Eva Jacob Barkoff’s ‘Around Jefferson’ column for Feb. 21, 2013

The Jefferson Chamber of Commerce will host two events next week and each is open to both members and nonmembers.

First, a conference to address legislative issues will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Hilton New Orleans Airport Hotel, 901 Airline Drive, Kenner.

Representatives of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry will present priorities for the upcoming legislative session.

Guest speakers are Jim Patterson, vice president of governmental relations for LABI; and Brian Landry, vice president of political action for LABI.

Members of the Jefferson Parish legislative delegation are expected to attend.

Tickets are $35 per person for chamber members and $45 for nonmembers.

Also, sponsorships and displays for area businesses are available beginning at $100.

On Feb. 28, the chamber will hold a business card exchange and networking program from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Fidelity Homestead, 3829 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie.

The event is free for chamber members and $20 per person for guests.

For more information and to register for both events, call the chamber at (504) 835-3880.

Nature program for kids

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve will present a nature program for children ages 6 to 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m Saturday at the park, 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero.

The program includes outdoor activities as well as arts and crafts.

Space is limited. Call (504) 689-3690, Ext. 10 to reserve a spot.

Also, from 9:30 a.m. to noon every Saturday through May, the park offers a free canoe tour of the waterways in and around Jean Lafitte.

For details, visit http://www.nps.gov/jela.

Local resident honored

The Louisiana Retired Teachers Association recently presented Irvin Barousse with the National Retired Teachers Association With Our Youth award.

Barousse volunteers several hours each month to Operation HeadStart, a service organization at Archbishop Rummel High School in Metairie. He assists Rummel students with planning events and works with them on literacy projects as well as book giveaways.

Operation HeadStart has approximately 60 Rummel students who work with more than 200 at-risk individuals in the greater New Orleans area. This includes terminally ill children, senior citizens with Alzheimer’s and those with special needs.

Barousse and his family reside in Mandeville.

List a St. Joseph’s altar

St. Joseph’s Day will be observed next month, and if your family or a local church is planning an altar that will be open to the public and would like to have it listed, the information must be sent no later than March 6.

We will need the dates and times the altar is open, the address of its location and any other pertinent information.

The list of altars in Jefferson Parish will run on March 14. St. Joseph’s Day is March 19.

Email information to ejbarkoff@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from many of you.

Parents group to meet

Jewish Family Service and NOLAParent.com have announced the return of the New Orleans Parent’s Club, which will focus on parent coaching.

The program is for parents of children ages 2 to 10. The group will meet for nine weeks from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. beginning Thursday at Congregation Beth Israel, 4004 West Esplanade Ave., Metairie.

For more information and to register, call Dahlia Topolosky at (504) 345-9919 or send an email to dahliatop@gmailcom. Interested parents may also call the JFS office at (504) 831-8475, Ext. 120.

Pet adoption this weekend

The Louisiana SPCA will hold a pet adoption day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at two locations: 2544 Williams Blvd., Kenner, and Clearview Shopping Center, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie.

Dogs, puppies, cats and kittens will be at both locations and available for adoption.

For more information, call (504) 368-5191 or go to http://www.la-spca.org.

Eva Jacob Barkoff writes about Jefferson Parish. Contact her by email at ejbarkoff@gmail.com.