Parkway Partners

planted its 10,000th tree since Hurricane Katrina on Feb. 2 near the intersection of St. Claude Avenue and Desire Street. The group, which has supported the New Orleans Department of Parks and Parkways for nearly 30 years, vowed to "ReLeaf New Orleans" after the storm and the federal floods. It has replaced hundreds of downed or dead trees.

Ellen DeGeneres and Randy Jackson

will hold "A Night to Make It Right" fundraiser at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans hotel March 10 to benefit Brad Pitt's Make It Right foundation. The gala will feature performances by Seal, Sheryl Crow and Dr. John, among others, and Chef John Besh is organizing a multi-course meal with dishes by Emeril Lagasse and Giada de Laurentiis. Tickets are $1,000, and all money raised will benefit Pitt's local rebuilding efforts.

Big Freedia

made her network television debut Jan. 25 on Jimmy Kimmel Live, where she performed her single "Excuse" and "Na Who Mad." It was a landmark for the local bounce artist and the bounce scene, which originated in New Orleans and has been popular for years in the hip-hop world with little mainstream attention.

Shawn Payton,

a Detroit resident, admitted to phoning in bomb threats to the Superdome while the New Orleans Saints were beating his team, the Lions, on Jan. 7. The coincidentally named football fan (no relation to Saints coach Sean Payton) appeared in federal court in Detroit on Jan. 30 and was released on bond. Payton is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in New Orleans on Feb. 14. He is charged with making a threatening communication through interstate commerce and faces up to five years in prison if convicted.