COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS: The African American Leadership Project will present its Morris F.X. Jeff Jr. Community Service Awards to Ivor Van Heerden, Vincent Sylvain and Pastor Brenda Square, in recognition of their contributions to racial and social justice over the past 10 years. The awards will be presented during a luncheon at 1 p.m. Aug. 22 at Miracles, 3101 Bruxelles St., New Orleans. Tickets to the luncheon are $35, and are available by calling or texting (504) 452-4446. The African American Leadership Project is a community-based advocacy, organizing, planning, policy and consensus-building network.
BENEFIT DINNER: The St. Bernard Project will be the beneficiary of a fundraising dinner at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24, at La Petite Grocery, 4238 Magazine St., New Orleans. The four-course dinner will be prepared by Chef Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery and guest chef Justin Girouard of The French Press in Lafayette. Wine will be sponsored by James Moises of Moises Wines and Bizou Wines distributor of New Orleans. Tickets are $200 a person; reservations can be made by calling the restaurant, (504) 891-3377. The St. Bernard Project has rebuilt homes for more than 600 families since it was founded in 2006; it continues to tackle the housing and community needs of the city.
TIME CAPSULE: Nunez Community College will open its Hurricane Katrina time capsule and hold a photo retrospective at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, at the college, 3710 Paris Road, Chalmette.
COMMUNITY SPCA DISPLAY: The Louisiana SPCA will honor the more than 50,000 animals estimated to have perished during Hurricane Katrina across the Gulf coast with a community display. In memory of the 10th anniversary of Katrina, the La. SPCA is asking New Orleanians to donate $10 to help needy pets. With every $10 donation, donors will be able to hang a collar on the community display. Each collar that is purchased will remain on display until after the grand opening of the Louisiana SPCA’s expansion, the Adoption, Resource Center and Clinic, Aug. 21-23. After the grand opening, all of the donated collars honoring the animals affected by Katrina will be donated to pets in need. The funds raised from the purchase of the collars will be used to microchip the thousands of animals that come to the Louisiana SPCA every year. To participate, visit the new facility at 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd. in Algiers, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, or noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. For information, visit www.la-spca.org/collar.
KATRINA ARTISTICALLY REVISITED: Art exhibits, book signings, film screenings and music will be featured during the Katrina Artistically Revisited event from noon to midnight Friday, Aug. 28, at the Theatres at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., third floor, New Orleans.
RISE: KATRINA 10: The state of black New Orleans during the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina will be examined during a conference, “Rise: Katrina 10,” to be held Aug. 26-29 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave. The conference will be presented by the Urban League of Greater New Orleans in partnership with the National Urban League. General admission is free; tickets to the Rise: Katrina 10 luncheon on Aug. 26 are $100, and tickets to the gala on Aug. 27 are $500. For information and to register, visit www.risekatrina10.com.
OPERATION PHOTO RESCUE: People with photos damaged from Hurricane Katrina can have as many as 25 photos evaluated for restoration Aug. 28-29 at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The event is free and open to the public. The effort is a project of Operation Photo Rescue, a nonprofit organization of volunteers. Volunteers will be at the library from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29. Photos that can be repaired will be digitally captured with high-end camera equipment and later restored and printed. Restored photos will be mailed to owners at no cost. The original photo remains with the owner. For information, contact Chris Smith, manager of adult programming for the library, at (504) 889-8143 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CITYWIDE DAY OF SERVICE: Registration is open for the Katrina 10 Citywide Day of Service being sponsored by the City of New Orleans in partnership with more than 100 nonprofit, neighborhood, faith-based and education organizations. The project is expected to engage 10,000 volunteers through the week in seven regions of the city: Central City, 7th Ward/Treme, Lake Area/Gentilly, Florida/Desire, Lower 9th Ward, New Orleans East and Algiers. The Citywide Day of Service is open to volunteers of all ages, backgrounds and levels of experience. Volunteers can sign up for a wide range of projects including renovating, building, cleaning, painting, planting, canvassing and training. All registered volunteers will receive a limited-edition T-shirt and special seating at the Power of Community public K10 commemoration event at 5 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. For information on every project and sign up instructions, visit www.katrina10.org/serve. All registered volunteers must check in at their regional hubs between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Aug. 29. Projects will start promptly at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 12:30 p.m. Wrap-up parties with lunch, entertainment and guest speakers will occur at the regional hubs at 1 p.m.
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