• BLUSH BALL: The 100-plus member all-women marching club the Pussyfooters will host its annual Blush Ball costume party from 9 p.m. to midnight Jan. 15 at Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive, New Orleans. The Soul Rebels headlines the event, along with DJ Ronnie Roux, MC Fresh Johnson and special performances by the Pussyfooters. Fabulous prizes will also be raffled and available for bidding in a silent auction. Proceeds once again go to benefit Metropolitan Center for Women and Children. The Blush Ball is the group’s signature event, raising more than $90,000 for Metro Center in the past five years.
  • ALGIERS HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Carolyn Kolb will be the guest speaker when the Algiers Historical Society meets from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 16, in the first-floor meeting room of the Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive, New Orleans. Kolb’s talk, “New Orleans Memories: One Writer’s City,” will look at Mardi Gras and the city’s food, literature and music. The Algiers Historical Society meets at 10 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month, except December. All meetings are free and open to the public; coffee and breakfast snacks are provided.
  • GOOD APPLE AWARDS: Louisiana Appleseed will present Good Apple Awards recognizing generosity and commitment to pro bono excellence during a gala from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Stage Door Canteen at the National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. For information, visit louisiana. appleseednetwork.org.
  • Louisiana Appleseed recruits professionals to donate pro bono time to solve problems at their root cause. Its goal is to advance social justice by effecting change at the policy, or systemic, level. Louisiana Appleseed’s projects seek to increase access to education, opportunity and justice.
  • Good Apple Awards will go to Jeff Richardson, Martin Stern and Ron Sholes of Adams and Reese LLP and retired Justice Harry Lemmon for research and advocacy to encourage the Supreme Court of Louisiana to create a court rule allowing continuing legal education credit for attorneys who perform pro bono work to help indigent clients; to Sylvia Roberts, posthumously, for her passion and dedication to help victims of domestic violence, as well as for her efforts to prevent teen dating violence; to Sarah Vandergriff, legal director for the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools, for strengthening schools through her collaborative work on a legal handbook for charter school board members; and to Jessica Vermilyea, state director for Upbring Disaster Response, for her extensive work in disaster recovery.
  • BOOK DISCUSSION: Four authors with new books will discuss them at 7 p.m. Thursday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The public presentation is free and registration is not required. The authors, and their books, are Kevin Bitter Sr., “An Immigrant’s Song”; Sol Heiman, “The Way Eye See It”; Alice Abel Kemp, “The Jury Scandal”; and Dawn Ruth Wilson, “The Night Walker’s Song.” For information regarding this presentation, contact Chris Smith, manager of adult programming for the library, at (504) 889-8143 or wcsmith@jp library.net.
  • BETA SIGMA PHI INTERNATIONAL SORORITY: Members of the Preceptor Alpha Beta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi International Sorority held a Christmas dinner Dec. 11 at Tony Mandina’s Restaurant in New Orleans. Three days later, members of that chapter joined with members of the Preceptor Beta and Lambda Theta chapters for a Sorority Council Christmas gathering at the home of Council President Cathy Robb. The women shared potluck items and held an ornament exchange. They also collected items for Padua House, including blankets, videos, batteries and hygiene items.
  • NEW ORLEANS METROPOLITAN ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS: The Affiliate Committee of the New Orleans Metropolitan Association of Realtors recently donated $2,400 to the Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter. The committee raised the money during a pet adoption event Oct. 9.
  • CARE CENTER: The Daybrook Foundation led the assembly of a total donation of $400,000 to the Plaquemines Community C.A.R.E. Centers Foundation to help address the mental, behavioral, and human services needs of the residents of Plaquemines Parish. The West Jefferson Hospital Foundation and federal matching programs contributed to the financing. The CARE Center provides assistance to the residents of Plaquemines Parish, particularly children with emotional, mental and behavioral health challenges and their families; victims of abuse; and people with developmental disabilities. The CARE Center is the only full-time provider of human services in Plaquemines Parish, serves as the human services agency for the parish, and provides those services to residents at numerous satellite locations throughout the parish. A portion of the donation will be used to implement an electronic health records system to replace the current system of manual filing, allowing for increased security and sustainability. The remainder of this one-time donation will be used to continue providing high-quality mental and behavioral health services to Plaquemines residents, despite significant budget cuts from local and state sources. For information or to schedule an initial appointment through the CARE Center, call (504) 393-5750.