• BACK TO SCHOOL BLESSING: 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., Gretna United Methodist Church, 1309 Whitney Ave. Students, parents, teachers and school personnel are invited to join the congregation in a special service to kick off the upcoming year. (504) 366-6685.


August 22

  • “WHAT IF JESUS CARRIED A BRIEFCASE?”: 2 p.m., Barnes and Noble Booksellers, Premier Center II, 3414 Hwy. 190, Suite 10. Donald C. Moore signs his devotional format guide to business leadership. (985) 626-8884.


August 8

  • ST. PHILIP NERI YOUTH GAMES AND MOVIE NIGHT: 8 p.m. to midnight, St. Philip Neri Parishoners’ Center, 6500 Kawanee Ave. The new High School Youth Ministry is hosting a night of games, snacks and a screening of “McFarland, USA” for all high schoolers in St. Philip Neri parish, grades 8 through 12. The group is also open for membership for the upcoming school term. Erin Wright is the new youth minister at the church. (504) 887-5535.


Saturday through Tuesday

  • CATHOLIC BIBLICAL ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL MEETING: Xavier University campus, 1 Drexel Drive. This four-day meeting offers displays, seminars and presentations keeping with the purpose of the CBA to promote, within a context of faith, scholarly study in Scripture and related fields by meetings of the association, publications and support to those engaged in such studies. Events include a welcome from Dr. C. Reynold Verret, new president of Xavier University, and a special Mass by the Rev. Alfred Hughes, archbishop emeritus.


  • ORGAN CONCERT: 3 p.m., St. Joseph Church, 1802 Tulane Ave. The historic organ, dating to the 1800s, has been recently restored from Katrina damage. (504) 522-3186.
  • SISTERS OF THE HOLY FAMILY BENEFIT CONCERT: 7 p.m., Hyatt Regency, 601 Loyola Ave. Guest Vanessa Williams is joined by Wanda Rouza, Young Pinstripe Brass Band, Davell Crawford, Sharon Martin and the Chris Severin Band, with Leah Chase as celebrity chef. Proceeds benefit ministries and needs of the order founded in New Orleans by Henriette Delille. $75. (504) 241-3088.


  • ORGAN AND LABYRINTH AND CANDLELIGHT: 6 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave. Music director Albinas Prizgintas performs classical to rock to pop on the 5,000-pipe organ. (504) 670-2520 or

August 9

  • TIKKUN OLAM: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., throughout Orleans Parish. The Jewish community of Greater New Orleans is organizing a service day, “Rebuilding New Orleans a Hammer and Nail at a Time,” in partnership with St. Bernard Project to commemorate 10 years since Katrina. The day will consist of working on several houses, breakfast, lunch, water and snacks. There is no costs to volunteer, however, it costs $50 per volunteer for St. Bernard Project to staff a home project and more than $25,000 to remediate an average home. Help is needed to sponsor building supplies, trained St. Bernard Project staff oversight and volunteer supplies for the day.
  • ATTIC SALE: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Temple Sinai, 6227 St. Charles Ave. The Sisterhood at Temple Sinai Synagogue will hold their annual Community Attic Sale. Items include nearly new furniture, clothing, kitchen items, lamps, paintings, frames, books, CDs, china and glassware. Proceeds benefit the programs of Temple Sinai. “Early bird” special at 8 a.m. for $10 per person. (504) 861-3693.
  • August 23
  • INTRODUCTION TO BASIC JUDAISM: 9 a.m., Temple Sinai, 6227 St. Charles Ave. Rabbi Edward Paul Cohn will lead 20 informal classes, lasting 75 minutes each. The seminar is open to anyone interested in exploring Judaism: interfaith couples, those considering conversion and Jews looking for a refresher into the faith. (504) 861-3693.