Time for high school football, and gridiron tussles are scheduled this weekend through November at Tad Gormley and Pan American stadiums at City Park. Parking is available at the stadiums and throughout the park.

If you choose to park in a nearby neighborhood, don’t forget city regulations. I live west of the park and can assure you that meter maids will be issuing tickets for parking against traffic and for parking too close to driveways. Vehicles will be towed for parking on neutral grounds or too close to corners, potentially blocking firetrucks and other emergency vehicles from turning.

Gormley and Pan Am will be filled with students, parents and football fans this fall, and the night air will vibrate with the energy of band music and encouraging cheers. For a fan, it’s a bummer to leave the game and find a ticket on the windshield. For a resident, there’s nothing more frustrating than having a driveway blocked for hours.

Let’s play ball, y’all!

District Attorney Academy

Time for the fifth annual District Attorney’s Academy, hosted by Orleans DA Leon Cannizzaro. Classes will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays from Sept. 8 to Oct. 27 at the Grand Jury Room, 619 S. White St.

The course is limited to 40 participants, and registration packets may be downloaded at www.kreweoftruth.com. This year, the program is offering Continuing Legal Education credits to attorneys, said organizer Anne Kiefer.

The academy, sponsored by Crimestoppers, is a community outreach project that offers information about the criminal justice system and how to effectively interact with all its parts, Kiefer said. Cannizzaro will present an overview during the first class. For information, contact Kiefer at (504) 571-2937 or akiefer@orleansda.com.

Tutors needed for kids

Start the Adventure in Reading is a nonprofit children’s literacy program in need of volunteer tutors for September and October after school and Saturday mornings at locations in Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa parishes.

STAIR tutors will work one-on-one with public school second-grade students who are reading below grade level, helping children improve reading skills and self-esteem.

The STAIR program is free to students, and they receive curriculum materials and healthy snacks.

Sessions are from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12; 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16; 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21; 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26; 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5; 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13; 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13; and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, at St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1535 State St.

In Algiers, training for tutors will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at Woodland Presbyterian Church, 5824 Berkley Drive.

Volunteers may register by calling (504) 899-0820 or emailing elizabeth@stairnola.org. For information, visit www.stairnola.org.

Literary Improvisation

Explore the “undercurrent of spontaneity” with writer and professor Randy Fertel and the Jung Society at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, at Parker United Methodist Church, 1130 Nashville Ave.

Fertel will talk about his book, “A Taste for Chaos: The Art of Literary Improvisation,” and will discuss knowing more about the world by accepting the limits of reason. The gathering is free to Jung members, $15 to others and $10 to students. For information, visit www.jungnew orleans.org.

Lynne Jensen writes about New Orleans community events and people. Contact her at jensencolumn@gmail.com.