COOKING CLASS: Jyl Benson of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum and Poppy Tooker, host of WWNO’s “Louisiana Eats!,” will host the Louisiana Eats & Cooks Club at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Rouse’s Culinary Innovation Center at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, 1830 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., New Orleans. Benson and Tooker choose a cookbook for each class and prepare recipes from the book in the demonstration kitchen. In September the book is “Fun, Funky & Fabulous: New Orleans Casual Restaurant Recipes,” by Benson. $85 includes drinks and tastings. For information, call (504) 267-7490.

REPUBLICAN WOMEN: The Louisiana Federation of Republican Women in Region 1 has invited Republican candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, state treasurer, commissioners, BESE districts, state senators, state representatives and surrounding Parish Council districts to a symposium at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at Chateau Country Club, 3600 Chateau Blvd., Kenner. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. To make a reservation, contact Rose Marie Meehan at or (504) 237-4222.

CROP HUNGER WALK: A CROP Hunger Walk will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, in front of St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church, 7100 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Walkers will proceed to Audubon Park and make the 1.7-mile loop around the track. To register or donate, contact the Rev. Tim Moon of St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church at (504) 861-09514 or

CAJUN PIGGY TALES: Lafayette author Dixie Poché will give a presentation on Cajun boucheries from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, 1830 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., New Orleans.

A boucherie is a family gathering for a communal pig slaughter in which virtually every part of the pig is used to prepare delicious pork dishes. The demonstration (included with museum admission, $10 for adults) begins at 1 p.m. and will include samplings of piggy delights such as boudin, hogshead cheese, and ponce prepared by Luke Deville of Teet’s Food Store from Ville Platte. Slices of Lejeune’s French bread from Jeanerette will accompany the porky tidbits.

Poché will be signing copies of her book “Classic Eateries of Cajun Country” beginning at 11 a.m.

RAINTREE GOLF TOURNAMENT: Chateau Golf and Country Club, 3600 Chateau Blvd., Kenner, will be the site for an inaugural golf tournament at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 28 sponsored by Raintree Children and Family Services of New Orleans.

The event will include teams of four and the cost is $125 per golfer. Sponsorships are also available beginning at $100. After the tournament, there will be an awards luncheon at 2:30 p.m. A lucky golfer who makes a hole in one will win a Jeep Renegade.

Raintree is a nonprofit organization assisting those in need in Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes. Programs include a community-based group home care for teenage girls who have been abused or neglected by their families; a program providing guidance and homes to boys and girls of all ages who have been abused and neglected by their families; and a program providing case management services to families with infants or toddlers that have developmental disabilities.

For information or to register for the event, call (504) 899-9045 or email

EATMOOR IN BROADMOOR: A food truck festival, Eatmoor in Broadmoor, will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, at the Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center, 4300 S. Broad St., New Orleans. The event is sponsored by the Broadmoor Improvement Association and organized by My House NOLA. Shotgun Double will perform. The participating food trucks are King Creole, Crepes a la Cart, Frencheeze, Burgers Ya Heard and Imperial Woodpecker Sno-Balls. For information, visit

GERMAN AND ITALIAN CULTURE: A celebration of the cultures of Germany and Italy will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at the French Quarter Visitor Center of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 419 Decatur St., New Orleans. The free program will feature live music with German and Italian folk songs, plus cooking demonstrations and food tastings. For information, call (504) 589-2636, ext. 1, or visit

BRAIN CANCER RUN: The Kelsey Bradley Favrot Memorial 5K Run/ Walk will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, in Audubon Park.

Proceeds will go toward establishing a Brain Tumor Center at LSU Neurosurgery to support the treatment of brain cancer patients in New Orleans.

Favrot succumbed to brain cancer in 2009 after months of out-of-town treatments; her wish was that patients could receive the quality care they need without having to travel out of state. Registration for the event will be $30 on race day, with discounts for youths and seniors and for those who register in advance. To register, visit

BIG BOOK SALE: The Friends of the Jefferson Public Library will hold its Big Book Sale Oct. 15-18 at the Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner. The sale hours will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Free parking and admission.

For information, call (504) 455-2665 or email

WEST JEFF FAMILY FEST: The West Jeff Family Fest will be held Oct. 15-17 behind West Jefferson Medical Center, 920 Avenue B, Marrero. The hours for the free festival will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday. On Friday, Cruise Night events will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. The “I Pink I Can” breast cancer awareness 2-mile fun run and walk will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday. A car and bike show will be held Saturday from noon to 5:30 p.m.

