ALGIERS KIWANIS: Ron Chapman, a professor at Nunez Community College and author of “The Battle of New Orleans: But for a Piece of Wood,” will be the guest speaker when the Kiwanis Club of Algiers meets at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, at the Aurora Tennis and Swim Club, 5244 Gen. Meyer Ave. Guests are welcome at the Kiwanis meeting. For information, call (504) 391-0667.
GRACIAS LATINOS: A street party to honor Latino immigrants who helped rebuild New Orleans and those from Latin American countries who reside here will be held from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at Casa Borrega, 1719 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. The celebration includes musical performances by Javier Gutierrez and Vivaz, and the Alexis “Papo” Guevara Afro Cuban Trio. The event is free and open to the public. The party will include food, drink and dancing. The Afro Cuban Trio will play from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Vivaz from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Both bands perform from the Latin American songbook with different genres ranging from Rumba Flamenca to Cuban Son to salsa and merengue to traditional folk music. Latino leaders Luis Fernando Reyes, Eva St. Martin and others are among the guest speakers. Food and drinks will be for sale. For information, visit casaborrega.com.
EMOTIONAL WELLNESS WORKSHOPS: The Louisiana Psychological Association will hold Hurricane Katrina 10th anniversary wellness workshops from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, and again on Saturday, Aug. 29. The workshops will provide an opportunity for people re-experiencing emotional suffering to work through their feelings, keeping the memories but losing the fears. The workshops are free, and lunch will be provided. For details, call Dr. Fernando Pastrana at (504) 366-1377.
MEET THE SAINTS: The Touchdown Club of New Orleans Inc. will hold its Meet the Saints luncheon at noon Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 601 Loyola Ave., New Orleans. Tickets are $75 per person at tdcno.com. The deadline to purchase tickets is Aug. 25. For information, email email@example.com or call (504) 242-4545.
BACK-TO-SCHOOL HEALTH DAY: Members of local Lions clubs will hold a Back-to-School Health Awareness day from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, in the center court at Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Free vision screening will be available for children along with tips on juvenile diabetes, hearing awareness and reading initiatives. Children often think that the fuzzy images they see are normal and don’t complain. More than 26,000 Louisiana children were screened through the Lions’ Kid Sight program last year.
GLASS-MAKING CLASS: Young Aspirations/Young Artists will hold beginning glass-making classes between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tuesday or Thursday evenings, beginning Sept. 1, at 3322 LaSalle St., New Orleans. The beginning classes will provide students with no glassblowing experience with fundamental glass-making skills that can be applied to individual creative interests, both functional and sculptural. Other classes include sandcasting, making marbles, beads and lampworking for students with diverse interests and skill levels. Private classes also are available. All materials are included. The classes will be taught by Devon Franceschi, the owner of Soffio Glass; Christian Stock, Tulane MFA; and Andrew Jackson Pollack, a local glass artist. For information, contact Gene Meneray at (504) 529-3306 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit yayainc.com.