The Jefferson Chamber of Commerce will host both the 11th annual Tour de Jefferson and the inaugural LIVEWELL Fest on Sept. 10 at Lafreniere Park, 3000 Downs Blvd., Metairie.

The Tour de Jefferson bike ride, in its first year on the East Bank of the parish, will begin and end at the park. Check in is at 7:30 a.m., and the ride will start at 8:30 a.m. Participants can choose to ride 42 miles, 28 miles or 13-mile routes. Rest stops will be available, along with snacks and drinks.

Registration is $50 per person for adults in advance, and $60 the day of the event. Student registration is $20 in advance and $30 the day of. Students must present their school IDs.

There's also a two-mile fun run and walk through Lafreniere Park, beginning at 9 a.m. The event is free.

The LIVEWELL Fest, which is also free, will begin at 10 a.m. and will include food, refreshments and arts and crafts. Bag of Donuts will perform from noon to 3 p.m.

Volunteers are needed to help during both the bike rides and the festival.

Individual riders and fun run participants can register online,

For more information or to volunteer, call Chamber office at (504) 835-3880.

Square dancing, anyone?

The Pelican Squares, a square, round and line dance club, will begin square dancing lessons next month in the activity center of Faith Lutheran Church, 300 Colonial Club Drive, Harahan.

The lessons will be held from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. every Thursday beginning Sept. 7. They're open to adults and children 10 and older.

The monthly fee is $13 per person, $7 for children of participating adults. The first class, on Sept. 7, is free.

For more information and to register, contact Dennise Kearney at or (504) 450-9760 or John Davenport at or (504) 394-0389.

To learn more about The Pelican Squares, go to

Genealogy program

Gwen Kelley, a librarian who specializes in genealogy and local history, will lead in September a series of 10 seminars focusing on family research at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

The program will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and are free and open to the public. No registration is required.

The dates and topics are:

  • Sept. 6:  Using Census records
  • Sept. 13: Searching vital records
  • Sept. 27: Searching newspapers and obituaries
  • Oct. 4: Searching cemetery records
  • Oct. 11: Searching immigration records
  • Oct. 18: Using Fold 3 and researching military records
  • Oct. 25: Using and the Family History Library
  • Nov. 1: Using
  • Nov. 8: Genealogy and Google
  • Nov. 15: Genealogy and Facebook

For more information, call (504) 889-8143.

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