The 2010 Esplanade Holiday Fest takes over the 3100 block of Ponce de Leon Street from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. Sponsored by the Faubourg St. John Merchant's Association, the free, family-friendly block party features live music by Ernie Vincent and the Top Notes and Johnny Jay and the Hitmen, cookie decorating for children and arts and crafts for sale.
Whole Foods Market (3420 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-8225; 5600 Magazine St.; 899-9119; www.wholefoodsmarket.com) is donating 5 percent of the net sales at its Louisiana locations on Wednesday, Dec. 8, to regional nonprofit groups. Beneficiaries include the Jefferson Council on Aging Meals on Wheels program, the Latino Farmers Cooperative of Louisiana and St. Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge.
Domino Sound Record Shack (2557 Bayou Road; 309-0871) hosts DJ Soul Sister's 4th Annual Holiday Crate Dig from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12. DJ Soul Sister will spin records straight from the store's shelves, assist customers in selecting music purchases and hand out holiday giveaways. Refreshments will be provided.
Crescent City Books (230 Chartres St., 524-4997; www.crescentcitybooks.com) will celebrate its grand reopening at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11, with an afternoon of libations, entertainment and drawings for store gift certificates. Entertainment includes a shadow puppet show based on the stories of Julio Cortazar and performances by local musicians Tom McDermott, Meschiya Lake and the By & By String Band.