Aug 242016

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will hold a Flood Insurance Workshop on Friday, August 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. at City Hall. The workshop will provide the public information on the new updates to flood insurance rates and resources, as well as FEMA’s new Flood Insurance Rate Maps that go into effect September 30, 2016. Continue reading »

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Aug 182016
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(via Irish Channel Neighborhood Association)

The Irish Channel Neighborhood Association (ICNA) will host their first Irish Channel Regatta, a themed neighborhood pub crawl, this Saturday, August 20 starting at 4:30 p.m. The pub crawl will make five stops including Tracey’s Original Irish Channel Bar and NOLA Brewery, and proceeds will benefit the association, a 501(c)3 organization.

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Aug 182016
Supporters of Project Ceasefire carry banners in Monday's Martin Luther King Day parade. (Robert Morris,

Supporters of Project Ceasefire carry banners in Martin Luther King Day parade, 2013. (Robert Morris,

City of New Orleans officials alongside NOLA FOR LIFE and CeaseFire partners, and other community organizations and institutions will host the third annual CeaseFire Peace Festival in Central City on Saturday, August 20. Hosted by DJ Wild Wayne, the festival will be a celebration of the communities and organizations that are working collaboratively to create peace and safety in New Orleans. Continue reading »

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Aug 182016

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Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes (photo: Michael Amico, Live Nation)

Uptown Messenger readers get the chance to win two tickets to see Alabama Shakes and Corinne Bailey Rae at Champions Square on September 22. Find out more about the artists and how to enter below! Continue reading »

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Aug 162016
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(via St. Thomas Community Health Center)

The St. Thomas Community Health Center, located at 1020 Saint Andrew Street, has launched We PrEP Together, an initiative aimed to increase awareness and access to HIV prevention medication among those most vulnerable to contracting the virus in New Orleans.

The campaign’s mission is to reduce the stigma of HIV-related health services by providing confidential, convenient and affordable medical care to those at risk in the region. Continue reading »

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Aug 152016

Several local and national organizations have put a call out to request donations and volunteers in the wake of Louisiana’s historic flooding, which has so far killed six, according to the Weather Channel, and forced rescues of 20,000 more. Here are local and national places to give monetary donations and goods.

Church Alley Coffee & The Good Shop, located at 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., is collecting toiletries, shoes, socks, cleaning supplies, baby wipes, formulas, car seats, fans, contractor garbage bags, gloves, and utility knives.

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Aug 102016

The NOPD and McDonald’s restaurant owners will host “Coffee with Cops” event across all eight police districts on Saturday, August 13 from 9 to 11 a.m. At each location, community members will get the chance to meet the officers who serve their neighborhood with a free cup of coffee. Continue reading »

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Aug 092016

inspire2According to recently released scores, Andrew H. Wilson students made the largest academic gains in New Orleans during the 2015-2016 school year. Wilson saw a 19% “basic or above” increase on ELA and Math LEAP tests, the highest growth of any elementary school in the city and far exceeding the state average of 2%.

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Aug 092016


The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) will host two Back to School Fall Expos on Saturday, August 13, where families can learn more about NORDC Fall programming, activities and upcoming events such as Athletics, Youth and Teen Programs, Fitness, Dance, Arts, and more. The Fall Expo for the Uptown area will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lyons Recreation Center, 624 Louisiana Avenue, and it is free and open to the public. Continue reading »

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Aug 082016


Now offering classes for Uptown and Marigny

¡Qué calor!  It’s hot out there but learning Spanish is cool and not as difficult as you might think. Spanish is one of the easiest foreign languages to learn. Much of its vocabulary is similar to English, and written Spanish is almost completely phonetic: look at almost any Spanish word and you can tell how it is pronounced.

Casa de España’s classes are small, focus on communication, and consist of adults only. Why not start (or continue) your Spanish education this summer? We offer classes for everyone, from absolute beginners to advanced speakers. Your first class is risk free.

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Aug 052016
University of Vermont freshman Stephen Tonra contemplates Pecan Pie (Kristine Froeba)

University of Vermont freshman Stephen Tonra contemplates Pecan Pie (Kristine Froeba)

Some things never change, and thankfully Camellia Grill on South Carrollton is (mostly) one of them.

