CAJUN CULTURE: Historian and lawyer Warren Perrin, of Lafayette, will discuss his book “Acadie Then and Now: A People’s History” from 10:30 a.m. to noon Feb. 20, in Room 308 of the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, 7214 St. Charles Ave.

Perrin will speak and sign books from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 21, as part of the 250th anniversary of the Birth of Cajun Culture event at the Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans. The event is from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

This book, edited by Perrin and including his original contributions, is a collection of 65 articles by 55 authors on the Acadians and Cajuns living today in the American states of Louisiana, Texas and Maine who can trace their history to an original French settlement in today’s Nova Scotia in 1605. The collection provides the readers with new insights on the past, present, and future of the Acadian descendants from all the Acadies of the world.

All profits from the book will be donated to 22 Acadian museums in three countries.

ALGIERS KIWANIS: Ron Court, founder and president of the Booker T. Washington Society, will be the guest speaker when the Kiwanis Club of Algiers meets at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Aurora Tennis and Swim Club, 5244 Gen. Meyer Ave. Guests are welcome at the Kiwanis meeting. For information, call (504) 391-0667.

McDONOGH 32: Discounted registration is available through Feb. 20 for a 1.5-mile run/walk for McDonogh 32 Literacy Charter School, 800 DeArmas St., New Orleans.

The walk will begin at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 28 at Martin Behrman Stadium, 2529 Gen. Meyer Ave., New Orleans, and end at McDonogh 32. Registration is $10 through Feb. 20, after which the fee will increase to $15, or $5 for youth ages 5-16. For information, call (504) 302-7144.

SHADES OF PRAISE: A fundraising concert to benefit the Shades of Praise Interracial Community Gospel Choir will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 5, in the Tulane University Bea Field Alumni House, 6319 Willow St., New Orleans.

Tickets to “Love Will Lift Us Higher” are $30 in advance and $35 at the event, and include light appetizers and an open wine bar along with performances by the Shades of Praise, the Zulu Ensemble Men’s Gospel Choir and the Jones Sisters. For information or to buy tickets, visit

PAINT THE TOWN GREEN: Raintree Children and Family Services will be the beneficiary of a Paint the Town Green fundraising gala from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 7, in the Harrah’s New Orleans Theater, 228 Poydras St., New Orleans. A patron party at Ruth’s Chris Steak House will begin at 6 p.m.

Raintree is a social service organization with programs including Raintree House, a group home for teenage girls; Raintree Family Foster Care; and Raintree Family Support Coordination for families with infants or toddlers with developmental disabilities.

The gala will feature music by The Yat Pack and live and silent auctions. Tickets start at $85. For information or to buy tickets, visit

ST. CHARLES PARISH CLEANUP: St. Charles Parish will hold its spring Trash Bash from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7.

Those interested in volunteering for the litter cleanup and recycling awareness event may sign up as teams or individuals at or by calling (985) 331-8604.

Groups of volunteers will fan out around the parish beginning at 8:30 a.m. to clean up litter hotspots in their communities. Volunteers can either choose their own areas to clean or be assigned one. All equipment will be provided, including pickup sticks, gloves and trash bags.

Verification certificates will be available for students needing service hours for school or church requirements.

A culminating celebration will kick off at 11:30 a.m. at the Edward A. Dufresne Community Center, 274 Judge Edward Dufresne Parkway, Luling. Volunteers are invited to enjoy free food, music, face painting, a rock climbing wall and information about local recycling efforts and wetlands restoration. Awards will be given to teams that provide the most volunteers and collect the most trash and door prizes will be available. This event does not include a recycling drop-off.

Last spring, 420 volunteers registered for Trash Bash, with 206 attending the after-party at the community center. A total of 218 bags of litter were collected, which equaled approximately 1,560 pounds of trash.

CHARTER SCHOOLS TEACHER FAIR: The New Orleans Charter Schools Teacher Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 14 in the gym at Hynes Charter School, 990 Harrison Ave., New Orleans.

Teachers can register, review charter school vacancies and/or post resumes now online at Candidates who preregister by March 8 will have exclusive access to hiring schools for the first hour of the event, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. but are required to bring a copy of their Event Brite ticket for early admission. Additionally, preregistrants will have the option to have their résumés posted for all charter school leaders to review on the ECCS website.

Walk-ins are welcome from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; they should bring sufficient printed copies of their résumé.

The fair is sponsored by the Eastbank Collaborative of Charter Schools with support from the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools, School Leadership Center of Greater New Orleans, Adams and Reese LLP, Baptist Community Ministries, the Pro Bono Publico Foundation and New Schools New Orleans.

Charter schools from across Louisiana are invited to participate and interview candidates at this free event. There is room for nearly 60 schools to participate, but tables must be reserved in advance.

Regularly updated charter school vacancy listings are available online at