New Orleans neighborhood news for Feb. 13, 2013

Lakeview

SPRING MEET AND GREETS: Registration ends Thursday for residents of Lakeview to host gatherings as part of the Lakeview Civic Improvement Association’s Spring Meet and Greet event.

The neighborhood-wide get-togethers March 9 encourage residents to host, co-host or attend gatherings on their blocks so they can meet new neighbors and visit with familiar faces.

Several elected officials are expected to visit the locations where parties are being held to meet their constituents.

Two years ago there were 14 gatherings.

To host or for more information, contact Susan Silbernagel at smays@acs-comp.com.

shepherd’s Center luncheon: The monthly luncheon co-sponsored by the Lakeview Shepherd’s Center, a community center for those 55 and older, is from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Community Unitarian Church, 6690 Fleur de Lis Drive.

Lunch will be served, People’s Health will offer free blood pressure and glucose screenings, there will be a celebration of February birthdays and the Pfister Sisters will perform.

For more information, call (504) 484-0885.

Uptown

SIERRA CLUB MEETS: The Sierra Club meets Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at the Audubon Zoo’s Dominion Auditorium.

Katie Brasted, executive director for Woodlands Conservancy, will talk about the Woodlands Conservancy area near English Turn in Algiers that protects coastal hardwood forest habitat for migratory birds, recreation, ecotourism and education.

Enter the zoo’s gate to the far right of the main public entrance and behind the statue of Audubon. Call (504) 307-0187 with questions. Free.

FIGHT BLIGHT: The Louisiana Landmarks Society will host a panel discussion titled “Fight Blight” at 7 p.m. Monday at 6330 St. Charles Ave. The panel will focus on ways that owners can repair or sell blighted properties in lieu of demolition.

Panelists include Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer; attorney Robert E. Couhig, former board member of New Orleans Redevelopment Authority; Bart Gillis, a Realtor specializing in historic properties and a representative of the Preservation Resource Center.

For more information, call (504) 482-0312.

Jazz Vespers: Jazz Vespers returns for the third year to Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave., every Sunday during Lent, beginning at 9 p.m. and ending at 9:30.

The contemplative event features jazz by acclaimed local musicians and a reading from the Gospel. This Sunday, the featured artist is the Tommy Sancton New Orleans Jazz Trio, with clarinetist Tommy Sancton, pianist John Royen and bassist Tom Sanders.

French Quarter

Reservations due Monday for French Quarter lunch: Mark Romig, president and CEO of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Co., will speak at the French Quarter Business Association’s February Lunch Forum at La Louisiane, 725 Iberville St. in the French Quarter.

There will also be a presentation by Garlan White, leader of the “Where Ya Rack” bicycle rack project for the Young Leadership Council.

Advance reservations are required and will close Feb. 18.

Lunch is $35 per member and $50 per nonmember Go to rsvp@fqba.org to register or call (504) 309-1423.