THURSDAY

  • BETTER HEARING AND SPEECH MONTH EXPO: 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Norman Mayer Library, 3001 Gentilly Blvd. Sponsored by the Orleans Parish School board. Information, activities, refreshments.
  • NONPROFIT WORKSHOP FUNDRAISING EVENTS 101: 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. Attendees learn about types of fundraising events, working with volunteers and finding corporate sponsors. $35. Call (504) 569-9070.
  • COCKTAIL HOUR AND BOOK SIGNING FOR A MOUTHFUL OF STARS BY KIM SUNÉE: 4:30 p.m., Ancora Pizzeria, 4508 Freret St. A reception and book signing with small bites and cocktails in celebration of the release of Kim Sunée’s new book, “A Mouthful of Stars.” Free. Call (504) 895-2266.
  • SENIOR WISDOM, TALENT AND CREATIVITY: 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Lakeview Shepherd Center, 316 38th St. Music by the Leroy Jones Quintet, food and drinks, silent auction. Call (504) 484-0885. lakeviewshepherdcenternola.org.
  • RINGSIDE ROAST STARRING JOHN YOUNG JR.: 6 p.m., patron party; 7 p.m., dinner and roast, Eiffel Society, 2040 St. Charles Ave. Proceeds benefit WLAE, New Orleans Public Television. ringsideroast.com.
  • “TRADITIONAL MUSIC IN COASTAL LOUISIANA”: 6 p.m., Old US Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave. Joshua Caffery will discuss his book. Free.
  • AUTHOR EVENT: 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Skip Tucker discusses and signs his book “Pale Blue Light.” Call (504) 838-1190.

THURSDAY-FRIDAY

  • GARDEN CLUB OF AMERICA FLOWER SHOW: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday; 8 a.m.-noon Friday, Hilton New Orleans Riverside, 2 Poydras St. Garden Clubs from across the southern United States will present beautiful floral displays. Free.

FRIDAY

  • LONGUE VUE NATIONAL PUBLIC GARDENS DAY: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road. Offering free admission with coupon downloadable from www.nationalpublicgardensday.org. Call (504) 488-5488. www.longuevue.com.
  • WOMEN OF SUBSTANCE LUNCHEON: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Audubon Tea Room, 6500 Magazine St. Bridge House and Grace House honor Dr. Jayne Gurtler, Carol Solomon and other role models for women in substance abuse programs. Call (504) 212-5301.
  • LITERARY LUNCHEON: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Poydras Home, 5354 Magazine St. Authors Eric Paulsen, Sally-Ann Roberts, Patrice Kononchek, Bonnie Warren and Carolyn Kolb discuss their books. Call (504) 897-0535.
  • NEW ORLEANS BOTANICAL GARDEN GUIDED TOURS: 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m. Free guided tours of the New Orleans Botanical Garden with paid admission. $6. Call (504) 483-9473, scapley@nobg.org.
  • 17TH ANNUAL JEFFERSON CHAMBER CRAWFISH BOIL: 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, 3421 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie. Good food, music and outstanding opportunities to establish new business opportunities. $40, chamber members; $50, future members. Call (504) 835-3880.
  • AT HOME IN THE VIEUX CARRÉ: 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., 721 Gov. Nicholls St. Featuring a tour of an elegantly furnished home, handsome courtyard and refreshments, sponsored by the Vieux Carré Property Owners, Residents and Associates. $10. Call (504) 581-7200. www.vcpora.org.
  • SIPPIN’ IN SEERSUCKER: 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St. The fundraiser benefits the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Enjoy an evening of light bites, Southern cocktails, shopping specials and live entertainment featuring Creole String Beans. Call (504) 522-9200.
  • SPRING GALA: 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m., The Beauregard-Keyes House, 1113 Chartres St. A Bohemian Night with music by the Deacon John and the Ivories, silent auction and food and drinks from a variety of delicious New Orleans eateries. $35, patrons under 35; $50, general admission. Call (504) 523-7257.

