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Sailing group offers Flying Scot lesson

Advocate photo by MARY RICKARD  - Volunteer skipper Larry Taggart sails a club boat out of the harbor for a Friday evening, Flying Scot Low-stress, Way-to-End-the-Work-Week race on Lake Pontchartrain.

Though almost surrounded by water, many New Orleanians do not swim, and even fewer can sail a boat. But on Saturday, Sept. 12, the Lake Pontchartrain Women’s Sailing Association is creating the opportunity for 20 individuals 18 or older to learn the basics of sailing a Flying Scot during a half-day workshop and sailing experience. “Scots… Continue reading →

Seniors get into the groove

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Yvette Bowens dances with the NORDC Senior Dancers at the Sanchez Multi-Purpose Center in New Orleans on Friday, Aug. 21, 2015.

Seniors enjoyed food, entertainment and fellowship during NORDC Senior Days on Aug. 21 at Sanchez Multi-Purpose Center. Entertainment included the NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance Senior Fitness Program, NORDC Senior Choir and NORDC senior piano students. Guests also learned about NORDC’s senior programs and the Lower 9th Ward Senior Citizen Center, an independent organization housed within Sanchez… Continue reading →

Throw Me Somethin’: Cleanup slated for Lake Pontchartrain

Lynne Jensen

As we look forward to the start of the fall season later this month, and hurricane season blowing by until next year, it’s time to plan for the 26th annual Beach Sweep, a cleanup taking place all around Lake Pontchartrain. Organized by the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation in conjunction with the International Coastal Cleanup, and sponsored… Continue reading →

Around Jefferson: Redefining luck during reunion

Eva Jacob Barkoff

Just last week, Donna Schlaudecker was in her carport, sifting through the last of a few flood-damaged items. “This is the last of my stuff,” Schlaudecker said. “I have a few books, a projector and some music boxes that belonged to my mother. Over the years, I’ve tried to salvage what I could but some of it… Continue reading →

Animal Rescue: Dogs on Deployment helps Louisiana military pets

Photo provided by Animal Rescue New Orleans -- Dewey was brought to ARNO after being shot several times with a BB gun. Despite wounds on most of his body, Deweys love, trust and spirit were not damaged at all. The adoption fee is $85 and includes neuter, two rounds of fcrvp, dewormer, rabies, a combo test and a chip. For information email arnokitty@yahoo.com.

Help is now available for military families with pets in the New Orleans area. Dogs on Deployment, a national network of volunteers who board military pets, is now operating in Louisiana. “We are a national, all-volunteer nonprofit with multiple benefits for military pet parents, and our resources also help shelters, rescues and veterinarians. We… Continue reading →

River Views: River Parishes to turn on Friday night lights

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

Now that we’ve turned the page of the calendar from August to September and the weather forecasters are starting to say things like “cool front,” it can mean only one thing: It’s football season. The first games of the 2015 River Parishes football season are slated for this Friday night (barring some random tropical depression) and… Continue reading →

@ The Library: Harvey library to present seven-week series of genealogical seminars

Sal Serio will lead a series of 14 genealogical seminars for beginners and intermediates over seven weeks this fall at the West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey. The courses will focus on the following genealogical issues. Some of the courses will be presented by Serio and some will be presented by guest speakers. Continue reading →

Fun with NORDC: NOLA teens invited to join NORDC Teen Council

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Victor Richard

The New Orleans Recreational District Commission offers programs specifically for New Orleans teens looking to make a difference while making friends. The NORDC Teen Council empowers young people, ages 12 to 17, by developing a social growth environment through structured programs. NORDC Teen Council members actively participate in civic and community engagement by designing and… Continue reading →

New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute announces Class of 2016

The New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute recently announced a selection of 41 business, civic and community leaders throughout the 10-parish region who have been named to the 2016 class. NORLI provides a nine-month intensive training program for emerging and established community leaders. The program enhances the participants’ knowledge base and creates meaningful dialog on the key… Continue reading →

VFW competitions are open to students and teachers

The Veterans of Foreign Wars is holding competitions for its Citizenship Education Teacher Award, its Voice of Democracy scholarship competition and its Patriot’s Pen youth essay competition. Commander Douglas Crowell, of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6640 in Metairie, announced the competitions locally. Nominations are open through Feb. 15 for the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship… Continue reading →

Rivertown Theaters in Kenner to open season with ‘The Producers’

