Artist James Michalopoulos, center, will be honorary chairman of Jefferson Beautification Inc.'s Parkway Promenade XXVII, which will have the theme "Southern Elegance." He is seen with JBI President Sharon Hannahan, left, and JBI CEO Joy Shane.

CLASS GOT BRASS: Applications are being accepted through Feb. 16 from Louisiana middle and high schools that would like to participate in the Class Got Brass competition sponsored by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. The contest challenges the schools to create traditional New Orleans-style brass bands, as opposed to marching bands. The competition will be March 4 in conjunction with the Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival. At stake is more than $30,000 worth of instruments for the participating schools' music programs. To apply, visit

FEDERAL EMPLOYEES: Vernon N. Landry Chapter 1398, St. Bernard, of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, will meet for lunch at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, in the Sicilian Room of Rocky and Carlo's Restaurant, 613 W. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette. For information, email

ALGIERS KIWANIS: Michael Hecht, president and CEO of Greater New Orleans Inc., will be the guest speaker when the Kiwanis Club of Algiers meets at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at the Aurora Tennis and Swim Club, 5244 Gen. Meyer Ave., New Orleans. Guests are welcome. For information, call (504) 391-0667.

REPUBLICAN WOMEN'S CLUB OF JEFFERSON PARISH: Amanda Calogero, of the Jefferson Parish District Attorney's Office, and Joanne Rinardo, a partner at Deutsch Kerrigan, will discuss sexual harassment in the workplace when the Republican Women's Club of Jefferson Parish meets at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at Andrea's Restaurant, 3100 19th St., Metairie. The cost for the lunch program is $30 with a reservation or $35 without. For information or to make a reservation, contact Carolyn Enterante at (504) 919-2101 or

LEARN TO SWIM: Registration is underway through Feb. 19 for spring swimming lessons offered through the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission. There are lessons for children and adults at all levels. Classes will begin Feb. 19 and continue through March 19. For information on aquatics classes. visit NORD's indoor aquatics facilities are:

  • Joe W. Brown Park, 5601 Read Blvd., (504) 658-3020
  • Sanchez Multiservice Center, 1616 Caffin Ave., (504) 658-3067
  • Treme Recreation Community Center, 900 N. Villere St., (504) 658-3162.

JEFFERSON DOLLARS FOR SCHOLARS: Through Feb. 20, Jefferson Dollars for Scholars is accepting applications for more than 100 scholarships for students who either attend a Jefferson Parish public high school or live in Jefferson Parish and are full-time students at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts or NOCCA. To be eligible, students must have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 and a minimum ACT composite score of 20. All awards are based on both need and merit. For the online application and instructions, visit

FISH FRIES: Our Lady of the Angels Church, 6851 River Road, Waggaman will hold fish fries from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays, Feb. 16, Feb. 23, March 2, March 9, March 16 and March 23. There will be dine-in and drive-through options. The regular menu includes fried fish, blackened fish or shrimp and okra; and there will be alternating specials such as shrimp and grits, shrimp pasta Alfredo or fish cakes. Prices range from $8 to $10. For information, contact Richard Kimball at (504) 300-3229 or

HISTORY OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN LOUISIANA: Curtis Manning, a history professor at Nunez Community College, will give a presentation on the history of higher education in Louisiana when the Algiers Historical Society meets from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 17, in the first-floor meeting room of the Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive, Algiers. The phone number for the library is (504) 596-2641.

"THE CLASSIC AMERICAN HOUSE": The Louisiana Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art will present a lecture and book signing with Phillip James Dodd, author of "The Classical American House," at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Preservation Resource Center, 923 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans. Louisiana's Ken Tate is one of the architects featured in the book. Admission is $30 for the general public. For information about the ICAA, visit

STARTING A BUSINESS 101: A panel presentation on starting a business in Jefferson Parish will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the Entergy office at 4809 Jefferson Highway, Jefferson. The Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission and the Jefferson Chamber are sponsors of this Prosper Jefferson seminar, which will be the first in a series of three on the life cycle of businesses. The cost is $5, which covers breakfast. To register, visit

LIMMUDFEST: Registration is open for LimmudFest, a weekend festival of Big Tent Jewish arts, culture, spirituality and learning, which will be March 16-18 at the Uptown New Orleans Jewish Community Center, 5342 St. Charles Ave., and at Congregation Gates of Prayer, 4000 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie. Speakers will include Rabbi Dayna Ruttenberg, author of "Nurture the Wow" and "Surprised by God"; Joel Dinerstein, author of "The Origins of Cool in Postwar America"; New Testament scholar Rabbi Michael Cook; and food expert and radio personality Poppy Tooker. Through Feb. 18, early-bird weekend passes are $80 for adults, $45 for young adults ages 18-35, and $15 for children 3-18 at

ORLEANS SIERRA CLUB: Joelle Finley, of the Orleans Audubon Society, will give a presentation about her recent trip to China, "The Birds and Landscapes of Sichuan, China," when the Orleans Sierra Club meets at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans, 2903 Jefferson Ave., New Orleans. Admission is free. For information, call Charles Pfeifer at (504) 307-0187.