Proceeds from festival concessions will benefit patients at the Cancer Center at West Jefferson Medical Center. For updates, visit

GOOD HEALTH ON THE BAYOU: The Better Health BaYOU health fair will take place Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero. There will be a fun walks, trail walks in English and Spanish, music and dancing. For information, call (504) 689-3690, ext 10, or visit

UNCF WALK FOR EDUCATION: Registration is open for the UNCF New Orleans Walk for Education, which will be at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Audubon Park Riverview, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. The fundraising event will include health screenings, food and games. To register, visit

DAY OF THE GIRL: Longue Vue House and Gardens will present a Day of the Girl mentorship program from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at the estate, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans.

Inspired by the United Nations’ worldwide gender equality awareness day, Day of the Girl Child, this day of inspirational lectures, round-table discussions and team building activities will provide girls ages 7 to 12 with academic and career guidance, foster self-confidence in participants through engaging breakout activities, and highlight female role models in a variety of leadership positions.

The keynote speaker will be Ashley Tappin, a three-time Olympic champion swimmer and co-founder of Hartley’s Hearts Foundation, a nonprofit that organizes and funds medical mission trips to countries without pediatric heart surgeons and medical teams to perform necessary surgeries.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $20 for girls. Caregivers are encouraged to experience Longue Vue’s eight acre estate while their girls participate in the program but are not required to remain on site. For information, contact Lydia Vaughn at (504) 293-4722 or

LOUISIANA LIVING HISTORY FOUNDATION: Plans for a living-history park in Chalmette will move forward with money raised when the Louisiana Living History Foundation holds a fundraiser from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 16 at 6330 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans.

The living-history park would be on a field at 8200 Patricia St. in Chalmette that was donated by the Meraux Foundation in late 2014. After a rough clearing, the field was able to accommodate more than 1,500 re-enactors from Europe, Canada and the United States who participated in events marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans in 2015. The Louisiana Living History Foundation would like to make further improvements to the site.

For a mailed invitation to the gala, send your name and mailing address to Christyn Elliott, Gala Committee co-chair, at or call (985) 886-5502.

CRESCENT CITY SOUND CHORUS: The Crescent City Sound Chorus will present a “Wacky Galactic Tours” show at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, in the Solomon Theatre at St. Martin Episcopal School, Metairie. The songs will include Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” “Time Warp” from “Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Monster Mash.” For information, visit

BLACK LIVES MATTER: A Black Lives Matter symposium will be held Nov. 6-7 at Xavier University of Louisiana.

Through a series of keynote addresses, workshops, and panel discussions, the symposium will examine issues straight from today’s headlines, including the current state of race relations, the prevalent culture of violence in our country, and the enduring effects of poverty.

Registration is required. The cost for the symposium is $40. Students with current Xavier ID cards will be admitted free. For information or to register, visit

PHOTO EXHIBIT: An exhibit of photographs by Lane Lefort is on display through Nov. 1 at the Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero. The exhibit, “Louisiana: Close to Home and Close to Heart,”captures the constantly changing world of coastal Louisiana. Hours for the free exhibit are from 9:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. For information, call (504) 689-3690, ext 10, or visit

BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS TALK: Free ranger talks on the 1815 Battle of New Orleans are offered at 11:30 a.m. and again at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at the Chalmette Battlefield of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 8606 West St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette. For information call (504) 281-0510 or visit

WETLANDS WALK: Rangers guide walks through Louisiana swamp and marsh at 10 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday at the Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero. For information, call (504) 689-3690, ext 10, or visit

BATTLE FOR THE PADDLE: United Way of St. Charles will hold its Battle for the Paddle jambalaya and gumbo cook-off from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at the West Bank Bridge Park, 13825 River Road, Luling. There is a $5 entry fee for all you can eat. Children 10 and under will be admitted free. There will be live music from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Free parking with complimentary buses will be available at the Satellite Center, 285 Judge Edward Dufresne Parkway, Luling; at R.K. Smith Middle School, 281 Judge Edward Dufresne Parkway, Luling; and at the St. Charles Parish Public Schools Maintenance Facility. For information, visit

CAPSTONE FARMERS MARKET: The Capstone Farmers Market will be providing fresh produce from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Friday through Nov. 20 at 5001 N. Claiborne Ave. Credit and debit cards are accepted, and discounts are available for customers who make purchases with SNAP cards. For information, email