Jun 072014
 
The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra threw a block party on Saturday afternoon at the Central City fire station on Martin Luther King boulevard. Free food and activities were provided for attendees.

Trombonist Michael Watson of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra allowed interested kids to play his trombone. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Trombonist Michael Watson of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra allowed interested kids to play his trombone. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jun 062014
 
610 Stompers compete in a game of tug-of-war at ROMP! 2013 (via habitat-nola.org)

610 Stompers compete in a game of tug-of-war at ROMP! 2013 (via habitat-nola.org)

After being rained out last month, the 610 Stompers and the Hot 8 Brass Band will return to Palmer Park on Sunday afternoon to lead adult teams in a games-oriented “Romp” fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity, organizers said. Continue reading »

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Jun 022014
 
Tulane President Scott Cowen speaks about the university's proposed stadium at City Hall in June 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Tulane President Scott Cowen speaks about the university’s proposed stadium at City Hall in June 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Tulane president Scott Cowen will discuss the impact that volunteerism has had on both his tenure at the university and New Orleans as a whole this evening (Monday, June 2) before the Junior League of New Orleans. Continue reading »

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May 292014
 

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Snuggles is a New Orleans dog, born and bred — a 2-year-old mixed breed with probably more terrier in him than anything else. About a year ago, Snuggles was a lonely street dog, mostly eating out of garbage cans.

One day, a stranger swept him up and brought him to the Louisiana SPCA. After getting some really good food, shots, spayed and regularly bathed, Snuggles was ready to be adopted. Unfortunately, no matter how cute Snuggles was, he always seemed to come in second. Fortunately for Snuggles, fate smiled on him. SPCA Executive Director Ana Zorrila was getting calls from shelters in the Northeast and Midwest looking for puppies to be adopted. Continue reading »

May 132014
 
Students present their plans at the Contemporary Arts Center. (photo by jewel bush for UptownMessenger.com)

Students present their plans at the Contemporary Arts Center. (photo by jewel bush for UptownMessenger.com)

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With the unleashing of their imaginations and mentorship from the National Organization of Minority Architects, four teams from Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools, Sci Academy and Urban League College Track spent the last year analyzing the needs of various neighborhoods around the city and then developing architectural plans designed to meet those needs.

Security, transportation, employment, shelter and food were among areas the youth considered during the urban planning process. They sought to define space and place and answer questions like: Does a church fall under the category of public space, entertainment or education?

And what the budding architects, ranging in ages 11 to 18, envisioned is nothing short of thoughtful, innovative and really, really sweet. Continue reading »

May 082014
 
A volunteer works on a new wheelchair ramp at the Freret Neighborhood Center. (photo via the Freret Neighborhood Center on Facebook)

A volunteer works on a new wheelchair ramp at the Freret Neighborhood Center. (photo via the Freret Neighborhood Center on Facebook)

The Freret Neighborhood Center will host a block party this evening (Thursday, May 8) in the Neighborhood Housing Service parking lot to honor a group of more than 1,500 volunteers from technology company Ingram Micro who will be working on projects around the area. Continue reading »

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May 062014
 

The Bridge House sign at Grace House decorated during the winter holidays. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Marta Jewson)

The Bridge House sign at Grace House decorated during the winter holidays. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Marta Jewson)

Support the Bridge House/Grace House mission by attending a luncheon and silent auction (May 9) that will honor local role models for those undergoing treatment from long-term substance abuse. Continue reading »

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May 062014
 

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Today, consider foregoing eating out or that fancy cup of Joe and give to one of the more than 300 nonprofit organizations across the city participating in the community-wide online giving campaign, GiveNOLA Day.

The minimum gift is $10, less than the cost of an IMAX movie ticket or a happy hour special. Continue reading »

May 052014
 

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Help revitalize the historic Lower St. Charles Corridor on Thursday evening at the Magic in Melpomenia IXX celebration at Zeitgeist, which will include a live art auction, music and delicious food from local eateries like Copeland’s Cheesecake Bistro, Crabby Jack’s and more. Continue reading »

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Apr 262014
 
A member of the St. Augustine Marching 100 plays in the Battle of the Bands for the Instruments A-Comin' benefit at Tipitina's in April 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

A member of the St. Augustine Marching 100 plays in the Battle of the Bands for the Instruments A-Comin’ benefit at Tipitina’s in April 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

The instruments are a comin’ to New Orleans school programs from the Tipitina’s Foundation benefit concert — in between two Jazz fest weekends — where attendees can enjoy food, an outdoor battle of the best local bands and a silent auction (Monday, April 28). Continue reading »

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Apr 052014
 

Students at the José Luis de León Díaz enjoy learn about their culture and art with the help of donations towards Proyecto Luis de Lión (via Proyecto Luis de Lión Facebook)

Students at the José Luis de León Díaz learn about culture and art with the help of donations towards Proyecto Luis de Lión (via Proyecto Luis de Lión Facebook)


Party with a cause on Thursday night (April 10) at the Proyecto Luis de Lión fundraiser at the Prytania Bar. The event will have live music and a raffle with all proceeds from the cover charge, raffle tickets and a percentage of drink proceeds to go toward community art, culture and education for children in San Juan del Obispo, Guatemala. Continue reading »

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Mar 232014
 

A sign reading "Eat Local"  in the edible garden at Samuel J. Green Charter School. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

A sign reading “Eat Local” in the edible garden at Samuel J. Green Charter School.
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An “Edible Evening” brings more than just food to the table. The annual fundraiser benefits children through the Edible Schoolyard’s garden, kitchen, and wellness education programming at five FirstLine Schools.

Wine, burgers, desserts, tacos and more will be provided during the outdoor garden party at the Samuel J. Green Charter School in the Freret neighborhood from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday (March 27). For those party goers arriving or staying late, for the first time in five years the party will go until 10 p.m., a “Late Wave” party with Company Burger and Cure. Continue reading »

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