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Bike Easy group looks to teach youth safe practices

Photo provided by Bike Easy - Amira Mumford and other students from Wilson Charter school practice safe bike-riding skills. The students have practiced bike and pedestrian safety training in preparation for Walk & Roll to School Week, May 9-15.

Bike Easy hopes to teach the next generation of bicycle riders about safety and the rules of the road through its Walk & Roll New Orleans school programs. In addition to conducting classes this year at 10 charter schools to encourage “active transportation,” Bike Easy is helping to promote Walk & Roll to School Week, May… Continue reading →

Lynne Jensen’s Throw me Somethin’: St. Paul celebrates 175 years

During the early church-building days of New Orleans, it was easy to identify not only the faith of a congregation but also its ethnic roots. In 1840, St. Paul Lutheran Church was founded in a Chartres Street firehouse to support a growing number of Germans settling in the city’s 3rd District. Celebrating its 175th anniversary, the historic Faubourg… Continue reading →

Around Jefferson: Holocaust survivor shares story

Photo provided by Archbishop Chapelle High School - Standing in front of the Holocaust victims memorial created by the Chapelle student body are, from left, students Jamie Defourneaux, Mallory Knudsen, Brittany Prieur, guest speaker Anne Levy, Kelly Juneau, Kaylee Madron and Linsey St. Pierre.

Local Holocaust survivor Anne Levy addressed the students and faculty at Archbishop Chapelle High School along with area Jewish community leaders during the Metairie high school’s observance of Holocaust Remembrance Week, held April 13 to April 17. Levy described her life story as a Jewish child in Poland during WWII, her family’s experience in the Warsaw… Continue reading →

New humanities director shares passion for Louisiana

Photo provided by LEH - Moranda Restovic was recently appointed director of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

When Miranda Restovic arrived in New Orleans at the age of 11 — escaping the civil war raging in her hometown of Dubrovnik, Croatia — she didn’t speak a word of English, and all she knew about her new home was that “someone had left the heaters on.” After almost 25 years, Restovic says she’s significantly more… Continue reading →

@The New Orleans Library: Small-business banking to be discussed at library seminar

The New Orleans Public Library and the Algiers Economic Development Foundation have partnered to present the small-business development seminar Mind Your Business. Speakers from LiftFund and Whitney Bank will discuss small-business banking and access to capital. This seminar will help identify strategies and broaden business knowledge, whether for those who are a new entrepreneur or have… Continue reading →

JP Library Lagniappe: African-American genealogy program planned at Metairie library

Gaynell Brady will lead a free genealogical presentation focusing on African-American heritage at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 West Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Brady says there are many obstacles to overcome for African-Americans searching for their ancestors, and she will discuss how to overcome them. She says the vast majority of… Continue reading →

River Views: St. Charles cook-off filled with crawfish, stars

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

This year’s St. Charles Parish Crawfish Cook-Off is scheduled to take place May 15-17 at the Jerusalem Shrine Center at 1940 Ormond Boulevard in Destrehan. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Better Than Ezra band member Tom Drummand, former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield, Tulane head football coach Curtis Johnson, former Gov. Edwin Edwards, Saints all-pro center Jonathan Goodwin… Continue reading →

Fun with NORDC: NORDC receives two Louisiana Recreations & Parks awards

Photo provided by NORDC - In partnership with the Arts Council of New Orleans, artists Jamar Pierre and Ivan Watkins led youth art classes and Saturday community workshops on art and mural design. The youth learned how to research, document and depict the history of Treme and the Treme Center with input from elders and artists in the community. The project culminated with a large mural, shown above, for the Tremé  Rec Center that honors the Tremé  community's  heroes, history and culture. Students paintings are also on display in the main walkway. Tremé people and places in the mural  include Cheryl Austin, Ron Chisom, Jim Hayes, Viola Washington, Jessie Hill, Louis Charbonnet,The Box Band, Big Ike, Ashton Ramsey, Miss Lucile, Treme Community Center, Treme Coffeehouse, and Miss Annie Maes Sweet Shop. To learn more about the mural and an award it has received from the Louisiana Recreation and Parks Association, see Fun with NORDC, page ?

NORDC was presented with two awards for outstanding achievement during the Louisiana Recreation and Parks Association’s annual conference in April. The A.P. Sanchez Rec Center & Pool received the Outstanding Park/Facility Design II Award for displaying a high degree of professional design quality and recreation usage. The annual award commends collaboration between design professionals and parks… Continue reading →

Metairie Music Club holds honors recital

Photo provided by Metairie Music Club  Piano students featured in the Metairie Music Club honors recital were, front row from left, Adam Robert Ledet, Hunter Hicks, Joseph Cusimano, Aiden Schmaltz, Cassie Nguyen, Adam Young and Peter Le. In the back row, from left, are Allison Southworth, Lily Rabalais, Baley Robicheaux, Christopher Vuong, Samuel Gernhauser and Matthew Vuong.

