Help the Louisianan Philharmonic Orchestra by taking part in Fall Fashion Week, which begins with a patron party from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by the event from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the historic Strachan-Payne home and garden at 1134 First St. in New Orleans.

The patron party will feature Champagne, wine and hors d’oeuvres with early access to the designer boutique, including Judith Leiber and Louis Vuitton bags, a Marc Jacobs leather backpack, Manolo Blahnik shoes and David Yurman jewelry. Tickets are $100.

The boutique will continue during the event, which will include a light supper and music by an LPO ensemble. Tickets for the event are $65.

Featured restaurants include Galatoire’s, St. James Cheese Company, Mr. B’s, Martin Wine Cellar and Southern Hospitality catering. Security will be provided.

Another feature of Fall Fashion Week is the sensational selection of consigned and donated items available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, through Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Encore Shop, 7814 Maple St.

The shop, featuring clothing and accessories, is operated by LPO volunteers, and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, you can join in the celebration of the shop’s 50th anniversary with Laura Claverie, daughter-in-law of the shop’s founder. For information, call Barbara Sands at (504) 861-9028.

Hat parade and swap

The 2016 St. Catherine’s Day Hat Parade adventure begins with a Hat Swap fundraiser and bacchanal from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, at Pearl Wine Bar, 3700 Orleans Ave. in American Can Company near Bayou St. John.

To join the fun, bring a hat and exchange it for another that you will be proud to wear, perhaps to the Hat Parade at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, starting at St. Charles Avenue and Pleasant Street.

The cost to participate in the Hat Swap is $5, and proceeds will help finance the parade, which will feature Bart Ramsey on French accordion and other members of the Zazou City band.

The local St. Catherine’s Day Hat Parade was inspired by the annual Catherinette parade in Paris. This year’s theme is “We’ve Got Hat-titude.” The one-mile parade is free and open to hat-wearing women and girls of all ages, and men and boys are welcome to tag along. The parade celebrates the feast day of St. Catherine, the patron saint of milliners and single women.

For information, contact Claudia Lynch at (440) 503-6951 or visit or St. Catherine’s Day Hat Parade on Facebook.

Warren Easton dedication

Warren Easton Charter High School will dedicate its new Legacy Field at 9:45 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at the school, 3019 Canal St. Easton’s marching band will perform and a reception will follow. 

The field, a block of land next to the campus acquired in October 2015, will provide green space for students and for sports, band activities and physical education.

“We are so thrilled to have this green space for our students,” said Warren Easton CEO Alexina Medley. “Our children deserve a beautiful space to play sports or just be outside on campus. This is a major step forward for Easton, and we are lucky to have this opportunity to expand our historical campus.”

Easton, the oldest public school in the state, has been renting off-site practice fields and busing students to the locations. The school is raising money to complete development of Legacy Field, and donors include the Orleans Parish School Board, actress Sandra Bullock and the Laura and Sammy Zito Foundation. For information about the capital campaign, contact Regina Wilkins at For information about Easton, visit

Bootiful Night

The St. Pius X Mothers’ Club and Men’s Club will sponsor their annual Halloween Festival from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at 6600 Spanish Fort Blvd.

Everyone is invited to the festival, which will include a haunted fun house, a pumpkin patch and hayride. Activities include games for children of all ages, and there will be prizes and food. For information, call (504) 282-2811 or visit

Lynne Jensen writes about New Orleans community events and people. Contact her at