JUNIOR LEAGUE OF NEW ORLEANS: Staff and board members from nonprofit organizations will gather for a Junior League of New Orleans information session from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Aug. 31 at the JLNO headquarters, 4319 Carondelet St., New Orleans. The sessions will provide an opportunity for the nonprofits to learn about the ways that the Junior League can provide funding, volunteers or training to launch, augment or revive programs that improve the New Orleans area. For information or to register, visit www.jlno.org/NonprofitRSVP.
PARENTS AND IEPs: Shanida Mathieu, of Families Helping Families of Jefferson, will present a free seminar on “What You Need to Know About IEP’s: Your Role as a Parent” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, at the Algiers Library, 3014 Holiday Drive, New Orleans. The seminar will help parents understand their role in the development of Individualized Education Plans for their children. Families Helping Families of Jefferson helps children and adults with disabilities, and their families, attend school, work and thrive in their communities. For information or to register for the seminar, call (504) 888-9111.
COLLEGE SELECTION: Carol Langston, director of college guidance at Metairie Park Country Day School, will discuss how students can find the best fit for college and how to access scholarship sites at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. This event is free and open to the public. There is no registration. For information regarding this presentation, contact Chris Smith, manager of adult programming for the library, at (504) 889-8143 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
JEFFERSON REPUBLICAN WOMEN: The Republican Women's Club of Jefferson Parish will hold a "Red, White and Roux" event from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 9 at Andrea's Restaurant, 3100 19th St., Metairie. There will be a sit-down dinner, a silent auction, a raffle and opportunities to meet local, state and federal officials. For information on the event, call (504) 914-5950 or email email@example.com. For information on the club, call (504) 368-4499 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLAQUEMINES PARISH ORANGE FESTIVAL: Plaquemines Parish District Attorney Charles Ballay has been chosen as king of the 2016 Plaquemines Parish Orange Festival, which will be Dec. 3-4 at Fort Jackson, 38039 Louisiana 23, Buras. Ballay is a descendant of one of the pioneer families of the middle part of the parish. His grandfather Benjamin was a member of the school board in the early 1900s, and his dad, Herman, was a police juror in the 1940s.He is a 1970 graduate of Port Sulphur High, where he was co-valedictorian, and he earned his law degree from LSU in 1976. He was elected district attorney in 2008. He is a past chairman of the Plaquemines United Way and has served on the board of the Plaquemines chapter of Habitat for Humanity. He and his wife, Claire, have three sons: Charles II, a physician; Brian, a lawyer; and Ben, a bar pilot.
DRUG ABUSE RESISTANCE EDUCATION: Having completed a two-week training program in Opelousas, Deputy Darlinta Garrison is the new Drug Abuse Resistance Education officer for the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Office. Garrison will visit fifth-graders at Fifth Ward Elementary, St. Peter and John L. Ory Magnet schools for 10 weeks during the fall semester, and West. John Elementary, St. Joan of Arc and Emily C. Watkins during the spring semester. "I'm really looking forward to working with the children — teaching them about making safe and responsible choices," she said. "The training was intense but well worth it."
U.S. NAVY TIES TO NEW ORLEANS: Seaman Katelynn Maronge, from New Orleans, is serving aboard the USS Somerset, which in 2014 was the last Navy ship to depart from the Avondale Shipyard. The Somerset is an amphibious transport dock ship. Its name honors the passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, while under terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001. The USS Somerset is participating in training exercises with the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
MARRERO SAILOR: A 2001 John Ehret High School graduate and Marrero native is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin. Senior Chief Petty Officer Kenneth Morton is an operations specialist aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer operating out of Norfolk, Virginia. A Navy operations specialist is responsible for gathering, processing and displaying tactical information as well as air control for aircraft in the vicinity.
AARP SMART DRIVER: An AARP Smart Driver class will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 10 at East Jefferson General Hospital, 4200 Houma Blvd., Metairie. The cost of the class, for those 50 and older, is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Those completing the class will receive a certificate that may qualify them for a discount from their automobile insurance company good for up to three years. For information, call Carl Drichta at (504) 302-1712.
