THURSDAY, SEPT. 25

  • JCOA SENIOR CENTER HEALTH FAIR: , 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bridge City, 1601 Bridge City Ave., Bridge City; and Sept. 29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Gretna, 476 Franklin Ave., Gretna. Wellness best practices, vision and hearing testing, health tests, guest speakers, refreshments. Free. Contact Liz Yager at (504) 207-4691 or (504) 606-9307. Shout, Sister, Shout! The Boswell Sisters of New Orleans exhibit: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., The Historic New Orleans Collection, 529 Royal St., New Orleans. Free.
  • MASTER CHEF DEMO: 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Dillard University’s Kearny Hall, 2601 Gentilly Blvd. The Ray Charles Program on African American Material Culture along with Dillard Dining Services hosts an open cooking demonstration with former Dillard student and Fox Master Chef contestant Christian Green. $8. Call (504) 816-4800 for information.
  • GARDEN DISTRICT WALKING TOUR: 1 p.m., Outside The Defend New Orleans Store, 1101 First St., New Orleans. Two-hour walking tour. $25.
  • TONE MADE EASY: 6 p.m., Guitar Center, 1000 S. Clearview Parkway, New Orleans. Free.
  • “ROLL’EM MISTER BONES”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans. Mark Stewart-Jones discusses and signs his book about one misunderstood man’s quest to rescue the reputation of another in New Orleans.
  • “THE ART OF GAMAN”: 6 p.m., The Stage Door Canteen at The National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Author Delphine Hirasuna presents. (504) 528-1944, ext. 229.
  • COCKTAILS FOR THE COAST: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., The Eiffel Society, 2040 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. The Restore the Mississippi River Delta campaign hosts a celebration for those interested in restoring the coast. Complementary cuisine and drink specials. (504) 525-2951 or facebook.com/events/525464107554991.
  • LAFRENIERE LIVE: Mojeaux kicks off the Lafreniere Live fall concert series, which continues with Weathered on Oct. 2 and 90 Degrees West on Oct. 9. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Al Copeland Meadow Concert Stage in Lafreniere Park, 3000 Downs Blvd., Metairie. Free.
  • FOOD AS MEDICINE: 7 p.m., New Orleans Athletic Club, 222 N. Rampart St. Emery Van Hook Sonnier, associate director of Market Umbrella (Crescent City Farmer’s Market), delivers the first in a series of lectures slated for the Library in the 140-year-old club. Free. (504) 525-2375.
  • PARKVIEW RENOVATORS HAPPY HOUR: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., 872 Taft Place at Dumaine. Tour the renovation of a circa 1941 California-style bungalow and hear from the owners about renovation challenges and strategies. Sponsored by the Preservation Resource Center. $10. (504) 581-7023, www.prcno.org.
  • BAYOU TITLE CHARITY BUNCO TOURNAMENT: 7:30 p.m., Farhad Grotto, 2310 Hickory Ave., New Orleans. $10.
  • HOW TO DRESS WELL: 10 p.m., The Hi-Ho Lounge, 2239 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. hiholounge.net.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 26

