• SENIOR MUSIC AND DANCE SOCIAL: The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission senior music and dance social will be held at noon Dec. 17 at the Sanchez Center, 1616 Caffin Ave., New Orleans. The senior social enables senior citizens to enjoy cultural and recreational activities while being recognized as valued members of the community. People 55 and over are encouraged to participate.
  • LAKEVIEW SHEPHERD CENTER:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText ColorThe December Golden Community Luncheon of the Lakeview Shepherd Center will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Community Church Unitarian Universalist, 6690 Fleur de Lis Drive, New Orleans. A $5 donation is requested; to reserve a spot, call (504) 484-0885.
  • CAROLING IN THE SQUARE: Get into the Christmas spirit by caroling in Jackson Square on at 7 p.m. Sunday . The candlelight caroling is sponsored by Patio Planters of the Vieux Carre. The event is in its 69th year. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., and candles and songbooks are provided. Free and open to the public.
  • HOLIDAY HOME TOUR: Enjoy holiday decorations at homes in the French Quarter from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday . Sponsored by Patio Planters of the Vieux Carre, the self-guided tour will include four homes and The Spring Fiesta House. Tickets, $20, are available at Creole Delicacies, 535 St. Ann St. on Jackson Square, and at French Quarter Gem & Lapidary, 527 St. Philip St. near Decatur. Children younger than 12 are admitted free.
  • SEASON’S RECITALS: When students of the Louisiana Academy of the Performing Arts hold their Christmas recitals Sunday , the price of admission will be donations to the Teresian Sisters Mission under the direction of Sister Angeles Sendin in Batesville and Uvalde, Texas. Music and dance students from the River Ridge School of Music and Dance will give six performances every two hours or so beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Solomon Theater at St. Martin’s Episcopal School, 5309 Airline Drive, Metairie. Adult admission will be a wrapped toy for a child (indicate boy or girl and appropriate age); diapers all sizes newborn through 5; baby clothes all sizes to Toddler 3; baby and adult toiletries such as soap and shampoo; winter clothes (especially jackets used and in good shape); or a check in any amount made payable to Teresian Sisters Mission.
  • METROPELICAN OPERA: The MetroPelican Opera will perform “Hansel and Gretel” at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the East Regional Library, 160 W. Campus Drive, Destrehan. It is a free, all-ages event. This performance is a fully staged and costumed re-enactment of the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale. “We are very excited to host this special holiday performance here in St. Charles Parish,” said public relations librarian Lauren Pitz. “It will be an enchanting introduction to opera for new audiences and quite a treat for opera lovers.” The event is sponsored by the St. Charles Public Schools Foundation through a grant from the United Way of St. Charles. Light refreshments will be available. For information, contact Pitz at (985) 764-2366 or lauren.pitz@myscpl.org.
  • ANIMAL WALK WINNERS: The Humane Society of Louisiana held a Holiday Walk for the Animals on Dec. 5 at the Mandeville Lakefront. Winners from the costume contest were Ron Soller, Christine and Shawn Childress, Kristan Knight, Mariah Keller and Arlinda Symons. The pledge walk raised money for the group’s statewide humane programs and services.
  • AARP MEETING: Charlotte Luna and Essie Erato, of St. Bernard Animal Shelter, spoke at the November meeting of the AARP Pakenham Chapter No. 3926. Club members made a $200 donation to the shelter. The club meets the fourth Saturday of the month, January through November, at 10 a.m. at the Council on Aging, 8201-A W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette. For additional information, contact George Virga, president, at (504) 278-1367.
  • ST. BERNARD PET SHOW: The annual St. Bernard Parish Pet Show was held Nov. 21 at Paul Noel Gym in Chalmette. Parish 4-H Club members, working with Dr. Don Duplantier, of St. Bernard Veterinary Clinic, showcased a variety of pets including dogs, cats, reptiles, rabbits and rodents. The purpose of the pet show was for 4-H members to learn to be responsible pet owners. Participants were interviewed by judges on their knowledge of caring for their particular pet. Concluding the event was the best-dressed pet competition. Participants were awarded 4-H ribbons. Best-dressed pet winners included Darion Dewhirst, first place; Madison Davis and Avery Edler, both second place; and Trinity Tanguis, third place. Blue-ribbon winners in the small-dog category were Sofia Bevans, Felicity White, Margarita Thompson, Gavyn Diaz, Mya Tushle, and Tanguis. Also winning in the small-dog category were Thomas Plumstead and Bree Naquin, both first place; Victoria Sanchez, Emily Miller, Milania Parent and Lily Nguyen, all second place; and Davis and Kevin Tuschl, both third place. Edler placed first in the medium-dog category. Large-dog category winners were Dewhirst, first place; Alex Dauterive, second place; and Camrun Delaune and Madison Hoover, both third place. In the fish, amphibians and reptiles category, winners included Kayli Perez, Jaden Alphonso, Zoe Wolf, Sharon Johnson and Grace Abba, all first place; Mya Augustine, second place; and Hailey Miller and Alexa Plumstead, both third place. In the rodents category, first place went to both Alexis Hauptmann and Madilynn Moss, while Nicholas Woodson placed second. Frank Asevado placed first in the birds category.
  • WOMEN’S SAILING FOUNDATION: Sailing instructor Debbie Huntsman, of New Orleans, has been elected to the board of directors of the Women’s Sailing Foundation. Huntsman took up sailing in her late 30s. Through luck and planning, Huntsman has attained Level 1 U.S. sailing instructor status and has held leadership roles in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. She is rear commodore of the Lake Pontchartrain Women’s Sailing Association. The mission of the Women’s Sailing Foundation is to enhance the lives of women and girls through education and access to the sport of sailing. The main programs of the foundation are the National Women’s Sailing Association and AdventureSail, a mentoring program for underserved girls.