COMMUNITY EVENTS

PEOPLE PROGRAM: Registration for People Program classes for people 50 and older is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, through May 17, at both campuses: 

  • 2240 Lakeshore Drive, (504) 284-7678
  • 6201 Stratford Place, Algiers, (504) 394-5433.

Summer classes will be held Tuesdays from June 12 through July 17; the cost is $40 for one class or $60 for more than one. Fall classes will be held Mondays through Fridays from Aug. 20 through Dec. 7; the cost is $200 for unlimited classes. Registration forms and class schedules are available at www.peopleprogram.org

POETRY CIRCLE: Local poet and teacher Delia Tomino Nakayama will lead a free Poets & Writers Inc. workshop series for ages 15 and up, beginning with a session from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 18, in the chapel at St. Anna's Church, 1313 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans. The series will continue with workshops from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 22; from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 29; from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, June 8; and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 12. To register, email poetryprocess@gmail.com.

FOOD STAMP REGISTRATION HELP: The Kenner Hispanic Resource Center and Second Harvest Food Bank will provide assistance with registering for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, May 18, at the Hispanic Resource Center, 4312 Florida Ave., Kenner, (504) 469-2570.

BARATARIA PRESERVE HUNTING: Park rangers will discuss the updated process for getting hunting permits and other topics during a program for hunters from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, May 18, at the Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero. For information, call (504) 689-3690, ext. 18, or visit www.nps.gov/jela.

ORMOND SPRAY PARK: The Ormond Spray Park, 1901 Ormond Blvd., Destrehan, is now open on weekends from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. Beginning in June, the park will be open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and will be available for private rental from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Sunday. For information, call the St. Charles Parish department of parks and recreation at (985) 783-5090.

NEW ORLEANS REGIONAL LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE: The New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute is accepting applications through May 18 for business, civic and public sector leaders from Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington parishes. A nine-month program, from September to May, NORLI consists of two overnight retreats and seven full-day sessions. Application fee is $35, and tuition is $2,750, with some scholarships available. To register for the information session, email info@norli.org.

RIVER RIDGE BROMELIAD SOCIETY: The River Ridge Bromeliad Society will hold its annual show and sale May 18-20 near the Bed Bath & Beyond entrance at Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Show hours will be from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Experts will answer questions. For information, call (504) 495-0371.

COOKING DEMONSTRATION: Amy Sins, author of "Ruby Slippers Cookbook: Life, Culture, Family & Food after Katrina," will give a free cooking demonstration at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 19, at the St. Charles Parish East Regional Library, 160 W. Campus Drive, Destrehan. For information, contact public relations librarian Lauren Pitz at (985) 764-2366 or lauren.pitz@myscpl.org.

CIVIL LAW HELP: The Pro Bono Project and the law firm of Ferriol, Pérez LLC will present free civil law consultations from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 19, at the Kenner Hispanic Resource Center, 4312 Florida Ave. Topics include divorce, bankruptcy, contractor fraud, lease disputes and collection defense. Participants must meet income guidelines. For information, call (504) 469-2570.

FRENCH QUARTER COURTYARD AND HOME TOUR: The Friends of the Cabildo will be the beneficiary of a French Quarter courtyard and home tour from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 20. Participants will visit five homes and courtyards in the lower sections of the French Quarter. Self-guided tours begin at the 1850 House, 523 St. Ann St. Tickets are $25, with ticket sales ending at 5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.friendsofthecabildo.org or at 1850 House Museum Store the day of the event.

FAUBOURG MARIGNY HOME TOUR: The Faubourg Marigny Improvement Association will hold its spring home tour from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 20, beginning in Washington Square Park, 700 Frenchmen St., where there will be a ticket table. One featured site will be the former Sts. Peter and Paul Church at 2317 Burgundy St., which is being transformed into a 71-room hotel and event space. Tickets to the home tour are $25, or $20 for members. The rain date will be May 27.

