Around Jefferson: Kenner theater presents ‘Gypsy’

The Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts will present the musical “Gypsy” from Friday through May 26 at the theater, 325 Minor St., Kenner.

The show is directed by Gary Rucker. The musical director is Kyle Aucoin and the choreographer is Frannie Buchtel.

Tickets are $30 to $35 per person with discounts for seniors, students and military personnel.

For more information and tickets, call (504) 461-9475 or (504) 468-7221. You can also go to the website http://www.RivertownTheaters.com.

Westwego concerts planned

The Westwego Farmers and Fisheries Market is sponsoring a series of Friday concerts from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the market, 484 Sala Ave., Westwego.

Called “Lagniappe at the Market,” the concerts scheduled are Will and Southern Groove on Friday; Aaron Foret on May 24, Sept. 27 and Oct. 25; Burger and Fries on Sept. 20; and Skeeter and the Swamp Pop Band on Oct. 18.

And don’t forget the market is open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Saturday. It features seasonal farm produce, prepared foods and a variety of arts and crafts.

For more information, call Cathleen Pailet, coordinator of the market, at (504) 341-3424, Ext. 209, or send her an email at cathyp@cityofwestwego.com. You can also go to the website, http://www.cityofwestwego.com.

Elmwood businesses
get boiling

The Elmwood Business Association will host its annual seafood and crawfish boil from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the American Legion Hall Post 397, 1225 Hickory Ave., Harahan.

There will be crawfish, jambalaya, potatoes and refreshments. The cost is $32 for EBA members in advance of Tuesday’s event and $38 for members and non-members on Tuesday.

For more information, send an email to elmwoodba@gmail.com.

Poster, essay contest winners named

The winners of the 13th annual Non-Point Source Storm Water Pollution and Solutions poster and essay contest were recently announced.

Jefferson Parish sponsored the event for students in third through eighth grades in public, private and parochial schools. The students depict or describe at least one source of non-point source pollution and present potential solutions.

Non-point sources such as leakage of automotive fluids, fertilizers and pesticides and pet waste are a primary cause of storm water pollution.

The winners are:

First place: Abby St. Cyr, third grade, Metairie Academy for Advanced Studies; Amitesh Verma, fourth grade, Metairie Academy; Emily Kraus, fifth grade, Gretna No.2 Academy; Anna Barrouquere, sixth grade, St. Rita School; Alexis Lang, seventh grade, John Curtis Christian School; and Sarah Bernoudy, eighth grade, John Q. Adams Middle School.

Second place: Cassidi Lynn Killen, third grade, John Curtis; Desi Bourgeois, fourth grade, Metairie Academy; Logan Ory, fifth grade, Gretna No. 2 Academy; Maxwell Farrell, sixth grade, John Curtis; Matt Perniciaro, seventh grade, John Curtis; and Kevin Campos, eighth grade, Adams Middle School.

Third place: Benjamin Pethe, third grade, Metairie Academy; Madeline Marsalone, third grade, Metairie Academy; Veronica Suazo, fourth grade, Metairie Academy; Elise Bourg, fifth grade, St. Rita; Sydney Marin, sixth grade, St. Rita; Hasan Al-Shaar, seventh grade, Islamic School of Greater New Orleans; Lauren Nunez, eighth grade, Adams Middle School; and Eli Grunblatt, eighth grade, John Curtis.

Honorable mention: Isabelle Benoit, Gretna No. 2 Academy; Callan Bishop, Metairie Academy; Escense Frazier, William Hart Elementary School; and Presley Harrison, Leo Kerner Elementary School, all third grade; Ava Lincoln, Metairie Academy; Anthony Zou, Metairie Academy; Maryam Yousuf, Islamic School of Greater New Orleans, and Kaiyla Dean, John James Audubon Elementary School, all fourth grade; Naaman Stewart, John Curtis; Kamryn Roane, Metairie Academy; and Sita Mottamal, Metairie Academy, all fifth grade; Vincent Giovingo, St. Rita; Justin Chambers, St. Rita; John Paul Bennett, John Curtis; and Wilbert Walker III, Faith Christian Academy, all sixth grade; Ashton Austin, John Curtis; Peyton Picou, John Curtis; Christopher Matise, John Curtis; and Chaise Sevin, Patrick F. Taylor Academy, all seventh grade; Arianna Irvin, John Curtis; Mishi Banerjee, Adams Middle; and Areesh Chaudhry, Adams Middle, all eighth grade.

The winning posters are on display at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 West Napoleon Ave., Metairie. On June 18, the display will move to the West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey.

Happy Mother’s Day

Here’s wishing a happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers, grandmothers, stepmothers, godmothers and those special women who are like a mother to many people.

And here’s a quote from musician Stevie Wonder about the importance of motherhood.

“Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is as sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.”

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