OGDEN DOCENTS: Training sessions for volunteer docents at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, from Sept. 14 through Oct. 26, except for Oct. 12. Prospective docents should have an interest in art and Southern culture, and a desire to interact with adults and children, helping them discover their own interpretations of art. Training will include techniques and strategies for engaging museum visitors in meaningful explorations of works of art in the collection and in special exhibitions. For information or an application, contact Ellen Balkin at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ogdenmuseum.org.
FEDERAL EMPLOYEES: St. Bernard Chapter 1398 of the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the Palms Too Restaurant, 8001 W. St. Bernard Highway, Arabi. All active and retired federal employees and their guests are invited. For information, email email@example.com.
COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID: Carol Langston, director of college guidance at Metairie Park Country Day School, will discuss financial aid possibilities for college students at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Langston will discuss the College Scholarship Service Profile, generally referred to as the CSS Profile, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid program (FAFSA), and Louisiana's Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS). For more information, contact Chris Smith, manager of adult programming for the library, at (504) 889-8143 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOLY CROSS NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: The Holy Cross Neighborhood Association will meet at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at All Souls Church, 5500 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans.
ALGIERS KIWANIS: Whitney Armentor, coordinator of development and special events for Raintree Children and Family Services, will be the guest speaker when the Kiwanis Club of Algiers meets at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Aurora Tennis and Swim Club, 5244 Gen. Meyer Ave. Guests are welcome at the Kiwanis meeting. For information, call (504) 391-0667.
NEW ORLEANS OPERA GUILD: The Women's Guild of the New Orleans Opera Association will hold its "September Seduction" fundraiser, inspired by "Don Giovanni," from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, in the Walnut Room at New Orleans Lakefront Airport. There will be live music from the New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra and The Yat Pack, a silent auction and surprise performances. General admission is $200. Patron tickets, which include admission to a patron party beginning at 6 p.m., are $250. For tickets, visit neworleansopera.org.
LAKEVIEW SHEPHERD CENTER: A Golden Luncheon for seniors will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 16, at the Lakeview Shepherd Center at the Community Unitarian Church, 6690 Fleur de Lis Drive, New Orleans. The monthly luncheon features a full lunch, entertainment and raffle prizes. Admission is $5. For information, call (504) 484-0885.
ALGIERS HISTORICAL SOCIETY: David "Buck" Landry, president of the University of Holy Cross, will give a presentation on the university's history when the Algiers Historical Society meets from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 17, in the first-floor meeting room of the Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive, New Orleans. The meeting is free and open to the public. The library phone number is (504) 596-2641.
BEACH SWEEP: Volunteer registration is open for the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation Beach Sweep, which will be from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, throughout the Lake Pontchartrain Basin. The annual cleanup in the basin is part of the International Coastal Cleanup sponsored by Ocean Conservancy. Individuals and groups that would like to participate should contact LPBF education coordinator Joann Haydel at email@example.com. Sponsorships and partnerships are available. After the sweep, a picnic will be held at LPBF’s New Canal Lighthouse.
POLITICAL HISTORY: Journalist and historian Robert Mann will discuss the 2016 political season at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Mann's appearance occurs as part of the regularly scheduled meeting of the New Orleans Secular Humanism Association. For more information, contact Chris Smith, manager of adult programming for the library, at (504) 889-8143 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
INCARCERATED YOUTH: Family and Friends Of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children will mark its 15th anniversary with a march in the style of a jazz funeral at noon Saturday, Sept. 17, followed by a rally and community resource fair from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at A.L. Davis Playground, 2600 LaSalle St., New Orleans. The group's annual meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Maison St. Charles Hotel, 1319 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans.
NORDC TENNIS: The tennis program of the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission will hold a back-to-school block party from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Atkinson Stern Tennis Center, 4025 S. Saratoga St., New Orleans. The free event will include court station drills, match play, and free food and drinks. For information, visit nordc.org or call (504) 658-3052.
HISPANIC HERITAGE CELEBRATION: A Hispanic heritage celebration will be held from noon to 9 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Annunciation Recreation Center, 800 Race St., New Orleans. The free event will feature soccer matches and dance demonstrations. For information, visit nordc.org or call (504) 658-3052.
FAMILY BIKE RIDE: A family bike ride organized by the Teen Council of the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Joe W. Brown Park, 5601 Read Blvd., New Orleans. For information, visit nordc.org or call (504) 658-3052.
COSTUMING CLASSES FOR KIDS: The RicRACK nonprofit will hold costuming classes for kids beginning Sept. 19 at its new studio, 2359 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. Television and film costumer Alison Parker created the nonprofit in 2012 after noticing children trick-or-treating in the Irish Channel without costumes. RicRACK holds sewing classes for all skill levels, using items donated by entertainment industry professionals across the country. It will hold an open house at the studio from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 17. For information, call Parker at (407) 716-9517.
