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Presentation illustrates women’s contribution to Battle of New Orleans

Advocate staff photo by REBECCA RATLIFF -- Jacqueline Arsenault shows Zach Krieger (10), Carson Krieger (8), Lauren Krieger, Brayleigh Spiers (12) and Madison Krieger (13) how yarn can be dyed different colors at the

Women of the New Orleans Premiere Creole Society discussed period fashions, practiced embroidery and knitting, and gave a spinning demonstration at the Chalmette Battlefield. The presentation, ‘What About the Women?,’ allowed visitors to discover what life was like for New Orleans women in 1815 and how they contributed to the American victory at the Battle… Continue reading →

Metairie Park-A-Boo celebration will add a scarecrow contest this year

The annual Park-A-Boo Halloween celebration is Oct. 24-26 on Pavillion Island in Lafreniere Park, 3000 Downs Blvd., Metairie. Sponsored by the Kenner North Kiwanis Club and its partners, tickets are $5 per person for ages 3 to 12, and $7 per person ages 13 and older. Children 3 and under will be admitted free. Each ticket… Continue reading →

TV show helps trace Big Chief ’s genealogy

Photo provided by Pat Garin - Lila Luster-Stipe and her daughter Kayla Wright speak with genealogist Joshua Taylor at the Cabildo.

Big Chief Allison “Tootie” Montana’s family were among several New Orleanians who gained new insights into their ancestry by participating in the “Genealogy Roadshow,” a collaboration between WYES-TV and the national Public Broadcasting Station. Nine hundred people applied online for the chance to appear on public television while learning more about their family histories. The Montanas, for… Continue reading →

Around Jefferson: K9s for Warriors to host fundraiser

Next month, K9s for Warriors, in collaboration with the Deutsches Haus, will host a special fundraiser called “A Toast to Our Heroes.” The event is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Deutsches Haus, 1023 Ridgewood Drive, Metairie. All proceeds will benefit K9s for Warriors, a nonprofit organization founded in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida,… Continue reading →

Throw Me Somethin’: Broadmoor library to be site of Chess Fest

Photo provided by Lakeview Shepherd CenterâPat Milazo turned 102 on Oct. 1 and celebrated with friends at the Lakeview Shepherd Center. Milazo loves yoga and art, and swims almost daily. The Lakeview Shepherd Center is at 316 38th St. in New Orleans, and its phone number is (504) 484-0885.

Place a child across the table from an adult, engage them in an arm-wrestling match, and my money is on the adult. Engage them in a chess match, and all bets are off. “I lose to kids all the time,” said local writer Michael Tisserand, who moonlights as a chess teacher at Lusher Charter School. With help… Continue reading →

La Vie De Ville: All-female krewe supports Alzheimer’s Association

Advocate photo by ROBERTA GROVE - Members of the Krewe of Nyx celebrate the success of their fundraiser

Members of the Krewe of Nyx recently premiered a brand-new fall event, “Purses & Pearls.” The party with a purpose featured the latest fashions from a variety of local retailers, as well as a stunning array of artfully designed handbags that were on the auction block. The luncheon event took place in the ballroom of the Sheraton, which… Continue reading →

Parish Lines: Pumpkins for the pickin’

Photo provided by St. Bernard Sports Hall of FameÑFirst-place winners of the St. Bernard Sports Hall of FameÕs 19th annual golf tournament held recently at Oak Harbor in Slidell was a foursome fielded by Lamarque Ford. From left, are: David Gonsoulin, Guy Perniciaro, Glenn France and Dave Joachim.

First Baptist Church of Chalmette’s fifth annual Pumpkin Patch will run through Oct. 31. The patch is on the church grounds at 305 E. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette. Hours are from 10 a.m. to dusk Monday through Saturday and from noon to dusk Sunday. Pumpkins start at $1 and range in price depending… Continue reading →

Animal Rescue: The fun of dog parks depends on owners’ good behavior

Photo provided by Animal Rescue New OrleansâBailey, Jordan, Graham, Morgan were found wandering near a bar off Highway 61 in Denham Springs, where some think they were dumped. They are 10 weeks old, and a mix of coonhound and Labrador retriever. The adoption fee is $200, but we are offering two puppies for $300. The adoption fee includes spay/neuter, UTD vaccines, rabies, and a chip.   ORG XMIT: kCxXiZJa8sd2zsTAMhcw

Now that the weather is turning cooler, many people are enjoying the outdoors with their pets. The New Orleans area has several great dog parks, and while the concept of bringing a dog to one of these parks is a good one, the outing can quickly go sour if the dog owner fails to follow some rules. Here… Continue reading →

West Bank: Fest focuses on serving cancer patients

Advocate photo by YETORIA DESHAZIER - Country Radio Hall of Famer Eddie Edwards

The fifth annual West Jefferson Family Festival was full of life and purpose. More than 10,000 people attended this year’s two-day festival benefitting the Cancer Center at West Jefferson Medical Center. The money raised will be used for patients who can’t afford their chemo treatments, transportation, nutrition or other important needs they may have. The Jefferson Parish… Continue reading →

Jefferson Library Lagniappe: Oct. 23, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER- Cris Smith on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014.

