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New yoga initiative will benefit female veterans as it has found success with their male counterparts

Photo provided by the VA - Veterans Robert Painter, Rodney Ferrier, Marvin Turner, Aaron Handy, Joseph Williams, St. Clair Carr, Cornell Bush, Sr., practice the tree pose with yoga instructor Dr. Karen Slaton. The program will soon offer classes for women veterans.

A yoga program that has benefited male veterans will be expanded to help the growing number of female veterans in southeast Louisiana who have seen combat. Yoga has been practiced in India for 2,000 years as a way to expand consciousness, develop spirituality and control body and mind. Now veterans enrolled in the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health… Continue reading →

Flag-wavers and musicians perform in honor of St. Joseph’s feast day

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Tommaso Cherci executed a solo with 3 flags during a performance by the Sansepolcro Flag-Wavers at the East Bank Regional Library in Metairie on Friday, Mar. 20, 2015.

The Sansepolcro Flag-Wavers drummers, trumpeters and flag-wavers from the Tuscan region of Italy, performed Friday at the East Bank Regional Library in Metairie. The group performs in honor of St. Joseph’s feast day, which was March 19. The performance was held outside the front doors of the library. The art of flag throwing dates… Continue reading →

Around Jefferson: Harvey teen named Young Marine of the Year

Photo provided by Young MarinesYoung Marine Sgt. Maj. Kariel Mayer of Harvey is the Young Marine of the Year for Division 4 of the Young Marines youth organization.

The Young Marines Youth Organization has named Sgt. Maj. Kariel Mayer, of Harvey, as its Division 4 Young Marine of the Year. A member of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office Young Marines, Mayer, 17, is a junior at the New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy. She will represent her division in competing with five other regional winners… Continue reading →

Animal Rescue: Dogs are susceptible to several types of allergies

Photo provided by ARNOLiberty was part of a pack of dogs that roamed Central City after Katrina. In 2008, she gave birth to a litter of puppies under a church. She then disappeared. She resurfaced a year later with a new litter of puppies; she was spotted coming down the sidewalk carrying one pork chop bone, presumably to bring to her 9 pups. The entire family went to ARNO, where Liberty, as a feral street dog, was terrified and wouldnt even look at anyone without shaking. Countless hours were spent with her, and now she is a wonderful loving dog. She will never be a lap dog; she is more of a cat-like diva, but she does give kisses and loves the water.  She would require someone who would be willing to come spend time with her at shelter first to bond with her, as she is very attached to her surroundings and the people who work at the shelter.  The adoption fee is $200 and includes spay, UTD vaccines, rabies, chip, and heartworm treatment (if required).

Allergies are just as miserable for pets as they are for humans. The constant itching, scratching, paw licking, chewing, skin rashes or chronic ear infections that come with allergies can make life uncomfortable for canines. Treatment options can include antihistamines, immunotherapy and topical creams. There are several allergies that affect pets. Knowing the type of allergies a… Continue reading →

@ The Library: Nix Library to host an evening of wine and poetry

Award-winning Nigerian poet Niyi Osundare will present a reading, and wine experts from Swirl in the City will conduct wine tastings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at the Nix Library, 1401 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans. EDIBLE BOOK DAY: The New Orleans Museum of Art will mark Edible Book Day with… Continue reading →

JP Library Lagniappe: Metairie library to feature five nights of verse during National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, when 11 local poets will make appearances at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The poets will read from their works and discuss the importance of poetry. Each event is free of charge and is open to the public. Registration is not required. Inaugurated by the… Continue reading →

Fun with NORDC: Baseball, softball registration now open

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Victor Richard

Baseball and softball opening day is just around the corner on May 4. This is a time when NORDC welcomes hundreds of young players and volunteer coaches on freshly prepared fields all across the city. Registration for baseball (ages 5 to 15) and softball (ages 9 to 15) begins March 23 and runs through April 6. For… Continue reading →

St. Charles Parish summer camp registration is open

The St. Charles Parish Department of Parks and Recreation is taking applications for its 2015 inclusive summer day camp. The camp will operate from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 1 to July 10, at four locations: Ethel Schoeffner Elementary School in Destrehan; Lakewood and Luling elementary schools in Luling; and St. Rose Elementary in… Continue reading →

Louisiana Children’s Museum is finalists for national service medal

The Louisiana Children’s Museum is one of 30 finalists for the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, presented by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Finalists are chosen because of their significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. “It is an extraordinary honor to be a finalist for the nation’s highest honor… Continue reading →

New Orleans Athletic Club lecture series resumes

Thom Bennett, the president of the New Orleans Photo Alliance, will be interviewed by Elizabeth Perrin at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 2, to open the spring lecture series at the New Orleans Athletic Club, 222 N. Rampart St. All lectures in the series are free and open to the public. The New Orleans Photo Alliance encourages… Continue reading →

American Legion Post 329 Donates Bulletproof Vest to PPSO

Photo provided by VFW - Shown are, from left, Rudy Sampey, Emmett Smelser, Tom Shulz, Sheriff Lonnie Greco, Deputy Bridget Harrell, Wheeler Lalonde, Ed Theriot and Terrell Stevens

The Belle Chasse-based American Legion Post 329 donated a bulletproof vest to the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office. The vest was issued to recently hired Reserve Patrol Deputy Bridget Harrell. No one knows the importance of this body armor more than Harrell. On March 25, 2003, she was shot in the line of duty while responding to a… Continue reading →

Software for writers will be on agenda at book group meeting in Metairie

A presentation on software for writers will be featured when the New Orleans chapter of the Women’s National Book Association meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The event is free of charge and open to the public. Registration is not required. The presenter will be… Continue reading →

Wetlands festival takes historical perspective on change in coastal Louisiana

Environmental portraits and landscape photographs by Lane Lefort and oil paintings by Marian Brister Martinez will be featured in the “I Remember” art exhibit presented by the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) Task Force at the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve at 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero. The art show opening will… Continue reading →

Brennan’s turtles return to French Quarter restaurant’s courtyard in grand style

Photo by Tyler KaufmanThe turtles are named after sauces. Tomate, seen here, rides home on a float inspired by the components of that sauce.

