STATE RETIREES: The Louisiana State Employees’ Retirement System board of trustees elected Beverly Hodges and Virginia Burton as its 2018 chairwoman and vice chairwoman, respectively, at its January meeting. Hodges, undersecretary for the Department of Natural Resources, has been on the 13-member board of trustees since 2010. Burton has been a trustee since 2016. 

CRESCENT CITY SOUND CHORUS: The Crescent City Sound Chorus Sweet Adelines recently honored member Donna Oliver for her 10 years of service to the organization. She leads the bass section and is an assistant director. She is enrolled in the director’s certification program of Sweet Adelines International and sings bass in the chorus's quartet, Skylark.

JAPAN KARATE ASSOCIATION: The national and Collegiate Karate Championships, hosted by the Japan Karate Association, attracted 120 competitors ages 5 to 75 to Metairie recently. They competed in forms, or kata, and sparring, or kumite, and were judged on their body mechanics, timing and power. Medalists from Metairie and New Orleans were Kaitlin Baudier, Angeli Bautista, Carson Downs, Raif Elbualy, Joshua Guste, Livingston Herren, Abdullah Jarushi, Cathy Jarushi, Emerson Keen, Josiah Lowe, Taiyo Marryshow, Enzo Mazza, Sophia Mazza, Mary Pwint, Harry Rahn, Tyler Ruth, John Henry Schoenbrun, Raymunda Semana, De’Nero Sims, Ali Talebloo, Anila Zahiri and Kenyana Zahiri. In team events, JKA placed second in women’s forms. The Louisiana Karate Association women’s team fought for the gold and silver in sparring and forms respectively. 

J.B. MARTIN MIDDLE SCHOOL: Mindy Jones, a teacher at J.B. Martin Middle School in Paradis, has been honored as VFW teacher of the year for Louisiana. Jones and her husband, Timmy Jones, have two children, Chris and Logan. She is the daughter of Jay and Linda Stanfill, of Luling. She entered the state competition after being selected as teacher of the year for West St. Charles VFW Post 3750.

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.   

LEARN TO SWIM: Registration is underway through Feb. 19 for spring swimming lessons offered through the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission. There are lessons for children and adults at all levels. Classes will begin Feb. 19 and continue through March 19. For information on aquatics classes. visit nordc.org. NORD's indoor aquatics facilities are:

  • Joe W. Brown Park, 5601 Read Blvd., (504) 658-3020
  • Sanchez Multiservice Center, 1616 Caffin Ave., (504) 658-3067
  • Treme Recreation Community Center, 900 N. Villere St., (504) 658-3162.

ST. CHARLES SPRING SPORTS: Registration is open through Feb. 9 for spring baseball, softball and T-ball programs for ages 5 and older offered through the St. Charles Parish Department of Parks and Recreation. Registration is open through Feb. 23 for youth tennis. The registration fee is $65 for baseball, softball and T-ball, and $45 for tennis. To register for most programs, visit the website for the booster club in your area:

The phone number for the Department of Parks and Recreation is (985) 783-5090.

JEFFERSON DOLLARS FOR SCHOLARS: Through Feb. 20, Jefferson Dollars for Scholars is accepting applications for more than 100 scholarships for students who either attend a Jefferson Parish public high school or live in Jefferson Parish and are full-time students at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts or NOCCA. To be eligible, students must have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 and a minimum ACT composite score of 20. All awards are based on both need and merit. For the online application and instructions, visit www.jefferson.dollarsforscholars.org.

LEGISLATIVE YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL: Applications are being accepted through March 22 from high school students who have an interest in representing other young people across the state as members of the 2018-19 Louisiana Legislative Youth Advisory Council. The 31-member body includes three student members selected from each of the congressional districts. For an application, visit civiced.louisiana.gov. For information, contact Megan Bella at bellam@legis.la.gov or (225) 342-2362.

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE: The Kenner department of community development is offering free classes in English as a second language at the Hispanic Resource Center, 4312 Florida Ave., Kenner. For information, call (504) 836-3396 or (504) 469-2570.

