Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans will hold its annual Night Out Against Crime event from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Bonnabel Boat Launch, on Lake Pontchartrain at the end of Bonnabel Boulevard in Metairie.

There will be free food and refreshments as well as music and children’s activities. Those attending will have an opportunity to talk with Jefferson Parish officials as well as representatives of the Sheriff’s Office, the Jefferson Parish Fire Department and the East Jefferson Levee District.

The event is free and open to the public.

For information, call the Crimestoppers office at (504) 837-8477 or go to the website

Ninevah Baptist Church to hold anti-crime event

Ninevah Baptist Church will host a Night Out Against Crime event from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the church, 1009 Wilker Neal Ave., Metairie.

The annual event will include free food and refreshments, music, door prizes, face painting, information from various organizations including Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans, a display on the juvenile justice system and information on area educational enrichment programs as well as about domestic violence.

The event is free and open to the public.

Cancer Crusaders’ annual luncheon

The Cancer Crusaders will sponsor its 15th annual “Celebration of Life” luncheon at 10 a.m. Oct. 23 at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel, 555 Canal St., New Orleans.

This year’s honorees are Heidi Dugan and Holley Haag, of New Orleans; Diana Noveck, and Jo Ann Paulin, of Metairie; Lynn Creel, Janice Watsky and Elizabeth Williams, of Kenner; Linda Phillips, of Slidell; Yvonne Jackson, of Baton Rouge; Samantha Arnold, of Lafayette; and Suzanne Lindley, of Canton, Texas.

The event includes a luncheon, raffles, a parade of prizes and a silent auction.

Co-chairwomen of the event are Debbie Buchler and Dawn Miller.

Tickets are $75 to $100 per person and can be purchased online at or by calling Cindy Wooderson at (504) 301-4321.

Drama club event

St. Philip Neri Drama will present the comedy mystery, “And Then There Was One,” by Michael Druce on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the St. Philip Parishioners Center, 6500 Kawanee Ave., Metairie.

“The show is a comedic twist on Agatha Christie’s classic, ‘And Then There Were None’ and features a cast and crew of St. Philip Neri students,” said Stacy Taliancich, the show’s director.

Tickets are $10 for reserved seats. General admission tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children under 12.

For tickets and information, call (504) 382-5481 or email

Three festivals planned

Three festivals will energize the area this weekend.

First, the Bridge City Gumbo Festival is from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Located at 1701 Bridge City Ave., the event will include games, activities, refreshments, live music and pageants including a beautiful child contest at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The gumbo cooking contest begins at noon Saturday.

The queen of the Bridge City Gumbo Festival is Jami Marie Griffin, and the king is Jefferson Parish President John Young.

Admission is $3 per person and pay-one-price for rides is $25 for an entire day.

Also, the Que Pasa Fest will be held from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday at Lafreniere Park, 3000 Downs Blvd., Metairie.

The event, which celebrates Hispanic heritage, includes food, drinks, live music, arts and crafts, and activities for children.

Admission is free.

And finally, the Deutsches Haus’ annual Oktoberfest celebration gets underway in Kenner’s Rivertown, 415 Williams Blvd.

The celebration will be held from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Oct. 9, 16 and 23, and also from noon to 10 p.m. on Oct. 10, 17 and 24.

The event will include German food, refreshments, face painting, games, arts and crafts, story-telling and live music. Admission is $6 and dinner plates are $14.

Musical performances by local groups are planned throughout all three weekends including Prost, The Brats, Yodel Blitz, Dixie Hofkapelle, Das Ist Lustig, Der Guten Dag Hop Cloppers and the Off the Grid Band.

For more information, call (504) 522-8014 or visit

Pumpkin time

St. Augustine Episcopal Church, 3412 Haring Road, Metairie, will officially open its pumpkin patch Thursday.

Hours will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day until Halloween.

For information, call the church at (504) 887-4801.

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