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COMMUNITY EVENTS

COMMUNITY

HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: A virtual town hall for minority-owned small businesses, resources and corporate partners will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana. The event will be shared through Zoom, Facebook Live and YouTube Live. For information and to register, visit business.hccl.biz/events.

CARVILLE LEPROSY COLONY LECTURE: Author Pam Fessler will present a lecture, “Carville’s Cure: Leprosy, Stigma, and the Fight for Justice,” on Zoom at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 8. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Cabildo as part of its Second Thursday Lecture Series. To register for this free event, visit friendsofthecabildo.org/foc-events-calendar

POETRY OF THE PANDEMIC: A video conference featuring four New Orleans poets discussing their latest work is being organized by the Jefferson Parish Library for 6 p.m. April 12. The poets are Ralph Adamo, who received the first Marble Faun award in poetry from the Faulkner Society in 1997; Gina Ferrara, who teaches English and writing at Delgado Community College; Jonathan Kline, an art coordinator for elementary and middle schoolers in New Orleans; and Karen Maceira, who chronicles life growing up in the Lower 9th Ward in “My Father and the Astros.”

LOUISIANA MUSIC LECTURE: Dr. William D. Buckingham will present a lecture, “Lost Songs: The Past, Present, and Future of the Louisiana Décima,” on Zoom at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 20. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Cabildo; it is free for members and $10 for others. To register, visit friendsofthecabildo.org/foc-events-calendar

LOUIS MOREAU GOTTSCHALK LECTURE: Robert G. Freeland will present a lecture, “Louis Moreau Gottschalk and his Influence in Latin American Music,” on Zoom at 6 p.m. April 27. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Cabildo; it is free for members and $10 for others. To register, visit friendsofthecabildo.org/foc-events-calendar

SEGREGATED NEW ORLEANS LECTURE: LaKisha Michelle Simmons of the University of Michigan will discuss her book “Crescent City Girls: The Lives of Young Black Women in Segregated New Orleans” on Zoom at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 1. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Cabildo; it is free for members and $10 for others. To register, visit friendsofthecabildo.org/foc-events-calendar

KID SMART ART JAM: Ochsner Hospital for Children and Kid SmART will present an at-home Art Jam event on May 8, with ready-to-go bags of art supplies and other goodies available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 2541 Bayou Road. The kits, offered on a pay-what-you-can basis, are not necessary for participation. Art Jam activities are easy enough for children to do on their own, but fun enough for the whole family to enjoy together. The activity lineup includes sidewalk chalk poetry, rubber band bands, love drops, family recipes and community-inspired monologues. Families everywhere can enter a raffle for prizes by completing at least one activity and submitting a photo of their work of art on May 8. To register for an Art Jam kit, visit eventbrite.com. For information, visit kidsmart.org/artjam, where the full activity lineup will be posted April 28. 

NEIGHBORHOOD TOURS: The Friends of the Cabildo is organizing a tour of the Carrollton neighborhood beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, April 9, at La Madeline, 601 S. Carrollton Ave. A tour of the Marigny Triangle will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 17, at the Esplanade Avenue gates of the Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave. A tour of the Marigny Rectangle will begin at 10 a.m. April 24 at Hotel Peter and Paul, 2317 Burgundy St. An Esplanade Ridge tour will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, April 16,  at the Pagoda Cafe, 1403 N. Dorgenois St. A tour of the Lower Garden District will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, April 30, at the Muses statue at the corner of Prytania and Terpsichore streets. A tour of the Bywater neighborhood will begin at 10 a.m. May 14 at Hotel Peter & Paul, 2317 Burgundy St. A Battle of New Orleans tour featuring sites away from the battlefield will begin at 10:30 a.m. May 8 at the Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave. The cost of each of the tours is $25, with discounts for members. To register for a tour, visit friendsofthecabildo.org/foc-events-calendar

HUMANA FOUNDATION: Kingsley House and the Growing Local Food Collaborative will receive a total of nearly $1 million from the Humana Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Humana Inc., to help address poverty and food insecurity in the New Orleans area. Kingsley House will use its $341,000 for employment program to help lift families out of generational poverty. Growing Local Food Collaborative will use its $600,000 to address food security, as well as financial asset security and sustaining employment

TREASURES FROM THE POINT: The Friends of the Ferry is organizing a community yard sale, Treasures from the Point, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 10-11, in the Algiers Point neighborhood. Participants sell from their own porches and keep the profits. Sales will be listed on a downloadable map available at TreasuresFromThePoint.org, and 1,200 maps will be handed out at the sales. 

ONLINE BOOK TALK: Katie Russell Newland will discuss her book “A Season With Mom: Love, Loss, and the Ultimate Baseball Adventure” with Ti Martin in a free Zoom event organized by the Garden District Book Shop from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. April 7. For tickets, visit www.gardendistrictbookshop.com. The book tells the story of a daughter who takes a road trip to all 30 Major League Baseball parks, and shares letters written to her mom, who died of cancer before the two of them could go on the adventure of a lifetime together.

