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N.O. literacy program to expand

Photo provided by LEH - Young readers and their parents spend some quality time with books as part of the PRIME TIME reading initiatvie developed by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

A literacy program developed in New Orleans reaches emerging readers in six parishes. Now, with a boost from a $540,000 grant from global resources company BHP Billiton, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities’ innovative PRIME TIME Preschool is set to expand and add a new initiative to its program. Dedicated to increasing school readiness among preschoolers… Continue reading →

New garden, center serves community

Advocate photo by MARY RICKARD - -Residents enjoy the Growing Local NOLA community garden at 1750 Carondelet St., in Central City.

Michael Hoard, a resident of The Muses Apartment complex, curiously inspected basil grown in an aquaponic system at the new Growing Local NOLA community garden, 1750 Carondelet St., in Central City. The basil plants absorb nutrients in the water that come from living fish, mimicking a natural ecosystem. “It brings the apartment-living person outdoors. How good can… Continue reading →

Park-A-Boo held at Lafreniere Park

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Cherie Prisco, 5, Laisha Poucnie, 5, and Annabelle Wang, 3, compete in the rubber duck races at the Park-A-Boo Festival at Lafrenier Park, on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014.

Boo bash Park-A-Boo at Lafreniere Park featured a scarecrow-building contest, costume contest and lots of family fun stuff at this not-too-scary Halloween activity hosted by Kenner North Kiwanis. Many of the activities are conducted with the help of high school students involved in Kiwanis’ area Key Clubs.… Continue reading →

Throw Me Somethin’: Group seeks items for auction

Lynne Jensen

The Women’s National Book Association of New Orleans is calling for auction items for its second annual Art of the Book Competition Reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at Baskerville, a nonprofit letterpress printing and book-arts pied-à-terre in New Orleans at 3000 Royal St. Local artists and craftspeople in… Continue reading →

Around Jefferson: Jefferson Dollars for Scholars fundraiser to highlight self-expression

Eva Jacob Barkoff

Jefferson Dollars for Scholars will hold a Painting with a Twist fundraiser from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Cork N Canvas, 119 Focis St., Old Metairie.… Continue reading →

La Vie de Ville: Marigny’s Art Scene on the Cutting Edge

Advocate photo by ROBERTA GROVE - Artist Walker Babington attracted quite a crowd in the Marigny during

It’s no secret that New Orleans art culture is thriving. There are the Julia Street galleries, which fall under the umbrella of the New Orleans Arts District. The Magazine Street corridor is a vibrant stretch of road dotted with interesting galleries that run from the Lower Garden District all the way to Audubon Park. The French Quarter… Continue reading →

West Bank Spotlight: West Bank enjoys a Night Out

Advocate photo by YETORIA DESHAZIER - The Sanchez Family came out to enjoy the activities at the Hispanic Night Out Against Crime at Budget Saver in Gretna. From left, the Sanchez family, Michael Jr., Suyapa, Melissa and Michael Sanchez Sr.

Throughout the West Bank, communities came out to support National Night Out Against Crime. More than 1,000 residents, elected officials and community leaders came out to show their support at Federal City in Algiers. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu took the opportunity to announce 7th District Commander Michael Harrison as the superintendent of… Continue reading →

Animal Rescue: ‘Halloween is my favorite holiday’ said no pet ever

Photo provided by Animal Rescue New OrleansâBelly rubs and people in general are Vinnieâs favorite hobbies. He is a Lab-basset mix with a fun-loving personality. The adoption fee is $200 and includes neuter, UTD vaccines, rabies, chip, and heartworm treatment (if applicable).

Halloween festivities are fun for humans, but can be scary and stressful for pets. Here are some tips to keep pets happy and safe during Halloween:… Continue reading →

Parish Lines: St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office safety patrols to increase on Halloween

Photo provided by Lauren Faust/LSU AgCenterÑFirst-place winners in the Snail Race at the St. Bernard Parish 4-H Bicycle Rodeo are, from left, fourth-grader Jerzie Douglas, J.F. Gauthier Elementary; and fifth-graders Mia Green, Chalmette Elementary, and Sebastien Behrens, N.P. Trist Middle.

As it has for years, the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office will step up DWI and traffic enforcement on Halloween night, Friday, Oct. 31, for the protection of trick-or-treaters and adult partygoers, Sheriff James Pohlmann said. “Motorists are asked to slow down, be extra cautious and be especially watchful for children and other… Continue reading →

@The Library: Libraries to host Day of the Dead festivities

Saturday, Nov. 1, is Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, and several library locations will host events to celebrate this Mexican tradition. The Children’s Resource Center Library, 913 Napoleon Ave., will host a skull decoration craft and storytime at 1:30 p.m. The Mid-City Library, 3700 Orleans Ave., and the Rosa F. Keller Library and Community… Continue reading →

JP Library Lagniappe: The Big Read to feature anthropology professor

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

David Beriss, associate professor of anthropology at the University of New Orleans, will give a presentation titled “The Milk of Solidarity and The Grapes of Wrath in the 21st Century” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, at the East Bank Regional Library, in Metairie. The presentation is free and is open to the public. Reservations are not… Continue reading →

