On Thursday between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Cafe Reconcile (1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 568-1157) is hosting a public gathering to unveil a mosaic entitled "What Makes Children Happy?" created by poverty-stricken children and parents in New Orleans. In 1992 the United Nations declared Oct. 17 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty; each year the Fourth World Movement sponsors community gatherings and events like this one to recognize victims of "hunger, violence and exclusion." For more information call 899-9950.
A reminder: Martin Wine Cellar (3827 Baronne St., 896-7380; 714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 896-7350) offers free cooking demonstrations and wine tastings every Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. This Saturday, meet Chef Tim Butterly of Belle Forche (1407 Decatur St., 940-0722) at the Metairie location and Chef Erik Veney of Muriel's Jackson Square (801 Chartres St., 568-1885) at the expanding Uptown store. David Martin, who founded the invaluable wine and gourmet food stores, died in September. He was 82. His son, Cedric Martin, has long followed in his father's footsteps and keeps the business in the family.
This weekend German Chef Willy Coln is hosting his 13th annual Oktoberfest bonanza at The Veranda (444 St. Charles Ave., 585-4383) in the Intercontinental Hotel. The festivities include Bavarian foods, German wines and beers and the music of Helmut Fricker and his Polka Band. Call for restaurant hours and more information. I also recommend checking into the Oktoberfest activities at the Deutsches Haus (200 S. Galvez St., 522-8014), which begin at 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday this weekend and next.