New Orleans neighborhood news, June 6-13, 2013

Hollygrove

AARP DRIVER CLASS: The AARP Community Resource Center, 3502 S. Carrollton Ave., will host an evening driver safety course from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, and classes for Spanish speakers July 20, Sept. 20 and Nov. 8.

Drivers will learn the rules of the road, defensive driving techniques, and how to operate their vehicles more safely in today’s challenging driving environment.

Drivers will also learn how they can manage and accommodate common age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time.

AARP membership is not required to take the course and there are no tests to pass.

Participants may be eligible to receive an insurance discount upon completing the course. The classroom course costs only $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members.

Day courses are held on the first or second Thursday of each month.

Space is limited. To register, call (504) 485-2164.

Uptown

‘THE REPLACEMENT SON’: The Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., presents Walter Culpepper, author of “The Replacement Son,” signing and discussing his book from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday. Culpepper is a retired physician living in Austin, Texas. Prior to Hurricane Katrina, he lived and worked in New Orleans. For more information, call (504) 895-2266.

‘BLOOD OF HEAVEN’: Kent Wascom, author of “The Blood of Heaven,” will discuss and sign his book from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans.

“The Blood of Heaven” is the story of Angel Woolsack, a preacher’s son, who flees the hardscrabble life of his itinerant father, falls in with a charismatic highwayman, then settles with his adopted brothers on the rough frontier of West Florida.

It is Wascom’s debut novel.

For information, call the book store at (504) 895-2266.

SIERRA CLUB MEETING: The Orleans Sierra Club meets at 7 p.m. Sunday to discuss “The Pantanal: South America’s Serengeti,” at the Dominion Auditorium in the Audubon Zoo.

Longtime Sierra Club member John Sevenair will present the abundant and marvelous wildlife of the Pantanal of southern Brazil, one of the world’s largest wetlands. He will give a look at the wildlife of the plains, gallery forests, marshes and waterways of the Pantanal.

Enter the gate behind the statue of Audubon at the front of the zoo. The program is free and open to the public.

Refreshments at 6:30 p.m. For more information call (262) 510-9191.

Lakeview

FREE CONCERT: Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home and Cemetery, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd., will present a free concert by clarinetist Tim Laughlin and his trio, honoring Pete Fountain and fathers everywhere, at 3 p.m. Sunday in the facility’s east chapel. For more information on “A Present for Pops and Paw Paws,” call (504) 486-6331.

Warehouse District

PARTY FOR THE COAST: Celebrate the Louisiana coast while supporting efforts to protect it with the Coalition to Restore Costal Louisiana from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive, half a block off Tchoupitoulas Street.

Entertainment will be provided by the Honey Island Swamp band, beverages by Abita Beer and there will be food to go along with it. There will be a live and silent auction for items including a Tony Chachere’s/Abita Beer/K2 Coolers party package, an aerial guided tour for two of an area of the coast, a seaplane day adventure and many other items.

Tickets are $25. Go to http://www.crcl.org/events/generations-hall or call (888) 522-6278.

St. Claude

NIGHT MARKET ON ST. CLAUDE AVENUE: St. Claude Main Street holds its night market Saturday at St. Claude Avenue and Bartholomew Street. Food, crafts, music and fun for all ages. For information, go to http://www.stclaude.org/community/.

PIETY STREET MARKET: 30-plus vendors offer creative art, handmade jewelry and crafts, homemade goodies, vintage collectibles and flea market finds From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 612 Piety St., just off Chartres St. Food and music. Admission free. For information, call (504) 269-3982; creemccree@gmail.com.

Algiers

COMMUNITY MARKET DEBUTS: Old Algiers Harvest Fresh Market will open Friday, and operate from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. each Friday at 922 Teche St., at Newton Street.

The market is a joint initiative of Common Ground Health Clinic and Old Algiers Main Street Corp. along with partners including Preserving Historic Algiers Community Corp., Algiers Point Association and Pride of Algiers Masonic Lodge 102. A bounty of products from local and area vendors will be available after a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. Friday.

In addition, the weekly market will include hands-on health education sessions with staff from Common Ground Health Clinic and live music, along with a featured nonprofit organization.

For information, go to http://www.oldalgiersharvestfreshmarket.com.