JEFFERSON GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Pierre McGraw, of the Monumental Task Committee Inc., will present a talk on “Monument Restoration in the New Orleans Area” when the Jefferson Genealogical Society meets at 7 p.m. Thursday in the fellowship hall of John Calvin Presbyterian Church, 4201 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie. For information, call Fred Wilbert at (504) 837-2034.
MORRIS JEFF GALA: The Morris Jeff Community Gala and Auction will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday at The New Orleans Fairgrounds Clubhouse, 1751 Gentilly Blvd. The event supports Morris Jeff Community School’s early childhood programs, library and international baccalaureate curriculum. Tickets are $60 and available at mjcs gala2015.eventbrite.com.
UNCF WALK FOR EDUCATION: The UNCF New Orleans Walk for Education will be at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Audubon Park Riverview, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. The fundraising event will include health screenings, food and games.
SUPPORT FOR CANCER PATIENT: A gumbo, jambalaya and red bean cook-off will be held this weekend as a fundraiser for a Metairie resident battling cancer. There also will be refreshments and raffles. The event, to assist Judy Bourgeois Bruzeau with medical bills, will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Russell’s Marina Grill, 8555 Pontchartrain Blvd., New Orleans. The cost is $25 per person or $50 for a family, which includes two adults and any child 18 or younger. For tickets and more information, go to www.helpingjudy.myevent.com or call (504) 913-9555.
NIGHT OUT AGAINST CRIME: St. Stephen Lutheran Church will be host of a Night Out Against Crime from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the church, 6336 Berkley Drive, New Orleans. Music and refreshments will be provided. For information, call (504) 394-4956.
ROCKIN’ WITH THE NOLA STARS: Six local celebrities will compete to raise the most money for Bridge House/Grace House during the Rockin’ with the NOLA Stars fundraising event from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at the New Orleans Downtown Marriott, 859 Convention Center Blvd. The contestants, who will be paired with professional dancers, are Janie Glade; William McQueary; Brian Moore, of the Rolling Elvi; Nell Nolan, of The New Orleans Advocate; Liz Reyna, of the Muffalettas dance troupe; and Kelly Sloss, of the Pussyfooters. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. To purchase a ticket, visit www.bridgehouse.org/support-us/events/rockin-with-the-nola-stars or call (504) 821-7134. To pledge a donation toward a contestant, email Stephanie Clary at email@example.com. Bridge House/Grace House helps men and women who have become dependent on drugs or alcohol to lead sober and productive lives through gender-specific treatment.
CRESCENT CITY SOUND CHORUS: The Crescent City Sound Chorus will present a “Wacky Galactic Tours” show at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, in the Solomon Theatre at St. Martin Episcopal School in Metairie. The songs will include Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” “Time Warp” from “Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Monster Mash.” For information, visit www.crescentcitysoundchorus.com.
GOOD HEALTH ON THE BAYOU: The Better Health BaYOU health fair will take place Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero. There will be fun walks, trail walks in English and Spanish, music and dancing. For information, call (504) 689-3690, ext. 10, or visit www.nps.gov/jela.
NICHOLLS REUNION: The Francis T. Nicholls High School Class of 1954 is planning a get-together from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Rocky & Carlos, 613 W. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette. Admission is free. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. For information, or to make a reservation, call William “Bill” Egan at (504) 342-2445 or Carolyn Perrodin Little at (504) 278-9767.
PHOTO EXHIBIT: An exhibit of photographs by Lane Lefort is on display through Nov. 1 at the Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero. The exhibit, “Louisiana: Close to Home and Close to Heart,”captures the constantly changing world of coastal Louisiana. Hours for the free exhibit are from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. For information, call (504) 689-3690, ext. 10, or visit www.nps.gov/jela.
BLACK LIVES MATTER: A Black Lives Matter symposium will be held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6-7, at Xavier University of Louisiana. Through a series of keynote addresses, workshops and panel discussions, the symposium will examine issues straight from today’s headlines, including the state of race relations, the prevalent culture of violence in our country and the enduring effects of poverty. Registration is required. The cost for the symposium is $40. Students with current Xavier ID cards will be admitted free. For information or to register, visit www.xulablack livesmatter.com.
SOUTH CAROLINA BARBECUE: Howard Conyers, of New Orleans, will demonstrate his mastery of South Carolina whole-hog pit barbecue from Nov. 6-7, at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, 1830 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., New Orleans. There will be a dinner from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday featuring an array of New Orleans chefs and cooking demonstrations. Tickets are $65 in advance and are available by calling (504) 267-7490. Then, a small group will join Conyers for an overnighter of slow-cooking hogs in the pits, from 9:30 p.m. Friday to 11 a.m. Saturday. On Saturday, the usual SoFAB admission price of $10 will be waived all day. Conyers, a NASA engineer, will discuss the connection between South Carolina barbecue and STEM studies at 11 a.m. Robert Moss, of Southern Living magazine, will discuss the history and future of whole-hog cooking at 12:30 p.m. At 2 p.m., there will be a panel discussion on the culinary and cultural relevance of South Carolina barbecue. The hog head(s) will be auctioned off at 3:30 p.m.
CAPSTONE FARMERS MARKET: The Capstone Farmers Market will provide fresh produce from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Friday through Nov. 20 at 5001 N. Claiborne Ave. Credit and debit cards are accepted, and discounts are available for customers who make purchases with SNAP cards. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOUL-A-BRATION: The after-school tutoring and music enrichment programs at All Souls Community Center will benefit from the Soul-A-Bration silent auction and gumbo cook-off fundraiser to be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at All Souls Episcopal Church & Community Center, 5500 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. The suggested donation is $25. The evening will feature a silent auction, live music, complimentary drinks and food from some of New Orleans’ outstanding restaurants. The All Souls Community Center works to break the cycles of poverty and violence by helping the children and youth of the Lower 9th Ward achieve proficiency in reading and math, succeed in school, and become engaged citizens and leaders in their community.
HOME BUILDERS GALA: The Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans will hold a 75th anniversary gala from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at the New Orleans Lakefront Airport. The 2015-16 board president and members will be installed at this black-tie event. Tickets are $100 and are available at (504) 837-2700. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Camp Challenge, which gives Louisiana children with cancer and chronic hematological disorders a free, one-week summer camp experience.
BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS TALK: Free ranger talks on the 1815 Battle of New Orleans are offered at 11:30 a.m. and again at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at the Chalmette Battlefield of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 8606 W. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette. For information, call (504) 281-0510 or visit www.nps.gov/jela.
WETLANDS WALK: Rangers guide walks through Louisiana swamp and marsh at 10 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday at the Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero. For information, call (504) 689-3690, ext. 10, or visit www.nps.gov/jela.