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STEM Saturdays take off as kids learn about rockets

Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- From left, Lamar Allen Jr. and Tyran Wright work on their handmade rockets during the award-winning STEM Saturday program at the Joe Brown Recreation Center in New Orleans. Rocket science was the topic for the STEM Saturday with Dr. Calvin Mackie. Participants learned about the fundamentals of rockets and participated in hands-on activities to build and launch rockets.

Rocket science was the topic for the STEM Saturday event with Calvin Mackie on May 9 at the Joe Brown Recreation Center in New Orleans. More than 175 youths learned about Newton’s Laws of Motion and the fundamentals of rockets while participating in hands-on activities to build and launch rockets. NASA provided a demonstration of a rocket… Continue reading →

Hotel Hope to help homeless families

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Sister Mary Lou Specha is executive director of Hotel Hope, an emergency shelter for women and children slated to open next year in the former convent building which has been unused since Katriina. Hotel Hope is one of many local nonprofits taking part in GiveNOLA Day on Tuesday.

As a board member, Dr. Jack Andonie is working to raise a half-million dollars to fund operating expenses for Hotel Hope, a homeless shelter to be located in Broadmoor in the former St. Matthias Convent. “Thinking about women and children living on the streets really bothered me. It really got to my conscience,” the retired physician said.… Continue reading →

Around Jefferson: Art auction showcases priest’s works

Photo provided by Our Lady of Divine Providence Church - The Rev. Michael Mitchell, pastor of Our Lady of Divine Providence Church in Metairie, will have a show and auction of his work as a fundraiser for the church and school at 7 p.m. on June 4 in the parishs Bahans Center.

This year, the Rev. Michael Mitchell will celebrate 10 years as a priest. But long before he ever thought about entering the priesthood, he was an artist. “When I was a junior in high school, I won first place overall in dry media in the St. Bernard Parish Art Fair for a portrait of my older… Continue reading →

Throw Me Somethin’: Duck Derby to raise funds for Second Harvest

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- It was everything it was quacked up to be as the final day of Bayou Boogaloo finished up with a day of music, contests, bike parades,  cooking demos and even some yoga and the capping event of the 20,000 strong Rubber Duck Derby  New Orleans, La. Sunday, May 18, 2014. Each numbered duck was bought by a person for five dollars with the proceeds going to the support of the Second Harvest Food Bank.  The winning duck owner got $5,000. Water hoses from the New Orleans Fire Department help move the ducks along.

Thousands of rubber ducks will float to the finish line for Second Harvest Food Bank during the Sixth Annual Rubber Duck Derby at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 31, at Big Lake in City Park. Last year, 20,000 ducks created a sea-of-yellow competition, and it is free to come out and watch. Schools, churches and businesses have adopted… Continue reading →

Animal Rescue: New pets need time to adjust to family routines

Photo provided by ARNO -- Kelly loves people: She wiggles her whole body when greeting somebody and will come right up to you. She is a high-energy girl and loves to play and jog. She stays right at your side and keeps the pace with you when jogging. For more info, contact The reduced adoption fee is $150 and includes spay, vaccines, microchip and heartworm treatment (if needed).

When a new dog enters the family, there is a transition period for everyone involved: the new pet, the existing family pets and the humans in the household. While some transitions are smoother than others, it is important to allow the new family member time to adjust and learn the ropes of his new home. In… Continue reading →

River Views: Sheriff’s annual Cochon de Lait delayed

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

In the aftermath of the shooting of Deputy Burt Hazeltine in April, St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne elected to postpone his annual Cochon de Lait. The new date is Saturday, June 6 from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Homeplace Plantation. Previously issued tickets will be valid. Tickets may be purchased at the gate for… Continue reading →

Parish Lines: Girl Scouts seek volunteers for Chalmette day camp

Photo provided by Girl ScoutsDay camp participants create a fruit, vegetable and herb garden for First Baptist Church of Chalmette during the 2014 Down in Da Parish Girl Scout day camp.