ST. BERNARD HISTORY: Curtis Manning will present a lecture on the history of St. Bernard Parish from 1928 to 1945 at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, as part of the St. Bernard History Lecture Series at Docville Farm, 5124 E. St. Bernard Highway, Violet. For information, visit

FINANCIAL LITERACY FOR WOMEN: The Junior League of New Orleans is presenting a series of free seminars on financial literacy for women. The monthly seminars begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Broadmoor Arts and Wellness Center, 3900 Gen. Taylor St., New Orleans. The seminar dates and topics are Feb. 20, rising food costs; March 13, limited-income earners; April 10, credit report; May 8, preventing foreclosure.

RETIREMENT AND ESTATE PROTECTION: Estate and elder law attorney John E. Sirois will discuss recent changes to tax laws, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid during a free seminar at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, at the St. Charles Parish East Regional Library, 160 W. Campus Drive, Destrehan. He will repeat the presentation at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the West Regional Library, 105 Lakewood Drive, Luling. For information, call (985) 764-2366 or

UTILITY BILL ASSISTANCE: The St. Charles Parish Department of Community Services will be administering the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program through Sept. 30, 2019. Applicants will need to provide recent copies of their utility bills, the four most recent consecutive check stubs for employed household members, proof of income and a current food stamp printout. The monthly household income limit for a family of four is $3,679. Applications are taken by appointment, but walk-ins are welcome with a disconnect notice. For information or to schedule an appointment, call (985) 764-7944. The Department of Community Services is at 14564 River Road, New Sarpy.

LONGUE VUE HOUSE AND GARDENS: Wayne Woods has been chosen as president of the board of Longue Vue House and Gardens, succeeding Carol McMichael Reese. Woods, who was raised in Pontchartrain Park, has devoted most of his professional life to his work as a lawyer in the fields of real estate, finance and construction. He holds a bachelor's degree from Emory University and a law degree from Loyola University New Orleans. 

AARP TAX ASSISTANCE: The American Association of Retired Persons is offering tax assistance for seniors from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays until April 11 at the Edward A. Dufresne Community Center, 274 Judge Edward Dufresne Parkway, Luling. 

SENIOR BOWLING LEAGUE: The St. Charles Parish Department of Parks and Recreation has organized a noncompetitive bowling league for seniors, with play at 10 a.m. on Mondays at All Star Lanes, 3640 Williams Boulevard, Kenner until Dec. 17. The cost for three games is $5 per set for parish seniors and $6.25 for out-of-parish seniors. Participants will receive a membership card after two weeks of bowling that will allow for discounts on food and beverages. To join, call (985) 783-5026 or (504) 236-5905.

ALGIERS KIWANIS: Kemper Sublette, vice president of the Confederate Memorial Museum in New Orleans, will be the guest speaker when the Kiwanis Club of Algiers meets at 7 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Aurora Tennis and Swim Club, 5244 Gen. Meyer Ave., New Orleans. Guests are welcome. For information, call (504) 391-0667.

JEFFERSON PERFORMING ARTS SOCIETY: Registration is open for summer intensives for young people offered by the Jefferson Performing Arts Society. The Young Actors Studio offers one-week sessions for the youngest aspiring actors. Tuition is $150, with after-care available for an additional fee. Studio sessions will be June 4-8 for rising first- and second-graders at the Westwego Performing Arts Theatre, 177 Sala Ave.; June 25-29 for rising first- through 10th-graders at the JPAS rehearsal studio, 5005 Bloomfield St., New Orleans; and July 9-13 for rising first- and second-graders at the society's rehearsal studio. Serious theater students from rising sixth-graders through graduated high school seniors may benefit from the Broadway Bound master class June 11-14 in the rehearsal studio; the tuition for this program is $850.   

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE: The Kenner department of community development is offering free classes in English as a second language at the Hispanic Resource Center, 4312 Florida Ave., Kenner. For information, call (504) 836-3396 or (504) 469-2570.

