CHRISTMAS IN OCTOBER: The Metairie Woman's Club will hold its Christmas in October fundraising luncheon Oct. 25 at the Hilton New Orleans Airport, 901 Airline Drive, Kenner. All proceeds will benefit the club's four major projects for the year: Pennies for Bread at St. Joseph Abbey, Grace House of New Orleans, Jefferson CASA and a college scholarship for a young woman from a school on the east bank of Jefferson Parish. Tickets are $45; to register, call Fran Puig at (504) 888-0688.

WOMEN'S COUNCIL OF REALTORS: The Viva Las NOLA fundraiser benefiting Eden House New Orleans and the Women's Council of Realtors New Orleans Business Network will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the Arbor Room in City Park, 30 Zachary Taylor Drive, New Orleans. Eden House is a recovery home for women who have been victims of human trafficking and commercial exploitation. Tickets for the Las Vegas-themed fundraiser and costume contest are $65 in advance and $75 at the door and can be purchased online at www.wcr.org/chapter-sites/louisiana/new-orleans-metropolitan.

NEW ORLEANS GARDEN SOCIETY: The New Orleans Garden Society will hold its Bewitching Affair fundraiser at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the Audubon Tea Room, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. Proceeds will benefit the Yellow Garden at Longue Vue House and Gardens and the Antique Rose Garden in Armstrong Park, which is maintained by the New Orleans Old Garden Rose Society. The rose garden, with about 175 varieties, is the recipient of this year's Civic Award from the New Orleans Garden Society. Tickets to the costumed luncheon are $60, or $80 for patrons, who will be admitted for a champagne party at 10:30 a.m. For tickets, contact Brenda Higgins at (504) 889-2244 or brenda8@bellsouth.net.

AARP SMART DRIVER CLASS: An AARP Smart Driver class will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the Ochsner/Elmwood Fitness Center, 1200 S. Clearview Parkway, Harahan. Those completing the course will receive a certificate that may qualify them for a car insurance discount. The fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. To register, call (504) 828-3962.

SIPPIN' IN THE COURTYARD: The Think Pink breast cancer awareness campaign of the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation will be the beneficiary of raffles at the Sippin' in the Courtyard event from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the Maison Dupuy Hotel, 1001 Toulouse St., New Orleans. Amanda Ducorbier will perform with a trio, and there will be happy hour prices for a featured cocktail, wine and small plates. Admission is free, and complimentary parking will be available based on availability. 

SENIOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS WORKSHOPS: The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission will hold senior health and wellness workshops from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the Joe W. Brown Recreation Center, 5601 Read Blvd.; and again from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, at the Lyons Recreation Center, 624 Louisiana Ave. 

FINANCIAL LITERACY: A series of financial education workshops will be held on Wednesday afternoons at the MLK Community Resource Center, 1042 31st St., Kenner. The topics include:

  • Planning for retirement and preserving wealth, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 25.
  • Planning for college, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 1. 

To register, call Rose Behan at the MLK Community Resource Center at (504) 466-0697.

START THE ADVENTURE IN READING: Prospective volunteer tutors for Start the Adventure in Reading can complete training at any one of several 2½-hour training sessions in the next few months. To become a volunteer tutor, register for a free training session at www.stairnola.org/how-to-help; email Margo Price, volunteer coordinator, at margo@stairnola.org; or call (504) 899-0820. Training sessions include: 

  • Wednesday, Oct. 25, 3 p.m., St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, 3412 Haring Road, Metairie.
  • Thursday, Oct. 26, 3 p.m., The Land Building, 1535 State St., New Orleans.
  • Saturday, Oct. 28, 10 a.m., Woodland Presbyterian Church, 5824 Berkley Drive, New Orleans.
  • Saturday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m., The Land Building, 1535 State St., New Orleans.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 15, 3 p.m., The Land Building, 1535 State St., New Orleans. 

ARCHITECTURE OF THE OLD SOUTH: Marc Matrana, a physician, historian and author, will discuss his new book, "Southern Splendor: Saving Architectural Treasures of the Old South," at 7 p.m., on Thursday, Oct. 26, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The free presentation will be part of the regularly scheduled meeting of the Jefferson Parish Historical Commission. For information, contact Chris Smith, manager of adult programming for the library, at (504) 889-8143 or wcsmith@jefferson.lib.la.us.

