• FREE FOR VETERANS: Audubon Nature Institute is saluting America’s military service members, both active duty and veterans, on Wednesday by allowing free admission to military personnel and their guests at three Audubon attractions. The offer is good for:
  • Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans, (504) 861-2537. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, in the U.S. Custom House at 423 Canal St., New Orleans, (504) 524-2847. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, 1 Canal St., New Orleans, (504) 565-3033. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Active or retired military personnel must show a military ID, and the offer is valid for up to five admissions, including the veteran. It does not apply to the Entergy Giant Screen Theater. Visit www.auduboninstitute.org/veterans-day for more information.
  • VETERANS DAY GALA: The New Orleans Mission will be the beneficiary of an “Honoring our Heroes” Veterans Day gala from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday in the U.S. Freedom Pavilion of the National World War II Museum; entry is through the firehouse at 1043 Magazine St. There will be live music, a three-course dinner, silent and live auctions and a raffle. The New Orleans Mission is working to renovate housing facilities in Orleans and St. Tammany parishes to better serve veterans and others who need a place to call home. Tickets are $150 at neworleansmission.org.
  • VETERANS DAY CELEBRATION: The Marine Corps Band and Kehoe-France band, cheerleaders and choir will perform during the Kehoe-France Veterans Day celebration at 10:50 a.m. Thursday in the gym at the Kehoe France School, 720 Elise Ave., Metairie. All veterans, parents, grandparents and friends are welcome.
  • VETERANS SERVICES: Veterans Affairs has awarded a $2 million grant to Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans to support three years of services to homeless and at-risk veterans. The grant will allow Volunteers of America to help 600 veteran households across Louisiana. The Supportive Services for Veteran Families program provides comprehensive case management for veterans who are homeless or who are in danger of becoming homeless. It includes assistance with paying past-due utility bills, security and utility deposits, child care and rent for up to five months, as well as assistance with personal financial planning, transportation, legal assistance, housing counseling, and employment skills training and placement. For information, visit www.voagno.org or call (504) 483-3558.
  • ALGIERS KIWANIS: Kathy Lynn Honiker of the Algiers Development District will talk about the new Federal City Master Plan at the Kiwanis Club of Algiers meeting at 7 a.m. Thursday at the Aurora Tennis and Swim Club, 5244 General Meyer Ave. Guests are welcome. Call 504-391-0667 for information.
  • BONNABEL CIVIC ASSOCIATION: The association will hold a general meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at Lakeshore Playground in Metairie. The guest speaker will be State Rep. Joseph Lopinto.
  • ST. BERNARD ART GUILD: The St. Bernard Art Guild’s annual member show is underway through Friday at Studio Inferno, 6601 St. Claude Ave., Arabi. The judge for the show is Mitchell Gaudet, a New Orleans glass caster and owner of Studio Inferno. Gaudet has sculpted glass for more than 20 years and has been an influence in the arts movements in Bywater and Arabi. For information, contact Art Guild President Linda Lopez at lopez409@cox.net or (504) 884-1843.
  • VIALINK YARD SALE: The ViaLink contact center for suicide-prevention and crisis calls will hold a yard sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, at 2415 Gen. Pershing St., New Orleans. Proceeds from the yard sale will go to the United Way, which provides part of the financing for ViaLink. Anything left over will be donated to a nonprofit thrift store.
  • ST. MARK’S HOLIDAY SALE: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 3245 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, will hold a Christmas boutique from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Items for sale will include holiday table linens, candles, autumn and Christmas decor, jewelry, ornaments, gifts and vintage Christmas items. Tea and baked goods will be available. Proceeds benefit St. Mark’s Outreach Programs. For further information, contact Carole Martinez at (504) 392-5887.
