Here’s an event that’s sure to lure youngsters who like to fish. The first 75 anglers younger than 16 who register for the Save Our Lake & Coast Fishing Rodeo will receive a rod and reel. Yep. How’s that for a great catch.

The 17th annual rodeo, which benefits the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, is open to fishers of all ages on Friday, Sept. 5, and Saturday, Sept. 6, in the basin, which includes the bayous, rivers and tributaries of lakes Pontchartrain, Maurepas, St. Catherine and Borgne, and Breton Sound.

The fun starts “at sunup” on Sept. 5, said Angela Dorvin, lighthouse and development director for the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation. The rodeo ends with an after party and awards presentation at 4 p.m. Sept. 6 at the New Canal Lighthouse, 8001 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans.

Participants will receive a rodeo T-shirt, and those in the open and kayak divisions also will receive a LPBF one-year membership, Dorvin said. The cost to enter the open or kayak division is $40, and the entry fee for the youth division, for those younger than 16, is $15.

Names of those in the open and kayak divisions will be placed in a drawing to win a fishing trip for two with Don Dubuc and an appearance on his “Fishin’ Game” report on WWL-TV.

Awards include “Big and Lil’ Kahuna” and “Biggest Crab.” The array of qualifying fish includes red, croaker, catfish, flounder, sheepshead, black drum and speckled and white trout. The weigh station will be open from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 5 and from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 6 at the lighthouse.

For information call (504) 836-2205 or visit Ticket outlets include the Puglia’s, Chag’s and Uptown Angler sporting goods stores.

Local author ponders heaven on Earth

New Orleans author John E. Wade II will sign copies of his book “Glimpses of Heaven on Earth” from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at the Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St.

The compilation of inspiring quotations and insightful essays is a continuation of his book “How to Achieve a Heaven on Earth.” Wade has collaborated with four authors whose essays focus on the goals of peace and security, freedom, democracies, prosperity, gender harmony, racial harmony, spiritual harmony, ecological harmony and health, as well as moral purpose and meaning.

The book includes relevant quotations from well-known figures, including Mahatma Gandhi, Carl Sandburg, Benjamin Franklin, Robert E. Lee and Ronald Reagan.

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