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GirlTrek makes strides toward health, involvement

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER—At the end of the Sept. 21 GirlTrek walk, Charlene Brucker goes through the group’s Victory Bridge.

Charlene Buckner wakes up at 4:30 a.m. to go to work at Lil Dizzy’s Cafe from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. She sensed “something was going on” with her body but “didn’t connect weight with fatigue.” But over the past three years, Buckner has lost 130 pounds, first by changing her eating habits and… Continue reading →

Historic French Quarter courtyard rings with live music

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER—Vanessa Niemann and Dave Rosser perform with Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue as part of the Concerts in the Courtyard series at The Historic New Orleans Collection.

The historical offerings of The Historic New Orleans Collection include not only its artifacts but also its architecture. Its building at 533 Royal St. in the French Quarter includes a secluded courtyard reflecting the years when New Orleans was under Spanish rule, from 1762 to 1802. The Collection’s Concerts in the Courtyard series provides an entertaining opportunity… Continue reading →

JP Library Lagiappe: Tulane historian to discuss her book on George Washington Carver

Christina Vella, a visiting professor of history at Tulane University and author of “Intimate Enemies: The Two Worlds of the Baroness De Pontalba,” will discuss her latest book, “George Washington Carver: A Life,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., in Metairie. Vella says that nearly every American… Continue reading →

River Views: St. Charles Catholic alumni to showcase cooking skills at homecoming

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--New River Parish columnist Lori Lyons  in New Orleans, La. Monday, April 20, 2015.

Calling all chefs! The St. Charles Catholic High School Alumni Association will hold its annual Alumni Cook-off in conjunction with homecoming activities Friday, Oct. 9. Alumni Association Chairman Brock Anderson asks all those interested in participating to sign up by Monday, Oct. 5. Entry forms are available on the school’s website, Each team’s… Continue reading →

Cancer Crusaders to honor contributions of survivors

Photo provided by Cancer CrusadersSamantha B. Arnold

The Cancer Crusaders group will honor cancer survivors who are active in the community during its Celebration of Life luncheon at 10 a.m. Oct. 23 at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel, 555 Canal Street. Ticket prices for the event are from $75 to $100 per person. Reservations can be made at Continue reading →

@ The Library: Libraries take it to the limit during Banned Books Week

The American Library Association has held Banned Books Week during the last week of September since 1982 as a way to not only encourage readers to examine challenged literary works but also promote intellectual freedom in libraries, schools and bookstores. New Orleans Public Library Banned Books Week events include: Dangerous Ideas Trivia Night,… Continue reading →

Workshop helps teachers make the most of science fairs

Photo provided by GNOSEFAmong those at the teacher workshop are GNOSEF director Annette Oertling, left, and Aisha Ashiru of the Islamic School of Greater New Orleans.

Teachers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math learned how to help their students succeed in science fairs through a free workshop Sept. 12 by the Greater New Orleans Science and Engineering Fair. Teachers learned about the science fair process from start to finish: classroom level, school level, the Feb. 23-25 regional fair at… Continue reading →

St. Charles corporal who was ambushed gets support from fellow lawmen

Photo provided by Plaquemines Parish SheriffÕs OfficeÑ Commander Eric Becnel, director of training for the Plaquemines Parish SheriffÕs Office.

St. Charles Parish sheriff’s Cpl. Burt Hazeltine, who was severely wounded in an ambush April 16 while directing school traffic in Paradis, recently received financial support for his recovery through the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office. Hazeltine has returned to work as a member of the training staff. Plaquemines Sheriff Lonnie Greco presented Hazeltine with $600 contributed… Continue reading →