SATURDAY

  • DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL: 8 a.m., Tchefuncte River, 403 St. Francis St., Madisonville. Teams race dragon boats in various categories. The festival also features food, arts and crafts, demonstrations and an awards ceremony. Free. Call (416) 962-8899. gwndragonboat.com.
  • GIRLS ON THE RUN OF NEW ORLEANS 5K EVENT: 8 a.m., City Park. Girls on the Run is collaborating with more than 17 local Kiwanis clubs in hopes to take a stand against bullying for youth in the New Orleans community. The 5K is family-friendly, non-competitive and open to anyone looking to get active and support a great cause. Pre-race Zumba warm up and post-race refreshments. $40. gotrnola.org.
  • COVINGTON FARMER’S MARKET: 8 a.m.-noon, Covington City Hall, 609 N. Columbia St. Chef and owner Jeffrey Hansell of Ox Lot 9, in the Southern Hotel in Covington, is the featured chef. Music by Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText ColorJoe Barbara begins at 9:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color30 a.m. covingtonfarmersmarket.org.
  • RUN TO REMEMBER: 8 a.m., Shelter One on Lakeshore Drive and runs 2.5 kilometers east to the turnaround at Beauregard Avenue and back to Shelter One. Run or walk 5 kilometers in honor of fallen Coast Guard members who died while protecting our homeland, rescuing those in peril and enforcing maritime law. Participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt, water from Kentwood Springs and jambalaya from Mr. B’s Bistro. Proceeds support the Coast Guard Foundation.
  • KIWANIS CLUB OF COVINGTON PANCAKE BREAKFAST: 8 a.m.-noon, Bogue Falaya Hall of the Greater Covington Center, 317 N. Jefferson Ave., Covington. Pancakes, sausage, milk, juice and coffee will be offered. Moms attending will be honored with a flower, and children will be able to make a special Mother’s Day card and take a picture with their mom. Proceeds go to the local Boy Scouts of America and the Summer Camp Program of the YMCA. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased at the door.
  • WOODMERE CIVIC ASSOCIATION GARAGE SALE: 9 a.m., Faith Is the Victory Christian Center, 3145 Alex Kornman Blvd., Harvey.
  • INTERNATIONAL MIGRATORY BIRD DAY 2014, WHY BIRDS MATTER: 9 a.m.-noon, Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road. An expedition into the world of birds. Call (504) 488-5488.
  • PINE NEEDLE BASKET WEAVING WORKSHOP: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Fairview-Riverside State Park, 1 mile east of Madisonville on Highway 22 in St. Tammany Parish. Learn the basics of pine needle basket weaving. The workshop will cover tools, supplies and basic procedures; participants will make a basket to take home. Supplies are included, seating is limited and a $5 fee will be collected to participate. All participants must call to register. Bring a sack lunch. Call (888) 677-3247.
  • BENEFICIAL BUGS TALK AND GREENHOUSE SALE: 9 a.m.-noon, sale; 10 a.m., talk; Parkway Partners, 1139 Baronne St. Talk by John Lee Fitchett of the Audubon Institute’s Insectarium on bugs that help garden plants. Beneficial bugs and their favorite plants on sale in the greenhouse. Free. Call (504) 620-2244. www.parkwaypartnersnola.org.
  • FERIA DE PRIMAVERA: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Morris Jeff Community School, 3368 Esplanade Ave. School fair with games, student performances and crawfish. Call (504) 373-6258.
  • VICTORY CORPS SATURDAY AT THE NATIONAL WWII MUSEUM: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., The National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St. The teen Victory Corps program is a hands-on chance to explore and learn about WWII through touching artifacts. Free with paid admission. Call (504) 528-1944, ext. 304. ddaymuseum.org.
  • “JUDY MOODY” AUTHOR EVENT: 10 a.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Author Megan McDonald will sign copies of “Judy Moody and Stink: The Big Bad Blackout” and other titles. Call (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.
  • TREMÉ HOME TOUR: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., headquarters at St. Anna’s, 1313 Esplanade Ave. Self-guided tour of renovated homes in Historic Faubourg Tremé. $20. (504) 312-9202. www.hfta.org.
  • MENTORFEST: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Rosa Keller Library, 4300 S. Broad St. Sponsored by New Orleans Kids Partnership, dedicated to recruiting new volunteers for mentoring and tutoring organizations children ages 7-21. Free food, beer, sodas and door prizes available for those who sign up. Music provided by the New Breed Brass Band.
  • CRAWFISH MAMBO: 11 a.m.-6 p.m., UNO, 2000 Lakeshore Dr. UNO International Alumni Association hosts this crawfish cook-off, with all-you-can-eat crawfish and live music. $20, advance; $25, door. crawfishmambo.com.
