Film sets  get encore  at Habitat’s resale shop

By Annette Sisco

Community editor

Now that New Orleans hosts movie crews nearly nonstop, a new kind of treasure is showing up at salvage yards: bits and pieces of used film sets.

Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, the 10-year-old resale shop, recently received a bathtub from the set of “21 Jump Street,” said Aleis Tusa, of Habitat. The crew of “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” donated 48 bags of potting soil.

Movie props, along with the ReStore’s large inventory of doors, windows, cabinetry and plumbing fixtures, will soon be on display at the shop’s new location on Elysian Fields Avenue between Interstates 10 and 610.

ReStore is moving from a warehouse shop on Royal Street that has served well its mission of raising money to build houses for partner families, but had gotten a little too cozy, Tusa said.

The new, 15,000-square-foot location has ample parking, and volunteers hope the highly visible address encourages shoppers and donors, she said.

“The ReStore is now air conditioned and heated, and it’s just going to be a much improved overall shopping experience for everybody. The old place did not have AC, which is a little problematic in August,” Tusa said.

Volunteers are needed for the big move next week, and the grand opening is Jan. 19.

For more information, call (504) 943-2840.

Human trafficking forum

Bethany United Methodist Church will host a seminar on human trafficking from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the church, 4533 Mendez St., New Orleans.

The Rev. Lawrence P. Gaines is senior pastor of Bethany.

Keynote speaker for the seminar is Katherine Green, assistant attorney general for the state of Louisiana.

Laura Murphy, Ph.D., a noted human trafficking expert, will discuss domestic and international aspects of human trafficking.

Other speakers include Clemmie Greenlee, a survivor of human trafficking, and Kara French, J.D., director of Eden House, a residential program for survivors of abuse and prostitution.

The seminar is free, but registration is required. Call (504) 324-5057 for information.

Water board rep to speak

Madeline Fong Goddard, deputy general superintendent of the Sewerage & Water Board, will speak on the board’s environmental issues and projects at the Sierra Club’s meeting at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Audubon Zoo’s Dominion Auditorium.

Goddard will discuss the wetlands assimilation project in Bayou Bienvenue and the Eastbank Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Admission is free. Call (504) 307-0187 for information.

Annette Sisco is Community editor. She can be reached at asisco@theadvocate.com or (504) 432-9257.