DOWNRIVER FESTIVAL: "Oysters & The Future of our Coast" will be the theme of the Downriver Festival from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Old U.S. Mint and French Market in New Orleans. This celebration of the Mississippi River will feature live music, cooking demonstrations, presentations and panels, walking tours and informational displays. Performers will include Bruce Barnes & the Louisiana Sunspots, beginning at 3:30 p.m., and the Honey Island Swamp Band, beginning at 5 p.m. Dave Thomas will lead free walking tours to Crescent Park, discussing the history of river commerce and the river's impact on New Orleans, beginning at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the first-floor gift shop at the Old U.S. Mint Jazz Park Visitor Center, 400 Esplanade Ave. For updates, check facebook.com/downriverfestival.
JEFFERSON COUNCIL ON AGING: The Senior Moments fundraiser benefiting the Jefferson Council on Aging will be from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Chateau Golf and Country Club, 3600 Chateau Blvd., Kenner. The co-chairs of the event are Marie Clesi and Michelle Yenni. Tickets to the gala are $60 per person or $100 per couple. Patron tickets, including admission to the patron party beginning at 7 p.m., are $150 per person. For information or to purchase tickets, call the Jefferson Council on Aging at (504) 207-4691, email email@example.com or visit jcoa.net.
SUICIDE PREVENTION: The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is organizing an Out of the Darkness community walk beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Audubon Park Shelter 10. Proceeds will benefit local and national suicide prevention and awareness programs of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. For information or to register, visit outofthedarkness.org or call (888) 333-2377.
'NUTCRACKER' AUDITIONS: The Delta Festival Ballet will hold open auditions for "The Nutcracker" Sept. 10 and 11 at the Giacobbe Academy of Dance, 6925 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Young people will audition in groups, with dancers ages 14 and up from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 10; girls ages 7-10 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 11; boys ages 7-13 from 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 11; and girls ages 11-13 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 11. There is a $15 audition fee, and dancers should arrive 30 minutes before audition time to register and warm up. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts in New Orleans. For information, contact administrative director Carrie J. Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or (504) 888-0931.
FRENCH LANGUAGE FOR ADULTS: Fall classes in French language for adults will begin Sept. 12 at Le Alliance Française de La Nouvelle-Orléans, 1519 Jackson Ave., New Orleans. Classes are available for beginners, advanced beginners, and intermediate and advanced students. The early bird registration deadline is Sept. 2. For information, visit af-neworleans.org.
ALGIERS LIONS CLUB: J.V. Gale Jr., author of "Love on the River Batture," will be the guest speaker when the Algiers Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 2700 General DeGaulle Drive, Algiers. The book chronicles Gale's experiences as a river captain. The meeting is open to the public. For information, call (504) 427-2478.
COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID: Carol Langston, director of college guidance at Metairie Park Country Day School, will discuss financial aid possibilities for college students at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie. This presentation is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Langston will discuss the College Scholarship Service Profile, generally referred to as the CSS Profile, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid program, generally referred to as FAFSA, and Louisiana's Taylor Opportunity Program for Students, generally referred to as TOPS. For information regarding this presentation, contact Chris Smith, manager of adult programming for the library, at (504) 889-8143 or email@example.com.
NEW ORLEANS OPERA GUILD: The Women's Guild of the New Orleans Opera Association will hold its "September Seduction" fundraiser, inspired by "Don Giovanni," from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, in the Walnut Room at New Orleans Lakefront Airport. There will be live music from the New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra and The Yat Pack, a silent auction and surprise performances. General admission is $200. Patron tickets, which include admission to a patron party beginning at 6 p.m., are $250. For tickets, visit neworleansopera.org.
LAKEVIEW SHEPHERD CENTER: A Golden Luncheon for seniors will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 16, Oct. 21, at the Lakeview Shepherd Center at the Community Unitarian Church, 6690 Fleur de Lis Drive, New Orleans. The monthly luncheon features a full lunch, entertainment and raffle prizes. Admission is $5. For information, call (504) 484-0885.
