CHRISTMAS TREE SALE: Fraser fir Christmas trees and wreaths will be sold Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5 and 6, in the school yard at Holy Name of Jesus School, 6325 Cromwell Place, New Orleans. Sale hours will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Delivery is available. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Holy Name of Jesus School and parish.

CROISSANT COMPETITION: A croissant-baking competition will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans. The competition is sponsored by the Alliance Française de La Nouvelle-Orléans. Winners will be chosen in three categories: amateur, professional and freestyle. There also will be a People’s Choice Award.

Participation in the contest is free. Admission to the Concours de Croissant is free for members of SoFAB and AFNO, and $10 for others. Summer Veatch, pastry chef at Gracious Bakery, will give a croissant-baking presentation at 11:30 a.m.

YOUNG AUDIENCES: Young Audiences of Louisiana will hold a holiday celebration featuring entertainment by Julio y Cesar and food by Chef Emile Stieffel from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, at the Martine Chiasson Gallery, 727 Camp St., New Orleans. Proceeds will benefit Young Audiences of Louisiana.

Tickets are $100, which includes food, beverages, entertainment and entry into a raffle for two pairs of round-trip flights anywhere Delta Airlines travels in the United States or Canada.

For more than 50 years, Young Audiences of Louisiana has operated after-school programs that promote academic excellence and social growth through the arts. For event information, call (504) 523-3525 or email

ALGIERS BONFIRE: The Algiers bonfire and concert on the river will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Algiers Point ferry landing. There will be food trucks, and bounce houses and face-painters for the kids. The bonfire will be lit at 8:30 p.m. For information, visit

ALGIERS KIWANIS: Christian Birch, master of the world’s largest super-yacht, Azzam, will be the guest speaker when the Kiwanis Club of Algiers meets at 7 a.m. Dec. 11 at the Aurora Tennis and Swim Club, 5244 Gen. Meyer Ave., New Orleans. Azzam was commissioned by Khalifa Al Nahyan, the president of the United Arab Emirates, and is 590 feet long.

Guests are welcome at the Kiwanis meeting. For information, call (504) 391-0667.

LIGHTS AT THE LAKE: The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation will hold a Lights at the Lake party and boat parade from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at the New Canal Lighthouse, 8001 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans. Choirs and bands from local schools will entertain until the Christmas boat parade passes by. Santa will pay a visit, and there will be hot chocolate and cookies to enjoy. Admission to the event is free, and there will be a discounted tour of the museum.

GNOYO CONCERT: The Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra will present its Sinfonia Outreach Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, at Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue and Community Center, 4004 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie.

The event is free and open to the public. A reception will be held after the concert. For information, visit

After holding auditions, GNOYO places musicians ages 7-19 in one of five orchestras: Sinfonia, Northshore Sinfonia, Philharmonia, Northshore Philharmonia or Symphony. The youngest players learn ensemble skills in the Sinfonia and Northshore Sinfonia string orchestras.

ROUND TABLE LUNCHEON: Jason Mullan, creator of the 2014 Royal Teddy Bear ornament, will be among those on hand for the Round Table Luncheon at noon Wednesday, Dec. 17, at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, 300 Bourbon St., New Orleans. Sales of the $25 ornaments will benefit Children’s Hospital. Luncheon tickets are $50 in advance or $55 at the door. Parking will be validated. For reservations, contact Noel Scallan at (504) 553-2220 or

‘THE NUTCRACKER’ AT TULANE: Laura Gilbreath Tisserand will dance the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her husband and dance partner Jerome Tisserand will dance the role of her Cavalier when the Delta Festival Ballet presents “The Nutcracker” Dec. 19-21 in Dixon Hall at Tulane University.

Performances will begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 19 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 20 and 21.

Tickets are available at deltafest and (504) 888-0931.

Laura Gilbreath Tisserand is a native of Hammond. She began her ballet training with Phoebe Brantley in Baton Rouge and furthered her studies at the Giacobbe Academy of Dance in New Orleans, later winning scholarships at the School of American Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. She joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2003, was promoted to the corps de ballet in 2004, was named soloist in 2010 and was named a principal dancer in 2014.

Jerome Tisserand was born in Lyon, France, and was trained at the Paris Opera Ballet School, with Pascale Courdioux in Lyon, and at the School of American Ballet. He joined the Miami City Ballet as an apprentice in 2006 and the Pacific Northwest Ballet corps de ballet in 2007. In 2012, he became a soloist and was promoted to principal dancer in 2014.