'NUTCRACKER' AUDITIONS: The Jefferson Performing Arts Society will hold auditions for "The Nutcracker" on Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Anne Burr Studio, 1128 Dublin St., New Orleans. Auditions for boys and girls ages 5 through 11 will be held at 1 p.m.; auditions for male and female dancers ages 12 and up will be held at 3 p.m. Female dancers should bring pointe shoes if applicable. All ages and dance levels are welcome to audition. Participants should arrive 30 minutes before audition time to complete audition forms. Performances will be held Dec. 16-18 at the Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 6400 Airline Drive, Metairie. For information, call (504) 296-8017 or visit jpas.org.
ESTATE PLANNING: Carole Cukell Neff, an estate planning and administrative specialist, will give a presentation on estate planning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the Goldring-Woldenberg Jewish Community Campus, 3747 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie. The event, presented by Jewish Family Services, is freec, but reservations are recommended. To make a reservation, contact Jennifer Schneider at (504) 831-8475, ext. 138, or email@example.com.
LANDSCAPING VACANT LOTS: Keep Louisiana Beautiful has awarded a $3,685 grant to the Jericho Road Episcopal Housing Initiative to support its blight-eradication work. The Healthy Communities Grant will support Jericho Road's vacant-lot stabilization program in Central City, New Orleans. Easy-to-implement and cost-effective landscaping plans specific to Central City are intended to improve health, reduce litter and dumping, and enhance property values and neighborhood social connections. A pilot program will use Asian jasmine as a ground cover to increase green space and conceal barren earth, while reducing mowing costs and increasing surrounding property values. If it works, Jericho Road intends to apply the remedy to more vacant lots.
ALGIERS KIWANIS: Ken Pickering will be the featured speaker when the Kiwanis Club of Algiers meets at 7 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Aurora Tennis and Swim Club, 5244 Gen. Meyer Ave. Guests are welcome at the Kiwanis meeting. For information, call (504) 391-0667.
IRISH EMIGRATION HISTORY: Patrick McCarty, curator at the Irish American Cultural Museum, will discuss Irish history, including the events that led to massive immigration from Ireland to New Orleans during the 1840s and 1850s at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. This event is free and open to the public. There is no registration. McCarty also will show patrons a two-part documentary, about 30 minutes in all, about the Irish in New Orleans.
WESTBANK HOMESCHOOL ORG.: Westbank Homeschool Org. Inc.will have a back-to-school meeting on at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, in the meeting room at the Westwego Library, 635 4th St., Westwego. Topics for discussion will include Louisiana laws on home schooling, registering your home schooler with Louisiana, and the Home School Legal Defense Association. Sylvia Effler, director and president of WHO, will go over the different state registration options. For information, visit www.who2000inc.org.
LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE: The American Business Women’s Association will hold a leadership conference from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 22 at NOLA Motorsports Park. The conference will feature a four-hour workshop led by Melissa Willis of Referral Institute on using behavioral styles to get maximum results in business and personal relationships. The cost is $49 for members and $65 for others. For information and to register, visit abwaneworleans.org.
CROP HUNGER WALK: The Greater New Orleans CROP Hunger Walk will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church, 7100 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Walkers will make the 1.7-mile loop around the track at Audubon Park. For information, or to register or donate, contact the Rev. Tim Lauve-Moon, associate minister of St. Charles Ave. Baptist Church at (504) 861-9514 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Walkers also may register at crophungerwalk.org/neworleansla. Sponsored by the Church World Service, the local CROP Hunger Walk will support the Desmond Project, whose mission is to “serve anyone and everyone who is hungry in New Orleans.” Over the past two years, New Orleans CROP Hunger Walk participants have raised more than $13,000.
PARANORMAL ROMANCE WRITING: A dozen local writers and editors will discuss the craft of writing paranormal romances during NOLA ParaCon, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Paranormal romance blends themes from the genres of fantasy, science fiction and horror, including includes elements beyond the range of scientific explanation such as ghosts, vampires, shape-shifters, werewolves and time travel. From 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., authors Diana Rowland, Dawn Chartier and Gillian Zane will discuss creating paranormal creatures such as witches, vampires and zombies while avoiding stereotypes. From 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., authors Alexandrea Weis, Eva Vanrell, Charlotte Parker and Andy Reynolds will discuss incorporating New Orleans as the setting for a paranormal book. From 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., authors Alys Arden, Lila Felix and Eden Butler and historian Jennifer Dyer will discuss legends and lore of south Louisiana. NOLA ParaCon is sponsored by the Jefferson Parish Library and the Southern Louisiana chapter of the Romance Writers of America.
