NAMI PRESENTS ‘SHARING HOPE’: NAMI New Orleans, the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is sponsoring a presentation and discussion as part of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month about mental health issues in the African American community from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 31, at New Hope Baptist Church, 1807 LaSalle St., New Orleans.

The presentation, “Sharing Hope,” is led by an individual living with a mental illness and a family member of someone with a mental illness.

For additional information about NAMI New Orleans, visit To learn more about National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month visit

LSPCA ‘KITTY CLEARANCE’: More than 180 cats are available at the Louisiana SPCA. A Kitty Clearance sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday Aug. 1; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Aug. 2 and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday Aug. 3 at the Louisiana SPCA, 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd. in New Orleans. The adoption fee for cats 1 year of age and older will be free and kittens under 1 year of age will be reduced from $80 to $25.

Regular adoption procedures will apply and include spay/neuter surgery, microchip, vaccinations, bag of food, New Orleans rabies tag and license; valued at more than $400. For a complete list of adoption procedures, and to view photos of adoptables, visit

ZULU BRICK CAMPAIGN ENDS JULY 31: The public is invited to purchase a brick paver that will be displayed on the sidewalk in front of the new Zulu Roy E. Glapion Jr. Building. It can be a way to remember family and friends, advertise a business or have a name as a part of history. Up to 18 characters per line with a three-line maximum is included on the brick.

The $150 personalized Zulu brick campaign will end on July 31, with a grand opening of the planned building for Aug. 29.

For details, contact Naaman Stewart, Zulu president, at or call (504) 610-6500 or visit Zulu reserves the right to accept or reject any brick order.

ROLLAND GOLDEN BOOK SIGNING: Rolland Golden will be discussing and signing his memoirs, “Rolland Golden: Life, Love, and Art in the French Quarter,” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at the Garden District Gallery, 1332 Washington Ave., New Orleans.

The event also will serve as an opening reception for a solo exhibition, “The Artistry of Rolland Golden.” For information, call the Garden District Book Shop at (504) 895-2266.

ENERGY UPGRADE: The Alliance Française is teaming up with the Energy Wise Alliance for a free energy upgrade for its building at 1519 Jackson Ave. from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2. Energy experts will lead volunteers in hands-on demonstrations of do-it-yourself solutions, including air sealing, insulation and more. For information or to register, call the alliance at (504) 568-5770.

ALGIERS KIWANIS: Patrice Cusimano will speak on youth protection management when the Kiwanis Club of Algiers meets at 7 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, at the Aurora Tennis and Swim Club, 5244 Gen. Meyer. Guests are welcome. For information, call (504) 391-0667.

ALLIANCE FRAN Ç AISE OPEN HOUSE: The Alliance Française will hold an open house from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at its building at 1519 Jackson Ave., New Orleans. Visitors can try out language courses, meet the alliance’s native French teachers and get special discounts on fall classes. The phone number for the alliance is (504) 568-5770.

CANCER CRUSADERS: Eleven cancer survivors who have gone on to give back to the community will be honored during the Celebration of Life luncheon sponsored by Cancer Crusaders at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at the New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St., New Orleans.

Margaret Orr will be mistress of ceremonies for the event, which will have the theme of “Hats Off to Our Survivors.” There will be an auction and a parade of prizes. Tickets are $70 and may be purchased at For information about the luncheon, contact Dawn Miller at (504) 454-7869.