Eva Jacob Barkoff’s ‘Around Jefferson’ column, March 14, 2013

St. Christopher School will hold its spring craft fair, hosted by the school’s cheerleaders, on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the school, 309 Manson Ave., Metairie.

Dozens of booths will be set up with a variety of items for sale including arts and crafts and jewelry.

Also on Saturday, the school will present the musical “Annie” at 6 p.m. and again at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $8 per person and can be purchased in advance or at the door.

For tickets and more information, call the school at (504) 837-6871.

St. Joseph altars

St. Joseph’s Day is next week, and here are a few altars open to the public:

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church: 1908 Short St., Kenner. Viewing times are Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Archbishop Chapelle High School: 8800 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Viewing days and times are Monday from noon to 8 p.m., and on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

St. Benilde Church: 1901 Division St., Metairie. Viewing day is Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

St. Francis Xavier Church: 444 Metairie Road, Metairie. Viewing days and times are Monday from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Food will be served from the altar beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

St. Cletus Church: 3600 Claire Ave., Gretna. Hours are Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

St. Joseph Church: Newton and Seventh streets, Gretna. Hours are Tuesday from noon to 6 p.m.

All the altars include dozens of traditional items such as Italian cookies, cakes, fresh flowers, fruit, seafood, artichokes and fresh vegetables.

Citizens Academy begins

The Kenner Citizens’ Police Academy will begin Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Kenner Police Complex, 500 Veterans Blvd.

Students attend classes one night per week for 13 weeks and will receive instruction from trained police officers who are certified in their fields.

The academy provides detailed coverage about how the police department works in the areas of patrol division functions, crime prevention, criminal investigations, computer forensics, K-9 unit, crime scene procedures, criminal and domestic violence laws, narcotics investigations, traffic enforcement, physical fitness, use of police force and self-defense, gang awareness and special weapons and tactics.

Students receive a tour of headquarters and the jail and participate in a ride-along with a police officer. Upon completion of the program, a graduation ceremony is held for students.

Graduates of the program have the opportunity to join the Kenner Citizens’ Academy Alumni Association, through which they can lead the community in improving safety and promoting support for the Kenner Police Department. Alumni members can also volunteer their assistance at various department events.

Graduates may also apply for entry into the department’s Community Police Corps. This program gives members the opportunity to volunteer and assist the police department in its mission.

For more information and to fill out an application, visit the Kenner Police Department website http://www.kennerpd.com or call the community relations division at (504) 712-2294.

Eagle Scout banquet soon

All Eagle Scouts who earned their rank in 2012 are invited to the Southeast Louisiana Council, Boy Scouts of America Recognition Banquet on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner.

Those who attained the rank of Eagle Scout last year will receive a free ticket.

For more information, email nancy.allen@scouting.org.

Fundraiser for Ben Franklin

Ben Franklin High School’s sixth annual Frühlingsfeier and International Festival is Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Deutsches Haus, 1032 Ridgewood Drive, Metairie.

The festival celebrates the heritage and cultural diversity of the school and will include live music by students and faculty, international food and drinks, children’s activities and a silent auction with donations from more than 50 local restaurants and businesses.

Tickets are $10 for adults. Children and students are free.

For more information, call Rachel Becker, the event coordinator, at (504) 269-2599 or send her an email at Rachel_Becker@benfranklinhighschool.org.

Program on bats next week

Monica Pasos, the school programs coordinator for the Audubon Zoo, will discuss the importance of bats on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

Pasos will discuss what bats are and are not; why they are important to the environment; and where they live in the New Orleans area.

The program is free and open to the public.

For more information, call Chris Smith, manager of adult programming for the library, at (504) 889-8143 or send an email to wcsmith@jefferson.lib.la.us.

Genealogical society meets

The Jefferson Genealogical Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the John Calvin Presbyterian Church, 4201 Transcontinental Drive. in Metairie. Casey Stuart, vice president of Education for Save our Cemeteries and longtime preservationist, as well as an expert on New Orleans architecture, will present a virtual tour of Tremé in New Orleans. For information, call Fred Wilbert at (504) 837-2034.

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