linda LeBlanc.

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