Community events mark Katrina anniversary _lowres

Photo provided by Lowe’s -- In recognition of the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Rebuilding Together and Lowe’s led a two-day community revitalization effort in Gentilly, including three homes and Fire Station 27 at 2118 Elysian Fields Ave. The project also involved assembly of hurricane preparedness kits for distribution to low-income homeowners.

  • LEVEE CHALLENGE: A 10-question quiz testing awareness of why the New Orleans area flooded a decade ago is online, created by Levees.org. Every question in the Levee Challenge has a corresponding response with links to supporting data. “It’s intended to answer any lingering questions still out there 10 years after Katrina,” said Levees.org founder Sandy Rosenthal. “The Levee Challenge separates the facts from the fairy tale relating to the flooding in New Orleans.” The majority of the questions and answers were peer-reviewed by four independent academic reviewers with Water Policy, the official journal of the World Water Council. The quiz is at www.surveymonkey.com/r/Levee Challenge.
  • WELLNESS WORKSHOPS: The Louisiana Psychological Association will hold a Hurricane Katrina 10th anniversary wellness workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday . The workshop will provide an opportunity for people re-experiencing emotional suffering to work through their feelings, keeping the memories but losing the fears. The workshops are free, and lunch will be provided. For details, call Dr. Fernando Pastrana at (504) 366-1377.
  • “BIG CHARITY”: The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities will present two screenings of “Big Charity: The Death of America’s Oldest Hospital” at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday at the Joy Theater, 1200 Canal St., New Orleans. Alex Glustrom directed “Big Charity,” which the LEH chose as its 2015 documentary film of the year. It traces the history of the public hospital and its demise following Hurricane Katrina. Tickets are $15, with discounts available for former Charity staff, people born at the hospital and public health workers. To buy tickets, visit www.thejoytheater.com.
  • TIME CAPSULE: Nunez Community College will open its Hurricane Katrina time capsule and hold a photo retrospective at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the college, 3710 Paris Road, Chalmette.
  • KATRINA ARTISTICALLY REVISITED: Art exhibits, book signings, film screenings and music will be featured during the Katrina Artistically Revisited event from noon to midnight Friday at the Theatres at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., third floor, New Orleans.
  • RISE: KATRINA 10: The state of black New Orleans during the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina will be examined during a conference, “Rise: Katrina 10,” Wednesday through Saturday at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave. The conference will be presented by the Urban League of Greater New Orleans in partnership with the National Urban League. General admission is free; tickets to the luncheon on Wednesday are $100, and tickets to the gala on Thursday are $500. For information and to register, visit www.risekatrina10.com.
  • OPERATION PHOTO RESCUE: People with photos damaged from Hurricane Katrina can have as many as 25 photos evaluated for restoration Friday and Saturday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The event is free and open to the public. The effort is a project of Operation Photo Rescue, a nonprofit organization of volunteers. Volunteers will be at the library from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday . Photos that can be repaired will be digitally captured with high-end camera equipment and later restored and printed. Restored photos will be mailed to owners at no cost. The original photo remains with the owner. For information, contact Chris Smith, manager of adult programming for the library, at (504) 889-8143 or wcsmith@jefferson.lib.la.us.
  • GRACIAS LATINOS: A street party to honor Latino immigrants who helped rebuild New Orleans and those from Latin American countries who reside here will be held from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at Casa Borrega, 1719 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. The celebration includes musical performances by Javier Gutierrez and Vivaz, as well as the Alexis “Papo” Guevara Afro Cuban Trio. The event is free and open to the public.
  • CITYWIDE DAY OF SERVICE: Registration is open for the Katrina 10 Citywide Day of Service being sponsored by the city of New Orleans in partnership with more than 100 nonprofit, neighborhood, faith-based and education organizations. All registered volunteers must check in at their regional hubs between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Saturday . Projects will start promptly at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 12:30 p.m. Wrap-up parties with lunch, entertainment and guest speakers will occur at the regional hubs at 1 p.m. The Citywide Day of Service is open to volunteers of all ages, backgrounds and levels of experience. All registered volunteers will receive a limited-edition T-shirt and special seating at the Power of Community public K10 commemoration at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. For information, visit www.katrina10.org/serve.
  • ALGIERS SERVICE PROJECT: Nikki’s Foundation Inc. is organizing a neutral-ground clean sweep from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday as part of the K10 Citywide Day of Service. The litter abatement project will take place at Murl Street and Wall Boulevard in Algiers. There will be free red beans and rice. To register, visit www.katrina10.org/serve. Nikki Jones is founder and executive director of Nikki’s Foundation, a nonprofit that has been serving Algiers for 12 years.
  • PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF KATRINA: A panel discussion on disaster capitalism and Hurricane Katrina will be featured during the People’s History of Katrina Conference, which will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5212 S. Claiborne Ave., New Orleans. The conference will open with “History of Resistance: Defending Public Services and Fighting Police Repression” from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., featuring Mike Howells, of C3/Hands Off Iberville; Sharon Jasper, public housing resident and activist; Brad Ott, Committee to Save Charity Hospital; Viola Washington, Louisiana Road Home activist; W.C. Johnson, host of “Our Story” cable TV show; and Rebecca Glover, activist against police brutality. The 5 p.m. hour will celebrate the return of public housing activist Kawana Jasper. The conference will conclude with “History of Resistance: Defending Public Services and Fighting Police Repression” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., featuring Adolph Reed Jr., University of Pennsylvania; Cedric Johnson, University of Illinois at Chicago; Adrienne Dixon, University of Illinois at UC; and Jay Arena, College of Staten Island.