Museum offers tome on animals in WWII

New Orleans — The National WWII Museum will celebrate the launch of “Loyal Forces,” written and compiled by museum curators Toni M. Kiser and Lindsey F. Barnes, with a program at 5 p.m. Thursday in the new US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center.

“Loyal Forces,’’ published by LSU Press, features 157 photographs from the museum’s collection and captures the heroism, hard work and innate skills of innumerable animals that aided the military as they fought to protect, transport, communicate, and sustain morale.

The program includes a reception, a presentation with audience Q&A and a book singing at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, but the museum encourages people to call (504) 528-1944, ext. 229, for reservations.

Authors Toni M. Kiser and Lindsey F. Barnes illustrate that every branch of the armed forces and every theater of the war utilized the instincts and dexterity of service animals, from the last mounted cavalry charge of the US Army to the 36,000 homing pigeons deployed overseas.

‘Movies in the Park’ program sets dates

New Orleans — The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission kicked off its Movies in the Park program, an outdoor movie screening program for residents across the city.

Residents will have the opportunity to watch family movies for free on a large portable outdoor movie screen in grassy areas across the city. Movies will begin at 7:30 p.m., weather permitting. If the movie is cancelled due to weather, NORDC will schedule a make-up date.

Since fall of 2011, more than 5,000 people have attended 52 family-friendly movies in neighborhood parks in all five districts across New Orleans. NORDC works with partners to host the events.

The first movie was screened Friday. Upcoming dates are March 8 at Joe Brown Park; March 15 at St. Patrick Playground, March 22 at Wisner Playground, April 5 at Easton Playground, April 12 at Marie Goretti Playground April 19 at Sam Bonart Playground, April 26 at Lemann Playground, May 3 at Milne Playground, May 10 at East Shore Playground, May 17 at McDonough Playground; May 24 at Digby Playground; and May 31 at Taylor Playground.

Movies in the Park is free and open to the public. However, participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult, and no pets, alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, firearms, weapons, smoking, or cooking is allowed during the event.

Evening concerts set for Botanical Garden

New Orleans — The Botanical Garden at City Park will be filled with music every week on Thursday evening and once a month on Sunday evening as two new concert series kick off.

“Thursdays at Twilight” features music every week at 6 p.m. at the Botanical Garden at New Orleans City Park through June 27. “Sunday Garden Party” is the second Sunday of each month through June 9 at 5 p.m.

Details are available at Gibson will perform at the first concert Thursday at 6 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $3 for children ages 5 to 12.

The Honey Island Swamp Band and Mia Borders will perform beginning at 5 p.m. March 10. Gates open at 4 p.m.

The schedule for Thursdays at Twilight is as follows: March 14, The Songs of Paul Sanchez; March 21, New Leviathan Oriental Fox Trot Orchestra; March 28, Tom McDermott and Aurora Nealand; April 4, Susan Cowsill; April 11, Tricia Boutté and Paul Longstreth; April 18, John Boutté; April 25, Threadhead Thursday; May 2, Patrice Fisher and Arpa with special Artists from Mexico and Germany; May 9, Leah Chase and Cindy Scott; May 16, James Rivers Movement; May 23, Alex McMurray; May 30, Lena Prima; June 13, Natalie Mae & Her Unturned Tricks; June 20, David Torkanowsky; June 27, Symphony Chorus of New Orleans.

The Sunday concert schedule is April 14, The Iguanas and Los Po-Boy-Citos; May 12, Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys and Paul Soniat; June 9, Eric Lindell and Colin Lake.

Foundation head to address Sierra Club

New Orleans — John Lopez, executive director of the Lake Pontchatrain Basin Foundation will speak at the Sierra Club meeting March 10 at the Audubon Zoo’s Dominion Auditorium.

Lopez will take about the foundation’s successes and goals. Refreshments are served at 6:30 p.m. with the program from 7 to 8 p.m.

The program is free.

Virtual schoolto hold info sessions

Metairie — Louisiana Connections Academy, a fully accredited provider of virtual K-12 schooling, will open enrollment for the 2013-14 school year Monday.

An enrollment session with parents and students will be held from 6: 30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Best Western Landmark Hotel, 2601 Severn Ave., Metairie.

Parents can enroll their child online at

Parents and others seeking more information about Louisiana Connections Academy can call the school at (225) 372-8389.

Rodrigue foundation receives proceeds

New Orleans — The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts received proceeds from the sale of a George Rodrigue painting, “My Yellow Oak,” auctioned at New Orleans Auction Galleries last month.

Several works by Rodrigue were up for bid in the New Orleans Auction Galleries’ February auction. Rodrigue’s painting “My Yellow Oak” sold for $98,400, with proceeds benefiting the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts.

The foundation’s programs are open to all accredited schools in Louisiana. The organization works to spark creativity in students with varying interests, especially those who might not otherwise be exposed to art education.

Slidell opens art exhibit at center

Slidell — “From the Vaults of the New Orleans Museum of Art: Picasso, Miró and Matisse,” opened Saturday at the Slidell Cultural Center at City Hall.

The exhibit will remain on display through April 13. Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Fridays, noon to 4 p.m. and on Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to noon. Group tours and school trips are available by appointment. Admission is free.

Daughters of Charity Services to hold gala

New Orleans — The Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans will hold their second “Keeping Our Promises” gala March 9 at First NBC Bank, 210 Baronne St.

The event will feature live music by Tanya Boutte and Friends, food, drinks, the Inspired Cross Awards Presentation and a silent auction.

Sally-Ann Roberts of WWL-TV Channel 4 will serve as the Mistress of Ceremonies. This year’s Inspired Cross Awards honorees are Clarence Adams Sr., Sharon Alexis and Dr. Robert L. Marier.

Tickets or sponsorship information is available by calling (504) 212-9544.

Juvenile justice forum, seminar set

New Orleans — The Alliance for Citizen Engagement will hold a forum on the State of Juvenile Justice in Orleans Parish at 6 p.m. Thursday at Bethany Methodist Church, 4533 Mendez St.

Panelists will be Ernestine S. Gray, chief judge of Orleans Parish Juvenile

Court; Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman, and juvenile attorney Jerry Settles.

The forum is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Alliance for Citizen

Engagement at (504)535-5032 or visit

Shell Oil donates to hurricane recovery

LaPlace — Shell Oil, in partnership with the Brees Dream Foundation, recently donated $50,000 to St. John United Way to assist in hurricane recovery and rebuilding efforts throughout St. John the Baptist Parish.

The donation was made to St. John United Way’s NO Place Like Home program.

NO Place Like works to coordinate the return of families to safe, secure and functional housing through partnerships with local nonprofit organizations, donors, companies, and other entities.

Dyslexia seminar features expert

New Orleans — Leading dyslexia expert Susan Barton will be featured at a free seminar at Tulane University’s McAlister Auditorium from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday.

Tulane’s Teacher Preparation and Certification Program and St. George’s Episcopal School have partnered to host the seminar.

Barton, founder of Bright Solutions for Dyslexia, will share the causes and warning signs of dyslexia to explain why bright children struggle first with spelling, then with written expression, and eventually hitting a wall in reading development by third grade.

She also will also discuss effective tutoring methods, and simple accommodations needed to succeed in the classroom.

Compiled by the New Orleans bureau