No doubt you’ve heard the sad news that a football field of land is lost every hour along Louisiana’s coastal wetlands. But there are solutions that can reconnect the mighty Mississippi River to its people and wildlife while providing jobs and hurricane protection.

Restore the Mississippi River Delta Campaign is hosting Cocktails for the Coast from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, at the Eiffel Society, 2040 St. Charles Ave. Enjoy food and drinks and learn about ways to help save our precious coast.

Restore the Mississippi River Delta is a joint project of the National Wildlife Federation, Environmental Defense Fund, the National Audubon Society, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation.

For information, visit or call Eden Davis at (504) 561-7493 or (504) 421-5162.

Friday night stroll, run and stomp

New Orleans Running Systems is hosting the second annual Lakefront Lighthouse Stroll — a 1/2-mile and 2-mile run/walk to benefit the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation — on Friday, Aug. 8, along Lakeshore Drive.

The 1/2-mile race starts at 6:30 p.m. and the 2-mile race starts at 6:45 p.m., beginning and ending at the New Canal Lighthouse, 8001 Lakeshore Drive. Entry fees are $25 through race day; and $15 for those younger than 15 and seniors 65 and older.

The 610 Stompers will get things going with pre-race warm-ups and entertainment. Discounted tours of the lighthouse museum will be offered to race participants and guests on the night of the event; T-shirts will be given to race participants, and awards will be presented to top finishers.

A performance by The Prescriptions will keep things lively after the race, and refreshments will be provided by Bud Light, Michelob Ultra, Kentwood Spring Water, Cook Me Somethin’ Mister!, Elmer’s Chee Wees and Coca-Cola.

Registration is available online at or by mail by sending a check to NORSI, P.O. Box 2348, Kenner, LA 70063.

Participants may register in person at Phidippides, 6601 Veterans Blvd.; LA Running Company, 4153 Canal St.; Varsity Sports, 3450 Magazine St.; GNO Cyclery, 1426 S. Carrollton Ave.; Sneaker Shop, 904 Harrison Ave.; Southern Runner Sports, 6112 Magazine St.; and West Jeff Fitness Center, 1121 Medical Center Blvd. in Marrero and 175 Hector Ave. in Terrytown.

For information, visit or call (504) 468-1488.

Race director is Chuck George, of New Orleans Running Systems, and chairwoman is Angela Pacaccio Dorvin, of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation.

The foundation offers environmental and historical programs on the ecology of the Lake Pontchartrain basin, the history of the New Canal Lighthouse and critical coastal issues in South Louisiana.

New art, wellness market in Broadmoor

Help kick off the first Broadmoor Art and Wellness Market from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center, 4300 Broad St.

The market’s mission is to promote local artists, health and wellness organizations, and businesses, as a force for progress in the Broadmoor neighborhood.

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