“Trunk or Treat,” a trick-or-treat event sponsored by Tulane-Lakeside Hospital for Women and Children and the Jefferson Parish Library, will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 25 in the parking lot of the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. All ages are welcome to attend the event. It is open to… Continue reading →

Abilities: Loyola program offers help as teens with disabilities near adulthood

Advocate photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Jane Pic Adams

When a child with developmental or mental disabilities turns 18, management of his or her legal affairs may become an issue. Under Louisiana law, a judge may appoint a “tutor,” or guardian, with legal authority to make certain decisions on behalf of a person with such a disability. A continuing tutorship may be… Continue reading →

Corporate giving benefits nonprofits throughout greater New Orleans area

Photo provided by Raintree Children & Family ServicesÑThe Masks and Martinis fundraiser held Sept. 9 by LanYap Networks raised $30,000 for Raintree House, a community-based group home in New Orleans providing care for teenage girls who have abused or neglected. From left are Whitney Armentor and LaShawna Schofield of Raintree, Angie Tocco of LanYap Networks, Raintree House graduate Journey Crawford, and Laura Dashney of LanYap Networks.

GE FOUNDATION SUPPORTS DELGADO: The GE Foundation has awarded a $1.5 million grant to Delgado Community College to help fill the advanced manufacturing and water management skills gap in New Orleans. This grant will support Delgado Community College’s ongoing efforts to train certified water infrastructure personnel to work at the Sewerage and Water Board… Continue reading →

Metairie Music Club social draws national, state officers

Photo provided by Metairie Music Club--Among those on hand for the Metairie Music Club member social were, from left, Kim Harvey, Margarita Harvey, Ken Nelson, Melanie Perez, Irene Vile and Mark Vile.

The Metairie Music Club is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a number of events, including a member social Sept. 12 with special guests including Melanie Perez, recording secretary of the National Federation of Music Clubs, and Ken Nelson, president of the Louisiana Federation of Music Clubs. The social was held at the home of Judge Daniel Knowles… Continue reading →

Sweet Adelines install 2014-15 officers

Photo provided by Sweet Adelines - Sue Englebert

Members of the Crescent City Sound Chorus of Sweet Adelines International recently installed their officers at Mandina’s Restaurant. Crescent City Sound Chorus is a group of women singers who meet every Monday night at 7 p.m. in Delgado Community College Music Room, City Park Campus. “The chorus teaches and performs four part harmony barbershop-style… Continue reading →

Girl Scouts complete leadership challenges

Photo provided by Girl Scouts Louisiana East -- Members of Girl Scout Cadette Troop 40477 presented their no texting while driving campaign to students at Cabrini High School. Shown here are Cabrini President Yvonne Legrand Hrapmann and Cadettes Tori Simmons, Sophie Rose, Jayla Baudy, Jennifer Yrle, Laila Nuccio, Raquel Jacquet and Mia Sarpy.

Girl Scout leadership awards have been presented to Cadette and Junior Scouts throughout the New Orleans area who have made a difference through community service. Silver Awards are presented to Cadettes in sixth through eighth grades who complete a series of leadership challenges that prepare them for a final take-action project. Bronze Awards are the equivalent recognition… Continue reading →

John Curtis Christian School participates in Operation Christmas Child

Photo provided by John Curtis Christian SchoolÑLuis Gonzalez went from being the recipient of a shoebox of gifts through Operation Christmas Child to working with the charity. During an assembly at John Curtis Christian School, he talked about how the gift of school supplies was the answer to his prayers when he was a 6-year-old living in Panama.

John Curtis Christian School is continuing its participation this year with Operation Christmas Child, a Samaritan’s Purse project. Through Operation Christmas Child last year, children in more than 100 countries received 9.8 million shoeboxes filled with school supplies, toiletries, socks, toys and hard candy. Of those shoeboxes, 8,066 came from the New Orleans area.… Continue reading →

Refurbished laptop computers donated to four New Orleans groups

Photo provided by UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Louisiana--April Golenor, president of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Louisiana, addresses a group gathered at the Fischer Community Center in Algiers to acknowledge the donation of 47 refurbished laptop computers to four groups.

