BOY SCOUT SERVICE AWARD: Tulane University head football coach Curtis Johnson will be the guest speaker when the Southeast Louisiana Council, Boy Scouts of America, presents its 2014 Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award to James Austin Gray II and Kenneth E. Pickering at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, in the Professional Schools and Science Building at Dillard University, 2600 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans.

The Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award recognizes outstanding service by an adult individual or an organization for demonstrated involvement in the development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for youth from rural or low-income urban backgrounds. This is in fulfillment of Young’s dream of justice and equality for all.

Admission to the award event is $250, with the proceeds going to support Scouting in the inner-city and rural multicultural markets in the New Orleans area. Every $250 supports one youth for one year in Scouting, according to event organizers.

For more information, send email to or call (504) 256-0377.

LAKEFRONT LIGHTHOUSE STROLL: The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation will hold its Lakefront Lighthouse Stroll at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, beginning and ending at the New Canal Lighthouse, 8001 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans.

There will be awards for the top finishers in the 2-mile and 1/2-mile divisions. Afterward, there will be a party with food, drinks, children’s educational activities and entertainment by The Prescriptions.

To register, visit

DIGITAL ART EXHIBITION: An opening reception will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, for “Keynotes of Light,” a digital art exhibition by Roxana Sagastume at the art gallery of the Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans, 901 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans.

The exhibit will be on display Aug. 8-22.

SHEPHERD CENTER GOLDEN COMMUNITY LUNCHEON: The Brian Murray Trio will perform during the Shepherd Center Golden Community Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, at Community Church Unitarian Universalist, 6690 Fleur de Lis Drive, New Orleans. The suggested donation is $5.

The Lakeview Shepherd Center is a nonprofit that works to enable older adults to remain vital and independent, to promote positive aging and to celebrate senior wisdom and talent. The center is open five days a week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and provides all services, including daily meals, for $15 per month.

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Guests are asked to reserve a spot by calling (504) 484-0885.

“SEUSSICAL JR.”: Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts will present “Seussical Jr.” weekends from Aug. 15 through Aug. 24 at the theaters at 325 Minor St., Kenner.

“Seussical Jr.” is a musical incorporating favorite characters from the works of Dr. Seuss, such as Horton the Elephant and the Cat in the Hat.

Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Aug. 15-16 and 22-23, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, Aug. 17 and 24. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at (504) 461-9475 or

The Rivertown Theaters production of “Seussical Jr.” is directed by Scott Sauber. Lead roles are held by Amelia Jacquat as Gertrude, Daisey Mackey as Baby Kangaroo, Diana Ledet as Mayzie le Byrd, Dominic Mesa as Mayor, Emiy Clulee as Sour Kangaroo, LeeAnn Houis as Mayor’s Wife, Nathan Hannan as Cat in the Hat, Reiley Macicek as JOJO and Tyler Riggs as Horton.

The cast also includes Angela Dufour, Audrey Owen, Cannon Jewell, Caroline Haydel, Corinn Hovis, Faith Kelley, Hannah Bonnette, Julia Kuchler, Katey Haydel, Lauren McMahon, Loren Stockman, Marileah Niddrie, Meghan Gaffney, Riley Zeringue, Savannah Mackey and Sophia Womax.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS: The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of the River Parishes will sponsor an information session on emergency preparedness from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at the Edward A. Dufresne Community Center, 274 Judge Edward Dufresne Parkway, Luling. The event is free and open to the public.

Presentations from the St. Charles Parish Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, the Southeast Louisiana chapter of the American Red Cross and the St. Charles Parish Public Information Office will be included.

Light refreshments will be available.

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ACTION AGAINST ADDICTION: In recognition of National Recovery Month, Action Against Addiction will host its third annual Walk 4 Recovery on Sept. 20.

Addiction is the leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year-olds and is responsible for 50 percent of all deaths on Louisiana’s highways. It is also the driving force behind most violent crime.

The walk aims to erase the stigma of brain disease and raise money for substance abuse prevention services in the New Orleans area.

Walk 4 Recovery will begin with a 5K run followed by a 1-mile walk at the City Park Festival Grounds beginning at 8 a.m. Food will be provided by various local restaurants. A band, DJ and a children’s area will round out the entertainment.

For information or for volunteer/service hour opportunities, visit or call (504) 780-2766.

NAMIWALK: The New Orleans affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness is recruiting team captains for the 2014 New Orleans NAMI Walk, which will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at Shelter No. 10 and Newman Bandstand in Audubon Park.

Team captains who raise at least $30 by Aug. 15 will receive NAMI Walk backpacks.

A kickoff luncheon will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at the Five Happiness Imperial Room, where team captains will acquire tips and tools for success.

For information or to register as a team captain, or call (504) 896-2345, ext. 113.