ORLEANS SIERRA CLUB: Imani Jacqueline Brown, director of programs for Antenna, will speak about the funding of cultural, education and science institutions in Louisiana by the oil industry when the Orleans Sierra Club meets at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 20, in Dominion Auditorium at Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. For information, call Charles Pfeifer, (504) 307-0187.

HISTORY OF THE URSULINES: Emilie "Lee" Leumas, director of archives and records for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, will discuss the history of the Ursulines at 7 p.m. Monday, May 21, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Admission is free. 

WESTBANK QUARTERBACK CLUB: Skyler Green, who was raised in Westwego and was quarterback for L.W. Higgins High School before going on to LSU, where he was All-SEC, and a professional career, will be the guest speaker when the Westbank Quarterback Club holds its West Bank high school athletics banquet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, at the Four Columns, 3711 Westbank Expressway, Harvey. For information, call Jeff Wooten at (504) 289-3271 or Wayne Ory at (504) 343-5935. 

"THE CONTINENTAL GRAIN ELEVATOR EXPLOSION": Documentarian Royd Anderson will present a screening of "The Continental Grain Elevator Explosion" at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The 1977 Westwego Continental Grain elevator explosion took 36 lives and remains the deadliest grain dust explosion of the modern era. The screening will be part of the regularly scheduled meeting of the Jefferson Parish Historical Society. Admission is free. 

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT: Images of Louisiana coastal land loss are on display from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, through May 26, at the French Quarter Visitor Center of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 419 Decatur St., New Orleans. In the "Slow Light" exhibit, photographer AnnieLaurie Erickson works with the afterimages that remain in our vision briefly after we look at a bright object. For information, call (504) 589-3882, ext. 221, or visit www.nps.gov/jela.

ST. JOHN SCHOOLS: Pastors from throughout St. John the Baptist Parish got a chance to meet new school leaders during the school district's quarterly pastoral luncheon meeting May 2. New principals for the 2018-19 school year are Zina Jones of LaPlace Elementary School, Monica Brown of John L. Ory Communication Arts Magnet School and Christopher Mayes of East St. John High School. The 17 pastors at the meeting also heard from incoming East St. John High School athletic director and head football coach Brandon Brown, and from Terran Perry, principal of the district's new STEM magnet high school program.

ST. CHARLES SUMMER LUNCH PROGRAM: Free lunches for children younger than 18 will be provided from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, June 4 to July 12, at these schools:

  • St. Rose Elementary School, 230 Pirate Drive, St. Rose
  • Luling Elementary School, 904 Sugarhouse Road, Luling
  • E.J. Landry Alternative School, 108 Tiger Circle, Hahnville.

For a list of bus pickups, visit the news section at www.stcharlesparish-la.gov. For information, call St. Charles Parish Department of Community Services at (985) 764-7944.

ST. CHARLES SPAY AND NEUTER DISCOUNTS: The Animal Control Office and the St. Charles Humane Society have partnered with the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to continue offering low-cost spay and neuter services. On certain dates, the St. Charles Parish Animal Shelter can send 15 to 25 scheduled animals for discounted services through the Louisiana SPCA. The next dates will be June 26, Aug. 7, Oct. 2 and Dec. 4. The cost is $50 for cats and $75 to $125 for dogs, depending on weight. For an appointment, call the St. Charles Parish Animal Shelter at (985) 783-5010.

ST. BERNARD HISTORY: Curtis Manning will present a lecture on the history of St. Bernard Parish from 1970 to 1999 at 7 p.m. Monday, May 21, as part of the St. Bernard History Lecture Series at Docville Farm, 5124 E. St. Bernard Highway, Violet. For information, visit www.LaHigherEd.org.

