New Orleans area briefs for Dec. 2, 2012

Photo provided by Cabrini High SchoolCabrini High School environmental science students are participating in EPA's School Flag Program, which calls attention to air quality issues. Pictured are, from left standing: Christa Steib, Jasmine Spears, Kaitlyn Galland, Rebecca Protti, Patricia Cash, Chelsey London, Kayla Brown, Samantha Smith, Cayli Estrada, Ashlyn Murray, Macy Hope. Bottom row, from left: Rebecca Green, Savannah Nunnery, Mary Katherine Trentacoste, Ashley Vinson, Claire Jones, Rachel Lofthus, Kalie Cavanaugh, Madison Baudy.
Photo provided by Cabrini High SchoolCabrini High School environmental science students are participating in EPA's School Flag Program, which calls attention to air quality issues. Pictured are, from left standing: Christa Steib, Jasmine Spears, Kaitlyn Galland, Rebecca Protti, Patricia Cash, Chelsey London, Kayla Brown, Samantha Smith, Cayli Estrada, Ashlyn Murray, Macy Hope. Bottom row, from left: Rebecca Green, Savannah Nunnery, Mary Katherine Trentacoste, Ashley Vinson, Claire Jones, Rachel Lofthus, Kalie Cavanaugh, Madison Baudy.

Slidell judge
honored by bar

Slidell — The Louisiana State Bar Association presented the Crystal Gavel Award to Judge James “Jim” Lamz, Slidell City Court, at a special ceremony at the courthouse last week.

The Crystal Gavel Award recognizes outstanding lawyers and judges in Louisiana who have been unsung heroes and heroines in their communities, said John H. Musser IV, 2012-13 president of the Louisiana State Bar Association.

The Crystal Gavel Award citation noted “Lamz has opened the doors of Slidell City Court to civic and community organizations so the public can watch and learn about the judicial process and the court’s functions. Each year, the Leadership Slidell Class, of which Judge Lamz is a 1992 graduate, visits the court for an in-depth presentation on how the Court operates and the role played by lawyers, litigants, court staff and the judge.”

Lamz gives similar presentations to the Slidell Police Department Citizens Academy, which visits the courtroom each session.

Loyola holds Christmas concert

New Orleans — Loyola University New Orleans presents its annual Christmas at Loyola musical celebration at 3 p.m. today at Holy Name of Jesus Church.

A tradition for 20 years, the concert showcases several Loyola ensembles, including the Loyola Chamber Orchestra, Loyola Chorale and Chamber Singers and the Loyola Brass Ensemble.

The concert features a mix of classical Christmas music and a Christmas carol sing-along. Christmas at Loyola is free and open to the public.

Free parking is available in Loyola’s West Road Garage, located on West Road and accessible from St. Charles Ave.

Cabrini students in EPA flag program

New Orleans — Cabrini High School’s environmental science class are participating in the Environmental Protection Agency’s School Flag Day Program that raises brightly colored flags that correspond with the local daily air quality conditions to help protect children’s health.

Cabrini environmental science teacher Ann Smart and her students have joined the EPA in an awareness campaign meant to educate and inform children and parents on the health risks and corrective actions needed to protect youth and at-risk individuals when air quality conditions are unhealthy. Each day, students will raise a flag that corresponds with the expected air quality for the day: green signifies good air quality, yellow is moderate, orange means unhealthy for sensitive groups (children and people with asthma, for example) and red signals unhealthy air conditions for everyone.

Rabbi to give talk on book about miracles

new orleans — Rabbi Morey Schwartz, an author and educator, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Goldring-Woldenberg Metairie Jewish Campus.

Schwartz, current director of curriculum and faculty development for the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning will be teaching a Melton-style lesson on “Making of a Miracle,” based on his current book, “Where’s My Miracle,’’ published last year by Gefen Publishing.

The event is free and open to the public.

Exhibit explores tobacco-growing

New Orleans — An free exhibition of photographs by Charles Martin documenting the growing of tobacco opened last week at the Historic New Orleans Collection’s Williams Research Center in the French Quarter and will be on display through Feb. 2.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 410 Chartres St.

The 40-image exhibit opened in conjunction with PhotoNOLA 2012, an annual citywide celebration of photography that runs through today at multiple venues.

Details on other PhotoNOLA exhibitions and programming are available at www.photonola.org.

Martin spent eight years photographing the centuries-old tobacco-growing traditions of St. James Parish.

A companion catalogue with a selection of Martin’s images and essays by Mary Ann Sternberg and John H. Lawrence also will be released, and the three contributors will be on hand for a viewing and book signing today from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Hotel screens
holiday movies

New Orleans — W French Quarter is screening “Naughty + Nice,’’ a free holiday movie series that will help benefit Hurricane Sandy victims through sales of food and beverages.

The movies will be screened in the French Quarter’s outdoor courtyard Movie-style small bites and speciality hot drinks will be available for sale, as will tickets for a drawing on Dec. 12 to spend two nights at the W Chicago Lakeshore and another Dec. 19 for a two-day stat at W Atlanta-Midtown. Proceeds will go to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

“Elf’’ will be screened from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 12 and “Love, Actually’’ will be screened from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 19.

Ochsner lectures on smoking prevention

New Orleans — Ochsner pediatric pulmonologist Fernando Urrego is carrying on Dr. Alton Ochsner’s antismoking crusade Wednesday and Thursday.

A series of lectures and roundtable discussions will focus on tobacco prevention in youths.

Urrego was awarded one of five grants nationwide in 2012 from The Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence — the American Academy of Pediatrics’ section on tobacco prevention — to fund a two-day educational program focusing on tobacco control and children’s health, and he invited Dr. Harold Farber to be the series guest speaker.

Farber, associate professor of Pediatric Pulmonology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and associate medical director for chronic conditions for the Texas Children’s Health Plan, will give several lectures at Ochsner, Children’s Hospital, and Tulane Medical School while in New Orleans.

Farber will participate in a discussion on tobacco control policy to be moderated by Dr. Patrick Quinlan, executive director of the Ochsner I.

Attendance at the lectures, which is mostly comprised of physicians, residents, medical students, nurses, and pharmacists, is free of charge. A complete schedule of events and locations is available by contacting Stafford Scott at 504-842-9143.

Save-A-Lot helps Second Harvest

New Orleans — Save-A-Lot will be the year-long sponsor for Second Harvest Food Bank’s mobile pantry program, which delivers food to underserved and rural communities.

The Mobile Pantry is a farmer’s market style of distribution. Rather than receiving a pre-packed food box, clients choose the individual items they want and will use, which also lessens food waste.

The Mobile Pantry also helps Second Harvest deliver perishable and nutritious items, such as fresh produce, meat and dairy products more efficiently, before they must be discarded.

Save-A-Lot has committed to supporting Mobile Pantry programs in six cities: New Orleans, St. Louis, Orlando, Tampa, Miami and Philadelphia.