SUNO FOUNDATION BASH: The Southern University at New Orleans Foundation will hold its Bash fundraiser for student scholarships from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave. The Bash is named for the late Emmett W. Bashful, SUNO's first chancellor and the event's first honoree. The 2017 Bash co-chairs are SUNO alumni Kemic A. Smothers and Cheryl Legohn Tubbs. Tickets are $100 and are available at eventbrite.com

LAUGHS FOR LITERACY: A stand-up comedy show benefiting adult literacy in New Orleans will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, at Café Istanbul, 2372 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, with all proceeds benefiting the Literacy Alliance of Greater New Orleans. Stacey Sharer will be host of the event, which will feature local comedians Amanda G, DC Paul, Camille Roane, Allison Hotard, Laura Sanders, Benjamin Hoffman, Dane Faucheux, Jeff Buck, Alida Glass and Lauren Malara. For tickets, visit www.literacygno.org.

PULITZER WINNER SPEAKS: Pulitzer Prize-winning Playwright Tony Kushner will discuss his work with Jim O’Quinn, founding editor of American Theatre magazine, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, in the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall at Loyola University New Orleans, 6363 St. Charles Ave. The event is free; to reserve a seat in the first five rows of the hall, visit presents.loyno.edu.  Loyola's department of theater arts and dance and the Jefferson Performing Arts Society will collaborate on Kushner's 2004 musical, "Caroline, or Change," directed by department chair Laura Hope, at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays from Oct. 27 through Nov. 5 at the Westwego Performing Arts Theatre, 177-A Sala Ave., Westwego. Tickets are $20 to $35 at jpas.org. For ticket information, call (504) 865-2074.

ALL ABOUT BATS: Craig Hood, of Loyola University, will give a talk on bats, followed by bat spotting with special bat-detection equipment, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, at the Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero. The event is free, but reservations are required. Call (504) 689-3690, ext. 10, or visit www.nps.gov/jela.

POLITICS AND POTTERY: Archaeologist Elizabeth Williams and UNO graduate student Gretchen Byers present findings from a late 1800s pottery kiln site at the Lafitte housing complex from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the French Quarter Visitor Center of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 419 Decatur St., New Orleans. Findings point to existence of a failed French porcelain factory and highlight connections to commerce, demographics and American/Creole politics. For information, call (504) 589-3882, ext. 221, or visit www.nps.gov/jela.

DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY: Narcotics officers with the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office will accept unwanted medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Sheriff's Office substation at 7001 W. Judge Perez Drive, Arabi. St. Bernard residents who are unable to attend the local take-back event can contact the Sheriff's Office at (504) 271-3673 to speak with a deputy about surrendering unwanted medications.

HARVEST FESTIVAL: The French Market Corp. will present its Harvest Festival from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, at the Crescent Park Mandeville Wharf, 2300 N. Peters St., New Orleans. The family-friendly event will feature live music on the Ellipse Lawn, an art market, kids activities, and food and drink for purchase. Performers will include Amanda Shaw, Gina Brown, Revival and Johnette Downing. For information, visit www.crescentparknola.org.

NEW ORLEANS JAZZ CLUB: The New Orleans Jazz Club will hold a jam session from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, at Mo’s Chalet, 3201 Houma Blvd., Metairie. No cover charge. Call Mo's at (504) 780-2961.

GIRL SCOUTS LOUISIANA EAST: Community leaders who have had a positive effect on the lives of children will be honored during the Juliette Low Leadership Luncheon that Girl Scouts Louisiana East will hold from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, at the Audubon Tea Room, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. Proceeds from the event, to be held on Low's birthday, will support Girl Scouts' leadership development program for girls in southeast Louisiana. Honorees will include: 

  • Dr. Cynthia Thomas, president of St. Mary's Dominican High School, outstanding woman.
  • Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, outstanding man.
  • Albemarle Foundation, outstanding business/foundation.
  • Girls in STEM at Tulane University, outstanding business/educators.
  • Margie Loud Zeno, Minnie Finley Award for a Girl Scout volunteer who affects the greater community.

Tickets are $60 before Oct. 15, when the price will increase to $75. For tickets, visit www.gsle.org/leadershipluncheon. For sponsorship information, contact Girl Scouts Louisiana East chief development officer Jill Pollard at (504) 355-5871 or jpollard@gsle.org.

REMEMBERING KRAUSS: Author and former high school history teacher Ed Branley will discuss his new book, "Krauss, The New Orleans Value Store," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. This event is free and open to the public.

WEISS AWARDS: The New Orleans Council for Community and Justice will present its Weiss Awards for civic and humanitarian contributions to the New Orleans community during an event Oct. 26 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave. The honorees are Mary Jane W. and John D’Arcy Becker; Karen DeBlieux, head of U.S. corporate banking and Southeast Louisiana market president for Capital One Bank; Ellis Marsalis Jr.; William L. Mimeles, chairman of the board of trustees of LCMC Health, New Orleans; and Bridge House-Grace House. Tickets are $350 at noccj.org/weissawards.

