Women’s shelter to hold fundraiser Nov. 13

The New Orleans Women’s Shelter will hold a fundraiser Nov. 13 to further its mission of helping homeless women and children escape poverty.

Featuring the theme “There’s No Place Like Home,” the event is slated to begin at 6 p.m. at Southport Hall, 200 Monticello Ave.

The patron party will be held until 7 p.m. and will feature music by the group Band in Pocket. All guests then can enjoy dinner and dancing to music by Tereasa B. & N’ Style from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The event will feature an open bar and an opportunity to bid for gift certificates to New Orleans-area restaurants. A Ruby Red Slipper Contest will be organized by the Isidore Newman Parents Association.

“Our annual fundraiser is not only beneficial for NOWS but also highlights the rising problem of homelessness plaguing our community,” NOWS founder Jackie Silverman said. “This event helps fund our mission to ensure our residents can progress from poverty to self-sustainability.”

More information is available at www.NOLAWomenShelter.org.

Audubon Zoo to hold Special Needs Day

The Audubon Zoo will hold its third annual Special Needs Day on Saturday.

The activities, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Capital One field, will give special needs visitors of all ages a chance to connect with animals and nature in a family-friendly setting.

Zoo officials will provide hand-held animal encounters and a social services fair with community partners. Entertainment will include dance performances by youth dancers, face painting by Joyful Jennie the Clown and an appearance by Boudreaux, the New Orleans Zephyrs’ mascot.

Sponsors can purchase $3 admission tickets in advance and donate them to special needs individuals and their families. Social service agencies will also get discounted admission coupons.

For information, email air@auduboninstitute.org.

Fundraiser to benefit injured NOPD officer

The New Orleans Police Department will hold a fundraiser Nov. 19 to benefit Officer Jonathan Smith, who was shot and seriously wounded during a botched robbery in September.

Smith, 44, was providing security Sept. 14 outside Gene’s Po-Boys in the Marigny when he was shot. Cornelius Barthelemy, 34, and Ceasar Adams, 36, pulled up to the shop and opened fire, according to police. The officer returned fire, killing Adams and injuring Barthelemy. A third suspect, James Wilson, 26, was an apparent getaway driver.

Smith was hospitalized after a bullet lodged near his spine. He also was shot in the leg, according to court documents.

The NOPD is hosting the fundraiser to help Smith pay his bills while he’s recovering.

“We are enlisting the support of residents, businesses, corporations, neighborhoods and schools through donations and volunteers,” a department spokesman said.

The event is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive.

Author to lecture on Thursday at NOAC

John Berendt, author of “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday as part of the New Orleans Athletic Club’s community outreach lecture series. The lecture is free and open to the public.

“Midnight ,” published in 1994, became a New York Times best-seller for 216 weeks and was made into a 1997 movie based loosely on Berendt’s story.

Berendt lives in New Orleans and New York. He is currently consulting on the Broadway musical adaptation of “Midnight.”

NOAC is the oldest continuously run gymnasium in the South. Its lecture series is dedicated to creating a forum for artists, writers and civic and cultural leaders to share ideas.