• CHRISTMAS IN THE CREVASSE: The Greater New Orleans Therapeutic Riding Center will be the beneficiary of the Christmas in the Crevasse hayride event in LaPlace. Christmas in the Crevasse is open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until Jan. 1, weather permitting, at the corner of Louisiana Drive and Shadowbrook Lane, three blocks from McReine Road, in LaPlace. Admission is $5, or $2 for children under 3. Christmas in the Crevasse features hayrides on 5 acres of farmland with more than 70 lighted Christmas frames. The hayrides last about half an hour and depart every 15 minutes. Refreshments are available.
  • PLAQUEMINES PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE: Deputy Joey Rees, of the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office, has received a $1,000 Community Recognition Award from the Phillips 66 Alliance Refinery and Belle Chasse Rotary Club. Awards were presented to several public safety and education professionals during a luncheon Dec. 8 at the Bayou Barriere Country Club in Belle Chasse.
  • NEW ORLEANS WOMEN & CHILDREN’S SHELTER: Ann Duplessis has joined the board of directors of the New Orleans Women & Children’s Shelter. “Ann has a keen understanding of our shelter’s mission and vision to transition each woman and child that we serve from homelessness to independent living,” said Dan Silverman, president and co-founder of the New Orleans Women & Children’s Shelter. “She is a great addition to our board, and I am confident that the shelter will benefit from her leadership and expertise.” Duplessis is the senior vice president of retail banking, marketing and sales, and strategic planning for Liberty Bank and Trust Company. She is chairwoman of the LSU Board of Supervisors and president of the Louisiana Federation For Children, a project of the American Federation For Children. For information, visit www.nowcs.org.
  • OGDEN GOES DIGITAL: The Ogden Museum of Southern Art has been awarded funding for a digital imaging station through the Selley Foundation Fund, administered by the Greater New Orleans Foundation and the Ella West Freeman Foundation. The two grants, each for $25,000, will enable the museum to digitize and catalog its entire permanent collection. Home to the largest collection of Southern art in the world, including the Roger Houston Ogden Collection, the museum holds over 3,000 objects, dating from the 18th to the 21st centuries, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, works on paper, folk and self-taught art, ceramics, and Southern craft and design. This project will enable the Ogden Museum to better share its mission to broaden the knowledge, understanding, interpretation and appreciation of the visual arts and culture of the American South through its events, permanent collections, changing exhibitions, music, educational programs, publications and research with a global audience.