Summer officially starts Sunday , and for many locals, the season beckons us outdoors to enjoy the adventure of fishing. Here in below-sea-level New Orleans, the opportunity to snag fish, crabs and shrimp surrounds us.

I remember many a trip to Fort Pike at the Rigolets with my grandfather and cousins back in the glory days of the 1950s. Family lore has it that we caught red fish from the shoreline. But I can’t help but wonder if we kids kept catching the same red fish over again, thanks to the ingenious plan of Papa Scuddy. After all, our trips always ended with a stop at Battistella’s fish market on the way home, supposedly for ice.

This summer, youngsters ages 8-15 are invited to take part in a free fishing clinic called the John C. Burrus School of Fish from 8 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, June 23, or Wednesday, June 24, at the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation New Canal Lighthouse, 8001 Lakeshore Drive. The learn-to-fish program is sponsored by the foundation and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Children will gather at several stations along Lake Pontchartrain, where they will learn to identify species of fish, get schooled in the art of knot tying, tackling and casting, and study boating safety. Lunch will be served at 11 a.m., and T-shirts will be given to all participants.

Classes are limited in size, so register now by visiting and clicking on the big fish on the home page. For information on LPBF education events, contact

Here’s hoping that the free clinic leads to many fine fish tales.

Festival at St. Anna’s

Local women’s marching group Skinz N Bonez and St. Anna’s Episcopal Church are holding an event to benefit Anna’s Place NOLA kids program at 1 p.m. Saturday at Dodwell House, 1519 Esplanade Ave. The day of fun will help support a program for students in kindergarten through fourth grade, featuring art, music and environmental awareness.

The event is open to the public and free for children accompanied by an adult. Adults are asked to donate $3 to help buy school and art supplies for Anna’s Place. Donations of art and school supplies are welcome.

There will be food, drink, a raffle and silent auction, and entertainment by local musicians, artists and marching krewes. St. Anna’s church will hold a huge rummage sale inside Dodwell House, and a mobile-mission bus will offer free health screenings.

Members of the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus will present their mini Shoeboxus float parade with a mini second-line featuring the Wild Tchoupitoulas.

For information, visit and

Algiers Point concerts

Enjoy summer evenings by being in that number during outdoor concerts from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through July 29 at the Algiers Point Ferry Landing. Sponsored by the Algiers Economic Development Foundation, the annual fresh-air concerts feature music, food and fun for the children.

Joining DJ Rik Ducci will be:

JUNE 17: Johnny Sansone with Big Chief Monk Boudreaux

JUNE 24: Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band

JULY 1: Jon Cleary and the Monster Gentlemen with Walter “Wolfman” Washington

JULY 8: Bonerama

JULY 15: The Write Brothers

JULY 22: Bag of Donuts with DJ El Camino

JULY 29: Amanda Shaw and the Vettes.

Founded in the 1700s, Algiers Point is part of old New Orleans on the West Bank. If you want to take a Mississippi River ferry to the Wednesday concerts, they run from Canal Street on the east bank to Algiers Point on the west bank about every 15 minutes until about midnight.

For information, visit or call (504) 339-2899.

Lynne Jensen writes about New Orleans community events and people. Contact her at