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Carnival reincarnation: Crafty ways to turn beads into useful items

Advocate photo by SOPHIA GERMER -- Kate Parham helps Summer Rose Lee, 4, glue purple and pink Mardi Gras beads on a piece of foam core at the Algiers Regional Library on Jan. 23.

Working with recycled materials is both an artistic statement and a business model for Heather Macfarlane, and Mardi Gras beads are her main medium. Macfarlane, who has a degree in printmaking and fiber art from the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland, came here 20 years ago via New York, where she worked as a jeweler… Continue reading →

Throw me somethin’: Recycle Carnival beads by donating them

Advocate photo by SOPHIA GERMER -- Laurie Lucas untangles donated beads at ARC of Greater New Orleans in Metairie on Jan. 30.

The passing parade called Carnival has come and gone, and if you passed a good time, you’re swamped by strands of colorful beads you no longer crave. Why not donate them to New Orleans area organizations that recycle them? Arc of Greater New Orleans, a United Way agency, collects beads throughout the year. They are stored in… Continue reading →

Around Jefferson: Utility assistance funds available for residents

Eva Jacob Barkoff

Funds are available to Jefferson Parish residents for utility assistance, the Jefferson Community Action Programs and the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program have announced. Residents are encouraged to apply by calling the nearest community center to schedule an appointment. Office hours at each center are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Once funds… Continue reading →

Animal rescue: Routine crucial to housetraining dogs

Photo by Tyler Dog Photography -- Eldon is a small dog with a big personality. He loves to be around his owner, and to chase his tail and play with toys (his favorite is a Kong that's bigger than his head). He gets along with most dogs. He's house broken and walks well on a leash. E-mail for more details, or visit at 271 Plauche St. in Elmwood. The adoption fee is $200 and includes neuter, shots and chip.

Housetraining a cat or rabbit is as simple as initially keeping the pet in a small room or a large wire kennel with a litter box. As soon as they realize there is a litter box, both cats and rabbits will readily use it. Puppies and dogs, however, are an entirely different matter. Housetraining requires patience,… Continue reading →

JP Library Lagniappe: Clarinetist Igor Begelman to perform at library

Advocate photo by SOPHIA GERMER -- Christopher Celestine, 7, glues  beads into the shape of a mask in Kate Parham's crafting class at the Algiers Regional Library.

Igor Begelman, a clarinetist who has performed solos with major orchestras in the United States and abroad, will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The free concert is part of the library’s annual Piatigorsky Concert. Begelman is the recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant.… Continue reading →

Alumna shares treasures from two generations of Dominican student life

Photo provided by St. Marys Dominican High School  A 1940 edition of St. Marys Dominican High Schools yearbook, Regina Rosarii.

School photos taken nearly 80 years ago, a class ring from 1965 and a 1940 yearbook found their way back to their origins at St. Mary’s Dominican High School when 1965 Dominican alumna Sister Charlene Toups donated to her alma mater these and other memorabilia. The items were from her years attending Dominican, and from… Continue reading →

Scouts on parade

Photo provided by Rod Trahan -- King Cubby Harrison James Trahan and his Queen Hannah Elizabeth Trahan

The Cub Scouts of Pack 117 and their invited participants gathered on the cold morning of Jan. 23 for the 57th annual Krewe of Cubby Parade in Metairie. Harrison James Trahan reigned as King Cubby, and Hannah Elizabeth Trahan was his queen. Harrison is a senior level Cub Scout. The theme was “Pack 117 Takes You to the… Continue reading →

De La Salle High School scholarships benefit six in eighth grade

Photo provided by De La Salle High School—Recipients of De La Salle High School Cavalier Academic Performance Scholarships include, front row from left, Robert Hudson, Melanie Shea and Massimo Andrade. In the second row are Peyton Preston, left, and Trent Burke.

De La Salle High School has awarded Cavalier Academic Performance Scholarships to six of its eighth-graders who made De La Salle their first choice at the time of application. President’s scholarships went to Trent Burke, Robert Hudson and Rylie Shook, all of whom scored in the 95th percentile or higher on the high school placement test… Continue reading →

Krewe of Neophermenos brings Carnival whimsy to life

Photo provided by Krewe of NeophermenosJean Long Pinney of the Newcomers Club of New Orleans is queen of the Krewe of Neophermenos.

