LIBRARY FRIENDS: Dennis Assaf, executive director and co-founder of the Jefferson Performing Arts Society, will be the guest speaker when the Friends of the Jefferson Public Library meets at 1 p.m. Sept. 30 at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

Also at this meeting, volunteers can sign up to help at the next Big Book Sale, planned for Oct. 15-18 at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner.

For information, call (504) 455-2665 or email

CAPSTONE FARMERS MARKET: The Capstone Farmers Market will be providing fresh produce from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Friday through Nov. 20 at 5001 N. Claiborne Ave. Credit and debit cards are accepted, and discounts are available for customers who make purchases with SNAP cards. For information, email

BATTLE FOR THE PADDLE: United Way of St. Charles will hold its Battle for the Paddle jambalaya and gumbo cook-off from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at the West Bank Bridge Park, 13825 River Road, Luling. There is a $5 entry fee for all you can eat. Children 10 and under will be admitted free. There will be live music from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Free parking with complimentary buses will be available at the Satellite Center, 285 Judge Edward Dufresne Parkway, Luling; at R.K. Smith Middle School, 281 Judge Edward Dufresne Parkway, Luling; and at the St. Charles Parish Public Schools Maintenance Facility. For information, visit

KENNER WINE AND FOOD EVENT: More than 100 wines and food from more than 30 different restaurants will be featured at the fifth annual Kenner Wine and Food Event from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at Chateau Golf and Country Club, 3600 Chateau Blvd., Kenner.

Tickets are $75 per person in advance and $90 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation. For tickets and information, go to or call (504) 467-1351.

GERMAN AND ITALIAN CULTURE: A celebration of the cultures of Germany and Italy will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at the French Quarter Visitor Center of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 419 Decatur St., New Orleans. The free program will feature live music with German and Italian folk songs, plus cooking demonstrations and food tastings. For information, call (504) 589-2636, ext. 1, or visit

SECOND-LINE FOR SAFETY: French Quarter Advocates will hold a fundraising Second-Line for Safety event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at Congo Square in Armstrong Park.

The second-line will begin at 1 p.m. at Congo Square and proceed through the French Quarter. The event will also feature live music, DJs and neighborhood food trucks.

Registration for the inaugural procession to keep the French Quarter safe is $25 for French Quarter Advocates members and $40 for others. To register, visit French Quarter Advocates T-shirts will be available to purchase at the event.

French Quarter Advocates was established in 2014 with a mission to protect the French Quarter as a working neighborhood with an inclusive and diverse residential and commercial population while preserving its culture, architectural integrity and music heritage. The group’s president is Bryan Drude.

Proceeds from the Second Line for Safety will benefit the French Quarter Task Force, which uses a smartphone app to connect off-duty New Orleans police officers directly to the public.

FISHING RODEO: Our Lady of Prompt Succor School will hold a fishing rodeo Oct. 3. Participants can launch anywhere; weigh-in will take place on the school grounds, 2305 Fenelon St. in Chalmette. Scales will be open from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The cost to participate is $35 for adults and $15 for children 14 and under.

A nonfishing participant donation of $10 per person will include food, drinks, music and activities. T-shirts can be bought for $12.

For information, call Stephanie Valentino at (504) 884-5227; Stephanie Moran at (504) 261-8060; or Krista Kamlade at (504) 650-5606.

FRENCH QUARTER CULINARY TOUR: Notable French Quarter restaurant kitchens will be welcoming visitors from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, as part of the Cirque de Cuisine tour sponsored by the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. Participants will gather at Tableau restaurant to eat a snack and get a wristband that will admit them to 10 French Quarter restaurant kitchens, at their own pace. Tickets are $45 in advance. For reservations, call (504) 267-7490.

BRAIN CANCER RUN: The Kelsey Bradley Favrot Memorial 5K Run/ Walk will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, in Audubon Park. Proceeds will go toward establishing a Brain Tumor Center at LSU Neurosurgery to support the treatment of brain cancer patients in New Orleans.

Favrot succumbed to brain cancer in 2009 after months of out-of-town treatments; her wish was that patients could receive the quality care they need without having to travel out of state. Registration for the event will be $30 on race day, with discounts for youths and seniors and for those who register in advance. To register, visit

MORRIS JEFF GALA: The Morris Jeff Community Gala and Auction will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at The New Orleans Fairgrounds Clubhouse, 1751 Gentilly Blvd.

The event supports Morris Jeff Community School’s early childhood programs, library and international baccalaureate curriculum. Tickets are $60, available at

DAY OF THE GIRL: Longue Vue House and Gardens will present a Day of the Girl mentorship program from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at the estate, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans.

Inspired by the United Nations’ worldwide gender equality awareness day, Day of the Girl Child, this day of inspirational lectures, round-table discussions and team building activities will provide girls ages 7 to 12 with academic and career guidance, foster self-confidence in participants through engaging breakout activities, and highlight female role models in a variety of leadership positions.

The keynote speaker will be Ashley Tappin, a three-time Olympic champion swimmer and co-founder of Hartley’s Hearts Foundation, a nonprofit that organizes and funds medical mission trips to countries without pediatric heart surgeons and medical teams to perform necessary surgeries.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $20 for girls. Caregivers are encouraged to experience Longue Vue’s eight acre estate while their girls participate in the program but are not required to remain on site. For information, contact Lydia Vaughn at (504) 293-4722 or

CRESCENT CITY SOUND CHORUS: The Crescent City Sound Chorus will present a “Wacky Galactic Tours” show at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, in the Solomon Theatre at St. Martin Episcopal School, Metairie. The songs will include Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” “Time Warp” from “Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Monster Mash.” For information, visit

GOOD HEALTH ON THE BAYOU: The Better Health BaYOU health fair will take place Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero. There will be a fun walks, trail walks in English and Spanish, music and dancing. For information, call (504) 689-3690, ext 10, or visit

BLACK LIVES MATTER: A Black Lives Matter symposium will be held Nov. 6-7 at Xavier University of Louisiana.

Through a series of keynote addresses, workshops, and panel discussions, the symposium will examine issues straight from today’s headlines, including the current state of race relations, the prevalent culture of violence in our country, and the enduring effects of poverty.

Registration is required. The cost for the symposium is $40. Students with current Xavier ID cards will be admitted free. For information or to register, visit

PHOTO EXHIBIT: An exhibit of photographs by Lane Lefort is on display through Nov. 1 at the Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero. The exhibit, “Louisiana: Close to Home and Close to Heart,”captures the constantly changing world of coastal Louisiana. Hours for the free exhibit are from 9:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. For information, call (504) 689-3690, ext 10, or visit

BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS TALK: Free ranger talks on the 1815 Battle of New Orleans are offered at 11:30 a.m. and again at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at the Chalmette Battlefield of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 8606 West St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette. For information call (504) 281-0510 or visit

WETLANDS WALK: Rangers guide walks through Louisiana swamp and marsh at 10 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday at the Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero. For information, call (504) 689-3690, ext 10, or visit