Jesuit High School has 43 National Merit semifinalists

Photo provided by Jesuit High SchoolÑThe National Merit Semifinalists in the Jesuit High School Class of 2016 are, front row from left, Cade M. Arbour, Maurice A. Carr, Aubrey A. Champlin, Benjamin C. Creel, Anton J. Derbes, Reid A. Detillier and Andrew D. Dyer. In the second row are Nicholas P. Fresneda, Phillip A. Gerarve, Benjamin M. Gillen, Charles E. Glass, Alex M. Gomez and Reginald T. Jackson. In the third row are John R. James, Cameron F. Kaupp, Tristan C. Killgore, Kenneth E. Krizan, Joshua S. Lacoste and Adam C. Ledet. In the fourth row are Spencer G. Lemoine, Connor J. Maheu, Mayank Mardia, Mason T. Mayfield, Cameron P. McCall and Chance M. Melancon. In the fifth row are Matthew J. Miceli, John A. Mieras, Harrison H. Millar, Brian M. Piglia, Kyler T. Pisciotta and Seth M. Pohlman. In the sixth row are Felix M. Rabito, Zachary W. Robbins, Jeremy W. Scheffler, Steven L. Sellers, Evan J. Slattery and Brady R. Stiller. In the back row are James A. Stoner, Arjun Verma, Edward T. Welsch, Joshua J. West, Brandon M. Wolff and Logan K. Yokum.

Jesuit High School’s Class of 2016 has 43 National Merit semifinalists, the most from any one school in Louisiana, in the annual scholarship competition. Jesuit’s 43 National Merit Scholars represent 20 percent of the state’s 212 honorees from 52 different high schools. “We are extremely proud of our 43 senior semifinalists for achieving such… Continue reading →

STEM Saturday will be in Algiers in October

Photo provided by STEM NOLAElectrical engineer Michael Flot helps a STEM Saturday participant complete the circuit for his hovercraft.

Registration is open for a STEM Saturday program that will take place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Cutoff Recreation Center, 6600 Belgrade St., in New Orleans. The cost is $60 for a single STEM Saturday session, with discounts for multiple children or multiple sessions. In the past… Continue reading →

Crescent City school briefs for September 30, 2015

Photo provided by Kenner Discovery Health Sciences AcademyÑKenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy ranked No. 14 in the world and No. 1 in Louisiana for the 2015 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. From left are Shaiza Abbas, Isabella Stimpson, Maddie Cooney, Aidan Edsall, Ella Morenc, Elom Ofori, Devin Lopez, Luis Torres and Marise Wilson.

NOCCA OPEN STUDIO DAY: Middle and high school students interested in the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts can learn how to apply and audition at NOCCA Open Studio Day, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at NOCCA, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans. Families will visit NOCCA’s studios and classrooms, and students can learn details about NOCCA… Continue reading →

Crescent City neighborhood briefs for September 30, 2015

LIBRARY FRIENDS: Dennis Assaf, executive director and co-founder of the Jefferson Performing Arts Society, will be the guest speaker when the Friends of the Jefferson Public Library meets at 1 p.m. Sept. 30 at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Also at this meeting, volunteers can sign up to help at the… Continue reading →

Crescent City health briefs for September 30, 2015

Photo provided by St. Bernard Parish Hospital -- Among those on hand for the official opening of the St. Bernard Parish Hospital Rehabilitation Center are, front row from left, Andrew Jacques, Ray Garofalo, Andrew Sercovich, hospital CEO Charles Lindell, Dr. Paul Verrett, James DiFatta, Wayne Landry and David Huff. In the middle row are Ricky Melerine, Kimberly Stewart and Cheryll Foret. In the back row are Andrew Becker, George Cavignac, and Henry and Evelyn Rodriquez.

ST. BERNARD PARISH HOSPITAL: As St. Bernard Parish Hospital marked its third anniversary, it celebrated the official opening of its comprehensive rehabilitation center. The ribbon-cutting Sept. 18 was followed by tours and a reception. The facility offers state-of-the-art physical, speech and occupational therapies, including monitored cardiac rehabilitation. “This new rehabilitation center provides convenience to individuals living… Continue reading →

Crescent City faith notes for September 30, 2015

Photo provided by St. MaryÕs Dominican High SchoolÑSister Pat Harvat, vice president of Dominican Catholic identity at St. MaryÕs Dominican High School, reads a blessing at the circle of Pinwheels for Peace on the school quad.

GRETNA METHODIST MEN: Gretna Methodist Men has awarded $2,000 scholarships to Caitlin Claiborne, granddaughter of Willie and Edna Jefferson, and to Eboni Mitchell, granddaughter of Mary Forbes. Claiborne will use the money to support her studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and Mitchell will use the money at Roosevelt University in Chicago.… Continue reading →

Plaquemines gives strays second chance

Photo by George Gurtner-- Kyle Reuther, director of Plaquemines Parish Animal Control, holds a puppy 'who is so young, he doesn't have a name yet.'

