Le Bag sale x ricRACK supports sustainable clothing practices bringing Hollywood styles Sept. 21-25 (sponsored)

Le Bag Sale! It’s ricRACK’s semi-annual gigantic sale of clothing, costumes and textiles in the store — plus each night we will restock from our warehouse so that each day there will be new items added into the mix. We have clothing from local productions in all sizes up to 20 in addition to items in our resale shop — designer brands, vintage, kids, accessories and fabrics! There is an enormous variety to choose from: clothes, costumes, sparkles, upholstery, quilting cottons, textiles and more. Costume departments from local and national TV shows and feature films, to the likes of Queen Sugar, Claws, and Interview with a Vampire, have donated their set wardrobes so we can turn it into funding for our programs. We are very grateful for their contribution to our community’s textile recycling efforts!

Second Line Arts Collective: Music Education from Recess to Record Deals (sponsored)

In 2016, professional musicians Darrian Douglas and Gregory Agid were perplexed. New Orleans is a world renowned music city- Why were so many local musicians struggling to make ends meet? They soon discovered that many artists were lacking business skills and too often were depending on playing endless gigs to pay the bills. 88% of musicians they surveyed had zero music business exposure throughout high school or college. They decided to change the narrative by founding Second Line Arts Collective, a music education nonprofit for aspiring artists to grow their industry skills and knowledge base.

Central City child to take first ride on Make-a-Wish tricycle in Audubon Park

Make-A-Wish Grants 7-Year-Old New Orleans Kid’s Wish for Adaptive Tricycle, Provides First Ride through Audubon Park

Make-A-Wish Texas Gulf Coast and Louisiana is bringing to life 7-year-old Akhi’s wish for a new black-and-red tricycle, specially adapted to his physical needs. While battling a nervous system disorder, Akhi is well-known throughout his Central City neighborhood for his caring and friendly personality and his trademark smile. Akhi enjoys exploring the natural spaces of the city and going on adventures with his friends. His chose his wish for an adaptive tricycle after he was unable to join them in a local bike event because he did not have one that was suited to his unique physical needs. On Saturday (Aug.

Uptown VFW breaking ground to help support veterans in need

New Orleans’ sole remaining Veterans of Foreign Wars post is breaking the mold. In a city where every neighborhood once had a VFW hall, VFW 8973 on Lyons and Annunciation streets is New Orleans’ last. However, it may end up being a role-model for the organization’s national headquarters. Once nearly abandoned, the Uptown post, Nola VFW, has been revived by post-9/11 membership. Now it is growing so quickly it may require a second branch.

Rep. Aimee Adatto Freeman celebrates ‘pink tax’ exemption (sponsored)

Freeman’s Law Ending State Tax on Feminine Hygiene Products and Diapers Effective Today. A new law to end the so-called “pink tax” authored by state Rep. Aimee Adatto Freeman, D-New Orleans, became effective today (July 1). It provides for a state sales and use tax exemption for feminine hygiene products and diapers for personal use and extends the effectiveness of optional local tax exemptions. “As a woman, mother, and grandmother, ending the pink tax was one of my first and top priorities as a legislator. Taxing feminine hygiene products and diapers while other necessities were tax free is unfair to women.

New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity explores living smaller to address affordable housing needs (sponsored)

New Orleans Area Habitat explores the future of smaller, more efficient homes. New Orleans and the rest of the country are experiencing an acute affordable housing crisis. Developers everywhere are searching for answers. The National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) estimates that, nationally, 75.1 million households (roughly 60%) are unable to afford a median-priced ($346,577) new home and 40.3% of U.S. households can only afford a home priced $175,000 or less. A New Orleans area median priced home is $300,004 (61% of 490,967 total residents cannot afford).

Saturday is Cleanup Day across Uptown, and volunteers are needed

Saturday (May 21) is Cleanup Day across Uptown neighborhoods in Council District B.

The District B Cleanup Day, organized by Councilmember Lesli Harris’ office, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and depends on volunteer efforts by neighborhood residents. According to the District B office, Cleanup Day as part of an ongoing effort to improve the quality of life and public safety for District B residents and businesses. “I truly believe a clean city is a safer city, so this is an important effort for all of us to take on,” Harris said, inviting residents to join her in volunteering this Saturday. Thirteen neighborhoods across the Uptown will serve as hosts, each with a designated meeting point (listed below) and a walking route where volunteers will collect trash. Harris’ office will provide gloves, trash bags and masks to each of the locations, and volunteers are encouraged to bring their own materials, including rakes.

Barcelo Gardens Farmer’s Market brings fresh produce to food deserts (sponsored)

Barcelo Gardens is on a mission to bring fresh produce to food desert areas! In a city known for food, there are a surprising number of food deserts in New Orleans. Finding fresh fruits and vegetables in some areas can be incredibly challenging. Barcelo Gardens Farmers Market is on a mission to fix that. To learn more about Ashley’s mission and Barcelo Gardens Farmers Market, visit the GoFundMe page and listen to her interview on GoFundMe’s podcast, True Stories of Good People.

Join us in exploring Historic Women Educators in New Orleans, hosted by Chelsey Richard Napoleon, Clerk of Civil District Court (sponsored)

Join us for exhibits from the Notarial Archives Research Center! These showcases and blogs are available by visiting our website. 

This month we highlight historic women educators in New Orleans. ABOUT THE CLERK OF CIVIL DISTRICT COURT’S OFFICE FOR THE PARISH OF ORLEANS:
The Clerk’s Office consists of two divisions – Land Records and Civil. Our Civil Division is where civil cases — such as personal injury, accidents, successions and foreclosures — are filed. Domestic matters, such as divorce and child support, are also handled in the Civil Division.

A guide to the St. Joseph’s Day altars

Saturday, March 19, is the Feast Day of St. Joseph, and the lavish altars celebrating the day are truly a feast for the eyes. The altars offered as thanks for relieving hunger are overflowing with food: fish, pasta, pastries, breads in symbolic shapes. (You won’t find any meat; St. Joseph’s Day always falls during Lent.)

The altars are also laden with symbolism, from the palm frond over the door as you enter to the swag bag handed out as you leave.