Councilwoman to hold meetings on crime

New Orleans City Councilwoman Nadine Ramsey, who represents District C, will hold a town meeting Monday to discuss crime prevention in the Marigny and Bywater neighborhoods. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. at Holy Angels Convent, 3500 St. Claude Ave.

NOPD 5th District Cmdr. Chris Goodly will be in attendance, as will quality-of-life officers, community affairs coordinators and recruitment officers. Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas have been invited.

Ramsey will hold a similar meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the St. Jude Community Center, 400 N. Rampart St., for Treme and French Quarter residents. First and 8th District Cmdrs. Otha Sandifer and Jeffrey Walls are expected to attend.

Ramsey will hold a meeting for Algiers residents at 5 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Federal City Auditorium, 2485 Guadalcanal St., with 4th District Cmdr. Shaun Ferguson.

For more information, contact David T. Darangue at (504) 658-10302 or

Restaurant to raise funds for food bank

Remoulade restaurant will celebrate its 20th anniversary July 28 by holding a fundraiser for Second Harvest Food Bank.

The restaurant is the casual-dining side of Arnaud’s Restaurant. It is at 309 Bourbon St. and is open from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Twenty percent of all proceeds July 28 will be donated to the food bank, which serves more than 260,000 people annually. It is the largest anti-hunger organization in the state and serves 23 parishes in south Louisiana.

For more information, visit

Virtual charter school to hold free event

Louisiana Connections Academy, a free, virtual charter school for grades K-12, will host a free ice cream social and information session Monday in Metairie.

The event will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Best Western Plus Landmark Hotel, 2601 Severn Ave.

The online school still has openings for the upcoming school year, especially in grades six through 12. Enrollment was more than 1,200 students during the past school year and is expected to grow by another 600 this year.

The information session will review the school’s curriculum and provide opportunities for parents to ask questions of teachers and the families of current students.

To register for the event, go to

Smoke-Free Week to offer several events

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell and the Healthier Air for All Campaign will sponsor a Smoke-Free Week starting Monday.

Smoke-Free Week is designed to raise awareness of the risks that secondhand smoke poses to bar employees, patrons and musicians. Service industry and casino employees, along with musicians, breathe more secondhand smoke while at work than any other types of employees, and they can suffer from many of the same illnesses as smokers.

The week will kick off from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the Rusty Nail, a smoke-free bar at 1100 Constance St. Community members are encouraged to join Cantrell, as well as the 610 Stompers, for entertainment.

The Maple Leaf Bar on Oak Street also will go smoke-free during Smoke-Free Week, culminating in the closing event Friday. Doors will open at 3 p.m., and there will be giveaways and free music by the Pinettes Brass Band and Boukou Groove later in the evening.

Also, a town hall meeting will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at Carrollton Station, 8140 Willow St.

For more information, contact Anna Nguyen at (504) 658-1022 or

For a listing of smoke-free venues and events in New Orleans or around Louisiana, visit