New Orleans area Halloween inspired events

SOME HALLOWEEN INSPIRED EVENTS IN THE NEW ORLEANS AREA INCLUDE: HALLOWEEN COSTUME BALL: People United for Armstrong Park will hold a Halloween costume ball from 8 p.m. to midnight Thursday, Oct. 30, at the National Jazz Complex Compound in Armstrong Park. The party will raise money for restoration of Perseverance Hall, one of the oldest Masonic lodges… Continue reading →

Churches to observe All Saints, All Souls

Catholic churches throughout the New Orleans area will celebrate the Mass in observance of All Saints Day and All Souls Day. The annual All Hallows’ Eve Mass will be Friday, Oct. 31; All Saints’ Day, Saturday Nov. 1; and All Souls’ Day is Sunday, Nov. 2. Because All Saints’ Day this year falls on a Saturday, it… Continue reading →

Metairie rabbi to lead course on the nature of happiness

The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute will present a six-week course in November called “How Happiness Thinks: Jewish Perspectives on Positive Psychology.” Rabbi Mendel Ceitlin, of Chabad Jewish Center, will conduct the six course sessions at two locations in Metairie: Chabad, 4141 W. Esplanade Ave., at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Nov. 4; and at noon Wednesdays beginning Nov.… Continue reading →

Home dedication held for pastor

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Pastor Watkins and his youngest, Langston, 6 months, enjoy a happy moment after the dedication ceremony of their new home in St. Roch on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity, together with the St. Roch CDC, built a new home for the Watkins family, who accepted a call to move to New Orleans in order to plant a new church in the St. Roch community in 2007.

The dedication of a new home for St. Roch Community Church pastor, the Rev. J.B. Watkins and his family was celebrated Oct. 19 in the St. Roch community. New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity, together with the St. Roch CDC, built the new home for the pastor, who moved to New Orleans in 2007 from Memphis, Tennessee, in… Continue reading →

New Orleans tennis tournament draws 80 young contestants

Photo provided by As & AcesAward-winning girls in the Chevron-Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation Fall Junior Grand Prix are, from left, Ava Waller, Teah Johnson and Zoe Gaskew.

The Joe Brown Park Tennis Center was recently the site of a youth tournament that drew 80 entrants to play 111 singles and doubles matches. The family-friendly event began Friday evening and continued with two full days of matches in front of about 150 players, relatives and friends. The Kiwanis Club Dawn Busters helped make the tournament… Continue reading →

Crescent City health briefs for October 30, 2014

Photo provided by East Jefferson General Hospital AuxiliaryÑEast Jefferson General Hospital received $24,000 from its auxiliary recently for nursing scholarships and nursing accreditations. The auxiliary raised the money during its Great Lady/Great Gentleman Awards Luncheon; the 2015 luncheon will be held April 19 at the Audubon Tea Room. From left are auxiliary President Katherine Landry; hospital President Dr. Mark Peters; and Joe Eppling, the hospitalÕs assistant nursing director.

DELACHAISE HEALTH FAIR: The Delachaise-Calvary Community Health Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at Cohen College Preparatory High School, 3520 Dryades St., New Orleans. The free health fair is presented by the Delachaise Neighborhood Association and Calvary Tabernacle CME Church. It is the inaugural event for their… Continue reading →

Special needs calendar for October 30, 2014

FISHING TOURNAMENT: UP21, an organization supporting people with Down syndrome, is holding a fishing rodeo Saturday, Nov. 1, at Bayou Adventure, 27725 Main St., Lacombe. Fishing begins at 5 p.m. and weigh-in begins at 2 p.m. Participation is $40 for fishers and free for spectators. To register, call Cole Landry at (985) 778-7788 or Tyler Walther at… Continue reading →

Crescent City neighborhood briefs for October 30, 2014

‘SPACE JAM’ MOVIE AT THE PARK: The Bodenger Booster Club will host a free screening of “Space Jam” at sunset, about 7:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at Bodenger Playground, 3400 Kansas St., New Orleans. Michael Jordan teams up with Bugs Bunny and other Looney Tunes characters in the combination animated/live-action feature. Before the movie, there… Continue reading →

Crescent City faith notes for October 30, 2014

Photo provided by First Grace United Methodist ChurchÑThe Rev. Walter L. Kimbrough

CITY UNITED IN PRAYER: Household of Faith is organizing a “City United in Prayer” gathering at midnight Friday, Oct. 31, on the exterior concourse of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Participants can park for free in Garage 6, and will meet at Gate C. METHODIST CHURCH ANNIVERSARY: The Rev. Walter L. Kimbrough, of… Continue reading →

Crescent City school briefs for October 30, 2014

Photo provided by NOCCAâBen Mader is the winner of the Louisiana junior piano competition held by the Music Teacher National Association.

ST. EDWARD THE CONFESSOR: There will be morning and evening open houses on Thursday, Nov. 6, in the new Early Childhood Center for Pre-K1 and Pre-K2 at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic School, 4901 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie. Opportunities to tour classrooms and speak with the teachers are available from 9 a.m. to 10… Continue reading →

College news: Dillard University film student ranks second in documentary pitch competition

DELGADO SPRING REGISTRATION: Registration is open for the spring semester at Delgado Community College. Classes will begin Saturday, Jan. 17. Registration will remain open through January, but new and returning students should register now for best class selection. The college has an open admission policy and offers instruction at a variety of levels, enabling… Continue reading →

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 Service. 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 →