Sierra Club topic to be Woodlands program

The Orleans Sierra Club will meet Sunday for a program about the Woodlands Conservancy organization on the West Bank and a current controversy in Plaquemines Parish that the organization says threatens to destroy the Woodlands Trail, an important public natural area.

The free meeting will take place from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Audubon Zoo’s Dominion Auditorium. Refreshments will be available starting at 6:30 p.m.

Call (504) 307-0187 with questions.

Algiers candidates to speak at forum

An Algiers candidates forum will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Moreau Center of Our Lady of Holy Cross College, 4123 Woodland Drive.

Confirmed candidates include Jeff Arnold, Troy Carter and Roy Glapion for state Senate District 7 and Gary Carter, Kenneth Cutno, Skip Gallagher, Kenneth Garrett, Anthony Ibert and Lourdes Moran for House District 102.

French Quarter tax hike to be discussed

The city will hold a public information meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday to inform French Quarter residents about a measure on the Oct. 24 ballot that would provide long-term funding for State Police and other public safety services in the French Quarter.

Representatives of the Mayor’s Office, New Orleans Police Department and State Police will be on hand to answer questions.

The session will be held at the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel, 621 St. Louis St.

If French Quarter residents approve the measure, the sales tax on goods and services (excluding hotel stays) sold in the French Quarter would rise by 0.25 percent, or an additional 25 cents for every $100. The increase is expected to generate about $2 million annually for five years. The money would come largely from visitors.

The $2 million would be matched by long-term commitments from hospitality organizations to create an overall pool of at least $4.5 million to fund enhanced public safety efforts in the Quarter.

Seminar to cover government contracts

The Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission and the Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center will present a seminar on government contracting Tuesday for Jefferson Parish businesses.

The free seminar, titled “Government contracting: Everything you want to know, plus a little lagniappe,” will meet from 10 a.m. to noon at the JEDCO Conference Center, 701A Churchill Parkway, Avondale.

Founded in 1989, LA PTAC has helped Louisiana businesses in 54 parishes secure more than $4.5 billion in government contracts. It helps businesses identify government programs for which they may qualify; trained procurement counselors then walk those businesses through the bidding process.

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Questions can be directed to Matt Babineaux at (504) 875-3912 or