Crescent City around the neighborhood for March 30, 2016 _lowres

Photo provided by St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office—St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff Mike Tregre, right, congratulates Lt. Chip Wale upon his graduation from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

  • WINE RAFFLE: The deadline is Friday to buy tickets online for a wine raffle benefiting Alliance Française de La Nouvelle-Orléans. To buy tickets, for $5 each, visit or the alliance’s office, 1519 Jackson Ave., New Orleans.
  • LULING SMOKE TESTING: The St. Charles Parish Department of Public Works and Wastewater is performing smoke testing until April 8, from 355 Davis Drive to the tracks closest to River Road in Luling. During these tests, which are checking for breaks in wastewater lines, residents may see smoke rising in their yards, ditches and roof vents. Smoke also may appear in homes that have interior broken pipes or drains that have not been recently used.
  • JEFFERSON PARISH RABIES VACCINATIONS: Jefferson Parish will hold a rabies vaccination drive from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at 10 locations. Dog and cat owners can have their animals vaccinated against rabies. The fee of $15, payable by cash only, includes the vaccination, license and tag. The project is a joint effort of the Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter, the Southeast Louisiana Veterinary Association and the Jefferson SPCA. The east bank locations for rabies vaccinations are: Cleary Playground, 3700 Civic St.; Jefferson Playground, 4100 South Drive; Lafreniere Park, 3000 Downs Blvd.; Lakeshore Playground, 1125 Rosa Ave.; and Muss Bertolino Playground, 600 W. Esplanade Ave. The West Bank locations for rabies vaccinations are: Avondale Playground, 709 S. Jamie Blvd.; Belle Terre Playground, 5600 Belle Terre Road; Harvey Fire Station, 1801 Gretna Blvd.; Mel Ott Park, 2301 Belle Chasse Highway; and Westwego Park, 400 West Bank Expressway. Dogs must be on leash; cats must be in a carrier. For information, call (504) 736-6111 or visit
  • CRESCENT CITY COIN CLUB: The Crescent City Coin Club will hold a coin show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 3310 Florida Ave., Kenner. There will be numismatic items for purchase from more than 20 local and regional dealers, free coin and currency appraisals, and hourly door prize drawings. Young numismatists visiting the show will receive a free coin. For information, visit
  • WOMAN ENTREPRENEURSHIP FELLOWSHIP: Nicole Eiden and Marielle Dupre, owners of Windowsill Pies, are recipients of the first Woman Entrepreneur Fellowship from the Junior League of New Orleans. Windowsill Pies delivers handmade pies and tarts with the high-quality seasonal ingredients. Eiden and Dupre, along with four other finalists, pitched their venture before an audience and panel of judges on March 14 at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week. The fellowship will provide mentoring and in-kind services sourced through the Junior League membership. It also provides a $2,500 grant, a technology grant up to $2,500, access to work/meeting space, nonprofit board training, and marketing opportunities with the league’s membership. The other four finalists were Monkey Hill Apparel, Precision Payment Systems, Sarah’s Pet Care Revolution and The Southern Letterpress.
  • ALLIANCE FOR GOOD GOVERNMENT: Jefferson Parish Inspector General David McClintock will be the guest speaker when the Jefferson Chapter of the Alliance for Good Government meets at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Harahan Senior Center, 100 Elodie, Harahan. For information, call chapter President Jamie Balser at (504) 812-1332.
  • POETRY WORKSHOP SERIES: Poet and teacher Delia Tomino Nakayama will lead a free poetry workshop series, “Writing In and About Nature,” from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, April 9 and 16 and May 14, 21 and 28. The workshops will take place in various natural settings around New Orleans. The workshops are for poets at all levels, ages 15 and up. To register, email poetry
  • JUNIOR LEAGUE OF NEW ORLEANS: Ann Thorpe Thompson has been chosen as the Sustainer of the Year for the Junior League of New Orleans, in recognition of her commitment to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through action and leadership. Thompson has served on countless local boards including market, Anti-Defamation League, Breakthrough New Orleans, Bureau of Government Research, Isidore Newman School, Jewish Children’s Regional Service, National Council of Jewish Women, Temple Sinai and Trinity Episcopal School.
  • NEW ORLEANS FIRE DEPARTMENT: The New Orleans Fire Department recently donated $3,000 each to the American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen Foundation in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The firefighters raised the money through the sale of 1,000 shirts at the NOFD headquarters and the Local 632 office.
  • ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE: Lt. Chip Wale, of the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office, graduated March 18 from the FBI National Training Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Wale was one of 230 ranking law enforcement officers from 47 states and 21 countries to participate in the 10-week academy. Wale, who started with the St. John Sheriff’s Office in 1999, is a training and range commander, head of search and rescue, and a member of the crisis management unit. He is the fifth current St. John Parish law enforcement officer to graduate from the academy. The others are Sheriff Mike Tregre, Maj. Clarence Gray and Lts. Greg Baker and Troy Cassioppi.