Around Jefferson: Young actors stage ‘Music Man Jr.’ and ‘Bye-Bye Birdie’

Lynne Bordelon, director of youth programming for the Jefferson Performing Arts Society, has announced two upcoming summer productions featuring youngsters from throughout the area.

Third- through seventh-graders will participate in “Music Man Jr.” Friday through Sunday, and “Bye Bye Birdie” July 26 to July 28. Both performances will be at the JPAS Performing Arts Center on the campus of East Jefferson High School, 400 Phlox Ave., Metairie.

Show times for both productions are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 3 p.m. Sunday Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, students and military personnel, and $12 for children.

For tickets and more information, call the JPAS office at (504) 885-2000, order online at or go in person to the JPAS office at 1118 Clearview Parkway, Metairie.

Free legal clinic planned

The city of Kenner’s Hispanic Resource Center, along with the law firm of Ferriol, Perez and Gordon, will hold a pro bono clinic on a variety of topics from 10 a.m. to noon June 22 at the center, 4312 Florida Ave., Kenner.

Topics to be discussed include successions, wills, family adoptions, divorces, childcare issues, bankruptcy, consumer issues, legal problems involving the disabled or the elderly, BP claims and foreclosure issues.

For more information, call (504) 469-2570.

New Eagle Scout

Perry Forstall, son of Jeanne and Paul Forstall of Metairie, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, Boy Scouting’s highest honor.

Forstall is a member of Boy Scout Troop No. 70 at St. Francis Xavier Church in Old Metairie. For this project, he held a collection drive of personal hygiene items for Deacon Ed’s Helping Hands Food Bank based at St. Francis. The project not only collected items for the food bank but also raised awareness of the need for personal hygiene items for local food banks.

Forstall will continue in scouting, serving as assistant scoutmaster for Troop 70. In May, he graduated from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and also from Holy Cross High School where he received the D.C. Schwab Silver Medallion for Excellence in Musicianship. In the fall, Forstall will attend the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg and major in music education.

Chamber events

The Jefferson Chamber of Commerce will sponsor two events this month.

The Chamber’s business and breakfast meeting is at 7:50 a.m. Friday at the Crown Plaza New Orleans Airport, 2829 Williams Blvd., Kenner.

And the Chamber’s young professional night out event is at 5:30 p.m. June 27 at the Mellow Mushroom, 3131 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie.

For more information about both events or to join the chamber, call (504) 835-3880.

Talk at Jean Lafitte

Have you ever wondered what was life may have been like on a plantation before the Civil War? Or what part did New Orleans play in the journey from the Civil War to civil rights?

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve will hold two special programs about these topics on Saturday and again on July 20 at 1 p.m. both days at the preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero.

The program is free. For more information, call (504) 689-3690, extension 10 or go to the website

Free seminars

Michel-Antoine Goitia-Nicolas, founder of a nonprofit group the Louisiana Basque-American Society and Cultural Organization, will discuss local Basque culture and history at two free seminars.

The seminars are 7 p.m. Thursday at the West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, and again on at 7 p.m. Wednesday, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 West Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

The Basques are an ethnic group who reside around the western end of the Pyrenees on the coast of the Bay of Biscay, straddling parts of north central Spain and southwest area of France.

During his presentation, Goitia-Nicolas will discuss local Basque contributions and traditions and ways in which Basque heritage can be traced.

For more information, call (504) 889-8143.

‘Snow White’ is coming

Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts present the Patchwork Players in “Snow White” at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Thursday and Friday and at the same times June 25, 26, 28 and 29.

Come see the evil queen, the dashing prince and Snow White in this zany reimagining of Grimm’s time-honored fairy tale. The Patchwork Players bring the play to life with a silly sense of humor and engage the audience with a chance to participate.

Performances are at the Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts Lagniappe Stage, 325 Minor St., Kenner. Tickets are $8. Call the box office at (504) 461-9475 or visit

Veterans invited

St. John’s Episcopal Church, 2109 17th St. in Kenner, will hold a Veteran’s Forum for veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The event is free and will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with lunch at noon.

Dr. Paul Harch, who specializes in hyperbaric oxygen therapy, will speak at 11 a.m. about treatment for traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The forum is open to the public. For more information or reservations, call the church at (504) 469-4535.

Eva Jacob Barkoff writes about Jefferson Parish. Contact her at