Feet First (4119 Magazine St., 899-6800; 526 Royal St., 569-0005) has partnered with Soles 4 Souls for a shoe drive to benefit Haitian men, women and children affected by the earthquake. Shoes in any condition are needed to protect the feet of earthquake survivors from rubble, broken glass, twisted metal and other debris. The Feet First team says the need for shoes is urgent, and no shoe will be turned away. For more information, call 899-6800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Tickets for Chocolate Sunday, a chocolate sampling event and fundraiser for public broadcasting station WYES-TV, are on sale now at Blue Frog Chocolates (5707 Magazine St., 269-5707). Tickets for the event, which runs from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 31 at the UNO Lakefront Arena (6801 Franklin Ave., 280-7171), may also be purchased online through Ticketmaster at www.wyes.org, at the UNO Lakefront Arena box office, or by calling WYES-TV at 486-5511, extension 200. Tickets are $30 when purchased in advance, $40 at the door.
- Local Whole Foods Market stores (3420 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-8225; 5600 Magazine St., 899-9119) have partnered with a number of nonprofit agencies, including Doctors Without Borders and the American Red Cross, to provide disaster relief to Haiti. Shoppers can donate any designated amount when they check out at Whole Foods Market registers.
- Seven new signed first edition books are now available at Garden District Book Shop (2727 Prytania St., 895-2266), including The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova and Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier.
Kids in grades kindergarten through fifth grade can participate inThe Esplanade's
(1401 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner) annual Shoebox Float Contest on Saturday, Jan. 30. Floats will be on display Monday, Jan. 25 through Monday, Feb. 15 during mall hours, and the winners (and gift card recipients) will be announced on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 3 p.m. Those interested in participating can call 468-6116 for more information .