  • PIETY STREET MARKET: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Old Ironworks, 612 Piety St. Featuring more than 40 vendors offering an array of creative art, handmade jewelry and crafts, homemade food, vintage clothes and collectibles, used books and flea market finds in a neighborhood setting. In honor of Wetlands Day, a Cajun band will play and many vendors will sell wetlands-related merchandise, from nutria-fur fashions to swamp-inspired artwork and crafts. Call (504) 269-3982.
  • HABITAT ROMP: 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Palmer Park, South Claiborne and Carrollton avenues. Habitat for Humanity and PLAYNOLA host games, food vendors and live music from Hot 8 Brass Band.
  • METROPOLITAN OPERA “LA CENERENTOLA”: 11:55 a.m., AMC Elmwood Palace 20, 1200 Elmwood Park Blvd., Harahan. amctheatres.com.
  • WORLD’S LARGEST CRAWFISH BOIL: noon-6 p.m., Champions Square, Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Zatarain’s 125th birthday celebration features 25,000 pounds of crawfish and music by Big Sam’s Funky Nation and Flow Tribe to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. Call (504) 587-3822. zatscrawfishboil.com.
  • LAKE FEST: noon, Bucktown Marina, 200 Metairie Hammond Highway, Metairie. Presented by the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation Save Our Lake/Save Our Coast. Featuring “Back to the Beach” car show, local food and arts, live music and crafts. $5, adults; free, ages 13 and younger.
  • BOOK SIGNING: 1 p.m., Barnes & Noble Metairie, 3721 Veterans Blvd., Metairie. Edward L. Rispone will sign copies of his new book “CUCHO A Journey from Cuba to Freedom.”
  • MARCIA GOLDMAN’S “LOLA GOES TO WORK” AND MARISSA MOSS’ “BLOOD DIARIES” AUTHOR EVENT: 2 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Marcia Goldman and Marissa Moss will sign copies of their books. “Lola Goes to Work: A Nine-to-Five Therapy Dog” by Goldman and “Blood Diaries: Tales of a 6th-Grade Vampire” by Moss. Call (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.
  • WETLANDS ART TOUR: 2 p.m., Marigny Opera House, 725 St. Ferdinand St. Rising Tide author John Barry, Monique Verdin, Scott Eustis and Michael Massimi discuss the environment. Call (504) 948-9998.
  • SIP & SHOP FOR A CAUSE: 3 p.m., Halo Suites Day Spa, 3863 Gentilly Blvd. The New Orleans chapter of Mocha Moms, Inc. presents shopping with local vendors, light refreshments and a little pampering. Proceeds benefit Shot@Life! $8, advance; $10, door. #PamperShopPurpose.
  • HONOR THE MOTHER, A ROYAL MOTHER’S DAY TEA: 3 p.m., Taravella Manor, 5240 Taravella Road. The afternoon of elegance begins with a trademark tea party followed by the classical sounds of the Class Act String Orchestra and a special performance from international poet, Késhia “Peaches” Caldwell accompanied by the interpretive dance ensemble along with the musical styling of Ms. Mathina Mitchell. Highlighting the afternoon is the original stage play “MAMA” written by DivaStating Arts & Entertainment. Call (504) 331-0131 or e-mail classactent365@gmail.com.
  • TAILS BUT NO BLACK TIE, AN EQUESTRIAN EVENING BENEFITING NEW ORLEANS CITY PARK: 4 p.m., Equest Farm, 1001 Filmore Avenue, New Orleans City Park. Food, drinks and equestrian events. $15, adults; $10, for children 4 years and older. No one under the age of 4 years old will be admitted. tailsbutnoblacktie.org.
  • MAGAZINE STREET CHAMPAGNE STROLL: 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Magazine St. Shops stay open until 9 p.m. Music, bubbly and plenty of special offers. magazinestreet.com.
  • THIRD ANNUAL FLEUR DE LIS DENTAL CARE SEAFOOD AND MUSIC FEST/FUNDRAISER TEAMSMILE: 5 p.m.-10 p.m., La Maison du Lac, 7412 Lakeshore Dr. Seafood, music, beer and wine. $40. Call (504) 486-3339.
  • SECOND SATURDAY ART WALK: 6 p.m.-11 p.m., Dancing Grounds, 3705 St. Claude Ave. Dancers perform at the monthly St. Claude Art Walk. Call (504) 535-5791.
  • HOUSE PARTY 2014!: 6:30 p.m., First NBC Bank Lobby, 210 Baronne St. The event begins with a Patron Party at 6:30 p.m. followed by a gala at 7:30 p.m. Food, fun, dancing and a silent and live auction. Proceeds benefit House Party. ndf-neworleans.org.
  • GLITTER AND BE GAY 2014: 7 p.m., Freddie Guess Studio, 910 Royal St. Hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, auction and art gallery. Proceeds benefit the gay Mardi Gras Krewe of Armeinius. $25. armeinius.org.
  • MOVIES IN THE PARK: 8 p.m., Heritage Park, 303 Williams Blvd., Kenner. No pets or outside food or drinks. Concessions will be sold. Featuring “Despicable Me 2.” Free. Call (504) 468-7231.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

