FINDING YOUR ARTISTIC VOICE: New Orleans-based animator and designer Erik Winkowski will present a free design forum, “How to Find Your Artistic Voice in One Hour,” at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, in Nunemaker Auditorium on the third floor of Monroe Hall, Loyola University New Orleans, 6363 St. Charles Ave. For information, visit presents.loyno.edu or call the Loyola Box Office at (504) 865-2074.

VETERANS LUNCHEON: Retired Col. Jordan Jones of the Army National Guard will be the guest speaker when St. Charles Parish holds its annual Veterans Day luncheon from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Edward A. Dufresne Community Center, 274 Judge Edward Dufresne Parkway, Luling. The National World War II Museum's Victory Belles vocal trio will entertain. All veterans residing in St. Charles Parish are invited. For information, call (985) 783-5183.

ALGIERS KIWANIS: Retired Coast Guard Rear Adm. David Callahan will discuss the work of the Coast Guard during Hurricane Harvey when the Kiwanis Club of Algiers meets at 7 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Aurora Tennis and Swim Club, 5244 Gen. Meyer Ave., New Orleans. Guests are welcome. For information, call (504) 391-0667.

PREPARING FOR CHANGE: The Disaster Recovery Unit of the Louisiana Office of Community Development will hold a community meeting Nov. 9 in Port Sulphur to complete a proposal for addressing increasing vulnerability to flooding there. For information, visit LASAFE.la.gov. The Nov. 9 meeting will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Port Sulphur YMCA/Community Center, 278 Civic Drive, Port Sulphur.

SHADY OAKS GARDEN CLUB: Bev Church, executive editor and entertainment writer for St. Charles Avenue Magazine, will be the guest speaker when the Shady Oaks Garden Club meets at 10 a.m. Nov. 9 at the home of Bonnie Hatrel. Also, members will give presentation on floral design (Sandy Huston), trees (Cathy Meyer) and pollinators (Liz Elvir). The hostesses are Erin Fleming, Caroline Frederic, Monica Bell, Tricia France, Sandy Huston, Lollie Rozas, Gloria Ruiz and Carol Viosca.

WESTWEGO CYPRESS SWAMP FESTIVAL: The Westwego Cypress Swamp Festival will be Nov. 10-12 at the Westwego Farmers Market, 484 Sala Ave. Performers will include the Danny Alexander Blues Band on Friday, The Trent Bourgeois Band on Saturday, and Brad Sapia with Brandon Foret & The 504 Horns on Sunday. Food and beverages will be available for sale. Call the market at (504) 341-9083.

HYNES CHARTER SCHOOL: "Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler" will be the theme of a gala benefiting Hynes Charter School at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, in the gymnasium of the school, 990 Harrison Ave., New Orleans. A patron party will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $60 in advance or $75 at the door, with proceeds going toward schoolyard renovations. For tickets, visit www.501auctions.com/hynes or call (504) 324-7160.

KNICKERS GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Westbank ARC will be the beneficiary of the Gretna Green Knickers golf tournament and 1960s Feeling Groovy Clubhouse Affaire on Friday, Nov. 10, at Timberlane Country Club, 1 Timberland Drive, Gretna. Tickets are $85 for the luncheon, $25 for the after party. For information, call (504) 367-5010. 

LOUISIANA SPCA: The Howling Success gala benefiting the Louisiana SPCA will begin at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, in the Empire Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency, 601 Loyola Ave., New Orleans, with a patron party beginning at 7 p.m. The theme will be "Out of This World," and themed attire is encouraged. Nita Hemeter will receive the SPCA's 2017 Dorothy Dorsett Brown Humanitarian Award for her commitment to the trap-neuter-return program. The organization will also honor the Gia Maione Prima Foundation for its annual support of NO Fleas Market. Tickets are $125, or $250 for patrons. For tickets, visit www.la-spca.org/howlingsuccess.

