• NEW ORLEANS BALLET ASSOCIATION: The spring semester of New Orleans Ballet Association after-school dance classes for ages 6-18 will begin Jan. 11 and run through May 12. The tuition-free classes are offered in partnership with the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission and the Broadmoor Education Corridor. Registration will be held in January at each participating center and by phone from Jan. 4 to Jan. 29 at (504) 522-0996, ext. 207. Dates for in-person registration are:
  • Monday, Jan. 4, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Joe W. Brown NORDC Center, 5601 Read Blvd.; and at the Gernon Brown NORDC Center, 1001 Harrison Ave.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 5, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Behrman NORDC Center, 2529 General Meyer Ave.; and at the Tremé NORDC Center, 900 N. Villere St.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 6, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Lyons NORDC Center, 624 Louisiana Ave.; and at the Cut Off NORDC Center, 6600 Belgrade St.
  • Thursday, Jan. 7, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Andrew P. Sanchez NORDC Center, 1616 Caffin Ave.; and at the Stallings NORDC Center, 4300 St. Claude Ave.
  • Thursday, Jan. 14, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Rosenwald NORDC Center, 1120 S. Broad St.
  • GIRL SCOUT COOKIES: The cookie season for Girl Scouts Louisiana East will run from Jan. 15 through March 13. This year, the group has a new baker and a mobile app that will allow Girl Scouts to sell cookies and track sale progress from a mobile device. Last year was the first time Girl Scouts were allowed to sell cookies digitally on a nationwide basis, and “about 16 percent of local Girl Scouts participated in the new ‘Digital Cookies’ sales channel,” said Alisha Moore, vice president of sales at Girl Scouts Louisiana East. She expects this number to increase in 2016. “Our new cookie baker, ABC Bakers, continues to add technology enhancements. Girls can set and track goals, manage orders, and track payment and delivery status, with nutritional information about the cookies right at their fingertips,” Moore said. The council will offer nine cookie varieties, including Trios, a gluten-free chocolate chip peanut butter oatmeal cookie. Other cookies are: Thin Mint, Shortbread, Peanut Butter Patties, Caramel deLites, Lemonades, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Thanks-A-Lot and Cranberry Citrus Crisps. Cookies are $4 per box, with the gluten-free cookie at $5.
  • SAILOR OF THE YEAR: A U.S. Navy sailor from Marrero, assigned to Navy Band Southwest in San Diego, was recently selected as the band’s sailor of the year for 2015. Musician First Class (Surface Warfare) Christopher Bourgeois, a graduate of John Ehret High School, joined the Navy as a hornist in February 2002. In addition to his duties as a French horn instrumentalist, he serves as the command leading petty officer, ceremonial band conductor, drum major and brass quintet unit leader. Bourgeois has made appearances recently at Salute to Veterans NFL games with the Arizona Cardinals and the San Diego Chargers. Bourgeois was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia; Naples, Italy; Bangor, Washington; Little Creek, Virginia; and Yokosuka, Japan, prior to reporting to San Diego in July 2014.
  • NEW ORLEANS NATIVE KNIGHTED: The Rev. Cornelius Tilton, a New Orleans native, has been named a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques (Knight in the Order of the Academic Palms) for his work in advancing education and French culture. Since 1988, Tilton has been pastor of the Irish Channel Christian Fellowship Church. Since 1999, he has been president of the Christian Bible College of Louisiana. Tilton has served on the governing board of Audubon Charter School, French and Montessori Education, Inc. for eight years as the board’s vice chair and for the past three years as its chairman. Audubon Charter School’s French program for students from prekindergarten through eighth grade is accredited by the French Ministry of Education, the only public school in Louisiana to bear that distinction.