Aug 272016
 
Queen Cara-Mia Noto and Jamie Bernstein, king Robustsus XXX, great the crowd from the balcony of the Maple Leaf Bar. The Krewe of O.A.K. celebrated the 30th anniversary of Mid Summer Mardi Gras with the theme "Get Wet". (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Queen Cara-Mia Noto and Jamie Bernstein, king Robustsus XXX, great the crowd from the balcony of the Maple Leaf Bar. The Krewe of O.A.K. celebrated the 30th anniversary of Mid Summer Mardi Gras with the theme “Get Wet”. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Oak Street was packed to the gills on Saturday for Mid Summer Mardi Gras as the Krewe of O.A.K. celebrated the event’s 30th anniversary.

Musician Jamie Bernstein and Cara-Mia Noto, manager of Jacques Imo’s, ruled as King Robustus and queen.

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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 »

Aug 182016
 
(via Irish Channel Neighborhood Association)

(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, UptownMessenger.com)

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

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 »

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 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 312016
 
Sisira Holbrook, first in line for the midnight release of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," smiles in anticipation as Octavia employee James Wilson hands her a copy of the book. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Sisira Holbrook, first in line for the midnight release of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” smiles in anticipation as Octavia employee James Wilson hands her a copy of the book. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The quiet corner of Octavia and Laurel streets became a hive of magical activity Saturday night, as hundreds wizard-hat wearing, magic-wand waving fans of Harry Potter (and their parents) gathered for a midnight release party for the series’ eighth book, “The Cursed Child.” Continue reading »

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Jul 282016
 

Bridgehouse

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
 
(via Southern Eye Bank)

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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 252016
 
Sarah Bajor, left, and Ajay Bhoja, right, play foosball in the Classic and Vintage 3rd annual World Foosball Championship. The game was part of Freret Street Funday, a part of Tales of the Cocktail. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Sarah Bajor, left, and Ajay Bhoja, right, play foosball in the Classic and Vintage 3rd annual World Foosball Championship. The game was part of Freret Street Funday, a part of Tales of the Cocktail. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Tales of the Cocktail came Uptown on Sunday evening. The event, Freret Street Funday, included restaurants and bars up and down Freret street including Ancora, Bar Frances, Company Burger, Gasa Gasa, Cure and High Hat cafe. Dynamic Duo bartenders were at each bar serving up signature cocktails.

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Jul 182016
 
"Meet You There", Oil on Wood Panel, by Sarah Nelson (courtesy of Sarah Nelson)

“Meet You There”, Oil on Wood Panel, by Sarah Nelson (courtesy of Sarah Nelson)

The Salon Gallery at the Living Room Foundation will host an opening reception for the exhibition of Engrained, a series of wood panel paintings by artist Sarah Nelson. The reception will take place on Sunday, July 24 and will include champagne, music, and local cuisine. Continue reading »

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Jul 142016
 
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(via St. Thomas Community Health Center)

St. Thomas Community Health Center will assist people in signing up for healthcare coverage under the new Louisiana Medicaid Expansion law this Saturday, July 16. St. Thomas insurance experts will be on hand 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their main clinic, located at 1936 Magazine Street, to help community members with eligibility requirements and applying for coverage under the new law. Continue reading »

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Jul 122016
 
Mayor Mitch Landrieu speaks during the Katrina 10 commemoration at the Smoothie King Center on Saturday. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Mayor Mitch Landrieu speaks during the Katrina 10 Commemoration at the Smoothie King Center. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the New Orleans City Council is hosting a series of community meetings to discuss budget priorities as the City begins its 2017 budgeting for outcomes process. The meeting for District B will take place on Thursday, July 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. and will include Councilwoman Latoya Cantrell, New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) Superintendent Michael Harrison, and other city officials. Continue reading »

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Jul 082016
 
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The Family of Eric Harris, a man who was recently killed in the Central City by deputies from the Jefferson Parish Sherriff’s Office, and organizers for #JusticeForEricHarrisNOLA will hold a solidarity press conference, rally and community march at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 8.

According to organizers, the press conference is being held to communicate a stand of solidarity with the family and communities of both Alton Sterling of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castile of St. Paul, Minnesota, who were both killed by police in recent days. Continue reading »

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Jul 072016
 

backyard cut session

The fifth annual Backyard Cut Session on Saturday in the Freret neighborhood will feature three DJs spinning their favorite vinyl records with free food, raffles and dancing to support a senior center on Carrollton Avenue.

The party, hosted by the People Say Project, will start at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 9 at 4636 South Saratoga, with a $10 suggested donation.

“The party of the summer happens Saturday, July 9 when DJ’s Rik Ducci, Justin Thomas and Yamin return to the yard for our 5th annual Backyard Cut Session,” the announcement reads. “This year’s proceeds benefit Uptown Shepherd’s Center, a senior activity center on Carrollton Ave. Nothing but vinyl, BYOB, free food, raffles, dance contests and $10 suggested donation to benefit USC. Stay tuned and prepare to get sweaty!”

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Jul 072016
 
(via StayLocal)

(via StayLocal)

StayLocal, the independent business alliance, will host a series of free social media sessions for business owners this month. The six sessions will take place between Tuesday, July 12, and Wednesday, July 27, and will cover Facebook, Instagram, and online reputations on Yelp and other sites.

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Jul 052016
 
(via New Orleans Film Society)

(via New Orleans Film Society)

The New Orleans Film Society will present the 19th Annual New Orleans French Film Festival, a summer showcase of contemporary and classic French cinema, in partnership with Le Consulat général de France à La Nouvelle-Orléans and the Prytania Theatre. The festival will take place July 7-14, with the Opening Night screening of “My Golden Days” (“Trois souvenirs de ma jeunesse”) at the Orpheum Theatre and all other screenings at the Prytania Theatre. Continue reading »

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Jul 042016
 
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The Millennial Awards is a one-of-a-kind awards program that honors New Orleans’ millennials who are making a difference in the community and excelling in their respective industry. The 4th Annual Millennial Awards, themed “Voices of a Generation,” will commence at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 16 at the Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market, located at 1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. Continue reading »

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