Young fishers take part in the John C. Burrus School of Fish free fishing clinic at the New Canal Lighthouse on Lake Pontchartrain in 2015. This year's clinic will be held June 12-13.

Join local folks sipping coffee and sharing casual conversation at the next Learning Before Lunch gathering, a series of monthly talks designed to spark dialogue about people, places and things going on in the New Orleans area.

The hourlong gatherings are held on the second Thursday of the month at the Earl K. Long Library, Room 407, on the University of New Orleans campus, 2000 Lakeshore Drive. Coffee is served at 9:30 a.m., and the talk starts at 10 a.m.

Speaker for June 14 is writer Danny Heitman, whose essays have been featured in national publications including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times. Heitman has written a weekly column for The Advocate since 1991, mainly about his life as a husband and father.

Heitman will discuss his book, “A Summer of Birds: John James Audubon at Oakley House,” which documents how Audubon's time in Louisiana shaped his destiny as a famous bird artist. Books will be available, and Heitman will sign them after the talk.

Series speakers discuss a variety of topics, including history, cooking, music and our unique culture. Parking is free. A $5 donation is welcome to support the Learning Before Lunch series, a nonprofit organization funded by its members.

The series launched last year, and speakers this year include entrepreneurs, musicians, scientists and artists with interesting stories to share. For information, visit

Botanical Garden plant sale

The New Orleans Botanical Garden will host a plant sale from 9 a.m. to noon at the Pelican Greenhouse at City Park, off Henry Thomas Drive and south of the Interstate 610 underpass.

Arrive early for the best selections, including annuals, perennials, roses, gingers, succulents and native varieties. Bring a wagon, just in case you buy more than you can carry. For more information, visit

Fishing school

The John C. Burrus School of Fish, a half-day fishing clinic for children ages 8-15, will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday, June 12, and Wednesday, June 13, at the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation’s New Canal Lighthouse, 8001 Lakeshore Drive, at the and adjacent seawall.

The cost is $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers. Participants will learn to fish with rods and reels, cast and tie basic knots. They also will learn boating safety from Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries volunteers. Fishing poles, life jackets and lunch will be provided.

Participants will receive certificates and T-shirts. For information and registration forms, visit, and click on LPBF programs, then education to find School of Fish.

Gone fishing

Registration forms are due June 6 for the sixth annual St. Dominic Fishing Rodeo. Participants can fish anywhere anytime on Friday, June 22, and until 3 p.m. Saturday, June 23, when the rodeo party begins at the St. Dominic school yard, 6326 Memphis St., Lakeview.

The weigh-in will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and there will be divisions for adults, women and children. Fish categories include trout, flounder, drum, sheepshead, redfish and bass.

Entry fees range from $25 to $45, and the cost to enjoy the rodeo party alone is $20 for adults and $10 for children. There will be food, drink and door prizes. For information and registration forms, visit

 The sound of portraits

A selection of Lee Fiedlander’s photographic portraits of musicians is on display through Sunday, June 17, at the New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Circle in City Park.

Born in 1934 in California, and a 1956 graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Friedlander spent time in New York and New Orleans photographing jazz, rhythm and blues, and country musicians of the 1950s through ’70s.

His portraits for Atlantic Records helped promote jazz internationally, and his portrayals of lesser-known artists in home settings helped to preserve the local history of the genre. For information, visit

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The museum is closed on Mondays.

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