Throughout the month of June, Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation will collect donated items for its annual Nearly New Sale.

Items can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays through Fridays, and again from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the social hall entrance of Shir Chadash Synagogue, 3737 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie.

The annual sale, started back in 1960 by the Sisterhood of the Shir Chadash, not only supports spiritual, educational and social programs at Shir Chadash but it also benefits the entire community by providing high-quality merchandise at bargain prices. Unsold items are given to Bridge House, Jefferson Parish Friends of the Library and other charities.

All are encouraged to donate everything from gently worn clothes for the family, jewelry and fashion accessories to furniture, housewares, giftware, décor and art, as well as books, CDs, DVDs, games, toys, strollers and portable cribs.

Items not accepted include sofas, nondigital TVs, computers, car seats, cribs or knives.

For information, call Mimi Levine, chairwoman of the sale, at (504) 598-9858.

Fundraiser on the West Bank

The members of St. John Bosco Knights of Columbus Council 10057 will hold a barbecue chicken fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the church, 2114 Oakmere Drive, Harvey.

The cost is $8 and includes chicken, beans, potato salad and bread. Drinks and desserts will be sold separately.

For information, call (504) 812-8454.

Art show

The Metairie Art Guild will hold its annual art show Thursday through Sunday during regular mall hours at Lakeside Shopping Center in Metairie.

Artwork on display by members of the guild will be available for sale.

Renovated library reopened

Jefferson Parish officials, along with officials with the city of Kenner, recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the reopening of the newly renovated North Kenner Library, 630 W. Esplanade Ave.

Renovations include exterior and interior improvements to the existing facility. Exterior improvements include a new roof coating system, complete exterior painting, outdoor reading area and entry plaza accessed from the main parking area.

New lighting has been installed around the perimeter of the building. The pipe structures and brick planters that once dominated the front of the building have been removed and landscaping has been added for the full length of the structure.

New bike racks, benches and book drops have been installed.

The interior received a complete face-lift with new paint, ceiling, lighting, flooring and new air conditioning duct work. The new, 725-square-foot meeting room and enlarged study rooms have increased the usability of the building.

New furnishings throughout the building and additional computer stations have been added to the main reading room. Included in the renovations was the repaving of the parking lot.

Parish officials said the construction was completed in approximately eight months at a total cost of $1,006,887 by Sherlock’s Construction Co.

AARP class planned

An AARP smart driver course will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at East Jefferson General Hospital,4200 Houma Blvd., Metairie.

The class is open to all AARP members and non-members 50 and older. Those completing the class will receive a certificate that may qualify them for a discount from their automobile insurer good for up to three years.

The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members.

For information, call Dr. Carl Drichta at (504) 302-1712.

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