New Orleans neighborhood news for May 16-22

Uptown

PORCH DOGS: The Garden District Book Shop presents Nell Dickerson, discussing and signing her book, “Porch Dogs,” from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans. “Porch Dogs” combines fine-art portraits of man’s best friend with beautiful architectural documentation of the Southern porch. The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will be on hand with some dogs to fill the Doggy Kissing Booth. For more information, call (504) 895-2266.

NORWEGIAN SEAMEN’S CELEBRATION: The Norway Seamen’s Church, WYES and Hurtigruten cruise line will hold a celebration of Norwegian Constitution Day at 7 p.m. Friday at the Norwegian Seamen’s Church, 1772 Prytania St.

The cost is $75 per person and includes Norwegian food, beverages and performances, plus a raffle ticket to win a cruise from Hurtigruten. Two cruises will be awarded during the event.

To order tickets call Sharon Snowdy at (504) 840-4886 and for additional event and program details visit http://www.wyes.org.

MUSIC AT TRINITY: Veronica Sharkey, alto, and Albinas Prizgintas, organist, will perform music by Purcell, Brahms and Bernstein Sunday at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave.

SIERRA CLUB MEETING: John Lopez, executive director of the Lake Ponchartrain Basin Foundation, will present a 24-year recap of the activities and accomplishments of the foundation and discuss long-term environmental goals for the Lake Pontchartrain Basin at a meeting of the Sierra Club at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Audubon Zoo, Dominion Auditorium. Enter gate to far right of main public entrance and behind the statue of Audubon. Call (504) 307-0187 with questions. The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments at 6:30 p.m.

Lakeview

BOIL FOR THE HOMELESS: Lakeview Presbyterian Church holds its fourth annual crawfish boil from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the church, 914 Canal Blvd.

The boil is a charity fundraiser benefitting homeless assisatance in New Orleans. Proceeds will go to the purchase of overnight housing vouchers from the Salvation Army for distribution to homeless individuals who have a pre-determined need.

Tickets are $14. There will be fresh boiled crawfish, live music and desserts, along with a playground for children and a visit from a children’s activity bus called Tumblebus Big Easy.

For information, go to www.bitethetailoffhomelessness.info or call (504) 482-7892.

FREE CONCERT: Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home and Cemetery, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd., will present a free concert by vocalist Leah Chase and pianist Michael Pellera at 3 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home’s east chapel. For more information, call (504) 486-6331.

GOLDEN COMMUNITY LUNCHEON: The Lakeview Shepherd Cener hosts its monthly Golden Community Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at 6690 Fleur de Lis Drive in Lakeview, at Community Church Unitarian Church.

Lakeview Presbyterian is cooking up a culinary surprise for the luncheon. Peoples Health will provide a birthday cake and presents for members with May birthdays.

Entertainment will be provided by Arthur Johnson and the Chosen Few, performing New Orleans jazz and blues.

The Lakeview Shepherd Center offers classes, activities and outings for adults 50 and older for a fee of $15 a month. Visit http://www.lakeviewshepherdcenternola.org for further information.

Faubourg St. John

RUBBER DUCK DERBY: The Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana will hold its fourth annual Rubber Duck Derby at 4 p.m. Sunday on Bayou St. John at the Orleans Avenue bridge during Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo.

Rubber Duck adoptions for the race can be purchased at no-hunger.org at $5 each, a Quack Pack of six for $25 or a flock of 25 for $100. Rubber Ducks can also be purchased at the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo festival on Bayou St. John from 5 p.m. Friday until 4 p.m. Sunday while the festival is in progress.

First-place winner will receive $5,000, second place is $1,000 and third place is a two-night stay at Loews New Orleans Hotel and dinner at Café Adelaide. For more information visit no-hunger.org or call Second Harvest Food Bank at (504) 729-2820.

French Quarter

TREASURES OF BOURBON STREET: Bourbon Street area homes and gardens will be open to the public on Sunday for the Treasures of Bourbon Street house tour, held annually to highlight the fact that the French Quarter’s famed nightlife mecca is much more than just a row of honky-tonks.

The Bourbon Street corridor, with its historic and architecturally significant buildings, is also a place that many call home.

Homes will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets, sold only during tour hours, will be $20 at 839 Bourbon St. The last ticket will be sold at 3:30 p.m.

For more information, call (504) 524-3621.