New Orleans Neighborhood News for Dec. 6, 2012

Uptown

Organ and Labyrinth: Albinas Prizgintas performs Choral Evensong on the pipe organ in the soaring candlelit sanctuary of Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave., Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Then, Tuesday at 6 p.m., a labyrinth placed on the floor of the church invites a meditative walk as the music plays. Visitors may sit in the pews below the massive stained-glass windows and listen; others walk and there are yoga mats available. Free, handicapped accessible. Call (504) 670-2520.

French market: Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans 5401 Claiborne Ave., holds its winter market of crafts and traditional arts Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, 5401 Claiborne Ave., from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The market will feature French children’s books, work by local artisans, crafts by LFNO students, and hot food and drinks. For more information, go to http://www.lfno.org.

Speak up and sing: Poet Gian “G-Persepect” Smith and Alphonse “Bobby” Smith host a spoken-word and music event at the George & Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art, 2003 Carondolet St., Saturday at 9 p.m. Admission is $6 per person.

Cheers! New Orleans Toastmasters Club hosts an open weekly meeting (except holidays) Monday at 6 p.m. at the Latter Library, 5210 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, to hone the skills of speaking, listening and thinking.

Central City

APEX Youth Center: 4360 Washington Ave., is a safe haven for our community’s kids.

APEX will hold a free community barbecue for young people 11 and older on Saturday from 1 to 7 p.m. Children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult.

After 7, the center is open to those 15 and older. APEX is a community center offering mentorship, homework help, art and structured positive activities to youth up to age 25.

For more information, call (504) 358-2739.

Gentilly

A feast of lights: The Gentilly Terrace and Garden Improvement Association holds its annual holiday potluck Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Gentilly Terrace Charter School, 4720 Painters St. On Dec. 17, the association will judge the annual holiday home decorating contest.

Burbank Gardens meets: The Burbank Gardens Neighborhood Association meets Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at 6005 Wildair Drive.

VISTA PARK MEETS: Vista Park Neighborhood Association meets at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at Edgewater Baptist Church, 5900 Paris Ave.

Lakeview

Holiday on Harrison: The Harrison Avenue Marketplace will be held Dec. 12, from 5 to 8 p.m. at 801 Harrison Ave. in Lakeview. The marketplace features local arts and crafts vendors, children’s activities, live music and food. For more information, contact Laura Partridge at (504) 309-5120, or by email at lpartridge@beaconofhopenola.org.

Mid-City/
Fauborg St. John

Plant the seed: The MotherShip Foundation, the nonprofit that presents The Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo, is raising money to replace four live oaks along Bayou St. John between Dumaine and Lafitte streets. Two oaks were lost during Hurricane Katrina, and two more fell during Hurricane Isaac. Tree sponsorships are available, and sponsors will receive an engraved plaque. For information, call (504) 488-3865..

Hello, neighbor: The Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association board meets Monday at 7 p.m. at the Holy Rosary Cafeteria, 1368 Moss St. The general membership meets quarterly. Everyone is welcome at the board meetings to learn about upcoming events and how residents can get involved.

Bywater

Belly up! The Spun Crossroads Art Bazaar is Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Fatoush in the St. Claude Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave., with belly dancing in the background. On Sunday, Salvage Sunday offers art made from repurposed materials from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. New Orleans Healing Center 2372 St. Claude Ave. For information, go to http://www.spun
crossroads.com.

Call for volunteers: New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity is seeking volunteers to help at its Habitat Restore, 2830 Royal St., a salvage store that supports the group’s efforts to encourage recycling and fight poverty housing.

Volunteers are needed to assist truck drivers loading trucks, processing donations, pricing items, assisting customers and making repairs to donated furniture. Groups are welcome. For more information, call Volunteer Services at (504) 861- 4121.

Compiled by the New Orleans bureau