Costco store opens and other New Orleans news for Sept. 22, 2013

Costco Wholesale Corporation opened the doors to its newly-built 148,000 square-foot retail space on Saturday.

Located on Dublin Street, a block off Carrollton Avenue and near the entrance to Interstate 10, the store is expected to bring over 200 permanent jobs into the local economy, according to a news release from the city.

The site was previously home to the Carrollton Shopping Center, which remained dormant after Hurricane Katrina. Mayor Mitch Landrieu joined members of the City Council for a ribbon-cutting at the site Saturday.

Costco operates over 40 stores nationwide and is known for its bulk pricing and expansive inventory. This is the first store in Louisiana. Shoppers are typically required to purchase an annual membership.

Midnight basketball season announced

Mayor Mitch Landrieu is collaborating with the New Orleans Pelicans and PlayNOLA to facilitate season 5 of the NOLA for Life Midnight Basketball League, which focuses on providing safe recreational opportunities for young men living in high-crime areas.

The 10-week season will run from Sept. 21 to Nov. 23, with games being hosted on Saturday evenings at the Treme Center in the 900 block of North Villere Street.

The league is free and open to all males over 16. Each week’s schedule will consist of a series of five-on-five tournaments from 8 p.m. to midnight and the winning team will receive a pair of tickets to a Pelicans home game. The team that wins the most tournaments during the season will win a $1,000 grand prize.

For more information, visit www.nolaforlife.org or tune in to NOLA For Life original programming on Cox Cable channel 99.

United Negro College Fund to hold walk

The New Orleans office of the United Negro College Fund will hold its 26th annual Walk for Education on Oct. 5 at the Audubon Park Riverview. Participants can either run or walk a 5-kilometer course through the park. Registration is $30 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under.

The walk has a goal of raising a $175,000, money that will help provide scholarships for students at Dillard and Xavier University. To get more information, contact Jermaine Smith at (504) 581-3794.

St. Tammany library to celebrate ‘Star Wars’

The St. Tammany Parish Library will celebrate the legacy of Star Wars on Oct. 5 by inviting children between the ages of 2 and 11 to an afternoon of crafts, refreshments, books and costumes.

The event is part of national event called “Star Wars Reads Day” — one of thousands of such events held across the country.

The Covington branch will host its event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Slidell branch will host its program from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The event will begin at the Mandeville branch at 2:30 p.m.