Only God can make a tree, but keeping it healthy in an urban setting takes you and me. Hike for KaTREEna is inviting volunteers to join the continuing effort to replace trees lost during and after Hurricane Katrina. People are especially needed to lend a hand with the upkeep of thousands of newly planted trees in the New Orleans area.

Volunteers will be part of a new group called the Big TREESY Trimmers/Adopt an Area program. Areas that need attention include:

Wisner Boulevard from Robert E. Lee Boulevard to the Wisner Bridge

De Saix Boulevard from Wisner to Gentilly boulevards

West End Boulevard from Veterans to Robert E. Lee boulevards

Jeff Davis Parkway from the Jeff Davis overpass to Earhart Boulevard

Washington Boulevard from Carrollton Avenue to Broad Street

Louisiana Avenue from Broad Street to Claiborne Avenue

Lakeshore Drive at the Mardi Gras fountain

Broadway Street from St. Charles to Claiborne avenues

Filmore Avenue from Elysian Fields to St. Bernard avenues

All of St. Claude Avenue.

New areas will be added to the list, and those interested in helping will take part in a training program, including pruning instructions, before getting started.

For information, call Connie Uddo, executive director of Hike for KaTREEna, at (504) 415-8434, email or visit

Neighborhood meeting

The Seabrook Neighborhood Association will hold its next monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at Willing Workers Baptist Church, 5714 Eads St. President L.B. McMillan is asking neighbors who attend to invite another neighbor.

Lafitte Corridor

Get together with volunteers of Friends of Lafitte Corridor and NOLA Trash Mob for their third cleanup event of the year at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at Mid-City Market Patio, 401 N. Carrollton Ave. The focus of the cleanup will be the Mid-City neighborhood around Carrollton Avenue.

Orange vests and supplies will be available.

For information, visit


A summer garden-to-glass workshop by instructor Max Messier, of Cocktail and Sons, will be held at 5:30 p.m. June 18 at Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans.

Join the education staff and explore the history of classic cocktails while learning to make creatively crafted mixed drinks using ingredients from your garden, such as lemon, verbena, mint and honeysuckle, along with handcrafted syrups.

To attend the event, contact Jen Cohn at (504) 293-4721 or

For information, visit

New deadlines

I hope you’ve noticed that The New Orleans Advocate community news section now is published on Wednesdays. Our deadlines have changed, and in order to see your event or announcement in the Throw Me Somethin’ column, I need to receive the notice 10 days before the Wednesday you would like to see the information in print and online.

Thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Lynne Jensen writes about New Orleans community events and people. Contact her at