Crescent city around the neighborhoods for June 8, 2016 _lowres

Photo provided by Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office— Detective Jennifer Williams

  • ST. JOHN BUSINESS ASSOCIATION:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color The monthly meeting of the St. John Parish Business Association will be held at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday at Petra’s Restaurant in LaPlace. Parish President Natalie Robottom will be the guest speaker. Members can have two people for dinner, additional guests $15 each.
  • PLAQUEMINES PARISH PARK PLANNING: The National Park Service will hold a meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday to begin the process of evaluating whether Fort St. Philip, Fort Jackson and the Head of Passes are suitable for designation as a new unit of the national park system. The meeting will be in Belle Chasse Auditorium, 8398 La. 23, Belle Chasse. The study is expected to take two years. Both Fort Jackson and Fort St. Philip are designated national historic landmarks. Their histories are linked to the significant 1862 Civil War battle between Confederate forces, then commanding the forts on opposite sides of the Mississippi River at Plaquemines Bend, and the Union naval fleet that came upriver to break the Confederate defenses. At the Wednesday meeting, the National Park Service study team will explain the special resource study process, answer questions and gather important information and ideas from the public. Project status updates and requests for feedback will be shared at parkplanning.nps.gov/LMIS_SRS.
  • FLOOD CONTROL MEETING: A neighborhood information meeting on the Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Control Program will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, 2001 Louisiana Ave., New Orleans. At the meeting, representatives of the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will discuss the status of drainage improvements on Louisiana Avenue from South Claiborne Avenue to Constance Street. For information, visit swbno.org/work_drainageSELA.asp or call (504) 585-2450.
  • VISITING PET PROGRAM: The Visiting Pet Program, New Orleans’ oldest and largest animal-assisted therapy program, will hold an orientation session for new volunteers from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Harahan Senior Center, 100 Elodie St., Harahan. This is a people-only orientation. There is a $10 fee, and advance registration is required. To register, email paws4visits@gmail.com. The 100 pet-and-handler teams of the Visiting Pet Program currently visit 20 nursing homes and hospitals in Orleans, Jefferson and St. Tammany parishes. For information, visit visitingpetprogram.org.
  • OCEAN CONSERVATION BENEFIT: Guy Harvey, an artist, conservationist and explorer, will be the guest of honor during a fundraising gala to be held from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday at Galatoire’s Restaurant, 209 Bourbon St., New Orleans. The beneficiaries of the event will be the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, the Galatoire Foundation and the Recreational Fisheries Research Institute. Tickets for the gala, which will have a Roaring ’20s speak-easy theme, are $250. To buy tickets, visit rfri.net/upcoming-events or call (504) 756-4325.
  • DEATH PENALTY DISCUSSION: Independent researcher Tim Lyman will be the guest speaker at the Gillespie Memorial Community Breakfast at 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Universalist Church of New Orleans, 5212 S. Claiborne Ave. Lyman will discuss his research on how racial bias affects the application of the death penalty in Louisiana. Together with Frank Baumgartner, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Lyman is author of “Race-Of-Victim Discrepancies in Homicides and Executions, Louisiana 1976-2015,” published in the fall 2016 edition of the Loyola University of New Orleans Journal of Public Interest Law.
  • SCENIC RIVERS ACT: Matt Weigel will discuss the provisions of the Louisiana Scenic Rivers Act and efforts to protect Florida parishes streams when the Orleans Sierra Club meets at 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the Dominion Auditorium at the Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. For information, call (504) 307-0187.
  • ALGIERS KIWANIS: Col. Michael Edmonson, superintendent of the Louisiana State Police, will be the guest speaker when the Kiwanis Club of Algiers meets at 6 p.m. June 16 at the Aurora Tennis and Swim Club, 5244 Gen. Meyer Ave. Guests are welcome at the Kiwanis meeting. For information, call (504) 391-0667.
  • FATHER’S DAY COOK-OFF: The “King of the Grill” grilling challenge will be a highlight of Father’s Day weekend events Saturday, June 18, at Joe Brown Park, 5601 Read Blvd., New Orleans. There also will be a “Nothing but Net” 4-on-4 father-child basketball competition. The lagoon and canal will be open for open canoeing and fishing, and the pool will be open for swimming. Free and open to the public. Register at eventbrite.com, or contact Djuana Johnson, youth programs manager, at (504) 373-3927 or dbjohnson@nola.gov.
  • FAMILY FUN DAY: A family fun day featuring live music, food, kids games and a spacewalk will be held from noon to 5 p.m. June 18 at the Center of Jesus the Lord at Our Lady of Good Counsel, 1307 Louisiana Ave., New Orleans. For information, visit centerofjesusthelord.org.
  • GERMAN COAST FARMERS MARKET: The German Coast Farmers Market will celebrate its 13th anniversary from 8 a.m. to noon June 18 at Ormond Plantation, 13786 River Road, Destrehan. The LSU Agricultural Center will hold a home vegetable growing contest at 10 a.m., and chef Richard Kiral, of Ormond Plantation, will present a cooking demo at 10:30 a.m. In addition, there will be demonstrations of fish tagging and wood carving, a used-book sale and presentations from the Gesunde Kinder children’s planting project and Kinder Bucks program. The farmers market operates from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays at Ormond Plantation and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Charles Plaza Shopping Center, 12715 U.S. 90, Luling. For information, visit germancoastfarmersmarket.org.
  • CHEWBACCHUS ART CAMP: The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus will present six weeklong sessions of Chewbacchus Art Camp for ages 5-14, beginning June 20 at Castillo Blanco Art Studios, 4321 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. The hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with discounts available for those attending multiple sessions. Before and after care are available. The theme for the session beginning June 20 is community gardening. Other themes are: crazy creatures and marvelous monsters, beginning June 27; homemade musical instruments, July 5; circus arts, July 11; puppetry, July 18; and parade traditions, July 25. The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus is a sci-fi and fantasy-themed Mardi Gras organization. To register, visit chewbacchus.org/camp. For information, call (908) 839-6415 or email camp@chewbacchus.org.
  • FRENCH MOVIE CLUB: The ciné-club of the Alliance Française de La Nouvelle-Orléans will present “Betty Fisher et Autres Histoires” by Claude Miller, in French with English subtitles, at 7 p.m. June 27 at Cafe Istanbul, 2732 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. The film will be shown again at 7 p.m. July 1, at the Alliance Française, 1519 Jackson Ave., New Orleans. The July 1 event will include a wine reception. Both events are free for alliance members and $5 for others. For information, call (504) 568-0770 or visit af-new orleans.org.