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In the mood for roses? You can pick up a dozen for only $6.99 at Federico's Family Florist (815 Focis St., Metairie, 837-6400).

The Symphony Book Fair, a 53-year-old event that benefits the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra is scheduled June 4 through 7 at the Jewish Community Center (5342 St. Charles Ave., 897-0143; The sale will feature more than 100,000 items, including new and old books and artworks, all priced to sell.

Make Up Art Cosmetic Studio & Day Spa (7736 Maple St. 862-0005) soon will introduce an exclusive line of makeup by Scott Barnes, makeup artist to such stars as J. Lo and Julian Moore. Make Up Art owner Susan Spaid says hers will be the first store in New Orleans to carry the line, which includes body and face makeup, foundation, lipsticks, eye shadows and the popular Body Bling, for which she already has a waiting list.

Massey's Professional Outfitters (3363 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-1144; 816 Hwy. 190, Covington, 985-809 7544; is sponsoring a Kayak Demo Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at Bayou St. John, near Cabrini High School. People who attend the demonstration not only will learn about kayaking but also can receive coupons at the event for in-store discounts on kayaks, boats and accessories.

New Orleans Steamboat Company is offering a waterway tour of the Lower Ninth Ward aboard the riverboat John James Audubon, complete with easy-to-understand narrative and exhibits outlining the impact Hurricane Katrina has had not only on the Ninth Ward neighborhood but also the waterways. Tour passengers will see the Industrial Canal, its lock systems and bridges and its connection between the Mississippi River, Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet. The three-hour tour leaves from the Aquarium of the Americas Dock. Call 569-1480 or (800) 233-2628 for ticket information and times.


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