Celebrate the military and Algiers during the inaugural Algiers Fall Festival from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at Federal City, 2500 General Meyer Ave. at Shirley Drive.

Admission and parking are free, and there will be music, art, food, drink and activities for all ages. The Marine Corps Band will kick off a music lineup including Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band, Young PinStripe Brass Band, The Bucktown Allstars and the grand finale with Little Freddie King.

“On behalf of the Algiers Development District, Algiers Development Corporation and the Joint Development Committee, we are thrilled to be bringing this festival to the Algiers community,” said Kathy Lynne Honaker, Algiers Development District executive director. “It’s a great opportunity to not only celebrate the community as a whole but also the military personnel and their families who are such an important part of our community.”

Art vendors and businesses will man booths, and there will be animal adoptions sponsored by the LA-SPCA. Information displays will be set up by the LSU AgCenter and the city’s termite and rodent control department.

“I am thrilled to be a part of the first Algiers Fall Festival,” said Charles Gillam, of the Algiers Folk Art Zone.

Presented by First NBC Bank, sponsors include Jones Walker and Ochsner Health System. “It is our hope that it becomes a New Orleans tradition that grows and continues for many years to come,” said Ashton Ryan Jr., First NBC president, chief executive officer and chairman.

For information about the ADD visit www.algiers development.com. For information about Federal City visit nolafederalcity.com.

Cool art auction

The 12th annual Refrigerator Art Auction & Gala to benefit the International School of Louisiana, a tuition-free public charter school providing language immersion education in French and Spanish, will take place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive.

Tickets are $75 or $140 for a couple. There will be music, food and an open bar and silent auction. For information, visit www.isl-edu.org or call (504) 229-4375.

Blood drive

The St. Pius X Men’s Club is sponsoring a blood drive from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, at the school gym, 6600 Spanish Fort Blvd.

The focus of the drive is obtaining replacement units of blood for 1-month-old Kaiyah Alexander, of New Orleans, who is awaiting a kidney transplant, but donors may opt for family replacement coverage or a donation to the Heart Club.

Donors must be 17, in good health and have an ID. For information, call St. Pius Blood Drive Chairman Robert Drouant at (504) 615-4895. For information about The Blood Center, visit www.theblood center.org.

Rhythm and Blues run

Tipitina’s Foundation will host the fourth annual Rhythm & Blues 5K in partnership with the New Orleans Track Club starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at Tipitina’s, 501 Napoleon Ave. at Tchoupitoulas Street.

Proceeds benefit the foundation’s efforts to protect and preserve Louisiana’s musical culture.

Entertainment will include performances by New Orleans school marching bands. Participants are encouraged to costume as favorite musicians or band members for a chance to win a prize.

To register, visit runNOTC.org/tipitinas. Race-day registration opens at 4 p.m. The event is sponsored by Whitney Bank, Iconic Protein, New Belgium and The New Orleans Advocate. For information, visit tipitinasfoundation.org.

Edible Education

Learn to taste and pair savory food and wine from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road. Enjoy dishes by chef Nina Compton and wines chosen by Larry Miller, of Compère Lapin.

Tickets for Longue Vue’s Taste + Pair program are $45 and must be purchased before 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, by contacting Jen Cohn at jcohn@longuevue.com or (504) 293-4721.

Morris Jeff gala

The seventh annual Morris Jeff Community Gala and Auction will be from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at The New Orleans Fairgrounds Clubhouse, 1751 Gentilly Blvd.

The event supports Morris Jeff Community School’s early childhood programs, library and international baccalaureate curriculum. Participating restaurants and watering holes include Mondo, Slice, Juan’s Flying Burrito, Ruby Slipper, Pagoda Café, Theo’s, Pigeon Catering, Café Atchafalaya, Finn McCool’s Irish Pub, Pal’s Lounge, Purveyer of Fine Wines and Bayou Beer Garden.

Enjoy an auction and music by Cedric Watson Trio and Colin Lake Band. Tickets are $60, and information about group tickets and sponsorships is available at mjcsgala2015.eventbrite.com.

Lynne Jensen writes about New Orleans community events and people. Contact her at jensencolumn@gmail.com.