The Greater New Orleans Chapter of Decorative Painters is making plans for a painting retreat Oct. 10-12 at the Rosaryville Retreat Center in Springfield. The theme for this year’s retreat is “Buttons & Bows and Heaven Only Knows.” The group is a local chapter of the National Society of Decorative Painters, The local group has a blog at

The local group usually meets on the fourth Sunday of each month at The Pink House, 4518 Jefferson Highway, Jefferson. The next meetings will be at 2 p.m. Aug. 24, Sept. 28 and Nov. 23. New members are welcome. For information, contact Pat Gunderson at (504) 813-7134 or