BACK-TO-SCHOOL BLOW-OUT: Divine Foundation Inc. will present its back-to-school blow-out from 9 am. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at 1449 N. Claiborne Ave., under the bridge. There will be health screenings, a dental bus and school supply giveaways, along with fun and games such as an old-school/new-school dance-off.

SKATE PARTY: The eighth annual Unity Skate Party will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, at Skate Country, 1100 Terry Parkway, Gretna. The event is open to all junior high, high school and young adult ministries in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Admission is $10 per person, with proceeds going toward scholarships for young people to attend events sponsored by the CYO Office. For information, contact Ansel Augustine at aaugustine@archdiocese-no.org.

GENERAL SYNOD MEETINGS: Meetings of the Ninth General Synod throughout the Archdiocese of New Orleans are an opportunity for participation in shaping the future of the archdiocese.

In New Orleans, a meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18, at St. Pius X Parish, 6666 Spanish Fort Blvd. There will be a consultative session for young adults at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at Holy Name of Jesus Parish, 6325 Cromwell Place.

In Marrero, there will be a meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, at Mary, Queen of Peace Parish, 3500 Ames Blvd.

In Metairie, there will be a meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at St. Philip Neri Parish, 6500 Kawanee Ave.

General information can be found at synod.arch-no.org.

GOSPEL MUSIC FESTIVAL: A free gospel music festival will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Carver Theatre, 2101 Orleans Ave., New Orleans.

The festival is sponsored by the Archdiocese of New Orleans Office of Black Catholic Ministries, along with The Historic Carver Theater Foundation, 2-Cent Entertainment, Second Harvest Food Bank and the Jazz and Heritage Foundation.

Participants are asked to bring nonperishable food for Second Harvest Food Bank. For information, visit obcm.arch-no.org or call (504) 861-6207.