Around Jefferson: Register now for Huey P. Long Bridge Run _lowres

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH-- The Great Huey P. Long Bridge Run in Harrahan, La. Saturday, May 9, 2015. The Great Huey P. Long Bridge Run is in its third year. The five-kilometer race was created in 2013 to celebrate the $1.2 billion expansion of the bridge.

The fourth annual Great Huey P. Long Bridge Run is May 7, and all walkers and runners are invited to participate.

The entry fee for this 5K walk and run is $30 per person until May 1. After May 1, the cost is $35.

The race starts at 8 a.m. on the east bank at the Clearview on-ramp, 800 S. Clearview Parkway, and finishes on the West Bank between U.S. 90 and the bridge. The post-race party will be held at this location and includes live music, food and refreshments.

Race packets can be picked up May 6 from noon to 6 p.m. at Academy Sports and Outdoors, 800 S. Clearview Parkway. Packets also can be picked up on race day starting at 6 a.m.

First-, second- and third-place awards will be given to the top male and female finishers in various age categories.

The bridge will be blocked to traffic during the race. Water and restroom stations will be set up along the course. Also, spectators will not be allowed on the bridge during the race.

Shuttle buses will run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. to bring runners back to the intersection of Jefferson Highway and Clearview Parkway. Buses will depart the post-race party about every 10 minutes.

For more information, go to the website or send an email to

Summer fun at Lafreniere

Lafreniere Park’s Spray Pad, located next to the carousel, is open noon to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through May 22. Then, beginning May 28, it will be open seven days a week, through Aug. 14.

The Spray Pad, for children 10 and younger, sprays more than 135 gallons of water per minute and covers about 4,000 square feet of surface.

An in-ground water spray alternates with five above-ground water spray attractions.

The cost is $5 per person, per 90-minute session. Food, drinks, glass containers, toys and floats are not allowed.

The park is at 3000 Downs Blvd., Metairie. For more information or to reserve a private party, call the park office at (504) 838-4389.

Golf tourney to benefit EJGH

The East Jefferson General Hospital Foundation will host its 14th annual Golf Classic presented by Drago’s Seafood Restaurant on May 9, at Metairie Country Club, 580 Woodvine Ave., Old Metairie.

Registration is at 10 a.m., lunch is at 11 a.m. and the tournament begins at 12:30 p.m. Various levels of sponsorships are available.

Co-chairmen of the event are Dr. David St. Germain Jr. and Dr. Trey Sand.

An awards ceremony and reception will follow the tournament.

Proceeds benefit programs of the foundation, including funding for specialized patient care, advanced technology, services and capital expansion projects.

For more information, email Lucy King at or (504) 503-5596.

Genealogical group to meet

The next meeting of the Jefferson Genealogical Society will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Fellowship Hall of John Calvin Presbyterian Church, 4201 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie.

The guest speaker is Leon Miller, head of the Louisiana Research Center at the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library at Tulane University. His topic will be “The Resources of the Louisiana Resource Center for Genealogists.”

The meeting is open to the public.

Oak Cove meeting

The Oak Cove Civic Association will hold its quarterly meeting at 7 p.m. April 27 at the Marrero Estelle Fire House, 2248 Barataria Blvd., Marrero.

For more information, email Doris Cozzens at

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