Around Jefferson: Gretna to celebrate McDonogh Day

The 123rd annual John McDonogh Day will be held at 9:45 a.m. May 3 at the McDonoghville Cemetery, 520 Hancock St., Gretna.

The annual event honors public school philanthropist John McDonogh. Living history interpreters, dressed in authenic replica uniforms, will be present to discuss the Battle of New Orleans and McDonogh’s role in it. Memorial speeches will be given and flowers will be placed on McDonogh’s former tomb.

Following the event at 11 a.m., the Jefferson Parish Historical Commission will unveil a Louisiana historical highway marker commemorating the old McDonogh-Jefferson High School, which operated from 1907-28 as the first high school within the present-day borders of Jefferson Parish.

The unveiling will be near 32 First St. and Ocean Avenue in Gretna, the old school site, which is now Bengal Lumber. A reception will follow at the Gretna Historical Society’s White House, 209 Lafayette St., Gretna.

For information, go to the website http://www.johnmcdonogh.com.

Variety show at St. Philip

St. Philip Neri School will hold its annual variety show at 7 p.m. Friday in the Parishioners Center, 6600 Kawanee Ave., Metairie.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to help defray costs. For information, call Phil and Jan Pisciotta at (504) 454-7737.

Bonnabel band aims for D.C.

The 60 members of the band at Alfred Bonnabel Magnet Academy High School, 2501 Bruin Drive, need help.

The Kenner school band is the only one from Louisiana selected to march in the national Memorial Day parade May 27 in Washington, D.C.

The cost of the trip is approximately $655 per person, and several of the school’s musicians need financial help to make the trip.

To make a donation, call (504) 303-6635.

Woodmere plans sale

The Woodmere Civic Association will hold its spring garage sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the River of Life Church, 2140 Woodmere Blvd., Harvey. You can rent a table for $25 or bring your own table and rent the space for $25.

For more information, call the association at (504) 333-4969.

Jewish festival is Sunday

The Chabad Jewish Center will host its annual Lag B’omer festival from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Goldring-Woldenberg Jewish Community Campus, 3747 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie.

Glatt kosher sub sandwiches and many kosher snacks will be served. The celebration will feature a maze, inflatable rides and many other activities for children. Admission is $15.

The festival commemorates the death of the Jewish leader Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, who lived in the second century of the Common Era and is the author of the Zohar, the foundational work in the literature of Jewish mystical thought known as the Kabbalah. Rabbi Shimon asked his disciples to mark the date of his death as “the day of my joy” for its spiritual significance.

To register or for information, visit http://www.jewishlouisiana.com/lagbaomer or call Rabbi Mendel Ceitlin at (347) 351-6476.

4-H camp planned

How would you like to spend a fun-filled week playing softball, basketball and volleyball? Or maybe you would enjoy swimming in an Olympic-size pool, canoeing, making arts and crafts, and learning to shoot a bow and arrow.

The summer 4-H Camp will be held weekdays from June 10 to July 14 and is open to children 9 to 12. It will be held at the Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center in Pollock.

For information, email Chantel Williams, extension agent for the LSU Ag Center, at cjwilliams@agcenter.lsu.edu or call (504) 736-6519. The deadline to register is May 3.

Concert Sunday in Harahan

The Dillard University Choir will perform at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 6500 Jefferson Highway, Harahan.

This season, the choir’s repertoire includes classical works, as well as popular and folk songs. The choir is accompanied by pianist and professor Lucian Zidaru. The choir is under the direction of professor S. Carver Davenport, who is in his 39th year as director.

The event is open to the public.

For information, call (504) 737-0961.

All-District teams named

The Division III of District 9 2A has named its members of the Girls All-District soccer team.

The teams represent four area schools — St. Martin’s Episcopal School and Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies both in Metairie, Riverside Academy in Reserve and St. Charles Catholic High School in LaPlace.

The members of the first team all-district are: Mary Gurley, Taylor Terrio, Caitlin Roussel, Megan Stein and Kenzie Saucier-Meyer, Riverside; Jalynn Johnson and Kaitlyn Lemoine, St. Charles; Sydney-Rae Schaubhut, Adrianna Handal and Hannah Rosamond, Haynes; and Kincy Gibson, St. Martin’s.

Gurley was named district’s most valuable player.

Members of the second team all-district are: Kaitlyn Masters, Kori Bougerious, Malorie Duhon and Chelsie Cupit, Riverside; Kathryn Favaloro, Alayna Adolph, Carolina Ochoa, Sabrine Mohamad, Megan Robles and Kara Thomas, Haynes; and Angelie Mater, St. Charles.

Those players receiving honorable mention are: Julia Torres, St. Charles; Celia Dopp and Megan Marsalone, Haynes; Cameron Hymel and Maddie Duhon, Riverside; Karlie Englade, St. Charles; and Tia Schlesinger and Kailee Gibson, St. Martin’s.

Eva Jacob Barkoff writes about people, places and events in Jefferson Parish. Contact her at ejbarkoff@gmail.com.