Metairie church crawfish boil-off is April 6: Eva Barkoff’s “Around Jefferson” column, March 28, 2013

If you have a special recipe for boiling crawfish, you may want to register for the St. Clement of Rome Church and School’s third annual crawfish cook-off set from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 6 on the school grounds, 4317 Richland Ave., Metairie.

Sponsored by the Men’s Club, the cost to enter is $250 per team and includes 200 pounds of crawfish as well as admission for the team. Each team should include a team captain and no more than five additional people. There is a limit of 30 teams.

The deadline to register is Monday. All proceeds will benefit the church and the school.

For more information about the competition and to register, call Troy David at (504) 228-9935 or email him at loan
team123@yahoo.com, or call Ken Larose at (504) 782-3483 or send an email to ken@kencocomputer.com

For those wishing to attend the event and enjoy some crawfish, tickets are $18 per person for adults ages 16 and older, $9 for those age 10 to 15 and $4 for children under the age of 10.

Radio group to hold classes

The Crescent City amateur radio group will hold a series of classes beginning Monday and Tuesday at the Lakeshore branch of the Jefferson Parish Library, 1000 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie.

The classes, which are free, will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Additional class dates are April 8, 9, 15, 22, 29 and May 6.

For more information, call Joe Glorioso at (504) 288-7084 or send an email to joen5ozg@cox.net.

St. Patrick’s Day winner

The St. Patrick Parade Committee of Metairie has announced its March 17 parade winners.

FLOAT DIVISION: Family and Friends, first place; Bayou Tramps #1, second; St. Pat Yats, third; and Bayou Tramps #2, honorable mention.

TRUCK DIVISION: D.S.M.C.C.I., first place; Late Comers Irish Club, second; We Dat, third; and Wanna Be Irish, honorable mention.

MARCHING CLUB DIVISION: Celtic Highlanders, first place; Turnbull Society Club, second; Krewe of Zeus, third; and Ain’t Misbehavin’, honorable mention.

First-, second- and third-place winners in each division will receive their trophies at an awards banquet to be held April 21 at the Jefferson Orleans North, 2600 Edenborn Ave., Metairie.

Sunrise service on Sunday

St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church, 6017 Camphor St., Metairie, will celebrate Easter on Sunday with its third annual sunrise service at 7 a.m.

Following the service, a free breakfast will be served.

Donation given to Kenner

Deutsches Haus president Keith Oldendorf and Oktoberfest chairman Thomas Mertz recently presented Kenner Mayor Michael Yenni with a $20,000 donation to be used by the city’s parks and recreation department for various projects.

Deutsches Haus is a local German cultural and heritage organization. In 2011, the group moved its annual Oktoberfest from New Orleans to Kenner’s Rivertown and crowds at the 2012 festival were estimated at 15,000. Deutsches Haus leaders said they already have plans to return to Kenner for this year’s event, which will take place during the last three weeks of October.

Jefferson Transit news

Earlier this month, Jefferson Transit’s VIP monthly passes and half-fare monthly passes extended to a 31-day system. All passes now will be valid for 31 days from the time dated on the card once it is activated and not just for the calendar month.

To activate the cards, riders must insert it into the transfer reader on the fare box. The card will then display the start and end dates on the card.

Monthly passes can be obtained at one of three locations. They are:

  • 118 David Drive, Metairie, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (504) 818-1077 for more information.
  • 90 First St., Gretna, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call (504) 364-3450 for information.
  • Wilty Terminal Information Booth, Westbank Expressway at Van Trump, Gretna. Call (504) 367-7433 for times and days the booth is open.

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