There are few things more taxing than federal tax preparation. If you are in a low- to moderate-income bracket, the Loyola University College of Law’s volunteer income tax assistance program is offering free help.

Sessions, designed by the Internal Revenue Service, are underway from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, through April 9, in Room 111 of the Loyola College of Law building, 526 Pine St. Due to the Easter holiday, sessions will not be held this Thursday through Monday.

Residents of the Lower 9th Ward, eastern New Orleans and St. Bernard Parish may opt to attend sessions at the St. Bernard Community Center, 1111 LeBeau St. in Arabi.

For information about this location, call (504) 281-2512.

Taxpayers should bring government-issued IDs; Social Security cards for everyone listed on the tax return form; documents including W-2, 1099 and 1095A forms; Social Security statements; and tax returns and documents for last year.

Also needed is information regarding insurance coverage required under the Affordable Care Act for every member of the household.

Loyola’s annual volunteer tax assistance program is affiliated with the Asset Building Coalition of Southeast Louisiana and the American Bar Association. For session information, call (504) 861-5668. For driving directions to 526 Pine St., call (504) 861-5665.

Spring sweep

Help clean the shores of Lake Pontchartrain by participating in the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation Spring Sweep from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. April 2. Volunteers will meet with zone captains at designated areas in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, St. Charles and St. John parishes. After the cleanup, participants will gather for a picnic at the New Canal Lighthouse, 8001 Lakeshore Drive in New Orleans.

Wind- and water-stirred litter includes cigarette butts, bottles, cans and paper and plastic products. Some of the trash is not only unsightly, it poses health risks to humans, pets and marine life.

Information on debris collected will be recorded on data cards that catalog and quantify types and amounts of trash. The information will be forwarded to local environmental stormwater authorities.

Sponsored by Entergy, the sweep is part of Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup. To volunteer as a group or individual, contact Joann at (504) 836-2216 or For information about the basin foundation, visit

French connections

The Alliance Francaise de La Nouvelle-Orleans, a nonprofit organization, will host an open house from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 1519 Jackson Ave. Visit the school and enjoy wine and cheese while meeting with French teachers and students.

Learn about discounts for the spring semester, starting April 4, and an open-house raffle will offer a free membership to the alliance and a free class.

Upcoming alliance events include a gala on April 2 at Purloo, 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. A patron party starts at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails crafted by chef Ryan Hughes, and the event begins at 7:30 p.m. with a four-course dinner highlighting French influences on our regional cuisine.

French Consul General in New Orleans Gregor Trumel will preside over the festivities. Cellist and singer Helen Gillet will entertain, and there will be live and silent auctions. Tickets are $150 for the gala, $200 for the gala and patron party and $100 for alliance members ages 21-35. Valet parking is included. For information, visit or call (504) 568-0770.

Influenced by C.S. Lewis

Author, speaker and C.S. Lewis scholar Andrew Lazo will offer Lewis-inspired workshops for teachers, students, police, clergy and the community April 1-2 at the Student Life Center at Delgado Community College, 615 City Park Ave.

Faculty workshop: “Guiding Students Through Developing Civic and Moral Responsibility,” “C.S. Lewis and Leadership,” 2 p.m. April 1.

Workshop for Delgado students, employees and the community: “C.S. Lewis and Leadership,” 7 p.m. April 1.

Workshop for police and clergy: “Faith-based Policing,” 2 p.m. April 2.

For information, visit

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