ALGIERS KIWANIS: New Orleans Coroner Jeffery Rouse will be the guest speaker when the Kiwanis Club of Algiers meets at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 18, at the Aurora Tennis and Swim Club, 5244 Gen. Meyer Ave. Guests are welcome at the Kiwanis meeting. For information, call (504) 391-0667.

SUMMER SOLSTICE PARTY: The Gulf Restoration Network will hold a free summer solstice party from 5:30 p.m. until sundown Friday at the Peristyle in New Orleans City Park. Co-sponsors of the event are Concordia: Community Centered Planning & Design, Global Green USA and The Green Project. There will be free Champagne, watermelon, Reyka Vodka cocktails, ice cream and live music. There also will be a raffle, rain barrel auction and food truck vendors.

ADULT LITERACY VOLUNTEERS: The Golden Opportunity adult literacy program is looking for volunteers to conduct one-on-one literacy classes and group sessions for adults 16 and older who are challenged in reading and writing.

Golden Opportunity’s services include GED preparation for language arts, writing and reading; general adult education, including phonics; reading comprehension; and English as a second language. For information on volunteering, call (504) 373-4496 or send email to

FARMERS MARKET: The Capstone gardening nonprofit is holding a small seasonal farmers market every Friday through June from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 5001 N. Claiborne Ave.

The farmers market will feature fresh produce, Capstone Raw Honey and vegetable plants for those who want to grow their own food. Capstone Farmers Market will accept SNAP EBT and credit/debit cards, with a value incentive to every customer who makes a purchase with a SNAP card.

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MEDICARE BENEFIT UPDATES: The Louisiana Councils on Aging, area Agencies on Aging, Aging and Disability Resource Centers, and their partners through the Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs invite all Medicare-eligible or enrolled seniors or adults with a disability to visit their offices and get their benefits updated.

“Medicare benefits change every year, and it is important that even enrolled Medicare beneficiaries be sure they are getting all the help they are eligible for,” GOEA Deputy Assistant Director Karen Ryder said. “This is a great time of year to have our counselors review Part A, B and D benefits, as well as educate seniors and adults with disabilities about all the wellness benefits available at no cost to them.”

Members can call the Capital Area Agency on Aging and its Aging and Disability Resource Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at (800) 280-0908 or attend one of the free enrollment events to update their benefits or enroll in Medicare; or visit

Information will be available on the Medicare Savings Program, which offers help paying for Parts A and B premiums, which cover hospital and doctor visits, or the Low Income Subsidy Program, which can pay for the Part D prescription drug program’s premium, deductible, co-pays and doughnut hole.

“We also use this time of year to make sure Medicare beneficiaries know that a lot of free wellness exams are offered by their insurance, such as ultrasounds, cancer and diabetes screenings, mammograms, vaccinations, even smoking cessation programs,” Ryder said.

Enrollment and counseling is a free service offered in association with the state of Louisiana’s Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs and funds from the Administration for Community Living.

GEM AND MINERAL SHOW: The 45th annual New Orleans Gem and Mineral Society show will be held Oct. 16-18 at the Best Western Landmark Hotel, 2601 Severn Ave., Metairie.