  • KEVIN O’DAY & LIVE ANIMALS: 2 p.m., The Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans.
  • COCKTAIL HISTORY TOUR: 5 p.m., Evangeline, 329 Decatur St., New Orleans. $32-$65. doctorgumbo.com.
  • USED BOOK SALE: 5-8 p.m., 555 Robert Blvd., Slidell. The Slidell Public Library sells thousands of books and magazines for 10 cents to $1. Proceeds benefit Slidell, Pearl River and Lacombe library branches.
  • MOVIES IN THE PARK: 6 p.m., Joe Brown Memorial Park, 5601 Read Blvd., New Orleans. “Thor 2: The Dark World” will be shown as part of NORDC’s film series at parks around the city. Field games and fitness activities first, then it’s show time at sunset. Local booster clubs sell concessions to raise funds. (504) 658-3032 or nola.gov/nordc/movies-in-the-park.
  • PINKTOBER: 7 p.m. parade, 8 p.m. gala. Hard Rock Café, 125 Bourbon St., New Orleans. Join the BreastFest 2014 Pinktober second-line parade with Pocket Aces Brass Band in front of the Hyatt French Quarter on Canal Street under the clock. Then parade to Hard Rock Café for food from local chefs, cocktails, entertainment, a silent auction, raffles and more. (504) 529-5617 or breastfestnola.com.
  • THE SWEET SPOT: 10 p.m., Cafe Istanbul, 2372 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. sweetspotnation.com.
  • LAFOURCHE CENTRAL MARKET: 8 a.m. to Noon, Lafourche Central Market Pavilion, 4484 La. 1, Raceland. (985) 438-1231.
  • MASTERCHEF CASTING IN NEW ORLEANS: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter, 541 Bourbon St., New Orleans. An open call will be held for Season 6 of the television show.
  • MANDEVILLE FALL CRAFT SHOW: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lions Hall, 720 Lafitte St., Mandeville. The Mandeville Craft Show will have an array of carefully selected exhibitors, craftspeople from across the south and northeast.
  • FAULKNER AND FRIENDS: 11 a.m., Seelos Welcome Center, 919 Josephine St., New Orleans. Vicki Salloum will sign and read from her novel about a bookstore owner in a run-down neighborhood and the community that builds and surrounds the events there. (504) 525-2495.
  • “THE 78 MOVIE PROJECT ROAD TOUR”: 7 p.m., Zeitgeist Multi-disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard. “The 78 Project Movie” tells the story of two people who drive across America and record contemporary musicians on a 1930s Presto direct-to-disc recorder. Area musicians are also invited to record a 78 rpm disc recording.
  • WOUNDED WARRIORS FUNDRAISER: 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Jefferson Orleans North, 2600 Edenborn Ave., in Metairie. USA Dance LA Gumbo Chapter 5031 in Metairie and American Legion Post 377 in Kenner. Host, with food, cash bar, music by Jerry Embree Swing Band and Legion Post 175 Band. $20. Contact Ruby Shrieves at (504) 607-1041 or go to www.usadancegumbo.org.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 27

