SUCCEED LIKE A PIRATE: Morgan Molthrop, author of "Jean Lafitte's Pirate Code: 17 Strategies for Acquiring Untold Fortune From America's First Laissez Faire Capitalist," will discuss the book and sign copies at 7 p.m. Thursday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The event is free and open to the public, and there is no registration.
BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS: Free events commemorating the anniversary of the 1815 Battle of New Orleans will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Chalmette Battlefield of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 8606 West St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette. There will be military drills, musket and cannon firing, music, hands-on activities and period craft demonstrations. All public parking will be at the St. Bernard Parish Government Complex, 8201 W. Judge Perez Drive. Free shuttle buses will run from the parking area to the battlefield from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; the last shuttle will leave the battlefield at 4 p.m. A wreath-laying ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. Sunday. For a schedule of events, visit nps.gov.
CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING: The St. Charles Parish Public Works Department will pick up live Christmas trees for recycling curbside around the parish Friday and Jan. 13. Also, trees can be dropped off at the East and West Bank Bridge Parks in Destrehan and Luling until Jan. 20. Trees must be stripped of all decorations. Flocked trees will not be accepted. The trees will be used for coastal restoration in the Bayou Gauche area.
"UN DROLE DE PAROISSIEN": Alliance Française de La Nouvelle-Orléans is presenting a screening of "Un Drole de Paroissien" by Jean-Pierre Mocky at 7 p.m. Friday at the alliance, 1519 Jackson Ave., New Orleans. The event is free for members and $5 for others. For information, call (504) 568-0770.
RIVER REGION DRAMA GUILD: A free children's theater workshop for ages 8-15 will begin with a session from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the River Region Performing Arts and Cultural Center, 15146 River Road, Norco. The four-session workshop will continue on Saturday mornings through Jan. 28. The children will learn acting skills and have an opportunity to participate in a performance at 2 p.m. Jan. 28. For information, call Henry Sorbet at (504) 331-0990.
ORLEANS SIERRA CLUB: Cyn Sarthou, executive director of the Gulf Restoration Network, will discuss that organization's plans for 2017 when the Orleans Sierra Club meets at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 8 in Dominion Auditorium at Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. The meeting is free and open to all. For information, call (504) 307-0187.
TOPS UPDATE: State Rep. Walt Leger II will discuss educational topics and give an update on the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students when the Council of Catholic School Cooperative Clubs holds a general meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the cafeteria at St. Ann School, 4940 Meadowdale St., Metairie.
JUNIOR PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY: The application deadline is Jan. 9 for instrumentalists, vocalists and dancers ages 25 and younger to audition for the 2017 concert series of the Junior Philharmonic Society. Auditions for instrumentalists and vocalists will be Jan. 28 and auditions for dancers will be Jan. 29 in Dixon Recital Hall on the Newcomb Campus of Tulane University. Audition information and applications can be found at www.jrphilnola.org. Students selected during the January auditions will perform recitals either March 26 or May 7 at 2 p.m. in Dixon Hall.
GIRL POWER: A Girl Power social skills group for girls ages 8 to 13 will meet for six weeks, beginning with a session from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans, 3300 W. Esplanade Ave., Suite 603, Metairie. Girl Power teaches girls skills to handle peer pressure, bullying and how to create positive friendships. The registration fee of $240 includes six group sessions plus an individual assessment. Income-based sliding fee available.
YMCA OF GREATER NEW ORLEANS: The YMCA of Greater New Orleans will honor Lee Alexius as its humanitarian of the year and John Espenan as its volunteer of the year during its annual meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 25 at Delgado Community College. Alexius, who died Oct. 28, served on the West St. Tammany YMCA board for nine years and was a primary driver behind the West St. Tammany YMCA’s annual Blue Heron Golf Tournament. He served more than 20 years on the Covington City Council. Espenan, an electrician, helped during the early construction of a walking track at the Belle Chasse YMCA, using his Bobcat to take out trees. During the KaBOOM playground construction, he provided his equipment to drill holes and move mulch.