CRESCENT CITY SOUND: Members of the Crescent City Sound Chorus of Sweet Adelines International finished second overall, and second in midsize chorus, in Region 10 competition in Houston. CCSC will hold a three-day a cappella camp in June for women ages 12-26 at all levels of experience. Pitch Camp hours will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 4; from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. June 7; and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 9, followed by a performance at 4:30 p.m. June 9 in the University of New Orleans Performing Arts Center. The camp fee is $50. To register, visit www.crescentcitysoundchorus.com.

ST. BERNARD JUNIOR DEPUTY ACADEMY: Registration is open for the St. Bernard Sheriff's Office Junior Deputy Academy for ages 10-13, which will be held Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., from June 5 to July 11. Classes will meet at the Sheriff’s Office Training Center, on the second floor at 2118 Jackson Blvd., Chalmette. A graduation ceremony is set for July 18 at noon at Docville Farms, 5124 E. St. Bernard Highway, Violet. The program is led by Capt. Charles Borchers and Sgt. Eric Eilers. To register, call Borchers at (504) 278-7628 or Eilers at (504) 278-7799.

"KEYS AND KEYNOTES": Richard Rowley will discuss his book "Keys and Keynotes" at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 7, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Rowley says the book shows how people can channel their anger into writing as an alternative to violence, or health problems resulting from stress. Admission to the talk is free. 

ONE BOOK, ONE NEW ORLEANS: Elizabeth M. Williams, founder of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, will discuss her book "New Orleans, A Food Biography" at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 28, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The book is the 2018 selection of One Book One New Orleans, a not-for-profit literary organization that promotes reading. Admission to the talk is free.

CATHOLICS IN NEW ORLEANS: Bishop Fernand Cheri will lead a panel discussion on the black Catholic experience in New Orleans, "All Along This Pilgrim Journey," at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, in Schulte Hall at Notre Dame Seminary, 2901 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans. The archdiocese's Tricentennial Lecture Series will continue with a multicultural panel presentation on Oct. 3. For information, visit nolacatholic.org/tricentennial-celebrations.

Entertainment

GUITAR PERFORMANCE: New Orleans native Cathy Gianfala Carriere, a guitarist and Nashville, Tennessee, recording artist, will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Admission is free.

PIANO RECITAL: New Orleans-based pianist Peter Collins will pay homage to works by four 19th-century New Orleans-born composers — Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Basile Barès, Emil Richard and Edouard Déjan — in a recital from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, at the Williams Research Center of The Historic New Orleans Collection, 410 Chartres St., New Orleans. Tickets are $20 and will be available beginning May 23 at www.hnoc.org/gottschalkrecital. The event is presented by THNOC and the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans.

Meetings

JEFFERSON RETIRED TEACHERS: Rodney Watson, executive director of the Louisiana Retired Teachers Association, will be the guest speaker when Jefferson Retired Teachers Inc. meets at 10:30 a.m. May 17 at the Holiday Inn, 2261 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie. Admission to the meeting is free; those who would like to share in lunch afterward should call JRTA President Aretha Eldridge Williams at (504) 328-9881.

REPUBLICAN WOMEN’S CLUB OF JEFFERSON PARISH: Cade Brumley, hired in March as superintendent of the Jefferson Parish schools, will be the guest speaker when the Republican Women's Club of Jefferson Parish meets at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 17, at Andrea's Restaurant, 3100 19th St., Metairie. To make a reservation, contact Carolyn Enterante at (504) 919-2101 or carolyn504@yahoo.com.

ALGIERS KIWANIS: Dennis Assaf, executive/artistic director of the Jefferson Performing Arts Society, will be the guest speaker when the Kiwanis Club of Algiers meets at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at Woldenberg Village, 3701 Behrman Place, Algiers. Guests are welcome. For information, call (504) 391-0667.

