Tennis anyone? The nonprofit A’s & Aces will host its annual fundraiser “We’re Going to State’” from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the Waring, Fitz-Hugh and Cooper family homes in the 1100 and 1200 blocks of State Street.

The group was founded in 2008 to provide academic assistance and coaching in life skills and tennis to public school children and underserved youth.

Partygoers will enjoy an evening of food, wine and an auction. Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door.

A’s and Aces will partner with the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission for a junior tennis tournament for boys and girls Nov. 18 at the Joe Brown Tennis Center. For information about the tournament and the party, visit

Turkey & tennis

The St. Dominic Mothers’ Club will present its annual women's Turkey Tennis Tournament at 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 17, on the courts at City Park. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

Along with tennis, the tournament includes food, drink and fun with friends. Those who have never played tennis can sign up for a clinic or simply cheer for players. All players are asked to bring a can of USTA-approved tennis balls. Tennis court shoes are required.

There will be raffles and a parade of prizes, and those who bring a nonperishable food item for Second Harvest Food Bank will receive a free raffle ticket.

Registration is available online through Friday, Nov. 10, at Participants may register as a team, a clinic player or a tailgater.

The registration fee for a team of two players is $90, and each will receive a tournament gift, a guarantee of three tennis matches and unlimited food and beverages.

Clinic players may register for $45 for a one-hour session with a tennis pro, and they will receive a gift and unlimited food and beverages. Tailgaters will enjoy unlimited food and beverages for $25 as they cheer the players on.

Food and drink sponsors include Deanie’s Seafood, Lakeview Grocery, NOLA Beans, Toulouse Gourmet and The Siemssen Family.

Learning before lunch

Active adults interested in lifelong learning are invited to join Learning Before Lunch. The nonprofit group, staffed by volunteers, offers one-hour lectures at 10 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the University of New Orleans.

The next lecture is 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14., in the UNO University Center. Come have a cup of coffee, meet others and enjoy speaker Kathy Finn, who will discuss her new, unauthorized biography of Tom Benson, owner of the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans.

UNO history professor Robert Dupont will discuss “Living Between Land and Water: Three Hundred Years of New Orleans History” at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12.

Parking is free; information is available online at

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