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Dance program invites participation, encourages excellence

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --  Resident choreographer Robert Garland, front, from the Dance Theatre of Harlem, works with local dancers during the NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance's tuition-free Summer Intensive dance program in New Orleans on July 16.  To Garland's right is dancer Cori Lewis. The Summer Intensive dance program is a partnership between the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission and the New Orleans Ballet Association. Students ages 12-18 partipated, working with artists from  Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Trey McIntyre Project in a three-week program of technique and choreography at Tulane University's McWilliams Hall.

Not every teenager dreams of spending three weeks of summer vacation engaged in rigorous exercise while memorizing complex dance combinations. But 35 students, ages 12-18, are thrilled to be practicing technique and rehearsing from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. five days a week in the Summer Intensive dance program. “There’s a lot expected of you,… Continue reading →

Cheer and Football Clinic held in Joe W. Brown Park

Advocate photo by ZACH BRIEN --  Patrick Montgomery runs the 40-yard dash aat the Allstate Sugar Bowl, R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl and Sun Belt Conference Cheer and Football Clinic Presented by Chevron in Joe Brown W. Park in New Orleans East.: Sunday, July 19, 2015.

Youth participated in a free football and cheer clinic to receive instruction on football-related activities and drills July 19, while cheer clinic participants learned cheer routines for an end-of-the-day performance. The clinic was held at the Joe W. Brown Park football field for youth ages 5 to 14. Coaches from the Sun Belt Conference and former… Continue reading →

Throw Me Something: Retired Judge Michael G. Bagneris honored for civil rights work

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Judge Michael Bagneris

Congratulations to retired Orleans Parish Judge Michael G. Bagneris, who recently received the Thurgood Marshall Award from the Judicial Council of the National Bar Association. Bagneris, who served 20 years on the bench at Civil District Court, was recognized for advancing civil rights at the association’s 90th annual convention on July 22 in Los Angeles.… Continue reading →

JP Library Lagniappe: Psychologist to discuss strategies for harnessing mind power

Rick Landry, a psychologist, clinical hypnotherapist, motivational speaker and counselor, will discuss how the mind can be harnessed to achieve goals, including weight loss, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. This event is free and is open to the public. Registration is not required. For… Continue reading →

Fun with NORDC: UNO youth volleyball clinic will be free for ages 9-15

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Victor Richard

To gear up for youth volleyball season, NORDC will hold a free volleyball clinic with New Orleans Privateers volleyball team from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, at the Gernon Brown Recreation Center, 1001 Harrison Ave. The clinic is open to girls and boys ages 9 to 15, and registration is not required. UNO student-athletes will… Continue reading →

@ The Library: Algiers library to host program on French Quarter architecture

Becky Smith, of The Historic New Orleans Collection, will give an illustrated survey of French Quarter architecture from 1718 through the mid-20th century. The program will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hubbell Library, 725 Pelican Ave. CREOLES IN NEW ORLEANS: The second installment of the Creoles series, “Creoles in New Orleans,” will be… Continue reading →

River Views: Youths learn to put faith into action at Bible camp

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

The Youth Ministry of First Baptist Church in Luling recently attended Centrifuge Bible Camp at Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tennessee. A total of 37 students from sixth grade through college and seven adult chaperones made the trip. Youth pastor the Rev. Daniel Martin led the group. The theme of the week was “Alive & Free,”… Continue reading →

Daylong bridge game supports Alzheimer’s research

Photo provided by American Contract Bridge League—The Aces Against Alzheimer’s team plays bridge to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association. At the front table are Denise Fuselier, Joanie Quinlan, Marcia Legendre and Janice Zazulak. Standing behind them is director Keenan Romig.

