• HELP MOTHERS HEAL: The second annual Help Mothers Heal Conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Family Center of Hope, 4422 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. With the theme “Did I See This Coming?” it looks at violence in the community. Besides families, those attending will include law enforcement, mental health professionals, community and faith leaders, government officials, educators and representatives of the justice system. The Family Center of Hope provides education and social services from a faith-based perspective to bring change in the community.
  • LADIES LEUKEMIA LEAGUE: The Ladies Leukemia League will hold its Fete de Noel fundraising luncheon Friday, Dec. 4, at the Hilton Riverside, 2 Poydras St., New Orleans. More than 1,400 people are expected to attend the event, which will feature a fashion show, raffles, parade of prizes and silent auction. Tickets are $75 and available from Rosalie Edwards, (504) 466-8875 or rosalieedwards@aol.com. Over the past 44 years, the Ladies Leukemia League has raised more than $3.2 million for leukemia research in the Gulf South.