PAINTING WITH A PURPOSE: The Muscular Dystrophy Association will be the beneficiary of a Painting with a Purpose fundraising event from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, at Painting with a Twist, 4931 W. Esplanade Ave, Suite D, Metairie.

Registration is $45 and includes canvas, paint, instruction and fun. A portion of proceeds will go directly back to MDA. Attendees must be 18 or older and can bring their own beverages.

To register, email, call (504) 832-5536, or visit

FUNDRAISER FOR ARABI FAMILY: A fundraiser to benefit Kylie Gritter of Arabi will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 17, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 2107 Paris Road, Chalmette.

The event is a birthday party for Gritter, who was born 10 years ago with schizencephaly, a rare brain disorder that causes portions of the brain not to develop. Her parents, Joey and Kim Gritter, need to modify their home to be more accessible for her wheelchair and install a new lift system and a physical therapy area.

The party will feature appearances by the Saints Super Fans Dat Fireman, Dat Chef and Mack the Quack, as well as Elsa and Anna from “Frozen,” Cinderella and Prince Charming and Lacary, a variety entertainer. There will be plates of food for sale, bingo will be played, and there will be raffles, a 50/50 and a silent auction.

A raffle with a first prize of $500 cash will take place at the fundraising party. Tickets are one chance for $10 or three for $20. Tickets can be purchased at the party and also are available at C&C Drugs, 7540 W. Judge Perez Drive, Arabi; Arabi Food Store, 650 Friscoville Ave., Arabi; Bridges Physical Therapy, 801 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette; Salon Finesse, 600 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette; Wimpy’s Bar, 800 E. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette; Wow Café and Wingery of St. Bernard, 1720 E. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette; and New Orleans Then & Now, 1350 Corporate Square, Slidell. To make a donation for the parade of prizes or the silent auction, call (504) 812-3570.

VOTING RIGHTS: A free program on the evolution of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 will be presented at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, at the Urban League offices, 4640 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans. Light refreshments will be served.

The presenters will be Dale Ho, director of the ACLU Voting Rights Project, and Ellen Buchman, vice president for field operations of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Education Fund.

The program is sponsored by the Louisiana Courts Matter coalition, the Urban League of Greater New Orleans, Greater New Orleans Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, the League of Women Voters, Orleans Parish, and Total Community Action, Inc.

“The Voting Rights Act was enacted in 1965 to provide protections against the oppressive practices voters faced as dramatized in the recent movie ‘Selma,’ ” said Clay Latimer, co-chair of Louisiana Courts Matter. “The original protections of the 1965 law were intended to ensure the full enfranchisement of African-Americans and other people of color who had been denied the full rights of citizenship.”:

Ho will discuss decisions by federal courts over the years that have eroded protections originally provided in the Voting Rights Act.

For information, contact Clay Latimer at (504) 289-3417 or or go to

WESTBANK QUARTERBACK CLUB: Melanie Hebert, formerly of WWL-TV, will be the guest speaker when the Westbank Quarterback Club meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, at The Four Columns, 3711 Westbank Expressway, Harvey.

Hebert is a west banker and attended LSU, where she was part of the Golden Girls danceline and was homecoming queen. For information, contact Wayne Ory at (504) 343-5935, Don Wattigny at (504) 228-2202 or Richie Smith at (504) 400-2161.

POETRY CIRCLE: A poetry circle open to everyone meets from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at Playhouse NOLA, 3214 Burgundy St., New Orleans. The next meeting will be May 21. Admission is free, but donations for the venue are welcome.

For information or to reserve your spot, send email to

REPUBLICAN WOMEN’S CLUB: Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne will be the guest speaker when the Republican Women’s Club of Jefferson Parish meets at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 21, at Ralph’s on the Park, 900 City Park Ave., New Orleans. The cost for the lunch program is $34. For information or to make a reservation, contact Carolyn Enterante at (504) 919-2101 or