• NOCCA OPEN STUDIO DAY: Middle and high school students interested in the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts can learn how to apply and audition at NOCCA Open Studio Day, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at NOCCA, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans. Families will visit NOCCA’s studios and classrooms, and students can learn details about NOCCA and attendance options. Highlights will include a musical theater preview of “Flora the Red Menace” and an open rehearsal of opera scenes. Reservations are not required. The phone number for NOCCA is (504) 940-2854.
  • AUDUBON CHARTER SCHOOL: Audubon Charter School Principal and CEO Janice Dupuy is retiring effective Sept. 30 after 10 years at the school and 38 years as an educator in Orleans Parish. Assistant Principal Latoye Brown will take over as interim CEO and principal. A permanent replacement will be selected before the end of this school year. Dupuy leaves Audubon as an “A” ranked, “Top Gains” school that has more than doubled in size. Today, it has more than 800 students and more than 100 faculty and staff members on two campuses. Brown, the interim principal, started her career as a teacher at Singleton Charter School and A.P. Tureaud. At Tureaud, she also served as a math coach, small learning community leader and master teacher. In 2010, she became assistant principal of Benjamin Mays Preparatory School and in 2013 became assistant principal at Audubon Charter School. A graduate of Ben Franklin High School, Brown graduated from Xavier University and received an MBA and master’s degree in education from UNO.
  • FREE TUTORING: Pat Burns and Ayou Wilson will hold a grand opening for a no-fee tutorial program, Gloryland Tutorial Programs, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive, New Orleans. The program will offer assistance in reading for both children and adults, math, handwriting and test preparation. For information, call (504) 596-2641.
  • ST. ANN CATHOLIC SCHOOL: St. Ann School will celebrate 40 Groovy Years at its annual Family Fest from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at the school, 4921 Meadowdale St., Metairie. The Family Fest will feature music from Paris Avenue, Rockin Dopsie Jr., Bench Warmers and the Top Cats. There will also be student performances on the outdoor stage and a special performance by St. Ann’s pastor, the Rev. Billy O’Riordan. A $1,500 raffle will be drawn Saturday at 10 p.m. Other events include a cake-decorating contest, a Fun Run and bingo. A seafood dinner will be held Friday night in the cafeteria. Interactive games and booths offer fun and prizes for all ages. For information, call (504) 455-8383 or visit www.stannschool.org.
  • KENNER DISCOVERY: Students from Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy read more than 2,074,424 minutes this summer, ranking Discovery No. 14 in the world and No. 1 in Louisiana for the 2015 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. This is the second year Discovery placed No. 1 in the state. The school will be listed in the 2016 Scholastic Book of World Records and will receive a plaque to commemorate the students’ summer reading achievements. This summer, children from across all 50 states and 28 countries read 286,611,349 minutes in Scholastic’s summer reading program.“Our students are competitive, but, more important, they love to read,” school librarian Georgia Cuny said. “The support of our parents drove the competition over the summer. They posted pictures of their child reading to remind other parents to log their minutes. Teachers would post reminders. We even had a great discussion about the summer reading books on the library’s Facebook page. It really was a community effort.” For information about Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy, visit www.Discoveryhsf.org.
  • STEM FUNDRAISER: Core Element will be the beneficiary of a Strike for STEM bowling competition from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Rock ’n’ Bowl, 3016 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans. Tickets are $50 and include food, drink and live entertainment featuring The Benchwarmers. Team sponsorships are available. For information or to buy tickets, go to www.strikeforstem.org or call (504) 274-3611. Core Element is a regional collaborative that provides K-12 science and math teachers with the training, content, resources and support they need to provide meaningful, hands-on STEM learning for students.