ST. ROCH FAMILY FEST: St. Roch Community Family Fest will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at St. Roch Park, 1800 St. Roch Ave. Highlights include a second-line led by Wendell Brunious, music by DJ Wild Wayne, church choir performances, free food, music, games, activities and a 3-on-3 teen basketball tournament.

Fit NOLA Parks, a partnership including Louisiana Public Health Institute, New Orleans Recreation Development Foundation, Market Umbrella, the city Health Department and others, is collaborating with neighborhood churches, local organizations and the St. Roch Booster Club.

Find details at or call (504) 914-3768.

GIRL SCOUT ART WORKSHOP: Art workshop for Jefferson Parish girls will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and June 21 at the headquarters of Girl Scouts Louisiana East, 841 S. Clearview Parkway. Cost is $10 for one or both. To register, visit or email Elsa Sackett at or call (504) 908-3736.

BLOOD DRIVE: A blood drive will be sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary, Knights of Peter Claverheld from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 411 N. Rampart St., New Orleans.

Eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of fluids before donating. Bring photo identification. The whole donation process takes less than an hour.

Registration is available at or call Eleanora Bazile, (504) 220-0177 to schedule a time.

JAPANESE KARATE CAMP: The Japan Karate Association/American Federation will sponsor a karate camp Friday through Sunday in the gymnasium on the campus of the University of New Orleans.

The camp is open to adults and children who have had at least three months of karate training in Shotokan style. Registration is from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday at UNO and the cost is $300 per person.

Special guest from Japan will be world kata and kumite champion Sensei Takauya Taniyama. Also, Sensei Takayuki Mikami, 9th degree black belt and chief instructor from the Louisiana Karate Association in Metairie, will be conducting classes with Taniyana for adults and children at the camp.

For information, email Maria Hrabec at or call Helen Stone at (504) 486-6668 or (225) 907-2400.

‘THREADING CULTURES THROUGH FOOD AND MUSIC’ GALA SATURDAY: The Edgar “Dooky” Jr. and Leah Chase Family Foundation will host its second annual gala at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on July 14. The gala reception is at 6 p.m., with a dinner at 7 p.m. that will feature a four-course meal prepared by chefs Susan Spicer, Mary Sonnier, Shirley Chung and Nina Compton. Entertainment will be provided by New Orleans musicians Irma Thomas, Rockin’ Dopsie Jr., James Andrews, Opera Creole and Robin Barnes.

Proceeds will benefit nonprofit organizations in Louisiana focused on culinary arts, education, cultural arts and social justice. Tickets and tables are available online at or by contacting Samantha Wolf at

THE HISTORIC NEW ORLEANS COLLECTION: As a participant in the Blue Star Museum program, the Historic New Orleans Collection is offering active-duty military and their family members free admission to its Williams residence tour and its architecture and courtyard tour through Labor Day weekend. THNOC is one of 22 museums in Louisiana participating in the program.

Those wishing to enjoy this benefit should present either a Geneva Conventions CAC ID or a DD Form 1173 ID card. Visit for a complete list of participating museums.

For details on THNOC’s tours, visit or call (504) 523-4662.