With certain issues, there’s often a central figure whose opinion you always want to know. If there’s a foreign policy incident, the Secretary of State should probably be consulted. If there’s a disease outbreak, the head of the Center for Disease Control should probably be on board. Want to gauge response to a major crime? Let’s see what the chief of police has to say.
And if you want to take some radical step pertaining to city streets, like taking out a traffic lane in the middle of downtown New Orleans, surely you’d want to know what Chief Traffic Engineer Allen Yrle thinks of it. Heck, you might think his support would be considered crucial.
Alas, you would be wrong.
The New Orleans Jewish Community Center is hosting its fall Harriet Kugler Memorial Mah Jongg Tournament today (Sunday, Oct. 19). Participants are encouraged to bring a friend and also their own mah jongg game.
Gasa Gasa will be accepting new and gently-used costumes and accessories at the Berenice Monday Weekly Happy Hour this Monday (Oct. 20), in order to support the Freret Neighborhood Center’s 8th annual Freret Halloween Festival occurring Oct. 28. The Gasa Gasa event will feature performances by DJ Rqaway and DJ Otto Orellana, and anyone who donates a costume will be entered into a raffle to win a $50 bar tab.
At a private home on St. Charles Avenue, author and 1812 historian Timothy Pickles hosted the “Call to Arms” gala. The event was a fundraiser for the Battle of New Orleans reenactment that is to take place during the battle’s bicentennial in January of 2015. The gala included politicians and people who traced their heritage directly back to the Battle of New Orleans.
Covenant Presbyterian Church held the annual Helping Mothers Heal conference, a two-day long summit addressing issues of violence and its effect on loved ones left behind. After Saturday’s meeting, family members walked around the block near the church in silence at the request of the mothers in commemoration of lost loved ones.
Saturday morning, the Junior League of New Orleans put on the Freret Street 5K. The event included a half-mile walk/run, 5K run, complimentary food and beverages and children’s activities.
The 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.
Louisiana History Alive is holding auditions this Saturday (Oct. 18) for actors to portray figures that have influenced New Orleans history such as Marie Laveau, Jean Lafitte and Andrew Jackson.
The Record Raid pop-up music store will make its way to Tulane University this Saturday (Oct. 18) where people can buy music on classic platforms from vinyls to cassettes and interact with several private record collectors.
The ongoing construction of a major drainage canal under Jefferson Avenue will require one lane of traffic to close on Magazine Street for an anticipated three weeks, officials said.
A Saturday night gala at a St. Charles Avenue home — hosted by a local historian with catering by John Besh and music by the New Leviathan Orchestra — will raise money to commemorate the War of 1812 on property near the original battlefield in Chalmette on the event’s bicentennial in January.
Investors in the U.S. and around the world have been getting an economic reality shock as the markets are adjusting to a new normal. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has fallen five percent in the last five days. Though certainly not the biggest loss in history, it does send a clear message that growth has been slowed in every corner of the planet — probably by “bad policy making and political inaction”, according to TIME.
The New Orleans unit of The Herb Society of America will be holding a plant sale this Saturday (Oct. 18) at a yard in the Milan neighborhood certified as a wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation, and all proceeds will benefit projects and educational programs of The Herb Society.
Building on a series of workshops convened over the last two years, the Family Center of Hope will host its first Helping Mothers Heal conference on Saturday as part of the weekend’s 20th Annual Summit on the Plight of the African-American Male.
A 22-year-old man was shot in the back Wednesday afternoon near St. Andrew and South Liberty streets in Central City, New Orleans police said.