ALGIERS KIWANIS: Mel Dussel, of the Big Easy Kiwanis Club, will speak on Kiwanis reading programs when the Kiwanis Club of Algiers meets at 7 a.m. Thursday at the Aurora Tennis and Swim Club, 5244 Gen. Meyer Ave. Guests are welcome at the Kiwanis meeting. For information, call (504) 391-0667.

PAINTING IN NATURE: The president of the West Bank Art Guild, Carol Patai, will present an art class from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Daybrook Pavilion at Woodlands Trail, 449 F. Edward Hebert Blvd., Belle Chasse. The Woodlands Conservancy is sponsoring the class, which is free and recommended for ages 12 and up.

Woodlands Trail is in one of the region’s last stands of bottomland hardwood forests. Participants should bring their art medium and canvas or paper of choice. A subject will be provided, and instruction will be geared to the individual’s medium and skill level. Participants are asked to bring a bag lunch. Coffee and water will be provided. Questions are encouraged. To reserve a spot, email or call (504) 433-4000.

PARADE OF HOMES: The Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans will present its annual Parade of Homes from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The event provides an opportunity to tour new homes and see the latest in home construction and design. It takes place at newly built residences in Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines and St. Charles parishes.

The parade includes 17 homes, of which seven are in the Lakeview area of New Orleans. Other featured communities include The Parks of Plaquemines in Belle Chasse, the Gulf Outlet Marina in Chalmette, the Gabriel subdivision in Kenner, Labarre Plantation in Old Jefferson, Pelican Bay in Marrero, McDonoughville in Old Gretna; and Oak Park in Gentilly.

In addition to seeing energy-efficient new homes featuring the latest design trends, including affordable home automation, open floor plans and specialized storage, visitors can get expert advice from the area’s trusted builders.

Included in the Parade of Homes is the St. Jude Dream Home, a three-bedroom, three-bath house, valued at about $650,000, at 6919 West End Blvd. in Lakeview, which is being raffled off to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Tickets for the raffle can be purchased for $100 and are available by calling (800) 327-2559 or online at

A full list of the homes and locations can be found at