Parish Lines: Lifestyles of Canary Islanders on display at Islenos Fiesta _lowres

Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Andres Rodgriques dances to the live entertainment playing a mix of Latin American music during the 38th annual Isleños Festival in St. Bernard in 2014.

The historic lifestyles of the Canary Islanders who came to St. Bernard Parish between 1778 and 1783 will be showcased at the Los Isleños Heritage and Cultural Society’s 41st annual Islenos Fiesta.

Set for Saturday and Sunday on the grounds of Los Isleños Museum Complex, 1345-1357 Bayou Road in the St. Bernard community, the festival will feature live music, food, rides, local crafters and expanded living-history demonstrations of folk crafts and traditions associated with the Isleños culture. The menu will include the usual festival fare, along with various Spanish dishes, grilled oysters and fried seafood.

Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

On Saturday, live entertainment will be provided by the Los Cabuqueros and Los Cebolleros from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., At Fault from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Category 6 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday’s lineup will include Ovi-G and The Froggies from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Los Cabuqueros and Los Cebolleros from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Groovy 7 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Visitors will be able to peruse the Los Isleños Historic Village, which consists of several remarkable structures, including the Coconut Island Barroom, Estopinal House and Kitchen, and the Esteves and Cresap-Caserta houses. Each building and the surrounding grounds will be utilized for displays featuring farming, alligator hunting, trapping, boat-building, trawl-making, basket weaving, Teneriffe lace-making and quilting.

Admission to the festival is $3 per person. Children 11 and younger will be admitted free.

For information, contact Rhonda Rodriguez Hannan, fiesta chairwoman, at (504) 615-9322 or Kathy Serpas Ziegler, fiesta co-chairwoman, at (504) 494-5848.

Sippin’ in the Sunset

The Old Arabi Neighborhood Association’s monthly Sippin’ in the Sunset will be Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Aycock Barn, 409 Aycock St. in Old Arabi.

The social offers guests the chance to shop, eat, hear live music and visit with friends, all under one roof. There will be food from local restaurants, arts and crafts, beer and wine.

For more information, call Maegan Dobson at (504) 756-7143.

Special Olympics

St. Bernard Parish special-needs students will get their opportunity to shine this week when they compete in track and field events at the St. Bernard Parish Public School System’s 2016 Louisiana Special Olympics.

Set for 9:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday the annual event will take place on the football field at Chalmette High School, 1100 E. Judge Perez Drive in Chalmette.

Spectators are welcome to attend to cheer more than 100 students who will participate.

For information, call Chalmette High at (504) 301-2600.

Lenten seafood dinners

Our Lady of Prompt Succor’s Tomato Festival Committee and the Knights of Columbus Archbishop Francis A. Janssens Council will host their annual Lenten seafood dinners from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 4 and 11 in the Prompt Succor school cafeteria, 2305 Fenelon St., Chalmette.

Food will range in price from $6 to $12 and will include fried or baked catfish, fried shrimp, oysters and fish, shrimp fettuccine, and shrimp and corn soup. Platters will be served with French fries or Cajun potatoes, salad and bread. Other menu items will include pizza, beer, soda and ice cream. Desserts also will be sold by members of the OLPS Patriette and Petite Patriette dance teams and cheerleaders.

Dine-in or takeout orders will be accepted. For more information, call (504)271-2953.

Relay For Life

The 2016 St. Bernard Relay For Life Festival will be held from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at Val Reiss Sports Complex in Chalmette. A 3K will start at 6 p.m., followed by a 5K at 7 p.m.

There will be food, entertainment, crafts and games.

For time information, contact Kathleen Huff at

Girl Scout cookies

St. Bernard Parish Girl Scouts will accept orders for cookies through March 13.

Cookies are $4 per box upon delivery and are preservative-free and kosher, with 0 grams of trans fats per serving. Gluten-free Trios are available for $5 per box, while supplies last.

Cookie varieties include Thin Mints, Shortbread (formerly known as Trefoils), Thanks-A-Lot, Cranberry Citrus Crisps, Lemonades, Peanut Butter Patties (formerly known as Tagalongs), Caramel deLites (formerly known as Samoas) and Peanut Butter Sandwiches (formerly known as Do si Dos).

To order cookies, call Tanya Palazzalo, St. Bernard’s service unit manager, at (504) 343-2934.

Palazzalo said local booth sales will take place Friday through Sunday and March 11-13 at various locations throughout the parish, including the Chalmette Walmart, Todd’s Technology, Walgreens on Paris Road and Breaux Mart. Booth hours will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Chalmette Toastmasters

The Chalmette Toastmasters provides an opportunity to improve communication and leadership skills. Its next meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the St. Bernard Council on Aging, 8201-A W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette.

The group meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month. For information, call Tina Guillot at (504) 338-7927.

Farmers market

The St. Bernard Seafood and Farmers Market will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 12 at the Aycock Barn, 409 Aycock St. in historic Old Arabi.

The market provides a place for local farmers and fishers to sell their products and for local artisans to showcase their handmade arts and crafts. Visitors also can find delicious baked goods, jams, pickled goods and fresh herbs.

For information, call (504) 278-4242.

St. Bernard scholarships

The St. Bernard Chapter of the Louisiana Volunteers for Family and Community, an organization under the auspices of the LSU Agriculture Center, will once again award four $1,000 scholarships for the fall 2016 school year. The program began in 2010.

The criteria for this scholarship emphasizes on the student’s volunteer activities.

Any graduating senior from a metro New Orleans high school who is a resident of St. Bernard Parish is eligible. For information, contact high school counselors for a copy of the application or Lucy Ruffino, SBVFC scholarship chair, at heartsy1 or the LSU AG Center at (504) 278-4234.

The deadline for applying is March 31.

Crawfish Festival

The Louisiana Crawfish Festival will be held March 31 through April 3 on the grounds of the Frederick J. Sigur Civic Center in Chalmette. The festival features boiled crawfish and the usual festival fare, as well as live music, rides, crawfish races and crafts.

Kim Gritter writes about people, places and events in St. Bernard Parish. She can be reached at