The Eastern New Orleans Neighborhood Advisory Commission (ENONAC) is hosting a Spring Fling Brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 10, at Southern Oaks Plantation (7816 Hayne Blvd.; www.southernoaksplantation.com).
Only 100 reservations are available to the luncheon, which will raise funds for planning development and leadership training. The ENONAC endeavors to provide community leadership to ensure the area’s continued recovery and development.
Admission is $200 for two invitations. For more information, email ENONAC President Sylvia Scineaux-Richard: email@example.com or call her office at 504 218 5949.
New Orleans resident can drop off household hazardous wastes at 2829 Elysian Fields Ave. from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 9.
The Department of Sanitation will collect items that shouldn’t be disposed of in garbage cans or curbside recycling, including batteries, televisions, paint, light bulbs, oil, mercury devices, aerosols, pesticides, household cleaners, chemicals, oil, gasoline and acids. There is no charge, and the city will dispose of or recycle all items in an environmentally safe manner.
For more information, visit http://recycle.nola.gov.
Tulane University opened its new Ruth U. Fertel/Tulane Community Health Center and Brinton Family Health & Healing Center (711 N. Broad St.) Thursday, June 7.
The ground floor of the renovated 11,000-square-foot facility that formerly housed a Ruth’s Chris Steak House offers quality medical care to residents of Mid-City, Treme and surrounding neighborhoods, regardless of whether a patient has insurance.
The Brinton Family Health & Healing Center, established with a donation by California philanthropist Mary Jane Deere Wiman Brinton, provides community meeting space on the second floor as well as areas for group exercise classes and yoga. It offers social service resources, legal assistance and programming aimed at healhy living, disease prevention and community involvement.
The new Fertel health center replaces a drop-in clinic with five exam rooms Tulane University operated at Covenant House. The new center has 13 exam rooms and can accommodate as many as 1,500 patient visits a month. It provides primary care, mental health services and chronic disease management, including HIV care.
Four area courts are collecting new or slightly used suitcases, duffle bags and backpacks for children moving through the foster care system.
Luggage donations can be dropped off at the Louisiana 4th Circuit Court of Appeal (410 Royal St.), marked to the attention of Judge Max Tobias. (The duffle bags and backpacks should be large.)
Judges for the Louisiana 4th Circuit Court of Appeal, Orleans Parish Juvenile Court, the 25th Judicial District Court for Plaquemines Parish and the 34th Judicial District Court for St. Bernard Parish came up with the program after observing that children moving into new foster homes generally have to carry their belongings in garbage bags, which the judges say is demeaning. Some of the children remain in the foster care system for years and move several times.
“It is bad enough for a child to leave everything he or she knows and loves, but then to have all their belongings placed into a trashbag places a feeling of worthlessness on top of it all,” 4th Circuit Chief Judge Charles R. Jones said in a news release announcing the program.
Organizers of Suitcases for Foster Kids hope individuals, community groups, businesses and service organizations will join the effort. The luggage will be distributed to courts in Orleans, Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes, which will get the bags into the hands of foster children who need them. Any extras will be distributed to foster kids elsewhere in Louisiana.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Tobias at 412-6072.
An Orleans Parish grand jury today (May 17) indicted Alabama football fan Brian H. Downing — accused of putting his testicles on an unconscious LSU fan in a Krystal hamburger restaurant on Bourbon Street following the BCS Championship game Jan. 9 — on one count of sexual battery and one count of obscenity. A judge set Downing's bail at $50,000, but an arraignment date has not been set.
A video of the January incident hit YouTube immediately, and Downing was identified as the suspect. He surrendered to New Orleans police Jan. 19, and his bail was set at $10,000.
If convicted, Downing could face a maximum of 10 years in prison on the sexual battery charge and a fine of no less than $1,000 and no more than $2,500 and six months to three years in prison on the obscenity charge.
Just do it. Please. Do it until you have really examined how possible it is to not be doing it.
The recent resurgence of it started as an invective, a slight to a generation of people doing the same "cool" things others have done but without any effort or reason. Collectors of "cool" things, an inter-generational mash-up of pop cultural artifacts and fashion. The Internet made this way easier to do — there are websites where you can catalog all the "cool" things you like and share them like they're your own discoveries, like your identity depends on it. It's self-obsession set to self-destruct, "a culture lost in the superficiality of its past and unable to create any new meaning."
Somehow, instead of fizzling out as a dumb pejorative, it became ironic self-parody, then an actual thing. Mainstream media fixated on what it is or means. People self-identify as it. It's a marketing gimmick. Now it's a marking of a travel destination.
Congratulations, New Orleans, you're one of them now, says the "listicle" farts-for-brains soothsayers Travel + Leisure, which seemingly just lists the pretty unanimously agreed "cool" and interesting cities in the U.S. then arbitrarily dubs them hipster destinations. So what makes you a hipster, New Orleans?
Outdoors enthusiast and educator Dan Forman founded the Louisiana Outdoors Outreach Program in 2004 to link classroom education to outdoor experiences for area school children. Through the program, many students were exposed to the area's natural resources in state parks and City Park.
Forman's friends have organized a tribute and fundraiser for LOOP from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at d.b.a. Jon Cleary performs and there's free food, a silent auction, raffles and more. Suggested donation is $10. Donations can also be sent to Friends of LOOP, c/o FirstLine Schools, 3649 Laurel St., New Orleans 70115.
It’s not what you think, exactly. This event is the Southern Regional Pole Dance Fitness Championships with competitors that include beauty queens and others who have adopted pole dancing as a fitness regimen. It’s a trend that is gaining traction, and organizers say there is a movement to make pole dancing an Olympic sport.
The event starts at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 24, at the Fine Arts Center (1733 Constantinople St.). In addition to the competition, vendors will display fitness-related wares. It is open to the public, and tickets are $25-$50 (other packages are available that include food and drinks). For ticket information, go here.
Competitors include 2011 Miss Georgia, Von Brianna, 2011 Miss Texas Jennifer Huff, 2010 Miss Georgia Nicki Shaw, 2011 Miss South Carolina Karri Mae Telford and 2011 Miss North Carolina Sabrina Woods. Matthew Sabella, a personal trainer at New Orleans Athletic Club, is among five judges.
As the countdown at St. Patrick’s Day continues, several hundreds scholars, experts and ambassadors of Irish culture are in town this week attending the American Conference for Irish Studies. One of them is Jimmy Deenihan, the Irish government’s Minister for Arts, Heritage & Gaeltacht (or Irish language) Affairs, who is here to speak at the conference and meet with local Irish cultural groups, including the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the newly-formed Irish Network-New Orleans.
Gambit caught up with Deenihan for an interview at the Hotel Monteleone, the site of most of the ACIS events.
Gambit: We hear a lot in Louisiana these days about the value of our culture and heritage as an economic asset. Is that an idea that has caught on in Ireland?
Deenihan: I think people understand it now more than ever. They understand that we have something here that’s very precious. Because Irish music, Irish dance, it’s quite distinctive, and in film, I’d say Ireland has punched way above its weight. There is a lot of economic potential in culture and in heritage. A lot of other countries have proved that as well, but I think we have capitalized on it more than most. We don’t have climate, so we can’t sell sunshine.
But Irish people in a way drifted from their culture, and during the Celtic Tiger (the recent economic boom time in Ireland) they sometimes changed, and Irish people started acting differently than what would be expected of them. One thing that happened with the collapse of our economy in 2007 and 2008 is that people have gone back to basics and they’ve gone back to their culture and their heritage. And in order to regain national pride, we have promoted Ireland through our culture and through our heritage.
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