New Orleans area briefs for April 7. 2013

Benefit at City Park to aid lung research

Chelsea’s Radiant Smile Foundation will host a benefit from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Peristyle in New Orleans City Park to raise awareness of and support research for pulmonary hypertension at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans.

The event’s namesake is Chelsea Umbach Yates, an avid scuba diver who died of complications of pulmonary hypertension in 2011 after a long battle with the disease. The Peristyle was the site of her wedding.

Registration for a walk/run through the park is $25 per person and includes a commemorative T-shirt.

The event also includes a silent auction for jewelry, stained glass, artwork and personal effects created by or for Yates. Dive equipment and gift certificates also will be up for bid. A $5 donation will include barbecued pulled pork, jambalaya, chili, shrimp fettuccine and more.

The money raised will establish a fund in Yates’ memory at the Foundation for LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans designated for the LSUHSC Section of Pulmonary/Critical Care.

LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans faculty are conducting pulmonary hypertension research studies to discover new ways to treat, prevent or cure the disease.

Kidney disease screenings offered

The National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana is holding free screenings this month through the Kidney Early Evaluation Program in New Orleans and Marrero.

KEEP screenings are open to those at risk who are age 18 and older. The at-risk criteria include those with high blood pressure or diabetes, or those with a family history of these medical conditions or chronic kidney disease.

Appointment times for the screenings will be available from 8:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Progressive Baptist Church, 1214 S. Robertson, New Orleans, and April 20 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, 445 Ames Blvd., Marrero.

The screening will provide participants with blood pressure and body mass index measurements, urine analysis, blood tests (including glucose, cholesterol, hemoglobin and kidney function) and the opportunity to discuss their health and review results with an onsite physician.

Preregistration and appointments are required for the free screening. To make arrangements, contact the National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana at (504) 861-4500 or visit http://www.kidneyla.org.

Foundation honored for communications

The Greater New Orleans Foundation is one of four recipients of the Council on Foundations’ Wilmer Shields Rich Awards.

The awards, a partnership of the council and the Communications Network, recognize and encourage excellence in communications by foundations and corporate giving programs, and showcase organizations that are effectively using communications to achieve their goals and further their missions.

The other recipients are the California Endowment, Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation.

Group helps rebuild
three Gentilly homes

The Storehouse of World Vision, a network that supplies building materials, school supplies, personal care items and clothing from corporate partners to low-income communities, will participate in the national Kitchen and Bath Industry Show on April 19-21 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

The Storehouse of World Vision is partnering with New Orleans’ St. Paul’s Homecoming Center to help three local families rebuild their homes that were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

Skilled volunteers, designers and contractors are working to create new kitchens and baths in the three homes in Gentilly.

The rehabilitated kitchens and baths will be available for display to manufacturers, vendors, architects, architecture students and faculty from Virginia Tech, and local and national media at 10 a.m. April 18.

The Storehouse of World Vision also will present the 13th annual Crystal Vision Award on April 20 to the vendor that has provided the most support to those in low-income communities.

Clubs present talk
on climate change

New data about climate change and subsidence and what it means for the future of New Orleans will be discussed from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 18 at the Tulane Law Clinic Building, Room 110.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientist Tim Osborn, Tulane ecologist Bruce Fleury, and Jordan Macha and Devin Martin, of the Sierra Club, will lead a discussion on what can be done to prevent New Orleans from becoming the “New Atlantis” in a talk presented by the Tulane Green Club and the New Orleans Group of the Sierra Club.

Film and TV group seeks new members

Women in Film & Television Louisiana will hold an Alice Evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 21 at the Columns Hotel, 3811 St. Charles Ave.

Veteran television producer Paula Pendarvis will discuss what she discovered in her first TV newsroom in New Orleans in 1980; what’s different there 33 years later; and what remains the same. WIFT Louisiana President and certified life coach Ali Duffey will discuss balancing work and life.

Alice Evenings are held the third Sunday of each month at the Columns Hotel. The April 21 and May 19 Alice Evenings will be open to nonmembers as part of a WIFT Louisiana membership drive that will conclude with the annual membership meeting June 12.

Hotel hosts seminar on trapping feral cats

SpayMart, along with the Petco Foundation and Tru-Catch Traps, will hold a one-day seminar from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at the Four Points Sheraton, 6401 Veterans Blvd.

The Cat Trap Depot Workshop will feature speakers on animal welfare focusing on feral cat management and community issues.

The workshop will conclude with a panel discussion with feral cat authorities including local veterinarians.

The workshop is aimed at people who are trapping feral cats or who want to learn more about it.

The cost is $10.

Job fair scheduled
for veterans, spouses

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation will host a hiring fair for veterans and military spouses from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at the National World War II Museum.

More than 40 employers are expected to participate with jobs available for veterans and military spouses of all ranks and levels of experience.

Since its launch in March 2011, Hiring Our Heroes has been able to help more than 100,000 veterans and military spouses find employment.

Interested job seekers can register for free at hoh.greatjob.net. Walk-in job seekers are allowed, but veterans must provide proof of service.

St. Charles flood map
meeting set April 15

St. Charles Parish government will host a town hall meeting regarding the proposed FEMA flood insurance rate maps at 6 p.m. April 15 at the Hahnville High School auditorium, 200 Tiger Drive, Boutte.

The meeting will cover a discussion on the maps, their adoption, the effects of their adoption, and short and long-term action items relative to their adoption.

Port Commission gets $1.4 million grant

The U.S. Economic Development Administration will award a $1.4 million grant to the Greater Lafourche Port Commission, Sen. David Vitter’s office announced.

The grant will be used to increase disaster resiliency for Theriot Road at Port Fourchon by elevating it and improving drainage. These improvements will ensure Theriot Road can continue to operate in the event of future floods.

The Department of Commerce expects the project to create 320 jobs and retain another 1,000 jobs.

Republican women to meet in Metairie

The Republican Women’s Club of Jefferson Parish will hold its general meeting and luncheon Thursday at Andrea’s Restaurant, 3100 19th St., Metairie.

Registration and networking is at 11 a.m. with lunch at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $28.

Guest speakers will be James Bernazzani and Mark Peters, president and CEO of East Jefferson General Hospital.

To make a reservation, email Aonetrav@aol.com or call (504) 430-9292.

Compiled by the
New Orleans bureau