  • DAYLILY SOCIETY TALK: 9:30 a.m. to noon, East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Sarah Bertrand of the LSU AgCenter discusses “New Daylily Species,” sponsored by the South East Louisiana Daylily Society. Free. eehollan@bellsouth.net
  • YARD TO TABLE WORKSHOP: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., ReFresh Community Room, 300 N. Broad St. Learn how to grow mustard and collard greens, broccoli, and lettuce from seed and take home a packet of seeds plus gardening exercises and recipes. Sponsored by AARP and Green Light New Orleans. Free by calling (877) 926-8300 to reserve. (504) 485-2164 for more information.
  • ARTS MARKET OF NEW ORLEANS: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Palmer Park (S. Carrollton at S. Claiborne). Market features art and crafts vendors, plus food, music and a kids’ tent. Free. (504) 523-1465
  • BIRD WATCHING IN CITY PARK: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Couturie Forest, departs from trailhead on Harrison Ave. Mark Meunier leads a group through the forest, pointing out bird habits and calls. Bring binoculars. $10 by advance registration. (504) 483-9473, scapley@nocp.org
  • HANDLETTERING WORKSHOP WITH LIZ MAUTE COOKE: 9 a.m., West Elm, 2929 Magazine St., New Orleans. Create a one-of-a-kind piece of hand-lettered artwork for the home.
  • COMMUNITY RECYCLING DRIVE: 9 a.m. to noon. Accepting items that are typically not accepted for recycling, such as glass, batteries, paint and electronics. Drop-off locations are Ben Franklin High School, 2001 Leon Simon Drive; ReNEW Schaumberg Elementary, 9501 Grant St.; Edward Hynes Charter School, 990 Harrison Ave.; and The Green Project, 2831 Marais St.
  • SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM DAY: Free admission to museums around the city, including the Hermann Grima Historic House, 818-820 St. Louis St., and Gallier Historic House, 1132 Royal St. Find free tickets at www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/tickets/?no-ist.
  • SWAP MEET NOLA: Artists, farmers, bakers and flea market vendors set up booths. 3525 Bienville St. (504) 813-5370.
  • READING TUTOR TRAINING: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Land Building at St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1535 State St. Learn how to help children master reading skills. To register, contact Elizabeth Artigues at (504) 899-0820 or elizabeth@stairnola.org, or visit www.stairnola.org.
  • ARTS MARKET OF NEW ORLEANS: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Palmer Park (South Carrollton and South Claiborne avenues). Market features art and crafts vendors, plus food, music and a kids’ tent. Free. (504) 523-1465.
  • ST. AUGUSTINE HIGH SCHOOL HAMP FEST: 7 p.m. at the school, 2600 A.P. Tureaud Ave. ConFunkShun and Chocolate Milk, plus the Marching 100 Band. Celebrating the school band’s founder, Edwin Hampton. $35.
  • USED BOOK SALE: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 555 Robert Blvd., Slidell. The Slidell Public Library sells thousands of books and magazines for 10 cents to $1. Proceeds benefit Slidell, Pearl River and Lacombe library branches.
  • CHAPELLE CRAFT FAIR: A craft fair with more than 200 booths with participants from three states will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 at Archbishop Chapelle High School, 8800 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Morgan Casting KIDS Mini Bootcamp: 9:30 a.m., Steve Hammond Photography, 3501 Severn Ave., Metairie.
  • JUJU THE GOOD VOODOO AT CHAPELLE CRAFT FAIR: 10 a.m., Metairie, 8800 Veterans Blvd., Metairie.
  • “NEW ORLEANS ON TAP” BEER FESTIVAL: 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., City Park Festival Grounds, Friedrichs Avenue, New Orleans. Sample more than 200 beers, enjoy live music and see adoptable pets in this LA/SPCA-The Bulldog fifth annual event with food and prizes. Buy samples or full beers and non-beer drinks. Public transportation is encouraged. Chairs and blankets welcome, but no outside drinks or food. (504) 762-3307 or neworleansontap.org.
  • CASSETTE STORE DAY NEW ORLEANS: 1 p.m., Euclid Records, 3401 Chartres St., New Orleans.
  • TIPITINA’S FOUNDATION RHYTHM AND BLUES 5K RUN: 5 p.m., Tipitina’s Uptown, 501 Napoleon Ave., New Orleans. Beginning and ending at the Uptown institution, this run features serenading bands along the route, plus an after-race festival with food, drinks and live entertainment on the neutral grounds. Proceeds benefit the foundation’s work to protect and preserve Louisiana’s musical culture. runnotc.org/races/2014/rhythm.shtml.
  • POETS FOR CHANGE: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Zeitgeist Multidisciplinary Art Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. Poets, spoken word artists and musicians. $5 donation. (504) 400-1059 or visit 100tpc.org.
  • 11TH ANNUAL REFRIGERATOR ART AUCTION AND GALA PHANTOM MASQUERADE: 6 p.m., Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive, New Orleans.
  • OLD HOLLYWOOD GALA: 7-10 p.m. Homer A. Plessy Community School, 2021 Pauger St., New Orleans. Fundraiser with silent auction, food, drinks and music. $50. (504) 503-0055. www.plessyschool.org.
  • BURLESQUE: 10 p.m., Jax New Orleans, 620 Decatur St., New Orleans. The debut show will feature Ginger Licious, Roxie le Rouge, Ruby Rage and special guests Bella Blue, Charlotte Treuse, and magic by Michael Dardant. $10-$150.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 28

  • SWAP MEET NOLA: Artists, farmers, bakers and flea market vendors set up booths. 3525 Bienville St. (504) 813-5370.
  • “LETTUCE” FALL INTO HERBS: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., St. Tammany Parish Library, Slidell Branch, 555 Robert Blvd., Slidell. The St. Tammany Master Gardeners host the event which includes talks and demonstrations of beekeeping and growing micro-herbs, plus sales of herbs, garden gloves, and used garden books. Free. (985) 875-2635.
  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. FAULKNER: 1-4 p.m. 818 St. Charles Ave. brunch, mint juleps, open bar, music and a painting auction. Writer Bonnie Warren and photographer Cheryl Gerber to be honored. To benefit the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society. $175. www.wordsandmusic.org.

