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The Ogden Museum of Southern Art (925 Camp St., 539-9600; will host The Art of Giving, a museum members-only shopping event, on Friday, Dec. 5, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. — featuring pottery, jewelry, textiles, glass, metal, wood and basketry from more than 35 Southern artists, many of whom will be in attendance. CDs, books, Ogden T-shirts and other gifts also will be for sale. The public is invited to a free Family Fun Day on Saturday, Dec. 6. 

Representatives from designer eyewear labels will be at two St. Charles Vision stores (8040 St. Charles Ave., 866-6311; 3200 Severn Ave., Metairie, 887-2020; from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3, and Thursday, Dec. 4, showing their latest collections. Selected frames and sunglasses will be up to 20 percent off, and complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Saturday, Dec. 6 marks the official start of holiday shopping in the French Quarter with a tree lighting at Washington Artillery Park (sponsored by French Market Corporation and French Quarter Business Association), accompanied by students from St. Andrew's Episcopal School playing bells and McDonogh 15 Elementary School's choir singing carols at 5:30 p.m., followed by special shopping hours from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at many French Quarter shops. 

Feet First hosts its annual Girls' Night Out event on Thursday, Dec. 4, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at its Uptown store (4119 Magazine St., 899-6800; Customers can enjoy wine, Champagne and hourly raffle drawings during a trunk show featuring local vendors.

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