Friend and legislator Neil Abramson’s first New Orleans post-Hurricane Isaac meal was at the diner’s famous Riverbend lunch counter. Neil’s usual, two cheeseburgers with onions. Both on one plate, same time, he doesn’t mess around. He and his son Parrish also insist on Vanilla Freezes. I prefer the Cherry Chocolate. The Orange Freeze is unique and worth a try if you miss Orange Julius. Continue reading »

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Aug 042016

The Organ Grinders (OG) with the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic and Assistance Foundation (NOMAF) will host their 3rd Annual Summer Blood Drive for the community to donate blood in response to this summer’s ongoing violence. The Hawaiian-themed drive, titled “Everybody Gets Lei’d”, takes place this Sunday, August 7,  from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rock ‘N’ Bowl, located at 3000 S. Carrollton Ave. Continue reading »

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Jul 292016
Jamaican Scalllops in pineapple juice, jalapeños, onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, and piri piri sauce (Kristine Froeba)

Jamaican Scalllops in pineapple juice, jalapeños, onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, and piri piri sauce (Kristine Froeba)

Mayas Nuevo Latina will soon be celebrating its tenth year, offering Zagat-rated Central American Caribbean fusion in New Orleans. The restaurant is a frontrunner for those seeking a casual, but elegant, gourmand Latin American experience Uptown.

Chef Edgar Irias and co-owner, Trinity Cazzola, founded the restaurant in 2007 and are about to expand their reach with a second restaurant further upriver. The concept will be an authentic Mexican menu, with zero Tex-Mex influence. Expect goat meat and imported local cheeses.

For now, you can enjoy brunch, lunch, and dinner at their flagship restaurant in the LGD. Continue reading »

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Jul 282016


On Sunday, July 31, Bridge House/Grace House will host “Christmas in July”, a dinner that provides a traditional holiday meal, toiletries, and more for the homeless. The dinner also raises awareness of the substance abuse treatment services provided by Bridge House/Grace House. Continue reading »

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Jul 272016
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(via Bounce Fitness w/MoeJoe)

As part of July Jubilee, a month-long celebration of dance in New Orleans, the city’s dance community will host a $5 Dance Class Challenge and the National Dance Day Celebration.

The $5 Dance Class Challenge, which runs from July 25 to August 6, will offer $5 classes for all skill levels in a range of genres including African, ballet, belly dance, bounce, contemporary, hip hop, and salsa. Participating dance studios and programs include Broadmoor Arts & Wellness Center, Bounce Fitness, Crescent Lotus Dance Studio, Dance Quarter/NOLA Spaces, NORDC/NOBA, and more.
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Jul 262016

lcia-industry-ins_logo-color-posLCIA is set to host two business operations workshops to help Louisiana businesses evaluate their operations and prepare for change. The workshops—Wednesday, July 27th in Baton Rouge and Friday, July 29th in New Orleans—will feature a presentation by business consultant OpEx Realization Group.

With every twist and turn in the market, businesses need to be able to implement change easily before finding themselves in a bind, but usually it’s hard for businesses to find the time and money to evaluate, identify problems, and find solutions to issues. A business consultant like OpEx makes that process easier and efficient, and keeps businesses moving forward. This allows businesses to change before they have to. Continue reading »

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Jul 262016
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(via Southern Eye Bank)

On Thursday, July 28, Southern Eye Bank will host the Strikes for Sight Blindfold-Bowling Night, a family-friendly event meant to draw attention to the challenges of corneal blindness and help promote Southern Eye Bank’s mission of providing ocular tissue to those in need. Tickets include lane and ball rental, food, beer, and more. Continue reading »

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Jul 222016
The patio at Tasting Room (Kristine Froeba)

The patio at Tasting Room (Kristine Froeba)

If you follow Magazine right after it forks above Camp, there’s a tiny gem of a place you may have missed. The Tasting Room, hidden amongst several bars and shops in the LGD, is easy to miss but worth a visit. The décor is elegant, of the shabby chic variety, deep azure velvet sofas, candlelight, chandeliers, refurbished wood, and antique mirrors. The night I arrived, “Casablanca” was being shown on the historic brick wall above the patio. The perfect date place.

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Jul 212016

New Orleans Women and The Poydras Home book jacket cover HIGH RESOLUTIONOn the evening of Wednesday, July 27th, Poydras Home and The Historic New Orleans Collection (HNOC) will co-host author Dr. Pamela Tyler’s presentation of “Tender Hearts and Business Heads” at 533 Royal Street with a signing of her book “New Orleans Women And The Poydras Home – More Durable Than Marble” in conjunction with the HNOC exhibition “Voices of Progress: Twenty Women Who Changed New Orleans.”

The exhibition will be open for viewing from 5:30 p.m. until 6 p.m., when Dr. Tyler will begin her lecture. After will be an outdoor reception until 7:30 p.m. Continue reading »

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