AUDUBON SOCIETY: There will be a presentation on Honduras when the Orleans Audubon Society meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 6690 Fleur de Lis Drive, New Orleans. The presenters will be Nicole Breaux Hymel and Todd Hymel, and the meeting is free and open to the public.

HAM RADIO CLASSES: Crescent City Amateur Radio Group will be giving a free Ham Radio class to the public starting Tuesday, Feb. 24, at the Jefferson Parish West Bank Main Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey. Classes will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday for four weeks. For information, contact Joe Glorioso at (504) 288-7084 or email

SHADES OF PRAISE: A fundraising concert to benefit the Shades of Praise Interracial Community Gospel Choir will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 5 in the Tulane University Bea Field Alumni House, 6319 Willow St., New Orleans.

Tickets to “Love Will Lift Us Higher” are $30 in advance and $35 at the event and include light appetizers and an open wine bar along with performances by the Shades of Praise, the Zulu Ensemble Men’s Gospel Choir and the Jones Sisters. For information or to buy tickets, visit

CRESCENT CITY SOUND CHORUS: The Crescent City Sound Chorus will participate in the 2015 Great Gulf Coast Region 10 competition of Sweet Adelines International March 26-29 in Houston.

Auditions for the chorus are held at 7 p.m. Mondays in the music room on the third floor of Delgado Community College, 615 City Park Ave., New Orleans. For information, call (504) 442-7449 or (985) 898-0951, or visit

PAINT THE TOWN GREEN: Raintree Children and Family Services will be the beneficiary of a Paint the Town Green fundraising gala from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 7, in the Harrah’s New Orleans Theater, 228 Poydras St., New Orleans. A patron party at Ruth’s Chris Steak House will begin at 6 p.m.

Raintree is a social service organization with programs including Raintree House, a group home for teenage girls; Raintree Family Foster Care; and Raintree Family Support Coordination for families with infants or toddlers with developmental disabilities.

The gala will feature music by The Yat Pack and live and silent auctions. Tickets start at $85. For information or to buy tickets, visit

ST. CHARLES PARISH CLEANUP: St. Charles Parish will hold its spring Trash Bash from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7.

Those interested in volunteering for the litter cleanup and recycling awareness event may sign up as teams or individuals at or by calling (985) 331-8604.

Groups of volunteers will fan out around the parish beginning at 8:30 a.m. to clean up litter hotspots in their communities. Volunteers can either choose their own areas to clean or be assigned one. All equipment will be provided, including pickup sticks, gloves and trash bags.

Verification certificates will be available for students needing service hours for school or church requirements.

A culminating celebration will kick off at 11:30 a.m. at the Edward A. Dufresne Community Center, 274 Judge Edward Dufresne Parkway, Luling. Volunteers are invited to enjoy free food, music, face painting, a rock climbing wall and information about local recycling efforts and wetlands restoration. Awards will be given to teams that provide the most volunteers and collect the most trash and door prizes will be available. This event does not include a recycling drop-off.

Last spring, 420 volunteers registered for Trash Bash, with 206 attending the after-party at the community center. A total of 218 bags of litter were collected, which equaled approximately 1,560 pounds of trash.