“The Whimsical Imagination of Dr. Seuss” was the theme for the ball of the Krewe of Neophermenos, held the Friday before Mardi Gras at the Jefferson Orleans South. The krewe is made up of members of the Newcomers Club of New Orleans. Its name translates to “newly transplanted to this soil.” Reigning as Queen Neophermenos… Continue reading →

De La Salle band director is honored by district peers

Photo provided by De La Salle High SchoolDuncan Pray

The Louisiana Music Educators Association has chosen Duncan Pray, band director at De La Salle High School in New Orleans, as its District VI high school band director of the year. Last year, the band competed in the Morgan City and District VI LMEA marching band competitions and the District VI LMEA Large Ensemble Festival; performed… Continue reading →

Three NOCCA vocalists prepare for Juilliard auditions

Photo provided by NOCCAFrom left are Lindsey Reynolds and Imani Francis of New Orleans and Emily Sheets of Metairie.

Three classical vocal students from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts have been invited to the final round of auditions for The Juilliard School arts conservatory. Imani Francis, Lindsey Reynolds and Emily Sheets will be flying to New York in early March.… Continue reading →

Our Lady of Wisdom Healthcare Center hosts Krewe of Wisdom ball

Photo provided by Our Lady of Wisdom Healthcare CenterMaria Brown of New Orleans, left, and Donald Blackwell of Metairie are the 2016 queen and king of the Krewe of Wisdom at Our Lady Of Wisdom Healthcare Center in New Orleans.

The Krewe of Wisdom ball was held Jan. 28 at Our Lady Of Wisdom Healthcare Center in New Orleans. The krewe’s 2016 king and queen are Donald Blackwell and Maria Brown, and the duke and duchess are Nate Normand and Gloria Normand. The maids were Rosa Joshua, Mira Perrin, Juliet Carrigee, Joan Johnson… Continue reading →

Happy Birthday, Irma

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO -- Irma Thomas sings during her annual Mother's Day concert at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans Sunday, May 10, 2015. The Grammy-winning New Orleans R&B singer played a set of old favorites, including Ruler

A 75th birthday bash for “Queen of Soul” Irma Thomas will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Delgado Community College Student Life Center, 615 City Park Ave. A Grammy winner and member of the Blues Hall of Fame, Thomas is a Delgado graduate. The event will raise money for the Irma Thomas Center for W.I.S.E.… Continue reading →

In living color

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--THE KREWE OF ANCIENT DRUIDS rolls along Uptown in New Orleans on Feb. 3, 2016. The leader is the Arch Druid, whose identity is kept secret.

The official Carnival colors may be purple, green and gold, but when the parades roll around, every shade in the rainbow comes alive on floats and costume and throws. No matter whether they’re points of light in an overcast day or gleaming jewels in the sunshine, the saturated hues create a stark contrast to the coming… Continue reading →

Crescent City Around the Community for February 10, 2016

Photo provided by St. Elizabeths GuildFrom left are Melissa Jack and Coach Sanders of the Independent Living Skills Program and Julie Vanderbrook and Cindy Wooderson of St. Elizabeths Guild.

MURDER MYSTERY PARTY: Alliance Française of New Orleans will present a murder mystery party in French from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at 1519 Jackson Ave., New Orleans. The Tulane University department of French and Italian is collaborating on the event, which will feature live music by French-born jazz bassist Cécile Savage. Cheat sheets will be provided… Continue reading →

Crescent City faith notes for Feb. 10, 2016

FITNESS CLASSES: Westbank Community Ministries will begin a free 13-week Strategies to Trim and Reduce program at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Faith Presbyterian Church, 2525 Apollo Drive, Harvey. Exercise, diet and lifestyle advice and group support will help participants improve their health, trim weight, improve blood pressure and reduce the risks of chronic disease. To register, call… Continue reading →

Crescent City school notes for Feb. 10, 2016

Photo provided by Cabrini High School -- Science Department Head Ann Smart

CABRINI HIGH SCHOOL: Science Department Head Ann Smart is one of 10 teachers selected from around the country to participate in the Ocean Sciences Polar-Ice Educator Workshop at the Audubon Aquarium on Feb. 21. The workshop is being held in conjunction with the Ocean Sciences Meeting taking place in New Orleans that week. The teachers will learn… Continue reading →

Family ties make reign special for Argus queen

Photo by Wally Porter Associates Photography -- Brooke Ann Kelly, Queen Argus XXXII, is flanked by her parents, Todd and Neille Kelly, at the Argus ball last month. Brooke is wearing the same crown her mother wore when she was queen of Argus in 1996.

