NORDC begins its spring programming, and other news of community events

NORDC begins spring programming

The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission has begun its spring programming, the city announced. The programs will end May 6.

Programs and classes at sites throughout the city include indoor aquatics, fitness classes, soccer, baseball and softball, piano, visual arts, choir and dance.

In March, the commission will offer the spring “Movies in the Park” series of free outdoor screenings of family-friendly movies at NORDC playgrounds.

The agency partners with playground booster clubs and community organizations to host and promote the events.

Anyone interested in registering for spring classes is invited to visit the recreation center where the class will be held. For class descriptions, locations, dates and times, visit nordc.org.

Audubon attractions open on Monday

Several Audubon Nature Institute attractions will be open Monday for the holiday honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The sites to be open include the Audubon Zoo, the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium and the Entergy Giant Screen Theater.

The attractions are closed on most Mondays during the fall and winter, but they open on those Mondays when many area schools and businesses are closed.

The next special Monday opening for Audubon attractions will be for Lundi Gras on Feb. 8.

All Audubon attractions will return to a seven-days-a-week schedule from March 7 through Labor Day, Sept. 5.

For more information, visit auduboninstitute.org.

Group to focus on funding street repairs

The Fix My Streets Financing Working Group, established by Mayor Mitch Landrieu, will hold its second public meeting Tuesday to brainstorm solutions for New Orleans’ long-term infrastructure problems.

The group, which will continue to meet at least through February, has been charged with developing recommendations for how the city can pay for repairs to neighborhood streets.

It will review estimates for the extent of needed street and subsurface utilities repairs in New Orleans and discuss funding sources for those repairs.

Participants also will review a pavement condition survey that will be used to prioritize which streets are repaired when and will go over strategies being used to inform the public about construction progress.

Preliminary recommendations will be made in time for the state’s regular legislative session.

Tuesday’s meeting will be at 10:30 a.m. at the New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board, 2100 Leon C. Simon Drive.

Meeting to be held on financial planning

Community members are invited to a free public meeting on “Financial Planning in the Shadow of Dementia and Long-Term Care Options,” to be held Jan. 28 in Covington.

The event, the last in a series called “Blueprint for Senior Solutions,” is put on by the Trace Senior Community, the Lacombe Nursing Centre and the Louisiana Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Karla Glynn, a financial adviser with Edward Jones Investments, will speak on financial planning and long-term care options.

Organizers said baby boomers will benefit from the meeting, including those who are thinking of retirement, who are already retired or who want to improve their investment strategies.

Glynn began her career in real estate at age 16 and then entered Southeastern Louisiana University to get a finance degree. Once in the banking industry, she worked her way up to vice president of commercial lending. She now helps people plan for retirement and college funding.

No one attending the meeting is required to purchase anything from Edward Jones.

The meeting will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Trace Senior Community, 19432 Crawford Road.

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