The Rotarians are working with the Warren Easton Interact Club, the Ben Franklin Interact Club and First Grace United Methodist Church to provide dinner baskets for 100 families in the New Orleans area.

“Unfortunately there is a dire need in our community,” said Rotarian Faun Fenderson, who is running this year’s drive. “We are happy to give back and do whatever we can to help fill that need, and encourage others to do the same.”

Members of the four groups will meet Nov. 20 at First Grace Church to pack and distribute the baskets to needy families.

The Rotary Club of New Orleans meets at noon every Wednesday at Harrah?s Hotel in New Orleans. For information about the drive or the club, send email to Fenderson at

4-H OPEN HOUSE: The Orleans Parish 4-H will hold an open house from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at KIPP Central City Academy, 2514 Third St., New Orleans. Guests will meet 4-H members and learn about the impact they make in the community and the opportunities that membership brings. For information, call (504) 658-2900.

BENEFIT BOOK FAIR: Bridgedale Elementary School in Metairie will be the beneficiary of a book sale being held by the Metairie Learning Center of the University of Phoenix from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17-20, in the seventh-floor atrium of The Galleria, 1One Galleria Blvd., Metairie.

Volunteers are being sought to organize items, secure community sponsorships, set up and pack up, serve refreshments, and help shoppers find the perfect book. For information on volunteering, contact Dawn Weldon at or (225) 938-1917.

KINGSLEY HOUSE: Kermit Ruffins will perform, and cooks from VooDoo BBQ and Grill will prepare tasty treats on the trumpeter’s famous grill, during an event for the Kingsley House settlement house from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, at Kingsley House, 1600 Constance St., New Orleans.

The lead organizers for “Get Fired Up for Kingsley House” include the Barman’s Fund and the Young Leadership Council.

There is no ticket price for the event; however, guests must bring a business card to enter and donations will be accepted at the door. For information, contact Gina Jackson at (504) 523-6221, ext. 127, or

ALGIERS KIWANIS: Jason Williams, of the New Orleans City Council, will speak when the Kiwanis Club of Algiers meets at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Aurora Tennis and Swim Club, 5244 Gen. Meyer. Guests are welcome. For information, call (504) 391-0667.

JEWISH BABIES CLUB: The Jewish Community Day School Jewish Babies Club will meet at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at the Jewish Community Day School, 3747 W est Esplanade Ave., Metairie, and will feature Shabbat Art Time with art therapist Dixie Moore. The club is for babies 3 and younger and their parents. The Dec. 19 meeting will feature Deborah Mintz for a Shabbat Shalom-a-long.

There is no fee to participate. To join, email Lauren Ungar at For information, visit

A VINTAGE AFFAIR: The National Multiple Sclerosis Society will hold an auction and wine event, “A Vintage Affair for MS,” from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 601 Loyola Ave., New Orleans. The evening will feature fine food, drinks and live and silent auction packages. A wine pull will offer all varieties and values, with each wine “pull” for $25. The Bucktown All-Stars will perform. C, and cocktail attire is requested.

Tickets are $95 online or at the door. For information or to purchase tickets, visit or contact Jennifer Simon at or (504) 322-3788.

CHILDREN’S BOOK AUTHOR TO SPEAK: Eric Kimmel, a winner of National Jewish Book Awards for children’s and young adult literature, will speak at two New Orleans events Sunday, Nov. 23.

Kimmel will discuss his children’s novel, “A Horn for Louis,” with all religious school and day school students in second through fifth grades from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Nov. 23 at Temple Sinai, 6227 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans.

The book celebrates the story of young Louis Armstrong, the Karnofsky family, and old New Orleans. Special guests are Vicki and Jacob Karno, of the Karnofsky family, and New Orleans trumpeters.

Later that day, Octavia Books will welcome young readers at 2 p.m. to meet with Kimmel for a book talk, signings and snacks. Octavia Bbooks is at 513 Octavia St., New Orleans.

This free program is open to the public and is presented by Jewish Community Day School in conjunction with the Karno family, PJ Library, Temple Sinai, Touro Synagogue and Octavia Books. Readers guides are available from JCDS at no charge. Visit for more details.