Jefferson Parish officials, along with the members of the Patrons of Lafreniere Park, will kick off the Carnival season with an inaugural King’s Day event at 6 p.m. Friday at the Al Copeland Concert Meadow Stage inside the park, 3000 Downs Blvd., Metairie.

The kings and queens of Jefferson Parish Carnival krewes will be presented, along with the captains of each organization. Serving as master of ceremonies will be Mardi Gras historian Arthur Hardy.

Live music by Remedy is a highlight, as well as activities for children including a magic show and juggling.

Admission is free. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Rivertown’s new season

Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner, will hold its annual season announcement party at 7:30 p.m. Saturday with an open-bar reception. At 8 p.m., guests will enter the theater for the announcement of the 2016-17 productions, along with lots of musical numbers from the announced shows and a performance from the upcoming musical “Sweet Charity,” which opens Jan. 15.

Desserts will be served, and an auction of some unique theatrical items is planned.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door.

For tickets to the event, or to “And the Ball and All” (see story), call (504) 461-9475 or (504) 468-7221.

Parish officials take office

The newly elected officials of Jefferson Parish will take their oaths of office today beginning at 10 a.m. at the Sen. Ken Hollis Theater at the Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 6400 Airline Drive, Metairie.

Doors open at 9 a.m.

The following officials will be sworn in:

Newell D. Normand, sheriff; Michael Yenni, parish president; Jon Gegenheimer, clerk of court; Gerry Cvitanovich, coroner; Chris Roberts, councilman at-large, Division A; Cynthia Lee-Sheng, councilwoman at-large, Division B; Ricky Templet, councilman, District 1; Paul Johnston, councilman, District 2; Mark Spears, councilman, District 3; Ben Zahn III, councilman, District 4; and Jennifer Van Vrancken, councilwoman, District 5.

Immediately following the inauguration, the first council meeting of 2016 will take place.

The ceremony will be streamed live on the Jefferson Parish website,, which also is accessible via the parish’s mobile app, Jefferson Parish Mobile, on smart phones and hand-held devices.

Pelicans’ boosters to meet

The 3-Point Club of New Orleans will sponsor an evening with Joel Meyers, the play-by-play announcer for the New Orleans Pelicans, Thursday at Chateau Golf and Country Club, 3600 Chateau Blvd., Kenner.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and dinner is at 7 p.m. The cost is $50 per person and includes a buffet dinner, dessert and an open bar.

The 3-Point Club is a community service, nonprofit organization supporting the New Orleans Pelicans, the sport of basketball, and the New Orleans metro community.

To reserve a spot, call club secretary M.J. Axinn at (504) 914-6242 or send an email to

School open house

The Jewish Community Day School will hold an open house for prospective parents at 9 a.m. and again at 6 p.m. on Jan. 13 at the school, 3747 West Esplanade Ave., Metairie.

Tours will be given, and parents of prekindergarten through fifth-graders will also have a chance to speak with teachers and the head of the school, Sharon Pollin.

For more information, call the school at (504) 887-4091 or go to the website You can also send an email to

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