New Orleans Neighborhood News for Dec. 20, 2012

Uptown

Trinity Episcopal Church will host a Christmas program with soprano Trish Foti Genco, pianist Dr. Robin Holtz Williams and organist Albinas Prizgintas at 5 p.m. Sunday.

The church is at 1329 Jackson Ave.

The Tuesday night Organ and Labyrinth program will not be held on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day due to the holidays. However, it returns Jan. 8 with its usual candlelight, labyrinth, meditative surroundings and Prizgintas’ organ music.

Lakeview

St. Paul’s Homecoming Center, 1509 Filmore Ave., filled a 53-foot-long trailer with donations headed for the victims of Superstorm Sandy in Long Island, N.Y.

Students from Hynes and St. Dominic schools in Lakeview loaded the trailer with donations from across the city.

St. Paul’s Homecoming Center director Connie Uddo and District A City Council member Susan Guidry helped organized the drive.

Closer to home, St. Paul’s also is assisting victims of Hurricane Isaac.

Donations are still being accepted. For more information, call St. Paul’s at (504) 644-4125.

Algiers

NORDC and Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff Marlin Gusman celebrated Saturday the completion of a volunteer project undertaken by the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office Special Reserve Deputy Unit at McDonogh Playground, 1500 Teche St., Algiers.

The group provided sports equipment storage and permanent wooden trash collection bins at the playground as part of an effort to improve the greater New Orleans community.

Broadmoor

The Broadmoor Improvement Association will hold its annual holiday party at 8 p.m. Friday at the Rosa Keller Library and Community Center, 4300 S. Broad St.

On the menu are Creole gumbo z’herbes, gourmet salad, shrimp pasta and white chocolate bread pudding with rum sauce. Music by 3pc Spicy.

At least 29 Broadmoor families will find gifts under the tree this year thanks to Broadmoor Community Care’s annual Adopt-a-Family program.

Gifts and monetary donations were collected, and members of the organization gathered Dec. 10 at the BIA offices to wrap hundreds of presents.

Eastern New Orleans

New Birth Brass Band, Michael Ward, James “12” Andres and Real Love will perform Friday at the East New Orleans Neighborhood Advisory Commission’s annual holiday extravaganza at the Crystal Palace Reception Hall, 10020 Chef Menteur Highway.

Tickets to the fundraiser are $75 per person.

For more information, contact Brenda Badon at (504) 650-4683 or visit http://www.enonac.org.

Bywater

The New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St Claude Ave., will observe the winter solstice Friday starting at 6:30 p.m. with a potluck supper and a discussion of the state of the Earth.

Organizer Sallie Ann Glassman wrote that the event was inspired by a ceremony she and her husband, Pres Kabacoff, experienced in the Sacred Valley near Machu Picchu, Peru.

Even those who don’t take seriously the Mayan calendar or other hints at the apocalypse, Glassman wrote, “at a minimum should take these warnings as an opportunity to begin serious, conscious dialogue about how to change our habits as a species, which are not sustainable.”

Diners are asked to bring a dish favored by their ancestors and to plan to discuss such topics as “How can we assure that the energy that is flooding the planet is transformative and not cataclysmic?”

A “balancing” ceremony also is planned.

Reservations are required. Call (504) 940-1130 or email info@neworleanshealing
center.org.

French Quarter

The Irish Cultural Museum of New Orleans, 933 Conti St. in the French Quarter, will be dedicated at 4 p.m. Thursday, according to founder Matthew Ahearn.

The Rev. Neal McDermott, OP, will bless the structure. Refreshments will be served.

Ahearn, state financial secretary of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, says the museum is devoted to the history of the Irish in the Crescent City. It allows visitors to learn about the city’s Irish heritage through archival maps, photographs, documents and newspaper clippings.

Over the years, the site has been owned by entrepreneur and philanthropist John McDonogh; a free woman of color, Magdeleine Rillieux; and Jean Robert, a refugee from Saint-Dominque.

In addition to the main exhibit room, the museum features a theater space, heritage room and courtyard.

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