Carville, Matalin to discuss 2016 election, and other upcoming events _lowres

James Carville

Political pundits to discuss 2016 election

Married but ideologically opposed political commentators James Carville and Mary Matalin will discuss the 2016 presidential election at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Loyola University.

The program will be held at Nunemaker Auditorium in Monroe Hall on the Loyola campus, 6363 St. Charles Ave.

Gambit political editor Clancy DuBos will be the moderator.

The free program, presented by Loyola’s Institute of Politics, is the seventh annual Ed Renwick Lecture and is open to the public, but seating is limited to 350.

Carville was a well-known Democratic political consultant who helped Bill Clinton win the presidency in 1992. In recent years, though, he has not been a paid political consultant for any domestic politicians or candidates for office, instead focusing on campaigns in more than 20 other countries around the globe.

Matalin is a leading conservative commentator and strategist who was President George H.W. Bush’s campaign director and served as an assistant to President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. Today, she appears on the nationally syndicated radio program “Both Sides Now,” broadcast on more than 100 radio stations.

Carville and Matalin live in New Orleans and are involved in plans for the city’s upcoming tricentennial celebration in 2018.

Mid-City historic district to be discussed

The Mid-City/Parkview Historic District Study Committee will hold a meeting Monday night to discuss proposed district boundaries and levels of jurisdiction. The public is invited to attend and comment.

The proposal under discussion would add the Mid-City and Parkview neighborhoods to the list of local historic districts overseen by the Historic District Landmarks Commission.

The commission would be given some level of jurisdiction over demolitions, new construction and renovations in the district. The level of that jurisdiction is one of the topics to be discussed.

The proposed district is bounded roughly by Canal Boulevard, Orleans Avenue, South Claiborne Avenue and the Pontchartrain Expressway.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the third-floor St. Ignatius Hall at Jesuit High School, 4133 Banks St.

Friends of the Ferry to hold porch sale

The Friends of the Ferry organization will hold its 12th annual “Treasures from the Point” porch sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Algiers Point. In case of rain, the sale will be held Sunday.

During the annual event, more than 90 families hold a neighborhood-wide porch sale described as New Orleans’ largest community garage sale.

The event helps to support Friends of the Ferry’s continuing effort to save, support and promote the Algiers ferries, though participating households get to keep the money from their sales.

Registration of participating households continues through Wednesday. The fee is $25. The block with the most households signed up will win a band playing on the porch of their choice.

Households can register online at treasuresfromthe point.org, or they can pick up an application from the porch of 525 Pelican Ave., fill it out and return it with a check for the registration fee.

There is an added $1 fee for each special item to be highlighted for shoppers’ attention.

All those signing up will be listed on the sale’s map and website and will be eligible for free pickup of unsold items after the sale.

“Treasures from the Point” is Friends of the Ferry’s only fundraiser.