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Due to the rise in COVID-19, some events are being canceled or postponed. Be sure to check the official websites, Facebook pages, or the contact numbers of any event sponsor or organizer before attending any of the events listed below.


L’UNION FRANÇAISE: A free Bienvenue Café event will be held on Saturday, October 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at L’Union Française House, 4522 Prytania St., New Orleans. The outdoor event features coffee, pastries, and live Cajun music to bring French and Francophone New Orleansers together. More information about L’Union Française can be found at

REUNION OF THE HOLY ANGELS: The 1970 Academy of the Holy Angels Class 50th anniversary reunion has been postponed to Saturday October 30th at The Crossing in Kenner. Class members wishing to attend should call Janell Weber at (504) 416-3950.

GRETNA RECYCLING: Roadside recycling in Gretna is slated to resume on November 1st after being suspended due to the overwhelming amounts of trash, storm debris and green debris from Hurricane Ida. Further information is available at or

NS. CHARLES PARISH RESTORATION: St. Charles parish council waived permit fees during the recovery of Hurricane Ida. The emergency ordinance is in force until February 28th. For a complete list of fee waivers and other emergency authorization information, contact the Department of Planning and Zoning at (985) 722-4473.

IDA DAMAGE ASSESSMENT: The Orléans Parish Assessor Office gives property owners with damage from Hurricane Ida the opportunity to receive a damage-related reduction in appraisals. The deadline for submitting evidence is October 7th. While all homeowners automatically receive a 5% discount, those with additional property damage and commercial properties are asked to submit damage documents. The form can be completed at The submissions must contain documents that prove a claim for damage, such as B. Photos, contractor’s repair estimates, inspection report, damage report or a copy of an insurance claim. For a virtual, phone, or face-to-face meeting with a representative, visit or call (504) 754-8811.

NS. JOHN HURRICANE IDA RECOVERY CENTERS: The Federal Emergency Management Agency has parking lots at the Frazee-Harris Memorial Library, 111 Historic Front St., Garyville, and the Roland Borne Sr. Memorial Library, 2979 La. 18, Edgard Recreation Centers opened. Both centers are open Monday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. FEMA specialists can help with their FEMA applications, upload documents, and answer questions about federal disaster relief. US Small Business Administration representatives are also on hand to provide information about the program and explain how to apply for the SBA’s low-interest catastrophe loans for businesses, private nonprofits, homeowners and renters.

LAWYERS IN LIBRARIES: The St. Bernard Parish Library will participate in the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Lawyers in Libraries program on Thursday, October 28, with free 15-20 minute telephone consultations with St. Bernard attorneys on non-criminal law issues. Presentations from other attorneys on current legal issues will also be broadcast daily from October 25-30 via the LSBA Louisiana Lawyers in Libraries Facebook page. To register, call the St. Bernard Library at (504) 279-0448.


Promotion of literacy: The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities is accepting grant applications until October 15 from community organizations that want to host a prime-time reading program in the spring of 2022. To apply, visit Each partner location will receive a $ 1,000 grant and a set of children’s books used during the program, and participating families will be allowed to keep all books for their personal home libraries. There is no charge for organizations or families to participate in prime time reading programs.

Symphony Book Fair: LPO Volunteers is accepting donations to replenish its new warehouse at 517 Time Saver Ave., Harahan, in preparation for the next Symphony Book Fair in June 2022 at 2pm

MURDER INVESTIGATION AUTHOR TALK: Journalist Tom Aswell will discuss his latest book, Murder on the Teche, A True Story of Money and a Flawed Investigation, in an online video conference hosted by Jefferson Parish Library on Tuesday, October 12th at 12 noon. The book focuses on the murder of Dr. Robert Chastant, an orthodontist in New Iberia in 2010. His servant Ismael Viera Tobar was convicted of the crime in 2011. However, Viera informed authorities that Chastant’s widow Laurie had paid him $ 1,000 to kill her husband. Visit for more details, including to join the discussion.

LITERARY HISTORY AUTHOR’S TALK: Jefferson Parish Clerk of Court Jon Gegenheimer will discuss his book, The Canon Code: Freud, CS Lewis, et al., Solve the Mystery of Edwin Drood, in an online video conference hosted by Jefferson Parish on Tuesday, October 19 . Charles Dickens’ last book “Edwin Drood” was not finished at the time of his death. Although incomplete, it was published in 1870. Many other writers have tried to complete the story.