FORESTIVAL: The FORESTival celebration of art and nature will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at A Studio in the Woods, 13401 Patterson Road, New Orleans. There will be music from The Asylum Chorus, Byron Asher and Guests, Confetti Park Players and Make Music NOLA; art activities for all ages; guided walks through the woods; and food and beverage vendors. There is a $10 suggested donation per adult.

STEM SATURDAY: Registration is open for a STEM Saturday program focusing on chemistry from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 11 at the Gernon Brown Recreation Center, 1001 Harrison Ave., New Orleans. Participants will learn how batteries work and design and build one. The cost is $60, with some free slots available for students who receive free or reduced-price lunch. To register, visit www.stemnola.com

WHITE ELEPHANT SALE: The Patio Planters of the Vieux Carré will hold a white-elephant sale and auction beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Homer A. Plessy School, 721 St. Philip St., New Orleans; the auction will begin at noon. French Quarter shops, restaurants, hotels and art galleries donate gift certificates and specialty items for this event. The sale is the primary fundraiser for Caroling in Jackson Square, which will be Dec. 17.

CENTER CELEBRATION: "J is Jazzed" will be the theme of the Center Celebration fundraiser for the Jewish Community Center, which will be from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the center's Uptown location, 5342 St. Charles Ave. The center will showcase its expanded and updated facilities, including new indoor and outdoor pools and state-of-the-art fitness spaces. Tickets are $150, or $250 for patrons, at www.nojcc.org

START THE ADVENTURE IN READING: Prospective volunteer tutors for Start the Adventure in Reading can complete training at any one of several 2½-hour training sessions in the next few months. To become a volunteer tutor, register for a free training session at www.stairnola.org/how-to-help; email Margo Price, volunteer coordinator, at margo@stairnola.org; or call (504) 899-0820. Training sessions include: 

  • Saturday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m., The Land Building, 1535 State St., New Orleans.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 15, 3 p.m., The Land Building, 1535 State St., New Orleans. 

ORLEANS SIERRA CLUB: Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer will give a rescheduled talk on the state of Louisiana's environment when the Orleans Sierra Club meets at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, in Dominion Auditorium at Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. To get to the auditorium, enter the gate behind the statue of Audubon and turn right. For information, call (504) 307-0187.

CONGREGATION BETH ISRAEL: Marshall Gerson, longtime chair of the Beth Israel Cemetery Committee, will be honored when the Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue and Community Center holds its annual fundraiser at 6 p.m. Nov. 12 at Beth Israel, 4004 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie. The event will also memorialize five past leaders of the cemetery committee: Lester Gerson, Oscar J. Tolmas, Michel Watsky, Sadie Lubritz and Mildred Covert. Tickets begin at $125 per person; tickets for those 35 and younger are $75 per person. Proceeds will benefit capital projects of the old and new cemeteries. For tickets or information, call (504) 454-5080 or email RSVP@BethIsraelNOLA.com.

P.G.T. BEAUREGARD: Curtis Manning will present a lecture on the history of St. Bernard Parish from 1865 to 1919, with a special emphasis on St. Bernard native P.G.T. Beauregard, at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, as part of the St. Bernard History Lecture Series at Docville Farm, 5124 E. St. Bernard Highway, Violet. For information, visit www.lahighered.org.

TERRYTOWN GARDEN CLUB: The next meeting of the Terrytown Garden Club will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 14. For information, call club President Reba Mackey at (504) 394-0038. At its October meeting, club members learned about Holland tulips from member Tricia Ortalano and took tulip bulbs home with instructions on how to plant for spring. 

HURRICANE RELIEF CONCERT: Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr., The Phunky Monkeys and Armando Leduc y Salsa Royal will perform during "Playing it Back: Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert," a fundraiser for those affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, at Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive, New Orleans. Proceeds will benefit Cajun Navy Relief and the diaper bank of the Junior League New Orleans. Tickets are $20 at ticketfly.com. For information, visit www.playingitback.org.

