Dryades YMCA to give away holiday food

The Dryades YMCA will partner with the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday for its 26th annual Holiday Food Event.

Holiday baskets filled with food will be offered to 1,000 needy families during the event, to begin at 2 p.m. at the Dryades YMCA, 2220 O.C. Haley Blvd.

“Both the Dryades YMCA and the New Orleans Saints are committed to bringing holiday joy to as many families as we can. That’s why we have partnered together for the past 25 years and will continue to do so in the future,” said Jay Banks, director of the Dryades Y.

The families will be served after they fill out a brief application, according to event organizers. Applications are available at the Dryades YMCA on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sheriff’s Office to host Thanksgiving dinner

Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman is inviting the public to the 40th annual Sheriff’s Thanksgiving Dinner Celebration on Thursday.

Grammy Award-winning artists Irma Thomas and Irvin Mayfield will perform, as will Kermit Ruffins, Ronald Jones, Chucky C and Tony Owens.

Gusman said the dinner, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in Hall I-2, is designed to bring the community together.

“We invite people from Orleans and the surrounding parishes to celebrate this family holiday tradition with us,” Gusman said.

“We look forward to coming together as a community to give thanks for the blessings we’ve received during the past year, all while enjoying a great meal and entertainment.”

Volunteers will receive four hours of community service credit for helping with the event. They are asked to register online at www.opso.us and report on Thursday between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

Citizens and volunteers in need of a ride to the event can call the Sheriff’s Office at (504) 827-8504. Free parking is available across the street from Hall I of the Convention Center.

Bayou Classic business forum scheduled

The New Orleans Regional Black Chamber of Commerce and the Bayou Classic will sponsor a small-business forum Wednesday morning.

Called “Business of the Future: A United States Black Chambers Solution Series” event, it will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m.

The program will feature advice from national corporations on how to grow and sustain small businesses.

To RSVP, email services@NORBChamber.org, call (504) 948-0991 or visit www.NORBChamber.org.

Dillard choir to host holiday concert

The Dillard University Choir will host its 78th annual Holiday Concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5.

The 65-voice choir is directed by S. Carver Davenport and will be accompanied by a 25-piece orchestra. Singers will perform holiday favorites including “O Holy Night,” Richard Smallwood’s “Anthem of Praise” and the gospel piece “For Every Mountain.”

This year, the New Orleans Chinese Choir will join the Dillard Choir to perform the “Hallelujah” chorus from Handel’s “Messiah.” The choir is under the direction of Wen Zhang, assistant professor of vocal music at Dillard.

Other guests will include the Zion Harmonizers quartet and soprano Bridget Bazile.

The concert will be held in Lawless Memorial Chapel on the Dillard campus. It is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. For information call (504) 816-4800 or visit www.dillard.edu.