Back before everything got so politically correct, when Animal Control was known simply as the “dog catchers,” once a dog or cat was netted and brought to the pound, its days were pretty well numbered. “That’s not necessarily true any more,” said Chris Beebe, shelter director for the Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society, located right next door to… Continue reading →

Music workshops bring teens into harmony with professionals

Advocate photo by SOPHIA GERMER --  Grammy-winning contemporary collective Snarky Puppy performs with students at a Sunday Youth Music Workshop at Tipitina's.

Tipitina’s music club feels smaller during the day, a quiet, dim retreat from the outside world. Mighty musical dreams take root there on Sunday afternoons, however, when young people, most in their early teens, gather at the corner of Napoleon Avenue and Tchoupitoulas Street in New Orleans for Youth Music Workshops sponsored by the Tipitina’s Foundation.… Continue reading →

Animal Rescue: Volunteers needed to get La. shelter pets to safety

Photo provided by Animal Rescue New Orleans -- Mamie arrived at ARNO as part of a group of feral dogs from Tennessee and is finishing the feral rehab program. She now walks well on a leash. She needs a foster home without children or cats where she can complete her socialization. ARNO will provide all the tools and support necessary. For information, email

When it comes to animal rescue, often, half the battle is in the logistics of getting an animal to safety. This Thursday night, community members can attend a presentation to bring awareness to the need for more volunteers to help with transport programs for homeless animals. The East Bank Regional Library will host a powwow… Continue reading →

JP Library Lagniappe: Mystery conference will be a first for East Bank Regional Library

“Cops and Authors,” a small mystery writers’ conference featuring three police officers/authors, will occur at 10 a.m. Saturday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. “Cops and Authors” is designed to provide hands-on, practical information to local mystery and crime writers, but it is also open to anyone who wants to understand more… Continue reading →

River Views: Alligator Festival will make a splash in Luling

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--New River Parish columnist Lori Lyons  in New Orleans, La. Monday, April 20, 2015.

The Rotary Club of St. Charles will hold its 36th annual Alligator Festival from Thursday to Sunday at the West Bank Bridge Park in Luling. Preview night will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday with rides and limited food and drink options. The festival runs from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday,… Continue reading →

@ The Library: Photographer to discuss images of struggling coastal community

Documentary photographer Melinda Rose’s latest work, “Of the Rising Tide: A Photo Essay on the Vanishing Bayou Community of Isle de Jean Charles,” documents the struggle of a fragile community overwhelmed by wetland erosion, storms and the recent Gulf of Mexico oil disaster. Rose will present and discuss her work at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23,… Continue reading →

Start the Adventure in Reading volunteer tutor training continues into October

Training sessions are underway for volunteers wishing to help children to learn to read. STAIR, or Start The Adventure In Reading, tutors volunteer after school or on Saturday mornings in Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa parishes. They work one-on-one with public school second-graders who are reading below grade level. The one-on-one focus… Continue reading →

Program grants hospice patient’s wish for a laptop computer

Photo provided by St. Margaret's Hospice ­— St. Margaret's Hospice executive director Lara Marrero Guidry helps orient 96-year-old Bernice Bozant with her new laptop, which was given to her through St. Margaret's Hospice's Lifetime Wish program.

St. Margaret’s Hospice, which provides end-of-life care in New Orleans, presented 96-year-old patient Bernice Bozant with a laptop and tech accessories Sept. 10 as a part of its Lifetime Wish program. Bozant was the first to benefit from the program, which grants wishes, large or small, to St. Margaret’s Hospice patients. Bozant says she will use her gift… Continue reading →

Nonprofits vie for prize money with innovative pitches

City budgeting challenges, crisis services and food deserts are among the problems that local nonprofits are hoping to solve with innovative ideas at Pitch It! The Innovation Challenge. The Greater New Orleans Foundation has selected CBNO MAC Foundation, New Orleans Mental Health Institute St. Tammany and Reconcile New Orleans to pitch their ideas to a panel of… Continue reading →