Photo provided by Wayne Farlough - Louisa Butler Rondeno is celebrating her 100th birthday on October 3.

Want to add your 2 cents to the city budget? Join New Orleans residents and community leaders who created the People’s Budget New Orleans, or PB NOLA.

The group recently held public meetings sharing information about how the city budget process works, how to advocate for meaningful citizen input and to gather ideas for revenues and spending priorities.

Information gathered at these meetings will be expanded at a People’s Budget Summit from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the Tulane City Center, 1725 Baronne St. Based on public input, PB NOLA will create a People’s Budget report and present it to the city administration and City Council.

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100th birthday celebration

Louisa Butler Rondeno is celebrating her 100th birthday on Oct. 3. She was born in Smoke Bend and has lived in New Orleans since 1958. She was married to the late John Anthony Rondeno, and to this union was born eight children.

She has 20 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Her birthday celebration will take place Sunday at the Crystal Plantation in Kenner.

School building dedication

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School will dedicate its new three-story classroom building at 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at the St. Andrew’s campus on the corner of Oak and Short streets. The building will be named Grace Hall but may be renamed to honor a particular donor or member of the St. Andrew’s community.

The 10,000-square-foot building will include a music room and art studio, science and math labs, homeroom classrooms and a multipurpose room for indoor recess, physical education and student exhibitions and performances.

St. Andrew’s is the oldest Episcopal school in New Orleans and provides academic programs from prekindergarten through eighth grade. For information, contact Lisa Witter, director of admissions and financial aid, at (504) 866-6553.

NOVA concert

NOVA Chorale will present “Terra: Sacred Contemporary World Music” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, at Christ Church Cathedral, 2919 St. Charles Ave. The concert is free, but a donation of $20 is welcome.

Music Under the Oaks

The fall concert series at the Audubon Conservancy continues from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3, at the Newman Bandstand at Audubon Park, 6500 Magazine St. The Loyola Chamber Ensembles will perform.

The series is presented by Bellwether Technology and staged in partnership with the Loyola College of Music and Fine Arts and WWNO. Food and drink will be sold, and contributions to the conservancy support the care and operation of the park, including lawn care, plantings and the protection of historic live oaks and structures.

Help children read

Start The Adventure In Reading is a nonprofit children’s literacy program serving second-grade public school students. Every year, STAIR trains hundreds of volunteers who work one-on-one with the children, helping them improve reading and language skills and self-esteem. Volunteers and students meet after school or on Saturday mornings at STAIR sites in Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines and St. Tammany parishes.

Training sessions in Orleans Parish are from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27; 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 6 and 20; and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, at the Land Building at St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1535 State St. Refreshments will be served, and space is limited.

The program works in partnership with schools to supplement classroom work. More than 6,000 students in New Orleans-area public schools have participated since STAIR began in 1985. For information and to register for training, contact Elizabeth Artigues at (504) 899-0820 or, or visit

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