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Catch these can’t-miss events on Mother’s Day

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--The New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra plays as picnicking  families gather in Cabrini Park at 1200 Dauphine St. in the French Quarter in New Orleans, La. Sunday, May 10, 2015 for the annual VCPORA sponsored event with music, raffles and face painting. Children also got to try out the new playground equipment. The event was free and open to the public.

It’s a tradition as typically New Orleans as red beans and rice on Mondays: spending Mother’s Day at the Aubudon Zoo with soul queen Irma Thomas. The Grammy winner and her band, The Professionals, entertain from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., playing to the moms in the audience with anecdotes and old favorites, just… Continue reading →

Around Jefferson: John McDonogh Day tradition continues for the 126th year

Eva Jacob Barkoff

The 126th annual John McDonogh Day program will be Friday at 9:45 a.m. at the McDonoghville Cemetery, 520 Hancock St., Gretna. The program will honor McDonogh, a public school philanthropist. McDonogh No. 26 is the oldest continuously active school in Jefferson Parish. It was established in 1891. In case of inclement weather, the event will move… Continue reading →

Throw Me Somethin’: Treme Fest brings music, art to Armstrong Park

Lynne Jensen

Just as one festival shuts down in the Crescent City, another one springs up. Be in that number for the inaugural Treme Art & Music Festival from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday; and 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at Louis Armstrong Park. The three-day festival will celebrate the fifth anniversary of Jazz in… Continue reading →

Parish Lines column: Ag Magic on the River welcomes families

Photo provided by LSU AgCenter­St. Bernard 4-H Club Junior Leader Olivia Rivera, a student at Chalmette High School, was awarded a $1,000 college scholarship from the St. Bernard Parish Scott Tractor Foundation, along with a $100 college scholarship from the Louisiana State 4-H Foundation.

The LSU Agricultural Center will present Ag Magic on the River from Wednesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for school groups and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the public. The event will be held at Docville Farm, 5124 E. St. Bernard Highway in Violet. Ag Magic is an interactive, educational… Continue reading →

Animal Rescue: Good rules make good neighbors at dog parks

Photo provided by ARNOJax is a white Dachshund mix with red ticking. He has one blue eye and one brown eye. Legend has it that dogs with eyes of different colors can view heaven and earth at the same time. Jax walks well on a leash and is eager to please. For information contact The adoption fee is $200 and includes neutering, up to date on shots, a chip, and heartworm treatment, if needed. The adoption fee is $200 and includes neuter, UTD vaccines, rabies, a chip and HW treatment, if needed.

It’s the time of year when everyone is enjoying the outdoors. It’s a great time to get out and about with pets. Over the past several years, the New Orleans metro area has become more of a dog park community, with great outdoor spaces being designed specifically for spending time with our pets. While the concept of… Continue reading →

@ the Library: Sign on for library’s computer classes

The New Orleans Public Library is partnering with YMCA Educational Services and the Tulane School of Social Work to offer computer skills training and assistance at the Main Library. Every Monday from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., computer basics will be taught in a two-part, hands-on, question-and-answer session. On Fridays, from 10 a.m.… Continue reading →

JP Library Lagniappe: Entomologist discusses West Nile

Kevin A. Caillouet, a research entomologist with the St. Tammany Parish Mosquito Abatement District, will talk about the West Nile virus at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Caillouet’s presentation is presented by NOLA Science Café. Science cafés are events that take place in casual settings and feature an… Continue reading →

Visitation of Our Lady School second-graders study France

Photo provided by Visitation of Our Lady SchoolEmma Pscenicka toasts the successful conclusion of a unit on France with a flute of sparkling apple juice.

During a monthlong study of France, second-graders at Visitation of Our Lady School in Marrero learned the Sign of the Cross and how to count to 10 in French and painted pictures in the style of Claude Monet. They ended the unit with a France celebration with croissants, cheese and French pastries.… Continue reading →

Golf event raises money for VOA adoption program

Photo provided by Volunteers of AmericaVolunteers of America adoptive parents Sylvia Payne, who also was adopted through Volunteers of America, and John Payne with their son, Heath.

The adoption program of Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans was the beneficiary of the GolfStar Classic held March 15 at TPC Louisiana. Volunteers of America has been a licensed adoption agency for more than 70 years, and is a respected pioneer in issues such as open adoption. More than 130 golfers participated… Continue reading →

Metairie Cub Scouts celebrate accomplishments

Photo provided by St. Catherine of Siena SchoolFirst-graders Gerard Adam, Casen Aucoin and Jackson Kerber.

