Oct 222014
 
"Beyond These Walls" by Tia, age 16. (via the Pablove Foundation)

“Beyond These Walls” by Tia, age 16. (via the Pablove Foundation)

"Untitled," by Cameron, age 13. (via the Pablove Foundation)

“Untitled,” by Cameron, age 13. (via the Pablove Foundation)

A photography show featuring the work of children living with cancer will open Thursday evening at the Du Mois Gallery on Freret Street, and will be accompanied by a silent auction of work by other artists to benefit the program. Continue reading »

Oct 172014
 
(map via jlno.org)

(map via jlno.org)

Freret 5K logoThe Junior League of New Orleans will hold its second annual Freret 5K on Saturday morning, sending runners up the commercial corridor and through the university area, with an after party catered by some of Freret’s great restaurants.

The race starts and ends in the Bloomin’ Deals Thrift Store parking lot at 4645 Freret Street, just down from the Uptown Messenger offices at 4609 Freret. We’ll be out, cheering on the runners and enjoying the Samuel Green Charter School band, so stop by and say hello on your way to the race. Continue reading »

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Oct 082014
 

The New Birth Brass Band will lead participants in a second line benefiting the National Alliance on Mental Illness this Saturday (Oct. 11) in Audubon Park. The 5th Annual NAMIWalks will include a performance by Charmaine Neville prior to the second line and a community celebration in the park after the second line. Continue reading »

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Aug 012014
 
Dozens of Entergy volunteers are joined by City Councilmen Jared Brossett and Jason Williams as they prepare the playground at the former Benjamin Banneker campus for KIPP Believe students to move in next week. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Dozens of Entergy volunteers are joined by City Councilmen Jared Brossett and Jason Williams as they prepare the playground at the former Benjamin Banneker campus for KIPP Believe students to move in next week. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The former Benjamin Banneker campus will become home to KIPP Believe Primary this month, returning open-admissions elementary education to the Carrollton corridor after a number of recent school closings. Continue reading »

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Jul 262014
 
Kara Morgan's partner Trey Bornmann, clasps hands on the steps of the Lyons Center in front of a sea of her friends and supporters during a second line celebration of her life on Saturday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Kara Morgan’s partner Trey Bornmann, clasps hands on the steps of the Lyons Center in front of a sea of her friends and supporters during a second line celebration of her life on Saturday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Kara Lynn Morgan (submitted photo)

Kara Morgan on the parade route in 2014. (photo courtesy of Cher Groves)

Kara Lynn Morgan died of melanoma July 15, the day before her 41st birthday, but the tireless neighborhood leader is far from finished with her battle against skin cancer.

She is still fighting it — she and her many allies in New Orleans and beyond — on the fields in the park of her beloved Irish Channel. Continue reading »

Jul 262014
 
The Bridge House sign at Grace House, decked out for the holidays. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Marta Jewson)

The Bridge House sign at Grace House, decked out for the holidays. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Marta Jewson)

The Bridge House / Grace House substance-abuse center on Camp Street will be hosting its annual Christmas In July dinner for the homeless and indigent population of New Orleans on Sunday, serving a meal prepared by Mother’s Restaurant and handing out packages of donated clothing and toiletries. Continue reading »

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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
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

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 »