New Orleans is home to WRBH-FM, 88.3, the nation’s only full-time reading service for people who are visually impaired. The station also is an asset to sighted residents who listen to news and information while doing chores such as driving children to school. Now hear this: The recently launched website is advancing the “radio for the blind” mission of turning the printed word into the spoken.

The website compiles news and information in a way that allows screen-reading programs to scan pages and find information that is most important to the user.

The new website is the second phase of WRBH’s rebranding campaign. Last year, the station partnered with local marketing and public relations agency HEROfarm to create a new logo, tagline and formatting program.

WRBH radio traditionally serves Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, St. Charles, St. John, Terrebonne, St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes. Its new website will provide live streaming that can be picked up around the world, delivering both print and online content.

WRBH offers a variety of programming, including The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time and The Onion. It provides readings from magazines, area publications, listings of local events, short stories, and fiction and nonfiction books, including current best-sellers.

Several live shows are hosted in the WRBH studio, such as “New Orleans by Mouth” and “Writers’ Forum,” a platform for local and national authors to discuss their work.

WRBH is a tax-deductible nonprofit that relies on donations and grants to support its mission. More than 200 people volunteer each year to coordinate the station’s 24-hour-a-day programming. For broadcast and volunteer information, visit

Krewe de Lune benefit

Krewe de Lune will present its third annual charity event from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at Treo, 3835 Tulane Ave. This year’s party will benefit Unity of Greater New Orleans, whose mission is to coordinate community partnerships to prevent, reduce and end homelessness.

For information about the event and to purchase advance tickets, send email to krewe

Arts educators series

Young Audiences of Louisiana and the Academy of the Sacred Heart will host a professional development series for community arts educators beginning at 2 p.m. Monday at the academy, 4521 St. Charles Ave.

The free event will include a keynote speech by Russel Granet, executive director of the Lincoln Center Institute. Granet is an artist, educator and international consultant. The public is invited, and space is limited. Thursday is the deadline to make a reservation by emailing or calling (504) 523-.3525.

‘Broomstick’ reading

The C.G. Jung Society will present an evening with local award-winning playwright John Biguenet and actress Kerry Cahill at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at Parker United Methodist Church, 1130 Nashville Ave.

Cahill will perform a dramatic reading from Biguenet’s play “Broomstick,” and Jungian analyst Constance Romero will provide commentary.

Cost is $15, $10 for students and free for Jung Society members.

Endowment workshop

The Greater New Orleans Foundation will present free workshops designed to help local nonprofit groups start an endowment. The first workshop will be offered from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, and the second will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 3 at the foundation office, 1055 St. Charles Ave.

Organizations that meet the eligibility criteria must take part in one of the workshops in order to apply for a Freeman Challenge grant. The Richard West Freeman Endowment and Board-Restricted Cash Reserve Challenges program is designed to help nonprofit organizations establish endowments or board-restricted cash reserves and to help nonprofits and community donors realize the importance of building financial independence to ensure long-term stability.

For information, call the Greater New Orleans Foundation at (504) 598-4663.

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