TALKING TO KIDS ABOUT SEXUALITY: Brian Butler, executive director of Dumb Ox Ministries, will give a presentation, "How to Talk to Your Kids About Sexuality," at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, in the gym at St. Dominic School, 6326 Memphis St., New Orleans. Parents of children of all ages are welcome to come learn more about how to broach these sensitive subjects at a variety of different age-appropriate levels.

"THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME": Pianist Karol Mossakowski will provide live accompaniment for a screening of the 1923 silent film “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the Williams Research Center of The Historic New Orleans Collection, 410 Chartres St. Mossakowski was formerly artist in residence at St. Louis Cathedral. The event is part of the Les Comédiens Français lecture series. Tickets are $15. For reservations, call (504) 523-4662 or email wrc@hnoc.org

A's AND ACES: A progressive-party fundraiser for A's and Aces, with the theme "Going to State," will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, with an hour each at three private homes on the 1100 and 1200 blocks of State Street in New Orleans. A's and Aces benefits New Orleans public schoolchildren through academic assistance, a life skills curriculum and tennis. Tickets are $50 in advance or $60 at the door. To register, visit www.asandaces.org.

WESTBANK QUARTERBACK CLUB: Bobby Barbier, an Archbishop Shaw High School graduate and head baseball coach at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, will be the guest speaker when the Westbank Quarterback Club opens its 2017-18 season at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, at The Four Columns, 3711 Westbank Expressway, Harvey.  

NOPD SERGEANT HONORED: The International Association of Chiefs of Police has selected Sgt. Nicole Powell, who serves in the Investigation and Support Bureau of the New Orleans Police Department, as a 2017 IACP 40 Under 40 award recipient. Powell was chosen on the basis of her leadership skills and her recognition of the importance of bridging the gap between current law enforcement strategies and evidence-based research. Over the past year, Powell has developed sustainable research partnerships with academic and community partners.

REAL MEN WEAR PINK: Alex Davison, a participant in the American Cancer Society's Real Men Wear Pink campaign, raised more than $1,000 for the fight against breast cancer while spending 24 hours in a giant pink chair outside the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge in New Orleans. His average donation was about $50.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT SINGERS: Volunteers are invited to sing with the St. Matthew's United Methodist Church choir and the New Orleans Civic Symphony when they present their Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12. Rehearsals are held Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at the church, 6017 Camphor St., Metairie. The phone number for the church is (504) 888-1155.

SECOND HARVEST COMMUNITY KITCHEN: Demand for after-school meals for children has increased, creating a need for more than 70 additional regular volunteers in the Second Harvest Food Bank Community Kitchen, 700 Edwards Ave., Harahan. The volunteers will help prepare the Kids Cafe meals. Shifts are available Monday through Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and from noon to 2:30 p.m. A Friday shift is from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. To volunteer, contact Vanessa Cave-Herazo at vcaveherazo@secondharvest.org or (504) 729-2850.

KENNER CENTRAL LIONS CLUB: "The Future of Peace" was the theme of the local competition in the Lions International Peace Poster contest, which was won by Allison Lopez, a seventh-grader at Memorial Baptist School. The local competition was sponsored by the Kenner Central Lions Club, and the judges were Memorial Baptist principal Jerry Riggs, teacher Remy Goodwin and secretary Jennifer Angle.

ALGIERS KIWANIS: Artist Terrance Osborne will be the guest speaker when the Kiwanis Club of Algiers meets at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Aurora Tennis and Swim Club, 5244 Gen. Meyer Ave., New Orleans. Guests are welcome. For information, call (504) 391-0667.

XAVIER UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA: Rhythm and blues performing and recording artists Tony! Toni! Toné and comedian Lavar Walker will be the headliners for Xavier University of Louisiana’s benefit concert at 8 p.m. Nov. 17 in the university’s Convocation Center, 7910 Stroelitz St., New Orleans. Proceeds will support scholarships and other programs that directly benefit Xavier students. Tickets are on sale for $50 and $100 through xulatix.com.

