Want to hook a summer fish tale to tell next school year? The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation and Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries will offer youngsters ages 8 to 15 a free half-day fishing clinic from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday and June 22, at the LPBF New Canal Lighthouse, 8001 Lakeshore Drive.

Registration is underway for the John C. Burrus School of Fish program. The class is limited to 35 participants, who will learn about fishing and casting techniques, knot-tying and boating safety. Lunch will be served, and T-shirts and fishing IDs are included.

To reserve a spot for one of the clinics, visit the LPBF website, www.saveourlake.org, and click on the registration link. For information about this event and other LPBF educational offerings, contact joannh@saveourlake.org.

Breast cancer challenge

Deadline to compete in FestiGals annual Bodacious Bras Challenge is 1 p.m. Wednesday, online at www.FestiGals.org. The event invites teams of women to transform ordinary bras into custom-designed works of art to raise money to help fight breast cancer.

Registered artists will receive a confirmation email and information about posting photos of their bra creations and how donations are received.

The online challenge and a live auction of bra creations during FestiGals weekend event July 28-30 at JW Marriott, 614 Canal St., will benefit the Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans and Breastoration Inc. CAGNO helps cancer patients meet the costs of medical treatment and prescriptions, and Breastoration offers financial help for cancer survivors seeking breast reconstruction.

FestiGals has a limited number of bras available for decorating thanks to a donation from Stein Mart. For information, contact Michelle Linton at michelle@festigals.org or call (504) 524-1227.

Lower 9th Ward Summer Fest

Members of the Lower 9 Collaborative will present the Lower 9th Ward Summer Festival from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at 5620 Florida Ave., at the corner of Caffin Avenue.

The festival will feature music, local crafts and food vendors, and the launch of a community problem-solving effort called Participatory Budgeting Process, which introduces ways residents can direct how money is spent in their neighborhood.

The Lower 9 Collaborative is a group of neighbors, former neighbors, community groups, faith leaders and advocates working to make the Lower 9th Ward a more prosperous place. For information, visit www.lower9pb.com.

Brass band showdown

Enjoy the boom of several New Orleans music groups participating in a Brass Band Showdown from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Fair Grounds race course club house, 1751 Gentilly Blvd.

DJ Quinn, of Impluse Entertainment, will preside during performances by the Pocket Aces Brass Band, the Soul Rebels and Treme Brass Band.

The event is open to adults 21 and older, and tickets at the door are $15. Advance tickets are $10 online at www.fairgroundsracecourse.com/tickets. Valet parking will be available for $10.

The Fair Grounds is the third-oldest racetrack in the United States, opening in 1872. Racing begins again with the ninth summer quarterhorse meet from Aug. 17 to Sept. 3. The 145th thoroughbred racing season will run from November through March. For information ,visit www.FairGroundsRaceCourse.com.

Help the Humane Society

The first in a series of summer socials to benefit the Humane Society of Louisiana and the Orangutan Project will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Seed, a plant-based eatery at 1330 Prytania St.

For information, contact the Humane Society of Louisiana at (888) 6 HUMANE.

Lynne Jensen writes about New Orleans community events and people. Contact her at jensencolumn@gmail.com