Free plants offered for Indoor Plant Week

Free plants will be handed out in the Central Business District this week in honor of National Indoor Plant Week.

Celebrated annually during the third week in September, the event is a way to educate people about the benefits of keeping live plants in indoor spaces such as homes and offices.

Nearly 2,000 plants will be handed out Tuesday and Thursday at specific locations on Poydras Street, courtesy of the local company Billy Heroman’s Plantscaping. The company hopes to make plants as accessible to as many people as possible, according to owner Ben Heroman.

“As a company who specializes in interior plants, we have known for many years that indoor plants are much more than an aesthetic enhancement to an indoor space,” he said. “Their value to our health and well-being is significant.”

For more information, contact Heroman or Darlene Bigus-Doheny at Billy Heroman’s, (504) 832-9999 or visit www.nationalindoorplantweek.com.

Links group to honor five New Orleanians

The Crescent City Chapter of the Links Inc., a volunteer group of women dedicated to the cultural and economic survival of African Americans, will hold a fundraiser honoring five people who have served as catalysts for change in New Orleans.

Called “Champions for Change,” the event will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Loyola Avenue. It will honor individuals who have provided services to youth, worked in health and human services in New Orleans and excelled in the arts.

The honorees are Stella Pickney Jones, Amanda Aiken, Michael Hickerson, Damon J. Batiste and Sharon Carter Sheridan.

More than 600 people are expected to attend the event, which includes a silent auction, fashion show and three-course luncheon.

The mission of the Links Inc. is to provide scholarships to deserving children and to support local programs promoting the arts and human services.

For tickets, contact Cheryl Alexander or Tracie Boutte at (504) 655-249 or Margaret Montgomery Richard at (225) 241-5418.

Peace Is Power Parade slated for Central City

The fourth annual Peace Is Power Parade, sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee, will be conducted Saturday in Central City.

The event is designed to make New Orleans safer for the city’s youth. The goal is to have 500 people pledge their commitment for a safer city.

The American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker organization, promotes peace as a practical way to express faith. Its nonviolent youth program, Peace by Piece, encourages young people to be leaders in their schools and communities.

“AFSC wants to bring people together as a call to end the violence that affects our entire city, especially our young people,” said Dee Dee Green, the area program director. “We are asking the community to take this pledge with us.”

The parade will begin at 1 p.m. at A.L. Davis Park at Washington Avenue and LaSalle Street. Participants will parade through Central City to Duncan Plaza, across from City Hall. A youth showcase is slated at the end of the parade.

The event is free, but registration is required. To register, go to facebook.com/peace bypiece or contact AFSC’s office, (504) 565-3596.

Volunteers sought for Public Lands Day

Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve is seeking volunteers willing to get their hands dirty during the 21st annual National Public Lands Day on Sept. 27.

The theme of the nationwide day of service is “Helping Hands for America’s Lands,” an event that allows locals to give something back to America’s national parks.

“Jean Lafitte contains some of Louisiana’s most beautiful wetlands and amazing history,” said Nigel Fields, chief of interpretation and education. “We know how much these park sites mean to local residents because they volunteer here year-round. This is a special day when people can join with folks working on public lands all over the country and make a real difference in a few hours.”

Scheduled projects include picking up trash at the Barataria Preserve in Marrero and cleaning headstones at the Chalmette National Cemetery.

Volunteers should arrive at 10 a.m. with work clothes, closed-toe shoes, work gloves, eye protection, sunscreen, bug spray and rain gear, if necessary. The park will provide water and snacks.

To register, call (504) 689-3690, ext. 10. The deadline is Sept. 25. Volunteer forms are available at http://www.nps.gov/jela/national-public-lands-day.htm and at the event check-in.

Volunteers of all ages are welcome, but children younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult.