SPRING SHUFFLE: The International School of Louisiana will hold a 5K race and 1-mile run at 8 a.m. Saturday at LaSalle Park, 6600 Airline Drive, Metairie. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m., with activities continuing until 10:30 a.m.
Early registration for the Spring Shuffle wellness event is $10 for children, $25 for adults, $40 for families and $100 for a team package. All those registering early will receive a T-shirt.
Free massages will be available for all participants by Blue Cliff College. The event also will include a live DJ, Thai yoga and Tiger-Rock martial arts demonstrations, Zumba classes and a special warm-up by Les Rebelles dance troupe. Refreshments will be on hand as well as raffles and prize giveaways. For information, visit isl5k.blogspot.com.
ST. ANN MEETING: The St. Ann Home and School Club will have a general meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the school cafeteria at 4921 Meadowdale St. in Metairie.
CHILI IN THE CHANNEL: ReNEW Schools will raise money for end-of-year college trips for its students with a chili cookoff from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the play yard at ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy, 3128 Constance St., New Orleans.
The entry fee will be $5 and includes two samples. Additional chili samples are $1 each, and featured NOLA Brewing beers will cost $4.
This community event will include more than 15 amateur and celebrity chefs vying to win the Golden Chili Pot.
YOUNG AUDIENCES: The talents of more than 200 local students will be highlighted during the Young Audiences Spring Spotlight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 12 in McAlister Auditorium at Tulane University in New Orleans. The event is free and open to the public.
The students will perform African drum and dance, modern and hip-hop dance, and ballet. There also will be marching bands, dramatic performances and a steel pan ensemble. The performances will showcase what students have learned in Young Audiences’ after-school programs.
“The children in Young Audiences programs across the city are extremely talented. Our programs provide a safe haven for students and an affirmative way of expression, surrounding and engaging them in positive arts education. The Spring Spotlight allows our city to see the amazing things our children are doing,” said Jon Cosper, director of extended learning for Young Audiences.
Featured schools include Mahalia Jackson Elementary, Dwight D. Eisenhower Academy, West Jefferson High School, Morris Jeff Community School, Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center, Lincoln Elementary School, Bethune Elementary and Young Audiences Charter School.
SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST: The Republican Women’s Club of Jefferson Parish is accepting entries through April 17 for an essay contest on the theme of free enterprise. The winner will receive $1,000.
Contestants must be graduating seniors who are residents of Jefferson Parish, although they may attend school elsewhere. Essays should be 800 to 1,000 words, double-spaced on standard 8.5-by-11-inch paper. No handwritten entries will be accepted. Each entry must include a title page with the name of the student, home address and telephone number, and the name of his or her school. Entries can be mailed to: RWCJP Scholarship Committee, 9523 Jefferson Highway, Suite B, River Ridge, LA 70123.
POSSE SCHOLARSHIPS: Four students from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts have been chosen for four-year, full-tuition Posse New Orleans scholarships to partner universities.
Musical theater student Justin Sandoval (partner school Holy Cross High School) plans to attend Tulane University.
Musical theater student Jaleel Green (partner school KIPP Renaissance); visual arts student Jazlyn Johnson (partner school Thomas Jefferson High); and drama student Payton Smith, who attends the full-day NOCCA Academic Studio, plan to attend Bard College.
Students were evaluated through a rigorous application and interview process and were selected because of their outstanding leadership and academic potential.
ESSAY WINNER: An award-winning essay has earned Ursuline Academy junior Lizzie Miller an all-expenses-paid trip to the Spirit of American Youth Leadership Program sponsored by the Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge. The program will take place April 23-26 in Philadelphia where students will interact with experts on citizenship, democracy, the free enterprise system, the judicial system and the American political process.