Throw Me Somethin’: Fall football big part of back-to-school in community

“Back to school” means more than reading, writing and arithmetic. Before and after classes, students take part in extra-curricular activities, including scouting, music and sports.

Some activities make their way into our community, where everyone can enjoy the fun. Here’s the fall football schedule for Tad Gormley Stadium at City Park.

But before heading to a game, please join the huddle as I call an important play: Don’t park against traffic, on neutral grounds, or too close to street corners or driveways. It could draw the penalty of a fullback-size traffic ticket. I live near the park and know the score.

Tad Gormley schedule

  • Aug. 31, 5 p.m., St. Augustine jamboree.
  • Sept. 6, 7 p.m., Jesuit vs Pontchatoula

Sept. 7, 7 p.m., McDonogh 35 vs St. Augustine

Sept. 13, 7 p.m., St. Augustine vs Karr

Sept. 20, 7 p.m., DeLaSalle vs Hannan

Sept. 27, 7 p.m., Jesuit vs Pensacola

Oct. 4, 7 p.m., St. Augustine vs John Curtis

Oct. 11, 7:15 p.m., Holy Cross vs Jesuit

Oct. 12, 2:30 p.m., Brother Martin vs St. Augustine

Oct. 18, 7 p.m., Brother Martin vs Holy Cross

Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m., Jesuit vs Shaw

Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m., Jesuit vs Rummel

Oct. 26, 2:30 p.m., Warren Easton vs Miller McCoy

Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m., Holy Cross vs St. Augustine

Oct. 31, 7 p.m., Lake Area teams

Nov. 1, 7 p.m., Brother Martin vs Jesuit

Nov. 7, 7 p.m., St. Augustine vs Jesuit

Nov. 8, 7 p.m., Brother Martin vs Rummel

Enjoy high school rivalries, complete with bands and cheerleaders. Next week, I will list the fall football schedule for Pan Am Stadium.

Lady Bug lives on

Here’s the buzz: FEMA has agreed to replace City Park’s Katrina-flooded Lady Bug roller coaster, a local favorite for generations. The $1.4 million dollar amusement ride will be bigger, faster and up and running for summer 2014.

Dots Diner is first to sponsor one of the coaster’s 10 cars. For information contact John Hopper at jhopper@nocp.org or call him at (504) 259-1509.

Parlez-vous Français?

The Alliance Française de La Nouvelle-Orléans will host an open house Saturday from 2-4 p.m. at 1519 Jackson Ave. Children will enjoy a Kids Corner while adults enjoy wine and cheese, meet teachers and students and find out about fall classes. Space is limited. RSVP by calling (504) 568-0770.

A raffle will include two club-level tickets to the Saints opener against the Falcons and a five-week French class. A pot luck dinner will take place at 4 p.m. For information about classes, visit www.af-neworleans.org. For information about the Alliance multimedia e-library, visit www.culturetheque.com.

Shark school

Hungry for some shark talk? Have breakfast Saturday from 8-10 a.m. in front of the 400,000 gallon Gulf of Mexico Exhibit at the Audubon Aquarium, 1 Canal St. Learn about sharks while dining, enjoy a fun craft, then tour the aquarium. Admission for nonmembers is $22.50 for adults; $17 for seniors and $16 for children. For information, visit AudubonInstitute.org.

St. Aug welcomes president

St. Augustine High School begins classes this year with a new president and chief executive officer.

Oyd J. Craddock graduated from the school in 1976 and spent 31 years at the IBM Corporation in several executive roles. Craddock is a graduate of Southern Illinois University and received a master’s degree in business administration from the A.B. Freeman Graduate School at Tulane University.

Craddock said he will “unify all St. Aug stakeholders to focus on what is best for the Purple Knight students.”

Daniel Davillier, chairman of the school’s board of directors, said Craddock’s “strong leadership and organizational skills will be a tremendous asset to our school.”

Dancing class

Andrew H. Wilson Charter School teachers, students and staff members recently kicked off the school year with a second line led by the “Storyville Stompers.” The Broadmoor school promises to “inspire and guide every child everyday,” and a second line sure fits the bill.

Youthful music

Crescent City Lights Youth Theater’s summer production “Children’s Letters to God” will continue Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m., with a finale Sunday at 3 p.m. at the NORD Ty Tracy Theatre at Gallier Hall, 545 St. Charles Ave. Entrance is on Lafayette Street. For information, visit www.crescentcitylights.org.

Katrina commentary

The Contemporary Arts Center and the Trinity Artist Series will premiere “Water Too High Bones Too Low,” a commentary on Hurricane Katrina by Hannibal Lokumbe, dedicated to the life of Ashley Qualls, Saturday at 7 p.m., 1329 Jackson Ave.

The event will feature Valerie Francis and the Voices of Purpose Choir and the Music Liberation Orchestra, with musicians Lokumbe, trumpet; Adonis Rose, drums; James Polk, piano; David Pulphus, bass; Albinas Prizgintas, organ; and poet George Tobia, and narrator Ayo Scott. The performance is sponsored by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and The Louisiana State Arts Council.

Lynne Jensen writes about New Orleans community events and people. Contact her at jensencolumn@gmail.com.