Crescent City neighborhood briefs for November 18, 2015 _lowres

Yvette Gaines Gagnet is the 2015-17 president of Acres of Green Garden Club of Metairie. The club is in its 58th year and supports New Orleans City Park Botanical Garden and the New Orleans Museum of Art. It also hosts three bird sanctuaries in Lafreniere Park, Linear Park and Bissonet Plaza Subdivision in Metairie. Club members care for the Live Oaks at St. Philip Neri Church in Metairie and also support the Metropolitan Women and Children's Shelter and the Wagner Branch of the Jefferson Parish Library System. It is a member of the Jefferson Parish Council of Garden Clubs, the Louisiana Garden Club Federation, the Deep South Region and the National Garden Clubs, Inc. (Photo by Coleen Perilloux Landry)

  • ENERGY EFFICIENCY WORKSHOP: The Alliance Française of New Orleans and the World Trade Center of New Orleans will present an energy-efficiency workshop and a documentary on climate change from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 18, at the Alliance Française, 1519 Jackson Ave., New Orleans. The timing of the workshop relates to the COP 21 U.N. Conference on Climate Change to be held Nov. 30 to Dec. 11 in Paris. Wine and cheese will be serve as representatives of the Energy Wise nonprofit demonstrate how they helped the Alliance save nearly $1,000 per year on energy bills, and lead an interactive workshop featuring do-it-yourself strategies. After the workshop will be a screening of “Planète Glace: Andes,” a short French documentary exploring the disappearance of glaciers. The event is free and open to the public. Children are welcome. To make a reservation, visit af-neworleans.org.
  • MUSIC THAT HEALS: Bands made up of students from the LSU Health New Orleans schools of medicine, dentistry and allied health professions will perform at a fundraising concert from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at The Eiffel Society, 2040 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. A donation of $10 at the door will support three outreach programs of the LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine: a clinic that provides free health care at the New Orleans Mission and Ozanam Inn; free health education and screening at the New Orleans Women’s and Children’s Shelter; and Tiger Cubs, an after-school mentorship program for children in grades five through eight who are interested in pursuing careers in the health professions.
  • PROMPT SUCCOR BAKE SALE: The Beautification Society of Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church, 146 Fourth St. in Westwego, is sponsoring a bake sale before and after each Mass this weekend, at 4 p.m. on Saturday and at 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday. Cakes, candy and Italian cookies are among items for sale. All proceeds go to the Beautification Society for buying supplies and upkeep of the church.
  • HISTORIC HURRICANES: Nicholas J. Meis, co-author of “New Orleans Hurricanes From the Start,” will discuss and sign the book from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, at the Williams Research Center of The Historic New Orleans Collection, 410 Chartres St., New Orleans. This lecture is free and open to the public, and is presented in conjunction with “The Katrina Decade: Images of an Altered City,” a book and exhibition presented by THNOC featuring the black-and-white photographs of David G. Spielman.
  • TURKEY FRYING 101: Representatives of King Kooker will lead a presentation on safely frying a turkey at home from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the outdoor kitchen at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, 1830 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., New Orleans. The program is free with museum admission. For information, visit sofabinstitute.org/events/turkey-frying-101.
  • VEGETABLE GARDENING: Representatives of Southbound Gardens will lead a short series of urban food production classes beginning from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the John & Bonnie Boyd Hospitality & Culinary Library, 1609 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans. This workshop will focus on bed siting and preparation, irrigation and what to plant, especially the differences between seeds and starter plants. For information, visit sofabinstitute.org.
  • HOLIDAY BAZAAR: The New Orleans-based website A-Little-Happy.com will present a Holiday Soirée from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Brady’s Wine Warehouse, 1029 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans. Vendors will include Jess Leigh Jewels; Brady’s Wine Warehouse; Lionheart Prints; Wayfare, with homemade preserves, pickles and hot sauces; and Poppy Tooker, who will be signing copies of her “Tujague’s Cookbook.”
  • KIDS IN THE KITCHEN: Children ages 7-15 will have an opportunity to make pie on Saturday at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, 1830 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., New Orleans. Children ages 7-11 will make hand pies from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and children ages 12-15 will make fancy pies from noon to 1 p.m. The cost is $15 for ages 7-11 and $20 for ages 12-15, with $5 discounts for SoFAB members. For tickets and information, visit sofabinstitute.org/events/kids-in-the-kitchen.
  • VINEAUX ON DA BAYOU: The Greater Mid-City Business Association will present the Vineaux on da Bayou wine-tasting event from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Pearl Wine Co., 3700 Orleans Ave., New Orleans. Local distributors will showcase small-production wines from around the world. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit the Greater Mid-City Business Association, www.midcitybiz.com. Tickets are $35 at www.vineaux ondabayou.com. A $75 ticket includes access to high-end wines in the VIP lounge.
  • HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE: Area schools are being recruited to participate in a holiday food and fund drive being held through Dec. 17 to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. Carnival Cruise Line and the New Orleans Saints are participating in the project, which will culminate in construction of the world’s largest cruise ship made of canned goods in Champions Square for the Saints-Lions game Dec. 21. Schools wishing to participate can sign up at no-hunger.org/schoolmealdrive. Schools that collect the most donations will be rewarded with pizza parties, Carnival cruises and signed footballs from the Saints.
  • MALCOLM JENKINS FOUNDATION: The third annual Taste of New Orleans fundraiser sponsored by The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation raised about $15,000 for the foundation’s signature program, Project R.E.W.A.R.D.S. (Reinforcing Education with Activities, Recreation and Developmental Supports) and its New Orleans-based youth development initiatives. The event, co-hosted by Philadelphia Eagles free safety and former Saint Malcom Jenkins and Saints free safety Jairus Byrd, was held Oct. 26 in City Park and featured food and wine, music and live and silent auctions.
  • PLANET FITNESS DONATIONS: Participants in the Planet Fitness franchisee conference held recently at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans donated $25,000 to the St. Bernard Project and $25,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana.
  • SINGERS WANTED: Crescent City Sound Chorus is inviting women to join in its Christmas performances. The only qualifications are to love singing and an ear for harmony. Christmas caroling in the French Quarter is one of the group’s activities. Weekly rehearsals are at 7 p.m. every Monday at Delgado Community College, City Park Campus, third floor, music room. Call (601) 550-0983 or visit www.crescentcitysound.com.
  • CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT: Louisiana’s First Choice Auto Auction in Hammond raised $26,000 for local charities through a golf tournament Oct. 15 at Lakewood Golf Club in New Orleans. The beneficiaries were Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center; the Louisiana SPCA; and Options, a Hammond organization serving people with disabilities.