Anyone in the Orleans Parish community interested in the workings of the criminal legal system is invited to participate in the 6th annual District Attorney’s Citizens Academy to be held from 6:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m. on eight consecutive Tuesdays beginning Sept. 13 at Orleans Parish Criminal Court, 2700 Tulane Ave.

Because the academy is held in the grand jury room, space is limited to about 40 participants who must register by Aug. 26, said Anne Zoller Kiefer, community outreach coordinator for Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizaro’s office.

Cannizaro will present an overview of the academy during the first class, Kiefer said, and the academy is “for everybody,” including lawyers, social workers, court watchers and people who want to learn more about “how we work together to prosecute crime in the city.”

Academy subject matter is broad, Kiefer said, including information about homicide and rape trials, gang and domestic violence, juvenile crime, narcotics, child-support collection and the appeals process.

The academy is free, and a light meal will be offered before each class. Lawyers who attend will earn continuing legal education credit. For information, contact Kiefer at or call her at (504) 571-2937.

St. Pius blood drive

The St. Pius X Men’s Club is hoping for a big turnout for its blood drive from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the school gym, 6600 Spanish Fort Blvd.

Donors will receive family blood replacement coverage for one year from the Blood Center, free cholesterol and blood pressure checks and a T-shirt. There will be a drawing for a Mandina’s restaurant gift certificate, and a limited number of free tickets to City Putt at City Park will be available.

Donors need an ID and should eat a healthy meal before donating. For information, call blood drive chairman Robert Drouant at (504) 488-6403.

Piety Market moves

A new summer location has been offered for the Piety Street Market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at The Sanctuary, 2525 Burgundy St., near Franklin Avenue. The market’s usual location is being used for a renovation project.

The Sanctuary is a renovated church that offers a space for community activities and events. Along with music, the market offers items for sale including vintage goods, art, crafts and food, and it is held on the second Saturday of the month. For information, call (504) 782-2569.

Fond farewell

Congregation Anshe Sfard will bid farewell to Rabbi David Polsky with a Mardi Gras-style luncheon featuring some of his favorite dishes at noon July 17 at the synagogue’s social hall, 2230 Carondelet St.

The event will feature a video presentation, and synagogue members will “lightly roast” Rabbi Polsky, who served them for five years.

For information, including luncheon and sponsorship costs, visit or call Sandy Lassen at (504) 782-7218.

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