The history and beauty of Metairie Cemetery, built on a former race track at the western edge of Orleans Parish, will be the topic at the second in a free series of Save Our Cemeteries lectures at 6:30 p.m. today at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd.

“Beautiful, Historic and Unique Metairie Cemetery” will be presented by Gerald “Jerry” Schoen III, director of Lake Lawn’s community outreach program.

Schoen, a fifth generation funeral director, was 12 when he began his career at the New Orleans funeral home his family established in 1874. A licensed director at Lake Lawn for 37 years, he has served as president of the Louisiana Funeral Directors Association and is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association.

A Save Our Cemeteries board member, Schoen’s lecture will spotlight Metairie Cemetery’s rich past and current status, including its 2003 listing by Forbes as one of the 10 best cemeteries and its 1991 placement on the National Register of Historic Places.

Schoen’s “intimate knowledge and unique insight into the history of Metairie Cemetery is unparalleled and will definitely be enjoyed by everyone who attends” the lecture, said Amanda Walker, executive director at Save Our Cemeteries.

Save Our Cemeteries is a nonprofit organization with a mission to preserve, protect and promote the historic cemeteries of New Orleans through restoration, education and advocacy.

Help homeless veterans

The Jerusalem Economic Development Corp. will present an event that will help build one-bedroom units for homeless veterans from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday at the Crystal Palace banquet hall, 10020 Chef Menteur Highway in eastern New Orleans.

A brass band will entertain along with the Melody Clouds and Sharon Martin. Oliver Thomas will speak, and Norman Robinson will serve as master of ceremonies. Along with a silent auction, a buffet will include gumbo, shrimp and crawfish pasta, ham and turkey. Parking is free.

Tickets are $55 a person and $500 for a table of 10. They are available online at or by calling (504) 884-0829 or (504) 948-0808. For information about JEDC,

Jack Fielkow Scholarship

Members of the New Orleans MLB Urban Youth Academy and Each One Save One are eligible to apply for the Jack Fielkow Scholarship, developed by the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Foundation. Deadline is April 30.

Scholarships of up to $2,000 will be presented to two applicants demonstrating academic achievement, community participation, leadership skills and financial need. Scholarship recipients must go on to attend an accredited two- or four-year college, university, vocational school or technical school.

Recipients will be selected by a committee including Arnie Fielkow, former New Orleans City Council president and current CEO of the National Basketball Retired Players Association, who made a $40,000 donation in his father’s name to the Jack Fielkow Scholarship Fund. Fielkow helped to establish the New Orleans MLB Urban Youth Academy and served as an Each One Save One mentor.

Last year’s winners were Christian Marshall, of McDonogh 35 College Preparatory School, and Marshante Collins, of Joseph S. Clark Senior High School. Marshall went on to attend Tuskegee University, and Collins attends Dillard University.

Scholarship recipients will be selected May 20. For information, visit

Wiggle Weekends

Help make room for the spring arrival of unwanted puppies and kittens by adopting an animal that is older than 4 during Wiggle Weekends every Saturday and Sunday in April at the Louisiana SPCA, 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd. in Algiers.

Let an older dog or cat wiggle its way into your heart for a $40 adoption fee that includes spaying or neutering, vaccinations and a microchip. To see adoptable animals online, visit adoptables. For information, call the LA-SPCA at (504) 368-5191 or

Own a home

A free seminar titled “Living Like the Kardashians with Your Tax Refund” will be presented by Lisa Carey of Lisa Carey Realty and Veterans Housing Outreach from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Rosa Keller Branch Library, 4300 S. Broad Ave.

“Roll up your sleeves and get a starter home or duplex,” Carey said. “Rent one side of the home, and you can live rent free.” Seating is limited, and reservations are required. For information about the seminar and presentations in May, call Carey at (504) 340-3429.

Lynne Jensen writes about New Orleans community events and people. Contact her at