SIERRA CLUB SPEAKER: The Orleans Sierra Club will host Darryl Malek-Wiley from the Sierra Club. He will speak about the issues the local Sierra Club Office is engaged in and how to volunteer and get involved. Topics include the Green army, fracking on the north shore and more.
The free program will be held Sunday, Feb. 8 with refreshments at 6:30 p.m. and the talk at 7 p.m. in the Dominion Auditorium at the Audubon Zoo. Parking is available and the entrance is by the statue of Audubon.
For information, call (504) 307-0187.
FAMILIES HELPING FAMILIES: Families Helping Families of Jefferson Parish will hold a workshop from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 West Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The workshop will help families learn more about how to choose a service provider for individuals with a developmental disability. The program is free and open to the public. For more information and to register, call Bebe Bode at (504) 888-9111.
LOUISIANA POET LAUREATE: A selection committee appointed by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities is seeking nominations for Louisiana’s next poet laureate. Louisiana poet laureates include Brenda Marie Osbey, Darrell Bourque, Julie Kane and Ava Leavell Haymon, whose two-year term ends in May. Poet laureates may not serve two consecutive terms.
Committee members include Miranda Restovic, interim president of the LEH; Brian Boyles, vice president of content for the LEH; Darrell Bourque, professor emeritus, University of Louisiana at Lafayette; Reggie Young, professor, University of Louisiana at Lafayette; Jack Heflin, poet and professor at the University of Louisiana at Monroe; John Biguenet, poet and playwright, Loyola University, New Orleans; and Mary Katherine Callaway, LSU Press editor, Baton Rouge.
The selection committee will submit three finalists to the governor, who will choose a nominee, subject to state Senate confirmation. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 27. Nominations may be sent to Miranda Restovic, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, 938 Lafayette St., Suite 300, New Orleans, LA 70113 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
EXTENDED FERRY HOURS: The operating hours for the Canal Street/Algiers Ferry will be extended from Friday, Feb. 6, through Mardi Gras, Feb. 17.
Friday, Feb. 6, first trip will leave Algiers Point at 6 a.m.; last trip will leave Algiers Point at 11 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 7, first trip will leave Algiers Point at 9 a.m.; last trip will leave Algiers Point at 11 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 8, first trip will leave Algiers Point at 9 a.m.; last trip will leave Algiers Point at 7:30 p.m.
Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 9 and 10, first trip will leave Algiers Point at 6 a.m.; last trip will leave Algiers Point at 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday through Friday, Feb. 11 through 13, first trip will leave Algiers Point at 6 a.m.; last trip will leave Algiers Point at 11 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 14 and 15, first trip will leave Algiers Point at 9 a.m. and a second vessel will be put into service at 3 p.m.; last trip will leave Algiers Point at midnight.
Monday, Feb. 16, first trip will leave Algiers Point at 6 a.m. and a second vessel will be put into service at 3 p.m.; last trip will leave Algiers Point at midnight.
Tuesday, Feb. 17, first trip will leave Algiers Point at 6 a.m. and a second vessel will be put into service at 10:30 a.m.; last trip will leave Algiers Point at 9:30 p.m.
COMEDY IN WESTWEGO: Comedians J.D. Sledge, James Cusimano and Nature Boy will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 6 and 7, at Teatro Wego, 177 Sala Ave., Westwego. Admission is $15. To purchase tickets, call (504) 885-2000 or visit jpas.ticket force.com.
The performances are part of the Comedy Fusion Revival Tour presented by the Jefferson Performing Arts Society.
UNITED WAY HELPS WITH TAX PREP: Entergy New Orleans and the United Way of Southeast Louisiana are helping working families who qualify for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit receive average refunds of $2,500 or more through Super Tax Day events at local Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites.
Continuing throughout tax season at local VITA sites, volunteers certified by the Internal Revenue Service will help residents determine if they qualify for EITC and provide free tax preparation. The program benefits families or individuals earning $52,400 or less in 2014. New Orleans Super Tax Days include 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at Delgado Community College City Park campus.
For other schedule times and locations, visit entergy.com/eitc.
LAKEVIEW GOLDEN COMMUNITY LUNCHEON: Arthur Johnson and the Chosen Few will perform rock and blues during the Lakeview Golden Community Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, at the Lakeview Shepherd Center at the Community Church Unitarian Universalist of New Orleans, 6690 Fleur de Lis Drive, New Orleans. The suggested donation is $5. To make a reservation, call (504) 484.0885.
The musical performance is funded by a grant from the New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation.
The Lakeview Shepherd Center helps older adults remain vital and independent, promotes positive aging and celebrates senior wisdom and talent. It is open five days a week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and provides all services for $20 a month. For information, stop by or visit www.lakeview shepherdcenternola.org.