Carnival season 2015 is in our rearview mirror, and so is much of our beloved Louisiana coast.

The public is invited to take part in a listening session to discuss Gulf of Mexico restoration plans from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, at the Lindy C. Boggs International Conference Center at the University of New Orleans, 2045 Lakeshore Drive, Room 236.

The session is hosted by the Ocean Conservancy, in association with the Environmental Protection Agency, a member of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council. Under discussion will be gulf restoration priorities and opportunities provided by a portion of the RESTORE Act.

The session will include a public forum, so come ready to ask questions and talk about community needs.

A Community Round Table on Storms, Flooding and Land Loss will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at the New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board Training Room, 2100 Leon C. Simon Dive.

Join the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana for a joint open house and to receive updates and information from groups including CRCL, the LSU AgCenter and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security.

Tested at the gathering will be an interactive flood-risk viewer offering detailed information about how flood risk will change over the next 50 years. Also available will be an informative flood insurance map, and information about building in coastal areas and pre- and post-disaster funding.

A complimentary dinner will be provided. Attendees must RSVP. To see if space remains available, send an email to

For information about Restore the Mississippi River Delta, call Eden Davis, Greater New Orleans Outreach campaign coordinator, at (504) 264-6866.

New golf course at City Park

A groundbreaking ceremony recently marked construction of City Park’s Championship Level Golf Course, including a new clubhouse and 18 holes on 250 acres bounded by Filmore and Harrison avenues, Marconi Drive and Wisner Boulevard.

The new course incorporates portions of the former East and West courses and features the park’s historic oak trees and lagoons. Designed by golf course architect Rees Jones, the par 72 layout will accommodate players of all skill levels. The course is set to open in February 2017. Meanwhile, the park’s North Course will remain open.

Good news at City Park includes a recent Norfolk Southern Foundation grant providing 75 trees on the park’s Festival Grounds. Native tree species are being planted along a 1-mile path used for walking, running and biking. Ten students from Brother Martin High School volunteered to help plant 25 cypress and 50 live oaks, which will provide shade for visitors.

The park’s mission includes preserving and improving spaces for recreation, education, culture and beautification purposes. If you would like to provide a grant to help with these efforts, call Bridget Rabun, grant manager, at (504) 985-226-3500.

Back to Nature Walk

The fifth annual Back to Nature Walk sponsored by Friends of W. Brown Memorial Park will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 21, beginning at the park, 5601 Read Blvd., and ending at New Orleans East Hospital, 5620 Read Blvd.

Refreshments, free health screenings and door prizes will be offered after the walk, and cardiologist Dr. Keith C. Ferdinand will present a talk about heart health. For information, call Friends executive director Tangee Wall at (504) 427-2596.

Golden community luncheon

Break out your dancing shoes for the Lakeview Golden Community Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, at the Community Unitarian Church, 6690 Fleur de Lis Drive, corner of 38th St.

Arthur Johnson and the Chosen Few will entertain, thanks to a grant from the New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation. A gourmet lunch will be provided by Forstall Interiors, and People’s Health will offer cake to those celebrating February birthdays.

A donation of $5 is suggested and reservations are available by calling (504) 484-0885.

The luncheon is provided by Lakeview Shepherd Center, a nonprofit dedicated to helping older adults remain vital and independent.

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