The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission, which has moved its summer camp registration online, is now pre-registering for the NORD youth summer camps serving participants ages 4 through 12.
By Sue Strachan, Uptown Messenger
In 2016, it seemed like Pokémon Go was everywhere. And as quickly as the game jumped into the public’s imagination, it seemed to disappear.
However, the game didn’t suddenly vanish, and it didn’t necessarily go underground, more like under-the-radar, much like the game’s mysterious Pokémon, Unown.
By Emily Carmichael, Uptown Messenger
Kendric J. Perkins opens an online chess games on his phone. One of students at Strategic Thoughts has just made a move, and now it is Perkins’ turn.
“This is Isiaih,” Perkins said. “He might get me this game.”
This is the kind of homework Perkins assigns his students at Strategic Thoughts, the challenge of playing their teacher in online game of chess.
On Monday (March 2), Strategic Thoughts will start a chess course in seven New Orleans Recreation Department locations.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon runners will take to the streets — most of the streets, it seems — on Sunday (Feb. 9). Residents need to plan ahead for road closures and transportation delays.
The Central City, Garden District, Touro, Milan, Uptown, Audubon and Lower Garden District neighborhoods will be affected by the event. Informational door hangers will be distributed to residents, businesses and organizations along the route, event organizers said.
Runners will also traverse the Central Business District, French Quarter, Marigny, Treme-Lafitte, Seventh Ward, Bayou St. John, Fairgrounds, St. Bernard, Filmore, Lake Terrace & Oaks areas, and Lakeshore-Lake Vista.
By Christian Willbern, Loyola University New Orleans
As the LSU Tigers paraded down Victory Hill on Saturday, Uptown restaurant and stores still basked in the influx of cash from Monday night’s football game. LSU’s national championship win against Clemson gave a boost to the local economy, especially to businesses that kept the drinks coming.
“Keep in mind that all the Baton Rouge kids are all driving down here. We got a 50% increase in sales just on Monday alone,” said Broadway Food Store manager Kal Ghalbatar. “It was crazy.”
“Probably 80% of our customers were not regular customers. Most of them were from Baton Rouge or out of state,” he continued. “Although it was hectic, the people coming in were the best, especially the Tigers fans.”
Girls on the Run New Orleans is looking for volunteer coaches that can inspire girls to recognize their inner strength. The activity-based nonprofit has coaches lead small teams through dynamic discussions, activities, and running games for girls in grades 3rd through 8th grade.
The program is 10 weeks long, and girls come to develop skills that help them establish an appreciation for health and fitness. Each season ends with a service project and 5K event, which are tangible forms of achievement.
The NOLA Stache Dash is a 2 mile competitive run and fun run held in conjunction with Tailgate for a Cause to raise money and awareness for prostate cancer, the nation’s third leading cause of death for men.
The City Planning Commission gave its support Tuesday to allowing Kevin Chaouat, a former Xavier University tennis player and now a coach at Xavier, to establish a tennis club to the Dixon area.
The City Council had voted Thursday, Nov. 7, to approve an amendment to Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance that allows country clubs in residential neighborhoods. The tennis center is classified as a “country club” for zoning purposes. The City Council now has to revisit the issue, to vote on allowing Chaouat’s project as a conditional use.
Chaouat has said he wants to create a tennis center that is a place for play and instruction at all levels, from beginner to professional. The business plan for his New Orleans Racquet Club includes accessibility for Dixon community members, particularly children.
A community meeting is planned for the proposed tennis club at Palmetto and Monroe streets in the Dixon neighborhood.
The tennis center is the dream of Kevin Chaouat, a former Xavier University tennis player and now coach at Xavier. Chaouat has said he wants to create a tennis center that is a place for play, from beginner to professional, and for instruction at all levels. The business plans include accessibility to the facility for community members, particularly children.
A proposed tennis club in the Dixon area was well-received Tuesday by the City Planning Commission, but it could take a more circuitous route to approval than the developer had planned.
The star of Bravo’s Southern Charm New Orleans talks loving his new life
Former Saints player and Southern Charm New Orleans star, Jeff Charleston has a lot to say about his life, and the gist is that he’s loving every minute of it. An interview with Charleston reveals a man excited about new beginnings and a fresh start in his adopted hometown.
“I cannot wait to move back to New Orleans,” said Charleston. “I just have to figure out where in the city I want to live again.”
New Orleanians who don’t watch the Bravo reality series know him as No. 97, the Saints Defensive End who played in the Black and Gold Super Bowl.
He says that year felt like a fairy tale and that experiencing the support of the city after the Saints win is one the greatest moments of his life.
“It really changed the city,” said Charleston. “I felt like after the win, I was adopted by New Orleans.”
New Orleans native and NFL Pro Bowler Tyrann Mathieu will host the 2nd annual weekend of events benefiting his New Orleans-based nonprofit. The weekend kicks off with a soiree at the New Orleans Jazz Market Friday, May 17, and features a Celebrity Kickball Classic on Saturday, May 18.
The Tyrann Mathieu Foundation, a nonprofit organization with the mission “to impact the lives of financially disadvantaged children and youth through encouragement, opportunities and resources to achieve their dreams in Phoenix and his hometown of New Orleans.”
by Will Abberger, Vice President, Director of Conservation Finance
The Trust for Public Land
On Saturday, May 4, Orleans Parish voters will have an opportunity to vote “Yes” to enhance places where kids and adults can run, play, experience nature, while improving stormwater management—all without increasing taxes. The Trust for Public Land urges Orleans Parish voters to vote “Yes” for parks and people.
The Trust for Public Land is one of the nation’s foremost park experts. At the request of New Orleans’ park providers—City Park, NORDC, Parks and Parkways, and the Audubon Commission—The Trust for Public Land worked for three years to find ways to collaborate and strengthen New Orleans’ parks for all of its residents.
The result of this partnership was a proposal to more equitably fund New Orleans parks to improve parks and recreation area safety, repair and upgrade playgrounds, conserve natural areas, provide natural flood water storage, and make parks more accessible. With the support of Mayor Cantrell and the City Council, we worked with the park partners to create a plan that will fairly rebalance public funding, and provide more transparency, without raising taxes.
The grand opening for the Morthy Chess and Culture Center is Friday, April 5, from 7 to 10 p.m. This nonprofit center will be a hub for chess, chess games, chess camps and chess lessons.
The 2019 Shamrockin Run 8K race begins and ends in Audubon Park on Sunday morning and will close streets in the Uptown neighborhood.