BEACH SWEEP: Volunteer registration is open for the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation Beach Sweep, which will be from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, throughout the Lake Pontchartrain Basin. The annual cleanup in the basin is part of the International Coastal Cleanup sponsored by Ocean Conservancy. Individuals and groups that would like to participate should contact LPBF education coordinator Joann Haydel at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsorships and partnerships are available. After the sweep, a picnic will be held at LPBF’s New Canal Lighthouse.
INCARCERATED YOUTH: Family and Friends Of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children will mark its 15th anniversary with a march in the style of a jazz funeral at noon Saturday, Sept. 17, followed by a rally and community resource fair from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at A.L. Davis Playground, 2600 LaSalle St., New Orleans. The group's annual meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Maison St. Charles Hotel, 1319 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans.
'NUTCRACKER' AUDITIONS: The Jefferson Performing Arts Society will hold auditions for "The Nutcracker" on Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Anne Burr Studio, 1128 Dublin St., New Orleans. Auditions for boys and girls ages 5 through 11 will be held at 1 p.m.; auditions for male and female dancers ages 12 and up will be held at 3 p.m. Female dancers should bring pointe shoes if applicable. All ages and dance levels are welcome to audition. Participants should arrive 30 minutes before audition time to complete audition forms. There is no audition fee. Performances will be held Dec. 16-18 at the Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 6400 Airline Drive, Metairie. For information, call (504) 296-8017 or visit jpas.org.
IRISH EMIGRATION HISTORY: Patrick McCarty, curator at the Irish American Cultural Museum, will discuss Irish history, including the events that led to massive immigration from Ireland to New Orleans during the 1840s and 1850s at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. This event is free and open to the public. There is no registration. McCarty also will show patrons a two-part documentary, about 30 minutes in all, about the Irish in New Orleans.
LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE: The American Business Women’s Association will hold a leadership conference from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 22 at NOLA Motorsports Park. The conference will feature a four-hour workshop led by Melissa Willis of Referral Institute on using behavioral styles to get maximum results in business and personal relationships. The cost is $49 for members and $65 for others. For information and to register, visit abwaneworleans.org.
HAMP FEST: R&B vocalist Jeffrey Osborne will perform when St. Augustine High School holds its Hamp Fest fundraiser Saturday, Sept. 24, at the school, 2600 A.P. Tureaud Ave., New Orleans. There also will be a special performance by the world-famous Marching 100, created by Edwin Harrell Hampton, after whom Hamp Fest is named. General admission tickets are $40 at StAugNola.org.
CHAPELLE REUNION: The Archbishop Chapelle High School Class of 1971 will hold a reunion from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Chateau Golf and Country Club, 3600 Chateau Blvd., Kenner. For information, call Michele Lehmann at (504) 889-0033.
WALTER L. COHEN CLASS OF 1972: Members of the Walter L. Cohen Class of 1972 are making plans for 45-year reunion events in 2017 and working to contact as many class members as possible. For information, email Ernette Sterling at Peppajag@aol.com or Shirley Marshall-Foster at email@example.com.
ALGIERS LIONS CLUB: The Algiers Lions Club will hold a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for Lions charities from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at 2700 General DeGaulle Drive, Algiers. A meal of spaghetti and meatballs, salad and a roll is $8, eat-in or take-out. Drinks and homemade sweets will be available. For information, call (504) 427-2478.
LONGUE VUE HOUSE & GARDENS: A reverse raffle to raise money for programs at Longue Vue House & Gardens will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at Longue Vue, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans. In a reverse raffle, all tickets are drawn, and the grand prize goes to the owner of the last ticket drawn. In this Grand Golden Gamble, three winners will claim a total of $4,000 in gold coins. The co-chairs of the event are Emily Strong Dike and Casey Dietz Zainey. Tickets are $50 and are available by calling (504) 293-4721 or at longuevue.com.
RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE: The New Orleans Architecture Foundation is sponsoring a tour of seven homes in the Uptown and University areas of New Orleans from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. Participants will learn about the history and architectural significance of the homes. The featured homes are those of Ann Stafford, 6036 Garfield St.; Pierre and Allison Stouse, 1433 Exposition Blvd.; Vincent Saia and Glynn Stephens, 1565 Exposition Blvd.; Randy Aucoin and Jon Gray, 6034 St. Charles Ave.; Lee Ledbetter and Doug Meffert, 6161 Marquette Place; Liz and Poco Sloss, 1804 State St.; and Robert and Sarah Vance, 1821 State St. Tickets are $25 in advance at Eventbrite.com. On the day of the tour, tickets may be purchased for $30 at Holy Name of Jesus School, 6325 Cromwell Place, New Orleans.
