Halloween and All Saints Day are right around the corner, so it’s a time of year when cemeteries come to mind. A pair of soulful events, one this week and one next, will take place at St. Louis Cemetery No. 3, 3421 Esplanade Ave.

The All Saints Soiree, benefiting Save Our Cemeteries efforts to restore city burial sites and share information about their iconic value in New Orleans, will take place from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, at St. Louis No. 3, preceded by a patron party at 6:30 p.m.

The patron party will feature food, drink and a presentation by honorary chair of the event, Poppy Tooker, with entertainment by the Truffle Honeys. The gala will feature food, drink and tours of the cemetery, with music by the Courtyard Kings and a live auction.

Enjoy specialty cocktails, cuisine prepared by premier chefs and help to preserve New Orleans cemeteries for generations to come. Tickets are $100, $150 for patron party. For information visit www.saveourcemeteries.org.

The day after Halloween, all are invited to an All Saints Day Mass and Blessing of Graves at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, at St. Louis Cemetery No. 3. Archbishop Gregory Aymond will preside, and the St. Michael Special School Bell Choir will perform following Mass. For information, visit www.nolacatholiccemeteries.org.

Moonlight on the Mississippi

Boys Town Louisiana will hold its end-of-year fundraiser “Moonlight on the Mississippi” from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, at Mardi Gras World’s Grand Oaks Mansion, 1380 Port of New Orleans Place.

The black-tie event will support local Boys Town programs that touch the lives of more than 7,600 children and families each year.

Guests will enjoy food and an open bar while dancing the night away to live jazz. They can dabble in games of chance for fun prizes and bid for vacations and other luxurious gifts during a silent auction.

The event also is a night to celebrate a century of service by Father Flanagan’s Boys Towns and to thank generous donors, including Jonathan and Lynn Kernion.

Jonathan Kernion is founder and president of Cycle Construction Co. LLC. One of five children, he and his brother were sent to live at Madonna Manor & Hope Haven, while his sisters were raised at St. Elizabeth’s home. His childhood struggles have inspired him to give back to many organizations that have helped him. 

Along with his support of Boys Town, Kernion is a member and former chairman of the Covington Boys and Girls Club, a board member of Legatus Northshore Chapter and a recurring sponsor of the Covington Food Bank fundraiser dance.

Event hosts are Magdalen B. Bickford, Tim and Aurea Thomas, and Cycle Construction. For information, visit www.boystown.org/locations/louisiana.

Lake Vista in bloom

Lake Vista Garden Club recently celebrated its 68th anniversary with a field trip to St. Anthony’s Garden, where Sally Reeves led an informative tour of the small oasis behind St. Louis Cathedral.

The club is open to all residents of Lake Vista, who are welcome to attend the club’s next meeting at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 3, at the home of Vonni Contreary, 1 Wren St.

Guest speaker is Robert Tucker, who will discuss the New Orleans Historical Archives and the book “Garden Legacy” by Mary Louise Christovich and Roulhac Toledano. For information, contact Debbie Buchler at dbouchler2@cox.net.

All that jazz

The St. Dominic Mothers’ Club invites everyone to its annual auction “Twilight Bonhomie: Roaring '20s and All That Jazz!” from 7:30 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, at the St. Dominic gym, 6326 Memphis St. A patron party will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Dress in cocktail attire and step back in time to enjoy dinner, drinks, auctions and a tuition raffle. Auction tickets are $100, and combination auction/patron party tickets are $150. Each ticket admits two. For information, visit https://501auctions.com/stdominicauction.

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