Former U.S. Senator and adoptive parent Mary Landrieu will address the adoptees and foster care conference “Equipped to Care: Understanding and Embracing Adoptees and Children in Foster Care” at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 3939 Gentilly Blvd. The conference will be held noon to 8:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 6, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7.

More than 400 children in the Greater New Orleans area are in the foster care program on any given day, according to conference sponsor Crossroads Nola, a faith-based non-profit for the development of a citywide foster care and adoption initiative in partnership with First Baptist Church in New Orleans.

Event speakers include John Fuller, author of “First-Time Dad: The Stuff You Really Need to Know”; Bruce and Denise Kendrick, directors of Embrace, a ministry equipping churches to embrace foster care and adoptive children; and Kristyn Carver, an adoptive mom and associate professor of psychology and counseling.

General admission is $30 for the two-day conference. Department of Children and Family Services workers and foster care and adoptive parents may register for $10 per day or $15 for both days. Registration for professionals seeking Continuing Education Unit credit is $30 per day or $50 for both days.

Sponsors are Crossroads Nola, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home in Monroe, La.

For registration, CEU availability and a complete schedule

British Pub Night

Brits and Anglophiles will find fun at “Britain at Play,” a benefit for Mountbatten House Retirement Home from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at The Irish House, 1432 St. Charles Ave.

The annual Daughters of the British Empire Pub Night will include leek and potato soup, Irish soda bread, bangers and mash, fish pie, vegetable Wellington and sticky toffee pudding.

Activities include auctions, door prizes and a raffle, and there will be music and interactive trivia games..

The cost is $75, which includes a glass of wine, tea or a soft drink. Costuming is encouraged. Tickets are limited, and reservations may be made by calling Betty Calzada at (504) 367-4116. For information

Neighborhood on the web

The St. Charles Avenue Association recently announced the launch of its new website

“The website is designed to be simple, elegant and easy to use,” said association president Camille J. Strachan. Site information includes the history of the organization, membership requirements and the quarterly newsletter Streetcar Tracks.

Strachan said the association depends on membership dues and donations to maintain more than 1,000 trees along St. Charles Avenue, costing about $30,000 each year.

The new site was built by Mary Negrotto, with copy by Laura Claverie and photography by Claverie, Charles Leche and Jeffrey Strout.

The non-profit association, founded in 1972, has a Facebook page: Avenue, which gives information about daily life and events on the historic avenue. “It is as if the grande dame of New Orleans has finally entered the 21st century,” Strachan said.

Creepy Crawly Halloween

Costumed tots 18 months to 5 years old, accompanied by adults, will discover the world of gardens, including digging for worms and crafts, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Lucy C. Roussel Discovery Garden at Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road.

No registration is required, and cost for one child with one adult is $10 for members and $12 for non-members. Rain will cancel the event. For information contact Lydia Vaughn at (504) 293-4722 or

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

Lynne Jensen writes about New Orleans community events and people. Contact her at