The Rivertown Theaters will open its 2015-16 season with the irreverent musical “The Producers” weekends Sept. 11-27 at 325 Minor St., Kenner. Ricky Graham will direct the play, which will feature Sean Patterson and Gary Rucker in the title roles. Others in the cast are Caroline Cuseo, Kevin Murphy, Alan Payne and Dwayne Sepcich. The show is… Continue reading →

Gem and Mineral Society of Louisiana to meet at UNO

The Gem and Mineral Society of Louisiana will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 in the University of New Orleans Geology Department Building. The group meets on the second Monday of each month. The society will hold a gem and mineral show Oct. 16-18 at the Best Western Landmark Hotel, 2601 Severn Ave., in… Continue reading →

Louisiana Auxiliary wins awards at VFW National Convention

Photo provided by Wanda Farbe - Shown are, seated,  Linda Nail, Past State President 2014-15; and standing, Cyleria Guidry-Gerrets, State President; Lorna Mills, National District Council Member 19; Patricia Wesley, State Chief of Staff; Adelaide LaBauve, State Secretary; Claudette Arcement, President District 9; Wanda Farbe, Senior Vice-President District 9; Margaret Nixon, State Treasurer.

The Ladies Auxiliary VFW Department of Louisiana recently won awards at the Veterans of Foreign War National Convention in Pittsburgh. Linda Nail, Department of Louisiana president 2014-15, won the Outstanding President Award. The state took home first place for Americanism, chief of staff, hospital and scholarship; and runners-up awards for cancer and research and legislative.… Continue reading →

Jefferson Volunteers for Family and Community awards scholarships

Photo provided by Jefferson Volunteers for Family and Community— Jefferson Volunteers for Family and Community recently presented five Joanne Bayer College Scholarships. From left are Betty Daigle, accepting for Jennifer Marks; Emily Oncale; Hunter Picard; Dane Chalin; Diane Nielsen, scholarship chairwoman; and Margie Camardelle, JVFC president.

Jefferson Volunteers for Family and Community recently presented Joanne Bayer College Scholarships to students who met the requirements for academics, extracurricular activities and community service. The recipients are Jennifer Marks, of Marrero; Emily Oncale, of Marrero, a student at Holy Cross College preparing for medical school; Hunter Picard, of Marrero, a nursing major at Holy… Continue reading →

Move-in day at Loyola

Advocate photo by ZACH BRIEN -- Jordan Wozinski, an English literature and studio art junior, moves into her dorm room in Loyola's Carrollton dorm.

Move-in day for Loyola University on Aug. 22 brought out returning students with the usual boxes and furniture as they moved into their dorm rooms. Siblings and parents were also on hand to witness the start of the new college year for the students.… Continue reading →

Metairie Rotary Club hears about Salvation Army program

Photo provided by Jackie Elliott -- From left are Don Borngesser, Jen Esler and Bill Hornsby, of the Metairie Rotary Club, and Maj. Charles Stewart, of the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center.

Members of the Metairie Rotary Club recently heard from Maj. Charles Stewart, of the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center at 200 Jefferson Highway. The center can house 60 men ages 21-62. The six-month residential program is designed to get residents sober, with a self-supporting job. To make a referral to the… Continue reading →

Visitation of Our Lady students participate in Duke Talent Identification Program

Photo provided by Visitation of Our Lady School -- In the front row, from left, are Nathan Anderson, Doan Vo, Jennifer Tran and Emily Lubag. In the second row are Quinn Doskey, Adrianna Taulli, Emma Bordelon, Kirstin Plaisance, Kathy Tran, Raymond Sauerwin and Olivia Marque.

At Visitation of Our Lady Catholic School in Marrero, 11 seventh-graders have qualified to participate in the Duke Talent Identification Program. The students who qualified are Nathan Anderson, Emma Bordelon, Quinn Doskey, Emily Lubag, Olivia Marque, Kirstin Plaisance, Raymond Sauerwin, Adrianna Taulli, Jennifer Tran, Kathy Tran and Doan Vo. The students qualified for the program… Continue reading →

River Region Drama Guild plans theater workshop series

The basics of acting will be taught through improvisational games and skits at a free River Region Drama Guild theater workshop, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on four consecutive Tuesdays beginning Sept. 8 at the River Region Performing Arts and Cultural Center, 15146 River Road, Norco. The workshop is for novices and veterans ages 16 and… Continue reading →

