The New Orleans Sport for Community Coalition and Laureus USA will host a Youth Sports Field Day and celebration of sport on Saturday, September 10. The event will take place at AL Davis Park, located 2600 LaSalle Street, and will feature Laureus USA CEO and Olympic gold medalist Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, and Laureus Ambassador and Pro football Hall of Fame member Marcus Allen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Crohn and Colitis Take Steps Walk will take place this Saturday, April 16 at Audubon Park. Proceeds will benefit Crohn’s and Colitis Disease research. The event is open to patients, family members, caregivers, and community members.
Sunday morning during an early walk through the CBD and French Quarter, I encountered more than two dozen homeless men and women sleeping in the doorways of some of our city’s most fashionable establishments. While I paused to shoot a photograph on Royal Street, a State Police cruiser passed right by, unfazed. Whether people are sleeping (or eating or anything even more personal) in a vestibule, outside the Cabildo, or along the Moonwalk, it’s an unsightly, unsanitary situation that negatively impacts tourism and everyone’s quality of life.
Louisiana boasts many peculiarities; things that just don’t fly in most places are commonplace here. Among these, of course, are drive-through daiquiri stands.
I won’t call the drive-through daiquiri stand “the last bastion of American freedom,” but in this regulated, sanitized age, we’re running out of ramparts. Oftentimes that which makes Louisiana more free also makes us unique.
On Tuesday, March 8, Poydras Home will host Executive Vice President Sharon Johnson of the Hearthstone Institute of Boston as she presents “Friends for Life”. The speaking event’s topic will be “strategies to manage difficult behaviors and to increase positive communication when your loved-one has dementia”.
On a Thursday in late November, the entire indomitable city of New Orleans recoiled in shared horror at security video of a young medical student collapsed on the sidewalk just off Magazine Street, clutching his bleeding torso, as a hooded assailant stood over him with a gun aimed at his head. The film’s dreadful silence only amplified the menace as the gunman apparently tried to squeeze the trigger, twice, to finish off his already-incapacitated victim, giving up only when a mechanical mercy intervened and the gun refused to fire.
Two nights later, Bunny Friend park in the Ninth Ward — its almost comically benign name a memorial to a teen who died in an accident in the 1920s — became the scene of the city’s next headline-grabbing gun battle. A block party and planned music-video shoot were rent apart by a hail of gunfire, leaving 17 people wounded, and at least a half dozen people have been named as suspects as investigators try to piece together how the celebration turned to chaos.
The bloodshed continued the following weekend, when more young men’s lives would be claimed around some of the city’s most best-known places: 26-year-old Brandon Robinson killed on Bourbon Street, 19-year-old Richad Dowell on Canal Street and 19-year-old Devin Johnson near the newly opened Lafitte Greenway.
And yet, city officials continue to insist that the struggle against violent crime in New Orleans has made significant strides in recent years, and many measurements as well as newly-published academic studies back them up. But if things are getting better, why does the carnage still insist on making its way onto playgrounds, green spaces and tourist thoroughfares? If the violence is the work of a relatively small group of people, why are they so hard to stop?
By Brendan Frost
Sean Partridge, the owner of Crescent City Vape on Magazine Street — and my boss at the store — was at the Thursday night Saints-Falcons game when halftime rolled around and he felt like having a vape. Since the New Orleans City Council passed the indoor smoking and vaping ban that took effect on April 22, Saints fans who want to vape must step outside into the designated smoking area that hugs the Super Dome.
“You’re not allowed to leave the stadium and come back,” Sean said. “So you have to go to this area closed off with police barricades. It’s a group of rowdy people packed in shoulder-to-shoulder, and almost every single person is smoking cigarettes.”
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is holding a second line in Audubon Park this Saturday, Oct. 24 to raise funds and awareness for mental illness. NAMI will be accepting donations of gently used and new shoes to send to developing nations as well.
Junior League of New Orleans will begin their Health and Wellness Speaker Series with “Mind, Body, and Spirit”. This event will offer information about meditation and stress management, negotiating skill, and physical fitness.
The Junior League of New Orleans (JLNO) will host their third annual Freret 5K & Half Mile Fun Run, promoting family fun and fitness in Uptown New Orleans this October. Race day festivities include a 5K run/walk, a half-mile fun run, musical entertainment from the Tulane Jazz Band, post-race refreshments, awards and raffles.