SMOKE ALARMS: Through Project S.A.F.E., Smoke Alarms for Everyone, the New Orleans Fire Department is providing and installing free 10-year smoke alarms for residents of Orleans Parish. Residents in need of assistance should contact the NOFD community relations office at (504) 658-4714 or

PLAQUEMINES EASTER-FEST: The Plaquemines Easter-Fest will take place from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at Medal of Honor Park, 1292 Barriere Road, Belle Chasse. Admission is free, but outside food, beverages and ice chests are not allowed. Proceeds from the event will be donated to local churches and charitable organizations.

The event is being organized by Louis Badalamenti and his friends. Along with an Easter egg hunt and a visit from the Easter Bunny, there will be a special performance by The Praise Team from Exceleration Church, magic and acrobatics from The Crescent Circus, helicopter rides by Jesuit Bend Helicopters and pony rides. Live music will be provided by Ernie Wilkerson and the Hot Sauce Band at 1 p.m. and The Good Company Band at 5 p.m.

ST. CHARLES TAX MEETINGS: St. Charles Parish has scheduled public town hall meetings on both sides of the river to provide information on property tax millage proposals to fund wastewater service and hurricane protection levees. Election day is May 2.

The east bank meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, at the American Legion Hall, 12188 River Road, St. Rose. The west bank meeting will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at the Edward A. Dufresne Community Center, 274 Judge Edward Dufresne Parkway, Luling. Residents may submit questions to be addressed at these meetings by emailing them to

For information on the proposals, visit the news section of

WOOD CARVING: Mike Biguenet will teach a free woodcarving class from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 18, at Woodlands Trail, 449 F. Edward Hebert Blvd., Belle Chasse. He will have supplies for participants to practice some hands-on carving skills.

He will also have a variety of items on display that he has carved over the years including duck decoys, duck calls and walking sticks. Some items will be available for purchase.

FRENCH COOKING CLASSES: Brigitte Gomane will lead traditional French cooking classes in the demo kitchen at The Southern Food & Beverage Museum, 1504 O.C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans.

Gomane is a former director of the Alliance Française de la Nouvelle-Orléans, which is organizing the classes. Participants will make three-course home-style meals and enjoy them with a glass of wine.

The class will prepare traditional dishes from Basque country on May 6; dishes from Brittany on July 8; and dishes from Burgundy on Oct. 7. All classes take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The cost is $65 for Alliance Française members and $80 for others. Discounts are available when more than one class is purchased at a time. For information or to register, visit

MAKE MUSIC NOLA: The Make Music NOLA after-school program will be the beneficiary of a fundraiser to be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 28 at the Foundation Gallery, 1109 Royal St. There will be food, drinks, raffles and gypsy jazz from String Remedy. The event is free and open to the public. For information or to make a donation, call (504) 526 4250 or email info@make

Make Music NOLA operates from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. weekdays through the school year, offering instruction, workshops and performances. Additionally, the children receive a healthy snack, help with homework, an evening meal and transportation for those who need it. It is a tuition-free program open to students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.

More than 60 elementary school children are enrolled at these locations: Arise Academy, Mildred Osborne Charter, KIPP Leadership Primary, KIPP Believe Primary, the Gernon Brown Center in City Park and Edgar P. Harney Elementary.