ALGIERS KIWANIS: Artist Terrance Osborne will be the guest speaker when the Kiwanis Club of Algiers meets at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, at the Aurora Tennis and Swim Club, 5244 Gen. Meyer Ave., New Orleans. Guests are welcome. For information, call (504) 391-0667.

JUNIOR PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY: Jan. 5 is the deadline for young instrumentalists and vocalists to apply to audition to perform in the Junior Philharmonic Society of New Orleans 2018 concert series. Auditions will be held Saturday, Jan. 27, in Dixon Recital Hall on the Newcomb Campus of Tulane University. Students selected during the January auditions will perform either March 27 or May 6 at 2 p.m. in Dixon Hall. Audition information and applications can be found at At the end of the season, the recitalists from both programs will be considered for one of five special cash awards, voted on by the board members of the society. The following 2017 awardees will be presented their awards at the March 27 concert:

  • Platzer Award, Yelizaveta Gorbachova, piano
  • Irving Carr Award, Andrew Busenlener, baritone
  • John Tobin Award, Virginia Babin, dancer
  • Blanchard Ensemble Award, Therese Fayard, Tadgh Bowman, Kennedy Bissant, dancers
  • Emily Bayle Award, Sophia Vu, violin
  • Scholarship Award, Henry Diggins, guitar.

FREE YOUNG ACTORS WORKSHOP: The River Region Drama Guild will present a series of four free workshops for actors ages 8-15 beginning with a session from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 6 at the River Region Performing Arts and Cultural Center, 15146 River Road, Norco. A final performance will be presented at 11 a.m. Jan. 30. For information, contact Henry Sorbet at (504) 331-0990.

START THE ADVENTURE IN READING: Prospective volunteer tutors for Start the Adventure in Reading can complete training at any one of five 2½-hour training sessions in January. To become a volunteer tutor, register for a free training session at; email Margo Price, volunteer coordinator, at; or call (504) 899-0820. Training sessions include:

  • 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, The Land Building, 1535 State St., New Orleans.
  • 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Metairie.
  • 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, The Land Building.
  • 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, Woodland Presbyterian Church, 5824 Berkley Drive, New Orleans. 
  • 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29, The Land Building.

RECREATION THERAPY: Wesley Cornelius, a certified therapeutic recreation specialist with C Hope Health Services, will present a workshop, “Recreation Therapy: Therapeutic Interventions that Work,” from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 6, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The event is being organized by Families Helping Families of Greater New Orleans, which works to empower and educate children and adults with disabilities and their families. To register for the workshop, call (504) 888-9111.

YOGA DEMONSTRATION: Rolf VanAnders, of the LSU Health Medical Center, will demonstrate the principles of mindfulness and yoga at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 8, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. There is no charge. 

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 Jan. 9, saving through tax refunds; Feb. 20, rising food costs; March 13, limited-income earners; April 10, credit report; May 8, preventing foreclosure.

FEDERAL EMPLOYEES: Vernon N. Landry Chapter 1398 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association will meet at 11 a.m. Jan. 10 in the Sicilian Room of Rocky and Carlo's Restaurant, 613 W. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette.

NEW ORLEANS MISSION: More than 700 gifts for kids and adults were distributed recently at the New Orleans Missions, 1129 Baronne St., New Orleans, through an "All I Want for Christmas" event sponsored by Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts. Since Thanksgiving, the New Orleans Mission had been filming homeless people, asking what is the one thing they want for Christmas. Those wishes, such as shoes and sweaters, were fulfilled at this event.

HELP 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. In 2016, the cancer society met the transportation needs of about 80 percent of patients, but its success rate fell to less than 40 percent in 2017 because of a lack of drivers. For information or to register as a volunteer, call (800) 227-2345 or visit

OPERA GUILD: "Happy Birthday New Orleans" will be the theme of the Mad Hatter's luncheon and fashion show of the Women's Guild of the New Orleans Opera Association. The event will be Thursday, March 8, at the New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St. The chairmen of the event are Faith Peperone and Jean Rice, with support from Opera Guild President Penny Baumer, Guild Fundraising Vice President Karen Villavaso and director of external affairs Baty Landis. The committee also includes Eileen Cappritto, Carol Comb, Debbie Alciatore Empy, Amanda Green and Jane Miller. For reservations, contact Mike Kilgore at (504) 267 9534 or

ALGIERS KIWANIS: The Kiwanis Club of Algiers will hold its annual prayer breakfast when it meets at 7 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, at the Aurora Tennis and Swim Club, 5244 Gen. Meyer Ave., New Orleans. Guests are welcome. For information, call (504) 391-0667.

