Nov 232017
 

“Coliseum Square – Dusk” by Camille Harrington on Flickr

Anyone who has passed Coliseum Square has seen its spectacular fountain, but very few realize that the existence and operation of the fountain is almost entirely dependent — not on some city department — but on the consistent manual labor of a few dedicated volunteers from the neighborhood.

This week, at the monthly meeting of the Coliseum Square Association, parks committee chair Bettine Carroll took a few moments to acknowledge the men and women who keep the fountain running and the parks clean. Continue reading »

Nov 222017
 

New Orleans Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees hands a bag to Christopher Kirk to carry for Barbara Braxton, left, at the Saints’ Thanksgiving meal giveaway at the Dryades YMCA on Tuesday, November 21. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Tuesday, November 21, 12 members of the New Orleans Saints arrived at the Dryades YMCA in Central City to hand out Thanksgiving to dinner to people in need. The players participating included Drew Brees, rookie tackle Ryan Ramcyzk and second year players safety Von Bell and wide receiver Michael Thomas.

“Who dat!” was a common refrain throughout the afternoon, and other various forms of praise for their stellar performance so far this season.

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Oct 042017
 

Moving trailside for the very first time, the 5th Annual Greenway Soirée will be held at the Cellar on St. Louis—a new adaptively repurposed warehouse venue overlooking the Greenway. The Soirée takes place on Friday, October 6, 6:00 to 11:00 p.m., and it will bring together the very best in food, drink, and entertainment for an evening of celebration. Continue reading »

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Sep 062017
 

NOLA Aikido will hold its annual Open House this Saturday, Sept. 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Our Chief Instructor, Robert Brian Levy and students will provide a demonstration of the Japanese martial art of Aikido.

We’ll be available to answer any questions and will offer an opportunity for prospective students to experience Aikido for themselves. Refreshments will be served.

NOLA Aikido is located in Mid-City, and is dedicated to teaching traditional Aikido to students of all ages. Both adult and children’s classes are offered. Continue reading »

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Jul 212017
 

(rendering via City of New Orleans)

Just two months after announcing the start of construction on the new headquarters for the NOPD Second District in Gert Town, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and other officials returned to the site Friday morning to break ground for the new $6.7 million pool and community center that will be built next door. Continue reading »

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Jun 082017
 

Final tryouts for New Orleans Spartans FC, a competitive youth soccer club, are being held this weekend to fill teams for the 2017-2018 season. 

New Orleans Spartans FC (NOSFC) was founded in 2013 with a mission to help young soccer players develop into skillful athletes, supportive teammates and quality human beings.   NOSFC provides rigorous training, professional coaching and the infrastructure and resources to accomplish these goals.  Continue reading »

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Jun 052017
 

School’s out for summer! It’s time to take advantage of the great weather and activities that make summer one of the most anticipated seasons. If you’re looking for quality programming and events to keep your family active and make this summer memorable, consider visiting your neighborhood park, pool, or rec center.

Every summer NORD provides residents of New Orleans with an array of quality programming, classes, and events, all at no cost. From swimming lessons, family game nights, fishing, canoeing, summer sports leagues, piano, and dance lessons. There is something for everyone. Continue reading »

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Jun 022017
 

Highlighted area shows the section of Annunciation Square under consideration for a dog park. (Graphic by UptownMessenger.com, source: city of New Orelans)

Following a contentious neighborhood meeting earlier this year about a proposed dog park at Annunciation Square, the New Orleans Recreation Department is no longer requesting money from the city budget for either improvements at Annunciation Square or a new Uptown dog park. Continue reading »

Jun 012017
 

An image from the Audubon Commission’s request to the city for $5 million to help build its “Africa predators” exhibit. (via Audubon Commission)

The Audubon Commission appeared before city officials on Thursday morning to repeat a request it made last year — $5 million over the next three years to help enhance the area around its upcoming lion exhibit. Continue reading »

May 182017
 

Tryouts for New Orleans Spartans FC, a competitive youth soccer club, are being held now through June to fill teams for the 2017-2018 season. 

New Orleans Spartans FC (NOSFC) was founded in 2013 with a mission to help young soccer players develop into skillful athletes, supportive teammates and quality human beings.   NOSFC provides rigorous training, professional coaching and the infrastructure and resources to accomplish these goals.  Continue reading »

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May 032017
 

New Orleans city officials held a celebratory groundbreaking Tuesday for the Keller Community Center, which will provide afterschool programs and fitness classes at the city of a former fire station on Magnolia Street in Central City. Continue reading »

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Apr 272017
 

Tryouts for New Orleans Spartans FC, a competitive youth soccer club, are being held now through June to fill teams for the 2017-2018 season. 

New Orleans Spartans FC (NOSFC) was founded in 2013 with a mission to help young soccer players develop into skillful athletes, supportive teammates and quality human beings.   NOSFC provides rigorous training, professional coaching and the infrastructure and resources to accomplish these goals.  Continue reading »

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Jan 112017
 

A beagle named Maggie plays in Wisner Park in 2012, prior to the creation of a dog park there. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Residents who live nearest Annunciation Square in the Lower Garden District turned out Tuesday night to voice opposition to a proposal to create a dog park there, sending city officials back to the drawing board before moving forward. Continue reading »

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Dec 082016
 
The Leo Benewell play spot at Pleasant and Tchoupitoulas is under consideration for conversion into a dog park, though some residents and city officials said they would prefer a larger space farther away. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Leo Benewell play spot at Pleasant and Tchoupitoulas is under consideration for conversion into a dog park, though some residents and city officials said they would prefer a larger space farther away. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Nearly three years after the opening of a dedicated “dog run” at Wisner Park, the city of New Orleans is launching a new round of discussions about potential locations for another dog park — partly in hopes of reducing some of the unauthorized off-leash use of other major parks around the Irish Channel and Lower Garden District by dog owners. Continue reading »

Oct 202016
 

lyceeThe Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans board met this Monday and praised the school’s athletics program for their first victory in flag football and for 5th grader Chase Duvernay winning a medal in every cross country event this fall sports season — the first student athlete to win a sports medal in the young school’s history. Continue reading »