Photo provided by AARP 4417ÑAmong those at a recent meeting of AARP Chapter 4417 were, from left, Jim Butler of the Louisiana Senior Medicare Patrol program, Betty Corbille and Edgar Veillon.

MEDICARE FRAUD: Jim Butler, a volunteer with the Louisiana Senior Medicare Patrol program, discussed ways to prevent Medicare fraud during a recent meeting of AARP Chapter 4417. Medicare patients are urged not to give anyone their Social Security number, which doubles as a Medicare number, and to check bills for incorrect charges.

Those who suspect fraud may call the Louisiana Senior Medicare Patrol at (877) 272-8720.

AARP Chapter 4417 meets at 1 p.m. on the fourth Saturday of each month in the auditorium at East Jefferson General Hospital, 4200 Houma Blvd., Metairie. The next meeting will be May 23, with a presentation on memory.

USDA ‘HOOP HOUSE’ INITIATIVE: The United States Department of Agriculture in Louisiana has a special initiative for community and urban gardeners or farms in the New Orleans metropolitan area for seasonal high tunnels or “hoop houses” through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service. In order to be considered for early funding in this initiative, applications must be received by May 15th.

“The production of vegetables and fruit is an important source of fresh food and nutrition to small and large communities and urban neighborhoods lacking access to locally grown produce,” said Kevin Norton, NRCS state conservationist in Louisiana. “Through a partnership with the USDA Farm Service Agency, NRCS is able to offer this opportunity to this valued group of customers.”

The New Orleans Community High Tunnel Initiative is a voluntary conservation program that will help community and urban farmers extend the growing season for produce in an environmentally safe manner. Interested producers can contact John Boatman, district conservationist, at 1041 Rue La Cannes in Luling, or call (985) 331-9084, ext. 3 for additional information and to determine eligibility. For information, visit

POETIC ASIANS OF NEW ORLEANS: Travis Tran and Delia Tomino Nakayama will be featured as part of a “Poetic Asians of New Orleans” event from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 14 at Playhouse Nola, 3214 Burgundy St., New Orleans. The featured presentations will be followed by an open mic. Admission is free, with a $3 donation suggested to support the venue. For information, send email to

DRESS FOR SUCCESS: Ti Martin, co-proprietor of the Commander’s Family of Restaurants, will be the guest speaker at the Suits & Salads luncheon benefiting Dress for Success New Orleans at 11 a.m. May 15 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, New Orleans.

Dress for Success New Orleans provides disadvantaged women with professional attire, a network of support and career development tools to help them thrive in work and in life. Clients are invited to attend a monthly support meeting that addresses financial literacy, work/life balance, and health and wellness. Clients also receive enhanced services including résumé writing and access to a career center.

Proceeds from the 2015 Suits & Salads luncheon will go toward operating the Dress for Success boutique at 6117 Magazine St. and hiring an executive director. Tickets start at $85 and are available at For information about Dress for Success, visit or call (504) 891-4337.

LITTLE FREE LIBRARIES: People interested in the Little Free Library organization can meet its founder, Todd Bol, and Margret Aldrich, author of “The Little Free Library Book,” at a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. May 16 in the Family Life Center at Aurora United Methodist Church, 3300 Eton St., Algiers. To reserve a space, send email to