PLAQUEMINES PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE: Registration is open for a Citizens Police Academy being held on Tuesday evenings for 10 weeks, beginning this month; the time and location have not yet been announced. Participants will gain an understanding of police work and the challenges that officers face. Participants must be at least 18, with no serious criminal history. Registration info is available under the Information tab at www.ppso.net and at the PPSO Administration and Training Facility, 8022 La. 23, Belle Chasse. For information, call the PPSO special services division at (504) 934-6900 or Maj. Kevin Johnson at (504) 202-1567.
PRO BONO LAW CLINIC: A pro bono law clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 14 at the Hispanic Resource Center, 4312 Florida Ave., Kenner. Members of the law firm of Ferriol, Pérez & Gordon will provide free legal consultation on civil matters such as divorces, name changes, bankruptcy, contractor fraud and lease disputes. For information, call (504) 469-2570.
NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY WALK: Photographer Mike Murphree will lead a free nature photography walk from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero. To register, call (504) 689-3690, ext. 10, or visit www.nps.gov/jela.
NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP: People seeking training relevant to nonprofit leadership have until Jan. 15 to register for the two-day Get on Board workshop that the Junior League of New Orleans will present from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 4 and Feb. 11 at the JLNO headquarters, 4319 Carondelet St., New Orleans. Topics will include financial policies and fiduciary duties, legal considerations, meeting and committee management, strategic planning, effective leadership development and fundraising. The cost is $275. For information or to apply, visit www.jlno.org/getonboard.
"SOUTH PACIFIC" AUDITIONS: Auditions will begin at 10 a.m. Jan. 15 for actors 15 and older interested in roles in the River Region Drama Guild's production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "South Pacific." Performances will be June 8-11. The director will be Lauren E. Michon and the musical director will be Karl Harrod, with Heidi Adams as the choreographer. Auditions will be held at the River Region Performing Arts and Cultural Center, 15146 River Road, Norco. To reserve an audition time, email email@example.com.
PEOPLE PROGRAM: Registration for People Program spring classes for retirees 50 and older is open at both locations: 2240 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans, (504) 284-7678; and Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 6201 Stratford Place, Algiers, (504) 394-5433. Registration will be open from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. More than 120 classes are offered over a 15-week period. For a $150 fee, participants can take as many classes as they like, choosing from among topics such as language, computer, genealogy, art, dance and history. For information, visit www.peopleprogram.org.
GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS: Gamblers Anonymous meets several times a week throughout the New Orleans area. Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop gambling. For information, call (855) 222-5542 or visit www.gamblersanonymous.org.
KREWE OF NYX: The Autism Society of Greater New Orleans will be the beneficiary of the Corsets and Cowboys fundraiser being organized by the Mystic Krewe of Nyx for 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive, New Orleans. Tickets are $75 per person or $135 per couple at eventbrite.com.
GAME NIGHT, IN FRENCH: A game night, conducted in French, will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 25 at Alliance Française de La Nouvelle-Orléans, 1519 Jackson Ave., New Orleans. All levels are welcome. Admission is free for members and $5 for others. To register, visit af-neworleans.org/events.
FRENCH QUARTER CULINARY TOUR: A National Park Service Ranger will lead a free folklife foodways walk through the French Quarter from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 26 beginning at the French Quarter Visitor Center of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 419 Decatur St., New Orleans. To make a reservation, call (504) 589-3882, ext. 227, or visit www.nps.gov/jela.
SOCIAL SECURITY SEMINAR: Maria Alvarez, a public affairs specialist with the Social Security Administration, will present a free seminar on the role of Social Security in retirement from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 27, at the Martin Luther King Community Resource Center, 1042 31st St., Kenner. Topics will include eligibility criteria for Social Security, how to apply for benefits, spousal benefits and the advantages of creating a “My Social Security” account. For information, call Rose Behan at the community resource center, (504) 466-0697.
