New Orleans neighborhood news, June 27-July 3, 2013


NAVY BAND TO PERFORM: The Trinity Artist Series at Trinity Episcopal church, 1329 Jackson Ave., New Orleans, will hold its 13th annual Trinity Patriotic Music Festival from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

All are invited to the reception afterward.

The program features the Navy Band New Orleans, the Marine Corps Band New Orleans Ceremonial Band, Delfeayo Marsalis’ Uptown Jazz orchestra, and pianist Quinn Peeper, as well as organist Albinas Prizgintas performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

Free and open to the public. For more information, call (504) 670-2520.

Central City

FREE SUMMER DAY CAMP: Castle Rock Community Church is hosting its annual free summer day camp for the children of Central City through July 26 at the church facilities, 2323 S. Galvez St.

Day camp hours are from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. each weekday, followed by evening recreational activities from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at local parks.

Joining the community church as volunteers are mission teams from churches around the country.

Castle Rock is joined by its parent organization, Urban Impact Ministries, as host of the evening sessions.

For more information about the Castle Rock Community Church/Urban Impact Ministries free summer day camp, call (504) 523-5556 or visit their website at


CRIME PREVENTION: The Lakeview Crime Prevention District will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the St. Dominic Rectory, 775 Harrison Ave.

The group will discuss increased safety awareness and the reduction of crime in the community. For more information, visit

HAPPY THIRD OF JULY: New Orleans City Park is marking the Fourth of July one day early with “Happy 3rd of July.” On Wednesday, City Park will feature a fireworks show, stilt walkers, patriotic music performances with the Marine Corps Band New Orleans and Navy Band New Orleans, food, drink and giveaways.

The event is free and open to the public.

Canal Street

FESTIVAL FOR A CAUSE: Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church and its community partners are bringing the “Greater Life” to Canal Street from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Canal Street and Elk Place.

LifeFest is presented by Greater St. Stephen in conjunction with the mayor’s NOLA4
Life initiative, Zatarain’s, Walgreens, Popeyes, Pinkberry, the Ashe Cultural Arts Center and other businesses with hopes of providing the best solutions to motivate and mobilize the community toward living a nonviolent, sustainable life.

LifeFest aims to bring New Orleanians together in a spirit of peace, festivity and community; while supplying resources their individual neighborhoods may be lacking, such as free food and clothing for the homeless (while supplies last), job placement services for the unemployed, health services to the ill and hope to the hopeless. For further information visit


PATHS TO PROGRESS MEETING: Old Algiers Main Street Corp., the Regional Planning Commission and city of New Orleans will discuss planned improvements to Newton Street at 7 p.m. Thursday at Calliope Puppets, 623 Vallette St.

Part of the city’s Paths to Progress program, the plan includes paving and bicycle lane striping from Behrman Avenue to Teche Street, and upgraded crosswalks, sidewalks and tree plantings from Behrman Avenue to L.B. Landry Avenue. Construction is scheduled to begin in fall.

The public is invited. For more information, go to