• WWII MUSEUM: The National WWII Museum will present a free panel discussion with Leah Chase, Raphael Cassimere, Ph.D., and Norman Francis, Ph.D., recounting their experiences during the Civil Rights Movement through the story of the African-Americans who fought during World War II. The discussion, at 6 p.m. Thursday is presented in connection with the museum’s special exhibit “Fighting for the Right to Fight: African-American Experiences in WWII,” which features artifacts, photographs, oral histories and associated educational programming to highlight some of the extraordinary achievements and challenges of African Americans during World War II. After the presentation, in the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion and Special Exhibit Gallery of the museum, on Andrew Higgins Drive, between Camp and Magazine streets, the exhibit will remain open for viewing. A reception precedes the discussion at 5 p.m.
  • TOPS OF THE TOWN: The celebration of the top people, places and things in New Orleans will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday at Generations Hall. This annual soiree promises to be special, as it will also celebrate 50 years of New Orleans Magazine. The ’50s-themed event will feature live entertainment by The Yat Pack, Robin Barnes and The Jailhouse Rockers, culinary creations from 20 local restaurants and caterers and wine, Abita beer and signature cocktails crafted by Bombora Vodka and CooranBong Australian Vodka. Guests are encouraged to wear ’50s-style attire or costumes. Tickets are $50 in advance, $75 at the door, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Louisiana SPCA. Tickets are available at topsofneworleans.com. Call (504) 828.1380 for information.
  • GREENS MEETING: The Greens of New Orleans are working to give electoral expression to the movements for justice, ecology, democracy and peace in the New Orleans area. The public is invited to its next meeting, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center, 4300 S. Broad St. For information, contact Bart Everson at (504) 520-5164.
  • GIRL POWER: Jewish Family Service is offering a Girl Power Group where young women will learn skills to handle peer pressure, bullying and create positive friendships and develop self-confidence. The group is open to 8- to 13-year-olds. Meetings will be held at Jewish Family Service, 3300 West Esplanade Ave., Suite 603, Metairie, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays from Feb. 24 to March 30. Fee is $240. Call Tracy Kinamore at (504) 831-8475 for more information.
  • TOUR GUIDES’ PRESIDENT: At the January conference in Washington, D.C., The National Federation of Tourist Guides — USA elected Gene F. Reyes, of New Orleans, as president. Reyes is past president of the Tour Guides Association of Greater New Orleans. The National Federation is a supporting member of the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations that has a membership of over 200,000 worldwide.
  • AUDUBON SOCIETY: The Orleans Audubon Society is offering a beginning birdwatching class starting Saturday. The class consists of two classroom lectures, Feb. 27 and March 5, followed by three field trips to local birdwatching hotspots. Cost is $100. Email Jennifer Coulson, OAS president, at orleansaudubon@aol.com or call her at (985) 863-8516.
  • ‘WINGS’ SCREENING: The Historic New Orleans Collection will present a free screening of the acclaimed classic film “Wings” (1927) with live, improvised musical accompaniment by St. Louis Cathedral’s young-artist-in-residence, pianist Pierre Queval. The screening, which is being held in conjunction with THNOC’s popular new exhibition “At Home and at War: New Orleans, 1914–1919,” will take place at THNOC’s Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St., from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. “Wings” was the first film to win an Academy Award for best picture and the only fully silent film to ever win that award. Starring popular 1920s actress Clara Bow, Charles “Buddy” Rogers, Richard Arlen and Jobyna Ralston, the film follows two World War I soldiers as they train to become fighter pilots, engage in combat and attempt to win the affections of the same woman.