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LIONS HEALTH SCREENINGS: Eye screening and information about hearing, autism, eye health and diabetes will be among the services available during Louisiana Lions Awareness Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, in the center court of Lakeside Shopping Center in Metairie.

KENNER TOASTMASTERS: BEST Toastmasters of Metairie-Kenner will hold an open house from 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Kenner Council on Aging, 641 Compromise St. For information, email [email protected] or text (410) 440-3378.

BLOOD DRIVE: The HOG chapter of New Orleans Harley-Davidson will present a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at New Orleans-Harley Davidson, 6015 Airline Drive, Metairie. To make an appointment, visit and use Blood Drive Code-NOHC

MEET THE SAINTS: The Touchdown Club of New Orleans will hold a luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, in the first-floor ballroom of the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel, 2 Poydras St. Tickets start at $125 at

LIBRARY MEETING ROOMS: The New Orleans Public Library is making meeting rooms available for public booking again, after being closed in March 2020 at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. A new online system is in place to allow library cardholders to book rooms themselves at Meetings must be free and open to the public and media. Rooms are available at the following locations:

  • Main Library, 219 Loyola Ave.
  • Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive
  • East New Orleans Regional Library, 5641 Read Blvd.
  • Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center, 4300 S. Broad St.
  • Milton H. Latter Memorial Library, 5120 St. Charles Ave.
  • Norman Mayer Library, 3001 Gentilly Blvd.
  • Nora Navra Library, 1902 St. Bernard Ave.
  • Robert E. Smith Library, 6301 Canal Blvd.

CASINO BUS TRIPS: The St. Charles Department of Parks and Recreation is organizing a bus trip to the Silver Slipper casino in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, departing at 8 a.m. Sept. 21 from the Edward A. Dufresne Community Center. After advance registration, the cost is $10 cash on the day of the trip, which returns about 6 p.m. For more information, visit or call (985) 783-5090.


BEIGNET FEST: Tickets are on sale for the Beignet Fest, benefiting children on the autism spectrum, which will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 24 at the New Orleans City Park festival grounds. Performers on the two stages will include the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Shamarr Allen and the Imagination Movers. Tickets are $20 at


ROUND TABLE LUNCHEON: Highlights of the 2022-23 cultural season will be the focus of the Round Table Luncheon at noon Wednesday, Sept. 7, at Briquette New Orleans, 701 S. Peters St. Along with Margarita Bergen, the co-host of the luncheon will be Lisa Alexis, director of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy. To make a reservation, send a check for $75 to Margarita Bergen, 811 Marigny St., Unit C, New Orleans, LA 70117. 

GOSPELFEST: Choirs from across New Orleans will perform during the Gospelfest at 6 p.m. Sept. 17, at the Carver Theater, 2101 Orleans Ave., New Orleans. The event, which is free with a nonperishable donation to the Second Harvest Food Bank, is being organized by the Office of Black Catholic Ministries, (504) 861-6207. 

CULTURE COLLISION: A free showcase for nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in the New Orleans area will be from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 6400 Airline Drive, Metairie. For information, visit or contact Amy Kirk Duvoisin at [email protected] or (504) 885-2000, ext. 212.

CULTURAL FILM SERIES: The Friends of the Cabildo is making plans for a film series beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, with “Big Charity: Death of America’s Oldest Hospital” in the third-floor performance space at the New Orleans Jazz Museum in the Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave. The series of films on New Orleans and Louisiana culture, followed by educational talks, will continue with:

  • “City of a Million Dreams” on Sept. 28
  • “Irma: My Life in Music” on Nov. 16
  • “Bury the Hatchet” on Jan. 25
  • “A Warehouse on Tchoupitoulas” on March 22
  • “1970 Jazz Fest Films” on April 26. 

Tickets for the full series are $75, with discounts for members of Friends of the Cabildo, at

NEW ORLEANS JAZZ MUSEUM: Tickets are on sale for a fall concert series to be presented by the Friends of the Cabildo at the New Orleans Jazz Museum, 400 Esplanade Ave. Tickets for the full series are $240. The schedule includes: 

  • Mark Braud with the New Orleans Jazz Giants, 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15. $30
  • C.J. Chenier and the Louisiana Red Hots, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, $65
  • Kyle Roussel tribute to Professor Longhair, 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17, $30
  • Marcia Ball, 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, $65
  • Sonny Landreth, 7 p.m. Friday, March 10, $65
  • The Iguanas, 7 p.m. Friday, April 21, $30.

Discounts are available for members. For tickets, visit


McDONOGH 1967: Members of the Class of 1967 at John McDonogh Senior High School will hold their 55-year reunion from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at Southport Hall, 200 Monticello Ave., New Orleans. The cost is $55. For information, contact Judy Rodriguez Fern at (504) 343-6171 or [email protected].

SWANS INC.: The community outreach group Swans Inc. will celebrate its 70th anniversary with a reunion meet-and-greet from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Gathering House, 2148 Rev. Richard Wilson Drive, Kenner. Swans was founded in 1952 at Kenner Colored High, now Washington Elementary STEM School. To make a reservation, visit or leave a text at (504) 458-7556 with name, cellphone number and the numbers of attendees by Sept. 4. 