Girl Scout day camp “Down in Da Parish” is accepting registration for its summer day camp program, as well as its overnight camp. Day camp is open to girls from kindergarten through eighth grade, as well as younger children of full-time volunteer staff members. The first week of day camp will be July 20-24, and the… Continue reading →

Fun with NORDC: 15 pools opening for summer on Monday

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Victor Richard

Summertime means pool time at NORDC facilities throughout the New Orleans area. There are 15 pools set to open Monday. Residents can soak in the rays this summer while cooling off in a refreshing NORDC pool. All are fully accessible and staffed with friendly, professional lifeguards. This summer, residents have more pool choices with… Continue reading →

@ The Library: Superhero theme swoops into libraries

The New Orleans Public Library has, once again, planned a variety of educational, entertaining and fun programs to help you fill your summer days. Summer is one of the busiest times around the library, and everyone is invited to join our superhero-themed summer reading programs for children, teens and adults. Signing up to participate in the… Continue reading →

JP Library Lagniappe: Librarypalooza kicks off summer reading program

Librarypalooza, the grand kickoff for the 2015 summer reading program, happens from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 West Napoleon Ave., Metairie, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Jane O’Brien Chatelain West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey. Summer reading programs began in the 1890s… Continue reading →

Dominican students participate in Pinwheels for Prevention campaign

Photo provided by St. Mary's Dominican High School -- Jillian Sandoz, left, and Jeanne Lassere, center, of St. Mary's Dominican High School make pinwheels with Caela Smith, a second-grader at St. Rita Catholic School, following a news conference with Archbishop Gregory Aymond in observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Pinwheels were used as a symbol of healthy starts for all children during a program recently at the residence of Archbishop Gregory Aymond in New Orleans. The lawn was festooned with 2,005 pinwheels, representing the reported number of cases of child abuse in the area. The program was organized by the Archdiocese of… Continue reading →

New Orleans Fire Department campaign helps buy smoke alarms

Photo provided by NOFD - Shown at a recent donation to the American Red Cross by the New Orleans Fire Department and donation of fire alarms to the NOFD are, front from left, Chris Neubel, South East Louisiana Chapter Of the American Red Cross (ARCNO); Timothy McConnell, New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD); Kay Wilkins, ARCNO; Melaine Cole, ARCNO; and back, Roman Nelson,NOFD; Elbert Thomas, NOFD; Robert Eiserloh, NOFD.

The New Orleans Fire Department recently donated $21,070 to the South East Louisiana Chapter of the American Red Cross to support efforts to provide smoke alarm protection to every home in Orleans Parish. The Fire Department raised the money during a Boot Shake campaign in March, which is Red Cross Month. In support of… Continue reading →

Kenner North Kiwanis award Key Clubs

Photo provided by North Kenner Kiwanis - Shown at a presentation of awards to Key Club members from four area schools are, front from left, Bekka Bellenger of Crescent City Christian; Mario Brown, Bonnabel Academy; Angela Cabrera, Bonnabel Academy; Emily Held, Haynes Academy; Christine Majoria, John Curtis Christian; and back, Irby Bourque,Kiwanis Advisor to Crescent City Christian; John Dufrene, Kiwanis Advisor to Bonnabel Academy; Gene Katsanis, Kiwanis Advisor to Haynes Academy; and Anthony Simmons, Faculty Advisor to John Curtis Christian.

Kenner North Kiwanis recently recognized Key Club members from Bonnabel Academy, Crescent City Christian School, Haynes Academy, and John Curtis Christian School for outstanding service to home, school and community. The outstanding Key Club members were presented the Keith Kelly Memorial Service Award’ to reward their service. Five awards were presented totaling $4,000.… Continue reading →

Delta Festival Ballet party has Greatest Generation theme

Photo provided by Delta Festival Ballet -- From left are Ash Abbott, Lorie DeMarcay, Mandi Frischhertz and Brian Behlar.

The Delta Festival Ballet held its sponsor and patron party, La Fete du Ballet, on April 18 at Metairie Country Club. The event honored Maria Giacobbe, a founder and artistic director of Delta Festival Ballet. Its theme was a tribute to the Greatest Generation, with entertainment including a performance by 19 young Delta dancers to… Continue reading →

Lusher Charter School teacher wins Louisiana Culture Award

Photo provided by Lusher Charter SchoolÑBrad Richard founded the creative writing department at Lusher Charter School in New Orleans.

