Orthodox Services: The Orthodox Church in America will hold regular liturgical worship services at 1 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, 1100 Broadway St.

The next liturgy will be Jan. 20. Worshippers will meet afterward for fellowship and refreshments.

First established in 1977, the OCA Mission in New Orleans has lain dormant for many years.

The goal of the New Orleans OCA mission is to introduce the Orthodox faith to inquirers and to reach out to American Orthodox and Orthodox Christians with a Slavic background who have not found a home in the metro area’s established Orthodox congregations.

The liturgy will be offered primarily in English, with Slavonic as necessary. Byzantine chants will be sung in the services.

For more information, contact Greg Player at (504) 296-1245 or Rob Booms at (504) 875-2990.

New Year’s Celebrations: New Orleans gospel singer Joe “Cool” Davis and guests perform at the annual New Year’s celebration, Dec. 30, at 5 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave.

Organ and Labyrinth, the church’s meditative Tuesday night program, will not be heldJan. 1 Tuesday, due to the holiday, but will resume Jan. 8.


Commissioners Sought: The Broadmoor Improvement Association is looking for new members for its Board of Commissioners.

The board requires a steady monthly commitment and requires active members who can engage residents and work with the various other Broadmoor entities, such as the Rosa Keller Library & Community Center, Wilson School, Broadmoor Development Corporation and the Education Corridor.

There will be an informational meeting Jan. 7 at the Keller Library.

Qualifying begins Jan. 9. To receive a packet, call the BIA at (504) 309-2571.


Festival Grounds Open: City Park dedicated its new $4 million festival grounds recently. Taken together with the 25-acre Big Lake area, park users can enjoy 75 acres that was once a golf course.

The Festival Grounds features: a 1-mile-long, 18-foot-wide path for walking, jogging and biking; five sports fields, one of which is lit; a 2-acre wetland area; a large reunion shelter available for rental; majestic live oak and cypress trees; a state-of-the-art fitness zone exercise area; and public restrooms.

Bywater, Lower 9th Ward

Dog Vaccination, ID event: Residents of the 70117 zip code can bring their dogs to Firehouse No. 27, 2118 Elysian Fields Ave., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 5 for free microchips, shots, rabies tags and collars.

Proof of residency in 70117 is required for free services.

Residents of Orleans Parish from other zip codes may receive services for a $20 fee.

Custom ID tags will be available for purchase, and information will be available on free spay/neuter services.

The event is sponsored by the Louisiana SPCA. Call (504) 368-5191 or visit http://www.la-spca.org/70117 for more information.

Compiled by the New Orleans bureau