The Metairie Music Club recently held a recital at the University of New Orleans featuring students who earned high honors in the Metairie District Junior Festival of the Louisiana Federation of Music Clubs. The recital was organized by Megan Dearie, a voice teacher at the University of New Orleans. Margarita Harvey is president of… Continue reading →

IAAP awards scholarships ahead of May convention

Photo provided by IAAP -- From left are Ann Ravichandran, president of the NOLA Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals; 2015 scholarship recipients Jasmine Batts, Marianne Tanner and Connie Chung; and Desiree Dubroc Miller, chapter director.

The NOLA chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals recently presented scholarships to college students majoring in business administration. President Ann Ravichandran and Director and Scholarship Committee Chairwoman Desiree Dubroc Miller presented three $1,000 scholarships to Jasmine Batts, Marianne Tanner and Connie Chung, who attend University of New Orleans and Delgado Community College. The… Continue reading →

STEM summer camps planned at UNO

Core Element, a nonprofit, is planning two summer camp sessions for children ages 9to 13, and to middle school teachers who are interested in science, technology, engineering and math. The STEM summer camps will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 20-24 and July 27-31 at the University of New Orleans College of Engineering.… Continue reading →

Zurich North America awards recognize New Orleans nonprofit leadership

Photo provided by Zurich North AmericaÑFrom left are Melissa Sawyer of the Youth Empowerment Project, Randall Clouser of Zurich North America, and Gerald Williams of Directed Initiatives for Youth/Excite! All Stars.

Two nonprofit groups that work to improve the lives of New Orleans children have received donations of $10,000 from Zurich North America in tribute to their leaders’ inspirational work. Zurich Classic Community Impact Awards were presented to Melissa Sawyer, co-founder and executive director of the Youth Empowerment Project, and to Gerald Williams, co-founder and CEO… Continue reading →

STEM Saturday to focus on rocket science

Rocket science will be the topic for STEM Saturday with Dr. Mackie from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at the Joe Brown Recreation Center, 5601 Read Blvd., New Orleans. To register, visit The cost of a STEM Saturday session is $60, with some financial aid available for those eligible for free or… Continue reading →

Lakeview Shepherd Center gala has ‘Jump, Jive & Swing’ theme

Photo provided by Lakeview Shepherd Center Nancy Click, Curtis Click, Judy Moser and Donna St. Louis were among those on hand for the Lakeview Shepherd Center gala held April 18 at Schoen Funeral Home on Canal Street.

The Lakeview Shepherd Center celebrated 38 years of senior wisdom, talent and creativity with a gala April 18 with a “Jump, Jive & Swing” theme. Big band tunes from the Pfister Sisters created an atmosphere of romance, good food and fun. The Lakeview Shepherd Center offers classes in painting, knitting, crocheting, quilting, tai… Continue reading →

Jefferson Parish East Bank team reclaims Biddy Basketball championship

Photo provided by April Scamardo -- Winners of individual competitions were, from left, Kate Baker, free-throw; Allison Tullier, hot-shot; and Emma Scamardo, three-point.

The Jefferson Parish Recreation Department’s east bank 10-year-old girls all-star basketball team is the International Biddy Champion for 2015. Members of the all-star team were selected from east bank playgrounds in February after the regular Biddy season ended. In Biddy Basketball, the size of the balls, the height of the goals and the distance of… Continue reading →

French cooking class to highlight Basque cuisine

Photo provided by Alliance Française  Cecile Andry, left, and Lisa Keleher enjoy Brigitte Gomanes French cooking class in February.

Brigitte Gomane will present a French cooking class highlighting the cuisine of the Basque country, which straddles the border between France and Spain, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, at the Southern Museum of Food and Beverage, 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans. Basque specialties include Bayonne ham, sheep’s milk cheese, espelette pepper, and… Continue reading →

NOLA Veggie Fest will offer food, speakers and cooking demos

Photo provided by Humane Society of LouisianaÑA co-founder of the NOLA Veggie Fest, Dana Nesbitt, is the recipient of the inaugural Animal Advocate of the Year Award, presented by the Feral Cat Consortium. Nesbitt is president of the Humane Society of Louisiana.  She is seen with Wendy Guidry, right, president of the Feral Cat Consortium.

The Humane Society of Louisiana will present its NOLA Veggie Fest on Saturday and Sunday at the New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. Hours for this annual celebration of plant-based cuisine and cruelty-free lifestyles will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.… Continue reading →

Free swimming lessons are being offered at Tulane University

Registration is open for a week of free swimming lessons being offered at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. May 11-15 at the Tulane University Reily Student Recreation Center, on McAlister Extension off Willow Street in New Orleans. Parking is available on the sixth floor of the Diboll Parking Garage. Lessons through the Ashley Kelly… Continue reading →

Crescent City health briefs for May 6, 2015

COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER: New Orleans East Louisiana, or NOELA, has opened a 9,000-square-foot community health center to provide primary care for adults and children at 13085 Chef Menteur Highway, New Orleans. Its hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Its phone numbers are… Continue reading →

Crescent City neighborhood briefs for May 6, 2015

Photo provided by AARP 4417ÑAmong those at a recent meeting of AARP Chapter 4417 were, from left, Jim Butler of the Louisiana Senior Medicare Patrol program, Betty Corbille and Edgar Veillon.