HAMP FEST: R&B vocalist Jeffrey Osborne will perform when St. Augustine High School holds its Hamp Fest fundraiser Saturday, Sept. 24, at the school, 2600 A.P. Tureaud Ave., New Orleans. There also will be a special performance by the world-famous Marching 100, created by Edwin Harrell Hampton, after whom Hamp Fest is named. General admission tickets are $40 at StAugNola.org.
WOODLANDS CONSERVANCY: A "Save Our Sponge" Forest Fest to benefit the Woodlands Conservancy will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Woodlands Trail, 449 F. Edward Hebert Blvd., Belle Chasse. The festival will feature music, food and beverages, local artists and craftspeople as well as opportunities to hike through the forest and to discover the forest through a variety of activities. All donations will fund Woodlands Conservancy's programs to save the sponge (the forested wetlands) that absorbs water during storms impacting the Greater New Orleans area. The suggested donation is $5 for people 12 and older. Presenters will include Emma DeLeon, Woodlands Conservancy, bird banding; Chris Doffitt, Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries, native wildlife; Kelly Wagner, National Wildlife Federation, native backyard habitat certification; and Matt & Dreda Smith, principles of outdoor ethics. Glenn Ousset of the Orleans Audubon Society will lead a birding hike at 10 a.m., and James Beck will lead an interpretive hike at 11 a.m.
CHAPELLE REUNION: The Archbishop Chapelle High School Class of 1971 will hold a reunion from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Chateau Golf and Country Club, 3600 Chateau Blvd., Kenner. For information, call Michele Lehmann at (504) 889-0033.
WALTER L. COHEN CLASS OF 1972: Members of the Walter L. Cohen Class of 1972 are making plans for 45-year reunion events in 2017 and working to contact as many class members as possible. For information, email Ernette Sterling at email@example.com or Shirley Marshall-Foster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALGIERS LIONS CLUB: The Algiers Lions Club will hold a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for Lions charities from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at 2700 Gen. DeGaulle Drive, Algiers. A meal of spaghetti and meatballs, salad and a roll is $8, eat-in or takeout. Drinks and homemade sweets will be available. For information, call (504) 427-2478.
LONGUE VUE HOUSE & GARDENS: A drawdown raffle to raise money for programs at Longue Vue House & Gardens will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at Longue Vue, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans. In a drawdown raffle, all tickets are drawn, and the grand prize goes to the owner of the last ticket drawn. In this Grand Golden Gamble, three winners will claim a total of $4,000 in gold coins. The co-chairs of the event are Emily Strong Dike and Casey Dietz Zainey. Tickets are $50 and are available by calling (504) 293-4721 or at longuevue.com.
RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE: The New Orleans Architecture Foundation is sponsoring a tour of seven homes in the Uptown and University areas of New Orleans from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. Participants will learn about the history and architectural significance of the homes. The featured homes are those of Ann Stafford, 6036 Garfield St.; Pierre and Allison Stouse, 1433 Exposition Blvd.; Vincent Saia and Glynn Stephens, 1565 Exposition Blvd.; Randy Aucoin and Jon Gray, 6034 St. Charles Ave.; Lee Ledbetter and Doug Meffert, 6161 Marquette Place; Liz and Poco Sloss, 1804 State St.; and Robert and Sarah Vance, 1821 State St. Tickets are $25 in advance at Eventbrite.com. On the day of the tour, tickets may be purchased for $30 at Holy Name of Jesus School, 6325 Cromwell Place, New Orleans.
'TOUTE PREMIÈRE FOIS': Le Alliance Française de La Nouvelle-Orléans is presenting screenings of "Toute Première Fois" by Noémie Saglio and Maxime Govare at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, at Cafe Istanbul, 2732 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans, and again at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at AFNO, 1519 Jackson Ave., New Orleans. The events are free for members and $5 for others. For information, call (504) 568-0770.
ALGIERS KIWANIS: Bob Becker, CEO of New Orleans City Park, will be the guest speaker when the Kiwanis Club of Algiers meets at 7 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Aurora Tennis and Swim Club, 5244 Gen. Meyer Ave. Guests are welcome at the Kiwanis meeting. For information, call (504) 391-0667.
AMISTAD RESEARCH CENTER: The Amistad Research Center will mark its 50th anniversary with an evening of music and literary readings, "Here I Found a Goldmine," at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, in Lawless Memorial Chapel at Dillard University, where the research center was originally housed; the center's 800 collections documenting African American lives and culture are now at Tulane University. The anniversary event will feature "Here I Found a Goldmine," a choreopoem written and directed by Tommye Myrick and featuring Deacon John. Tickets are $100. For information or to become a sponsor, visit amistadresearchcenter.org or call (504) 862-3222.
CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET: Effective Oct. 1, the Crescent City Farmers Market will move its Saturday market to the parking lot of the May Gallery, 750 Carondelet St., New Orleans. The Domain Companies, a partner in the lot and adjacent buildings, has donated the space to both the May Gallery and the market. The Saturday market will continue to operate at 700 Magazine St., from 8 a.m. to noon through Sept. 24. The new space is larger than the current Saturday location and will allow vendors to offload directly from their cars. Vendors will use tents and umbrellas to provide shade where needed. For information, call (504) 495-1459.
COLLEGE ADMISSIONS: Carol Langston, director of college guidance at Metairie Park Country Day School, will discuss the importance of college essays, resumes and interviews at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Langston will discuss the elements that make an essay a valuable tool in the admissions process. She will also discuss how to create an appropriate resume for a college student and why the college interview is an important part of the application process. For mroe information, contact Chris Smith, manager of adult programming for the library, at (504) 889-8143 or email@example.com.
ALGIERS KIWANIS: Lisa Romback, executive director of the New Orleans chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will be the guest speaker when the Kiwanis Club of Algiers meets at 7 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at the Aurora Tennis and Swim Club, 5244 Gen. Meyer Ave. Guests are welcome at the Kiwanis meeting. For information, call (504) 391-0667.
PROPELLER CLUB: Frank Morton Sr., founder and director of Turn Services, will be honored as 2016 Maritime Person of the Year at a dinner presented by the Propeller Club of the U.S. Port of New Orleans at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, in the Blaine Kern Ballroom of the New Orleans Downtown Marriott, 859 Convention Center Blvd. Turn Services is a full-service barge fleet that operates in eight locations on the lower Mississippi River, employing more than 400 people. Morton holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Southern Mississippi and is a graduate of the executive MBA program at the University of New Orleans. Admission is $125. To register, visit propellerclubnola.org.
UNCF WALK FOR EDUCATION: Registration is open for the UNCF Walk for education, which will be Oct. 8 at Audubon Park Riverview. Proceeds from the fundraiser will help support the educational mission of UNCF and its two historical member schools in New Orleans, Dillard and Xavier Universities. For information, call UNCF at (504) 581-3794.
PARKWAY PARTNERS: Parkway Partners will honor Bob Thomas with its Green Spirit Award during the organization’s Feast With Leah jazz brunch Oct. 9 at Dooky Chase's Restaurant, 2301 Orleans Ave., New Orleans. The event will be the 2016 incarnation of the Parkway Partners Feast with the Stars fundraising gala. Tickets to Feast with Leah are available at parkwaypartnersnola.org or by calling (504) 620-2224.
LOUISIANA WALKS FOR PARKINSON'S: Louisiana Walks for Parkinson's will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Pavilion Island Foundation Center at Lafreniere Park, Metairie. There will be raffles, free food and drinks, and activities for children. Proceeds will benefit Team Fox, the community fundraising program of the Michael J. Fox Foundaiton for Parkinson's research. For information or to register, visit parkinsonswalk.org.
RIVERDALE REUNION: The Class of 1966 of Riverdale High School in Harvey will hold a 50-yer reunion from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 15 at Chateau Golf and Country Club in Kenner. To get on the reunion list, email Bettye Banker Bourgeois at firstname.lastname@example.org, providing your full name as well as home and email addresses. Full information will be sent to graduates’ home addresses.
TOM BENSON BIOGRAPHY: Kathy Finn, author of "Tom Benson, A Billionaire's Journey," will discuss the book and sign copies at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. This event is free of charge and is open to the public. There is no registration. For information on this presentation, contact Chris Smith, manager of adult programming for the library, at (504) 889-8143 or email@example.com.
COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS: Carol Langston, director of college guidance at Metairie Park Country Day School, will discuss college scholarships at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Langston will discuss merit-based, need-based, student-specific, career-specific, college-specific and athletic scholarships and what is needed to successfully apply for them. For more information, contact Chris Smith, manager of adult programming for the library, at (504) 889-8143 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAT SUPPLY COLLECTION: The Humane Society of Louisiana is collecting cat food and litter for distribution to people who care for outdoor cats, feed and sterilize them. The collection sites are Zen Pet Retail and Grooming, 4500 Magazine St., Suite 5; and French Quarter Pet Shoppe, 513 Dumaine St., both in New Orleans. To volunteer, donate or get involved, contact the Humane Society at (888) 648-6263 or by email at email@example.com.
PEOPLE PROGRAM: Registration is open for the fall session of the People Program, which offers more than 120 creative and leisure learning programs for retired people at two locations: 2240 Lakeshore Drive, (504) 284-7678; and Holy Spirit Church, 6201 Stratford Place, (504) 394-05433. Registration hours are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; registration also can be mailed to the Lakeshore address. The fee of $150 covers all classes; the fall session runs from Aug. 22 through Dec. 9. For a list of class offerings, visit peopleprogram.org.