Health news for Sept. 2, 2015

COMMUNITY HOLISTIC HEALTH FAIR: The Marrero Seventh-day Adventist Church will hold a Community Holistic Health and Wellness Fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, at the Marrero Lions Club, 2334 Barataria Blvd. Screenings and activities will include blood pressure screenings, BMI assessments, diabetes risk assessments, kidney disease screenings, vision screenings, healthful-cooking demonstrations and exercise demonstrations.… Continue reading →

Crescent City school briefs for Sept. 2, 2015

Photo provided by Cabrini High School -- Samantha Evers

ST. MARY MAGDALEN SCHOOL: The St. Mary Magdalen Parents Club will hold its first general meeting of the 2015-16 school year at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, in the cafeteria of the school, 6425 Metairie Ave., Metairie. ROTARY SCHOLARSHIPS: The Metairie Rotary Club presented college scholarship money to 19 students during a recent… Continue reading →

Crescent City corporate giving for Sept. 2, 2015

Photo provided by Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana -- In the front row, from left, are Caitlin Hunter and Leah Brown, of Chevron; Jonathan Kernion and Frances Dunn, of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana; and Lindsay Southwick, of Chevron. In the second row are Mike Illane, of Chevron; Rob Bonnaffons, of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana; and Alan Sudduth, of Chevron.

NEW ORLEANS WOMEN’S SHELTER: Entergy has awarded a $15,000 grant to the New Orleans Women’s Shelter workforce program, which helps homeless women gain employment and arrange for child care. “Most of NOWS mothers opt to use state child care assistance for daily child care tuition. To qualify for this, mothers must be able to document their employment… Continue reading →

Crescent City college briefs for Sept. 2, 2015

Photo provided by Metairie Rotary ClubÑFrom left are Victoria King of Tulane Rotaract; Charity Namara, a human rights advocate for girls and women in Uganda; Mashair Shahadin, a United Nations human rights worker; and Metairie Rotary Club President Jen Esler.

XAVIER UNIVERSITY LIBRARY: A collection of manuscripts dealing with African-American history and slavery will be stabilized and digitized for online access through a grant awarded to the Xavier University of Louisiana Library. The Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded the library a $141,253 grant to re-house, digitize, catalog and provide online access to the Charles F.… Continue reading →

Crescent City neighborhood briefs for Sept. 2, 2015

ALGIERS KIWANIS: Member Lourdes Moran and Gary Carter, a candidate to represent District 102 in the Louisiana House, will be the guest speakers when the Kiwanis Club of Algiers meets at 7 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at the Aurora Tennis and Swim Club, 5244 Gen. Meyer Ave. Guests are welcome at the Kiwanis meeting. For… Continue reading →

Faith Notes for Sept. 2, 2015

Photo provided by Metairie Rotary Club -- From left are Bruce Edrington, Connie Uddo, Father Rob Courtney, Ann Burrow and Metairie Rotary Club member Don Burrow.

ST. PAUL’S HOMECOMING CENTER: Father Rob Courtney, a member of the Metairie Rotary Club, spoke about his church’s Homecoming Center during a recent meeting of the club. Connie Uddo, of St. Paul’s, also spoke to the Rotary Club. The center was founded in 2006 as a disaster recovery center for the Lakeview neighborhood following Hurricane Katrina and… Continue reading →

St. Roch community peacemakers create mural

Photo provided by Peacemakers -- New Orleans artist Brandon 'B Mike' Odums signs his name to the Peacemakers mural in St. Roch.

The Keep the Peace initiative is an annual program that supports nonprofit, community-based organizations and coalitions across the country that have developed unique and successful models for reducing violence in their neighborhoods, especially among young people. The Peacekeepers and 2 Cent Summer Session in New Orleans received grants this summer, along with organizations and initiatives… Continue reading →

‘Tears of joy’

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Warrenetta Banks (center) and volunteer Stella Floyd (left), dance along with the Mardi Gras Indians and their brass band during the Volunteer Appreciation Potluck Dinner at All Souls Episcopal Church on Aug. 5.

During the first week of August, 230 members of American Baptist Home Mission Societies completed 25 volunteer projects — painting, gardening, laying sheetrock and other home repairs — coordinated through the Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development. “We got focused on the Lower Nine when I connected with Warrenetta (Banks), said Victoria Graff,… Continue reading →