HAHNVILLE HIGH SCHOOL REUNION: The 50-year reunion for the Class of 1972 at Hahnville High School will be Friday, Oct. 7, with a 7:30 p.m. football game at the campus in Boutte, followed with a reception from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, at Grand Ridge Country Club, 500 Willowdale Blvd., Luling. To reserve a spot at the reception for $50, call Connie Lewis Cancienne at (504) 453-0648.

WEST JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL: The Class of 1967 of West Jefferson High School will hold a reunion from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 8 at the New Orleans Ladies Ballroom, 1771 Stumpf Blvd., Terrytown. Admission is $55, payable by check to West Jefferson Class of 1967, P.O. Box 536, Harvey, LA 70059. 


CHILDREN’S BOOK SYMPOSIUM: The authors of nine children’s books will speak at the Jefferson Parish Library’s Children’s Book Symposium, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Jane O’Brien Chatelain West Bank Regional Library, 2750 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey. All the speakers are members of the New Orleans chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Highlights will include:

  • A picture book panel at 9:30 a.m. features Shannon Kelley Atwater, “Alligators Don’t Like Flowers”; Karen Konnerth, “Calliope Kate and the Voice of the River”; and Denise McConduit, “The Boy Who Wouldn’t Read.”
  • A middle-grade panel at 11 a.m. features Gary Alipio, “Craziest Fishing Tale on the Bayou”; Laura Roach Dragon, “Ghostly Tales of New Orleans”; and Marti Dumas, “Wildseed Witch.”
  • A young adult panel at 12:30 p.m. features Leah B Eskine, “CC’s Road Home”; M.H. Herlong, “The Great Wide Sea”; and Laura Michaud, “The Ghostwriter of New Orleans.”

THOUGHTS TO PONDER’: Author Kathy Patterson will discuss her book “Thoughts to Ponder: Discovering Your Authentic Self” during a free event at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Jane O’Brien Chatelain West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey.

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‘HERO OF TWO WORLDS’: Mike Duncan will mark the paperback release of his book “Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis de Lafayette in the Age of Revolution” with an appearance at 6 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Garden District Book Shop in The Rink, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans. Admission is $5 at

THE MAYOR OF MARDI GRAS’: Author Greg Fischer will discuss his nonfiction book “The Mayor of Mardi Gras” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21 at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The book focuses on Fischer’s cousin, McKinley “Mackie” J. Cantrell III, one of the first full-time artists and builders who worked to bring Mardi Gras to life.

‘A LIE WILL SUFFICE’: Jay Wilkinson, a retired U.S. magistrate judge, will discuss his new book, “A Lie Will Suffice,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The book was inspired by the true story of Wilkinson’s great-grandfather, Gaetano DiGiovanni, who emigrated from Sicily to New Orleans in 1893 and became an old-style Mafiosi “man of respect.”


MID SOUTH WOMEN IN TOURISM: The hotel, restaurant and tourism program at the University of New Orleans will be among the beneficiaries of a fundraising fashion show that Mid South Women in Tourism from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 10 at Copeland Tower Living, 2601 Severn Ave. Metairie. Proceeds will also support cancer awareness and domestic violence prevention. Tickets are $65, with discounts for members, at

JEFFERSON PERFORMING ARTS SOCIETY: The Leading Ladies Guild of the Jefferson Performing Arts Society will present a fundraising luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 11 at Chateau Estates Country Club, 3600 Chateau Estates Blvd., Kenner. The Fantasy Island-themed event will feature contests for best exotic costume and best headdress. To make a reservation, send a check for $75 payable to JPAS LLG to Margaret Wagner, 5212 Toby Lane, Kenner, LA 70065.

CANCER CRUSADERS: The Celebration of Life luncheon benefiting Cancer Crusaders will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30, in the grand ballroom of the Marriott New Orleans Hotel. Cancer survivors to be honored are: Dean Arnett, Kathleen Calkins Berault, the Rev. Ronald L. Calkins, Jennie McNeill Campbell, Patricia Finnan Engel, Caitrin Gladow, Sandra Hecker, Betsy Threefoot Kaston, Kathy Evans Mitchell, Lynn Naquin, Christy P. Saladino, Stacey Shane Schott and Cathie Choppin Weinstein. Tickets are $90 at

HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: A dinner dance and silent auction benefiting the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will be from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 16, at the Hyatt Regency, 601 Loyola Ave., New Orleans. For tickets, visit

DELGADO COMMUNITY COLLEGE: A gala celebrating the 100th anniversary of Delgado Community College will be from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at the National WWII Museum, New Orleans. Opened in 1921 and named for its benefactor, Isaac Delgado, the college and its students played a pivotal role in constructing the now-iconic LCVP, or Higgins boat, deemed “the boat that won the war” by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower after the Normandy invasion in World War II. Tickets available at or by calling (504) 671-5412.