MONDAY, SEPT. 29

  • JCOA SENIOR CENTER HEALTH FAIR: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Gretna Council on Aging center, 476 Franklin Ave., Gretna. Wellness best practices, vision and hearing testing, health tests, guest speakers, refreshments. Free. Contact Liz Yager at (504) 207-4691 or (504) 606-9307.
  • BOERGER WEFTEC: 3 p.m., Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans. Enjoy German beer with the Boerger team at Booth 4234.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 30

  • UK WATER INNOVATION SHOWCASE: 8 a.m., Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans. British water technology and expertise. gov.uk/ukti.
  • “LETTUCE” FALL INTO HERBS: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., St. Tammany Parish Library, Slidell Branch, 555 Robert Blvd., Slidell. The St. Tammany Master Gardeners host the event, which includes talks and demonstrations of beekeeping and growing micro-herbs, plus sales of herbs, garden gloves and used garden books. Free. (985) 643-3310.
  • QUILTING WORKSHOPS: 6 p.m., Ashé Cultural Center, 1712 Oretha C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans. The workshops provide opportunities to incorporate their personal stories as they create vibrant, jazzy, contemporary, quilted textile collages. (504) 569-9070.
  • READING BETWEEN THE WINES: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Pearl Wine Co., 3700 Orleans Ave., New Orleans. A literary series where local authors discuss and sign their books. fleurdelit.com.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 1

  • PUMPKIN PATCH: 2 p.m., St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 2216 Metairie Road, Metairie. Ends Oct. 31. stmepiscopal.com.

THURSDAY, OCT. 2

  • WINE DINE & DESIGN/TABLESCAPES: 11:30 a.m., Audubon Tea Room, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. From linens and chair backs to glassware and cutlery, each table will be a work of art. $100-$250.
  • “YOU DON’T KNOW ME,” NEW AND SELECTED STORIES: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans. James Nolan will discuss and sign his book. gardendistrictbookshop.com.
  • “SWEET AS CANE, SALTY AS TEARS”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Opelousas native Ken Wheaton will talk about his book about a freak accident that forces a New Yorker to return to Louisiana and confront her Cajun past. octaviabooks.com.
  • WOMEN PERFORMING FOR WOMEN 2014: 6:30 p.m., Cafe Istanbul, 2372 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. A night of music, food, and celebration to benefit the women and children of Hagar’s House. $40 or $75, couples. (504) 210-5064 or HagarsHouseNOLA.org
  • NEW ORLEANS VINTAGE FASHION AND LIFESTYLE EXPO: 7 p.m., Old U.S. Mint-Louisiana State Museum, 400 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans. The expo is the pre-party to The New Orleans Swing Dance Festival. $15-$50.
  • YARD TO TABLE WORKSHOP: 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.., Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Dr. Learn how to grow mustard and collard greens, broccoli, and lettuce from seed and take home a packet of seeds plus gardening exercises and recipes. Sponsored by AARP and Green Light New Orleans. Free by calling (877) 926-8300 to reserve. (504) 485-2164 for more information.
  • CEMETERY & HISTORIC HOUSE MUSEUM TOUR: 12:30 p.m., departs from Basin Street Station, 501 Basin St. The Hermann-Grima House and Save Our Cemeteries team up to present a tour of St. Louis No. 1 cemetery plus the Hermann-Grima House, which features it annual 19th century funerary and mourning customs tour. Ends Oct. 4. $30. (504) 525-5661.