ALGIERS HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Deborah Burst will discuss her books "Spirits of the Bayou" and "The Mystical Life of Trees" when the Algiers Historical Society meets from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 18, in the first-floor meeting room of the Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive, New Orleans. All AHS meetings are free and open to the public. For information, visit www.algiershistoricalsociety.org.

HOLIDAY MARKET: The St. Matthew the Apostle Home and School Association will hold its holiday market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 18 in the Monsignor Bendix Center, 10021 Jefferson Highway, River Ridge. The market is for ages 10 and above; admission is $5. 

LEONARDO DA VINCI BIOGRAPHY: Walter Isaacson, history professor at Tulane University and a former editor of Time magazine, will discuss and sign copies of his new biography of Leonardo da Vinci at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20, in Henson Auditorium at Isidore Newman School, 5333 Danneel St., New Orleans. Isaacson's appearance is sponsored by the Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., where the book is available for $35. Copies may also be purchased at the event. At both locations, a portion of the proceeds will go to Newman.

TWERKSGIVING HOLIDAY CAMP: Queen of Bounce Big Freedia will be the featured instructor during the Twerksgiving holiday camp for ages 4-12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 20-21 at Upturn Arts, 1719 Toledano St., New Orleans. Campers will also participate in music, dance, visual arts and theater with artists such as songwriter Kristin Diable and drag queen Laveau Contraire, who will lead story time on Monday. The cost for both days is $120. To register, visit upturnarts.org or call (504) 390.8399.

THANKSGIVING BASKET DONATIONS: The St. Charles Parish department of community services is collecting donations for its Thanksgiving basket program until Nov. 21 at its office at 14564 River Road, New Sarpy. The program's goal is to deliver 200 baskets to families in need this year. A donation of $10 will purchase a frozen turkey; the baskets will also include other foods one would find at a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Donors may drop off donations or call (985) 764-7944 to arrange a pickup.

ST. CHARLES BOAT LAUNCH: The West Bank Boat Launch Citizens Advisory Panel is seeking available properties on the west bank of the parish to serve as potential sites for a public boat launch. The committee is seeking property owners interested in donating, selling or long-term leasing their land to St. Charles Parish. Any property owners interested are asked to contact the committee by calling (985) 783-5102 or emailing cmfaucheux@stcharlesgov.net by Nov. 30.

BEIGNET FEST: A Holiday Artists' Village has been added to the rescheduled Beignet Fest, which will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Festival Grounds at New Orleans City Park. Performers will include the Brass-A-Holics, the John "Papa" Gros Band, the One Love Brass Band and the Hill Country Hounds. A map and full menu of beignet dishes can be found at www.beignetfest.com. Proceeds from food and beverage sales benefit the Tres Doux Foundation, which makes grants to local autism programs.

MEETING THE PRESS: Betsy Fischer Martin and Jonathan Martin will be the featured speakers when the Bureau of Governmental Research holds its annual lunch at noon Thursday, Dec. 7, in the Grand Ballroom of the New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St. The theme will be "Meeting the Press in an Era of Fake News, Partisan Politics and High-Stakes Elections." Betsy Martin is an executive in residence at American University and Emmy-winning former producer of "Meet the Press." Jonathan Martin is the national political correspondent for The New York Times and former National Review reporter. The moderator will be Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of The Aspen Institute. For tickets, $125, contact Amanda Kaiser, communications and development manager, at (504) 525.4152, ext. 108, or akaiser@bgr.org.

NEW ORLEANS MISSION: Novelist Ron Hall, author of "Same Kind of Different as Me," will offer remarks during the "Changing the Face of Homelessness" gala benefiting the New Orleans Mission from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave. There will also be music from Christian pop artist Jonny Diaz. Tickets are $150 at www.neworleansmission.org. For sponsorship information, contact Gary Crosby at (504) 287-1814 or gary@neworleansmission.org.

AARP SMART DRIVER CLASS: An AARP Smart Driver class will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, 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 car insurance discount. The fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. To register, call (504) 828-3962.