Treme Festival slated for next weekend, and other upcoming events _lowres

Dr. Lucio Miele

Treme Festival slated for next weekend

The Historic Faubourg Treme Association will host the Treme Festival next weekend to benefit St. Augustine Catholic Church, which celebrates 174 years on Saturday. The association hopes to raise $25,000 from sponsors and vendors to help pay for repairs and improvements at the church.

The festival will take place from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Henriette Delille and Gov. Nicholls streets.

The event, sponsored by Reily Foods, will feature food, crafts and musical performances by John Boutte, Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers, James Andrews and the Crescent City Allstars, Shannon Powell, the Leroy Jones Quintet, the New Breed Brass Band, Lil Glen and Backatown, and the Treme Brass Band. There also will be a second-line procession led by Roots of Music, the Zulu Connection, and the Stilt Walkers and Drummers.

In addition to music and crafts, there also will be free health screenings, tours of St. Augustine Church and an arts and crafts children’s tent.

On Sunday there will be a gospel Mass at the church at 10 a.m., followed by a gospel extravaganza from noon to 4 p.m. featuring the Zion Harmonizers, the Downtown Deanery Gospel Choir, Clark Knighten, Connie and David Fitch and more.

Doctor to speak on breast cancer Friday

LSU Health New Orleans will present a free public talk on “Breast Cancer in 2015” by Dr. Lucio Miele, professor and head of genetics at the LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, at 10 a.m. Friday in the first-floor conference room of the Louisiana Cancer Research Center, 1700 Tulane Ave.

Miele said his talk will be aimed at consumers and primary care providers. It will cover breast cancer incidence and mortality in Louisiana; genetic and non-genetic risk factors; recent findings in breast cancer diagnosis, prognosis and treatment; and the new American Cancer Society breast cancer screening guidelines to be released Oct. 13.

A molecular geneticist, Miele’s discoveries include identifying the role of the Notch1 gene in human breast cancer. Notch genes are necessary for the survival of breast cancer stem cells that cause treatment failure and tumor recurrence. He discovered that these genes are activated in several types of aggressive breast cancer and led two first in-human clinical trials of Notch inhibitors in breast cancer.

Voters forum to focus on races in N.O. East

Voters East of the Industrial Canal will hold a public forum for legislative candidates at 10 a.m. Saturday in the conference room of New Orleans East Hospital, 5620 Read Blvd.

The event will feature candidates for state Senate District 4 and House Districts 99 and 100 in the Oct. 24 primary.

The moderator will be Timolynn Sams Sumter, executive director of the Neighborhood Partnership Network and a talk radio host on WBOK.

French Quarter graffiti cleanup set for Oct. 10

A volunteer graffiti cleanup in the French Quarter will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 10, based at the 8th District Police Station, 334 Royal St.

Volunteers will spread out through the French Quarter and remove as many graffiti marks as possible. Volunteers will receive a work T-shirt (while supplies last) plus all cleaning products and tools needed for the cleanup.

The event is sponsored by the TV show “NCIS New Orleans.” Producer Joseph Zolfo and location scout Albert Quaid said they are delighted for a chance to give back to the neighborhood where many scenes for the series are filmed.

Their contribution will pay for the gloves, rags, scrapers, scouring pads, T-shirts and Vieux Carre Commission-approved cleaning solution.

The cleanup will begin with check-in at 9 a.m. at the 8th District station. Register online at as an individual or a group.

The French Quarter Business Association and other groups began the Vieux Carre Graffiti Abatement Program in 2010. The goal is to eradicate illegal graffiti from the Quarter.