DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AWARDS: 11 a.m., Roosevelt New Orleans, 130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans. Presentation of honors and speaker Dr. E. Gordon Gee, of West Virginia University. $40 and up.

"STORMIN' OF THE SAZERAC": 1 p.m., Roosevelt New Orleans, 130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans. Recreation of the historic 1949 stampede of the formerly male-only cocktail bastion by women. Events include a "ladies-only" lunch, fashion show of vintage togs, best-dressed competition (vintage attire suggested), honoring of "Reigning Spirit of Sazerac" with live music throughout. $49 and up. (504) 335-3129.

DEW DROP JAZZ HALL FALL CONCERT SERIES: 6:30 p.m., Dew Drop Jazz Hall, 430 Lamarque St., Mandeville. Kickoff for series of jazz and blues concerts through the fall. Bill Summers Salsa Jazz will perform.

BELLES AND BEAUS BALL: 7 p.m., Mardi Gras World, 1380 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans. American Cancer Society benefit with dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions, entertainment at presentations. $150.

LOVE IN THE GARDEN: 8 p.m., Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans. Fall soiree includes dinner, dancing and cocktails under the stars, with late night cuisine following. $175 and up. (504) 658-4100.

MUSIC FOR MENTAL HEALTH: 8 p.m., New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans. An evening of song and discussion in honor of National Suicide Prevention Month, with Alfred Banks, Mia Borders, Mike Doussan, Kei Slaughter and Kathryn Rose Wood to benefit the local chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness. $15.75.


TENNIS "FUN-RAISER": 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday, City Park Tennis Courts, 5900 Marconi Drive, New Orleans. Pro-am Friday, Saturday featuring women's and men's doubles at benefit for Raphael Village for special needs individuals. $90 per team, Yoga Experience Saturday $15.


ALLIGATOR FESTIVAL: 6 p.m., West Bank Bridge Park, 13825 River Road, Luling. Annual festival saluting the swamp inhabitant with music, food, competitions, carnival rides and more raises funds for the Rotary Club of St. Charles Parish.


DOUGLAS REDD CULTURAL SUMMIT: 11 a.m., Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 O.C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans. Inspired by artist and Ashé co-founder the summit is open to artists and supporters in all disciplines to discuss tricentennial preparations and a cultural tribute through African drum and dance.

NOLA ON TAP: Noon, City Park Festival Grounds, Friedrichs Avenue, New Orleans. Beer fest includes music, more than 400 local, national and home-brewed beers, vendors and games. $5 and up.


FRIED CHICKEN FESTIVAL: 11 a.m., Woldenberg Park, New Orleans. The second festival moves to a new spot and expands to two days in order to celebrate the quintessential Southern dish, with eating and cooking contests and live entertainment.

GARDEN BROS. CIRCUS: 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner. Traditional circus with animals, acrobats, clowns and more. $9.95 and up.


NO/AIDS WALK AND FESTIVAL FOR LIFE: 8 a.m., Crescent Park, Elysian Fields Avenue and North Peters Street, New Orleans. The venerable fund- and awareness-raiser for CrescentCare moves to the river-side venue, with food, entertainment, children's activities and information booths. Register as individual or team.


MISS PAGEANT PAGEANT: 8 p.m., One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., New Orleans. New Orleans Drag Workshop graduates compete for the crown after intensive lessons in makeup, costumes, hair, history and performance. $15 and up.


A LOUDER LITERATURE — T.S. ELIOT: 6:30 p.m., Latter Memorial Library, 5120 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. To celebrate the poet's 129 birthday, the library hosts two nights of readings of early poetry and a performance of his unfinished play "Sweeny Agonistes," "The Love Story of J. Alfred Prufrock" and "The Waste Land." (504) 596-2625.


SIPPIN' IN THE COURTYARD: 5 p.m., Maison Dupuy Hotel, 1001 Toulouse St., New Orleans. Make Music NOLA is the beneficiary for this afternoon outdoor concert with Tim Laughlin on clarinet, happy hour prices for beverages and small plates. (504) 648-6113.

"COLLEGE — GETTING THERE FROM HERE": 6:30 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Financial adviser Lisa C. Calongne presents a seminar on saving funds for higher education. (504) 889-8143.

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Compiled by Marchaund Jones