• CARNIVAL TRADITIONS: Celebrate the Carnival season by attending a tea and talk with historian and local luminary Arthur Hardy from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday at Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans. Attendees can also view costumes worn by the home’s founders and sip a “Carnival Time” mocktail by Max Messier of Cocktail & Sons. Autographed copies of Hardy’s “Mardi Gras in New Orleans: An Illustrated History 5th Edition” will be for sale ($30, cash or check) at the event. Reservations required. $40 members; $45 nonmembers. Call (504) 293-4722 for more information.
  • GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Joseph Dunn will speak on “The Evolution of Francophile to Anglophile Identity in Louisiana ” when the German-Acadian Coast Historical Genealogical Society meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the St. John the Baptist Parish Library, 2920 U.S. 51, LaPlace. Dunn, a former director of the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana, has also worked for Laura Plantation, the Louisiana Office of Tourism, the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association and the French Consulate Office in New Orleans. His lecture will examine the languages of the earliest habitants of the Louisiana colony.MENTOR RECRUITMENT: Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans is recruiting volunteers, especially men, for its Mentoring Children of Promise and Positive Pathways programs. MCP pairs local children ages 4-18, primarily those who have an incarcerated parent or guardian, with long-term mentors; and Positive Pathways helps to reintegrate formerly incarcerated youth and young adults ages 14-24 who have been involved in the juvenile justice system. During January, National Mentoring Month, Volunteers of America hopes to secure at least 50 new program volunteers. Eligible mentors must be at least 18, able to pass a background check, and are required to meet with their mentee for at least eight hours per month for a minimum of one year. Dependability and a passion for helping young people are also key traits. For information about the Mentoring Children of Promise and Positive Pathways programs, visit voagno.org or call (504) 836-8701.
  • BOYS TOWN LOUISIANA: The Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust has awarded a $15,000 grant to Boys Town Louisiana for a start-up program designed to aid young people transitioning out of foster care. “Each year in Louisiana, almost half of the 500 youth over 16 who exit foster care age out,” said Dennis Dillion, executive director of Boys Town Louisiana. “They are considered adults and must learn to live on their own. This program will give these kids the guidance they need to become successful adults and members of our vibrant community.”
  • VEGAN PIONEER AWARDS: The Humane Society of Louisiana has presented Vegan Pioneer Awards to New Orleans in Green blogger Melissa Bastian; Edgar Cooper, owner of Seed, a vegan restaurant; Leah Duncan of Vegan Village, which highlights vegan products and services at festivals and events; and Jehan Strouse of 3 Potato 4.
  • LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN FISHING JETTY: Arkema, a materials company in Hahnville, has provided a $25,000 grant to upgrade the Norco fishing jetty at the end of the Bonnet Carre Spillway’s west guide levee road. The jetty has provided fishing access to Lake Pontchartrain for decades. With the upgrade, a 4-inch concrete surface along the length of the jetty will replace the current limestone surface. The walking surface will be safer and sturdier, and long-term maintenance costs will be lower. Work is expected to begin early this year. The jetty is adjacent to Wetland Watchers Park, which is recognized as the leading wetland educational venue for students in the River Region.
  • LAKEVIEW SHEPHERD CENTER: Members of the Kiwanis Club of New Orleans helped serve the meal during the December Golden Community Luncheon of the Lakeview Shepherd Center. There was Christmas caroling with piano and flute accompaniment, and chocolate cake honoring those with December birthdays. The Lakeview Shepherd Center is at 316 38th St., New Orleans; it is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For information, call (504) 484-0885. The luncheons are held at the Community Church Unitarian Universalist, 6690 Fleur de Lis Drive; the suggested donation is $5.