The Louisiana Bridge Association raised more than $18,000 for Alzheimer’s disease research during its Longest Day event June 21, making it the eighth-highest fundraising bridge club in the nation for 2015’s The Longest Day. The event took place at the LBA bridge center, 2709 Edenborn Ave., Metairie. The Longest Day is a daylong game of bridge… Continue reading →

Archbishop Chapelle High School students help out with Kenner field day

Photo provided by Archbishop Chapelle High SchoolArchbishop Chapelle High School junior Taylor Sparacello and Valerie Lasters sixth-grade St. Elizabeth students at the water obstacle course.

Students from Archbishop Chapelle High School in Metairie recently worked as Field Day volunteers at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School in Kenner. The Field Day events for children in grades first through seventh included water games and fun activities with shaving cream led by Chapelle students and chaperoned by parents and teachers. Lunch was provided by the… Continue reading →

Business group to hold networking lunch

Photo provided by American Business Women's AssociationLaura Badeaux

Laura Badeaux, director of the Louisiana Center for Women and Government at Nicholls State University, will be the guest speaker when the American Business Women’s Association holds its networking luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m Aug. 13 at Ralph Brennan’s Heritage Grill, 111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. The event is open to all professional… Continue reading →

DAR members gather for regional Independence Day luncheon

Photo provided by DAR—Members of the Vieux Carre chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution joined others at the Southeast District Independence Day luncheon. In the front row, from left, are Martha Bauman, Aileen Alfortish, Carolyn Morris, Katie Chamberlain and Marillyn Williams. In the second row are Janet McEwen, Jean Hartley, Lea Martin, Margaret Buck, Patricia Gallagher, Amanda Bladsacker, Kelsey Morris, Julier Farbegras and Gertrude Beauford.

Members of six chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution came together for an Independence Day luncheon July 11 at the New Orleans Country Club. Participating chapters from the Southeast District of the Louisiana Society Daughters of the American Revolution were: Bayou Lafourche, Francois de Lery, New Orleans, Oliver Pollock, Spirit of ’76, and… Continue reading →

St. Elizabeth’s Guild helps with program for youth leaving foster care

Photo provided by St. ElizabethÕs GuildÑFrom left are Joan Ingram, a member of the St. ElizabethÕs Guild board; Marjorie Hebert, president of Catholic Charities; guest speaker Lana Duke; and                   Cindy Wooderson, president of St. ElizabethÕs Guild.

The National Youth in Transition Database is a project of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that collects information about young people making the transition from foster care to self-sufficiency. States began collecting data for the NYTD in 2010. Members of St. Elizabeth’s Guild recently helped collect NYTD information for the Catholic Charities Independent… Continue reading →

Program to highlight recovery of forested wetlands since Hurricane Katrina

The recovery of the forested wetlands of the Woodlands Trail bird sanctuary since Hurricane Katrina will be highlighted during a guided hike from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at the trail, 449 F. Edward Hebert Blvd., Belle Chasse. Katie Brasted, executive director of the Woodlands Conservancy, and Sean Anderson, an associate professor of… Continue reading →

JPAS Leading Ladies Guild installs officers

Photo provided by Jefferson Performing Arts Society Leading Ladies Guild - Leaders of the Jefferson Performing Arts Society Leading Ladies Guild include, front row from left, Gloria Esthus, Kellie Barnes and Carrel Epling. In the second row are Cynthia Lee-Sheng, Kim Hasney, Rita Nelson, Anita Brite, Howard Bennett, Dianne Breaux, Janet Schwary, Faith Peperone, Ginger Crawford and Irene Klinger.

The Jefferson Performing Arts Society Leading Ladies Guild installed new officers recently during a luncheon at Vincent’s restaurant in Metairie. The outgoing president, Kellie Barnes, presented a check for $5,000 to the Jefferson Performing Arts Society, represented by Executive Director Dennis G. Assaf. The Leading Ladies Guild also gave two scholarships to the JPAS summer program… Continue reading →

Lip-licking delights for all during National Ice Cream Month

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER --  Bianca Ybarra gets a free scoop of New Orleans Ice Cream to celebrate National Ice Cream Day at the National WWII Museum's Soda Shop in New Orleans on July 17.

