The Orchid Society will celebrate their five-year anniversary as a community partner of African-American women serving as positive role models for young ladies through mentoring, community service, and social awareness programming. The five-year anniversary celebration is this Saturday, Jan. 9 and will feature a dinner at Felicity Church with live music by singer Elliot Luv.
The Mount Zion Lutheran Church is hosting a living nativity scene of Jesus Christ this Saturday, December 19. The event will feature caroling and is free and open to the public.
Trinity Episcopal Church will host the third annual Christmas concert for local sax player and bandleader Calvin Johnson, this Sunday, December 20. The Christmas concert titled “Calvin Johnson with Strings Winter Wonder Jam: a Benefit for New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity” is free and will feature special guests Glen David Andrews and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
Choir members of Mater Dolorosa and Central St. Matthew United Church of Christ will lead the Carrollton Area Network’s annual holiday caroling at Palmer Park this Sunday, Dec. 20, with free eggnog, hot chocolate, popcorn and other snacks in an effort to support Second Harvest Food Bank.
The Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center in Broadmoor will feature “Sugar Plum Celebration” this Saturday, Dec. 19, free children’s and teen’s books with holiday treats and activities.
The Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel will host a concert this Sunday, December 13, to officially reopen the newly-restored church. The event is free and open to the public and will feature the 14th Archbishop of New Orleans, Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond.
The St. Alphonsus Catholic Church will host an Irish Christmas party presented by the Irish Network New Orleans (IN-NOLA) this Saturday, December 12. The event is free for IN-NOLA members and children, and members may bring guests for $10 per guest.
St. Paul’s United Church of Christ will host a free Christmas concert this Saturday, Dec. 12, featuring performances by The Shades of Praise Gospel Choir, pianist Mark Coleman, and guitarist Todd Duke. The concert will be free and open to the public.
The Tulane School of Liberal Arts and the Gia Maione Prima Foundation will host a benefit concert this Tuesday, Dec. 1 at Tulane University. Tunes for Toys is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of a toy to be given to children at the Whole Foods at 300 N. Broad Street on Dec. 21.
The art boutique Miette will feature Mardi Gras float artists displaying and selling their works and pieces this Saturday, Nov. 28 to celebrate Small Business Saturday. Visitors are encouraged to speak with the artists about their craftsmanship, as well as take pictures with the displayed float art.
The Light up NOLA Arts Fête will be have outdoor light installations along Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard as part of the second annual Luna Fête, starting this Sunday, Nov. 29, and running to Dec. 5. New Orleans is one of the only three American cities along with New York and Boston that participate in a similar “festival of lights” inspired by the Fête des Lumières in Lyon, France.
The theme of this year’s St. Catherine’s Day Hat Parade is “The Hat Pack”. There will be prizes for the best hats, and live music by Bart Ramsey on French accordion with members of the swing band Zazou City. The parade is free and open to the public.
The 2nd District’s 7th Annual Blues Festival will be held at Palmer Park this year, due to construction at Magazine and Napoleon. The event this Saturday, Nov. 21, is free and open to the public.
Lusher Charter School will host open house sessions this Thursday, Nov. 19, and Friday, Nov. 20, at the Lusher Fortier Campus and the Middle School Campus, respectively. Applications for Lusher Charter School’s next school year are due by Jan. 8.
The Half Shell Oyster Bar & Grill will host a fundraiser this Sunday, Nov. 8, to support the Community Commitment Education Center, which provides resources, programs, and weekly classes to the Leonidas neighborhood. Donation includes dinner at The Half Shell Oyster Bar & Grill and a preview showing of the Community Commitment Education Center’s new video produced by So-Called Media.
Southern Food and Beverage Museum will have a guest scientist address the similarities in South Carolina barbecuing and applying STEM (Science, Technology, Math, and Engineering) this Saturday, Nov. 7. The museum will be offering free admission all day Saturday in celebration of the first anniversary of their “Trail of Smoke & Fire” event, which examines barbecue culture throughout the South.
The Holy Name of Jesus School is holding its three-day community fair, Gator Fest, starting this Friday, Nov. 6. The school fair will feature carnival rides, live entertainment, and activities for all ages. The event is free and open to the public.
Wilson Charter School will hold its “A Family Night of Inspiration In Broadmoor” event this Thursday, Nov. 5. The event is free and will feature a live performance by Kermit Ruffins, as well as free food.
Four mothers who have lost their children to gun violence will share their stories and plans to help their communities end violence Thursday in commemoration of the first year of The Mother’s Circle, part of the Welcome Table New Orleans initiative of the Mayor’s Office.