• PREMIERE CONCERT: The Jefferson Chorale; the St. Martin’s Episcopal Children’s Choir, directed by Louise LaBruyere; and the University of New Orleans Choir, directed by Caroline Carson, will present the world premiere of “Pacific Requiem” by Michael McNeill at 7 p.m. Thursday and at 6 p.m. Sunday at St. Louis Cathedral, 721 Chartres St., New Orleans. The concert is free and open to the public; donations will be accepted. McNeill, an Australian composer, wrote “Pacific Requiem” as a tool to heal the wounds of those who fought in the Pacific theater of World War II. The texts are from the traditional Latin Requiem Mass, as well as American, Japanese and Australian folk songs. For information, call (504) 738-7446
  • DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT: Attorney Roberta Kaplan will speak on “Then Comes Marriage: United States vs. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA” at 7 p.m. Thursday at Temple Sinai, 6227 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Kaplan represented Edie Windsor in the landmark case of United States vs. Windsor in which the Supreme Court ruled that a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act violated the Constitution. Dozens of courts throughout the United States held, relying on Windsor, that gay couples should be accorded equal rights under the law, including the Supreme Court in Obergefell vs. Hodges. The event is free and open to the public. For information, visit www.templesinainola.com.
  • SIPPIN’ IN SEERSUCKER: The Ogden Museum of Southern Art will be the beneficiary of the Sippin’ in Seersucker fundraiser from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., New Orleans. The Luke Winslow-King String Band and the Smoking Time Jazz Club will perform, and there will be a seersucker sartorial contest, judged by artist L. Kasimu Harris and by Tracee Dundas, of New Orleans Fashion Week. The Sippin’ in Seersucker 2016 co-chairs are Jolie Bensen Hamilton, Sarah Elizabeth Dewey, L. Kasimu Harris and Ariel Wilson. Tickets are $65 at the door, with discounts for Ogden Museum members and advance purchases. For information and to buy tickets, visit www.ogden museum.org/events/sippin or call (504) 539-9616.
  • DOMINICAN GOLF TOURNAMENT: The St. Mary’s Dominican High School Golf Tournament will be Friday at Audubon Park Golf Course. Registration and lunch will begin at 12:30 p.m., with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Fees begin at $50 for those who are not playing and $125 for a single player. Proceeds will benefit the Sister Mary Anne McSweeney, O.P. Faculty Endowment Fund. For sponsorship information or to reserve a foursome, call (504) 606-1616 or email svaldes10@gmail. com.
  • B’EARTHDAY PARTY: Teaching Responsible Earth Education will provide free outdoor activities for the whole family from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Couturie Forest Trailhead in New Orleans City Park, 1009 Harrison Ave., New Orleans. Educators will guide families through experiences in nature including Earthwalks, Nature’s Gallery and the Forest Theatre. Call (504) 525-9020.
  • ALGIERS POLICE APPRECIATION: An appreciation event for the New Orleans Police Department 4th District will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the 4th District Police Station, 2405 Sanctuary Drive, New Orleans. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be available at the free event, held to show support for police officers. The event is being organized by Irene Burrus, the Kiwanis Club of Algiers liaison to the Algiers Police Advisory Committee.
  • ARTS AND LITERACY EVENT: Young Audiences and the Jefferson Parish Library will present free art and literacy activities from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Gretna library, 102 Willow Drive, Gretna. There will be puppetry, storytelling and theater fun with Rebecca Frank and Amauunet Ashé, snacks and free books. Preschool-age children are encouraged to attend. For information, call (504) 523-3525.
  • OLD METAIRIE FEST: St. Francis Xavier Catholic School will present its 16th annual Old Metairie Fest from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday at the school, 215 Betz Place, Metairie. The theme is “Celebrating 90 Years” for the school’s 90th anniversary.
  • ALGIERS HISTORICAL SOCIETY: G. Leighton Ciravolo, president of the Jefferson Historical Society of Louisiana, will discuss the life and legacy of John McDonogh when the Algiers Historical Society meets from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the first-floor meeting room of the Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive, New Orleans. McDonogh, a 19th-century philanthropist, provided the funding to build 36 public schools in New Orleans, some of which still function today. The meeting is free and open to the public.
