Photo provided by NOCCA—Royal Mitchell studies bass in the jazz program at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.

FAMILY FEST: In conjunction with the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School will hold its Family Fest from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, at Cardinal Field at the school, 8012 Oak St., New Orleans. The Po-Boy Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. that day.

The entrance to the Family Fest will be on Carrollton Avenue between Oak and Zimpel streets, and admission is $5.

There will be children’s activities, food and drink, and entertainment by Amanda Shaw and The Cute Guys, DJ Burns and the Muggivan School of Irish Dance. Baby-sitting by Nurture Nannies will be available for $10 per hour for those headed to Oak Street. ZukaBaby will provide a nursing room and changing area.

AVENUE MARKETPLACE: The Academy of the Sacred Heart will host its Avenue Marketplace from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, in the front courtyard of the school at 4521 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. More than 100 vendors will give visitors an opportunity to complete Christmas shopping. The organizers of the event are Allie Pierson and Mandi Frischhertz.

ST. ANDREW’S OPEN HOUSE: St. Andrew’s Episcopal School will hold an open house for parents at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, at the school at 1031 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans. St. Andrew’s serves children from prekindergarten through eighth grade. For information, call Lisa Witter, director of admissions and financial aid, at (504) 866-6553 or visit

RECYCLING GRANT: Audubon Charter School has received a $2,005 Healthy Communities Grant by Keep Louisiana Beautiful to support its recycling and waste reduction efforts.

The school has purchased and installed recycling bins, instructional recycling signs, compost bins and portable water coolers. Students, staff and faculty will be educated about the benefits of recycling and how to recycle, and students will be encouraged to bring environmentally friendly, reusable water bottles that can be refilled rather than plastic water bottles.

“The Healthy Communities Grant will enable Audubon’s staff, faculty and students to significantly reduce the amount of waste produced at the school and teach them to recycle and reduce waste at home,” said Janice Dupuy, Audubon’s principal and CEO. “We are very grateful for the support of KLB.”

NOCCA APPLICATIONS: Students in middle school and high school have until Jan. 9 to apply to audition to the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. Applications may be downloaded and printed at

NOCCA offers half-day and after-school arts training, and full-day arts and academic instruction. As Louisiana’s arts conservatory for high school students. NOCCA offers students from across the state tuition-free arts instruction in creative writing, culinary arts, dance, media arts, music, theater arts and visual arts. The phone number is (504) 940-2787.

NOCCA WITH LPO: Three students at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts have earned the privilege of performing with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, as a result of their strong performances in the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Young Artists’ Concerto Competition.

Senior Hoyt Parquet, of Destrehan, will perform David’s Trombone Konzertino in E-flat at the Young People’s Concert in Destrehan on Jan. 28. Parquet is in NOCCA’s classical instrumental program, instructed by Matthew Wright. His school is Destrehan High School.

Junior Royal Mitchell, of New Orleans, will perform Koussevitzky’s Double Bass Concerto at the Young People’s Concert in Destrehan on Jan. 28. Mitchell is in NOCCA’s jazz program and gets private instruction from Bill Schettler. His school is Benjamin Franklin High School.

Ninth-grader Ben Mader, of Metairie, will perform Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2 at the Young People’s Concert at Mahalia Jackson in New Orleans on Feb. 5. Mader is in NOCCA’s classical instrumental program, instructed by Dr. Hristo Birbochukov. His school is Louisiana Connections Academy.