Around Jefferson: Locks of Love collecting tresses at the mall on Sunday

Eva Jacob Barkoff
Eva Jacob Barkoff

The 14th annual Locks of Love Cut-a-Thon will be from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at Lakeside Shopping Center in Metairie.

Haircuts will be offered for $15, and those who donate 10 or more inches of hair will get a free T-shirt, while supplies last. Participants should come with clean, dry hair.

Locks of Love is a nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces to needy children suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. Most of the children helped by Locks of Love have lost their hair due to a condition called alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cure. Others have suffered severe burns or injuries, or have lost hair due to radiation treatment.

Donated hair must be at least 10 inches long, clean and dry, bundled into a ponytail or braid and not bleached. Dyed or permed hair can be used.

For more information, send an email to

Citizens Academy begins

The Kenner Citizens Police Academy will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kenner Police Complex, 500 Veterans Blvd.

Students attend free classes one night a week for 13 weeks, receiving instruction from trained police officers who are certified in their fields. The program provides information on how the Police Department works in a number of areas including crime prevention, criminal investigations, computer forensics, the K-9 unit, crime scene procedures, criminal and domestic violence laws, narcotics investigations, traffic enforcement, physical fitness, use of police force and self-defense, gang awareness and the S.W.A.T. team.

Students receive a tour of headquarters and the jail and participates will also ride along with a police officer. Upon completion of the program, a graduation ceremony will be held.

For more information and to fill out an application, visit the Kenner Police Department website at or call (504) 712-2294 or (504) 712-2395.

Calling all stamp collectors

The Crescent City Stamp Club will sponsor its annual Stamp Fest from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at The La Quinta Inn, 2610 Williams Blvd., Kenner.

Admission and parking are free.

For more information, send an email to

Summer reading wraps up

The 2013 Summer Reading Program sponsored by the Jefferson Parish Library will close with grand prize drawings at all of its library locations on Saturday.

Each branch will have a drawing for a gift card packet that will include tickets to AMC Theatres, Adventure Quest Laser Tag, Toys R Us and Best Buy.

The gift card packs were purchased by the Friends of the Jefferson Public Library.

To qualify for the drawings, local youngsters must have participated in the 2013 Summer Reading Program and have read at least 10 books and logged them into the library’s online tracking system.

For more information, call Erin Korosi at (504) 838-1109 or send an email to

Dog show begins today

The American Kennel Club will hold its annual dog show today through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at the Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner.

Admission is free.

Organizers are asking that those attending bring dog and cat food to donate to local animal shelters.

Safe driving class

A four-hour safe driving class will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Elmwood Fitness Center, 1200 S. Clearview Parkway, Harahan.

The class is open to AARP members and nonmembers who are 50 and older. Those completing the class may qualify for a discount on their auto insurance.

The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers.

For more information, call (504) 828-3962.

Future classes at this location are planned for Oct. 22 and Dec. 12.

Eva Jacob Barkoff writes about the people and events in Jefferson Parish. Contact her at or by calling (504) 430-8053.