Around Jefferson: Crawfish cookoff on the menu at Westwego Market

The Westwego Farmers and Fisheries Market will sponsor its fourth annual crawfish cookoff from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the market, 484 Sala Ave., Westwego.

Tickets are $12 per person in advance and $15 the day of the event. Children 10 and under will be admitted free.

In addition to the cook-off, there will be music by Brad Sapia and Bayou Soul from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by La Recolte from 3 to 6 p.m.

There will also be a raffle for a 50 inch LG Plasma television. Raffle tickets are $1 each.

For more information, call (504) 341-3424.

Special Olympics torch run

The 28th annual Law Enforcement Torch Run benefiting Special Olympics Louisiana is May 23.

Beginning at 8 a.m., participants will start out at Zephyr Stadium, 6000 Airline Drive, Metairie, and will run west on Airline Drive to Williams Boulevard. Runners will travel north on Williams toward Veterans Memorial Boulevard. Runners will then run west on Veterans towards the Kenner Police Complex at 500 Veterans, where the run will end.

The length of the route is approximately 6.3 miles.

Members of the military, students and local residents may participate in the event, which will be led by the Kenner Police Department and over 15 different federal and local law enforcement.

Sgt. Brian McGregor with the KPD said local law enforcement officials have carried the “Flame of Hope” for Special Olympics since the event came to Louisiana in 1985.

The registration fee is $25 per person and includes a T-shirt and refreshments during and after the run. All proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Louisiana. Additional donations will also be accepted.

For more information, call Officer James Virgil with KPD’s community relations division at (504) 712-2395 or send an email to jvirgil@kennerpd.com.

Chamber plans crawfish boil

The Jefferson Chamber of Commerce will hold its 16th annual crawfish boil from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the chamber headquarters, 3421 North Causeway Blvd., Metairie.

Individual tickets are $40 per person for chamber members and $50 for future members. Sponsorship levels begin at $300.

For more information and tickets, call Stephanie Cox at (504) 835-3880, ext. 24.

Second Harvest fundraiser

Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana will sponsor its annual Rubber Duck Derby on Sunday in Bayou St. John in New Orleans.

The event, held during the annual Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo Festival, begins at 4 p.m. The cost is $5 per duck. All of the “adopted” rubber ducks purchased will be placed in Bayou St. John, and each duck includes the name of the purchaser. The first three ducks to float to the finish line will be named the winners.

The first-place or grand-prize winner will receive $5,000 in cash. The second-place winner will receive a $1,000 gift card to Rouse’s Market. And the third-place winner will receive a two-night stay at the Loew’s hotel in New Orleans and a $100 gift certificate to CafĂ© Adelaide.

The winner need not be present.

Event organizers hope to raise $180,000 from the event. All proceeds benefit the programs of Second Harvest, a nonprofit organization that distributes more than 22 million meals though 240 nonprofit agencies. It also provides emergency food assistance to more than 263,000 people including 82,000 children and 40,000 senior citizens.

For more information and to purchase a duck, go to the website www.no-hunger.org or call the Second Harvest office in Harahan at (504) 734-1322 or (504) 729-2820.

Blue Mass is Sunday

The St. Catherine of Siena Knights of Columbus Council 12686 will hold its annual Blue Mass at 11 a.m. Sunday at St. Catherine, 105 Bonnabel Blvd., Old Metairie.

The 11th annual Mass honors police, fire and EMS workers throughout Jefferson Parish for their work and dedication to the community. Those who have lost their life in the line of duty will also be honored.

Legendary locals

Ed Branley, author of “Legendary Locals of New Orleans,” will discuss his latest book at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 West Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

Some of those discussed in the book include Spaniards Baron Carondelet and Don Andres Almonester; French sailors Jean Lafitte and Dominique Youx; businessmen Daniel Henry Holmes and Isidore Newman; musicians Buddy Bolden, Joe King Oliver, Louis Armstrong and Louis Prima; war heroes P.G.T. Beauregard and Andrew Jackson Higgins; African-American leaders Avery Alexander, A.P. Tureaud and Ernest “Dutch” Morial; local athletes Mel Ott, Archie Manning, and Drew Brees; entertainer Ellen DeGeneres; and restaurateurs Leah Chase and the Brennan family.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (504) 889-8143.

Republican Women’s Club

The Republican Women’s Club of Jefferson Parish will hold its general meeting and luncheon Thursday at Chateau Estates Country Club, 3600 Chateau Blvd., Kenner. Guest speaker will be Jefferson Parish President John Young. Scholarship checks will be presented.

The meeting begins at 11 a.m. with registration and networking. Lunch and the program start at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $30. For information or to make a reservation, call (504) 430-9292.

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