Crescent City neighborhood briefs for March 5, 2015 _lowres

Photo provided by NOMA - The New Orleans Museum of Art Volunteer Committee kicks off its 50th year of service at NOMA. Attending a recent meetingare, front from left, Glendy Forster, Joni Diaz, Ann de Montluzin Farmer, Sallie Walker; and second row, Margaret Villere, Marilee Hovet, Carol Short, Susan Benton, Elizabeth Ryan; third row, Robyn Dunn Schwarz, Samantha Burkhardt, Stephanie Rogers, Marian Gibbs, Erin O'Sullivan Fleming; fourth row, Charlene Baudier, Brenda Moffitt, Faye Lieder, Judy David, Joanna Giorlando; and back, Bernice Daigle, Ann Duffy and Barbara Harris.

ORLEANS SIERRA CLUB: Sierra Club member and world traveler John Sevenair will give a presentation on the birds, environment and societies of Papua New Guinea when the Orleans Sierra Club meets at 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the Dominion Auditorium at the Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. Visitors can enter behind the statue of Audubon. The meeting is free and open to all. For information, call (504) 307-0187.

EARLY ARTS LEARNING AT NOMA: The Baby Arts Play! program at the New Orleans Museum of Art continues at 1 p.m. Tuesdays through April 21; the next session will be March 10. This guided, hands-on gallery experience for children ages 1 to 2 and their parents, teachers and caregivers is presented by the Louisiana Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts. Teaching artists will show how to integrate music, movement and drama into everyday playtime to foster children’s development. The program fee applies only to adults, who may bring a maximum of two children each. The cost is $5 for NOMA members or $5 plus admission for others. For information or to register, call (504) 658-4128 or send email to

AMERICAN BUSINESS WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION: “Demo Diva” Simone Bruni will be the guest speaker when the American Business Women’s Association meets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 12 at Ralph Brennan’s Heritage Grill, 111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. The event is open to all professional women, and attendees are encouraged to preregister through Eventbrite. The cost of the luncheon is $25 for members and $30 for others in advance, going up to $35 for walk-ins, space permitting.

The ABWA Crescent City Connections Express Network is open to all professional women and is actively recruiting new members. The cost for membership includes $115 annual national dues and $35 local dues. Monthly networking luncheons are held on the second Thursday of each month. For information about membership, visit or contact Membership Chairwoman Lyndsey Graham at

TREE AND PLANT SALE: A tree and plant sale will be held from 8 a.m. to noon March 14 at the New Orleans Department of Parks and Parkways, 2829 Gentilly Blvd., nextdoor to Dillard University.

Dan Gill will answer gardening questions at 10 a.m. Urban foresters, landscape architects and horticulturists from Parks and Parkways will guide participants in selections. Visitors are encouraged to bring pictures of their horticultural challenges to the event for expert feedback and recommendations.

Favorite New Orleans plants, trees, flowering shrubs, perennials, hanging baskets, unusual vegetables and herbs, roses and citrus trees from local nurseries will be available for sale.

For more information on the project, and the plant listing, contact Parkway Partners at (504) 620-2224 or visit

NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JEWISH WOMEN: Four past presidents of the New Orleans section of the National Council of Jewish Women will be honored during the “Puttin’ on the Glitz With a Gem of a Party” fundraiser from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 15 in the Napoleon Room of the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, 2 Poydras St., New Orleans.

The honorees are Joan S. Berenson, Celia Katz, Flo Schornstein and Sara Stone.

Orchestrating the event are Co-Chairwomen Betty Kohn and Loel Weil Samuel; President June Leopold and Development Vice President Barbara Greenberg; and committee members Shellye Farber, Amanda Herman, Sherril Herman, Barbara Kaplinsky, Tricia Kirschman, Fran Koch, Millie Kohn, Amy Malish, Gale Pick, Joyce Pulitzer, Rollie Rabin, Beth Rosenthal, Mimi Schlesinger, Dana Shepard, Kathy Shepard and Sue Singer.

For tickets or additional information, visit

NOMA VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE: What started as a small group of dedicated women working together to support museum projects in 1965, has evolved into a group of hundreds of NVC members today that help raise money for NOMA. NVC members, both men and women, work to ensure the programs of the museum are sustained and enhanced.

The seeds were planted in 1964 when James B. Byrnes, the director of the Isaac Delgado Museum, now NOMA, started a campaign to purchase the painting Portrait of Estelle Musson Degas, 1872 by Edgar Degas. Byrnes felt that Degas’ painting of his first cousin and sister-in-law Estelle should be enjoyed by the citizens of New Orleans and housed at the Delgado Museum since the portrait was painted here and the subject had resided on Esplanade Avenue.

The fundraising drive to “Bring Estelle Home” that Byrnes started gained extra steam when Edith Stern, Margo Bennet Logan and other determined volunteers got involved. After successfully raising the money for this portrait and hosting the museum’s first ever Odyssey Ball the next year, the NVC has been working for NOMA ever since.

NVC Membership includes three general meetings a year with informative speakers and light lunch; newsletters; Studio Salons and art trips. The volunteer help with fundraising events including Art in Bloom, Home and Art Tour, LOVE in the Garden; as well as education, docent/museum guide activities, assisting the art teachers and more. Dues are single, $25; single benefactor, $35; couple $30; and couple benefactor $40.

To become a volunteer, contact Kristen Jochem, the Donor Relations and Events Manager, at (504) 658-4121 or email; or visit