Monday, Jan. 19, is a day to remember community and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. It is a holiday for most students, and the Girl Scouts Louisiana East Council is inviting girls in grades kindergarten through 12 to gather at City Park and learn ways to “make the world a better place,” said Marianne Addy, the council’s vice president of marketing.

The day of service and fun will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Girl Scouts’ McFadden Cabin picnic grounds on Golf Drive, behind the New Orleans Museum of Art. Look for directional signs and balloons, said Dawn Allen, volunteer support coordinator.

The event is free, and activities include games, songs, face painting and outdoor activities, with plenty of door prizes. Participants are asked to bring nonperishable food items for Second Harvest Food Bank or towels and blankets for the Louisiana SPCA.

The event is a way for prospective Girl Scouts “to talk about their interests,” Addy said. Most of the younger girls will join troops that meet on a regular basis, while some of the older girls will choose to join groups focusing on particular interests, such as technology; outdoor activities, including boating and horseback riding; and travel, Addy said.

The main focus of Scouting is “building leadership,” Addy said. The girls will discover personal values and learn teamwork, she said. They will become “aware of their community” and embrace positive ways to contribute to its betterment.

Membership in the Girl Scouts is $15 per year for girls and adults, who serve as volunteers and parent helpers. The City Park event will be “a taste test” for those who are interested in joining the Scouting life, Allen said.

Those attending the event should RSVP by calling Allen at (504) 355-5873 or emailing The contact number on the day of the event is (504) 908-3736.

For general information about the Girl Scouts program visit

Brass Band Blowout

The annual Brass Band Blowout, sponsored by the Dinerral Shavers Educational Fund, will begin at 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at Howlin Wolf, 907 S. Peters St.

Tickets are $15, and along with Mardi Gras Indians, performers include T. Cherrelle, Free Agents Brass Band, TBC Brass Band and Hot 8 Brass Band.

The educational fund is a nonprofit organization founded in March 2007 in memory of Shavers, who was a member of the Hot 8 and an educator and civil sheriff.

Each One Save One

“Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts will be among the honorees and speakers at Each One Save One’s 20th anniversary celebration on Friday, Jan. 16, at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans Hotel, 601 Loyola Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For information, call Suzanne Emerson at (337) 660-8336.

Wake up and smell the roses

“Shaping the Southern Landscape: Treasured Ornamentals and Designs from Around the World” is the theme of a master gardener symposium to be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 17, at the New Orleans Museum of Art auditorium. Registration is $25, and doors open at 8:30 a.m.

Speaking at the event will be Leo Watermeier, a major force in the revival and care of the antique rose garden at Louis Armstrong Park. The event is hosted by Master Gardeners of Greater New Orleans and LSU AgCenter. For information, visit

Crime wave hits home

A friend’s family and my significant rogue’s brother were among those targeted by thieves in New Orleans this new year. Thankfully, none were physically hurt, but my friend and her family were robbed at gunpoint inside their lakefront home, and my rogue’s brother chased down the man who stole his wallet as he, his wife and two children strolled the French Quarter.

I have tried in vain to shake the shock of being held up outside a Mid-City grocery store in the early 1990s. This feels like déjà vu all over again.

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