Around Jefferson: Kenner’s Hispanic Resource Center marks a decade

The Hispanic Resource Center, 4312 Florida Ave., Kenner, recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.

The facility was established in June 2003 in an effort to assist the rapid growth of the Hispanic population in Kenner and to assist non-English speaking residents with assimilation, learning English and connect them with the growth and development of their community.

The center partners with agencies and organizations throughout the greater New Orleans area and offers a variety of services to low and moderate income families as well as non-English speaking residents who need help. Programs include English Second Language classes, after school programs for youngsters, a first time home buyers training program and pro bono clinics.

The center is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; occasionally, special workshops and events are held on weekends.

For more information about the center, call Rebeca Hasbun at (504) 469-2570.

Milestone accomplished

The Jefferson Chamber surpassed the 1,000-member mark recently, making it one of the five largest independent chambers of commerce in Louisiana.

According to Todd Murphy, president of the Jefferson Chamber, through embracing technology and expanding traditional and online communications, the chamber has been able to reach out and serve both small and large businesses better.

Matthew Preuett, communications director for the Chamber, said the push to 1,000 members came from an intensive three-day membership campaign in which 178 Chamber volunteers made telephone calls to their clients and colleagues, bringing in 200 new members.

“This influx of new members not only raises our profile, but our ability to enhance business opportunities,” Murphy added.

The membership represents 1,008 businesses and over 50,000 full-time employees in the greater New Orleans area.

For more information about The Jefferson Chamber, go to the website www.jeffersonchamber.org

Graham and Allen perform

Ricky Graham and Becky Allen are starring in two final performances this weekend of “Yat Attack” at the Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner.

Show times are Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 6 p.m.; tickets are $25 per person.

For tickets and more information, call (504) 461-9475 or go to www.rivertowntheaters.com

Rivertown special designation

The state Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism has certified Rivertown as a cultural district, a designation that makes a number of tax advantages available for existing businesses, including the ability to sell original artwork tax-free.

Those tax incentives now apply to existing businesses and any future companies that want to locate in Rivertown. In addition to the tax-free sales, tax credits are available to companies or individuals that renovate historic properties in the district.

“This will benefit our current businesses and attract developers who want to renovate an existing property and open up a business in Rivertown,” said Kenner Mayor Mike Yenni.

The Cultural District program requires an active arts council and the process of creating that council is underway. Kenner officials are talking to the Arts Council of New Orleans for advice and guidance, including the names of Kenner artists.

Poetry society meets

The Greater New Orleans Fleur de Lis Chapter of the Louisiana State Poetry Society will hold its next meeting from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Old Metairie Library, 2350 Metairie Road. The meeting will consist of reading and discussing poetry. Come share your poetry with us! All poetry lovers are welcome. Admission is free of charge.

Eva Jacob Barkoff writes about the people and events in Jefferson Parish. She can be reached at ejbarkoff@gmail.com or by calling (504) 430-8053.