Oktoberfest heads to Kenner next weekend

Oktoberfest 2014 starts in Kenner next weekend, bringing with it German food, beer, entertainment and culture.

The annual event is sponsored by Deutsches Haus, an organization formed in 1928 to celebrate the culture, music, language and history of German people.

Oktoberfest is expected to draw tens of thousands of people to 415 Williams Blvd. in Kenner’s Rivertown, Chairman Tommy Mertz said.

“For the last four years, we’ve had amazing success in Kenner,” Mertz said. “Oktoberfest has always been tremendously successful for us, as tens of thousands of people enjoy the festival each year and embrace German culture. We look forward to another prosperous year at Rivertown and invite everyone to come and join us.”

Entertainment will include Das Ist Lustig, Yodel Blitz, the Bayou Bavarians and others. Plates of German food will be available for $14, and a wide variety of brews will be available.

The event will run for three weekends in October.

For information, visit www.OktoberfestNOLA.com. To join Deutsches Haus, visit www.DeutschesHaus.org.

London Clayworks studio to mark opening

The London Clayworks, a new Bywater pottery studio led by NOCCA graduate and London native Karin Burt, will celebrate its grand opening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 18.

The event will let guests get their hands dirty making art out of clay while enjoying complimentary cocktails.

The 750-square-foot studio, at 3000 Royal St., offers pottery wheels, slab rollers, a variety of glazes, clay and a kiln.

According to Burt, the building has an “artistic, yet utilitarian” aesthetic that is the perfect place to “get the creative juices flowing.”

“I’ve tried to make it look nice and be fully functional so people will enjoy being here,” Burt said. “Since pottery studios are traditionally messy, dusty places, I’ve kept it light and airy and try to have everything clean and organized.”

More information is available at www.TheLondonClayworks.com.

International Fest heads to Port of New Orleans

International Fest, a free outdoor event, will take place at the Port of New Orleans from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 18.

The event celebrates different parts of the world and will offer entertainment, arts and crafts and food from many lands.

The entertainment lineup includes Russell Batiste, the Rebirth Brass Band and Jason Neville & the Wild Tchoupitoulas. Los Hombres Calientes, Los Po Boys Citos, Zulu Connection, Casa Samba and Yemen Blues also will play.

For more information, visit www.internationalfestnola.com.

Cystic fibrosis walk slated for Slidell

The Louisiana chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is launching Great Strides, a national walk held in hundreds of cities, in Slidell.

The event will be at John Slidell Park starting at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 25, with the walk starting at 10 a.m. The purpose is to raise money to fight cystic fibrosis, a fatal disease.

“We are making tremendous progress in fighting this devastating disease, and we are grateful for our volunteers and sponsors, who are a vital part of this effort,” said Mallory Messina, development manager for the Louisiana chapter.

Fifty years ago, most children who had the disease didn’t live past elementary school. Now, people are living into their 40s and beyond.

An estimated 30,000 adults and children in the United States have cystic fibrosis, which causes debilitating lung infections. The 2014 national goal of Great Strides is to raise $43 million for research, education and care.

For information, call (504) 455-5194 or visit greatstrides.cff.org.