TOURO SYNAGOGUE: Touro Synagogue will honor Hal and Kathy Shepard with the L'Chayim Award with a reception and dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, at the synagogue, 4238 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Tickets are $125 at tourosynagogue.com/lchayimaward. Reservations also may be made by calling (504) 895-4843.
RETIREMENT FINANCES: Brian Low, a registered representative with Broker Dealer Financial Services, will be the instructor for a three-night presentation on "Financial Strategies for Successful Retirement" at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 1, 8 and 15, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The presentation is free of charge and open to the public. There is no registration. No goods or services will be sold during this presentation.
"LES GAZELLES": Alliance Française de La Nouvelle-Orléans is presenting a screening of "Les Gazelles" by Mona Achache at 7 p.m. Feb. 3 at the alliance, 1519 Jackson Ave., New Orleans, and again at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, at Cafe Istanbul, 2372 St. Charles Ave. The 2014 comedy will be presented in French with English subtitles. The event is free for members and $5 for others. For information, call (504) 568-0770.
WINE TASTING: Jodie Smith, of Geaux Geaux Wine Promotions, will lead a wine-tasting in English at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at Alliance Française de La Nouvelle-Orléans, 1519 Jackson Ave., New Orleans. Admission is $19 for members and $25 for others. To register, visit af-neworleans.org/events by Feb. 4.
FORENSIC GENEALOGY: Colleen Fitzpatrick, author of "Forensic Genealogy" and "DNA & Genealogy," will discuss "Forensic Genealogy: A Different Kind of DNA Talk" at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The presentation is free of charge and open to the public. Fitzpatrick will explain how DNA can be combined with paper genealogy to provide a more powerful toolbox for solving genealogical mysteries. She'll also provide success stories about tracing lost family history.
AARP SMART DRIVER CLASS: An AARP Smart Driver class will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Ochsner/Elmwood Fitness Center, 1200 S. Clearview Parkway, Harahan. Those completing the course will receive a certificate that may qualify them for a discount from their automobile insurer, good for up to three years. The class fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for others. To register, call (504) 391-3213.
"U": Alliance Française de La Nouvelle-Orléans is presenting a screening of "U" by Serge Elissalde at 7 p.m. March 3 at the alliance, 1519 Jackson Ave., New Orleans, and again at 7 p.m. Monday, March 6, at Cafe Istanbul, 2372 St. Charles Ave. The family-friendly 2006 animation will be presented in French with English subtitles. The event is free for members and $5 for others. For information, call (504) 568-0770.
FRENCH LANGUAGE PRACTICE: A Speak Easy event, during which participants will chat with conversation partners for seven minutes each in French, followed by seven minutes in English, will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 7 at the Avenue Pub, 1732 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. A drink is included in the fee of $15 for members of Alliance Française de La Nouvelle-Orléans and $20 for others. To register, visit af-neworleans.org/events by March 6.
"LA VIE ET RIEN D'AUTRE": Alliance Française de La Nouvelle-Orléans is presenting a screening of "La Vie et Rien d’Autre" by Bertrand Tavernier at 7 p.m. April 7 at the alliance, 1519 Jackson Ave., New Orleans, and again at 7 p.m. April 10 at Cafe Istanbul, 2372 St. Charles Ave. The 1989 drama will be presented in French with English subtitles. The event is free for members and $5 for others. For information, call (504) 568-0770.
FRENCH LANGUAGE PRACTICE: A Speak Easy event, during which participants will chat with conversation partners for seven minutes each in French, followed by seven minutes in English, will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 13 at Oak, 8118 Oak St., New Orleans. A drink and snacks are included in the fee of $15 for members of Alliance Française de La Nouvelle-Orléans and $20 for others. To register, visit af-neworleans.org/events by June 12.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.