The 2015 Greater New Orleans Senior Olympic Games get underway Friday with dozens of sporting events open to men and women 50 and older.

The games continue until April 13 and will be held at venues throughout the metropolitan area.

“We have activities for every level,” said Metairie resident Bernice Bordelon, a longtime volunteer with Senior Olympics who is also an active participant. “Competitions include team sports such as basketball, softball, co-ed cabbage ball, volleyball, team dancing and beanbag baseball.

“We also offer individual activities in track and field, swimming, tennis, table tennis, golf, weightlifting, bowling, billiards, horseshoes, miniature golf, pickleball, cycling and 5K race. And new this year is archery. The games are all about having fun and staying active.”

Bridge, shuffleboard and Texas Hold’em also will be offered.

The entry fee is $20 per person and includes participation in any three events and a T-shirt. Bordelon said there are a few events that have an additional fee to cover the cost of the venue where the game will be held.

“The Greater New Orleans Senior Olympics is operated by a volunteer board of directors who coordinate the events as well as donate their time and energy because of the enjoyment from participating and watching other seniors have fun,” Bordelon said. “If you’re not playing with us, you are missing a good time.”

Volunteers are needed to help at various events.

For information or to obtain an entry form, call Bordelon at (504) 834-5279 or email; call Janey Perez at (504) 296-8200 or email; or visit

Storm watchers needed

The National Weather Service in Slidell will present its SkyWarn Training program from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 West Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

Sponsored by the Jefferson Parish Department of Emergency Management, the training sessions include the basics of severe weather identification and how to report severe weather.

No preregistration is necessary.

If you are interested in becoming a severe storm spotter and want to receive SkyWarn training, call the parish’s Emergency Management office at (504) 349-5360 or call (985) 649-0357, extension 223.

Prekindergarten registration

The Jefferson Parish Public School System will accept applications for its 2015-16 prekindergarten Tuesday through Feb. 27.

Students whose last name begins with A to M may apply Tuesday or Feb. 26, and those whose last name begins with N to Z may apply on Wednesday or Feb. 27.

Parents and families will be able to submit applications at three different sites — Bonnabel Magnet Academy, 2801 Bruin Drive, Kenner; the JPPSS Administration Building, 501 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey; and Harry S. Truman Middle School, 5417 Ehret Road, Marrero. Sites will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day except for Feb. 26, when the hours will be extended to 6 p.m. to allow all families to register.

To be eligible, students must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 30. Parents must also bring a copy of the child’s birth certificate, two proofs of residency, copy of income, a photo ID and the child’s immunization record.

For more information, visit or call (504) 349-7600.

Eva Jacob Barkoff writes about the people and events on the East Bank of Jefferson Parish. She can be reached at or by calling (504) 430-8053.