HELP FOR CANCER PATIENTS: The American Cancer Society is seeking volunteer drivers for its New Orleans Road to Recovery program, which provides transportation to and from treatment for people who have cancer and do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves. In 2016, the society met the transportation needs of about 80 percent of patients, but its success rate fell to less than 40 percent in 2017 because of a lack of drivers. For information or to register as a volunteer, call (800) 227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

AFTER-SCHOOL HOMEWORK ASSISTANCE: Crayton's Leadership and Scholarly Services is providing after-school homework assistance from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, until May 9, at the Milne Recreation Center, 5420 Franklin Ave. The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission program is available for an application fee of $25 per household for the school year. To register, visit www.craytonservicesllc.com or call (504) 355-7000.

ALGIERS KIWANIS: Eric Golub will speak on positive uses of humor when the Kiwanis Club of Algiers meets at 7 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, at the Aurora Tennis and Swim Club, 5244 Gen. Meyer Ave., New Orleans. Guests are welcome. For information, call (504) 391-0667.

FOOD STAMP ASSISTANCE: Receive assistance with applying for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Feb. 9, at the Kenner Hispanic Resource Center, 4312 Florida Ave. The program is presented by the Kenner Department of Community Development and Second Harvest Food Bank. The phone number for the Hispanic Resource Center is (504) 469-2570.

NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY WALK: Mike Murphree will lead a free nature photography walk from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, in the Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero. To make a reservation, call (504) 689-3690, ext. 10, or www.nps.gov/jela.

FEDERAL EMPLOYEES: Vernon N. Landry Chapter 1398, St. Bernard, of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, will meet for lunch at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, in the Sicilian Room of Rocky and Carlo's Restaurant, 613 W. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette. For information, email pamela.e.marks1953@gmail.com.

ALGIERS KIWANIS: Michael Hecht, president and CEO of Greater New Orleans Inc., will be the guest speaker when the Kiwanis Club of Algiers meets at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at the Aurora Tennis and Swim Club, 5244 Gen. Meyer Ave., New Orleans. Guests are welcome. For information, call (504) 391-0667.

FISH FRIES: Our Lady of the Angels Church, 6851 River Road, Waggaman will hold fish fries from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays, Feb. 16, Feb. 23, March 2, March 9, March 16 and March 23. There will be dine-in and drive-thu options. The regular menu includes fried fish, blackened fish or shrimp and okra; and there will be alternating specials such as shrimp and grits, shrimp pasta Alfredo or fish cakes. Prices range from $8 to $10. For information, contact Richard Kimball at (504) 300-3229 or kimballrt@gmail.com.

LIMMUDFEST: Registration is open for LimmudFest, a weekend festival of Big Tent Jewish arts, culture, spirituality and learning, which will be March 16-18 at the Uptown New Orleans Jewish Community Center, 5342 St. Charles Ave., and at Congregation Gates of Prayer, 4000 West Esplanade Ave., Metairie. Speakers will include Rabbi Dayna Ruttenberg, author of "Nurture the Wow" and "Surprised by God"; Joel Dinerstein, author of "The Origins of Cool in Postwar America"; New Testament scholar Rabbi Michael Cook; and food expert and radio personality Poppy Tooker. Through Feb. 18, early bird weekend passes are $80 for adults, $45 for young adults ages 18-35, and $15 for children 3-18 at limmudnola.org.

ST. BERNARD HISTORY: Curtis Manning will present a lecture on the history of St. Bernard Parish from 1928 to 1945 at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, as part of the St. Bernard History Lecture Series at Docville Farm, 5124 E. St. Bernard Highway, Violet. For information, visit www.lahighered.org.

FINANCIAL LITERACY FOR WOMEN: The Junior League of New Orleans is presenting a series of free seminars on financial literacy for women. The monthly seminars begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Broadmoor Arts and Wellness Center, 3900 Gen. Taylor St., New Orleans. The seminar dates and topics are Feb. 20, rising food costs; March 13, limited-income earners; April 10, credit report; May 8, preventing foreclosure.

ST. VINCENT INFANT & MATERNITY GUILD A bingo fundraiser for the St. Vincent Infant & Maternity Guild will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, at St. Matthew the Apostle Church, 10021 Jefferson Highway, River Ridge. The cost for bingo, lunch and two cards is $20. To make a reservation, call Cindy Wooderson at (504) 236-8720 or Gaynell Pervel at (504) 858-3443.

