It’s time once again to help children and young adults with cancer by taking part in St. Baldrick’s head-shaving events in the New Orleans area, including:

11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 21, Finn McCool’s Irish Pub, 3701 Banks St., Mid-City

2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 22, Deutsches Haus, 1023 Ridgewood Drive, Metairie

1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 28, Edward Hynes Charter School, 990 Harrison Ave., Lakeview.

Those who shave their heads stand proudly beside children who have lost their hair due to cancer treatments. You also may join the fight to find a cancer cure by volunteering (especially barbers), donating money or simply being there to share in the excitement.

“We’re having a block party and raffling lots of things,” Finn’s manager Keith Patterson said. “Last year, we raised $120,000.”

The Lakeview event will take place during the Hynes school fair, said coordinator Kenny Michael, who’ll shave his head along with sons Seth, 12, and Alex, 9. Michael’s first St. Baldrick’s event was in 2008, and when his young sons begged to join him, “the crowd went crazy,” he said.

At Deutsches Haus, which moved to Metairie due to development of the medical corridor along Tulane Avenue, the event is a continuation of a St. Baldrick’s head-shaving held at Parasol’s bar and restaurant in 2003, said Dean Arnett, who coordinated the Irish Channel event with Morgan Stewart.

“This is our third year at Deutches Haus, and we are again the home of Team Red and Team Blue,” Arnett said. Team Red, comprising New Orleans firefighters, and Team Blue, made up of New Orleans police officers, challenge each other. And not all participants are men, he said.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity that raises money for childhood cancer research grants. Events are held across the United States in a variety of places, including pubs, restaurants, schools, churches, firehouses and on military bases. From 2005 to 2014, more than $154,552,700 in grant money was raised.

For information about the event at Finn’s, email Douglas Shanahan at For information about the event at Hynes, call Michael at (504) 782-5581. For information about the event at Deutsches Haus, email Arnett at For information about St. Baldrick’s Foundation, visit

Young Audiences show

More than 200 New Orleans-area students will perform during Young Audiences “Spring Spotlight” from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at McAlister Auditorium on the Tulane University campus, 6823 St. Charles Ave.

The event is free, but seating is limited on a first-come, first served basis. Dances will include African drum, modern, hip-hop and ballet, and there will be marching bands, a steel pan ensemble and dramatic performances.

Featured schools include Mahalia Jackson Elementary, Dwight D. Eisenhower Academy, Morris Jeff Community School, Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center, Lincoln Elementary School, Bethune Elementary, West Jefferson High School and Young Audiences Charter School.

Young Audiences is a nonprofit arts-in-education organization that has brought art and learning to students free of charge in the New Orleans area since 1962. For information, visit

Free business seminar

The Algiers Economic Development Foundation will present “Mind Your Business,” a free seminar addressing marketing, finance and personnel for new and established business owners, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, at Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive.

Speaker Derrick Martin, AEDF executive director, has participated in national marketing campaigns for public entities and private companies including General Motors, Verizon and Coca-Cola.

The mission of the AEDF is to build sustainable, business-friendly environments on the West Bank. For information, visit

Annual fish fry

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and School will host its annual fish fry from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at 6249 Canal Blvd. Plates are $8 and include fish, potato salad, vegetable, bread, cookie and drink. Cheese pizza plates will be available for $3, and discounts are given to police officers, firefighters and military in uniform.

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