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Christmas show out of this world

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Mary Beth McMurray directs the Sweet Adeline's Crescent City Sound Chorus rehearsal at Delgado Community College City Park on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. The choir has been preparing for the upcoming

Crescent City Sound Chorus is not your average chorus. So it’s not surprising that its annual Christmas performance at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at St. Martin’s Episcopal School Solomon Theatre in Metairie will not be your average holiday show. For instance, what other holiday show offers singing aliens? Just one — “We Need A Little… Continue reading →

Holiday event benefits local food bank

A special holiday event to help fill the shelves of a local food bank will be held next month. The fifth annual Sipping with Santa will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 2 at Chateau Golf and Country Club, 3600 Chateau Blvd., Kenner. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Kenner Food… Continue reading →

Throw Me Something: Grunch leads reunion plans for Velvet Swing

Lynne Jensen

If you came of age in New Orleans in the 1960s, you know that every part of town touted watering holes where neighborhood teens could hang out. In Lakeview, one of those social places was Velvet Swing on Harrison Avenue. “It was a bar, but back then it didn’t matter,” said New Orleans musician Benny Grunch, who… Continue reading →

Around Jefferson: Country Day School sets holiday home tour event

Eva Jacob Barkoff

Metairie Park Country Day School will hold its holiday home tour Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Six homes in the Old Metairie area will be featured on the tour. The locations are 308 Woodvine Ave., 401 Iona St., 600 Iona St., 414 Northline St., 401 Park Road and 421 Vincent Ave. Tickets are… Continue reading →

Parish Lines: Women’s business group honors working role model

Photo provided by St. Bernard BPW - Leonarda 'Tommaseo' Gioe, center, was recognized as a Model Working Woman at the St. Bernard Business and Professional Women's Club's anniversary party. With Gioe are, left, Wanda Alcon, BPW president; and Lisamarie Brandon, BPW committee chairwoman.

National Business Women’s Week is an annual celebration during the third week of October. Created in 1928, the week-long event facilitates discussions on workplace issues and raises awareness of resources available for working women. It also honors hard-working ladies for their contributions to their workplaces and communities. According to Wanda Alcon, St. Bernard BPW president, each… Continue reading →

Abilities: Advanced education opportunities exist for special-needs students

Advocate photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Jane Pic Adams

This is the time of year that many high school seniors begin looking into college applications and the excitement of furthering their education. There are several options available for individuals with disabilities or special needs to help them in this endeavor. Microsoft’s College Diversity Program works with colleges and universities to help students continue their education… Continue reading →

La Vie De Ville: Just say YAYA

Photo by ROBERTA GROVE -- Members of the band 'Meghan Stewart & Too Darn Hot'  entertained during the patron party.  The fundraiser was held in YAYA's Mid-City Art's Studio.

Since 1988, one local organization has been utilizing art as a tool to transform young lives. Today, YAYA, or Young Aspirations/Young Artists, reaches over 4,000 students annually with a mission of molding creative young talent into successful and productive adults. Recently the nonprofit organization presented its annual fundraising event, “Just Say YAYA,” at the group’s… Continue reading →

Animal Rescue: Protect your pets from the cold

Photo provided by ARNO - Eldon is pure love and goofiness, wanting nothing more than to be held in your lap. He was found roaming on Perdido Street in the Central Business District, is 2 or 3 years old and weights about 10 pounds. The adoption fee is $200 and includes neuter, UTD vaccines, rabies, chip, and heartworm treatment (if applicable).

Now that we have had our first arctic blast of cold weather in the New Orleans metro area, it is a good time to remember to protect our pets when the temperatures drop. It is a common myth that, because dogs and cats have fur coats, they can tolerate cold weather. While… Continue reading →

@The Library: Journalist to discuss La. historical works during library visit

Award-winning journalist, instructor of writing, playwright and novelist Chere Dastugue Coen will be visiting the Nix Library to discuss her work. Coen is the author of “Forest Hill, Louisiana: A Bloom Town History,” “Haunted Lafayette, Louisiana,” “Exploring Cajun Country: A Historic Tour of Acadiana” and co-author of “Magic’s in the Bag: Creating Spellbinding Gris Gris Bags and Sachets.”… Continue reading →

West Bank Spotlight: Company hosts training to save lives

Photos provided by David Crockett Steam Fire Company - Captain Mickey Plaisance Jr. looks on as EMT Stephanie Blanchard uses the Hurst cutters to cut a seat mount.

