Dress in your best blue attire and join the fun when Crimestoppers GNO presents “A Night of Blue” from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Blvd. A VIP patron party will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The event supports Crimestoppers' youth crime prevention programs in Orleans and surrounding parishes. Along with food from popular local restaurants and caterers, an open bar and silent auction, entertainment will include Rockin' Dopsie, James Andrews, the Bucktown Allstars, Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes, Charmaine Neville and Kermit Ruffins.

General admission is $85 or $150 per couple. Tickets to the patron party and event are $175, or $300 per couple. For information, visit www.crimestoppersgno.org or call (504) 822-1111.

Crimestoppers youth programs include Teen Ambassadors Against Crime, the Safe School Hotline and Teen Peace Congress. Each year, these programs reach more than 35,000 students in a seven-parish area. Future programs will address domestic and dating violence through the use of a Safe School app.

Pet project

Searching for holiday gifts? The Humane Society of Louisiana has teamed up Katherine Klimitas, local wildlife and pet portrait artist and jewelry designer, to promote animal protection and advocacy efforts.

Klimitas, the daughter of two local veterinarians, began painting when she was 5 and graduated with honors from Loyola University in 2011 with a degree in graphic design. Osteogenesis Imperfecta, or brittle bone disease, severely stunted her growth to less than 3 feet, but that has not stopped the owner of KAK ART & Designs from zooming around town by electric wheelchair.

The Humane Society, a state charity based in New Orleans, is offering a wide range of Klimitas’ artwork.

“We are very excited to have teamed up with such a talented artist as Katherine, who clearly shares the same love of animals that we do," said society director Jeff Dorson. For information, visit www.humanela.org.

Holiday essay

The Council of Catholic School Cooperative Clubs is sponsoring its annual Keep Christ in Christmas essay, poetry and poster contest. Students in third through 12th grade can participate.

Entries should remind readers of the true meaning of Christmas and must be mailed to the Office of Catholic Schools, 7887 Walmsley Ave., New Orleans, LA, 70125. Deadline is Monday, Nov. 13. For information call Rhea Woods at (504) 494-3501.

Doors open at 10:30 a.m. for the club’s 75th annual luncheon on Wednesday, Dec. 6, in the Mardi Gras Ballroom of the Landmark Best Western Hotel, 2601 Severn Ave., in Metairie.

Cost is $45 and reservations are due by Friday, Nov. 10. Keynote speaker is The Most Rev. Gregory M. Aymond, Archbishop of New Orleans. The program includes the introduction of club presidents and awards for club scrapbooks and Club of the Year. For information, contact luncheon chair Michelle Dennis at (504) 957-7965 or Ansley Hammons at (504) 220-1545.

The club is one of the oldest archdiocesan parent clubs in the nation. For membership information, contact Gail Couvillion at (504) 329-4462.


Lynne Jensen writes about New Orleans community events and people. Contact her at jensencolumn@gmail.com.