Visitors to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans enjoyed a bonus of traditional refreshment on July 17, when the Jeri Nims Soda Shop inside the museum gave a free scoop of ice cream to all who asked between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.. The event was a celebration of the shop’s partnership with New Orleans… Continue reading →

Katrina 10 Citywide Day of Service volunteer registration is open

Registration is open for the Katrina 10 Citywide Day of Service being sponsored by the City of New Orleans in partnership with more than 100 nonprofit, neighborhood, faith-based and education organizations. The project is expected to engage 10,000 volunteers through the week in seven regions of the city: Central City, 7th Ward/Treme, Lake Area/Gentilly, Florida/Desire, Lower 9th… Continue reading →

Metairie taekwon-do students earn first-degree black belts

Photo provided by Karen BartonÑGrand Master Tai Le  is seen with, front row from left, Cameron Bates, Oliver Durel and Aidan Lefort.

After three years of taekwondo training, Cameron Bates, of LaPlace; Oliver Durel, of Metairie; and Aidan Lefort, of Marrero, earned their first-degree black belts on June 5. The boys trained under Grand Master Tai Le and Master Laura Harrison at the Moon College Taekwondo School in Metairie. Tai Le is a sixth dan taekwondo (sixth-degree black… Continue reading →

Prime Time family reading events scheduled

The Prime Time program, created by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, is the basis of family reading times across the state this fall. For information about the Prime Time program, contact the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities at (504) 523-4352. The schedule for local family reading times includes: Schaumburg Elementary School,… Continue reading →

Crescent City neighborhood briefs for July 29, 2015

ALGIERS KIWANIS: Lt. Gen. Richard Mills, commander of the Marine Forces Reserve, will be the guest speaker when the Kiwanis Club of Algiers meets at 7 a.m. Thursday, July 30, at the Aurora Tennis and Swim Club, 5244 Gen. Meyer Ave. Guests are welcome at the Kiwanis meeting. For information, call (504) 391-0667. HAM RADIO COURSE:… Continue reading →

West bank Girl Scout Juniors earn Bronze Awards

Photo provided by Girl Scouts Louisiana EastÑAllison Lefante, Cececilia Occhipinti and Iris Kobrock, from left, planned a book drive and millage awareness campaign for the Hubbell Library. They are members of Girl Scout Troop 40040 in Algiers.

Two groups of West Bank Girl Scouts have earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award, the highest award a Girl Scout Junior can achieve. The award requires the completion of a series of leadership challenges that are appropriate to their Girl Scout level and prepares them for their final take-action project. When Iris Kobrock, Allison Lefante, and… Continue reading →

Crescent City faith notes for July 29, 2015

CATHOLIC BIBLICAL ASSOCIATION: Barbara E. Reid, a professor of the New Testament at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, will deliver the presidential address, “Luke: Friend of Women or Most Dangerous Book of the Bible?” when the Catholic Biblical Association holds its international meeting Saturday through Tuesday at Xavier University. Reid’s talk will take place at 8:15 p.m. Sunday… Continue reading →

Crescent City school briefs for July 29, 2015

Photo provided by PBS LearningMediaÑAllie Segura, who teaches technology at St. GeorgeÕs Episcopal School in New Orleans, is one of 30 PBS Lead Digital Innovators for 2015.

LOUISIANA CONNECTIONS ACADEMY: A free Louisiana Connections Academy information session and ice cream social will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at the Best Western Plus Landmark Hotel, 2601 Severn Ave., Metairie. Another information session will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, at the Quality Inn and Suites, 100… Continue reading →

Crescent City health briefs for July 29, 2015

OSTOMY SUPPORT: The Greater New Orleans Ostomy Support Group meets on the second Tuesday of February, April, June, August, October and December at 7 p.m. at East Jefferson General Hospital, 4200 Houma Blvd., Metairie. The next meeting will be Aug. 11. For information, call (504) 454-4941. ABC’S OF BREASTFEEDING: The Family Birth Place at West Jefferson… Continue reading →