HELP FOR CANCER PATIENTS: The American Cancer Society is seeking volunteer drivers for its New Orleans Road to Recovery program, which provides transportation to and from treatment for people who have cancer and do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves. For information or to register as a volunteer, call (800) 227-2345 or visit

AFTER-SCHOOL HOMEWORK ASSISTANCE: Crayton's Leadership and Scholarly Services is providing after-school homework assistance from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, until May 9, at the Milne Recreation Center, 5420 Franklin Ave. The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission program is available for an application fee of $25 per household for the school year. To register, visit or call (504) 355-7000.

ST. CHARLES SPRING SPORTS: Registration is open through Feb. 23 for youth tennis offered through the St. Charles Department of Parks and Recreation. The registration fee is $45 for tennis. To register for most programs, visit the website for the booster club in your area:

The phone number for the Department of Parks and Recreation is (985) 783-5090.

GET YAH PRAISE ON: Jessica Harvey & the Difference and Collage III will be the headliners for the Get Yah Praise On gospel music showcase from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. The music is included with admission to the zoo, which is $22.95 for adults, $17.95 for children 2-12, and $19.95 for seniors 65 and older. 

NATIVE LOUISIANA: Gregory Gagnon, Loyola University professor of American Indian law, will give a free presentation on the history of Indians in Louisiana since 1700 from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at the French Quarter Visitor Center of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 419 Decatur St., New Orleans. For information, call (504) 589-3882, ext 221, or visit

DISABILITY RESOURCES FAIR: The Jefferson Parish Community Resource Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Booths in the mall will address such topics as vocational rehabilitation, education, independent living, employment, recreation, early intervention and service providers. For information, contact Raquel Castaneda at (504) 888-9111.

RUBY SLIPPER FUN RUN: The Ruby Slipper restaurant is marking its 10th anniversary with a 5K and fun run benefiting Communities in Schools of Greater New Orleans from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, at The Ruby Slipper Café, 315 S. Broad St., New Orleans. Registration is $35, or $20 for youth and seniors, through Feb. 19 at T-shirts will be available to those who register in advance.

CHINESE NEW YEAR: Students from the International School of Louisiana will perform at a Chinese New Year block party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, on 18th Street between North Arnoult Road and Edenborn Avenue in Metairie.  The event is sponsored by the Xavier University Confucius Institute and the Metairie Business Development District. 

GREEN WAVE CLUB: Tulane University head baseball coach Travis Jewett will be the guest speaker when the Ray Hester Chapter of the Green Wave Club meets at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, at the West Bank Elks Lodge, 900 Monroe St., Gretna. For information, call Rodney Camardelle at (504) 341-5745.

POLITICAL FORUM: The West Jefferson Civic Coalition and the NAACP-Westbank will present a town hall meeting featuring the three candidates for Jefferson Parish sheriff at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, at the Oakdale Playground gym, 650 Wall Blvd., Gretna. The election will be March 24.

CATHOLICS IN NEW ORLEANS: Architect Robbie Cangelosi will give a lecture, "Stones Made Sacred: The Sacred Art and Architecture of New Orleans," at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, in Schulte Hall at Notre Dame Seminary, 2901 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans. The archdiocese's Tricentennial Lecture Series will continue with a panel discussion on the black Catholic experience in New Orleans on Sept. 7, and a multicultural panel presentation on Oct. 3. For information, visit

"BIG CHARITY": The Friends of the Cabildo Film Series will present "Big Charity: The Death of America's Oldest Hospital" at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Feb. 28 in the third-floor performance hall at the Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans. The 7 p.m. screening will include commentary. Tickets are $15 at

FOOD STAMP ASSISTANCE: Receive assistance with applying for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, March 2,  at the Kenner Hispanic Resource Center, 4312 Florida Ave. The program is presented by the Kenner Department of Community Development and Second Harvest Food Bank. The phone number for the Hispanic Resource Center is (504) 469-2570.

LOYOLA JAZZ ENSEMBLE FESTIVAL: Bassist, band leader and arranger John Clayton will give a public concert and participate in student master classes during the Jazz Ensemble Festival from March 2-3 at Loyola University New Orleans. Public events include a free concert by the Loyola Faculty Jazz Septet at 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 2, in the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall in the Music/Communications Complex at the corner of Calhoun Street and St. Charles Avenue. Clayton will perform with the Loyola Jazz Ensemble at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3, also in the Roussel Performance Hall. Saturday tickets are $10; purchase online through, by emailing or by calling the box office at (504) 865-2074.

