Crescent City neighborhood briefs for April 9, 2015 _lowres

Photo provided by Jefferson Beautification Inc. -- Carolyn Russo, left, and Carrel Epling model fascinator hairpieces like those many will be wearing at the Jefferson Beautification Parkway Promenade.

TAX-PREPARATION HELP: The final session of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program at the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law will take place with extended hours from noon to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 9. Taxpayers are asked to arrive no later than 6:30 p.m.

The sessions, designed by the Internal Revenue Service, provide free tax-preparation assistance for people with low to moderate incomes. They take place in Room 112 of the Loyola College of Law building, 526 Pine St., New Orleans.

Taxpayers will need to bring government issued IDs, Social Security cards for every person included on the tax returns, all tax documents including W-2 and 1099 forms and Social Security statements. Please bring prior year tax returns and documents. New this year is information regarding insurance coverage as required under the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”). Taxpayers will also have to bring information regarding health insurance coverage for each member of their households.

For information, call (504) 861-5668. For pre-recorded directions, call (504) 861-5665.

FREE TAX HELP: The Lower 9th Ward Neighborhood Empowerment Network Association is now a free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site. They will offer free income tax preparation and electronic filing service through April 15 to taxpayers earning $53,000 or less in total income, persons with disabilities, elderly and taxpayers with limited English who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns.

The site is open every Thursday, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., by appointment only, through April 15. For information call (504) 373-6483, extension 106.

STOP THE TRASH: Volunteers from throughout the West Bank including Gretna, Harvey, Marrero, Terrytown and Westwego are needed for a Stop the Trash event beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 11.

All volunteers will be provided safety vests, gloves, bags and water.

Volunteers should meet at their respective community locations listed below to begin picking up litter along several main corridors intersecting at the West Bank Expressway:

  • Terry Parkway at West Bank Expressway.
  • Stumpf Boulevard at West Bank Expressway.
  • Lafayette Street at West Bank Expressway.
  • Barataria Boulevard at West Bank Expressway.
  • Avenue A at West Bank Expressway.

If you would like to help, send email to kcostanza@jeffparish.net.

For more information about the event, call Marnie Winter, director of environmental affairs for Jefferson Parish, at (504) 736-6440.

SPECIES SURVIVAL: Audubon Zoo general curator Joel Hamilton will discuss the work of the Freeport McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center when the Orleans Sierra Club meets at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 12, in the Dominion Auditorium at Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. The meeting is free and open to the public; participants should enter behind the statue of Audubon. For information, call (504) 307-0187.

The Species Survival Center works to boost populations of disappearing animal species, which live and breed in seclusion on 1,200 acres of U.S. Coast Guard and city of New Orleans land along the Mississippi River. It is home base for programs such as the Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species, where reproductive research has produced dozens of the world’s firsts.

Hamilton is also expected to discuss the Alliance for Sustainable Wildlife, a partnership between the Audubon Nature Institute and San Diego Zoo Global. The alliance plans to enclose large natural-habitat holding areas for groups of herding animals and large-bodied birds.

HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL PROGRAM: The Yom Ha’Shoah community Holocaust memorial program will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 12, at the New Orleans Jewish Community Center, 5342 St. Charles Ave. Alexandra Zapruder, author of “Salvaged Pages: Young Writers’ Diaries of the Holocaust,” will be the featured speaker.

The program will honor local survivors while educating the public about the Holocaust. In conjunction with Zapruder’s talk, the Holocaust Educator of the Year Award will be presented and students from the Donald R. Mintz Youth Leadership Mission of the Anti-Defamation League will be recognized. Admission to the Holocaust Memorial Program is free and open to the community.

TREE SCHOOL: Friends of Jefferson the Beautiful will hold a Tree School from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, at the Pavilion of the Two Sisters in New Orleans City Park.

The comprehensive workshop, which is free and open to the public, will cover the care and preservation of tree canopies in urban landscapes.

Reservations are required by Saturday, April 11. Lunch will be provided.

The program includes:

  • 9 a.m.: “Living and Dying in Tree-Quarter Time: Tree Biology,” with Kim Coder, professor of tree biology and health care, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia.
  • 10 a.m.: “Trees in the Landscape: Spacing, Species, Time and Design Conflict Resolution,” with James Urban, Urban and Associates, Annapolis, Maryland
  • 11 a.m.: “Trees: Adding Value to the Urban and Suburban Neighborhood,” with John Norquist, a former mayor of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and an adjunct professor at DePaul University.
  • 1 p.m.: “Sustainable Trees, Lightning Protection,” with Kim Coder.
  • 1:40 p.m.: “Building the Positive Relationship Between Streets and Trees,” with John Norquist.
  • 2:20 p.m.: “The New Science-based Planting Specifications and Details Template,” with landscape architect James Urban.
  • 3 p.m.: Panel discussion including state forester Wade Dubea and Brook Burmaster, director of the Jefferson Parish Parkways Department.

For information and to register, visit www.friendsofjeffersonthebeautiful.org or call (504) 833-8733.