I’m guessing many other New Orleans residents recently found a road closure notice hanging from their front door knobs, too. The colorful pamphlet announced “Be Aware. Plan Ahead” for the annual Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon on Sunday, welcoming runners to maneuver several city roadways on their way to the finish line.
Sponsored by Humana and helping causes including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the marathon and half-marathon start at 7:30 a.m. on Poydras Street near Lafayette Square, and a 10K starts at 7 a.m. at St. Charles Avenue and South Maestri Street.
The three-part event ends at various times in the afternoon at City Park near Tad Gormley Stadium. The full course includes St. Charles and Esplanade avenues, Marconi and Lakeshore drives and Wisner Boulevard. Some nearby streets also will be open to runners.
Areas along the route will be marked “no parking — tow away zone.” The St. Charles streetcar will not operate until all runners have cleared the avenue, and several public bus routes will experience delays or detours. For information, visit the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority website www.norta.com or call (504) 248-3900.
For information, including a course map and a list of alternative driving routes, visit www.runrocknroll.com/community. Road closure information also is available by downloading a free Waze navigation app. For information visit www.waze.com.
Mother’s Circle of love
The Welcome Table New Orleans Mother’s Circle will present “Cake and Conversation,” a gathering for mothers who have lost a child to violence, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
The event will create a place to discuss what mothers can do to make families and neighborhoods safer and stronger.
For information and to RSVP, visit welcometableneworleans.org. Welcome Table is a citywide initiative started in 2014 that focuses on race, reconciliation and community-building.
Event helps charities
A cochon de lait and auctions benefiting several charities will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. March 9 at the Fair Grounds Race Course, 1751 Gentilly Blvd.
The event will benefit pediatric brain cancer charities, Angels Grove Ranch and the Wounded Warrior Equestrian Program.
Angels Grove Ranch is a community outreach program that brings together children and horses in need of help. For information, visit www.angelsgrove.org. The Wounded Warrior program brings together veterans and horses, and information is available at www.hoofsandboots.org.
Tickets for the event are limited to 350 and are $30 in advance, $35 at the door, if available. For information, contact Paige Albarado at firstname.lastname@example.org or (504) 948-1150.
For information about the Fair Grounds, visit www.fairgroundsracecourse.com.
Musical prelude to Easter
The Archdiocese of New Orleans’ Bishop Perry Center is sponsoring its annual Musical Prelude to the Celebration of Easter at 6 p.m. on Thursdays through March 17 at the historic St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1116 Chartres St. The one-hour concerts include:
thursday: Vocalist Ebonee Jewel Davis with Wilfred Delphin
March 3: Pianist Pierre Queyal and violinist Mathilde Gandar
March 10: Pianists Quinn Peeper and Michael Harold, and organist Albinas Prizgintas
March 17: The medieval/Renaissance musical ensemble Musica da Camera
Leap day is coming
Heads up! There are 366 days of the year in 2016. Monday is leap day, an extra day added to the Gregorian calendar every four years. Historical characters involved in creating this event include astronomers, Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus and Pope Gregory XIII.
If you were born on Feb. 29, may I wish you a long-awaited happy birthday! If you are a full-time employee, may I offer my condolences for giving the boss an extra day’s work for a paycheck. And if you are a woman who wants to propose marriage, this is your day to go for it.
My definition of leap day includes the forgiveness of all calories consumed Feb. 29, including those from crawfish and beer.
Laissez les bon temp rouler and bon appétit!
Lynne Jensen writes about New Orleans community events and people. Contact her at email@example.com.