BLACK HISTORY MONTH: In preparation for Black History Month in February, the New Orleans Public Library is hosting the 2015 Black History Month poster design contest. All entries will be judged on creativity, artistic merit and best representation of the 2015 Black History Month theme: “A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture: 1915-2015.” Contestants must be 18 or younger, live in Orleans Parish and be enrolled in a public or private school or actively home-schooled. The entry deadline is Jan. 20. Official contest rules and entry information can be found at

MLK DAY VOLUNTEER DAY WITH NORDC: The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission’s 2015 MLK Day of Service Volunteer Sign Up Day is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17 at Joe W. Brown Rec Center, 5601 Read Blvd.; Treme Rec Center, 900 N. Villere St.; Behrman Rec Center, 2529 Gen.Meyer Ave.; and Lyons Rec Center, 624 Louisiana Ave.

Representatives from community organizations will be available at each location to talk about volunteer opportunities on the Jan. 19 MLK National Day of Service, as well as ongoing volunteer opportunities. For details, visit or call (504) 658-3052.

THE ART OF THE TAILGATE:Bud Light presents its first National Tailgate Showcase and Auction, “The Art of the Tailgate,” to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at the Degas House, 2306 Esplanade Ave. Complimentary parking will be available at the Musicians Union Hall, a block away. Admission is $10, with all proceeds benefiting the National Sclerosis Society.

Bud Light and Southern Eagle collaborated to create and produce the showcase in New Orleans. The Grand Tailgate and Auction will include food and drink, entertainment and tailgates in a variety of creative configurations. Bud Light supplies the tailgates. The artists’ objective was to take a tailgate and create it into a piece of art, a custom tailgate, a piece of furniture or whatever else they could imagine. The tailgates will be auctioned for the benefit and trophies will be awarded.

For information, contact Jerry Peters at (504) 734-2536 or email

DINERRAL SHAVERS EDUCATION FUND BENEFIT: The Dinerral Shavers Educational Fund presents its seventh annual Brass Band Blowout at 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Howlin’ Wolf, 907 S. Peters St. Tickets are $15.

This event will feature live performances by T_Cherrelle, Free Agents Brass Band, Most Wanted Brass Band, TBC Brass Band and more, with a special finale performance by the Grammy-nominated Hot 8 Brass Band and New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians.

The Dinerral Shavers Educational Fund is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization founded in March 2007 in memory of Dinerral Shavers, an educator, musician, entrepreneur and New Orleans civil sheriff.

URBAN FLOOD CONTROL: The Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Control Program will have a Neighborhood Information Meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 22 at Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, 2515 Franklin Ave., and 6 p.m. Jan. 26 at St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Church, 3501 N. Miro St., New Orleans.

Representatives from the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will discuss upcoming drainage improvements on Florida Avenue (St. Ferdinand Street to Peoples Avenue Triangle). For information, visit or call (504) 585-2450.