ASHÉ POWER HOUSE: Grand opening events will take place Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27 and 28, at the Ashé Power House, 1731 Baronne St., New Orleans. The ribbon-cutting will take place at 1 p.m. Feb. 27.

The Ashé Power House is in the 1924 building that once housed the New Orleans Public Service Inc. streetcar switching station. The 10,650-square-foot performing arts center and visual art gallery will present works emphasizing the heritage and contributions of African, African-American, Caribbean and indigenous peoples. It is a project of Efforts of Grace Inc. Ashé Cultural Arts Center, in partnership with Gulf Coast Housing Partnership Inc.

For information, contact Viola T. Blunt at (504) 813-9008 or (504) 569-9070.

COMMUNITY CHORUS OF RIVER PARISHES: Singers from middle school through adulthood are invited to join the Community Chorus of River Parishes for its spring season. The chorus, under the direction of Brian Martinez Jr., typically performs two concerts in December and two in April or May. Rehearsals are held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at R.K. Smith Middle School, 281 Judge Edward Dufresne Pkwy., Luling. No auditions or previous experience is necessary. For information, call (985) 652-0162, or send email to

FATHERS OF THE YEAR: The New Orleans Father’s Day Council will honor four men as fathers of the year with a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in the Fulton Street Ballroom of Harrah’s Hotel, 228 Poydras St., New Orleans.

The honorees were chosen for their ability to balance their personal lives, serve as role models for their children and help make a positive difference in their communities. They are Dr. Gerald A. Cvitanovich, chief medical officer of MHM Urgent Care; Glen Golemi, president and CEO of UnitedHealthcare, Gulf States Region; Kenny Rabalais, owner of The Plant Gallery; and James Remetich, network director for JenCare Neighborhood Medical Centers.

To make a reservation, contact Kathleen Gross at (504) 889-0278, ext. 6072, or by Feb. 27.

FIRE SAFETY AT HOME: “Fire and Fumes” home safety training for homeowners and contractors will be presented at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at the Local 60 Plumbers’ Hall, 2541 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie.

An expert panel of fire safety and inspection professionals will discuss and illustrate various hazards involving improper installation of products and equipment. Homeowners will learn how to look for potential problems.

Speakers will include Sidney Chaisson, an engineer and home inspector; Paul LaGrange, building science professional; Trent Naquin, a firefighter and air conditioning contractor; and Walter Oliveaux, a fire investigator.

Registration is $20 in advance or $30 at the door, which includes food and beverage. To register, visit the website of the Southeast Louisiana Coalition of the AC Industry at For information, call (504) 488-2412.

THE HERO’S JOURNEY: Jungian analyst Everett McLaren will discuss the challenges along the alchemical journey of self-discovery when the C.G. Jung Society meets at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 6, at Parker United Methodist Church, 1130 Nashville Ave., New Orleans. The program, “Alchemy and the Hero’s Journey: A Guide for the Seeking, Lost, Curious, and Befuddled,” is free for Jung Society members, $10 for students and $15 for others.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: Poets will gather to mark International Women’s Day from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, 916 N. Peters St., New Orleans. The event is free. Participants include Tara Thierry, Delia Tomino Nakayama, Marla Chirdon, Amelie Prescott, Jessica Mashael Bordelon, Honey Sanaa, Biljiana Obradovic and vocalist Miki Fujii. For information, send email to

PAINT THE TOWN GREEN: Raintree Children and Family Services will be the beneficiary of a Paint the Town Green fundraising gala from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 7, in the Harrah’s New Orleans Theater, 228 Poydras St., New Orleans. A patron party at Ruth’s Chris Steak House will begin at 6 p.m.

Raintree is a social service organization with programs including Raintree House, a group home for teenage girls; Raintree Family Foster Care; and Raintree Family Support Coordination for families with infants or toddlers with developmental disabilities.

The gala will feature music by The Yat Pack and live and silent auctions. Tickets start at $85. For information or to buy tickets, visit

ST. CHARLES PARISH CLEANUP: St. Charles Parish will hold its spring Trash Bash from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7.

Those interested in volunteering for the litter cleanup and recycling awareness event may sign up as teams or individuals at or by calling (985) 331-8604.

Groups of volunteers will fan out around the parish beginning at 8:30 a.m. to clean up litter hotspots in their communities. Volunteers can either choose their own areas to clean or be assigned one. All equipment will be provided, including pickup sticks, gloves and trash bags.

Verification certificates will be available for students needing service hours for school or church requirements.

A culminating celebration will kick off at 11:30 a.m. at the Edward A. Dufresne Community Center, 274 Judge Edward Dufresne Parkway, Luling. Volunteers are invited to enjoy free food, music, face painting, a rock climbing wall and information about local recycling efforts and wetlands restoration. Awards will be given to teams that provide the most volunteers and collect the most trash and door prizes will be available. This event does not include a recycling drop-off.

Last spring, 420 volunteers registered for Trash Bash, with 206 attending the after-party at the community center. A total of 218 bags of litter were collected, which equaled approximately 1,560 pounds of trash.