• QUARTERBACK CLUB: The Westbank Quarterback Club will kick off its new season at 7 p.m. Wednesday with the West Bank high school Outstanding Young Men and Women Athletes Banquet. Initially scheduled for Nov. 18, the banquet was postponed because of bad weather. President Wayne Ory said the club is in its 16th year of honoring athletes from the 16 West Bank high schools. Athletes in football, cross-country, swimming and volleyball will be honored. The banquet will be held at the Four Columns in Harvey. For more information, call Ory at (504) 343-5935 or Richard Smith at (504) 400 2161.
  • ALGIERS BONFIRE: The Algiers Point riverfront will light up Saturday with the annual Algiers Bonfire & Concert. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. at the Algiers Point Ferry Landing. Music will be provided by Michael “Soulman” Baptiste, King James and the Special Men and the Edna Karr High School Band. The riverfront holiday celebration is free. Call the Algiers Economic Development Foundation at (504) 362-6436 for more information.
  • FREEDOM RUN: The Wounded Warrior Project will be a beneficiary of the Freedom Run at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in downtown New Orleans. The one- and three-mile races will begin and end at the corner of Julia and Baronne streets. The entry fee is $30, with a $10 discount for active military. To register, visit active.com. For information, call (504) 883-8225.
  • FAT CITY LIGHTS: Fat City Friends and the Metairie Business Development District will flip on holiday lights illuminating the Fat City neighborhood, along 18th Street from Severn Avenue to Division Street. A ceremony is scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday at the Drago’s Empire Room parking lot on the northwest corner of North Arnoult and 18th streets. Councilwoman Cynthia Lee-Sheng and incoming Councilwoman Van Vrancken will do the honors. The lighting project has been sponsored by Oracle Lighting and funded by Council District Tourism Funds from Lee-Sheng. Food will be available, and the first 100 children will receive a free gift from Santa. The gifts were purchased through a partnership with the Learning Express on Severn Avenue The Jefferson Parish Fire Department will bring out a firetruck for children to tour, and there will be a performance by local musicians.
  • FRENCH EVENT: The Alliance Française is holding a night of conversation on Dec. 8 for those who want to improve their French or English skills. The Speak Easy — a “speed-dating”-style language exchange evening — will let participants chat with various conversation partners for seven minutes each in French, followed by seven minutes in English. The event is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Cellar Door, 916 Lafayette St., New Orleans. Tickets, $15 Alliance members, $20 public, include a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres. Participation is by RSVP only; go to af-neworleans.org .
  • CHRISTMAS PROGRAM: Christ Lutheran Church in Chalmette is presenting a free Christmas program of traditional hymns, seasonal music and organ works at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6. Featured artist will be Van Glynn, as organist for First Baptist Church of Covington. The public is invited to join the congregation for the inaugural program of a monthly music series. “We hope people will come and join us, enjoying the music as much as we do,” said the Rev. Al Keller of Christ Lutheran, located at 3300 Jupiter Drive, Chalmette.
  • CHRISTMAS WITH THE MASTERS: Louise LaBruyere will conduct the Jefferson Chorale, an affiliate of the Jefferson Performing Arts Society, in a Christmas with the Masters concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at St. Agnes Church, 3410 Jefferson Highway, Jefferson. The concert will be repeated at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at St. Joseph Church, 610 Sixth St., Gretna. The concerts are free and open to the public; donations will be accepted.
  • PEOPLE PROGRAM: Registration for the People Program spring semester will continue through Dec. 11 at 2240 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans, and at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 6201 Stratford Place, New Orleans. Registration hours are from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at both locations. The spring semester will run from Jan. 19 through May 13. The People Program is a nonprofit dedicated to the well-being of people 50 and older. More than 120 classes are offered designed to enhance body, mind and spirit. People Program participants can take an unlimited number of courses for $150 per semester. For class listings, visit www.peopleprogram.org or call (504) 284-7678.
  • BOAT PARADE: The Lights at the Lake holiday celebration, at the New Canal Lighthouse, 8001 Lakeshore Drive, will be Dec. 12. Performances by choirs from St. Matthew the Apostle School, St. Dominic School and St. Francis Xavier School begin at 5 p.m. There will also be viewing of the West End Christmas Boat Parade, which begins at 5:30 p.m., photos with Santa, kids activities and food and drink. For information, call (504) 836-2238 or go to www.saveourlake.org.
  • RIVER PARISHES CONCERTS: The Community Chorus of River Parishes announces its holiday concerts, “Christmas Radio Favorites.” Performances will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at St. Charles United Methodist Church, 1905 Ormond Blvd., Destrehan, and at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at New Life Community Church, 134 Lakewood Drive, Luling. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.
  • BEHRMAN HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1965: Members of the Behrman High School Class of 1965 held their 50-year reunion recently. Participants included Rickey Sue Calloway Abbott, Elwood “Sonny” Alberts, Jake Alfred, Richard Arias, Beth Barry, Barbara Bass, Prosper Baudean, Kathy Dupre Belcher, Betty Modell Bergeron, James “Butch” Blakely, Mike Brechtel, Jeff Brock, Joelle Quinn Brumey, Cybble Bucceri, Lowell Burmaster, Linda Barroul Causin, Bryn Chico, Judy Daigle Collier, Anthony Corroa, Dennis Daigle, Linda Mosley Daigle, Art Darden, Harry “Skippy” Dawson, Brian Demeier, Phil Dickey, Richard Dixon, Cathy Balley Filce, Charlie Garrick, Paul Geldert, Patsy Flanagan Gerrets, coach L.J. Giambelluca, Cathy Clasen Groff, Sandra Rabalais Hawkins, Orleen Carr Hecard, Jerry Hill, Ann Centineo Hopel, Carol Campbell Huey, Jerry Juno, Lynnora Mason Kass, Cliff Laigast, Mary Beninate Landry, Joy Savoie Ledet, Gayle Lewis, Rita Lauman Lohman, Gail Bufkin Lucas, Judy Olsen Manzella, Marilee Smith Marshall, Marilyn Caruso Martin, Kathy Rapp McMahon, Steve McSherry, Tommy Miller, Joe Molaison, Frank Morse, Loyd O’Neal, Greg Patrick, Edwin Pilie, Marlene Gerrets Pittari, Carol Jean Western Pons, Debby Wheeler Pulkowski, Cathy Barsavage Robin, Judy Hallenus Salathe, Harold Schrieffer, Kitty Foil Simmons, Carl Smith, Joan Esteve Spivey, Sally Waldron Spivey, Barbara Glisson Strain, Sandra Migliore Swible, Kathy May Thomas, Gretchen Clasen Thorp, Sandra Garretti Thorton, Mike Waguespack, John Walker, former teacher Herb Weyer, Jan Wilcox and Mary DeRoche Younger.