SHEPHERD CENTER OPEN HOUSE: The Lakeview Shepherd Center holds its annual open house gala celebrating 36 yearsindependent, to promote positive aging and celebrate senior wisdom and talent.

It offers classes in crafts, dance and exercise, outings, meals, social events and more for a flat fee of $15 a month. Call (504) 484.0885 for information.

from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Shepherd Center, 316 38th St.

Food donated by local restaurants; music by Chris Burke New Orleans Trio.

The nonprofit center is dedicated to enabling older adults to remain vital and Lighthouse to reopen: The renovated New Canal Lighthouse will reopen to the public Sunday as a museum and education center.

From 1839 to its destruction during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the New Canal Lighthouse symbolized the days of maritime commerce and recreational boating on Lake Pontchartrain. It is located at the entrance to New Orleans Municipal Harbor, and adjacent to the Southern Yacht Club.

The former lighthouse was built in 1890, and had an elegant architecture distinguished by its bright red roof.

On Thursday, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation will host a preview cocktail party for attendees to catch a sneak peek of the newly rebuilt lighthouse. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served, all from neighborhood restaurants. For tickets, call (504) 836-2205 or visit

BUCKTOWN THROWDOWN: The Hot 8 Brass Band, Theresa Anderson and musician/emcee Vince Vance celebrate the Pinch A Palooza Festival & Crawfish Eating Contest, a family-friendly street party outside the original Deanie’s location at 1713 Lake Ave., Bucktown, from noon to 8 p.m. Sundaywill also feature an appearance by the 610 Stompers. A portion of proceeds will benefit the New Canal Lighthouse restoration. For more information, call (504) 834-1225.

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ST. ANDREW’S CRAWFISH BOIL: St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, 8012 Oak St., holds its annual crawfish boil from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday, featuring DJ Burns, crawfish, pizza and snowballs. Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for children. Go to for ticket information or call (504) 861 3743.

‘JOE PEACE’: Kerry Dunn discusses and signs his novel “Joe Peace” from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Garden District Book Store, 2727 Prytania St. “With plenty of twists and turns, this mystery offers more than the stereotypical mob story ... also a heartbreaking tale of relationships.” For more information, call (504) 895-2266.

‘SOUTHERN-FRIED DIVORCE’: Judy Conner discusses and signs her book “Southern Fried Divorce: The After Party” from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at F&M Patio Bar, 4841 Tchoupitoulas St. Conner, author of “Southern Fried Divorce,” writes about “a whole passel of hilarious, crazy New Orleans folks” and shares her collection of obituaries, memorials and funereal fun in the form of nicknames and family dirt. Many of the author’s favorite recipes and party hints are included. Call (504) 895-2266.

WALK FOR THE HOMELESS: The Big Easy, Big Heart Fun Walk and Run to benefit the New Orleans Mission for the homeless will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Fly in Audubon Park. There will be a one-mile walk and a five-mile run

Founded in 1989, the New Orleans Mission and its services have helped thousands of struggling people jumpstart their lives by temporarily providing clothing, food, overnight emergency shelter and job placement.

For information, go to

CLIMATE CHANGE TALK: “The New Atlantis? Climate Disruption and New Orleans” will be presented by the Tulane Green Club and the New Orleans Group of the Sierra Club at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Tulane Law Clinic Building, Room 110.

Speakers include NOAA scientist Tim Osborn, Tulane ecologist Bruce Fleury, and Jordan Macha and Devin Martin from the Sierra Club.

For more information, call Devin Martin at (985) 209-5454 or


BARN DANCE: The Grow Dat Youth Farm hosts a “barn dance hootenanny” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Grow Dat Youth Farm in City Park between the Dog Park and Pan Am Stadium at 150 Zachary Taylor Drive.

The dance features Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes & the Louisiana Sunspots and the Small Batch String Band. Square dancing will be led by caller Nathan Harrison, and an old-fashioned cake walk will showcase tempting cakes from premier NOLA pastry chefs.

Admission is on a sliding scale, up to $25. Falafal food truck, craft cocktails and beer on hand; no outside food or drink. The event is a fundraiser for the Grow Dat Youth Farm, whose mission is to nurture a diverse group of young leaders through the meaningful work of growing food. For tickets, go to


SPRING CHOIR CONCERT: The Dillard University Choir will present its annual spring concert onat 4 p.m. Sunday in Lawless Chapel on the Dillard University campus. It will feature a 70-voice chorus with a repertoire that includes classical works, as well as popular and folk songs.

Professor S. Carver Davenport is director. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call Zena Ezeb at (504) 816-4450 or

French Quarter

SCRUB THE QUARTER: The French Quarter Business Association will sponsor a volunteer graffiti cleanup at 9 a.m. Saturday, starting at the 8th District Police Station at 334 Royal St.

Volunteers are needed for the three-hour cleanup and awareness campaign.

T-shirts, cleaning products and instructions will be provided. Lunch will be offered to volunteers after the cleanup. For more information, call (504) 309.1423 or email Volunteers can register online at

Lower Ninth Ward

YOUTH ORCHESTRA GALA: The Youth Orchestra of the Lower 9th Ward will hold a fundraising gala Sunday at Cafe Istanbul, 2372 St. Claude Ave., at 5:30 p.m. Special guests include Matt Rhody from the New Orleans Cottonmouth Kings and Hot Club of New Orleans, Ingrid Lucia of the Flying Neutrinos and Mitchell Player from Preservation Hall. There will also be a recital by the orchestra. The event will also feature a silent auction, raffles, and dinner provided by Satsuma Café, Café Reconcile, Le Madeline and other local restaurants. General admission tickets are $40 and $60 for reserve seating. Visit