New Orleans area briefs for Feb. 10, 2013

City Park seeks help in swan’s care

City Park is seeking donations to help defray veterinarian bills for its black swan, Amanda Erika, which was injured recently.

A City Park police officer found the swan, which had been attending her nest, with an injured ankle. All six eggs were broken.

Donations can be sent by check to City Park at 1 Palm Drive, New Orleans, LA 70124. The swan’s progress can be tracked on www.facebook.com/citypark.

Humana to host healthy heart events

Humana will host Healthy Hearts Week with a slate of free events at New Orleans Guidance Center 1107 Veterans Blvd., Suite 2B, beginning Monday.

The events, which begin with a healthy cooking demonstration at 11:30 a.m. Monday, are in observation of National Heart Heath Month.

Other events are a lecture, “Diabetes and Your Heart,’’ at 9 a.m. Wednesday and a Valentines Celebration from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday.

State senator to hold town hall meetings

District 3 state Sen. J.P. Morrell is holding a series of town hall meetings in his district to discuss legislative issues affecting constituents and the upcoming legislative session.

Morrell will be joined by state representatives from each area. He also invited other state officials and various state agencies to participate in the town hall discussions.

The St. Bernard Parish town hall meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at the St. Bernard Parish Council Chambers, 8201 West Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette. Morrell and state Rep. Ray Garofalo are hosting

Jefferson Parish town hall meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at Fonseca Auditorium, 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. Morrell will host the meeting along with Reps. Girod Jackson, Robert Billiot, Pat Connick and Christopher Leopold.

The Orleans Parish town hall will be at 5:30 p.m. March 5 at Southern University at New Orleans gymnasium, 6400 Press Drive, New Orleans. It will be hosted by Morrell and Reps. Jared Brossett, Wesley Bishop and Austin Badon.

Entergy presents grant for park

Entergy presented the St. Charles Parish Council a $25,000 grant to the Wetland Watchers Park in Norco.

The park has been closed since Hurricane Isaac, and the funds will be used to both repair damage and improve the facility.

Deutsches Haus donates to Kenner

Deutsches Haus President Keith Oldendorf and Oktoberfest Chairman Thomas Mertz presented Kenner Mayor Michael Yenni with a $20,000 donation to be used by the City’s Parks and Recreation Department for various projects.

Deutsches Haus, a local German cultural and heritage organization, moved its annual Oktoberfest from New Orleans to Kenner’s Rivertown in 2011. Crowds at the 2012 festival were estimated at 15,000, and Deutsches Haus leaders have already announced plans to return to Kenner for the 2013 event, which will take place during the last three weeks of October.

“The city of Kenner has been very welcoming and helpful to us in this time of transition,” Oldendorf said. “We are very much looking forward to our new permanent location, as well as many more Oktoberfests to come, and the city of Kenner has been instrumental in helping us get there. This is a small thank you.”

Prior to being moved to Kenner, Oktoberfest was held for 82 years at Deutsches Haus’ former headquarters on South Galvez Street in New Orleans. When that location was demolished to provide space for the new University Medical Center, Deutsches Haus moved to its temporary location at 1023 Ridgewood Drive in Metairie and partnered with the city of Kenner to bring Oktoberfest to Rivertown.

Sierra Club to
make presentation

Katie Brasted, executive director of the Woodlands Conservancy, will speak at an Orleans Sierra Club on Feb. 17 at the Audubon Zoo’s Dominion Auditorium; refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the program will be from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Brasted will talk about a coastal hardwood forest the Woodlands Conservancy acquired that will provide habitat for migratory birds, as well as recreation, ecotourism and education.

Compiled by the New Orleans bureau