Even though students are out of school for the summer, Lincoln Elementary School for the Arts students are participating in the free after-school Young Audiences of Louisiana program. On one particular day, the students were learning how to play the guitar and steel drums.

Young Audiences of Louisiana is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1962 with the mission to inspire, empower and connect children and communities through education, arts and culture.

Young Audiences has operated after-school programs throughout Jefferson Parish that promote academic excellence and social growth.

“We teach children in the different disciplines in art programs, such as choir, guitar, marching band, steel pans, African-Brazilian drums and dance,” Lincoln Elementary music teacher Carlyn Glenn said. Glenn teaches guitar.

“We have over 60 students enrolled this summer and as many as 100 students enrolled in the fall and spring program.”

The arts can stimulate memory, facilitate understanding, enhance communication, promote relationships and build confidence in students.

Reynold Kinsale teaches steel pan. He is the artistic director of Friends of Culture and former leader, music arranger, manager and tutor of the Blue Diamond Steel Pan Orchestra. Kinsale also is art director of the Caribbean Cultural Center of Louisiana.

Kinsale, of the twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago, will host a steel pan workshop featuring the students at noon Saturday, June 28, at the Arts Market of New Orleans at Palmer Park, at the corner of South Carrollton and South Claiborne avenues.

“I’ve taught students 7 to 11 years old since 2012 at Lincoln Elementary,” Kinsale said. “We’ve performed at the New Orleans Arena for the Hornets’ opening night, and Bayou Bacchanal and the Caribbean Festival of New Orleans.”

The students’ major performance will be in December at Winter Spotlight at the Mahalia Jackson Theater in New Orleans.

Urban Farm Bike Tour

Nola Locavores is teaming up again with Nola Social Ride and Parkway Partners to stage the second annual Urban Farm Bike Tour as part of the New Orleans fourth annual Eat Local Challenge 2014.

On Sunday, June 29, approximately 150 bike enthusiasts from around the greater New Orleans region are scheduled to take part in a journey that will begin at 11 a.m., followed by a Canal Street ferry ride at 12:30 p.m. over to Algiers Point. From there, riders will bike down Algiers’ new levee bike/walk path before stopping to rest their weary legs at the Federal City Community Garden.

FCCG growers and community volunteers will provide water and a small snack from the garden.

Once everyone is feeling relaxed and refreshed, participants will return to their bikes and visit two other community gardens in Algiers: the Magellan Street and the Algiers Behrman community gardens.

T-shirts will be available for this event. ($10, or $5 for participants in the Eat Local Challenge). The T-shirts can be purchased the day of the ride. Proceeds from T-shirt sales go toward water and local snacks for tour participants.

Tarpon Rodeo

Established in 1928, the Tarpon Rodeo is the oldest fishing tournament in the United States. Located at the Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo Pavilion, the tournament has evolved into a three-day festival with activities for all ages.

Fishing starts at dawn the morning of Thursday, July 24; the pavilion typically opens at 11 a.m. Sign up for crab races; kids have a ball with this one. By the time evening comes around, settle in for great live entertainment.

July 25 brings more fishing, races and nighttime entertainment. Make sure to bring your cameras for a photo opportunity with rodeo participants and special guests.

The award ceremony begins at 3 p.m. July 26 for the children’s awards. The deadline to weigh in a catch is 6 p.m.

Yetoria Lumpkin DeShazier writes about the people and events in Algiers and the West Bank. Contact her at ydeshazier@gmail.com or call (504) 367-0905.