New Orleans neighborhood news for Feb. 28, 2013

Gentilly

Annual Tree and Plant Sale: The Department of Parks and Parkways and Parkway Partners holds its annual tree and plant sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at 2829 Gentilly Blvd., near Dillard University at the Department of Parks and Parkways.

Dan Gill is the featured speaker at 10 a.m. with the workshop, “Flowering Trees of New Orleans.”

Favorite New Orleans plants, trees, flowering shrubs, perennials, hanging baskets, roses and citrus trees from local nurseries will be available for sale.

For more information, contact Parkway Partners at 504.620.2224 or visit http://www.ParkwayPartnersNOLA.org.

Walk to fight autism: The Alpha Xi Delta chapter at the University of New Orleans will host “AmaXIng Challenge: Step It Up,” a 5K walk Saturday at UNO’s Human Performance Center to raise autism awareness and funds in support of the sorority’s national philanthropy partner, Autism Speaks.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.; the 5K starts at 10 a.m. Last year the walk raised $12,000 for Autism Speaks.

For more information, call (504) 202-1325, or call jhogan@uno.edu.

Uptown

Opera group sets roundtable: New Orleans Opera Association Women’s Guild and Junior Committee will present an opera orientation and roundtable discussion from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday on “Samson and Delilah,” coming to the Mahalia Jackson Theater this month.

The roundtable discussion will feature special guests from the production followed by light, themed refreshments. It takes place at the Women’s Guild Home at 2504 Prytania St, New Orleans,.

Cost is $25 Women’s Guild Members, $15 Junior Committee members and $30 for non-members.

RSVP to Gina Klein at (504) 529-2278 ext. 227 or email gklein@neworleansopera.org.

“Samson and Delilah” will be staged March 17 at 2:30 p.m. at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts.

C.J. Jung Society meets: Analyst Charlotte Mathes speaks on “The Archetype of the Apocalypse,” exploring how characteristics of the apocalypse are presenting themselves today and how, in the individual psyche, the self can be brought into consciousness. Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Parker United Methodist Church, 1130 Nashville Ave. $10; free for members.

Lakeview

The Lakeview Crime Prevention District will hold its board and public meeting Thursday at 6 p.m. at St. Dominic Rectory, 775 Harrison Ave.

The meeting will focus on ways to improve safety awareness and reduce crime in Lakeview. Freddy Yoder is president of the district.

Mid-City

The 32nd annual Walk for the Hungry will be held Saturday at 9:30 a.m. beginning at St. Anthony of Padua Church yard, 4640 Canal St.

The walk is sponsored by Bread for the World and is intended to draw attention to the need for government programs to assist the hungry.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. Walkers will gather for prayer at 9 a.m. Then at 9:30 a.m., the group will set off down Canal Street to Claiborne Avenue. The walk will turn around on Claiborne and return up Canal Street to St. Anthony.

Registration is $15 for adults, $12 for students and $7 for children, and includes a T-shirt.

Participants are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to Second Harvest Food Bank. Call (504) 458-3029 or email jfremson@loyno.edu.

Central City

Parents advocacy group meets: The Central City Parents First Advocacy Group meets Thursday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Dryades YMCA Head Start, 1924 Philip St.

The group welcomes anyone who wants to invest in making Central City a better place for children under 5 years old.

Join other parents, guardians, and caregivers in your neighborhood to share resources and experiences, create a community vision, and collectively advocate for positive change.

Refreshments will be served and childcare is available. RSVP to Julia Kahn at (504) 940.2207 or julia@npnnola.com.

9th Ward

‘Creole Trombone’ book signing: Advocate staff photographer John McCusker signs his book, “Creole Trombone: Kid Ory and the Early Years of Jazz,” Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Maple Street Book Shop in the New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave.

Edward “Kid” Ory (1886-1973) was a trombonist, composer, recording artist and early New Orleans jazz band leader. McCusker, of New Orleans, was a photographer for The Times-Picayune and part of the team that shared the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Journalism for covering Hurricane Katrina.

Free and discount pet vaccinations: The LA/SPCA provides free microchips, vaccinations, rabies tags, and collars to owned dogs of residents of the 70117 ZIP code Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1319 Japonica St., New Orleans. Proof of residency in 70117 (St. Roch, St. Claude, Bywater, Lower 9th Ward) required for free services. Residents of Orleans Parish from other ZIP codes may receive services for $20. Custom ID tags will be available for purchase; information available on free spay/neuter services. Call (504) 368.5191.

Warehouse District

Acting classes: The Elm Theater, 220 Julia St., is offering classes in acting and film acting starting March 11.

Actor J. Patrick McNamara will offer a film acting workshop on Mondays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., March 11-April 15.

A headshot and resume are required; email info@elmtheatre.org. Cost is $300.

A basic acting class, taught by actor and Elm Theater artistic director Garrett Prejean, will be offered Tuesdays from March 19 to May 14 from 6-9 p.m.

Cost is $275. Deadline to register is March 15.

To register or for more information, call (504) 218-0055.