Photo provided by Alton BluntÑPianist and choir director Alton Blunt is one of those who received Gospel is Alive Awards from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation.

ST. BERNARD COMMUNITY CENTER: A meeting to discuss the future of the Community Center of St. Bernard, a United Way partner agency, will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Community Center, 1111 LeBeau St. in Arabi. The center distributes food to 240 needy families weekly and 280 seniors every third week of each month as well as providing other needed social services. For information or to RSVP, call (504) 281-2512.

The board of directors of the Community Center of St. Bernard includes Earl Dauterive III, chairman; Mark Madary, vice chairman; Christopher Andry, secretary/treasurer; and board members Lori Cantrell, Jessica Coalter and Chad Meyers.

GOSPEL IS ALIVE: Awards were presented to 11 adults and two young people prominent in New Orleans gospel music during the 26th annual Johnny Jackson Jr. Gospel Is Alive Celebration held at Franklin Avenue Baptist Church. The celebration was sponsored by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, and featured performances by Shirley Caesar, the Mahalia Jackson Youth Choir and the Johnson Extension Gospel Singers.

Awards went to Pastor Henry Ballard Jr., Karen Harris Barnes, Alton Blunt, Ray Anel Clark, Don Hubbard, Nell Johnson, Anetra LaShawn Morton, Martha Matthews Reed, Leona R. Silmon, the Rev. D.K. Smith and Minister Fred Taylor. Youth honorees were Nicholas Thomas and Morgean Gayle Andrus.

NORDC SENIOR CHORUS: The Senior Chorus of the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission will present an evening of music at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Andrew P. Sanchez Community Center, 1616 Caffin Ave., New Orleans. The choir directors are Alton Blunt and Carl Williams.

COMMUNITY CHORUS OF RIVER PARISHES: The Community Chorus of River Parishes will present a program of inspirational music, “I’m Gonna Sing When The Spirit Says Sing,” on Friday and Saturday in Luling and Destrehan. The program will include hymns such as “Total Praise,” “On Eagle’s Wings” and “Precious Lord.” The May 1 performance will be at 7 p.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 234 Angus Drive, Luling. The May 2 performance will be at 7 p.m. at St. Charles United Methodist Church, 1905 Ormond Blvd., Destrehan. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCACY: A free workshop for people interesting in advocating for mental health legislation in Louisiana will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority, 3636 South I-10 Service Road West, Suite 200, Metairie. Mark Thomas, executive director of the Mental Health America of Louisiana, will give a presentation on legislation under consideration. Participants in the NAMI Smarts for Advocacy workshop will also learn how to write and deliver short and compelling personal stories, conduct a successful meeting with legislators, write focused emails, make effective phone calls, and advocate effectively at Behavioral Health Day a the State Capitol on May 11. To register, call Renee at (504) 896-2345 or email

FRENCH COOKING CLASS: Brigitte Gomane will present a French cooking class highlighting the cuisine of the Basque country, which straddles the border between France and Spain, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, at the Southern Museum of Food and Beverage, 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans. Admission is $65 for members of the Alliance Française de La Nouvelle-Orléans and $80 for others, and includes the class and a three-course meal with wine. For reservations, visit

SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION: Registration begins Saturday for children ages 6-14 to participate in the Summer Enrichment Camp to be held June 1-July 2 at the New St. Joseph Community Development Center, 3210 Diana St., New Orleans. The camp is free, with a registration fee of $10 and includes academics, computer literacy and arts and crafts. Registration is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday; 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, May 5 and 12; and 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 17. For information, email or call (504) 644-4272 or (504) 638-6669.