Harp convention to hold public events

For the first time, the American Harp Society, the largest organization of harpists in the world, will hold its national convention in New Orleans, at the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel, 739 Canal St., on June 22-26. Local residents will be able to hear top classical and jazz harpists from all over the world playing live.

Among the events will be:

JUNE 22, 8 P.M.: A free public concert at St. Louis Cathedral featuring Mexico Symphony harpist Baltazar Juarez.

JUNE 23, 5 P.M. AND 8 P.M.: A flute and harp concert and three professional harp ensembles (the Chicago & Modern Harp Quartets and Café de la Harp) in concert at the Astor Crowne Plaza. Tickets at the door are $15.

JUNE 24, 6 P.M. TO MIDNIGHT: The Harp Carnival Jazz Fest will feature multiple bands throughout the Astor Crowne Plaza, plus 8,000 square feet of harps and harp regalia on display in the exhibit hall. Tickets are $25.

JUNE 25, 7:30 P.M.: The Mardi Gras Ball Orchestra Gala will present five different symphonic works that feature the harp (and members of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra), from Bach through rock. Following the gala there will be a jazz reception with the Allvin-Collins Jazz Harp Quartet from Detroit. Tickets are $25.

Day passes and tickets for many other events are available.

For more information, visit www.ahsconference.org.

Insectarium admits dads free on their day

To celebrate Father’s Day, the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, North America’s largest museum devoted to insects and their relatives, is treating dads to free admission on Sunday.

The insectarium, which opened in 2008, houses New Orleans’ only butterfly garden, an Asian-inspired garden that is home to hundreds of colorful, free-flying butterflies.

Visitors can expand their gastronomic horizons by eating Cajun-spiced crickets in the Bug Appétit cafe and take in the Insect Awards Show in the “immersion theater,” a 4-D movie that honors the incredible feats and roles that insects play in our natural world.

Audubon Nature Institute members and all dads will get in free for a full day of buggy fun starting at 10 a.m.

The Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is at 423 Canal St. in the U.S. Custom House.

St. Roch festival reset for next Saturday

The St. Roch Community Fest, originally scheduled for Saturday has been rescheduled for June 21, from noon to 6 p.m.

The festival will be held at St. Roch Park, 1800 St. Roch Ave.

Fit NOLA Parks — a partnership of the Louisiana Public Health Institute, New Orleans Recreation Development Foundation, Market Umbrella, the city Health Department and others — has collaborated with St. Roch neighborhood churches, local organizations and the St. Roch Booster Club to present the event, which will feature free food, music, games and prizes.

For details about the event, visit www.nola.gov/nordc/ fit-nola-parks/.

Restaurant group holds bowling tourney

The Louisiana Restaurant Association’s Greater New Orleans Chapter will hold its fifth annual bowling tournament, “Eat and Bowl,” from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 22 at Fulton Alley, 600 Fulton St. The public is invited to watch the action or participate themselves.

Teams of four can be purchased for $400, which includes an additional four entry tickets. Individual tickets for spectators are $30 per person and include food and a cash bar. To register your teams or to purchase tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com and search for “Eat and Bowl” in New Orleans.

The tournament is a “speed bowling” format. The team with the most pins knocked down in one hour will be the winner and will win a trophy.

The price of admission includes food from New Orleans restaurants such as Acme Oyster House, Mr. B’s Bistro, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Mr. Mudbug’s and the host location, Fulton Alley.

The proceeds will benefit the LRA Education Foundation, which promotes the restaurant industry as a career choice and provides scholarships to individuals pursuing culinary arts and restaurant management degrees.

For more information, contact member services coordinator Jodi Williams at jwilliams@lra.org or (504) 636-6551.