After 19 months of displacement, the turtles have returned to Brennan’s Restaurant in the French Quarter. While the restaurant courtyard was being renovated, the 10 turtles lived in the backyard of corporate executive chef Haley Bittermann. They returned March 14, riding wagons in a bagpipe-led procession that the restaurant dubbed the slowest second-line on… Continue reading →

WYES gala at Fair Grounds will have a ‘Downton Abbey’ theme

Guests will wear their best “Downton Abbey” or derby attire to the “Downton Goes to the Races” gala for WYES from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at the New Orleans Fair Grounds, 1751 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans. Gala tickets are $250, with $100 tickets available for WYES supporters ages 21-35. Patron tickets, including… Continue reading →

St. Roch CDC opens thrift store on St. Claude

St. Roch CDC, established in 2008, has opened a thrift store, Restoration Thrift, at 2025 St. Claude Ave., at the corner of Frenchmen Street. Donations of clothing, shoes, accessories, housewares, furniture, books and other items are needed; the proceeds support Restoration Thrift’s programs. Restoration Thrift is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.… Continue reading →

Delgado Community College sets digital media summer camp schedule

The continuing education program at Delgado Community College will offer 11 four-day sessions of digital media summer camp for people ages 8 to 18. The DigiCamps provide hands-on fun, enrichment and education, and are designed for three age ranges: 8 to 11 years old; 12 to 15 years old; and 12 to 18 years old. Topics… Continue reading →

Crescent City Neighborhood Briefs for March 26, 2015

BOOK SALE: The Big Book Sale of the Friends of the Jefferson Parish Library will be held March 26-29 at the Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner. The sale will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. More than 55,000… Continue reading →

Crescent City school briefs for March 26, 2015

JEFFERSON PARISH SUPERINTENDENT: The Jefferson Parish School Board will host an open forum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday for the public to provide input on the ongoing search for the next school superintendent. The forum will be in the boardroom of the Jefferson Parish Public School System’s administration building, 501 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey.… Continue reading →

Crescent City college briefs for March 26, 2015

Photo provided by Dillard University -- Dr. Warren Jones

SPANISH COLONIALISM: Archaeological information from a Spanish colonial fort built in North Carolina in the 1560s will be presented during a lecture at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in the Whitney Bank Presentation Room in Thomas Hall at Loyola University New Orleans, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. The lecture, “Fort San Juan: Lost… Continue reading →

Crescent City health briefs for March 26, 2015

BREAKFAST WITH THE TOOTH FAIRY: A Breakfast with the Tooth Fairy fundraiser will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 28, on the fourth floor of the LSU Health New Orleans School of Dentistry administration building, 1100 Florida Ave., New Orleans. The dental school’s student chapter of the American Dental Hygienists’… Continue reading →

Crescent City faith notes for March 26, 2015

“THE FRANCIS EFFECT”: A free Film and Conversation, followed by the Mass, will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 26 in the Ignatius Chapel, Bobet Hall at Loyola University. Screening of “The Francis Effect” will be followed by reflections from Jennifer Miller, professor, Notre Dame Seminary; Tom Ryan, director, Loyola Institute for Ministry;… Continue reading →

“Baba Yetu” included in NOVO’s free concert

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH--  The New Orleans Volunteer Orchestra rehearses at Loyola University in New Orleans on March 8. Founded on March 17, 2012, the New Orleans Volunteer Orchestra, or NOVO, is planning a choral-orchestral collaboration 7 p.m. March 27 at Holy Name of Jesus Church.

The New Orleans Volunteer Orchestra, the largest community orchestra in Louisiana, will hold a free concert at 7 p.m. March 27 at Holy Name of Jesus Church, 6367 St. Charles Ave. The performance will include four pieces featuring full orchestra with 60 musicians and 40 singers. Donations received at the concert will benefit Make Music Nola,… Continue reading →

Around Jefferson: Methodist church garage sale set for Saturday

Eva Jacob Barkoff

The members of the United Methodist Women of St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church will hold a “Treasure and Trinkets” garage sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church, 6017 Camphor St., Metairie. Proceeds from the annual fundraiser support worldwide and local missions including the St. Mark’s Community Center, the Dulac Community Center and the… Continue reading →

Throw Me Somethin’: Programs offer help with taxes

Lynne Jensen

No matter your social class — upper, middle, lower or no class at all — no doubt the tax man comes to call on April 15. If you find yourself in the low- or moderate-income class of taxpayer, the AARP tax aide program is offering free help, especially if you are a senior citizen. AARP… Continue reading →

Mentor training program holds open house

A new training program for youth mentors will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Youth Study Center, 1100 Milton St., in Gentilly. InsideOut is designed to create a “wrap-around service” to help youths who have been on the inside of the juvenile justice system to “stay on the right… Continue reading →