With some hesitation, Brooke Ann Kelly admits she’s nervous about her upcoming reign as Queen Argus XXXII. “Everything has been so much fun, but at the same time I have been nervous about being queen,” said Kelly, the daughter of Todd and Neille Kelly, of River Ridge. “I was an Argus junior maid in 2011 and an… Continue reading →

Paradegoers sure to reach for hand-decorated Nyx purses

Advocate photo by SOPHIA GERMER -- Sherri Marina and Del Hamilton joke around while they glitter purses, at Del Hamilton's home in New Orleans, Monday January 18, 2016. Hamilton along with other members of The Mystic Krewe of Nyx, gather starting in March, to glitter and decorate purses, the signature throw. The purses are handed to friends and lucky parade-goers during the Nyx parade.

For months, every flat surface of Del Hamilton’s dining room has been covered in glitter, feathers and rhinestones. With just a few weeks to go before their parade, three women sat gathered around her table on a Monday afternoon, glue guns blazing, as each bedazzled and bedecked another purse destined to join the ever-growing collection of… Continue reading →

Throw me somethin’: Safety first during Carnival

Lynne Jensen

Play it safe while you party and parade during the final days of Carnival. “Being aware of what’s happening around you is the key element to staying safe,” said Melonie Stewart, Entergy’s director of customer service. “So while you’re enjoying the thrill of catching beads, make sure to keep safety as your top priority.” Remember the… Continue reading →

Around Jefferson: Sign up now for Senior Olympics

Eva Jacob Barkoff

The 2016 Greater New Orleans Senior Olympics begin Feb. 12 throughout the New Orleans area. The event is a series of competitions for adults 50 and older. The events include table tennis, billards, swimming, women’s and men’s basketball, women’s volleyball, cabbage ball, track and field, softball, bridge, darts, shuffleboard, weightlifting, horseshoes, tennis, pickle ball, golf, horseshoes, cycling,… Continue reading →

Parish Lines: Grownups can test spelling skills at Rotary fundraiser

Photo provided by St. Bernard Parish public schoolls -- Chalmette High School senior Nayonta Fernandez has received a four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarship to Notre Dame through the Posse Foundation.

If spelling is your strong suit, you and a couple of your colleagues can vie for best speller bragging rights at the 16th annual Rotary Club of St. Bernard Corporate Spelling Bee set for 7 p.m. Feb. 18 in the Chalmette High School cafeteria, 1100 E. Judge Perez Drive. For $300, teams of three people from local… Continue reading →

Animal Rescue: Pooches best left home from parades

Photo by Suzanne C Grim -- This handsome fellow lives up to his name: He loves to play, but loves even more to win and (nicely) boss the other kittens around. He calls out to humans for extra attention, and he's irresistibly fuzzy. So come meet Chief and play at 271 Plauche St., New Orleans. The adoption fee is $100 and includes neuter, shots, a combo test and a chip. For more information contact

The biggest party in New Orleans is well underway, and while we thoroughly enjoy Carnival and all the sights and sounds it has to offer, the festivities can be very scary and stressful for animals. As you head out this weekend to enjoy the superkrewes, I strongly recommend leaving the pets safe and secure at home.… Continue reading →

@ the Library: Black History Month events begin at Orleans libraries

The Orleans Parish Library presents a full schedule of events throughout February in honor of Black History Month. Events this week include a Black History Month storytime at 11 a.m., Saturday at the Norman Mayer Library; African Music storytime at 1 p.m., Saturday at the Main Library; Paul Robeson Student Acting Competition workshops at noon Saturday at the… Continue reading →

A shoe-in: Local student has winning design for Muses cups

Advocate photo by SOPHIA GERMER -- New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy student Darrell Donaldson, 17, is at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art on Jan. 27, where his winning design for the 2016 Muses cups is on display.

Even before they take to the parade route on Thursday, Feb. 4, New Orleans’ Krewe of Muses has already inspired one local high school student and rewarded him for his efforts. Darrell Donaldson, a junior at New Orleans Military & Marine Academy (NOMMA), was chosen as the winner of this year’s Muses cup design contest. His design… Continue reading →

St. Mary’s Dominican High School students visit Tulane anatomy lab

Photo provided by St. Marys Dominican High SchoolScience students from St. Marys Dominican High School visit the lab of Michael Dancisak, director of the Center for Anatomical and Movement Sciences at Tulane University.

Students at St. Mary’s Dominican High School studying anatomy and physiology under Anjel Guitroz recently took a field trip to the lab of Michael Dancisak, director of the Center for Anatomical and Movement Sciences at Tulane University. During their visit, the students viewed cadavers that had been dissected to reveal the layers of the skin… Continue reading →