After months of hard work, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation will conduct a ceremony dedicating the newly created Bayou St. John Urban Marsh at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, near the intersection of Beauregard Avenue and Cloverleaf Road.

The location is a bit tricky. It is over the levee on the west side of the bayou at the lake, between the floodwall and the Lakeshore Drive Bridge.

The project has been a partnership among the LPBF, Restore the Earth Foundation, Parkway Pipeline and Deltalok. More than 4,000 plants are thriving at the site, which is a bit more than half an acre. It is designed to attract aquatic life, birds and people to the area.

The marsh is part of a larger project designed to improve the health of the bayou, including gates that will be open periodically to allow oxygenated water into the bayou from the lake.

More than 250 volunteers donated more than 2,000 hours of time to build the green space, where people can fish, enjoy outdoor activities and learn about coastal issues. The basin foundation is planning a “School of Marsh,” especially for children who come to the site.

The LPBF is the public’s independent voice, working with the community to reclaim the basin for this and future generations. For information and links to a map, visit

Have fun and help others

The New Orleans Speech and Hearing Center will benefit on Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Rusty Nail, 1100 Constance St. at the edge of the Warehouse District.

Twenty percent of bar sales from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. will go to NOSHC, a United Way agency dedicated to improving the communication of children and adults affected by speech, language and hearing disorders in order to improve their quality of life. Attention and reading disorders also are treated by center speech pathologists.

Leaders to learn conflict resolution skills

Community Mediation Services, a New Orleans nonprofit with a mission to promote and provide services in mediation and restorative practices, received a grant from the Neighborhood Capacity Building Initiative to offer conflict resolution skill training.

The four-hour workshop will be limited to 20 people who will meet from 4:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, at All Souls Church and Community Center, 5500 St. Claude Ave. Dinner will be served.

The premise of the workshop is that conflict is inevitable and can be a catalyst for better communication solutions. “Conflict resolved successfully builds trust among community members and strengthens their organizations,” said Susan Norwood, CMS chairperson.

For information and registration, contact Lou Furman at or (504) 606-2706.

Seabrook community meets

The Seabrook Neighborhood Association will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, at the Willing Workers Baptist Church, 5714 Eads St. Candidates running for local and state office in November are welcome to speak. Residents of the neighborhood are invited to participate and to gather for a Night Out Against Crime gathering from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 14.

Self-compassion workshop

The School for Contemplative Living will sponsor “The Enneagram as a Contemplative Tool for Transformation,” a two-day workshop Oct. 17 and 18 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 5875 Canal Blvd.

The speaker will be Roberta Bondi, emeritus professor of the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. For information, visit

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