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Pearl's Place (3114 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-9213; www.pearlsplace.com) features trunk shows for bridal designers Monique Lhuillier and Rosa Clara through January. Take 20 percent to 50 percent off selected dresses during the ongoing sample sale.

On Wednesday, Jan. 13, Kim Munoz, a nurse, Pilates instructor and owner of Nola Pilates, demonstrates a series of Pilates exercises designed to assist the recovery of post-operative breast cancer survivors by increasing their muscle strength and range of motion. The presentation will take place at The Center for Restorative Breast Surgery (1717 St. Charles Ave., 899-2800; www.breastcenter.com) as part of its monthly EnCourage support group meeting. Meetings are free and open to the public; reservations are required. For more information, contact Katie at 899-2800.

New Orleans jewelry designer Suzannah Murray has launched a Web site (www.equatorjewelry.com) showcasing Equator Jewelry, her new line of silver, brass and recycled paper bead jewelry handcrafted by Ugandan widows. Sales of the jewelry allow the creators to establish a sustainable income for themselves while receiving business training and learning jewelry-design skills.

Two new venues, M Bistro and The Davenport Lounge, are opening at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans (921 Canal St., 524-1331; www.ritzcarlton.com). Chef Matt Murphy and headline entertainer Jeremy Davenport preside over a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, Jan. 15.

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