JAZZ CAMP: Registration is open for the Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp for musicians ages 10-21, which will be June 25-July 13 at Loyola University New Orleans. Early registration will be through April 30, with late registration available through June 25 at

ST. CHARLES TRASH BASH: The St. Charles Trash Bash, a parishwide litter-cleanup and recycling awareness event, will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 3. Volunteers can either choose an area to clean or be assigned one. All equipment will be provided, including pickup sticks, gloves and trash bags. Those who wish to volunteer or register a team should visit or call (985) 331-8604 by Feb. 28. The event will conclude with a celebration beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Edward A. Dufresne Community Center, 274 Judge Edward Dufresne Parkway, Luling.

ELENIAN CLUB: The Elenians' Day at the Races will be from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 4, in the Black and Gold Room at the Fair Grounds Race Course, 1751 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans. Tickets are $40. The festivities will include a buffet lunch, hat contest and auction. Checks payable to the Elenian Club may be mailed to 1105 Waltham St., Metairie, LA 70001. Proceeds will benefit Ozanam Inn and the Key Program. 

HISTORIAN CHRISTINE VELLA: Curtis Manning will give a lecture on Christine Vella and her contributions to history at 7 p.m. Monday, March 5, as part of the Nunez History Lecture Series in the auditorium at Nunez Community College, 3710 Paris Road, Chalmette. For information, visit

PROPELLER CLUB GOLF TOURNAMENT: Registration is open for the Propeller Club Port of New Orleans Golf Tournament, which will tee off at 1 p.m. March 15 at Timberlane Country Club, 1 Timberlane Drive, Gretna. The fee for an individual golfer is $120; proceeds will support the club and its annual scholarship award. To register, visit

ST. JOSEPH ALTAR: A St. Joseph altar will be open for public viewing from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, March 19, in Alumnae Hall at St. Mary’s Dominican High School, 7701 Walmsley Ave., New Orleans. Donations will be given to charity.

A CAPPELLA CONCERT: The Grammy Award-winning male chorus Chanticleer will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 19, at Holy Name of Jesus Church, 6367 St. Charles Ave. Tickets range in price from $20 to $60 at, by emailing tickets@loyno.eduor calling the Loyola box office at (504) 865-2074.

HIKE THE LAFITTE GREENWAY: Friends of Lafitte Greenway will present Hike the Lafitte Greenway from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10, beginning at Lemann Playground, 628 N. Claiborne Ave., and ending with a block party at noon at Second Line Brewing, 433 N. Bernadotte St. The guided 3-mile walking tour will feature live music along the route and at the block party. Free shuttles will bring hikers back to Basin Street from noon to 2 p.m. For information, visit

LEGISLATIVE YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL: Applications are being accepted through March 22 from high school students who have an interest in representing other young people across the state as members of the 2018-19 Louisiana Legislative Youth Advisory Council. The 31-member body includes three student members selected from each of the congressional districts. For an application, visit For information, contact Megan Bella at or (225) 342-2362.

DAUGHTERS OF CHARITY: The Keeping Our Promises gala benefiting the Daughters of Charity Foundation of New Orleans will be from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday, March 23, at Messina's at the Terminal, 6001 Stars and Stripes Blvd., New Orleans. The patron party will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $175 for patrons and $100 for others at

CIVIL LAW HELP: The Pro Bono Project and the law firm of Ferriol, Pérez y Gordon will present free civil law consultations from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 24, at the Kenner Hispanic Resource Center, 4312 Florida Ave. Topics include divorce, bankruptcy, contractor fraud, lease disputes and collection defense. Participants must meet income guidelines for representation. For information, call (504) 469-2570.

JEFFERSON BEAUTIFICATION: James Michalopoulos will be honorary chairman of the Parkway Promenade XXVII fundraising gala, which will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at Chateau Golf and Country Club in Kenner. Tickets start at $80 and are available at

2018 NOLA COMMISSION: The Cultural and Historical Committee of the NOLA 2018 Commission will present “Making New Orleans Home: A Tricentennial Symposium” March 8-11 with lectures and cultural programming throughout the city. The chairs of the committee are Sybil Morial, former associate vice president for external affairs at Xavier University; and Priscilla Lawrence, executive director of The Historic New Orleans Collection. Featured speakers will include Cokie Roberts, author of numerous books on American history; and Isabel Wilkerson, author of “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration." Admission to the symposium is free. For the complete schedule of talks and events, visit

JAZZ FEST FILMS: The Friends of the Cabildo Film Series will present 1970 Jazz Fest films at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 26 in the third-floor performance hall at the Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans. The 7 p.m. screening will include commentary. Tickets are $15 at