Night Out Against Crime set for Oct. 13

New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison is encouraging residents and businesses to host neighborhood block parties for the 2015 Kelly Marrione National Night Out Against Crime on Oct. 13.

The annual event is designed to raise awareness about crime prevention and increase the support for local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

In 2014, nearly 200 neighborhood block parties were held across the city.

“The Night Out Against Crime provides residents and business with an important opportunity to meet and start talking about ways they can work together with law enforcement to make their community a safer place. I encourage everyone to join the conversation and take an active role in their neighborhood for the Night Out Against Crime and beyond,” Harrison said.

To register a neighborhood block party, go to nola.gov/nopd/night-out/ or go in person to the Crime Prevention Office at NOPD headquarters, 715 S. Broad St. Parties can request NOPD barricades.

Contact the Crime Prevention Office at (504) 658-5590 for more information.

The 2015 Night Out Against Crime kickoff event will take place at 5:30 p.m. at St. Roch Park, 1800 St. Roch Ave. Representatives from several law enforcement agencies as well as city officials and neighborhood organizations will be on hand to provide resources and meet with residents. The event is free and open to the public.

Groups to hold seminar on business financing

As part of the ongoing “Prosper Jefferson” series, the Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission and the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a seminar on small-business financing Wednesday.

Three financial experts will cover a wide variety of topics, including understanding financial statements, knowing your business’ valuation, business financing opportunities available through JEDCO and what you need to know to get financed.

The seminar will meet from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the East Bank Regional Library’s Jefferson Room, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Admission is free, and the event is open to all businesses and entrepreneurs.

Online registration in advance of the event is encouraged at www.jedco.org/events.

French Quarter group to ‘Second Line for Safety’

French Quarter Advocates, a nonprofit group representing residents and businesses in the historic neighborhood, will hold a “Second Line for Safety” to support the French Quarter Task Force from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 3.

The traditional second-line event will begin at 1 p.m. at Congo Square in Armstrong Park and proceed through the streets of the French Quarter, with a brass band leading the parade. The event will feature other bands, local DJs and neighborhood food trucks before, during and after the parade.

Second-line participants can register online at www.fqanola.org or register at Congo Square between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Oct. 3.

Registration is $25 for French Quarter Advocates members and $40 for others. French Quarter Advocates T-shirts will be available for purchase.

All of the proceeds will benefit the French Quarter Task Force, which is committed to protecting everyone who lives, works and visits the French Quarter.

French Quarter Advocates was established in 2014 with a mission to protect the Quarter as a working neighborhood with an inclusive and diverse residential and commercial population while preserving its unique culture, architectural integrity and music heritage.

“We want the entire city and all our visitors who will be in town that weekend to come support one of the country’s most iconic and historic destinations,” Advocates President Bryan Drude said.