FOLK FRIDAY: Baltimore singer/songwriter Letitia VanSant will perform during a Folk Friday event from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 27 in the center hall of Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans. Tickets are $15 at longuevue.com

KINDER GARDEN: A Halloween-themed Kinder Garden program for kids ages 18 months to 5 years will be presented from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Oct. 28 at Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans. The program offers age-appropriate activities such as seed planting, vegetable tasting, math and science activities, craft-making, stories and songs, digging for worms and more in the Lucy C. Roussel Discovery Garden for children. The cost is $8 for members and $10 for others, which covers one child and one adult. Siblings and additional adults will get discounts. To register, visit longuevue.com

TEEN ZINE WORKSHOP: Artist and educator Margaret Parson will lead a Teen Zine workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 28 at Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans. Participants will learn about the history of zines, how to share them and how they are a blast to create. The program is for ages 12 and up; guardians must fill out registration and release forms. Admission is $15 for members and $20 for others. To register, visit longuevue.com.

BOYS TOWN LOUISIANA: Jonathan Kernion, president of Cycle Construction Co. and a former chairman of the Covington Boys and Girls Club, will be honored along with his wife, Lynn, during the Moonlight on the Mississippi Retro ReProm fundraising gala benefiting Boys Town Louisiana. The gala will be from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, in the Grand Oaks Mansion venue at Mardi Gras World, 1380 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans. Tickets are $100 each or $175 for a couple at www.boystown.org/locations/louisiana

AARP SMART DRIVER CLASS: The American Association of Retired Persons Smart Driver class will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 4 at East Jefferson General Hospital, 4200 Houma Blvd., Metairie. The course is open to AARP members and nonmembers 50 and older. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for others. Participants completing the class will receive a workbook along with a certificate that may qualify them for a discount from their automobile insurance company good for up to three years. To register and for more information, call Dr. Carl Drichta at (504) 302-1712.

SECOND HARVEST COMMUNITY KITCHEN: Demand for after-school meals for children has increased, creating a need for more than 70 additional regular volunteers in the Second Harvest Food Bank Community Kitchen, 700 Edwards Ave., Harahan. The volunteers will help prepare the Kids Cafe meals. Shifts are available Monday through Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and from noon to 2:30 p.m. A Friday shift is from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. To volunteer, contact Vanessa Cave-Herazo at vcaveherazo@secondharvest.org or (504) 729-2850.

INSPIRE TO EMPOWER: InspireNOLA will honor six people for their efforts to empower New Orleans groups and individuals during its Inspire to Empower gala from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, in the courtyard and atrium of Alice M. Harte Charter School, 5300 Berkley Drive, New Orleans. The honorees are state Sen. Troy Carter; Jaimmè Collins, partner, Adams and Reese; Civil District Court Judge Nakisha Ervin-Knott; Lourdes Moran, a former Orleans Parish School Board member; Melissa Sawyer, executive director of the Youth Empowerment Project; and Jonathan Wilson, president of 100 Black Men. Tickets are $50 at bitly.com/inspiretoempower.

ODYSSEY BALL: The Odyssey Ball benefiting the New Orleans Museum of Art will be from 8 p.m. to midnight Nov. 4 at the museum, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, in New Orleans City Park. This year's event has the theme "L’Odyssée: A Celebration 300 Years in the Making," and its co-chairs are Carmen and Kelly Duncan, Shaun and Foster Duncan, Sweet and Ben Dupuy, and Kitty and Stephen Sherrill. Odyssey 2017 features NOMA’s fall exhibition "East of the Mississippi: 19th-Century American Landscape Photography." Tickets are $300, or $500 for patrons, who will be admitted at 7 p.m. For tickets, visit www.noma.org/event/odyssey-2017.

PREPARING FOR CHANGE: The Disaster Recovery Unit of the Louisiana Office of Community Development is holding community meetings to complete proposals for addressing increasing vulnerability to flooding in Jefferson, Lafourche, Plaquemines, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany and Terrebonne parishes. Residents will have the opportunity to review and provide feedback on draft strategies developed by the LA SAFE team after several rounds of collaborative meetings over the course of the year. For information, visit LASAFE.la.gov. The community meeting schedule includes:

  • Oct. 26, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., open house, Slidell Municipal Auditorium, 2056 Second St., Slidell.
  • Nov. 6, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Vietnamese community meeting, Buras Community Center/YMCA, 36342 La. 11, Buras.
  • Nov. 6, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Cambodian community meeting, Buras Community Center/YMCA, 36342 La. 11, Buras.
  • Nov.. 9, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Port Sulphur YMCA/Community Center, 278 Civic Drive, Port Sulphur.