BLACK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: The guest speakers will be Michael Hecht, CEO of GNO Inc., and Shawn Wilson, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, when the New Orleans Regional Black Chamber of Commerce holds its annual policy meeting and luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 18, in the Celestin Ballroom on the third floor of the Hyatt Regency, 601 Loyola Ave., New Orleans. The cost is $65. To register, visit www.NORBChamber.org. For information, call (504) 948-0991 or email events@norbchamber.org

ALGIERS HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Eric Criss, a governmental affairs consultant with the Southern Strategies Group in Tallahassee, Florida, will give a presentation on the life of Martin Behrman when the Algiers Historical Society meets from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 19, in the first-floor meeting room of the Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive, New Orleans. Behrman was mayor of New Orleans from 1904 to 1920, and again from 1925 until his death in 1926. His defeat in 1920 was attributed largely to his support for the Storyville vice district. For information, visit www.algiershistoricalsociety.org.

Honors

FLEET RESERVE ASSOCIATION: Naval Cadet Stephen Rayle, a senior at Brother Martin High School in New Orleans, recently accepted a JROTC medal and certificate from the Fleet Reserve Association in recognition of his leadership in the Navy Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps program at his school. 

METAIRIE RIDGE GARDEN CLUB: Jackie Ciuffi, historian of the Metairie Ridge Garden Club, won the Botanical Arts Photography Award at The 2018 Spring Garden Show in the New Orleans City Park Botanical Garden. 

METAIRIE ART GUILD: Barbara Hayes was the winner of the Metairie Art Guild Show held May 3-6 at Lakeside Shopping Center. Other winners were Bruce Housey, second; Lynne Cochran, third; and Maurice Stockton and Reggie Heisler, honorable mentions. The guild meets on the second Wednesday of the month at the Foundation Center at Lafreniere Park, 3000 Downs Blvd., Metairie. For information, visit metairieartguild.com.

Benefits

CRAWFISH COOK-OFF: The Bugs & Brew for Drew crawfish cook-off and beer festival will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 19 on Fulton Street in New Orleans. The event is a benefit for the Drew Rodrigue Foundation, which supports cancer patients. This year, the proceeds will benefit Carl Schaubhut, chef/owner of DTB and Bacobar. For five years, Schaubhut has been battling stage 4 incurable adenocarcinoma in the area where the esophagus and stomach join together. All-inclusive Cajun Passes are $60; individual food and drink tickets will also be available. 

COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS: A family-friendly fundraiser for Communities in Schools of Greater New Orleans will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Central City BBQ, 1201 S. Rampart St., New Orleans. Once Upon a Party will feature kid-friendly entertainment, and kids and adults are encouraged to dress as their favorite book characters. Advance tickets are $45 for adults and $15 for children ages 3-12. A package of tickets for two adults and two children is $100. For advance tickets, visit www.bestofneworleans.com/cis. Ticket prices at the door will be $50 for adults and $20 for children. 

LEADING LADIES GUILD:  The Leading Ladies Guild of the Jefferson Performing Arts Society will hold its promenade luncheon at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 20 at Metairie Country Club, 580 Woodvine Ave., Metairie. Tickets are $50. To make a reservation, email Chateauleryan@gmail.com or send a check to Jolene Ryan, 151 Chateau St. Michel, Kenner, LA 70065.

BROTHER MARTIN MARTY GRAS CONCERT: A fundraising concert honoring former Brother Martin High School band director Marty Hurley will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at Tipitina's, 501 Napoleon Ave., New Orleans. Performers will include Stanton Moore ’90 and Friends; Johnny Vidacovich, St. Aloysius ’67; a Peabody reunion show; the Bucktown All-Stars; and the Brother Martin Stage Band & Drumline. Tickets are $25 for general admission or $125 VIP and are available at tipitinas.com. Proceeds will benefit the Marty Hurley Band Endowment at Brother Martin High School. 

Reunions

CLARK CLASS OF 1953: The Joseph S Clark Sr. High School Class of 1953 will gather at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood, 1200 I-10 Service Road, New Orleans. 

NICHOLLS CLASS OF 1958: The Francis T. Nicholls Class of 1958 will hold its 60th reunion from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at Rocky and Carlos Restaurant, 613 W. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette. For information, call (504) 393-1776.

