130 N.O. homes to go on auction Saturday

About 130 homes and residential lots throughout New Orleans will go on auction on Saturday.

The New Orleans Redevelopment Authority will sell the properties with no minimum prices.

The event, organized by Hilco Real Estate, will be held in Hall H, Room 293, at the Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m., with the auction starting at 11 a.m. Organizers recommend preregistering. Online bidding also is available.

Cashier’s checks, money orders or cash are required in order to register and bid. For their initial deposit, bidders must have a minimum of $2,000 and the ability to increase the deposit to equal 10 percent of the bid amount.

Information is available at http://auctions.hilcoreal.com/auction/158.

Green Schools event to be held at Ben Franklin

Students, parents and other New Orleanians are invited to tour Ben Franklin High School at 2001 Leon C. Simon Drive on Saturday as part of a “green schools” showcase.

The U.S. Green Building Council’s Louisiana Chapter will sponsor a tour of the building and a reception to celebrate Franklin’s designation as an environmentally friendly school.

Slated for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the tour will be the last stop on a Green Makes Cents tour, offered as part of a conference on how to construct more environmentally friendly designs. The Greenbuild International Conference and Expo 2014, to be held at the Morial Convention Center starting Wednesday, is expected to bring as many as 30,000 green building professionals to the city.

So far, vendors have donated approximately $150,000 worth of materials to Ben Franklin, including sound-buffering ceiling tiles, self-tinting windows and paint that turns regular walls into white boards. A new air circulation system is designed to improve air quality in the building.

The project is meant to show that even an older building, like Franklin’s, can be remodeled using sustainable materials, Assistant Principal Allison Bowler said.

For information, contact chapter coordinator Jolie Lemoine at (504) 330-1292.

Health fair slated for Delachaise area

The first Delachaise-Calvary Community Health Fair is slated for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 1 at Cohen College Preparatory High School. 3520 Dryades St.

Sponsored by the Delachaise Neighborhood Association and Calvary Tabernacle CME Church, the free event is meant to improve the safety and quality of life for those in the neighborhood.

The fair will offer free health testing, information and education on a wide variety of health topics. Adult immunizations, referrals for primary care and information on health insurance will be available.

There also will be live music, food, door prizes and kids’ activities. The Cohen Prep Bass Band will lead a traditional second-line parade to conclude the festivities.

Halloween Costume Ball set for Oct. 30

A Halloween Costume Ball to be held Oct. 30 by People United for Armstrong Park will benefit the restoration of Perseverance Hall, one of the oldest Masonic lodges in the country.

The historic building is in the middle of Armstrong Park. The funds collected from the ball will be used to buy materials and labor to renovate the second floor of the building, which has been closed since Hurricane Katrina.

The event is slated for 8 p.m. to midnight at the National Jazz Complex compound in the park.

A $5 suggested donation gets entrance to an all-evening dance party. The ball will be held right after a Jazz in the Park concert. The Rebirth Brass Band will lead a second line to the Jazz Complex and then perform. Afterward, DJ Quickie Mart will spin records until midnight.