KING CAKE FESTIVAL: Animal Rescue New Orleans, Susan G. Komen New Orleans and the Parkinson’s Action Network will be the beneficiaries of Caluda’s King Cake Festival, to be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, at Cottage Catering and Bakers, 1536 River Oaks West, Harahan. There will be live boogie-woogie music from The Kattawar Brothers, games, prizes and raffles. All proceeds from king cake sales during the festival will be donated to charity. For information, call (504) 343-5706 or visit

ST. CHARLES PARISH LEVEES: The Hurricane Protection Projects Committee of the St. Charles Parish Council will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 5, in the council chambers at 15045 La. 18 (River Road), Hahnville. For more information, call the council secretary at (985) 783-5000.

ALGIERS KIWANIS: Judge Teena Anderson-Trahan, of Second City Court, will present “I Am A Kiwanian, But Do You Really Know Me?” when the Kiwanis Club of Algiers meets at 7 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at the Aurora Tennis and Swim Club, 5244 Gen. Meyer. Guests are welcome at the Kiwanis meeting. For information, call (504) 391-0667.

BLUSH BALL: The Metropolitan Center for Women and Children will be the beneficiary of the Blush Ball presented by the Pussyfooters marching group from 9 p.m. to midnight Friday, Jan. 9, at Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive, New Orleans.

The event will feature live music by Big Sam’s Funky Nation along with Quickie Mart and Fresh Johnson and, of course, special performances by the Pussyfooters. In the past four years, the Blush Ball has raised more than $70,000 for the Metro Center.

Tickets are $40 general admission and $60 including the patron party from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are available at

SYMBOLISM IN ‘MALEFICENT’: The C.G. Jung Society will present two days of presentations on the movie “Maleficent” on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 9 and 10, at Parker United Methodist Church, 1130 Nashville Ave., New Orleans.

The film will be shown at 6 p.m. Friday, after which Jungian analyst Marilyn Marshall will lead an 8 p.m. lecture and discussion, helping participants recognize the themes, tensions and symbols in the film. The cost is $15 for the general public.

Marshall will explore the dynamic psychic energy released by Maleficent’s awakening during a workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Themes will include power and love, betrayal and trust, destruction and transformation. The cost is $45 for the general public.

READING TUTORS: Start the Adventure in Reading will be holding two-hour training sessions for tutors for young children from Thursday, Jan. 8, through Tuesday, Jan. 20. No experience is necessary. Tutors volunteer after school or on Saturday mornings over the course of the school year at STAIR-operated sites in Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines and St. Tammany parishes.

The schedule for tutor-training sessions follows:

  • Thursday, Jan. 8, at 1:30 p.m. at Algiers United Methodist Church, 637 Opelousas Ave., New Orleans
  • Saturday, Jan. 10 at 9:30 a.m. in the Land Building at St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1535 State St., New Orleans
  • Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 6500 Jefferson Highway, Harahan
  • Wednesday, January 14 at 1:30 p.m. in the Land Building at St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1535 State St., New Orleans
  • Tuesday, January 20 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 3412 Haring Road, Metairie.

To register for training, contact the STAIR office at (504) 899-0820 or send email to The STAIR website is at