AUTHOR EVENT: Amy Stewart will discuss the third book in her Kopp Sisters series at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, at the St. Charles Parish East Regional Library, 160 W. Campus Drive, Destrehan. The event is part of Stewart's "Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions" tour. The phone number for the library is (985) 764-2366.

THE NATURE ARCHETYPE: Jungian analyst Stephen Foster will give a presentation on "Nature, The Nature Archetype, and the Psychology of C.G. Jung" when the C.G. Jung Society meets at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at Parker United Methodist Church, 1120 Nashville Ave., New Orleans. Admission is free for members, $10 for students and $15 for others. 

POSITIVE PARENTING PROGRAM Angela Golden, of Child Advocacy Services, will present the Triple P: Positive Parenting Program, for parents of children ages birth to 12, at 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 17, Jan. 24 and Jan. 31, at the St. Charles Parish West Regional Library, 105 Lakewood Drive, Luling. The phone number for the library is (985) 785-8471.

PROPELLER CLUB: The Propeller Club of the U.S. Port of New Orleans will honor Robert R. Barkerding Jr., chairman of the board of the Port of New Orleans and president of Admiral Security Services, as its 2017 maritime person of the year during a gala Thursday, Jan. 11, in the Blaine Kern Ballroom of the New Orleans Downtown Marriott, 859 Convention Center Blvd. Tickets are $125 at through Jan. 4. For information, call the club office at (504) 779-5671 or email

COMMUNITY-POLICE MEDIATION: Applications are being accepted through Jan. 15 from people who would like to be one of 12 new mediators with the New Orleans Community-Police Mediation Program, which aims to improve relationships between the community and the New Orleans Police Department. Free training sessions will be held March 9-11 and again March 16-18. Mediators receive a $75 stipend per mediation. To download an application, visit For information, contact program director Jules Griff at or (504) 304-7886.

LOUISIANA POLITICS: Tyler Bridges, co-author of "Long Shot," a book about John Bel Edwards' defeat of Sen. David Vitter in the 2015 Louisiana gubernatorial race, will discuss the book at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. For information about this free event, contact Chris Smith, manager of adult programming for the library, at (504) 889-8143 or

REPUBLICAN WOMEN'S CLUB OF JEFFERSON PARISH: Kenner Mayor Ben Zahn will be the guest speaker when the Republican Women's Club of Jefferson holds its installation luncheon at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at Chateau Country Club,, 3600 Chateau Blvd., Kenner. The cost is $30 in advance or $35 at the door. To make a reservation, contact Carolyn Enterante at (504) 919-2101 or

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: Laura S. Nata, programs supervisor for Families Helping Families of Greater New Orleans, will present a workshop, "Know Your Rights: Section 504," from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Section 504 is a civil rights statute adopted in 1973 that requires providing children with disabilities to equal access to education. To register for the workshop, call (504) 888-9111.

NONPROFIT BOARD TRAINING: Registration is open through Jan. 12 for the Get on Board training program for nonprofit board members, in two sessions from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 20 and 27. The sessions will be at the headquarters of the Junior League of New Orleans, 4319 Carondelet St., New Orleans; the cost is $275. Participants will learn a board member’s responsibilities and how these relate to others within the organization. For information or to apply, visit

"THE INCOMPARABLE MAGAZINE STREET": John Magill, a retired curator at The Historic New Orleans Collection, will discuss his new book, "The Incomparable Magazine Street," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. For information about this free event, contact Chris Smith, manager of adult programming for the library, at (504) 889-8143 or

CHOOSING A COLLEGE: College guidance professional Carol Langston will discuss how students can find the best college fit and how to find scholarship opportunities during a free program at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.  

SAVE OUR SPONGE: The Lost Bayou Ramblers and pianist Tom McDermott will perform during a Save Our Sponge concert benefiting the Woodlands Conservancy from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, at the New Orleans Jazz Market, 1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. "Sponge" refers to the 800-plus acres of bottomland hardwood forest serving as a protective stormwater and wind barrier for the area. Tickets are $30 and increase to $35 after Jan. 15, at

DISABILITY RESOURCES FAIR: The Jefferson Parish Community Resource Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 24 at Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. The fair, for people of all ages and disabilities, is being organized by Families Helping Families of Greater New Orleans, the Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority, the Louisiana Workforce Commission and the Jefferson Parish school system.