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Neighborhood Guide To Kenner LA

The city of Kenner in Jefferson Parish is amongst South Louisiana’s most happening, toe-tapping towns. Currently presided over by Mayor Michael Yenni, the city of Kenner is home to more than 10 convention spaces, the Kenner’s Rivertown shopping and dining district, Louis Armstrong International Airport, and the vibrant Pontchartrain Center.

Sites and Science

Amongst many reasons to visit, the sciences are alive in Kenner! Inside Rivertown’s Space Station Kenner, kids of all ages can walk through a model of the International Space Station to get a better understanding of how cosmonauts eat, sleep, and work together – in outer space! The Rivertown area also includes a Science Complex and a Planetarium & MegaDome Cinema, currently playing several films including the 45-minute “Volcanoes of the Deep Sea”.

Spots for the History Buff, High Stakes Gambler and Those Hungry for Hospitality

Kenner isn’t all just science and stats, however; the vivacious town is also home to cultural hotspots such as a Mardi Gras Museum and the Cannes Brûlée Native American Museum. The “Burnt Cane” (as it translates) Native American Museum even occasionally holds demonstrations on site so that visitors can see first-hand how certain artifacts have been crafted throughout history.

For the thrill-seeking types, there’s the colorful and lavish Treasure Chest Casino which features more than 950 slot machines and more than 30 table games including old favorites such as Texas Hold ‘em and exotic games such as Pai Gow. If visitors get hungry after all that thrill-seeking they can pop by the Treasure Island Buffet – Friday and Saturday are Seafood Nights!

Le Parvenu, a cozy and delectable Creole-American restaurant, is another noteworthy eatery. Chef/owner Dennis Hutley serves up local classics such as Mirliton, Shrimp, & Crab Bisque, veal Napoleon with Crabmeat Dressing, and Louisiana flounder and snapper in a charming 75-year-old Creole cottage setting. Patrons can even choose to dine al fresco on a truly Southern wraparound patio!

In the mood for Italian fare? No problem! Kenner is also home to Evelyn and Piero Cenni’s Ristorante da Piero, a gem serving home-made pastas and satisfying savory entrees. Though a wee bit on the pricey side, rich dishes such as gorgonzola gnocchi, sage brown butter tortellini, and cognac flambéed beef tenderloin make this spot worth a visit.

Kenner offers plenty of great dining options. Just check out our guide to some of the best restaurants in Kenner.

Looking to call Kenner home?

Check availability and specials at any of the 1st Lake Properties offers 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms apartments throughout Kenner, located just 15 minutes from New Orleans.

New Orleans Area Apartments Pave The Way For Walkers

Most New Orleans apartment residents have limited walking opportunities within their communities. For those who do little other fitness activity, walking is an easy, low-impact exercise that can elevate your body to a higher level of fitness and health. As one of the body’s most natural forms of exercise, it’s safe, simple and doesn’t require practice.

Brisk walking has been shown to be as much of a workout as jogging. Proven health benefits such as prevention of type 2 diabetes, heart strengthening, improved cognitive function, increased bone density, alleviation of depression symptoms, reduction of breast and colon cancer risk, and improvement of cardio-respiratory fitness help you feel good inside and out.

Be sure to make your walk more enjoyable by wearing comfortable shoes and protective clothing that may be layered for the weather. Spend a few minutes warming up and cooling down, including quadriceps, calf and hamstring stretches. An extremely versatile exercise, walking can be done virtually anywhere. Whether you choose to stay indoors on a treadmill or take the family dog out for a lap on the local walking path, the benefits are numerous and results dramatically improve over time.

Reap the benefits of this low-impact, high-yield exercise in the comfort of your own luxurious community. Brightly-lit walking paths are available at New Orleans area apartment communities including Citrus Creeks in River Ridge and can be a great way to start or end the day.’

New Orleans Listed in Top 10

POSTED: 01:51 PM Thursday, July 8, 2010
BY: The Associated Press

NEW YORK — New Orleans is back in Travel + Leisure magazine’s top 10 cities list for the first time since Hurricane Katrina devastated the city and its tourism industry.

New Orleans took the No. 7 spot in the category of top cities in United States and Canada, part of the magazine’s annual World’s Best Awards. The 2010 awards were announced today.

New Orleans was last named to the list in the No. 10 spot in July 2005. The city has steadily rebuilt and revitalized its tourism industry in the past few years.

