Military, veterans to get free admission Friday 

The Audubon Nature Institute will offer active-duty military personnel and veterans, plus their guests, free admission to Audubon Zoo and the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium on Friday, Veterans Day. 

"We're grateful to everyone who has served our country as well as the families who support them," said Ron Forman, the institute's CEO and president.

The offer does not apply to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas or the Entergy Giant Screen Theater.

Active or retired military personnel must show a military ID for complimentary admission to either of the two attractions. The offer is valid for up to five admissions.  

Throughout the year, guests who show a military ID (active or retired) receive $3 off the adult price or $2 off the child's price for admission to the zoo, the aquarium or the insectarium, for up to four admissions per party.

Entergy's clean energy plans to be topic

The Orleans Sierra Club will present a talk on "Entergy's Clean Energy Plans" on Nov. 13. 

Andrew Owens from Entergy will speak about the company's plans for clean energy, including the growing role of energy efficiency and demand-side management, renewables and distributed energy resources with a focus on solar power, and information about Entergy’s various renewable efforts and pilot projects including the new solar+battery project.

The free program will be at Audubon Zoo's Dominion Auditorium. (Go through the gate behind the Audubon statue at the front of the zoo and turn right.)

It will begin with refreshments at 6:30 p.m. Owens will speak from 7 to 8 p.m .

Call (504) 307-0187 with questions.

Business seminars to end Wednesday

The city's Office of Economic Development will conclude a series of "Business Information Sessions" with a program from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Andrew P. Sanchez Recreation Center, 1616 Caffin Ave., in the Lower 9th Ward. 

Topics will be “Small Business Initiatives,” presented by the New Orleans Business Alliance, and “One on One Business Development,” presented by Fund 17.

For reservations, residents or business owners should contact Margrett Magee in the Office of Economic Development at (504) 658-4237 or

The program will be in the Multipurpose Room on the second floor.