Irish-Italian parade coming up: Eva Barkoff ‘Around Jefferson’ column, March 21, 2013

The 31st annual Louisiana Irish-Italian parade rolls on at noon Sunday in Metairie.

The Irish grand marshal this year is Metairie businessman Kim Brown Sr. and the Italian grand marshal is Kenner Mayor Michael Yenni.

The parade will begin on Houma Boulevard near the Clearview Shopping Center in Metairie. It will turn right or east onto Veterans Memorial Boulevard.

It will continue down Veterans and turn left or north onto Severn Avenue. It will continue on Severn to 17th Street, where it will make a U-turn. It will proceed south down Severn, turning left or east back onto Veterans and disband at Veterans and Martin Behrman Avenue.

The parade, which will not turn on Bonnabel Boulevard, will feature 90 units including floats and marching groups.

Science day planned

Ochsner Health System will host its annual Brownie Science in Action Day and Girl Scouts Science Discovery Day for Brownie Girl Scout troops throughout the New Orleans metro area from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 13 at the Ochsner Medical Center, 180 West Esplanade Ave., Kenner.

Throughout the day, girls will perform experiments led by Ochsner employee volunteers. The goal of the event is to generate a love of science among girls who are interested in becoming doctors, nurses or medical researchers. Participants will earn an official Girl Scout patch after completing the event.

Cost of $10 per person includes lunch and experiments. The deadline to register is Friday.

Registration forms can be found on the Girl Scouts Louisiana East website at http://www.gsle.org. Forms must be faxed to (504) 842-3254.

Volunteers needed

Volunteers and financial donations are needed for the annual Passover basket day program sponsored by Jewish Family Service in Metairie.

The financial donations are needed to provide gift bags and food baskets with traditional Passover food that will be distributed to older adults and families who are in financial need.

The distribution will take place at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the Uptown Jewish Community Center, 5342 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Volunteers are needed to help pack the bags and boxes.

If you would like to make a financial donation or to help on Sunday, call the JFS office in Metairie at (504) 831-8475 or go to the website http://www.jfsneworleans.org. Checks can be mailed to the JFS office, 3330 West Esplanade Ave., Suite 600, Metairie.

Library donation drive

The Friends of the Jefferson Public Library will conduct a book donation drive from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of East Bank Regional Library, 4747 West Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

Donations of hardcover and paperback books, DVDs, CDs, and audio and video tapes will be accepted. Encyclopedias cannot be accepted.

For more information, send an email to friends at yahoo.com or call (504) 455-2665.

All items donated will be sold at the next Big Book Sale planned for April 11 to April 14 at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner. All proceeds from the sale benefit the Jefferson Parish Library.

DBE tea is this weekend

The Daughters of the British Empire will sponsor a special event on Sunday at Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans.

A British afternoon tea will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the public is invited to attend. Organizers said the tea will have a Jane Austen theme.

The cost is $30 per person and reservations are required.

For more information or to make a reservation, call (504) 367-4116.

St. Ann School talent show

St. Ann School, 4921 Meadowdale St., Metairie, will hold its 12th annual talent show at 7 p.m. Saturday in the school gym.

The show, sponsored by the Men’s Club, features sixth and seventh grade students.

Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children. Youngsters five and under will be admitted free.

Day of devotion

The St. Jude Society of St. Mary Magdalen Church, 6425 West Metairie Ave., Metairie, will sponsor its annual St. Joseph/St. Jude day of devotion on Monday at the church.

The program will begin at 10 a.m. and will continue for nine hours, ending at 6 p.m. with benediction and Mass.

At 1 p.m., the Stations of the Cross will be held.

The event is open to the public.

Adopt a pet

The Louisiana SPCA will hold a pet adoption day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Clearview Shopping Center, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie.

Volunteers will be on hand to help those interested select the right pet for their family.

The event will also include a bake sale.

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

Author, humorist featured

Comedian Chris Champagne, author of “The Yat Dictionary,” will discuss his book as well the concept of local humor at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 West Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

The event is free and open to the public.

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