UnitedHealthcare has donated 47 refurbished laptop computers to four faith- and community-based organizations in the greater New Orleans area: Friends of Joe W. Brown Memorial Park, YOUTHanasia Foundation Inc., True Vine Baptist Church and Better Tomorrows. UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Louisiana is donating nearly 400 computers to 17 community- and faith-based organizations in New Orleans, Shreveport, Baton… Continue reading →

Folk Art Festival held in Algiers

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--Visitors check out the different offerings at the Algiers Folk Art Festival in Algiers on Oct. 11.

The Algiers Folk Art Festival in Algiers was on the grounds of the Folk Art Zone and Blues Museum, 207 Leboeuf St. Booths featured folk art, food and children’s activities.… Continue reading →

Benjamin Franklin High School teacher honored

Photo provided by Benjamin Franklin High SchoolÑSally Spahn

Benjamin Franklin High School teacher Sally Spahn is the Orleans Parish School Board’s 2014 High School Teacher of the Year. Spahn also will be honored as the Chevron Teacher of the Week during the New Orleans Saints game versus the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Oct. 26. “Dr. Spahn has represented everything Ben Franklin High School… Continue reading →

Second Harvest Food Bank wins Pitch It!

Photo provided by Second Harvest - Gina Melita made the winning pitch on behalf of Second Harvest Food Bank to take the top prize at the Pitch It! Innovation Challenge.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana won $25,000 at Pitch It!, the Innovation Challenge recently held at the New Orleans Museum of Art. The three finalists who presented their pitches were selected from a pool of nearly 30 applicants who submitted a diverse range of innovative ideas to address many vital community needs.… Continue reading →

NOCCA media arts student’s work to be screened in New York City

Photo provided by NOCCA--The website for the Varsity Brands All American High School Film Festival describes James King's film as an exploration of interactions between music and video.

A film by James King, an 11th-grader studying media arts at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, has been selected for a screening in New York at the 2014 Varsity Brands All American High School Film Festival Oct. 24-27. The film, “ATYW,” may be viewed on YouTube. As a chosen filmmaker, King is nominated… Continue reading →

LPO’s Play Dat! at Holy Cross

Advocate photo by CHRISTINE GACHARNA -- Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra music director Carlos Miguel Prieto leads the second annual Play Dat! recently in the gym at Holy Cross School.

Amateur musicians recently joined the professionals from the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra for a full rehearsal and performance conducted by LPO music director Carlos Miguel Prieto. The second annual event Play Dat! filled the gymnasium at Holy Cross School with the sounds of a full orchestral rehearsal and a peppering of black and purple, LPO members in black… Continue reading →

Crescent City health briefs for October 23, 2014

Photo provided by Jefferson Beautification Inc. - Dr. Carlos Rodriguez-Fierro, honorary chairman of 'A Night in Rio,' a Parkway Promenade fundraiser sponsored by Jefferson Beautification, is shown with, from left, event Co-chairwoman Denise Woodward, Honorary Liaison Miriam Brown and event Co-chairwoman Pat Golemi.

NAMI TO PROVIDE SERVICES IN TREME: The New Orleans affiliate of the National Association on Mental Illness will be providing services in the Treme/Lafitte neighborhood through the Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center beginning next month. The partnership will begin with a launch event from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 3, at 2200 Lafitte Ave.… Continue reading →

Crescent City neighborhood briefs for October 23, 2014

MOVIES IN THE PARK: The Digby Booster Club will host a free screening of “Monsters Inc.” at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at Digby Playground, 6600 Virgilian St., New Orleans. The movie will be preceded by field games and “Thriller” dance lessons at 6 p.m., and Zumba at 6:30 p.m. COLLARD COOKING CONTEST:Continue reading →

Crescent City college briefs for October 23, 2014

INTERNATIONAL FAIR AT LOYOLA: The diversity of Loyola University’s international community will be showcased during a fair from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Peace Quad. The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Center for International Education and International Student Association at Loyola University. In case… Continue reading →

Crescent City school briefs for October 23, 2014

Photo provided by John Curtis Christian School--John Curtis Christian School Interact members Tristyn Mussall and Zoe Fernandez participate in creating a 'Helping Hands' banner at the service-learning event.

GREEN SCHOOLS SHOWCASE: Benjamin Franklin High School will be featured during the Green Schools Showcase of the U.S. Green Building Council Louisiana Chapter from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the school, 2001 Leon C. Simon Drive, New Orleans. The showcase will be the last stop on the Green Makes… Continue reading →

Crescent City faith notes for October 23, 2014

PASTORAL ANNIVERSARY: Fred Burford, of the Faith Temple of God in Christ in Gretna, will be the guest speaker as New St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church celebrates the ninth anniversary of its pastor, David L. Perry, at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at the church, 1100 Branch-Joseph/Odeon Ave., New Orleans. For information, call Linda Westley at… Continue reading →