Fun with NORDC: Family Fun Walk to celebrate Park and Rec Month _lowres

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Victor Richard

NORDC is marking National Senior Citizens Day with a Seniors Day Celebration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, at Sanchez Multi-Purpose Center, 1616 Caffin Ave. There will be complimentary breakfast and lunch.

The free event will feature entertainment by the NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance Senior Fitness Program, NORDC Senior Choir and NORDC senior piano students. Guests will have the opportunity to learn more about both of NORDC’s senior programs and also the Lower 9th Ward Senior Citizen Center, an independent organization housed within the Sanchez Center.

Senior Citizens Day was enacted by a presidential proclamation by President Ronald Reagan in 1988, which reads, in part, “For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to mature and grow older.”

Upcoming NORDC events include:

NORDC Fall Expo : 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 22, at the following NORDC Rec Centers: Behrman, 2529 Gen. Meyer Ave.; Cut-Off, 6600 Belgrade St.; Gernon Brown, 1001 Harrison Ave.; Joe W. Brown, 5601 Read Blvd.; Lyons, 624 Louisiana Ave.; Sanchez, 1616 Caffin Ave.; Stallings St. Claude, 4300 St. Claude Ave.; and Treme, 900 N. Villere St. Learn about and register for NORDC fall programs. Details at

VOLLEYBALL REGISTRATION: Register through Monday for ages 9 to 14. For registration requirements and playground locations, visit

UNO YOUTH VOLLEYBALL CLINIC: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, at Gernon Brown Rec Center, 1001 Harrison Ave. Free for ages 9 to 15. The University of New Orleans Privateers volleyball players will teach fundamental volleyball skills and the value of communication and trust in team sports.

BE A VOLUNTEER COACH: NORDC is recruiting positive role models to coach youth athletics. There’s a need for football, cheerleading and volleyball coaches. To learn more, visit

Victor N. Richard III is the chief executive officer of the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission. For more information, visit