PEEK-A-BOO IN THE ZOO: A family-friendly peek-a-boo at the zoo event benefiting the Audubon Zoo and New Orleans Children’s Hospital will take place October 20-24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guests are invited to wear their favorite costume while partying in the festivities, including trick or treating at stations throughout the zoo on Saturday and Sunday. Activities include building backyard bat houses. Admission is included in the regular admission to the zoo; To purchase tickets online, visit

HALLOWEEN TEA: Le Salon at the Windsor Court Hotel is planning costumed Halloween teas for children of all ages from 11am to 2pm on October 23rd and 24th. Windsor Court is located at 300 Gravier St., New Orleans. The usual cost of tea service at Windsor Court is $ 49.12 for adults and $ 35.84 for children. To make a reservation, call (504) 596-4773 or visit

DRINK OR TREATMENT: The St. Bernard Redfish Festival is organizing a Trunk or Treat event at the Sigur Civic Center, 8245 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, from 12pm to 2pm on October 31st. To enter, email Ashley Stewart by October 10th at [email protected]

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NEW ORLEANS PRESS CLUB: A gala to announce the winners of the Press Club of New Orleans Awards for Excellence in Journalism will be held on Thursday, October 14th at 7:00 pm. The event will be broadcast live from the Loyola University New Orleans School of Communication and Design and can be seen live on the Facebook and YouTube pages of the press club.

HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: The 2021 Excelencia Gala to benefit the Louisiana Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has been postponed to Friday, October 15 to support neighborhoods, first responders and authorities in their efforts to recover from Hurricane Ida.

GARAGE SALE: A scholarship fundraiser, the Elks Lodge 30 Auxiliary will hold their annual flea market from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm on October 16th at 2215 Cleary Ave., Metairie.

NEW ORLEANS POLICE DEPARTMENT: The Police Executive Research Forum presented the Gary Hayes Award to Paul Noel, Chief of the New Orleans Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Department. The annual award is presented to a mid-career police officer in a department head position who shows imagination, creativity, ingenuity, and initiative in designing or implementing new approaches to policing. Noel has been instrumental in developing, implementing and teaching the principles of EPIC (Ethical Policing Is Courageous) and ABLE (Active Bystandersship for Law Enforcement) to law enforcement agencies in the US and internationally.


FREE CODING PREPARATION COURSE: Operation Spark will be launching a free adult coding prep program starting October 11, with the course meeting running Monday through Thursday for two consecutive weeks. Grants are available for continuation in the Bootcamp and Immersion programs that continue Operation Spark’s six-month employee program. To register for a virtual briefing, which is required for enrollment, visit

LECTURE SERIES: Friends of the Cabildo will host a series of lectures, with a zoom link broadcast on the day of the lecture and a recording of the event for 60 days thereafter. More information can be found at The lectures cost $ 10 and are free for members. They include:

  • “Dancing in the Streets: Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs of New Orleans,” Judy Cooper, 6pm October 19.
  • “Economy Hall: The Hidden History of a Free Black Neighborhood”: Fatima Shaik, 6 pm, November 9th.


JEFFERSON CHAMBER: The Jefferson Chamber’s annual meeting will be held on October 7th at 9:00 a.m. at the Pontchartrain Convention and Civic Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner. Single membership tickets are $ 85 and non-member tickets are $ 125. For information on ticket and sponsorship opportunities, visit or call (504) 835-3880. If you have any questions about the event, please contact Melissa Chesterman at [email protected]

FEDERAL EMPLOYEES: Nominations for leadership positions will be accepted when Vernon N. Landry meets Chapter 1398 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees on Wednesday, October 13 at 11 a.m. in the Sicilian Hall of Rocky and Carlo’s Restaurant, 613 St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette.

JEFFERSON PARISH REPUBLICAN WOMEN’S CLUB: Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry will be the guest speaker during a lunchtime session of the Republican Women’s Club of Jefferson Parish on Thursday, October 21, at Andrew’s Restaurant, 3100 19th St., Metairie. The cost is $ 33 for those who reserve by October 18 when the price rises to $ 35. To make a reservation, contact Gaynelle Pervel at (504) 858-3443 or [email protected]

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