Here’s a way to have fun while helping the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency help others. LOPA will hold its second annual Strikes for Life benefit from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Rock ’n’ Bowl (Mid-City Lanes), 3016 S. Carrollton Ave.

The cost to party and bowl, which includes shoe rental, is $45 per person or $200 for a team of five. The cost to party only is $40, which includes music, food, an open bar and a silent auction.

LOPA was established in 1988 as an independent, not-for-profit organ and tissue recovery agency. The organization is federally designated by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as the organ procurement organization responsible for servicing Louisiana.

LOPA’s main objectives are housing and maintaining the Louisiana Donor Registry and recovering organs and tissue for transplant. LOPA partners with professionals throughout the state, including eye banks and hospitals, to accomplish its life-saving and life-enhancing goals.

The organization has a governing board and an advisory board to guide it. For information, visit or call (504) 837-3355.

New cafe at City Park

Parker’s Café opened this week at City Park’s Carousel Gardens and Amusement Park area, offering an air-conditioned spot to escape the summer heat, grab a snack or lunch and use free Wi-Fi.

Summer hours are Tuesdays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Aug. 3 at 7 Victory Ave.

The café seats 136 people inside and 24 outdoors. The menu includes salads and sandwiches, burgers and hot dogs and fries topped with roast-beef debris and cheese.

Auditions for free ballet program

Students ages 9 to 18 are invited to audition on June 14 for a nationally recognized free dance program, offered by the New Orleans Ballet Association, in partnership with the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission. Classes for the 2014-15 academic year include ballet and modern dance.

Auditions will be held for students ages 9 to 11 from 1 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. and for students 12 to 18 from 3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Chevron Studio at the Lyons Center, 624 Louisiana Ave., corner of Tchoupitoulas Street. Participants should arrive an hour in advance to register.

Classes will be held weekly at the Lyons Center and at Tulane University’s McWilliams Hall. For information and requirements, call (504) 522-0996, ext. 213.

March of Dimes Gala

The March of Dimes 28th annual Spotlight on Success will begin with a patron party at 6:30 p.m., followed by a gala at 8 p.m., June 13, at Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive.

Honorees for 2014 are Candace Bienvenu, Cassie Bienvenu, Rebekah Broussard, Abby Cantrell, Gassan Chaiban, Dr. Lin Dang, Matthew Erskin, Catherine Gauthier, Sarah Gretchen, Brian Harris, Robin Johnson, Dr. Heather Kahn, Libby Kemp, Eve Lindstedt, Megan McKown, Eric Melancon, Jennifer Mire, Jourdana Passaro, Ernesto Posadas, Cassie Preston, Aaron Ramsey, Wendy Riley, Nicole Rios, Marie Rougelot, Hannah Salter, Amanda Vonderhaar, Melissa Young and Ben Zamora.

Proceeds from the open-to-the-public event benefit the March of Dimes campaign to reduce the rate of premature births, birth defects and other serious threats to the health of babies.

Tickets to the patron party are $125. Tickets to the gala only are $75 in advance and $85 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at or by calling (504) 264-9288.

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