Members of Cub Scout Pack 230, sponsored by St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, celebrated their achievements with their annual Blue and Gold Banquet on March 5. Among the fourth-grade participants were Joshua Cook, Luke Greer, Drew Haggerty, Seamus Hardin, Will Reinhardt, Andrew Rooney, Collin Shay and Jonathan Zea. Among the third-grade participants were Donnie Dovie,… Continue reading →

Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities honors supporters of culture

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Zachary Richard performs prior to the opening ceremonies of Festival International de Louisiane in Parc Internationale on Thursday.

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities honored musician, poet and activist Zachary Richard as its Humanist of the Year during an awards dinner April 7 in New Orleans. The award is given annually by the state’s humanities council as part of its efforts to recognize the individuals and organizations making invaluable contributions to the culture of Louisiana.… Continue reading →

Family gathers for 97th birthday of former Michoud worker

Photo provided by Dawn Muscarello  -- Gathering in Baton Rouge on April 3 for Earl Howard Meyer's birthday, front row from left, are Rhys France and Delanie Sundmaker; second row, Kim Muscarello, Patsie Meyer, Earl Meyer, Wally Barr, Quinn France and Maeci France; and third row, Patrick Muscarello, Trenton Sundmaker, Trey Sundmaker, Yvette Barr, Sean Barr, Shelby Sundmaker, Dawn Muscarello, Frank Muscarello, Vivien Barr, Robert Barr, Pamela Wang and Staci Sundmaker.

Family gathered this month to celebrate the 97th birthday of Earl Howard Meyer, a native of North Dakota who has lived a quiet life. More than 20 family members gathered April 3 at Our House for Respite in Baton Rouge for the party. His daughter Dawn Muscarello said her father shared many of… Continue reading →

Touchdown Club of New Orleans holds awards banquet

Photo provided by Touchdown Club of New Orleans -- In the front row are 2016 award recipients Joe Browne, Bill Stubbs, Judge Thomas Wicker, Lee Corso and Juan Kincaid. Behind them is Touchdown Club member Charlie Heim.

The Touchdown Club of New Orleans recently held its awards banquet at the Lowe’s Hotel. The Board of Directors Award went to Judge Thomas Wicker, a founding member of the Touchdown Club who served as the club’s president in 1970. Juan Kincaid, of Fox 8 News, received the Roesler Award. The Prep Award was… Continue reading →

Jewish War Veterans and American Legion posts hold joint meeting

Photo provided by Jewish War Veterans of America Post 580 -- Among those at the joint meeting were, from left, George Haas, Elaine Haas, Jackie Gothard, Judge Sol Gothard, Nathan Lew and Joel Picker.

Judge Sol Gothard gave a presentation on “Jewish Defenders of Freedom Throughout the Ages” during a joint meeting of the Jewish War Veterans of America, Post 580, New Orleans, and American Legion Post 175 in Metairie. The joint meeting of the posts was the first of its kind. Gothard, commander of the Jewish War Veterans post,… Continue reading →

Dominican color guard places second in regional competition

Photo provided by St. Marys Dominican High SchoolThe St. Marys Dominican High School color guard includes, front row from left, moderator Caroline Boelte, Anabelle Johnson, Anne Zelden, Co-Captain Alexa Gonzalez, Captain Kristen Tholen, Brooke Davis and coach Frazier Wash. In the back row are Amari McDonald, Jessica Wallesverd, Reva Keller, Lyndsey Jones, Ariale Brock and Niaya Smith.

The color guard from St. Mary’s Dominican High School placed second overall in the Louisiana Mississippi Color Guard and Percussion Circuit championship held recently in Thibodeaux. Also, the ensemble trio of Brooke Davis, Alexa Gonzalez and Kristen Tholen placed first in the novice class. In addition to the championship wins, the DHS color guard also took… Continue reading →

Ursuline math students win 7 awards in state competition

Photo provided by Ursuline AcademySenior Abbe Tassin, left, and junior Madison Vise received first-place trophies for their individual work at the Mu Alpha Theta mathematics honor society state convention.

Members of the mathematics honor society from Ursuline Academy in New Orleans competed against 800 top math students from more than 30 schools at the Mu Alpha Theta state convention in Baton Rouge on April 7-9. First-place winners were Abbe Tassin, Calculus Integration, and Madison Vise, Puzzlements. Also earning honors were Tassin and… Continue reading →

Girl Scouts Louisiana East to honor four Women of Distinction

Photo provided by Girl Scouts Louisiana EastNikki Caldwell-Fargas

Girl Scouts Louisiana East will honor four community leaders, including state Rep. Julie Stokes, of Kenner, during its Women of Distinction awards luncheon May 11 in Baton Rouge. The other honorees are former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco; Mae Calvin Belton, chair-elect of the Baton Rouge Symphony; and LSU Lady Tiger’s basketball coach Nikki Caldwell-Fargas. “It… Continue reading →

Chapelle students express Holocaust lessons in words, images and drama

Photo provided by Archbishop Chapelle High SchoolJunior Iranna Charles artwork was inspired by the story of Holocaust survivor Pepe Chouake.