Brad Richard, chairman of the creative writing department at Lusher Charter School, has received the 2015 Louisiana Culture Award for Artist of the Year. The award was one of 17 presented by Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and the Office of Cultural Development at the 2015 Louisiana Culture Awards reception April 14 at the Capitol Park… Continue reading →

Thomas Jefferson High School has three valedictorians

Photo provided by Thomas Jefferson High SchoolÑSandy Ly Nguyen

The 2015 graduating class at Thomas Jefferson High School for Advanced Studies in Gretna includes three valedictorians: Ashraf Sharif Farhoud, Sandy Ly Nguyen and Tram Thi Bich Nguyen. Farhoud is the son of Fida and Sharif Farhoud, of Gretna. He plans to study biology at Williams College. He is the recipient of a Jefferson Dollars for… Continue reading →

Auditions set for free, high-level dance program

Photo by Jeff StroutÑMaster artist Jae Man Joo, right, works with preprofessional student Kennedy Dorsey at the NORDC NOBA Center for Dance.

Auditions will be held May 29 and 30 for the preprofessional program of the NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance. This tuition-free program is open to dance enthusiasts ages 9 to 18. It is sponsored by the New Orleans Ballet Association and the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission. The program provides students with intensive instruction in various… Continue reading →

Welcome Home Sunday to address needs of former inmates

Faith and community organizations will unite in support of former inmates and welcome them back into society. Welcome Home Sunday, a multifaith event, will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 31 in Georges Auditorium at Dillard University, 2601 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans. New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond will be the keynote speaker.… Continue reading →

Odyssey House benefit will have a pirate theme

A Pirate’s Ball and Scallywag Second-Line to benefit Odyssey House Louisiana will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., New Orleans. Odyssey House is a nonprofit behavioral health care facility with an emphasis on addiction treatment. Prizes will be awarded for the best pirate… Continue reading →

Crescent City health briefs for May 27, 2015

LAKEVIEW HEALTH FAIR: East Jefferson General Hospital will present a family health fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at its new primary care location at 7030 Canal Blvd., New Orleans. This free open house event will feature face painting, games, snacks, health screenings and fun for the whole family. Screening opportunities will… Continue reading →

Crescent City school briefs for May 27, 2015

Photo provided by Metairie Park Country Day SchoolÑJoanna Haug

SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR: Keiana Cave, a junior at Lusher Charter School, took second place in the earth and environmental science category at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair May 10-15 in Pittsburgh. Cave won the trip as one of the four top contestants in the Greater New Orleans Science and Engineering… Continue reading →

Crescent City faith notes for May 27, 2015

Photo provided by Kenner Police Department - Police Chief Michael Glaser, left, and Deputy Chief of Police Robert Meyer carry wreaths up to the altar at the Blue Mass.

TRIDENTINE MASS: The Roman Rite Mass, known as the “tridentine” or Latin Mass, will be offered at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, May 31, at St. Stephen Church (Good Shepherd Parish), 1025 Napoleon Ave., New Orleans. The Rev. Jeffrey Jambon will be the celebrant. The Good Shepherd Choir will be heard in the Missa Cantata, under the direction… Continue reading →

Lacrosse “taking off” at New Orleans’ Carrollton Boosters playground.

Advocate photo by ZACH BRIEN --  Coach Doug Mills shows off championship trophies for the U13 and U15 teams. Thursday, April 16, 2015

Lacrosse is the fastest-growing sport in America, and its recent growth at the Carrollton Boosters playground has brought a national award to its coach and founder, Doug Mills. That the sport has been embraced by youth is seen in the recent merger of an experienced high school team with the recreation league team. It was a… Continue reading →

Math teacher writes about early decades of Lakeview

Advocate photo by LYNNE JENSEN - Muriel MacHauer stands by the oak tree she remembers planting with her mother in Lakeview in 1929.

Muriel MacHauer planted a kiss on a stately Lakeview oak. “My tree! My tree!” she said. Then she recalled the day in 1929 when her mother carried the tree to the corner of General Haig and Mouton streets. “It was just a twig and she brought it home in a bucket,” said MacHauer, 90. The… Continue reading →

Around Jefferson: Memorial Day ceremony set for Friday

Jefferson Parish officials and members of American Legion Post 397, Harahan/River Ridge, will hold a Memorial Day ceremony to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. The event will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Veterans Memorial Square at the intersection of Causeway and Veterans Memorial boulevards in Metairie. The… Continue reading →

@ The Library: Poet presents book on immigrant dreams

Performance artist José Torres-Tama will present poetry from his book, “Immigrant Dreams and Alien Nightmares,” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Nix Library, 1401 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans. The poems document migratory leaps from Guayaquil, Ecuador, to New York City, where his family owned a coffee wagon business in Union Square, and Jersey City, where teenage… Continue reading →