The David Crockett Steam Fire Company recently hosted its 24th Auto Extrication Rescue Class. One of the oldest fire stations on the West Bank, the David Crockett Steam Fire Company No. 1 got its start when 27 men of the village of Mechanickham organized to protect their families and homes from the ravages of fire.… Continue reading →

Battle of New Orleans symposium planned in Chalmette

William C. Davis will deliver the keynote address on “The Pirates Lafitte” when the Louisiana Institute of Higher Education presents the Battle of New Orleans Historical Symposium from Jan. 9-10 in the auditorium at Nunez Community College, 3710 Paris Road, Chalmette. The symposium will adopt a British perspective on its first day, from 10:30 a.m. to… Continue reading →

Louisiana Landmarks Society celebrates Pitot House

Photos provided by Pitot House - - David Campbell, Carol White, Walter Gallas, Casey Stuart

Louisiana Landmarks Society recently hosted History on the Move!, a gala celebrating the 50th anniversary of saving the iconic Pitot House. The event included music, food and dancing along Bayou St. John. Patron Party guests had the first opportunity to see the beautifully renovated historic home of William Sonner and Michael Gallaugher, built in 1939 as… Continue reading →

New Orleans Loving Festival founder honored

Photo by Lee Celano/Getty ImagesâJerald White, founder of the New Orleans Loving Festival, is one of 10 recipients of the 2014 Characters Unite Award presented by the USA Network. From left are Steve Sawyer of Cox Communications, Jerald White, and Kristina Lagasse and Millie Baudier of Cox.

Jerald White, founder of the New Orleans Loving Festival and Charitable Film Network, is one of 10 recipients of the 2014 Characters Unite Award presented by the USA Network. The award, which comes with a $5,000 grant, recognizes extraordinary efforts to combat hate and discrimination and to promote greater tolerance, respect and acceptance. A community… Continue reading →

New Orleans Asian-American Lions Club gets its charter

Photo provided b the Lions - The New Orleans Asian American Lions Club Charter Members 2014-15 are shown, front from left, Harold Welsh, Nicole Alvarez, Lydia (Lily) Alvarez, Stanley Hamidjaja, Bob Grace,  Dr. Boi Hoang (Cecile) Vu; second row, Minh Watts, Minda (Lulu) Baker, Holofa Matias, Ernie Espiritu, Celing Espiritu, Melanie Adams, Edna Daigle, Marites Jesusa, Cindy Dacula, Grace Hill, Aida Grace, Janet Tardieff; and back, Joewealth Matias, Xenh Flowers, Ruvee Cadungog, Lord Jebe Garcia, Alan Alvarez, Erica Camese Gallardo, Ken Landriant, Don Adams, Sara Daigle, Tony Daigle and Lord Jeco Garcia. Members not shown are Don Patrick Adams, Dion Alvarez, Ceola Camese, Ely Catolos, Doreen Dardar, Lord Jeon Garcia, Inga Hamidjaja, Rose Hatchett, Mike Hatchett, Kirk Hill, Vincent Ieong, Cecile Inocian, Omi Juanico, Janet Keller, Raquel Kern, Bernard Pagusara, Maricris Pagusara, Arsie Pettit, Richard Pettit, Jayson Racoma, Mary Grace Savoie, Capt. Wayne Savoie and Elisa Viniegra.

The New Orleans Asian-American Lions Club is ready to make its mark in the community, having received its charter Oct. 19. The new club was sponsored by the Jefferson Lions Club. Jefferson Parish President John Young and Sally Ann Roberts of WWL-TV were special guests at the chartering ceremony at the Jefferson Lions Home. “I… Continue reading →

Jewish WWII veteran speaks out to youths

Photo provided by Jewish Community Day School -- Judge Sol Gothard, a Jewish veteran of the U.S. Army, is shown with two Jewish Community Day School students whose parents are serving in the armed forces: Gianna Harris, whose father, Bryan Harris, is serving in the Army; and Joseph Todd, whose father, James Todd, is serving in the Coast Guard.

Students at Jewish Community Day School held a student assembly on Veterans Day and heard from a speaker they may never forget. Judge Sol Gothard, the commander of the New Orleans Post of the Jewish War Veterans of America, talked to the students about the meaning and importance of Veterans Day. His three older… Continue reading →

Metairie Rotary on the move

Photos provided by Metairie Rotary -  Rotarians in their serving  attire at the Ozanam Inn are, from left, Russ Norman, Jack Lyons, Jerry Clark, Michael Martin, Jackie Elliott and front., Mrs Burrow.

The Metairie Rotary recently met and had a busy day of giving recognition and service. At the meeting, 10 Rotarians in attendance stood up and were recognized as veterans. The group then heard from Safe Harbor center for battered women Director Kim Kirby, who was the guest speaker. Six members then went to serve lunch at… Continue reading →

LAPCS Recognizes Charter Champions

Photo provided by LAPCS - LAPCS Executive Director Caroline Roemer Shirley, Crescent City Schools CEO Kate Mehok, Crescent City Schools of New Orleans Board Chair Jean-Paul Hymel, LAPCS Governance Initiatives Director Makiyah Moody, and 4th Sector Solutions CEO Joe Keeney.

The Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools’ seventh annual conference titled “7th Inning Stretch: Charters. Choice. Change” recognized leaders in the state’s growing charter movement. The mission of LAPCS is to support, promote, and advocate for the Louisiana charter school movement, increasing student access to high quality public schools statewide. The conference brought together educators in… Continue reading →

Volunteer groups partner for day of community improvement

Photo provided by Smoothie King - Smoothie King volunteers paint the steps at Tad Gormley Stadium.