  • SHUTTERBUG PROGRAM: Registration is open for a photography program for children ages 6-18 who are living with cancer. The five-week New Orleans Shutterbug Program will run from Saturday to May 14, uplifting patients’ spirits through the camera lens. The program, presented by the Pablove Foundation, will present photography concepts such as perspective, light and shadow, and storytelling. To register, visit www.pablove.org/shutterbugs.
  • DAUGHTERS OF CHARITY FOUNDATION: New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu will receive the 2016 Inspired Cross Award when the Daughters of Charity Foundation of New Orleans holds its fundraising gala, “Keeping Our Promises, “ from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at Messina’s at the Terminal, New Orleans Lakefront Airport, 6001 Stars and Stripes Blvd., New Orleans. The cost is $100, or $175 for patron tickets that include a patron party from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. To buy a ticket, visit dcsno.org/foundation or call (504) 212-9568.
  • NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JEWISH WOMEN: The New Orleans section of the National Council of Jewish Women will hold a fundraising gala, “An Evening on Lake Pontchartrain,” from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at La Maison du Lac, 7412 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans. The event co-chairs are council board members Rollie Rabin and Ina Davis. For information, call (504) 861-7788 or email ncjwgno@gmail.com.
  • SISTA STRUT: A Sista Strut 3K walk to raise breast cancer awareness will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Riverwalk’s Spanish Plaza, New Orleans. The registration fee is $25 for individuals or $30 for team members, who will receive a team photo and backpack. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, a part of the American Cancer Society. The event director is Christina Thomas, of iHeartMedia New Orleans.
  • ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI REUNION: Former clergy, staff, students and parents of St. Francis of Assisi School will reunite in celebration of the 125th year of St. Francis of Assisi Parish at 4 p.m. Saturday at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 631 State St., New Orleans. The reunion will follow mass. The registration fee is $30. Registration should be sent to C.C. Merritt at St. Francis of Assisi, 631 State St., New Orleans, LA 70118. Proceeds from the reunion will go toward construction of a St. Francis Xavier Chapel in Giles, Haiti. For information, call (504) 891-4479.
  • LEUKEMIA CUP REGATTA: A weekendlong sailing event benefiting the Mississippi/Louisiana Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will be Saturday and Sunday at the Southern Yacht Club, 105 N. Roadway St., New Orleans. There will be a post-race party from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and an awards ceremony about 3 p.m. Sunday. For information or to buy tickets, visit www.leukemiacup.org/msla or call (504) 837-0945.
  • ORLEANS SIERRA CLUB: Forest Burks, a biologist with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, will discuss environmental and management issues affecting the Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area when the Orleans Sierra Club meets at 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the Dominion Auditorium at the Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. The meeting is free and open to all. For information, call (504) 307-0187.
  • TALES OF THE GARDEN: Horticulturist Allan Armitage will be the featured lecturer during the New Orleans Botanical Garden Foundation Spring Symposium beginning at 5 p.m. Monday in the Pavilion of Two Sisters, New Orleans Botanical Garden, City Park. Along with the lecture, “Tales of the Garden,” there will be a cocktail reception and garden tours, a rare-plant auction and a silent auction. The cost is $45. To buy tickets, visit neworleanscitypark.com. For information, call (504) 483-9473.
  • GERMAN-AMERICANS IN NEW ORLEANS: Daniel Hammer, deputy director of The Historic New Orleans Collection, will give a lecture on life among German-Americans in New Orleans during World War I at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, in the collection’s Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St., New Orleans. The event is free and open to the public. For details, visit www.hnoc.org or call (504) 523-4662. The lecture, offered in conjunction with the exhibition “At Home and at War: New Orleans, 1914–1919,” will focus on the 1915 German Bazaar, which helped fortify a sense of community identity among the city’s German-Americans.
  • CRESCENT CITY SOUND CHORUS: Women who love to sing are invited to attend guest workshops that the Crescent City Sound Chorus will hold at 6:45 p.m. Mondays, April 25 and May 2, in the third-floor music room of Building No. 1 at Delgado Community College, 615 City Park Ave., New Orleans. The three-hour sessions will include vocal placement, physical and vocal warm-up exercises and lessons in four-part harmony a cappella singing. Riser buddies will be identified. The only requirement is to love to sing and harmonize. Reading music is not required. For information, call (601) 550-0983 or visit www.crescentcity sound.com.