Crescent City neighborhood briefs for December 18, 2014 _lowres

Photo provided by Girl Scouts Louisiana East - Dancing Grounds Studio Instructor Maritza Mercado-Narcisse teaches some Girl Scouts a few dance moves during a Shake it up! workshop in November.

EAST NEW ORLEANS GALA: The East New Orleans Neighborhood Advisory Commission will hold its fifth anniversary Christmas extravaganza from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday, Dec. 19, at the Crystal Palace, 10020 Chef Menteur Highway, New Orleans.

The gala will bring together residents and business owners for food, fun and fellowship. Live music will be provided by James Rivers, Stephanie Jordan, Michael Ward, James “Satchmo” Andrews and the New Birth Brass Band.

Tickets are available for $75 from subdivision presidents and from Brenda Badon at (504) 650-4683.

HANDEL’S MESSIAH: The Community Chorus of River Parishes will be performing selections from Handel’s Messiah at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 234 Angus Drive, Luling. The chorus, consisting of singers from Southeastern University Choir and Northshore Chorale, will be accompanied by musicians from the Southeastern University Orchestra and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Admission is free, but a $5 donation per adult is requested.

BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS BICENTENNIAL: Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve is seeking volunteers to enhance the experience of visitors to Chalmette Battlefield during the Battle of New Orleans bicentennial celebration Jan. 8-10. The battlefield is at 8606 W. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette. Volunteers will work four-hour shifts in positions including information desk and visitor center sales assistants, bus stop and boat dock greeters, clean up crew, and demonstrator assistants. For information, visit or call (504) 689-3690, ext. 10.

GIRL SCOUTS SHAKE IT UP: Registration is open for two sessions of Shake It Up! — a dance event for girls in grades 4-8 — will be Jan. 24 at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana, Westbank Club, 900 10th St., Gretna.

Sponsored by Girl Scouts Louisiana East, the dance workshops will cover elements of hip-hop, ballet and modern, taught by an expert from the Dancing Grounds studio. The fee per girl is $3 in advance, or $5 at the door. Shake It Up! is for both non-Girl Scouts and Girl Scouts alike, although Girl Scouts who bring a friend not currently in Girl Scouts will earn a Bring a Friend patch.

The advance registration deadline is Jan. 14. To register, download the flier and registration form at or contact Elsa Sackett at or (504) 908-3736.