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New location! The Mid-City Art Market ( will be held at Palmer Park (Carrollton and Claiborne Avenues) on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event features works by local and regional artists, a Halloween art project in the children's tent, a wine tasting by Cork & Bottle, and food by Juan's Flying Burrito and Asian Pacific.

Help your children learn about the importance of clean water on Saturday, Oct. 28 from noon to 3 p.m. Audubon Zoo is the last stop on "Barging Down the Mississippi," the annual Clean Water Tour orchestrated by Marine life artist, Wyland. Using art as a gateway to conservation, Wyland will talk to kids and invite them to paint a mural with him. There also will be water testing and interactive exhibits to promote the Wyland Foundation's mission to educate and inspire people about the importance of protecting all aquatic habitats. For more information, call (949) 643-7070 or visit

there will be a special sale at upscale resale boutique, The Encore Shop (7814 Maple St., 861-9028), from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. On Thursday, Oct. 26, the shop will host a preview party from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. where you can enjoy martinis and hors d'oeuvres as you bid on items from celebrity closets during a silent auction. Tickets are $20-$25, but they're going fast so call 889-8994 to reserve yours. Proceeds benefit musicians of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

Still looking for the perfect Halloween costume? Humbug Boutique (2707 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 469-3339) has hundreds of costumes for kids and adults, with new arrivals daily. Tell them you read about it in Gambit and get 10 percent off your purchase.

The Preservation Trades Network will hold a free homeowners repair conference Oct. 26-28 at Dauphine and Jourdan streets with four repair demonstration projects at nearby sites. The 2006 International Preservation Trades Workshop (IPTW) aims to help homeowners rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina collect resources and meet skilled contractors. For a schedule and directions, visit or call (866) 853-9553.

There's a "wharf sale" going on at Orient Expressed (3905 Magazine St., 899-3060) featuring imported furniture at great prices. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 26Ð28, Chinese chests, tables, chairs and wedding cabinets will be discounted.

St. Charles Avenue is about to get a little healthier with the opening of Vitality Juice, Java and Smoothie Bar (1205 St. Charles Ave., 561-1148) on Oct. 25. With existing locations in Harahan, Metairie and Mandeville, Vitality offers balanced smoothies, fresh organic juices and coffees, organic and natural foods, nutritional supplements and a full lunch menu.


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