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World War II veteran marks 105th birthday at museum

Advocate photo by Christine Gacharná - Brooks entertained several news stations and local photographers at the event.

Pfc. Lawrence Brooks truly is a living legend. Celebrating his 105th birthday at The National WWII Museum on Friday, Sept. 12, Brooks thanked God, his family and his “other family” from St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Brooks was accompanied onstage by his daughter, Vanessa, and the Rev. Ed Thompson, pastor at St.… Continue reading →

Latter Library renovations will give New Orleans landmark room to grow

Advocate photo by KIM SINGLETARY - The Green Room, a public reading room at the front of the library, is currently closed after the ceiling began falling apart. Work is being done to repair the damage around an 1858 fresco that was imported from France.

Of the almost 9,000 public libraries spread throughout the United States, New Orleans’ Milton H. Latter Memorial Library is among the very few, if only, that doubles as a popular tourist attraction. “We often have buses pulling up and dropping off 50 people,” said Missy Abbott, manager of the Latter Branch of the New Orleans Public Library.… Continue reading →

Around Jefferson: Kenner Wine and Food fundraiser to benefit Louisiana Hospitality Foundation

Chateau Golf and Country Club will host the fourth annual Kenner Wine and Food fundraiser from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at the club, 3600 Chateau Blvd., Kenner. More than 100 wines will be featured, including Caymus, Markham, Taylor Fladgate, Louis Jadot, Meiomi, Jordan, Silver Oak, Franciscan, Sonoma Cutrer Russian River, Mer Soleil and G.H.… Continue reading →

Throw Me Something: Green Apple Day of Service will include New Orleans recycling drive

The Green Apple Day of Service, an international volunteer day launched by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools, will be observed Saturday, Sept. 27, in Louisiana, including several sites across New Orleans. Sponsored by Tchoup Industries, the service day helps schools and community organizations with service projects, outreach and community development. This year, USGBC… Continue reading →

West Bank Spotlight: Elders and their caregivers learn about long-term care options

Photo provided by Belleville Assisted LivingÑ Live 2 B Healthy Senior Fitness led this exercise class at the Health and Wellness Symposium at Belleville Assisted Living.

Belleville Assisted Living in Algiers and the St. Margaret’s Foundation recently held a free health and wellness educational symposium for seniors 55 and older. Presentations covered a variety of topics pertaining to physical, mental and emotional health. According to AARP’s state-by-state scorecard, Louisiana ranks 37th in the nation in meeting the needs of its… Continue reading →

Parish Lines: Tales on Tuesdays will introduce children to literature in Chalmette

Kim Gritter

Children 3 and older are invited to participate in the St. Bernard Parish Library’s 2014 fall session of Tales on Tuesdays. The free programs, set to run Sept. 23 through Dec. 16, will introduce children to literature through storybooks, poetry, flannel boards, finger plays and participatory activities. Two sessions of Tales on Tuesdays will be offered:… Continue reading →

Abilities: Veterans with disabilities get free technology training

Advocate photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Jane Pic Adams

Veterans Workshop is a nonprofit organization operated by U.S. veterans that focuses on helping fellow combat-wounded and disabled veterans get the proper training to get a job. VW is committed to providing technology training enabling people to work from home. This innovative online training program through the Veterans Vocational Technical Institute has proved successful throughout the country.… Continue reading →

Children’s book author to speak at Algiers library

Author Allison Lane will read her children’s book, “Uncle Arnel and the Swamp Witch” and lead a brief presentation on local history at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive. WRITING WORKSHOP: Trisha Rezende, MFA, will lead a dynamic writing workshop where students will produce, share and critique texts… Continue reading →

More than 100 attend fishing rodeo at Lake Pontchartrain

Advocate photo by ANDREW CANULETTE - Pictured at the awards ceremony for the 17th annual Save Our Lake & Coast Fishing Rodeo are members of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation staff. They are, from left, Sharon Morel, Angela Dorvin, Joann Haydel and Sonja Mount.

The 17th annual Save Our Lake & Coast Fishing Rodeo was held Sept. 5-6 in Lake Pontchartrain and its various tributaries — including Lake Borgne, Lake St. Catherine, Lake Maurepas and Breton Sound, as well as surrounding rivers and bayous. The event, which was staged by the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, attracted more than 100… Continue reading →

Louisiana Bridge Association raises $19,860 for Alzheimer’s research

Photo provided by American Contract Bridge League -- Members of the Aces Against Alzheimer's team play bridge to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association at The Longest Day event on June 21. From left are Sue Guarisco, Toni Talbott, Rufus Harris and Sally Toups.

Members of the Louisiana Bridge Association raised $19,860 by playing bridge from sunrise to sunset on The Longest Day, an annual fundraising event for Alzheimer’s research held June 21 by the American Contract Bridge League and the Alzheimer’s Association. More than 160 ACBL clubs in 45 states and Canada were represented on The Longest Day, which… Continue reading →

Wounded Warriors benefit in Metairie to feature fancy footwork

Photo provided by USA Dance -- Ben and Gwen Becnel are members of the USA Dance committee.

