ALGIERS KIWANIS: Member Lourdes Moran and Gary Carter, a candidate to represent District 102 in the Louisiana House, will be the guest speakers when the Kiwanis Club of Algiers meets at 7 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at the Aurora Tennis and Swim Club, 5244 Gen. Meyer Ave. Guests are welcome at the Kiwanis meeting. For information, call (504) 391-0667.

BOATING EDUCATION: The Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries will present a free, one-day boating education course for those wishing to earn a vessel operators certification card from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at the Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd, Marrero. To reserve a spot, call (504) 689-3690, ext 10, or visit

CRIMESTOPPERS FUNDRAISER: Crimestoppers GNO will be the beneficiary of a Blues Night fundraiser from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, at the House of Blues, New Orleans.

Admission is $175 in advance and $200 at the door, with various sponsorship levels available for the preceding VIP performance from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For tickets, go to or call (504) 837-8477.

ELEPHANT ROMP: The Republican Women’s Club of Jefferson Parish will hold its Elephant Romp dinner dance to raise money for scholarships, literacy and community education from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 11 at Andrea’s Restaurant, 3100 19th St., Metairie. Tickets are $60. Checks may be mailed to Dianne Breaux, 4945 Folse Drive, Metairie, LA 70006. For information, call Breaux at (504) 887-6273.

COMMUNITY CHORUS: The Community Chorus of River Parishes is looking for new members for its 2015-16 season, with two concerts in December and two in April or May. The chorus, under the direction of Brian Martinez Jr., is open to anyone who loves to sing, from middle school through adulthood. Rehearsals are held from 7 p.m to 9 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of every month, at Lakewood Elementary School, 501 E. Heather Drive, Luling. No audition or previous experience is necessary. For information, call (985) 652-0162 or email

DOWNRIVER FESTIVAL: The role of the Mississippi River as a port of entry will be celebrated during the Downriver Festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, and the French Market, 1235 N. Peters St.

This year’s festival theme, “Rum & Sugar,” will be reflected in lectures, live music, panel discussions, cooking demonstrations, food booths and educational pop-up exhibits.

The event will begin outside the Old U.S. Mint, where Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes and guitarist Matt Hampsey will perform songs from their CD “Songs of the Mississippi River” accompanied by Michael Harris, Richard Scott, Joe Stolarick, and Meghan Swartz.

The Old U.S. Mint will host the main music stage, offering a range of performers from Eddie “Lil Fats” Domino to the Honey Island Swamp Band. At day’s end, the Kinfolks Brass Band will lead a second-line from the Mint to the Crescent Park on the Mississippi River.

Lectures presented by local historians and authors will be indoors at the Old U.S. Mint’s third floor, and Slow Food New Orleans will produce the French Market’s culinary stage for the festival.

ROLE MODEL AWARDS GALA:The Young Leadership Council will honor 25 business, community and civic leaders during its YLC Role Model Awards Gala at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans Hotel, 601 Loyola Ave., New Orleans.

This year’s Role Model Gala event is chaired by YLC Board Member Joy Okoro. General admission tickets are $200 and after-party tickets are $50 at

CRUZIN’ DA PARISH: All makes and models of antique, muscle and modified cars are eligible to participate in the St. Bernard Rod Knockers’ Cruzin’ Da Parish event Sept. 12. Participants will travel along the parish’s scenic byway, St. Bernard Highway, making several stops along the way between Arabi and Violet.

Registration is $25 through Sept. 1 and $30 on the day of the event, when registration will be held from 8 to 11 a.m.

For information, call (504) 975-2371 or (504) 432-8776 or visit

STARTING A BUSINESS: People who are 50 or older and are thinking of starting a business may benefit from an entrepreneurship seminar to be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, at the AARP Community Resource Center, 3502 S. Carrollton Ave., Suite C, New Orleans. The seminar topic is “Making Your Business a Legal Entity and How to Protect your Assets.” To register, call (877) 926-8300.

UNCF WALK FOR EDUCATION: Registration is open for the UNCF New Orleans Walk for Education, which will be at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Audubon Park Riverview, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. To register, visit

PHOTO EXHIBIT: An exhibit of photographs by Lane Lefort is on display through Nov. 1 at the Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero. The exhibit, “Louisiana: Close to Home and Close to Heart,”captures the constantly changing world of coastal Louisiana. Hours for the free exhibit are from 9:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. For information, call (504) 689-3690, ext 10, or visit

BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS TALK: Free ranger talks on the 1815 Battle of New Orleans are offered at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at the Chalmette Battlefield of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 8606 West St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette. For information call (504) 281-0510 or visit

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