Sandy Rosenthal was one of the first to cry from the rooftops that the floods that followed Hurricane Katrina were an act of man — not of God.

Along with the League of Women Voters of New Orleans, Rosenthal will receive the sixth annual Diana Lewis Citizen Participation Award at the annual Committee for a Better New Orleans luncheon Tuesday at the Hyatt Hotel, 601 Loyola Ave.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m., and the program begins at noon. Featured speaker will be former U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, now a lobbyist in the nation’s capital. The invocation will be given by former Loyola University President the Rev. James Carter, and there will be music by The Last Straws, a name that echoes Rosenthal’s feelings after the flood.

The event is sponsored by the Committee for a Better New Orleans, Jones Walker, First NBC Bank, Peoples Health and the Hyatt.

Rosenthal was selected for her work with, founded through blood, sweat and tears after Katrina to alert residents about the failures of the federal levee system. The League of Women Voters is being recognized for providing information about elections, issues and candidates that shape local policy.

Tickets are $75 and $60 for alumni of the Bryan Bell Metropolitan Leadership Forum. The cost is $600 for a patron table of eight, which includes preferred seating and acknowledgement in the program.

Tickets may be purchased via PayPal, using the email address; or via check payable to CBNO/MAC Foundation and mailed to 4902 Canal St., Suite 300, New Orleans LA 70119. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

For information about the Citizen Participation Program, visit For information about CBNO, visit

Support UNO library

The world benefits from the Earl K. Long Library on the University of New Orleans campus, and if you dine from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday at Ye Olde College Inn, 3000 S. Carrollton Ave., 20 percent of your bill will go to support it.

Last year’s event was filled with people who had a connection to UNO and “those who just wanted to eat a delicious dinner and have it count for a good cause,” said Dana Criswell, of Friends of the UNO Library. For information, contact Criswell at (504) 250-6028 or

Friends of the UNO Library is a nonprofit organization that raises thousands of dollars each year for library materials, special equipment and program improvement. This year, the group purchased a $10,000 dedicated server for digitized Louisiana Supreme Court records, housed in the special-collections department. These records date back to 1813, and scholars from around the world come to the UNO campus to use them for research, Criswell said.

Host an international student

One of the oldest international student travel/study programs in the country, Academic Year in America, is interviewing families who are interested in hosting a student for the coming school year who is 15 to 18 years old and will attend a public or private high school for one semester or the full school year while staying with a host family.

The students speak English and are recommended by schools in their countries. They have medical insurance and pay for their needs, including clothes, grooming products and entertainment with friends.

Interested families in the New Orleans area can get information by calling Colleen Robinson at (504) 897-0207.

Fishing for Cajun culture

Co-authors Addie and Jeremy Martin will talk about the role Louisiana fisheries play in local Cajun culture, as described in their book, “Southeast Louisiana Food: A Seasoned Tradition,” from 10 a.m. to noon at the Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive, Algiers.

The Algiers Historical Society meets on the third Saturday of the month in the library’s first-floor meeting room. Gatherings are free and open to the public. For information, visit

A natural place setting

Taste and pair the savory food and wine of chefs Amarys and Jordan Herndon, of The Old Portage, and certified sommelier Carly DiCosola, of Bayona, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, at Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road.

Tickets are $45, and advance online registration is required by Sunday by contacting Jen Cohn at (504) 293-4721 or For information about Longue Vue House and Gardens, visit

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