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Salon Mid-City has a new location and a new name: Now located at 8725 Oak St., the new Salon Alphonse (957-1863; offers cuts, color, massages and beauty treatments like epilation and makeup application.

Through July, Octavia Art Gallery (4532 Magazine St., 309-4249; offers free shipping on all purchases, and for the next few months, 10 percent of all sales will be donated to the Gulf Restoration Network's efforts to restore the Gulf Coast and mitigate the effects of the BP oil disaster.

The World Bromeliad Conference Show & Sale brings thousands of tropical plants to the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel (739 Canal St., 962-0500; Friday, July 30, and Saturday, July 31, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local and international growers sell award-winning plants at this free event.

Rhea Lana's New Orleans (, a back-to-school children's consignment event, takes place Thursday, Aug. 5 through Saturday, Aug. 7 at 3509 18th St. in Metairie. Featuring name-brand children's clothes, maternity wear and baby items, the event offers affordable prices, and 70 percent of sales go to consignors. Event organizer Erica Plaia Harrod seeks volunteers; she can be contacted by email at

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