Friends event features songwriter Pedersen

Alan Pedersen, an award-winning songwriter and recording artist who is also an inspirational speaker on grief and loss, will be the featured musician in next week’s Angels Across the USA Tour.

The program, which is being sponsored by the Greater New Orleans chapter of The Compassionate Friends, will be at 7 p.m. Monday in the Jefferson Room on the first floor of East Jefferson General Hospital, 4200 Houma Blvd., Metairie. Admission is free.

The purpose of this tour is to bring hope and encouragement to bereaved families, while bringing community awareness to grief organizations which reach out to these families.

“The event is for bereaved families who have suffered the death of a child,” said Denise Pezant St. Pierre, of TCF.

“It is for parents, grandparents and siblings. However, because of the nature of the event, we ask that no children attend.”

For more information, go to the website http://www.
AngelsAcrossTheUSA.com or send an email to St. Pierre at denisepezant@att.net.

St. Ann School project

St. Ann School, 4921 Meadowdale St., Metairie, is participating in a special project this week which is being held in conjunction with Super Bowl XLVII.

Called the “Super Kids-Super Sharing” project, the aim is to donate books and sports equipment to school age children in need from throughout the New Orleans area.

New and gently used sports equipment and books can be sent to the St. Ann office through Monday.

The donated items will be shared with local lower income schools and organizations that work with children in need including Kingsley House, the New Orleans Recreation Department as well as area public schools and schools in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

Super Kids-Super Sharing has been a part of host communities for the Super Bowl for the past 13 years.

The New Orleans Saints and the members of the New Orleans Super Bowl Host Committee are also working with this project.

To make a donation, call St. Ann at (504) 455-7051.

Art event Saturday

The Gretna Art Walk, which features several local artists and crafters, will be held Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. along Huey P. Long Avenue in Gretna between Third and Fourth streets.

Admission is free.

New officers to be installed

The Republican Women’s Club of Jefferson Parish will hold its installation luncheon on Jan. 17 at Andrea’s Restaurant, 3100 19th St., Metairie.

Guest speaker will be Wendy Vitter who will also install the new officers.

Candidates for judge for Division D — Hillary Landry, Scott Schlegel and John Sudderth — will also be on hand.

Registration begins at 11 a.m. and the lunch and program is at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $30 per person.

For more information or to make a reservation, call Carol Ryan at (504) 885-0950 or email Janet Schwary at jschwaryaj@yahoo.com.

Celebrate Scottish birthday

During the month of January, people of Scottish ancestry throughout the world celebrate Robert Burns’ birthday. And in our area, the Caledonian Society of New Orleans will hold its 39th annual dinner and dance in Burns’ honor on Jan. 19 at the Rose Garden, 5616 Citrus Blvd., Harahan.

The evening begins with refreshments at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner and music including bagpipes, highland dancing and Scottish country dancing.

Burns, a well-known poet, lyricist and Scottish figure, is considered the national poet of Scotland.

Tickets are $50 per person and advance reservations are required by today.

For more information and tickets, call Wendy Grubb, president of the Caledonian Society of New Orleans, at (985) 886-5502 or email Christyn Elliott at mje.cmr@att.net

Attention all parents

A nationally known workshop for parents titled “Smart Discipline” will be offered Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 2216 Metairie Road, Old Metairie.

The workshop, created by Larry Koenig, a family therapist from Baton Rouge, is for parents of children of all ages. The two-part presentation focuses on a discipline plan for parents as well as how parents can build self-esteem in children.

The cost of the workshop is $12 per person.

For more information, call the church at (504) 835-7357 or go to the website http://www.smartdiscipline.org.

Tree giveaway in Metairie

Hike For Katreena, a local nonprofit organization, will hold a tree giveaway Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon shelter No. 6 at Lafreniere Park, 3000 Downs Blvd., Metairie.

Approximately 1,000 trees native to Louisiana will be given away by the group to those who lost trees during Hurricane Isaac.

Also, a tree planting seminar will be given by Bayou Tree Service.

For more information, visit http://www.hikeforkatreena.com.

Camellia show and sale

The New Orleans Camellia Club will hold its show and sale Saturday inside the gym of Roosevelt Middle School, 3315 Maine St., Kenner.

The public is invited to bring blooms for judging from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Judging will be held at 11 a.m.

The show will open to the public from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

A sale of locally grown camellias will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Experts will be on hand to answer questions.

Admission to all events is free.

For more information, call (504) 833-3970 or (985) 893-2418.

Vote for local musician

James Martin, of Harahan, has been nominated for best saxophone player in New Orleans by Offbeat Magazine’s Best of The Beat.

All winners will be honored at a special event on Jan. 18.

If you would like to vote for Martin, go to http://www.offbeat.com/best-of-the-beat-awards-2012.

Deutsches Haus Mardi Gras

The Deutsches Haus Ladies Auxiliary sponsors a Mardi Gras ball Saturday at the temporary Haus at 1023 Ridgewood Drive in Metairie, renewing a Deutsches Haus tradition dating to the 1930s. Featuring dining, music and dancing, the ball will run from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Tickets are $50. There will be a cash bar. Profits will benefit the building fund for the new Deutsches Haus on Moss Street in New Orleans.

For reservations or ticket information, call (504) 394-1343 or (504) 522-8014. Tickets are available at the Haus.

Research the past

The Jefferson Genealogical Society will conduct its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the John Calvin Presbyterian Church, 4201 Transcontinental Drive in Metairie.

Expert and member Sal Serio will discuss researching World War II-era relatives.

Call (504) 837-2034 for more information.

Eva Jacob Barkoff writes about Jefferson Parish. Email ejbarkoff@gmail.com.