Barbara Sands, with the Encore Shop, took note when prognosticating groundhog Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter on Feb. 2, although from the piles of snow shown on the Weather Channel it could be longer. Sands and the Encore staff decided it’s a good time to begin the end-of-winter sale at the shop, owned and operated by Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra volunteers.

Affordable prices will continue as winter clothing and accessories are reduced to make room for spring consignments and donations, and you will find a preview of spring-season items on the racks. You’ll also find designer pieces, business attire, casual wear and evening dresses.

The sale will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, to Saturday, March 7, at 7814 Maple St. As always, net profits benefit the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. For information, call the shop at (504) 861-9038 or visit

Set sail for fun

The Alliance Francaise de La Nouvelle Orleans will host its annual gala “Captain’s Dinner on the SS France, Versailles of the Atlantic” from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday March 14 at the JW Marriott, 614 Canal St.

The Alliance is a nonprofit that promotes appreciation of the French language and culture. It offers French language courses, activities and an online library for native speakers and students. For information, call (504) 568-0770 or email

Annual tree and plant sale

The New Orleans Department of Parks and Parkways will host its annual plant and tree sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 14, at 2829 Gentilly Blvd., behind Dillard University at Warrington Drive.

Gardening guru Dan Gill, associate professor of Consumer Horticulture with the LSU AgCenter, will be on hand to answer questions and help visitors select plants. Bring a plant carrier or wagon to take advantage of the sale. For information, email

Forever Jung on March 6

The C.G. Jung Society will present “Alchemy and the Hero’s Journey — A Guide for the Seeking, Lost, Curious and Befuddled.” Author and Jungian analyst Everett McLaren will discuss self-discovery at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 6, at Parker United Methodist Church, 1130 Nashville Ave.

The presentation is free for Jung society members, $15 for adults and $10 for students. For information visit

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