Now is the time to apply for Tricentennial Neighborhood Grants in Orleans Parish. Applicants should be at least 18 and members of formal or informal community groups that want to create a neighborhood project in celebration of the 300th anniversary of New Orleans.

The 2018 NOLA Foundation is funding one $1,000 grant for each of the city’s 73 neighborhoods. The grants should be used to “support events or projects that uplift New Orleans neighborhoods,” including beautification, youth outreach and quality-of-life projects.

Deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Jan. 8, 2018, and grant recipients will be notified Friday, Jan. 19. For information, including a list of designated neighborhoods and application form, visit nola.gov/city/neighborhood-grant/.

Top science teacher

Cabrini High School science teacher Ann Smart recently was named Louisiana Science Teachers Association Outstanding Secondary Science Teacher of the Year at the National Science Teachers Association New Orleans Area Conference.

“I feel like it is confirmation that I am doing what I am supposed to be doing,” said Smart, a teacher at Cabrini for 39 years. “I think Mother Cabrini would be proud. Throughout the conference, I felt her presence with me and that I was continuing her legacy and mission.”

Smart was recognized for her nearly four-decade devotion to Cabrini and for instituting an Independent Study course, Super Science Saturday and Science Squad programs.

“I was not surprised at all and very proud of her commitment to science education and Cabrini High School,”  Principal Yvonne Hrapmann said.

Smart presented “Feeding the World’s Growing Population” about soil science at the NSTA conference. LSTA is an organization of Louisiana science educators dedicated to the advancement of scientific literacy at all levels.

Merry markets

Yule-apalooza is the theme of Piety Street Market’s final gathering of 2017, to be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at 612 Piety St. Featured offerings include handmade jewelry and vintage clothes and collectibles.

Pick up holiday gifts and handmade offerings at Arts Market New Orleans from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, and Sunday, Dec. 17, at Palmer Park, 2299 Dublin St.

Rolling on the river

Enjoy the last offering of Holiday Movies on the Mississippi at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Plaza at Julia Street and Convention Center Boulevard.

The free, family-friendly film "Elf" will be shown on a 26-foot screen along the river. There will be popcorn and hot chocolate, and the first 75 family viewers will receive a fleece blanket courtesy of the Downtown Development District.

Lynne Jensen writes about New Orleans community events and people. Contact her at jensencolumn@gmail.com