Rally for Nigerian girls set for Sunday

A rally in support of more than 200 schoolgirls who were recently kidnapped by a terrorist group in Nigeria will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Congo Square in Armstrong Park.

The event has been organized by the group SISTAWorks and the Congo Square Preservation Society. It will feature African drumming, prayer, song and poetry.

Those who attend are asked to wear red. Women are requested to wear head wraps.

The girls were abducted in mid-April by the terrorist group Boko Haram.

For information, visit the Facebook group for “Bring Back Our Girls — Mother’s Day Peace and Prayer Rally.”

St. Aug band to hold spring concert

St. Augustine High School’s marching band will celebrate 61 years of music with its annual spring concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The event, titled “The Best of a Happy Knight,” will be in the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall at Loyola University.

The evening will feature selections from concert, jazz, contemporary and brass-brand genres.

Tickets can be purchased at St. Augustine High School, 2600 A.P. Tureaud Ave., in Gentilly for $20, online at purpleknights.com for $21 or at the door for $25.

Admission is free for children 5 and younger.

The school’s marching band, founded in 1952 by Edwin Harrell Hampton, was recently featured in the 125th Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day in Pasadena, California.

Tammany to offer teen reading program

The St. Tammany Parish Library’s teen summer reading program will begin May 23.

Teenagers between 12 and 17 can register for the program on a special computer at their local branch library or by going to sttammanylibrary.org and clicking on the “summer reading” icon.

Using an online account, participants will be able to keep track of the time they spend reading. When they reach 12 hours, they will receive a prize and be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card.

The library is also hosting a handful of teen-focused events during the summer. The first will be a DJ dance May 30 at the Madisonville Branch. There will also be book clubs and workshops in art, cooking, drama and karate.

For information, contact Jennifer Deffner at (985) 626-9779, ext. 304, or visit sttammanylibrary.org.

City to hold business information sessions

Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s Office of Economic Development will be holding a series of business information sessions covering resources and opportunities available for business owners and entrepreneurs.

The meetings will begin Thursday and run weekly through June 12.

Each City Council district will host one session. There will be a range of topics, including business emergency preparedness, managing risks for your business and applying for disaster assistance.

All sessions are open to the public, and individuals can attend any or all sessions.

To RSVP, participants may contact Margrett Frazier at (504) 658-4237 or mmfrazier@nola.gov. Registration is also available online at nola.gov.