Roberta Grove’s ‘La Vie de Ville’ column for Feb. 21, 2013

By Roberta Grove

Special to The Advocate

Advocate photo by ROBERTA GROVE -- Rose Valez and Iris Choppin enjoyed the February luncheon at the Lakeview Shepherd's Center. Rose was one of several ladies celebrating her birthday.
Advocate photo by ROBERTA GROVE -- Rose Valez and Iris Choppin enjoyed the February luncheon at the Lakeview Shepherd's Center. Rose was one of several ladies celebrating her birthday.

Members of the Lakeview Shepherd Center recently came together for cake and presents to honor some of their own.

The nonprofit community-based organization gathered at its Fleur de Lis Drive location for a luncheon that honored those with a February birthday.

The group was treated to lunch as several honorees celebrated with friends on the happy occasion. On hand were the famous Pfister Sisters, who entertained the crowd and had many in the audience moving and swaying to their beat.

According to Yvette Voelker, “We love playing here for this group. It’s always so much fun.”

According to LSC’s treasurer, Elaine Forstal, the group gets together monthly to celebrate birthdays within their membership. On the day that I visited, I estimated 60 members were on hand for the party. Forstal said, “All of the food for the luncheons is donated, including the cake, which was provided by Peoples Health.”

A grant helps offset the cost of the entertainment each month.

During a post-party tour of the Lakeview facility, I learned that LSC provides services to seniors from a variety of New Orleans-area neighborhoods. One of their most-critical needs is transportation.

“Getting our seniors back and forth to the center is always a challenge,” Forstal said. “In fact, we would love it if an individual or area business would step forward and help us out in some way.” Seems to me that there’s a sponsor out there who might just be willing to step in and lend a hand to this worthwhile organization.

The Lakeview Shepherd Center is open to seniors from the New Orleans and surrounding areas. It was founded in 1977.

The center’s primary mission is to enable seniors to remain vital, independent and positive during their “golden years.” To learn how you can support LSC, visiti them on the web at http://www.lakeviewshepherdscenternola.org.

Local writers attend tea

Romance novelists Julia Quinn and Eloisa James held court Sunday at the Garden District Book Shop in New Orleans. The third part of this penned trio, Connie Brockway, was out sick. The packed house at the bookstore listened intently as Quinn and James spoke about their latest work, “The Lady Most Willing: A Novel in Three Parts.”

Fielding questions about how they each got started, James shared that she loved to write plays as a child and would have her younger siblings act them out. Quinn said that she loved to read, and that writing simply grew from there.

Britton Trice, proprietor of the Garden District Book Shop, regularly hosts writers for book-signing events at his store. Writers Sharisse and Lee Coulter are highlighted Friday, Judy Conner is featured Sunday, and Elsa Hahne finishes out the month on Tuesday. For a complete schedule of events visit http://www.gardendistrictbookshop.com. All events are free and open to the public.

La Vie de Ville captures city life New Orleans style every Thursday in The Advocate New Orleans Community News Section. Please email information on your upcoming event to robertagrove@hotmail.com