MEDICARE FRAUD: Jim Butler, a volunteer with the Louisiana Senior Medicare Patrol program, discussed ways to prevent Medicare fraud during a recent meeting of AARP Chapter 4417. Medicare patients are urged not to give anyone their Social Security number, which doubles as a Medicare number, and to check bills for incorrect charges. Those who suspect… Continue reading →

Crescent City college briefs for May 6, 2015

Photo provided by Divest TulaneTulane University students march to the Victory Bell at the Lavin-Bernick Center Quad in support of fossil fuel divestment.

DIVEST TULANE: Dozens of people held a four-day sit-in to pressure Tulane University to stop investing in fossil fuels. The sit-in took place during business hours outside Tulane President Michael A. Fitts’ suite in Gibson Hall. On Friday, April 17, after a rally in Gibson Hall, the students marched across campus to the Victory… Continue reading →

Crescent City school briefs for May 6, 2015

Photo provided by NOCCA -- Emily Sheets

NOCCA YEAR-END EVENTS: As the school year draws to a close, the various departments at the New Orleans Center for Performing Arts are planning showcases for their work. These Celebration Season events are open to the public and take place at NOCCA, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans. Spring dance performances, 7 p.m.… Continue reading →

Crescent City faith notes for May 6, 2015

Photo provided by St. Francis XavierSt. Francis Xavier held its St. Joseph’s Day altar and reenacted the tradition known as “Tupa-Tupa” or “knocking.” Players represent Jesus, Mary and Joseph who go knocking door-to-door for food and shelter before finding the table, or altar, where they are the first to be served. Representing St. Joseph is Jeffrey Mechlin, a junior at Brother Martin High School, shown with altar coordinators Gail and Jack Siciliano.

TEMPLE SINAI BROTHERHOOD: The Temple Sinai Brotherhood will hold a dinner with a bingo game and silent auction at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at Temple Sinai, 6227 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Advance tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children under 12; the price goes up $5 at the door. For information, call… Continue reading →

Luncheon to honor Grace House alums

Photo provided by Grace House - Michelle Duplantis will be honored as the Alumna of the Year of Grace House at the 20th Annual Women of Substance luncheon to be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 8 at the Audubon Tea Room.

Michelle Duplantis has nervously practiced the speech she will deliver at the 20th annual Women of Substance luncheon to be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 8, at the Audubon Tea Room. Having completed a six-month substance-abuse treatment program and aftercare at Grace House, Duplantis is being honored as its Alumna of the Year.… Continue reading →

Trinity Artist Series continues in May

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Albinas Prizgintas performs an organ concert at Trinity Episcopal Church in New Orleans on Tuesday April 21, 2015. Prizgintas played various genres of music from Classical Baroque to vintage rock.

Albinas Prizgintas, the director of musical ministries for Trinity Episcopal Church, performed on the 5,000-pipe tracker organ as part of the Trinity Artist Series in the sanctuary at 1329 Jackson Ave. on April 21. Artists in the series include jazz pianist Donald Blum at 5 p.m. Sunday; Sopranos Valerie and Imanni Jones Francis… Continue reading →

Throw Me Somethin’: Fashionable luncheon supports women

Lynne Jensen

“Suits and Salads” is the calling card for the sixth annual luncheon and fashion show supporting Dress for Success, an organization offering women in our community a network of support, career development tools and professional attire to help them thrive at work and in life. The luncheon starts with a cocktail reception and silent auction at 11… Continue reading →

Around Jefferson: Haynes robotics team goes to Calif.

Photo provided by Haynes -- Members of the Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies middle school robotics team who will compete next month in the FIRST LEGO League International North American Robotics Open in San Diego, Calif., are, front, Radeeya Islam; second row, from left, Luke Vedros, Aakash Zaveri, Kevin Kim and Judy Kase, math teacher and robotics moderator; back row, Milan Mardia, Jacob Zanca, Prokkawn Majumdar and Aqib Zakaria.

The LEGO group and the organization For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) have chosen the Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies middle school robotics team to compete in the FIRST Lego League International North American Robotics Open planned for May 15-17 in San Diego. The Haynes team consists of seventh- and eighth-grade students who are… Continue reading →

Animal Rescue: Pot-bellied pigs are clean, smart, clever pets

Photo provided by ARNOPixie is a gorgeous female torti with bright green eyes and a soft, round face. She will really thrive with an owner who can understand that life has been rough for her and that she needs a little extra time to bond. Her owners dumped her in the street near ARNO and it took time for our volunteers to get her to come in. For more info contact The adoption fee is $85 and includes spay, shots, a chip and a combo test.

When we think of animals in a shelter waiting to be adopted, cats and dogs typically come to mind. However, recently, there have been a number of pot-bellied pigs finding themselves homeless and in local shelters. Just this month, the Louisiana SPCA listed one at its facility, and the St. Bernard Parish Animal Shelter had two… Continue reading →