  • WOODLANDS CONSERVANCY: The Woodlands Conservancy will be the beneficiary of a Woodlands Wild Wine Dinner from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at English Turn Golf and Country Club, 1 Clubhouse Drive, New Orleans. Chef Larry Leruth, son of legendary French-Creole chef Warren Leruth, will prepare entrees including cast iron-seared pork tournedos, grits and venison grillades, and masa-fried speckled trout. The Woodlands Conservancy is a nonprofit land trust conserving forested wetlands in the peninsula formed by Orleans and Plaquemines parishes. Tickets are $100 for the dinner or $200 for the dinner and patron party, and are available at www.woodlandsconservancy.org or (504) 433-4000.
  • CRESCENT CITY COIN CLUB: The Crescent City Coin Club will hold its Fall Coin and Currency Show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Knights of Columbus Hall, 3310 Florida Ave., Kenner. More than 20 local and regional dealers will display and sell U.S. and foreign coins, currency, medals and artifacts. Free coin and currency appraisals will be available. Admission and parking are free. For information on the club, visit www.crescentcitycoinclub.org.
  • FILM SCREENING: In honor of American Indian Heritage Month, “My Louisiana Love” will screen at 1 p.m. Saturday at the French Quarter Visitor Center of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 419 Decatur St., New Orleans. It explores the effects of recent Louisiana environmental crises on traditional ways of life by following co-producer, co-writer and Houma Indian Monique Verdin on a cinematic visit to her home territory of coastal Louisiana. Verdin will be on hand to discuss the film after the free screening. For more information, call (504) 589-2636, ext. 1, or www.nps.gov/jela.
  • BLESSING OF THE PETS: Bonnie Porrier, a pastor at ministry with St. Francis of Assisi, will conduct a Blessing of the Pets from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Lake Lawn Metairie Cemetery, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd., New Orleans. The event celebrates the lives of pets both past and present. “They are our friends and our family and provide us with unconditional love,” said Patrick McCausland, president of Heaven’s Pets at Lake Lawn Metairie. “We we wish to take a special day to honor those that left a paw print on our hearts.” The services are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Leashed pets are encouraged to attend.
  • QUARTERBACK CLUB: The Westbank Quarterback Club will kick off its new season at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, with the West Bank high school outstanding young men and women athletes banquet. Wayne Ory, club president, said the club is in its 16th year honoring athletes from the 16 West Bank high schools. Athletes in football, cross-country, swimming and volleyball will be honored. Guest speaker will be Mike Detillier, an award-winning writer and football analyst for ESPN and WWL radio and TV. The banquet will be held at the Four Columns in Harvey. For more information, call Ory at (504) 343-5935, Richard Smith at (504) 400-2161 or Don Wattigny at (504) 228-2202.
  • NEW MARKET: The French Market Corp. launches the new Crescent Park Bazaar at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 21 to showcase local artists and the new linear park along the riverfront. The outdoor market also will include food trucks and more on the Mandeville Wharf. It will be held the third Saturday of every month, except January, February and August. For the kickoff, there will be a ceremonial bell ringing at 10 a.m.
  • ‘HUMBUG’: A holiday classic gets a new twist when The River Region Drama Guild presents “Humbug,” written by John Wooten, at 7 p.m. on Dec. 11 and Dec. 12 at the River Regions Performing Arts and Cultural Center, 15146 River Road, Norco. “Humbug” is a gender-bent modernization of “A Christmas Carol.” Droll work-a-holic Eleanor Scrooge is a ruthlessly ambitious Wall Street executive who tempers her yuletide surliness with an insatiable appetite for power. She’s hunkered down in her office on a snowy Christmas Eve, determined to finish a corporate-takeover proposal until three unexpected “advisers” provide her with a new appreciation for the “spirit” of season. Shelbi Berthelot directs the production, sponsored by United Way of St. Charles. Tickets are $5, are on sale now through the nights of the performances and are available from any cast member or by contacting Berthelot at (504) 201-5000 or shelbi.berthelot@selu.edu. Limited seating is available, so advanced purchase is recommended.