Theater students at Archbishop Chapelle High School in Metairie presented a performance of “The Diary of Anne Frank” as part of the schools Holocaust Remembrance Week on April 11-15. “I selected ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ because I think it’s really important that our students are exposed to strong female characters, especially characters who actually existed,”… Continue reading →

St. Ann School third-graders learn about rocks and minerals

Photo provided by St. Ann SchoolIn their classroom, third-grade students Holden Schott, Andrew Cooper and Amanda Litolff inspect rocks and minerals at their desks.

Third-graders at St. Ann School recently enjoyed an opportunity to explore the earth without leaving Metairie, through a visit from Diamond Del’s Mobile Mine. Each student was given a mining box of Brazilian mining ore. The students then moved the boxes through a stream of flowing water to find more than 15 different types of… Continue reading →

Jefferson Performing Arts Society welcomes student groups to ballet

The Jefferson Performing Arts Society will present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream Ballet” as part of its Arts Adventure Series at 10:30 a.m. May 13 at the Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 6400 Airline Drive, Metairie. Kenneth Beck will direct the ballet, which is based on the play by William Shakespeare and set to music by Felix Mendelssohn.… Continue reading →

Kenner is accepting applications for Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council

High school students interested in working side by side with the mayor and members of the Kenner City Council can apply for a position on the 2016-17 Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council. The Youth Council formed in 2013 and is for residents of Kenner attending high school in the metropolitan area or home-schooling in the city, said Kenner… Continue reading →

Crescent City around the neighborhood for May 4, 2016

DRESS FOR SUCCESS: Lauren LeBlanc, owner of Fleurty Girl, will be the keynote speaker at the Suits & Salads Luncheon held by Dress for Success New Orleans at 11 a.m. Friday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel New Orleans. The theme will be “A Toast to Mothers,” and the highlights will include a fashion show highlighting local mothers and daughters.… Continue reading →

Crescent City school notes for May 4, 2016

Photo provided by St. John the Baptist Parish Public SchoolsLaPlace Elementary School principal Alison Cupit, left, and Charla Duhe

NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP: Two students from Jesuit High School have been chosen for corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards. Nicholas P. Fresneda, of Destrehan, and Brady R. Stiller, of Madisonville, are among more than 1,000 high school seniors who have won scholarships financed by about 200 corporations, company foundations and other business organizations. Fresneda’s scholarship is financed by the… Continue reading →

Crescent City health briefs for May 4, 2016

Photo provided by Lakeview Regional Medical CenterHiral Patel

STROKE RISK ASSESSMENT: West Jefferson Medical Center will offer free carotid artery screenings and personalized stroke risk assessments from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday in Fonseca Auditorium of West Jefferson Medical Center, 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. To make a reservation for a screening, visit or call (504) 349-1789. There also will be glucose, blood pressure… Continue reading →

Crescent City school sports briefs for May 4, 2016

CABRINI HIGH SCHOOL: Nancy Walsh, basketball coach at Cabrini High School in New Orleans, was a featured speaker during the Louisiana High School Sports Association’s Basketball Coaches Association convention. She discussed recruiting, how coaches can prepare student-athletes to play at the collegiate level and how they can assist them in marketing themselves to colleges. “Only a very few exceptionally… Continue reading →

Crescent city faith notes for May 4, 2016

Photo provided by St. Rita Church­Brice Catalano, second from left, is altar server of the year for St. Rita Church in Harahan. He is a junior at Jesuit High School and has been an altar server for eight years. From left are the Rev. Kyle Sanders, Brice Catalano, Bishop Fernand Cheri and the Rev. John Arnone.

GRIEF GROUP: A grief group will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Archdiocese of New Orleans Retreat Center, 5500 St. Mary St., Metairie. For information, call (504) 267- 9604. ST. ANN CATHOLIC CHURCH: The St. Ann Home and School Club will host a Mother’s Mass at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday in the church, followed by a volunteer thank-you… Continue reading →

Taking a stand: On Lemonade Day, young entrepreneurs enjoy the sweet taste of success

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Brice Bridges, 9, right, and Alexis Guidroz, 9, sell lemonade to Saints punter Thomas Morstead Saturday, May 2, 2015, during the fifth annual Lemonade Day Louisiana in New Orleans. A kick-off event at Stallings Gentilly Playground near the New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course featured children hosting dozens of lemonade stands, and visits from Saints punter Thomas Morstead, Saints mascots Gumbo and Sir Saint, and elected officials and community leaders.

If you’re on your way to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on Saturday, be sure to stop at Stallings Playground — just a block from the Fair Grounds on Gentilly Boulevard — for the fanciest glass of lemonade in the city. “I have four flavors to choose from,” said 12-year-old Lexi Faith Turner, a sixth-grader… Continue reading →