  • NATCHEZ ARTS FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., downtown Natchez, Miss. Exhibits and sale of artworks, live music, dance, performing arts presentations, food, educational programs and workshops. Admission free. Call (504) 508-6800. natchezartsfestival.com.

SUNDAY

  • SWAP MEET NOLA: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Margaret’s, 3525 Bienville St. New animal-friendly, mini-enterprise sponsored by the Humane Society of Louisiana offers items from more than 30 local vendors that range from original artwork, to indigenous plants to handmade organic/vegan soaps, lotions and shampoos. Proceeds from some of the market’s sales will help support the Humane Society humane programs around the state. swapmeetnola.com.
  • MOTHER’S DAY AT AUDUBON ZOO: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St. Live music, food vendors, arts and crafts and children’s activities. Free with zoo admission: $17.50, adults; $13, seniors 65 and older; $12, ages 2-12; free for members. Call 504-581-4629. www.auduboninstitute.org.
  • RUTA SEPETYS’ “OUT OF THE EASY” AND T. A. BARRON’S “THE HEARTLIGHT SAGA” AUTHOR EVENT: 1:30 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Two authors will be signing. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.
  • “MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL” TERRY GILLIAM LATE NIGHT SERIES: 10 p.m., Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania St. This series features films by the Oscar-nominated writer, member of the Monty Python comedy troupe and director Terry Gilliam. $10. (504) 891-6415. theprytania.com.
  • OLD MANDEVILLE HOME TOUR: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., 605 Carroll St. Mother’s Day tour featuring Creole and centerhall houses in Mandeville historic district. $20. omha@oldmandevillehistoricassociation.org.
  • MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATION CONCERT: 3 p.m., Roussel Hall Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Ave. Performance by the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestras. gnoyo.org.

SUNDAY AND WEDNESDAY

  • PRYTANIA THEATRE CLASSIC MOVIE ALFRED HITCHCOCK SERIES: 10 a.m., The Prytania, 5339 Prytania St. Screening of “Rebecca.” $5.75.

MONDAY

  • PAULA FREEDMAN’S “MY BASMATI BAT MITZVAH” AUTHOR EVENT: 5:30 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Paula Freeman will sign her new book. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.

TUESDAY

  • “COLORS OF CONFINEMENT, RARE KODACHROME PHOTOGRAPHS OF JAPANESE AMERICAN INCARCERATION IN WWII”: 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Solomon Victory Theatre at the National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St. Call (504) 528-1944, ext. 229.

TUESDAY-SUNDAY

  • RT BOOKLOVERS CONVENTION: Marriott Hotel on Canal Street. Honoring Sandra Kitt, Beverly Jenkins and Brenda Jackson among others. rtconvention.com.

WEDNESDAY

  • WHITE GLOVE WEDNESDAYS AT THE NATIONAL WWII MUSEUM: 9 a.m.-noon, The National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St. Eric Rivet leads a program on the uniforms and equipment used by American and German soldiers during World War II. Free with paid admission. Call (504) 528-1944, ext. 288. ddaymuseum.org.
  • “THE FIRST MOTION PICTURE UNIT, WHEN HOLLYWOOD WENT TO WAR”: 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Solomon Victory Theatre at the National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St. Documentary screening. A reception precedes. Free, requires reservations. Call (504) 528-1944, ext. 229.
  • METROPOLITAN OPERA “LA CENERENTOLA-ENCORE”: 6:30 p.m., AMC Elmwood Palace 20, 1200 Elmwood Park Blvd., Harahan. amctheatres.com.
  • CULINARY LEGACIES: 7 p.m., Eastbank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Ron Kottemann, the grandson of Roman Candy Company founder Sam Cortese, will discuss the company, his family and the legacy of roman candy. Free.

ONGOING

  • “SHOUT, SISTER, SHOUT! THE BOSWELL SISTERS OF NEW ORLEANS”: The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal St. Exhibition on view through Oct. 26. Gallery hours: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday. Free. Call (504) 523-4662. hnoc.org.