Fundraiser for shooting victim: Friends will hold a fundraiser at 5 p.m. Thursday at F&M Patio Bar, 4841 Tchoupitoulas St., for the medical and family expenses of Sandy Kaynor, an Uptown resident who was shot and critically injured during an attempted robbery Oct. 2. Entertainment by Ned and Joe’s Happy Hour. A painting by Sarah Ashley Longshore will be auctioned. Admission is $50. All adults welcome. RSVP to (318) 401-4011.

Hoda Kotb signs book: The Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., presents Hoda Kotb from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Kotb will discuss and sign her book, “Ten Years Later: Six People Who Faced Adversity and Transformed Their Lives.”

In the book, the former New Orleans newswoman and “Today” show co-anchorwoman tells the stories of people who, when faced with impossibly challenging or tragic life situations, persevere and thrive.

Her subjects include a woman who took the leap to escape an abusive relationship and now encourages women like her; a civilian hero of 9/11 who saved the life of a burn victim in the towers, only to learn the same day that his sister and niece were passengers on Flight 175; and a producer who won a Peabody at age 22 and later spiraled into drug addiction.

For information, call (504) 895-2266.

Organist celebrates birthday at Trinity: Friends and family celebrate the birthday of organist Albinas Prizgintas at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave, at 5 p.m. Sunday,

Prizgintas is founder of the Trinity Artist Series, weekly Organ and Labyrinth meditative hour and the yearly Bach Around the Clock concert. He won a lifetime achievement honor for his work in classical music at the Big Easy Awards.

Prizgintas will perform, along with cellists Jean and Sarah Montes and other guests. Free.

Visit http://www.albinas.org for information or call (504) 522-0276.

Anti-death penalty activist speaks: Sister Helen Prejean, the anti-death penalty activist and author of “Dead Man Walking,” will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Roussel Hall on the campus of Loyola University.

“An evening with Sister Helen Prejean: As we approach a tipping point for abolishing execution in the United States” is sponsored by St. Gabriel Catholic Church, Trinity Episcopal Church and the Jesuit Social Research Institute at Loyola.

For information, contact Christi Schott, cmschott@loyno.edu.


Ballet classes: The New Orleans Ballet Association offers free classes for youths 6-18 years old Wednesdays and Saturdays at Wilson School, 3900 Gen. Taylor St.

Classes are open to all, but documentation of students’ families’ income helps NOBA qualify for funding. Students need a copy of family pay stub or other income document, current copy of proof of residency and birth certificate if ages 6-7.

Call (504) 522-0996, ext. 207, or email sbensinger@nobadance.com to register.

Music clinic: A free music clinic with Shamarr Allen and the nonprofit Silence Is Violence will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the choir and music room at Wilson School, 3900 Gen. Taylor St. Youths ages 5-16 can learn to play trumpet, trombone, saxophone, clarinet, guitar, drums, piano or violin.

Call (504) 948-0917 or nolamusicclinics@gmail.com to register.


Zoning committee meeting: The Bywater Neighborhood Association zoning committee will meet at 7 p.m Monday at Holy Angels School, 3500 St. Claude Ave., to finalize an Arts and Cultural Overlay proposal for St. Claude Avenue.

The City Planning Commission is encouraging the BNA to propose an overlay that would encourage arts and cultural venues, including live-entertainment. Current zoning does not allow such venues on most of St. Claude Avenue.

The overlay is being patterned after the Freret Street Arts and Cultural Overlay that is widely credited with promoting a revitalization of Freret Street.

The meeting is open to the public. Send comments to Mary Ann Hammett at maryannhammett@cox.net.

Central City

Youth program resumes at AshÉ: Kuumba Institute’s Saturday Youth Program resumes from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1724 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

For ages 6 to 16, this cultural enrichment program aims to inspire students to use culture and the arts to help develop their power of expression and encourage the building of relationships within the community and throughout the world.

The cost is $30 per month for one child; $60 per month for up to three children.

For information, call (504) 569-9070.


Meetings set: The Gentilly Terrace & Gardens Improvement Association has released its calendar for 2013. The group’s regular meetings are on the second Wednesday of the month in the cafeteria of Gentilly Terrace Charter School. The next meeting is Feb. 20.

For information, go to http://www.gentillyterrace.org.


Film screening: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 6249 Canal Blvd., will host a screening of the documentary “Traces of the Trade: A Story From The Deep North” at noon Monday.

The documentary is both a geographical and psychological retracing of the industry of the largest slave traders in American history and an exploration into racism in America, a legacy of slavery that continues to negatively affect the country even today. A cousin of the filmmaker, who took part in the journey of discovery, will be on hand to lead a discussion.

For information, contact Lee Crean at leecrean@yahoo.com.

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