Sierra Club to present talk on warblers

The Orleans Sierra Club will present a talk on “Prothonotary Warblers: A Swamp Canary in the Coal Mine” on Jan. 10 at the Audubon Zoo’s Dominion Auditorium.

The swamp-dwelling prothonotary warbler, which is found in Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, is considered a measure of the health of forested wetlands in Louisiana, but it has been facing 50 years of decline.

To learn why, Erik Johnson, director of bird conservation with Audubon Louisiana, and an international team of partners have set out to map the migratory routes of the species.

The free program will begin with refreshments at 6:30 p.m., followed by the talk at 7 p.m.

Call (504) 307-0187 for more information.

Battle of New Orleans to be re-enacted

The Meraux Living History Park and the Louisiana Living History Foundation will host a free re-enactment of the Battle of New Orleans at 7 p.m. Friday to celebrate the battle’s 201st anniversary.

The location will be 8207 Patricia St., Chalmette, behind the Wal-Mart store and adjacent to Torres Park.

The public is invited.

Last year, the LLHF hosted more than 1,500 historical re-enactors from several nations to put on a large-scale re-enactment for the 200th anniversary of the 1815 battle. According to St. Bernard Parish, the event had the largest economic impact of any tourism event in parish history.

This year’s re-enactment will be part of a four-day commemoration of the 1815 battle that includes free symposiums at Nunez Community College on Thursday and Jan. 10, living history demonstrations on Friday and Saturday and the premiere Saturday night at the Arlene and Joseph Meraux Charitable Foundation’s Docville Farm in Violet of the documentary film “New Orleans 1815: Such stuff as dreams are made on,” about the effort to put on last year’s re-enactment.

LLHF’s annual historical festival commemorating the Battle of New Orleans occurs on a leased tract of land on Patricia Street, not on the actual site of the Jan. 8, 1815, battle in the nearby Chalmette National Battlefield.

“It literally takes an act of Congress to have a re-enactment on a federal battlefield. That’s why we created the Living History Park on Patricia Street,” said military historian and LLHF President Tim Pickles.

“In January 2015, we assembled on our new Meraux Living History Park more people in War of 1812-era uniforms than at any time since January 1815,” Pickles said. “Re-enactors came from the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and across the United States to put on this event.”

Community center to open Wednesday

St. Charles Parish officials will celebrate the grand opening of the Killona Community Center at 10 a.m. Wednesday at 201 La. 3141 in Killona.

The 2,200-square foot building will house after-school and summer enrichment programs for young people, adult literacy classes and programs for parish seniors run by the parish Department of Community Services.

Students will be able to visit the center to take advantage of homework assistance, library services and a computer laboratory.

The building has a large room for meetings and activities, office space, a kitchen and restrooms.