USA Dance LA Gumbo Chapter 5031 will hold a benefit for Wounded Warriors from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at the Jefferson Orleans North, 2600 Edenborn Ave., Metairie. Tickets are $20 for the event, which will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres, exhibition dances and a cash bar. The American Legion Post 175 Band and… Continue reading →

Knit-in planned at National World War II Museum

People who enjoy knitting and crocheting will gather at the National World War II Museum from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, to create Knit Your Bit scarves under the museum’s B-17 in the U.S. Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center. Light refreshments will be provided. The scarves will be donated to VA centers to warm the necks,… Continue reading →

Mark K. Shriver to discuss social justice at Loyola

Mark K. Shriver, president of the Save the Children Action Network, will give a talk at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, in the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, on the second floor of the Communications/Music Complex at Loyola University New Orleans. Parking on campus is free for the event. Shriver is the son of Peace Corps… Continue reading →

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation plans Fall Beach Sweep

The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation will hold its annual Fall Beach Sweep, a day designated to clean up Lake Pontchartrain basin, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 20. The sweep is held in conjunction with the International Coastal Cleanup sponsored by Ocean Conservancy. Volunteers, partners and sponsors help clean up the areas that drain… Continue reading →

Holly Beach dune-restoration event planned

The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana is organizing a dune restoration event for Holly Beach as part of National Estuaries Week, Sept. 20-27. An estuary is a body of water formed where freshwater from rivers and streams flows into the ocean, mixing with the seawater. Volunteers will plant a 5-mile stretch of newly constructed beach with 70,000… Continue reading →

Peace is Power Parade will lead to youth showcase at Duncan Plaza

The American Friends Service Committee and Peace by Piece New Orleans are holding a Peace is Power Parade at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, beginning at A.L. Davis Park, on the 2600 block of LaSalle Street in New Orleans. The parade will proceed to Duncan Plaza, 343 Loyola Ave., where a youth showcase will take place… Continue reading →

New Orleans Garden Society learns about the Arc’s Vintage Garden

Photo provided by New Orleans Garden Society -- Nicole Blair, center, told members of the New Orleans Garden Society about the Arc's Vintage Garden enterprise. From left are Wilma Dickey, Blair and society President Denise Mehurin.

Nicole Blair, director of the Arc of New Orleans, was the guest speaker at a recent meeting of the New Orleans Garden Society. The society has chosen the Arc, which serves people with intellectual disabilities, as the beneficiary of its Bewitching Affair fundraiser to be held Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the Audubon Tea Room.… Continue reading →

Lafreniere Park supporters celebrate completion of labyrinth

The labyrinth at Lafreniere Park in Metairie has opened to the public in the park’s Parterre Garden area, adjacent to the Children’s Memorial Garden. The labyrinth was built with $65,000 raised by Jefferson Beautification Inc., the Patrons of Lafreniere Park and Jefferson Parish Councilman Ben Zahn, whose district includes the park. “A labyrinth is… Continue reading →

Expert will discuss ways to reduce home-cooling costs at Metairie event

Researcher Mario Medina will make a presentation on the use of radiant barriers to save money on home cooling at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, at Plumbers Hall, 3515 N. I-10 Service Road, Metairie. Medina is on the faculty of the department of civil, environmental and architectural engineering at the University of Kansas. His appearance is sponsored… Continue reading →

Administrative professionals to hear presentations on office success

Writing resumes and finding the right fit for different personality types within an organization will be the topics of presentations at an educational seminar held by the NOLA Chapter of International Association of Administrative Professionals from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at New Orleans Marriott Metairie at Lakeway, 3838 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie.… Continue reading →

Ruppel Academy math teacher is finalist for national honor

Kristen Mason, a math teacher at Ruppel Academy for Advanced Studies, is one of two Louisiana finalists for the 2014 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The award is the nation’s highest honor for mathematics and science teachers for grades kindergarten through 12th. It is administered by the National Science Foundation on behalf… Continue reading →

Crescent City neighborhood briefs for September 18, 2014

LITERACY TUTORS: STAIR (Start The Adventure In Reading) will hold two-hour training sessions this month in New Orleans and Algiers for people interested in volunteering after school or on Saturday mornings to help public school second-graders learn to read. No experience is necessary, and there are STAIR sites in Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines and St. Tamany parishes.… Continue reading →

Crescent City school briefs for September 18, 2014

LOUISIANA GREEN SCHOOLS CHALLENGE: The deadline has been extended to Sept. 19 for schools and mentors to register for the Louisiana Green Schools Challenge. The Louisiana Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council presents the challenge to encourage students to develop sustainability projects for their schools in the name of friendly competition.… Continue reading →

Crescent City faith notes for September 18, 2014

JEWISH HIGH HOLY DAYS: The Chabad Jewish center’s holiday education series, designed to add newfound appreciation and excitement to ancient rituals, will be held at 10 a.m. on three consecutive Sundays, beginning Sept. 21, at the Chabad Jewish Center, 4141 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie. The lessons will be presented by Rabbi Mendel Ceitlin and are free… Continue reading →

Young fashionista aims to help others with cystic fibrosis

Photo by Christine Gacharna --  Grace Rose Bauer models one of her signature desings during the fashion show to support the Louisiana chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The evening's event raised approximately $10,000.

At 11 years old, Grace Rose Bauer is tall for her age, articulate and strikingly statuesque in the way she carries herself. The faint freckles that pepper her cheekbones are almost the same color as the light brown in her eyes. She wears a coral and cobalt blue halter dress that she designed herself, her brown… Continue reading →