• BLACK HISTORY MONTH: The life and work of local photographer Gus Bennett Jr. will be highlighted during a free exhibit Thursday through Feb. 25 in the Isaac Delgado Fine Arts Gallery on the Delgado Community College City Park Campus. A reception with the artist will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday in the gallery, 615 City Park Ave., New Orleans, Building 1, third floor. The opening reception will include a lecture with Bennett, curator Myesha Francis and museologist Redell Hearn. Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Bennett is a fine arts photographer who has documented the life of black New Orleanians for more than 25 years. The exhibit will feature ‘The Blak Code Series,’ which aims to make viewers consider the human form and shape through a stripping away of individual identities.
  • MARDI GRAS MAMBO BINGO: The Children’s Hospital Guild is hosting its annual Mardi Gras Mambo Bingo and Luncheon Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at The Pontchartrain Center. Reservations are required as this event sells out quickly. Bingo prizes consist of one-of-a-kind favors from some of the more prominent Mardi Gras krewes, and a parade of prizes display will again be part of the fun. WVUE-TV Meteorologist Bob Breck will be on hand to call the winning bingo numbers. Call the Children’s Hospital Public Affairs Department at (504) 896-9373 for reservations.
  • SHADY OAKS GARDEN CLUB: The Shady Oaks Garden Club will join Jefferson Beautification Inc. at 1 p.m. Thursday at Lasalle Park’s Oswald Dubeau Arboretum for the annual Arbor Day celebration inside the park, 6600 Airline Drive, Metairie. The event will include the dedication of benches in honor of A.T. Mora Sr. and in memory of Eleanor R. Mora, William I. “Bert” Odem, Madeline Wellborn Wagner and Lynn Kelly St. Amant. Trees will be dedicated in honor of Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni and A.T. Mora Sr., and in memory of Odem, St. Amant, Wagner, Helen Busby, Albert J. Huddleston, Eleanor R. Mora and Marcelle Simoneaux Landry. For additional information, call (504) 737-7583 or email parkwaypromenade @aol.com.
  • COMMUNITY CHORUS: The Community Chorus of River Parishes is looking for new members to begin its spring season. The chorus, under the direction of Brian Martinez Jr., is open to middle school-aged children through adults. Four concerts are usually performed each season — two each in December and April and May. Rehearsals are held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of every month at Lakewood Elementary School, 501 E. Heather Drive, Luling. No auditions or previous experience necessary. For more information, call (985) 652-0162 or email ccrpsings@gmail.com. Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color
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  • GALATOIRE FOUNDATION: The Galatoire Foundation raised $62,200 for Boys Hope Girls Hope of Greater New Orleans and the New Orleans Mission during its Mardi Gras auction Jan. 11. Like the foundation’s Christmas auction, the Mardi Gras auction allowed customers to reserve a table on the restaurant’s first floor the Friday before the holiday. The Christmas auction Nov. 30 raised $44,000.
  • OPERATION HOMEFRONT: Liam Cooper, 13, of New Orleans, is one of 90 semifinalists for the honor of 2016 Military Child of the Year, as designated by the nonprofit Operation Homefront. The awards recognize six outstanding young people ages 8 to 18 to represent the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard on the basis of their scholarship, volunteerism, leadership and extracurricular involvement while facing the challenges of military family life. Liam represents the Coast Guard. There are 15 semifinalists from each military branch, selected from a pool of more than 500 who were nominated since Oct. 15. Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges, to include senior retired service members, members of Operation Homefront’s board of directors and other leaders in the military support community.
  • CANCER CRUSADERS: Cancer Crusaders held its January meeting at the Louisiana Cancer Research Center. Guest speaker Dr. Prescott Deininger, of Tulane Cancer Center, talked about the clinical trials going on in cancer research. The research center works with colleagues in the community, state and beyond to share information about news and events related to cancer prevention, early detection, research and other topics of interest to those who are fighting for a cure. After the meeting, the members and guests in attendance were given an exclusive tour of the center.
  • BOYS TOWN LOUISIANA: The Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust has awarded a $15,000 grant to Boys Town Louisiana for a start-up program designed to aid young people transitioning out of foster care. “Each year in Louisiana, almost half of the 500 youth over 16 who exit foster care age out,” said Dennis Dillion, executive director of Boys Town Louisiana. “They are considered adults and must learn to live on their own. This program will give these kids the guidance they need to become successful adults and members of our vibrant community.”
  • VEGAN PIONEER AWARDS: The Humane Society of Louisiana has presented Vegan Pioneer Awards to New Orleans in Green blogger Melissa Bastian; Edgar Cooper, owner of Seed, a vegan restaurant; Leah Duncan, of Vegan Village, which highlights vegan products and services at festivals and events; and Jehan Strouse, of 3 Potato 4.
  • LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN FISHING JETTY: Arkema, a materials company in Hahnville, has provided a $25,000 grant to upgrade the Norco fishing jetty at the end of the Bonnet Carre Spillway’s west guide levee road. The jetty has provided fishing access to Lake Pontchartrain for decades. With the upgrade, a 4-inch concrete surface along the length of the jetty will replace the limestone surface. The walking surface will be safer and sturdier, and long-term maintenance costs will be lower. Work is expected to begin soon. The jetty is adjacent to Wetland Watchers Park, which is recognized as the leading wetland educational venue for students in the river region.
  • LAKEVIEW SHEPHERD CENTER: Members of the Kiwanis Club of New Orleans helped serve the meal during the December Golden Community Luncheon of the Lakeview Shepherd Center. There was Christmas caroling with piano and flute accompaniment and chocolate cake honoring those with December birthdays. The Lakeview Shepherd Center, 316 38th St., New Orleans, is open from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. weekdays. For information, call (504) 484-0885. The luncheons are held at the Community Church Unitarian Universalist, 6690 Fleur de Lis Drive; the suggested donation is $5.