Smoothie King partnered with Crescent City Connections, a local volunteer management nonprofit, to host a company-community day that encouraged team-building and supported the local community through Smoothie King’s mission to inspire healthy and active lifestyles. The day kicked off at Smoothie King’s annual Smoothie King Franchise Conference held yearly in New Orleans. Volunteers worked… Continue reading →

Crescent City faith notes for November 20, 2014

SHABBAT ART TIME: The Jewish Babies Club will host a workshop with art therapist Dixie Moore at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Jewish Community Day School, first floor, at 3747 West Esplanade in Metairie. Moore will lead babies and parents in a playdough-inspired Shabbat art experience that is designed to develop baby’s fine motor skills.… Continue reading →

Crescent City neighborhood news for November 20, 2014

TURKEY DAY RACE BENEFITS SPINA BIFIDA: The New Orleans Track Club will host the 107th Annual NOAC Turkey Day Race, on Thursday, Nov. 27. A road race open to participants of all running and walking skill levels, the event will take place at 8:30 a.m. starting and finishing at Tad Gormley Stadium in City Park. Proceeds… Continue reading →

Crescent City health briefs for November 20, 2014

HISPANIC COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR: West Jefferson Medical Center will offer free blood sugar, blood pressure and BMI screenings, as well as information on wellness and preventive health, during Iglesia Bautista Horeb’s health fair from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at 230 Bellemeade Blvd., Gretna. There will be face painting for children attending with their families.… Continue reading →

Crescent City school briefs for Nov. 20, 2014

Photo provided by NOCCAâRoyal Mitchell studies bass in the jazz program at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.

FAMILY FEST: In conjunction with the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School will hold its Family Fest from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, at Cardinal Field at the school, 8012 Oak St., New Orleans. The Po-Boy Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. that day. The entrance… Continue reading →

Program seeks to jump-start low-performing N.O. schools

Photo provided by - Alfre Woodard speaks to students at the kick-off to a new arts education program at Homer Plessy Community School in New Orleans.

As Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews finished speaking at an assembly recently hosted at Homer A. Plessy Community School, a voice called out from the crowd. “When can we go on tour together?” yelled a young boy. While the crowd laughed, Andrews, clearly delighted by the boy’s enthusiasm, gathered both the boy and his twin… Continue reading →

All faiths called together to pray, spread light

Invocations for peace will include Hindu Krishna chanting; readings of passages from Baha’i, Buddhist, Sikh, Muslim, Hebrew, Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic scriptures; as well as Sufi poetry as people of all faiths are invited to share in Interfaith Voices for Peace. The prayers, songs and chants will be from 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at… Continue reading →

Turkey fry orders will help Readers for Rewards

Photo provided by Dawn Busters - Key Club students from various schools in the greater New Orleans area at work in the kitchen at the Lion's Club in Old Metairie to help unwrap, clean, and prep the turkeys to be injected with Cajun seasoning and then deep-fried during the 2013 Dawn Busters Kiwanis Club's annual turkey fry. This year's event will be held Nov. 26.

Around 2 a.m., a group of volunteers will gather in Old Metairie to begin the laborious process of setting up, cleaning and frying Thanksgiving Day’s main attraction. Soon more volunteers will arrive ready to help. And by the end of the day, nearly 150 volunteers will have had a hand in the preparation of hundreds of fried… Continue reading →

Throw Me Something: Young leukemia survivor to promenade at fundraising fashion show

Photo provided by Mary WebbÑMary Webb is seen with her son Quentin, 11, right, and daughter Jory, 6. As a newborn, Jory was a perfect match for the bone-marrow transplant Quentin needed to fight acute lymphtblastic leukemia.

Mary Webb graduated from Xavier University in 1996 and set out to become a writer, never dreaming of the incredible story she would tell nearly two decades later. Her recently published book, “The Summer of Superheroes and the Making of Iron Boy,” is the story of her son’s battle with a type of blood cancer called acute… Continue reading →

Around Jefferson: Fat City Festival to highlight new development

Eva Jacob Barkoff

The inaugural Fat City Festival, sponsored by the Jefferson Chamber Young Professionals, is from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. The event will take place along 18th Street between Severn and Edenborn avenues. It will feature the changes that have been made to the area over the years and also highlight new development taking place. Saturday’s event will… Continue reading →

La Vie de Ville: Patrons Supporting CADA’s Carnivale!

Advocate photo by ROBERTA GROVE - Enjoying CADA's Patron Party from left are Dr. Juan Gershanik, Board President Carey Menasco and James Brown.

The Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse for Greater New Orleans presented its Fourth Annual Carnivale this past weekend. Executive Chef Greg Sonnier of Kingfish treated CADA party patrons to a savory culinary presentation. The soiree took place at the stunning Uptown home of Paul and Donna Flower who pulled out all of the stops… Continue reading →

West Bank Spotlight: Algiers Rotarians celebrate Halloween with a pizza party

Photo provided by Rotary Club of AlgiersÑThe Rotary Club of Algiers roasted fresh chestnuts at its Halloween party. From left to right, are Rotarian Glinda Shafer, Dennis Gerarve III, Elizabeth Gerarve and Adrian Jutner.

Rotary Club of Algiers The Harvey Canal Industrial Association will host its 22nd annual Golf Fest on Friday at… Continue reading →