MUSICAL HISTORY OF THE NATIONAL ANTHEM: Michele Minor will present a lecture, "Musical History of the National Anthem," at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, as part of the Nunez History Lecture Series in the auditorium at Nunez Community College, 3710 Paris Road, Chalmette. For information, visit www.lahighered.org.

WESTWEGO CYPRESS SWAMP FESTIVAL: The Westwego Cypress Swamp Festival will be Nov. 10-12 at the Westwego Farmers Market, 484 Sala Ave. Performers will include the Danny Alexander Blues Band on Friday, The Trent Bourgeois Band on Saturday, and Brad Sapia with Brandon Foret & The 504 Horns on Sunday. Food and beverages will be available for sale. Call the market at (504) 341-9083.

FORESTIVAL: The FORESTival celebration of art and nature will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at A Studio in the Woods, 13401 Patterson Road, New Orleans. There will be music from The Asylum Chorus, Byron Asher and Guests, Confetti Park Players and Make Music NOLA; art activities for all ages; guided walks through the woods; and food and beverage vendors. There is a $10 suggested donation per adult.

CENTER CELEBRATION: "J is Jazzed" will be the theme of the Center Celebration fundraiser for the Jewish Community Center, which will be from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the center's Uptown location, 5342 St. Charles Ave. The center will showcase its expanded and updated facilities, including new indoor and outdoor pools and state-of-the-art fitness spaces. Tickets are $150, or $250 for patrons, at www.nojcc.org

P.G.T. BEAUREGARD: Curtis Manning will present a lecture on the history of St. Bernard Parish from 1865 to 1919, with a special emphasis on St. Bernard native P.G.T. Beauregard, at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, as part of the St. Bernard History Lecture Series at Docville Farm, 5124 E. St. Bernard Highway, Violet. For information, visit www.lahighered.org.

HURRICANE RELIEF CONCERT: Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr., The Phunky Monkeys and Armando Leduc y Salsa Royal will perform during "Playing it Back: Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert," a fundraiser for those affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, at Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive, New Orleans. Proceeds will benefit Cajun Navy Relief and the diaper bank of the Junior League New Orleans. Tickets are $20 at ticketfly.com. For information, visit www.playingitback.org.

"THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME": Pianist Karol Mossakowski will provide live accompaniment for a screening of the 1923 silent film “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the Williams Research Center of The Historic New Orleans Collection, 410 Chartres St. Mossakowski was formerly artist in residence at St. Louis Cathedral. The event is part of the Les Comédiens Français lecture series. Tickets are $15. For reservations, call (504) 523-4662 or email wrc@hnoc.org

XAVIER UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA: Rhythm and blues performing and recording artists Tony! Toni! Toné and comedian Lavar Walker will be the headliners for Xavier University of Louisiana’s benefit concert at 8 p.m. Nov. 17 in the university’s Convocation Center, 7910 Stroelitz St., New Orleans. Proceeds will support scholarships and other programs that directly benefit Xavier students. Tickets are on sale for $50 and $100 through xulatix.com.

LEONARDO DA VINCI BIOGRAPHY: Walter Isaacson, university professor of history at Tulane University and a former editor of Time magazine, will discuss and sign copies of his new biography of Leonardo da Vinci at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20, in Henson Auditorium at Isidore Newman School, 5333 Danneel St., New Orleans. Isaacson's appearance is sponsored by the Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., where the book is available for $35. Copies may also be purchased at the event. At both locations, a portion of the proceeds will go to Newman.

MEETING THE PRESS: Betsy Fischer Martin and Jonathan Martin will be the featured speakers when the Bureau of Governmental Research holds its annual lunch at noon Thursday, Dec. 7, in the Grand Ballroom of the New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St. The theme of the discussion will be "Meeting the Press in an Era of Fake News, Partisan Politics and High-Stakes Elections." Betsy Martin is an executive in residence at American University and Emmy-winning former producer of "Meet the Press." Jonathan Martin is the national political correspondent for The New York Times and former National Review reporter. The moderator will be Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of The Aspen Institute. For tickets, $125, contact Amanda Kaiser, communications and development manager, at (504) 525.4152, ext. 108, or akaiser@bgr.org.

NEW ORLEANS MISSION: Novelist Ron Hall, author of "Same Kind of Different as Me," will offer remarks during the "Changing the Face of Homelessness" gala benefiting the New Orleans Mission from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave. There will also be music from Christian pop artist Jonny Diaz. Tickets are $150 at www.neworleansmission.org. For sponsorship information, contact Gary Crosby at (504) 287-1814 or gary@neworleansmission.org.