'TOUTE PREMIÈRE FOIS': Le Alliance Française de La Nouvelle-Orléans is presenting screenings of "Toute Première Fois" by Noémie Saglio and Maxime Govare at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, at Cafe Istanbul, 2732 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans, and again at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at AFNO, 1519 Jackson Ave., New Orleans. The events are free for members and $5 for others. For information, call (504) 568-0770.
COLLEGE ADMISSIONS: Carol Langston, director of college guidance at Metairie Park Country Day School, will discuss the importance of college essays, resumes and interviews at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. This session is free and open to the public. There is no registration. Langston will discuss the elements that make an essay a valuable tool in the admissions process. She will also discuss how to create an appropriate resume for a college student and why the college interview is an important part of the application process. For information regarding this presentation, contact Chris Smith, manager of adult programming for the library, at (504) 889-8143 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PROPELLER CLUB: Frank Morton Sr., founder and director of Turn Services, will be honored as 2016 Maritime Person of the Year at a dinner presented by the Propeller Club of the U.S. Port of New Orleans at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, in the Blaine Kern Ballroom of the New Orleans Downtown Marriott, 859 Convention Center Blvd. Turn Services is a full-service barge fleet that operates in eight locations on the lower Mississippi River, employing more than 400 people. Morton holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Southern Mississippi and is a graduate of the executive MBA program at the University of New Orleans. Admission is $125. To register, visit propellerclubnola.org.
UNCF WALK FOR EDUCATION: Registration is open for the UNCF Walk for education, which will be Oct. 8 at Audubon Park Riverview. Proceeds from the fundraiser will help support the educational mission of UNCF and its two historical member schools in New Orleans, Dillard and Xavier Universities. For information, call UNCF at (504) 581-3794.
PARKWAY PARTNERS: Parkway Partners will honor Bob Thomas with its Green Spirit Award during the organization’s Feast With Leah jazz brunch Oct. 9 at Dooky Chase's Restaurant, 2301 Orleans Ave., New Orleans. The event will be the 2016 incarnation of the Parkway Partners Feast with the Stars fundraising gala. Tickets to Feast with Leah are available at parkwaypartnersnola.org or by calling (504) 620-2224.
RIVERDALE REUNION: The Class of 1966 of Riverdale High School in Harvey will hold a 50-yer reunion from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 15 at Chateau Golf and Country Club in Kenner. To get on the reunion list, email Bettye Banker Bourgeois at email@example.com, providing your full name as well as home and email addresses. Full information will be sent to graduates’ home addresses.
COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS: Carol Langston, director of college guidance at Metairie Park Country Day School, will discuss college scholarships at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. This session is free and open to the public. There is no registration. During the presentation, Langston will discuss merit-based, need-based, student-specific, career-specific, college-specific and athletic scholarships and what is needed to successfully apply for them. For information regarding this presentation, contact Chris Smith, manager of adult programming for the library, at (504) 889-8143 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAT SUPPLY COLLECTION: The Humane Society of Louisiana is collecting cat food and litter for distribution to people who care for outdoor cats, feed and sterilize them. The collection sites are Zen Pet Retail and Grooming, 4500 Magazine St., Suite 5; and French Quarter Pet Shoppe, 513 Dumaine St., both in New Orleans. To volunteer, donate or get involved, contact the Humane Society at (888) 648-6263 or by email at email@example.com.
PEOPLE PROGRAM: Registration is open for the fall session of the People Program, which offers more than 120 creative and leisure learning programs for retired people at two locations: 2240 Lakeshore Drive, (504) 284-7678; and Holy Spirit Church, 6201 Stratford Place, (504) 394-05433. Registration hours are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; registration also can be mailed to the Lakeshore address. The fee of $150 covers all classes; the fall session runs from Aug. 22 through Dec. 9. For a list of class offerings, visit peopleprogram.org.