New York took the No. 1 spot on the U.S. and Canada cities list, followed by San Francisco; Charleston, S.C.; Chicago; Santa Fe, N.M.; Vancouver, British Columbia; New Orleans; Quebec City, Quebec; Victoria, British Columbia; and Washington D.C.

The full World’s Best Awards list will appear in Travel + Leisure’s August issue, which is available on newsstands July 23. It can also be seen online at

Winners for Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards were determined using results of a questionnaire made available to Travel + Leisure readers online, and through invitations in the January, February and March issues of the magazine. More than 16,000 readers participated.

Louisiana Loves Sports

Louisiana loves sports, and there’s no doubt about it. From the proud tradition of college athletics in the state, to our local baseball teams, professional basketball team, and World Champion professional football team, there is always something to look forward to! While football season may be out, many are still following the off-season goings on of the Saints as well as the draft. Blogs and message boards have been buzzing with the latest news, prospects, potential signings, and predictions as football’s off-season continues. Many in the southern Louisiana held crawfish boils and cook-outs to celebrate draft day, and armchair coaches are already giving detailed predictions as to who they think will go New Orleans’ way when the time comes. No doubt there is much to look forward to when the 2010 season rolls around!

While the Hornets had their playoff hopes dashed, the team seems to be in a rebuilding mode that sports fans in the greater New Orleans area can feel hopeful about. Ownership of the team will be switching hands, and a likely coaching and general manager change seem imminent as well. Team captains David West and Chris Paul recently stated they expect major changes to the team in the off season. While the shake-up of the team may seem like a bad thing at first, it will give the franchise a chance to rebuild and restructure itself as a powerful force in the Western Conference.

Meanwhile, college baseball is in full swing and whether you’re a fan of Tulane or LSU, both clubs have solid teams that have the potential to go far this season. LSU’s baseball team won the national championship last year, and continues to be a dominant contender in the SEC. Tulane also has a long and storied baseball program and are hoping to boost their school’s morale from lackluster football and baseball seasons with wins on the diamond!

If greater New Orleans residents want to watch some semi-pro baseball action, there’s no better place to be than Zephyr Field in Jefferson Parish. The Zephyrs are starting up another exciting season of baseball, with affordable ticket prices and great action on the field, watching a game is great fun for the whole family. With many promotions going on throughout the season, Jefferson Parish residents can take a quick trip to Airline Drive and enjoy a night out at Zephyr Field, or enjoy a day game as well.

Whoever you pull for, wear their colors proud and cheer your Louisiana team to victory!


Most everyone who lives in the greater New Orleans area is aware of the wealth of festivals and events in the region. Many who have decided to settle here were drawn to the area due in great part to the festivities the region is famous for. With the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival, French Quarter Fest and Jazz Fest having just passed, there are plenty of great events to still look forward to!

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is one of the marquis events New Orleans area residents mark on their calendars. More commonly known as “Jazz Fest”, the festival brings a wide-ranging group of musicians to the area to play at the event. For multiple days, festival goers enjoyed fantastic music from nearly every genre, with artists both local, national, and international. There was plenty of local food as well as arts and crafts, so attendees can have fun with the whole family.

With the heat of summer comes a slew of festivals around the southern Louisiana region outside of New Orleans as well, including the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival, Cochon de Lait Festival, and Mandeville Seafood Festival. For those willing to make the drive, each event brings its own brand of fun, food, and entertainment!

Back in New Orleans, there are also several prominent events that are huge draws to people both local and non-local. On July 4th – 6th, Essence Music Festival is another multi-day musical event being held in the New Orleans Superdome this year. Many huge national acts will be performing live, and there will be inspirational empowerment seminars held at the event as well. Shortly afterward on August 5th – August 8th, Satchmo Summer Fest will be held in the French Quarter. Celebrating the life and legacy of Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, the event seems to grow bigger every year and offers plenty of food, music, and culture that is uniquely New Orleans.

The fun doesn’t stop in the fall. October 29th – October 31st, The Voodoo Music Experience takes place in New Orleans, featuring multiple stages and live acts from around the country. Showcasing widely varying genres, The Voodoo Music Experience has quickly cemented itself as a must-see event for many in the greater New Orleans region. With the event taking place on Halloween weekend, it has become a great way to get out and have some fun before Halloween night.

The events and festivals in southern Louisiana are almost too numerous to count, and there is never any shortage of things to do in greater New Orleans. Jefferson Parish residents at 1st Lake Properties are right around the bend from many of these exciting events!