Imagine growing a majestic City Park oak in your own backyard.

More than 300 live oak trees growing from acorns collected at the park will be given away during Hike for KaTREEna’s Big TREEsy Giveaway in Council District B from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Rosa Keller Library, 4300 S. Broad St.

Hike for KaTREEna is a nonprofit organization with the mission of replanting more than 100,000 trees lost to hurricanes Katrina and Isaac.

One free tree will be available for each household, and additional trees may be purchased for $15. The selection includes Japanese and red maple, crape myrtle, pond and bald cypress, Little Gem and Japanese magnolia, fringe, tulip poplar and green ash. Fragrant Plaquemines Parish citrus trees also will be sold.

For information, contact Hike for KaTREEna director Connie Uddo at (504) 415-8434 or visit

Easter Egg Hunt

More than 15,000 candy-filled eggs will be hidden around the City Park Carousel Gardens amusement area for the annual East Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday at the park, 7 Victory Ave.

Gates open at 9 a.m. and free parking is available. Tickets are $4 at the event and in advance at Adults and children need tickets, but infants younger than a year will enter free of charge.

The hunt is recommended for children 8 and younger, and egg cartons will be provided. Golden eggs will have special prizes inside.

There will be face painting and entertainment, and parents are invited to snap photos of their children with the Easter Bunny. There will be a special area just for toddlers.

Storyland will open at 9 a.m., and amusement park rides will begin running at 11 a.m. For information, call (504) 843-9402 and visit orleanscity

Rodeo and Fishtival

City Park will host the 68th annual Big Bass Rodeo on Saturday, beginning with registration from 6 a.m. - 8 a.m. at Popp Bandstand. Competition begins at 6:30 a.m. with a weigh-in at 11 a.m. Online registration ends Friday, and the cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger.

The event is for all ages, including the Fishtival from 9 a.m. to noon and Boats on the Bayou for nonmotorized vessels to fish on Bayou St. John, beginning at 7 a.m. with a weigh-in at 10:30 a.m. Online-only registration for the boating event ends Friday. Cost is $15 per person. For details, visit

Art auction

Morris Jeff Community School and Homer A. Plessy Community School are teaming up for the second annual art auction from 3:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday at Café Istanbul, 2372 St. Claude Ave.

Featured artists include Dr. Bob, George Rodrigue, Devin De Wulf, Virginia Waldrop and Oscar Brown. There will be a live auction with auctioneer John Calhoun, a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. For information, contact or violetis

Charity open house

Delgado Community College’s Charity School of Nursing will host a free open house from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the school, 450 S. Claiborne Ave. Children are welcome, and free parking will be available in the school’s parking garage via the Perdido Street entrance.

Highlights include admission sessions at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.; campus tours; an address by Dr. Cheryl Myers, dean of the school; and a meet-and-greet with faculty. For information or to register call (504) 571-1270.

Kingsley House expands

A groundbreaking reception will take place at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at the planned Patrick F. Taylor campus next to Kingsley House, 1600 Constance St. The $12 million project will increase capacity for the agency’s Early Head Start program and a facility to house its Adult Health Care and Senior Center program.

Kingsley House, a United Way Community Impact Partner, is nationally renowned as the oldest settlement house in the South, serving more than half-a-million people since it was founded in 1896. For information, call (504) 523-6221 ext. 127 or email gjackson@

Edible education

Dine at Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, and take edible notes from chef Jeffry Hansell and wines expert Jonathan Gray, of Oxlot 9, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2. The Taste and Pair event is $45 per person, and tickets are available online. For information, contact Lydia Vaughn at (504) 293-4722 or visit www.

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