New Orleans neighborhood news, July 11-17, 2013

Uptown

BASKETBALL BOOK: Ramon Antonio Vargas discusses and signs his book, “Fight, Grin and Squarely Play the Game: The 1945 Loyola New Orleans Basketball Championship and Legacy,” from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. In 1945 Loyola University’s Wolf Pack became the city’s first basketball team to win a national championship. The season was covered in the local news and the university’s student paper, The Maroon, and the excitement was carried in letters to those in the service overseas. Vargas brings the season back to life.

Signing is at the Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St.

For information call (504) 895-2266 or visit http://www.gardendistrictbookshop.com.

‘HOPE AFTER FAITH’: Jerry DeWitt and Ethan Brown will sign and discuss their book “Hope After Faith,” from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdat at 2727 Prytania St.

DeWitt was a Pentecostal preacher and pastor in DeRidder when he began to question his faith; this is his story.

For information call (504) 895-2266 or visit http://www.gardendistrictbookshop.com.

START THE ADVENTURE IN READING: STAIR summer work days are a great opportunity to learn about the STAIR tutoring program, while helping prepare materials that children and their tutors will use in the classroom.

Work days will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 6500 Jefferson Highway; from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday at St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1545 State St.; and

July 25 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1545 State St.

Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon at Woodland Presbyterian Church, 5824 Berkley Drive;

Aug. 13 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1545 State St.;

Aug. 14 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 6500 Jefferson Highway.;

Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon at Berean Presbyterian Church, 1629 Simon Bolivar Ave.

For more information, call the STAIR office at (504) 899-0820.

Eastern New Orleans

RESURRECTION CONCERT: The 50th Anniversary Committee of Resurrection of Our Lord Parish will present a free family concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium of the parish’s new multipurpose building, 9701 Hammond St.

The American Legion Band will play show tunes and classics. The public is invited. Refreshments will be available.

The building is dedicated to the memory of the parish’s late pastor, the Rev. MichaelJoseph Vinh Nguyen, who died suddenly early this year.

It contains several classrooms, the auditorium-gymnasium, and a kitchen.

The concert is one of a series of special events leading up to Resurrection’s 50th anniversary on Aug. 15.

Central Business District

RHINO CHILDREN’S ART WORKSHOP: “Bugs and Finger Puppets” will be the theme of this month’s Second Saturday Children’s Workshop at RHINO Contemporary Craft Gallery at The Shops at Canal Place on the second level. RHINO metalsmith Cathy Cooper-Stratton and silk painter Kathleen Grumich will lead children in making bugs and finger puppets of mixed media on from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the front of the gallery. Reservations are suggested, limited to 10 spaces. Call RHINO at (504) 523-7945 or email artboxRHINO@gmail.com. Open to children of all ages. $5 donation suggested for materials.

Gentilly

GENTILLY FEST FUNDRAISER: Gentilly Fest 2013 will host a fundraiser on July 19 at UNO Alumni Center, 2000 Lakeshore Drive.

Tickets are $20. There will be cash bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres, while supply lasts.

The fundraiser is from 8 p.m. to midnight with Captain Charles as the DJ.

To purchase tickets call Brian Mc Conduit at (504) 258-1702, Jo Ann Jackson at (214) 212-8277, Jackie Blossom at (504) 338-8008, or Jimmy Stokes at (504) 319-6051.