JEAN LAFITTE TOWN MARKET: Food by local restaurants, and vendors selling fresh seafood and arts and crafts, will be among the features of town markets planned for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 17 and May 15 at the Jules Nunez Seafood Pavilion, 920 Jean Lafitte Blvd., Jean Lafitte. Food highlights include fresh boiled seafood, redfish and fried potatoes, soft-shell shrimp pasta and seafood sliders, seafood gumbo and boudin balls. The Seafood Pavilion features booths for restaurants and fishers to sell directly to the public, and an area for seating as well as eating facilities and a deck-covered patio overlooking Bayou Barataria.

SCHOLARSHIPS

CHALMETTE HIGH SCHOLARSHIP: Applications are being accepted through April 15 from Chalmette High School seniors, and those who graduated in December, for a one-time scholarship from the Driven Youth Organization. Students who have been members of the Drive Club of Chalmette High School for at least two years are eligible. To apply, see the high school counselor, Drive Club faculty sponsor or assigned school youth pastor. 

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MAKE MUSIC NOLA: A virtual pajama party to benefit Make Music NOLA will be at 10:30 a.m. April 24 on YouTube and Facebook. For sponsorship information or to make a donation, visit www.makemusicnola.org/events. The hosts of the party will be Rachel Johnson and Ronell Johnson, trombonist for the Preservation Hall Band, who will present videos of performances as part of a discussion of the history of the organization. The party will also include a cooking demo from Chef ReRo and a cocktail/mocktail demo from Chris Romaguera. Make Music NOLA reaches hundreds of students each year at more than eight locations throughout the city, offering group string instruction and K-4 general music classes.

CANCER CRUSADERS: A golf tournament organized by Cancer Crusaders will begin with a shotgun start at noon Monday, April 12, at the Bayou Oaks City Park South Course. Proceeds from the Mark Mitchell Golf Tournament honoring the memory of Vic Hughes will benefit the LSU and Tulane cancer centers. To register, email Kim Hasney at hasneykim@gmai.com.

DONATIONS

CLASSES

FICTION-WRITING: Stephen Rea, author of “Finn McCool’s Football Club,” will teach a fiction-writing class for adults of all ages and abilities on eight Tuesdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. beginning April 6 at the Mid-City Yacht Club, 440 S. St. Patrick St., New Orleans. The cost is $295. For details, email stephen@stephen-rea.com.

NEIGHBORHOODS OF NEW ORLEANS: Historians Charles Chamberlain, Joyce Miller and Karen Leathem will present a five-session Zoom class on the neighborhoods of New Orleans on Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. beginning May 5. The cost is $60, with discounts for members of the Friends of the Cabildo. To register, visit friendsofthecabildo.org/foc-events-calendar

SUMMER CAMPS

BROTHER MARTIN HIGH SCHOOL CRUSADER CAMP: Registration is open for Crusader Camp for boys ages 6-12 from May 31 through July 9 at Brother Martin High School, 4401 Elysian Fields Ave. Camp hours will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., with complimentary morning care starting at 7:30 a.m., and aftercare available for a fee from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $140 per week or $740 for all 6 weeks, with multiple-child discounts available for same-week registrations. For details and to register, visit www.brothermartin.com or contact Patty Larkin at (504) 283-1561, ext. 3022, or admissions@brothermartin.com.

BROTHER MARTIN HIGH SCHOOL SPECIALTY CAMPS: Registration is open for specialty camps focusing on baseball, basketball, football, lacrosse, soccer, tennis and wrestling at Brother Martin High School, 4401 Elysian Fields Ave., New Orleans. The fees, dates and times vary for each camp. To register, visit www.brothermartin.com or contact Patty Larkin at (504) 283-1561, ext. 3022, or admissions@brothermartin.com.

YOUTH MUSICAL THEATER INTENSIVES: Registration is open for three youth musical theater intensives planned for this summer by the Jefferson Performing Arts Society.

  • The audition for “Shrek the Musical Jr.” for children entering grades three through eight will be May 15; the $545 intensive will be weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 7-27.
  • The audition for “The Addams Family Young@Part” for children entering grades three through eight will be June 19; the $545 intensive will be weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 6-25.
  • The audition for “Newsies,” for young people entering grades six through 12, will be June 12; the $575 intensive will be weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 6-Aug. 1. 

To register, visit www.jpas.org/summer2021. A $170 deposit is required at the time of registration. 

MEETINGS

FEDERAL EMPLOYEES: Vernon N. Landry Chapter 1398 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association will meet t 11 a.m. April 14, in the Sicilian Room of Rocky and Carlo’s Restaurant, 613 St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette. 

REPUBLICAN WOMEN’S CLUB OF JEFFERSON PARISH: Scott McKay, of The Hayride, will be the guest speaker when the Republican Women’s Club of Jefferson Parish meets at 11 a.m. April 15, at the Metairie Country Club, 580 Woodvine Ave. The cost is $40 until April 11, when it will rise to $45. To register, contact Gaynelle Pervel at (504) 858-3443 or rwc.jeffparish@gmail.com.

KIDS WITH DISABILITIES: Children ages 5-7 with physical disabilities, and their friends, will gather to learn, play and make friends when the Tricord Club meets from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 17 in the Snoopy Classroom at Parkway Presbyterian Preschool, 6200 Camphor St., Metairie. This nonprofit club meets twice monthly. At each meeting, there will be a speaker, a service project and a nondenominational Bible study. To register, go to www.tricord.club or call (504) 473-7871.

 

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