In honor of Caribbean American Heritage Month, Friends of Culture and the Servant’s Heart Outreach Center held a health fair, Your Wellness and You, in Marrero.

“Our goal was to promote the health and wellness of the attendees through education and screening,” president of Friends of Culture, Marilyn LaForce, said. In addition, the community was exposed to Caribbean culture, diversities and customs, she said.

June is Caribbean American Heritage Month. In 2005, Caribbean American Heritage Month was established to recognize the significant contributions of Caribbean people and their descendants to the history and culture of the United States.

The campaign to designate June as National Caribbean American Heritage Month was spearheaded by Claire Nelson, founder and president of the Institute of Caribbean Studies.

At the health fair, representatives of Catholic Charities of New Orleans explained the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, which provides valuable day-to-day experiences for older adults, at home or in facilities across the city.

Djuana Brown, a patient and community relations specialist with Jen Care Medical Services, discussed its work as a one-stop shop for seniors and their medical needs. Representatives of Blue Cliff College gave massages. Gulf Coast Center for Law and Policy offered free immigration services. Other participants were Jefferson Community Health Care Center and United Health Care.

Yolanda Charlemagne, a member of the board of the Friends of Bayou Bacchanal Caribbean Cultural Center, served traditional Caribbean cuisine: jerk chicken with rice, peas and fried plantain, and steamed vegetables.

Other events planned in New Orleans during Caribbean American Heritage Month include:

CARIBBEAN MARKETPLACE: A grand opening for the Caribbean Market Place will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 1425 Walkertown Way, Marrero.

ARTS MARKET: The Arts Council of New Orleans will celebrate Caribbean American Heritage Month during its art market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 28 at Palmer Par, South Carrollton and South Claiborne avenues, New Orleans.

For information, call Marilyn LaForce at (504) 220-8441.

Algiers Historical Society

The New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy will be the topic when the school’s commandant, Col. Bill Davis, gives a presentation at a meeting of the Algiers Historical Society at 10 a.m. Saturday in the cafeteria of the school, 425 O’Bannon St., on the Federal City campus. The academy is a Type 2 charter that provides its cadets the training and discipline to become successful leaders.

Camp Sunshine

The Jefferson Parish Recreation Department is offering Camp Sunshine for children with disabilities ages 8-13 and Camp Moonbeams for ages 14 and older at Nicholson Playground. For information and registration, contact Rebelee Luke at (504) 349-5000, ext. 105, or

Yetoria Lumpkin DeShazier writes about the people and events in Algiers and the West Bank. Contact her at or call (504) 367-0905.