HUNTINGTON’S DISEASE SOCIETY: The Nola Team Hope Walk & Education Day to benefit the Louisiana affiliate of the Huntington’s disease Society of America will begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans. Huntington’s disease is a fatal genetic disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain.  For information, visit

WORLD WAR II CHALLENGE: The registration deadline has been extended to Sept. 1 for the WWII Challenge being organized by the National WWII Museum and the Crescent City Classic. $50 to enter, with individual and team registrations available. Participants have until Dec. 1 to complete the mileage for a chosen World War II-themed route by running, walking, jogging or biking. To register, visit For questions, visit [email protected].

NEW ORLEANS JAZZ MUSEUM: The Improvisations Gala benefiting the New Orleans Jazz Museum will be from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Dec. 3 at the museum, 400 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans. Tickets begin at $150 at


BULLYING PREVENTION: Families Helping Families of Greater New Orleans will address Louisiana’s bullying prevention law during a free hourlong webinar at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 25. To register, call Families Helping Families of Greater New Orleans at (504) 888-9111 or visit their the organization’s calendar at

GENEALOGY RESOURCES: Archivist Amanda Fallis of the New Orleans Public Library will present duplicate classes in “Research Resources in the New Orleans City Archives and Special Collections” at Jefferson Parish libraries in September. The New Orleans genealogy resources are available to people with Jefferson Parish Library cards who use the Jefferson cards to obtain Orleans Parish library cards. The free genealogy classes will be:

  • 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 7, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie
  • 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14, at the West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey. 

AFTER-SCHOOL MUSIC AND MORE: The Ellis Marsalis Center for Music is accepting applications for a holistic program for children ages 8-18 living in the Ninth Ward and surrounding communities. The low-cost program provides music courses, academic tutoring, a healthy habits program and a chance to develop social skills. The fall semester ends Dec. 6. The registration fee is $30. For eligibility details, call (504) 940-3400 or email [email protected].

HERITAGE SCHOOL OF MUSIC: Auditions for the fall session of the Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music for students ages 8-18 will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27. To register for a 10-minute audition, visit

CODING FOR TEENS: Two levels of after-school coding classes for students in grades 10-12 are being offered through Operation Spark, from Aug. 29 through Dec. 16. In-person and virtual instruction are available, with some free spots available for public and parochial school students. To register, go to: and click on “High School Application.”

HUNTER EDUCATION: The St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office will hold a free hunter education course for people 10 and older Sept. 9-10 at the Lloyd B. Johnson Law Enforcement Training Center, 947 Cambridge Drive, LaPlace. Topics will include hunter responsibility and ethics, how firearms work and firearms safety, survival and first aid skills, firearm handling skills and hunting techniques and more. To register, call (985) 359-8965 or go to

PEOPLE PROGRAM: Fall classes for participants in the People Program will run from Aug. 22 through Dec. 9. The nonprofit organizes more than 150 classes for seniors that enhance mind, body, and spirit. The flat fee for all the classes you want is $200. To register, visit

PARENTING CLASSES: Challenging behaviors in preschoolers, picky eating and changing behaviors in primary school children will be among the topics of free parenting classes at the Jefferson Parish Library, conducted by representatives of the Parenting Center at Children’s Hospital New Orleans. In Harvey, the classes will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays Sept. 22, Oct. 20 and Nov. 10 at the Jane Chatelain O’Brien Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd. In Kenner, the classes will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays Sept. 29, Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, at the North Kenner Library, 630 W. Esplanade Ave.

SMART DRIVER: People 50 and older who complete the four-hour AARP Smart Driver class will receive a certificate that may qualify them for a car insurance discount. The next class will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 14 at Ochsner/Elmwood Fitness Center in the Elmwood Shopping Center, 1200 S. Clearview Parkway, Harahan. The cost is $20 for AARP members and $25 for others. To register, call (504) 828-3962 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

MILITARY WRITERS SOCIETY OF AMERICA: Veterans developing their writing skills may benefit from a free workshop being organized by the Military Writers Society of America from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25. The workshop will be at the New Orleans Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 2400 Canal St., New Orleans, in room IQ115 of the PanAm Building. Topics will include storytelling, character development, conflict, dialogue, memoir, short story and editing. To register, email [email protected]. The society’s national conference will be Sept. 25-28 at the Higgins Hotel, 1000 Magazine St., New Orleans.


ELKS KREWE OF JEFFERSONIANS: People interested in riding on a truck float on Mardi Gras may attend meetings of the Elks Krewe of Jeffersonians, from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 27 and Sept. 24 at New Orleans Elks Lodge No. 30, 2215 Cleary Ave., Metairie. Mardi Gras 2023 is Feb. 21. 


TERRYTOWN RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: Registration is open through Aug. 25 for Catholic education classes beginning in September at Christ the King Catholic Church, 535 Deerfield Road, Terrytown. The classes will be on Saturday mornings for children in grades one through eight, and on alternating Monday evenings for students in grades nine through 12. For a registration packet, call (504) 361-1500 or email [email protected]

MINISTERING TO CHILDREN: Child Evangelism Fellowship is offering a day of training for children’s ministers from 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Aug. 27 at Edgewater Baptist Church, 5900 Paris Ave., New Orleans. The cost is $15, which will cover materials and lunch. To register, contact Debbie Smith at (504) 400-4095 or [email protected].

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