The 49th annual Krewe of Driftwood Parade begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, rolling throughout the streets of the Driftwood subdivision in Kenner.

The parade begins at the intersection of Granada and Gelpi avenues and winds its way throughout the area, disbanding at the corner of Nassau and Gelpi avenues.

The theme is “Driftwood Remembers When.”

“This is a traditional neighborhood parade, and we have added schools and marching groups from Jefferson Parish,” said Mary D’Anna, secretary for the Driftwood Park Civic Association. “This year, we have 48 units participating. It is a great parade for families with children because we have many children on floats and in marching or riding groups.”

D’Anna added that a king and queen are chosen for the annual parade.

“The king and queen are nominated based on their community involvement,” she said. “But we do not reveal the identity of the king and queen until parade day.”

There will also be food trucks and refreshments for sale along the route.

West Bank road race

The 30th annual Run on the Bayou is Jan. 27 at Bayou Segnette Park, 7777 West Bank Expressway, Westwego.

There will be a half-mile fun run/walk at 8 a.m., and the 5K and 10K run begins at 8:15 a.m.

Registration for those ages 18 to 64 is $30 by Sunday or $35 thereafter, including race day. For youngsters 17 and under and seniors 65 and older, the fee is $20 by Sunday or $25 thereafter.

For more information or to register, go to or call (504) 884-7565.

Free health festival

A community health festival will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, at Torah Academy, 5210 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie.

Local organizations and businesses throughout the New Orleans area are partnering in the event and will have health-related activities for children and adults, such as a trivia prize wheel, cardio and strength training, juicing and chair massages.

There also will be a miniature amusement park including a Ferris wheel and dunking booth.

Kosher food will be sold at the event. Admission is free.

Annual Chamber meeting

The Jefferson Chamber will hold its annual meeting from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Feb. 2 at the Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport, 2829 Williams Blvd., Kenner.

The event will feature keynote speaker Linda Rutherford, senior vice president and chief communications officer for Southwest Airlines. Before she joined Southwest in 1992, Rutherford was a reporter for the Dallas Times Herald newspaper and has an extensive newspaper and magazine reporting background.

Tickets are $75 per person for Chamber members and $125 for nonmembers. Various sponsorship levels also are available.

For more information and tickets, call Alex Zarookian at (504) 835-3880 or email

Women's civic group to meet

David Cappello, author of “The People's Grocer: John G. Schwegmann,” will be the guest speaker at the meeting of Women For a Better Louisiana being held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, in the second-floor community room of the Lake Marina Towers, 300 Lake Marina Drive, New Orleans.

The book spotlights the life, career and family legacy of John Schwegmann, who pioneered the present day big-box store concept. The book will be available for purchase at the meeting.

Women For a Better Louisiana is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that was chartered in 1986. Its goal is to improve the quality of life in Louisiana by working to attain honest and efficient government, a clean environment, litter control, beautification, help in preventing child abuse and helping victims of abuse.

Reservations are required for the meeting. Call Linda Kraus at (504) 456-9899 to reserve a spot.

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