ALGIERS KIWANIS: Kemper Sublette, vice president of the Confederate Memorial Museum in New Orleans, will be the guest speaker when the Kiwanis Club of Algiers meets at 7 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Aurora Tennis and Swim Club, 5244 Gen. Meyer Ave., New Orleans. Guests are welcome. For information, call (504) 391-0667.

DISABILITY RESOURCES FAIR: The Jefferson Parish Community Resource Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. The fair, for people of all ages and disabilities, is being organized by Families Helping Families of Greater New Orleans, the Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority, the Louisiana Workforce Commission and the Jefferson Parish school system.

POLITICAL FORUM: The West Jefferson Civic Coalition and the NAACP-Westbank will present a town hall meeting featuring the three candidates for Jefferson Parish sheriff at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, at the Oakdale Playground gym, 650 Wall Blvd., Gretna. The election will be March 24.

CATHOLICS IN NEW ORLEANS: Architect Robbie Cangelosi will give a lecture, "Stones Made Sacred: The Sacred Art and Architecture of New Orleans," at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, in Schulte Hall at Notre Dame Seminary, 2901 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans. The archdiocese's Tricentennial Lecture Series will continue with a panel discussion on the black Catholic experience in New Orleans on Sept. 7, and a multicultural panel presentation on Oct. 3. For information, visit nolacatholic.org/tricentennial-celebrations.

LOYOLA JAZZ ENSEMBLE FESTIVAL: Bassist, band leader and arranger John Clayton will give a public concert and participate in student master classes during the Jazz Ensemble Festival from March 2-3 at Loyola University New Orleans. Student ensembles of all ages will observe performances, participate in master classes and give their own performances. Public events include a free concert by the Loyola Faculty Jazz Septet at 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 2, in the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall in the Music/Communications Complex at the corner of Calhoun Street and St. Charles Avenue. Clayton will perform with the Loyola Jazz Ensemble at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3, also in the Roussel Performance Hall. Tickets to the Saturday show are $10, may be purchased online through presents.loyno.edu, by emailing tickets@loyno. and edu or by calling the box office at (504) 865-2074.

ELENIAN CLUB: The Elenians' Day at the Races will be from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 4, in the Black and Gold Room at the Fair Grounds Race Course, 1751 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans. Tickets are $40. The festivities will include a buffet lunch, hat contest and auction. Checks payable to the Elenian Club may be mailed to 1105 Waltham St., Metairie, LA 70001. Proceeds will benefit Ozanam Inn and the Key Program. 

HISTORIAN CHRISTINE VELLA: Curtis Manning will give a lecture on Christine Vella and her contributions to history at 7 p.m. Monday, March 5, 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.

PROPELLER CLUB GOLF TOURNAMENT: Registration is open for the Propeller Club Port of New Orleans Golf Tournament, which will tee off at 1 p.m. March 15 at Timberlane Country Club, 1 Timberlane Drive, Gretna. The fee for an individual golfer is $120; proceeds will support the club and its annual scholarship award. To register, visit www.propclubnola.org.

A CAPELLA CONCERT: The Grammy Award-winning male chorus Chanticleer will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 19, at Holy Name of Jesus Church, 6367 St. Charles Ave. Tickets range in price from $20 to $60 at presents.loyno.edu, by emailing tickets@loyno.eduor calling the Loyola box office at (504) 865-2074.

DAUGHTERS OF CHARITY: The Keeping Our Promises gala benefiting the Daughters of Charity Foundation of New Orleans will be from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m,. Friday, March 23, at Messina's at the Terminal, 6001 Stars and Stripes Blvd., New Orleans. The patron party will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $175 for patrons and $100 for others at 501auctions.com

CIVIL LAW HELP: The Pro Bono Project and the law firm of Ferriol, Pérez y Gordon will present free civil law consultations from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 24, 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 representation. For information, call (504) 469-2570.

2018 NOLA COMMISSION: The Cultural and Historical Committee of the NOLA 2018 Commission will present “Making New Orleans Home: A Tricentennial Symposium” March 8-11 with lectures and cultural programming throughout the city. The chairs of the committee are Sybil Morial, former associate vice president for external affairs at Xavier University; and Priscilla Lawrence, executive director of The Historic New Orleans Collection. Featured speakers will include Cokie Roberts, author of numerous books on American history; and Isabel Wilkerson, author of “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration." Admission to the symposium is free. For the complete schedule of talks and events, visit 2018nola.com.