NICHOLLS CLASS OF 1968: The Francis T. Nicholls Class of 1968 will hold its 50th reunion, with all classes invited, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 24, at the Jefferson Orleans South, 2536 Edenborn Ave., Metairie. The cost is $55 per person in advance or $65 at the door. Paul Ketry ’69 will perform with the Get Back Band. For information, contact Shelia Meyers Schulz at (504) 388-7625 or shelia.m.schulz@gmail.com.

Camps

CREATIVE ARTS CAMP: Metairie Park Country Day School, 300 Park Road, is holding registration for its summer Creative Arts Camp for children ages 7 to 14. Camp hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 8:30 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. Fridays from June 11 to July 13. The cost is $1,500 per child. To register, visit www.countrydaycreativearts.com. For information, contact Susan Gisleson, director, or Keri Pollock, business manager, at (504) 849-3188 or cdca@mpcds.com.

GIRL SCOUT CAMP: Girl Scouts Louisiana East will hold a free open house from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 22 at Camp Whispering Pines in Independence. Registration is not required, and participants need not be in Girl Scouts. Resident camp sessions at Camp Whispering Pines and at Camp Marydale in St. Francisville will run from June 3 to Aug. 3, and fees range from $100 to $410. To register, visit www.gsle.org/ebiz, or register during the open house for a $25 discount. For information, contact Lauren Vance at lvance@gsle.org or (225) 635-3112.

LEARNING LAB: Registration is open for Genius Camp: Building Biodomes for young people ages 8-14. Camp hours will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 4-29 at Learning Laboratory New Orleans, 7100 St. Charles Ave., Suite 203, New Orleans. Learners will design and create model biodome ecosystems using their growing understanding of various environments and the engineering design process. The Learning Lab will also offer an ABC Camp for ages 4-7 with a focus on early literacy and the arts. ABC Camp hours will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 9-Aug. 3. The cost is $500, or $125 per week. For information or to register, visit learnlabnola.org.

JEFFERSON PERFORMING ARTS SOCIETY: Registration is open for summer intensives for young people offered by the Jefferson Performing Arts Society. The Young Actors Studio offers one-week sessions for the youngest aspiring actors. Tuition is $150, with after care available for an additional fee. Studio sessions will be June 4-8 for rising first- and second-graders at the Westwego Performing Arts Theatre, 177 Sala Ave.; June 25-29 for rising first- through 10th-graders at the JPAS rehearsal studio, 5005 Bloomfield St., New Orleans; and July 9-13 for rising first- and second-graders at the society's rehearsal studio. Serious theater students from rising sixth-graders through graduated high school seniors may benefit from the Broadway Bound master class June 11-14 in the rehearsal studio; the tuition for this program is $850.   

ST. CHARLES SUMMER ENRICHMENT: Registration is open for summer enrichment programs offered by the St. Charles Parish Department of Community Services for children ages 5-12. The program will operate from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from June 4 to July 13, at these locations: 

  • Killona Community Center, 201 La. 3141, (985) 331-3030
  • St. Rose Community Center, 608 Mockingbird Lane, (504) 305-5138
  • Boutte Community Outreach Program, 119 River Road, (504) 615-1375.

To register, visit or call the preferred program site.

ST. CHARLES SUMMER CAMP: Registration is open for the inclusive summer day camp offered by the St. Charles Parish Department of Parks and Recreation. The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from June 4 through July 13 for children ages 5-14, including those with disabilities. Campsites include Ethel Schoeffner Elementary in Destrehan (only campsite to include campers with disabilities), Lakewood Elementary in Luling, Albert Cammon Middle School in St. Rose and Luling Elementary in Luling. Walk-in registration is open through May 4. Online registration is open through May 6; $50 late fee will be added to the cost of $400 afterward. To register, visit stcharlesparish-la.gov/recreation. For information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at (985) 783-5090.