HARVEY PUMPKIN PATCH: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 3245 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, is operating its pumpkin patch through Saturday, Oct. 31, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free. Homemade pumpkin bread, candles, gourds and Halloween items will be available. Pumpkin sales benefit the Navajo Indians of New Mexico and St. Mark’s local outreach programs. To schedule school field trips or for further information, call (504) 366-0123 Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon, or leave a message.
TRUNK OR TREAT: A free Trunk or Treat event for children will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 3245 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey. For information, call (504) 366-0123 Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon, or leave a message.
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 www.xulablacklivesmatter.com.
WHITE ELEPHANT SALE: Patio Planters will hold a white elephant sale and auction from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, in the schoolyard at KIPP McDonogh 15, 721 St. Philip St., New Orleans. The event supports Patio Planters’ Caroling in Jackson Square, which will be Sunday, Dec. 20.
GUN DOCUMENTARY: A new documentary film, “91%: A Film About Guns in America,” will be screened at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, at Café Instanbul, 2372 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. The screening is being presented by the National Council of Jewish Women, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights. The film will be followed by a brief discussion and Q&A with filmmaker John Richie. For information, visit ncjwgno.nationbuilder.com/film_screening_91_percent.
SOCIAL JUSTICE HAPPY HOUR: The National Council of Jewish Women will present a social justice happy hour on the topic of gun violence from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at Rebellion, 748 Camp St., New Orleans. For information, visit ncjwgno.nationbuilder.com/mtbf_gun_violence.
NEIGHBORHOOD SUMMIT: The city of New Orleans is sponsoring a Resilient Neighborhoods event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Professional Sciences Building at Dillard University, 2601 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans. The purpose of the summit is to bring neighborhood leaders and city agencies together to share information, develop skills and strengthen relationships. To register, visit www.nola.gov/summit or call (504) 658-4980.
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 W. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette. For information, call (504) 281-0510 or visit www.nps.gov/jela.
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 www.nps.gov/jela.
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 email@example.com.
COOKING CLASS: Jyl Benson, of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, and Poppy Tooker, of WWNO’s “Louisiana Eats!,” will host the Louisiana Eats & Cooks Club at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, at Brady’s Wine Warehouse, 1029 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, Suite C, New Orleans. Benson and Tooker choose a cookbook for each class and prepare recipes from the book in the demonstration kitchen. In October, the book is “Tujague’s Cookbook: Creole Recipes and Lore in the Grand New Orleans Tradition,” by Tooker. $65 includes drinks and tastings. For information, call (504) 267-7490.
LAKEVIEW VETERANS DAY PARADE: A Veterans Day parade will be held at 10 a.m. Nov. 7 on Vicksburg Street and Harrison Avenue in the Lakeview neighborhood of New Orleans. For information, call (504) 952-9925 or email LakeviewVeterans@gmail.com.
COOKING CLASS: Jyl Benson, of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, and Poppy Tooker, of WWNO’s “Louisiana Eats!,” will host the Louisiana Eats & Cooks Club at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at Brady’s Wine Warehouse, 1029 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, Suite C, New Orleans. Benson and Tooker choose a cookbook for each class and prepare recipes from the book in the demonstration kitchen. In November, the book is “Besh Big Easy,” by John Besh. $90 includes drinks and tastings. For information, call (504) 267-7490.
SOUTH CAROLINA BARBECUE: Howard Conyers of New Orleans will demonstrate his mastery of South Carolina whole-hog pit barbecue on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6-7, at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, 1830 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., New Orleans. There will be a dinner from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 6 featuring an array of New Orleans chefs and cooking demonstrations. Tickets are $65 in advance and available by calling (504) 267-7490. Then, a small group will join Conyers for an overnighter of slow-cooking hogs in the pits, from 9:30 p.m. Friday to 11 a.m. Saturday. On Saturday, the usual SoFAB admission price of $10 will be waived all day. Conyers, a NASA engineer, will discuss the connection between South Carolina barbecue and STEM studies at 11 a.m. Robert Moss of Southern Living magazine will discuss the history and future of whole-hog cooking at 12:30 p.m. At 2 p.m., there will be a panel discussion on the culinary and cultural relevance of South Carolina barbecue. The hog head(s) will be auctioned off at 3:30 p.m.