Be sure to check official websites, Facebook pages or phone numbers to ensure scheduled events are still taking place.
MUDFEST: The Louisiana Children’s Museum’s inaugural MudFest will take place on Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Kids can dig, dig, shovel and build in the mud mound on the South Lawn. MudFest is included with admission, $14 adults and children 12 months and older. Reserved tickets are required for all guests, including LCM members; visit www.lcm.org. LCM is located at 15 Henry Thomas Drive in New Orleans City Park.
GRETNA CRAWISH’S KITCHEN: The Aaron Foret Band will perform when the GRID Parent Volunteer Association hosts a crawfish cookout from 1-6 p.m. April 23 at Mel Ott Park, 2301 Belle Chasse Highway, Gretna. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For information, call (504) 363-1597.
JEFFERSON’S ARTS GUILD: Members of the Jefferson Art Guild will exhibit their works in a judging competition April 21-24 at the Lakeside Mall in Metairie. The judge will be Kathy Miller Stone, a professional watercolor artist who has been featured in Watercolor Magazine. For more information on the build, visit JeffersonArtGuild.com.
VACCINES FOR PETS AND MICROCHIPS: Metairie Humane Shelter and Ark Animal Hospital will be hosting a pet vaccination and microchipping clinic from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 23 at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church, 6017 Camphor Street, Metairie. Microchipping and vaccinations are free, but there is a charge for the rabies tag which is mandatory in Jefferson and Orleans parishes. No appointment is necessary.
LAFITTE GREENWAY PLANTATION: The nonprofit GROW partnership is looking for volunteers to help plant 100 cypress trees from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 21 at Lafitte Greenway in New Orleans. The 100 trees are the first of a thousand that the group intends to plant. To register as a volunteer, visit www.lafittegreenway.org/events.
YOUNG ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES: Families Helping Families of Greater New Orleans presents a free webinar, “Independent Living, Here We Come,” for young people with disabilities who want to live independently and for their caregivers. The course will be presented twice on April 25, from noon to 1 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. To register, call Helping Families at (504) 888-9111 or view the training schedule at FHFofGNO.org.
ST. RESUME OF MEDICATIONS BERNARD: The St. Bernard Parish National Prescription Drug Take-Back Event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 30 at Walgreens, 100 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette. The St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office also has a drop box located year-round at the substation at 4700 Chemin de Paris, Chalmette.
CLEARANCE: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 3245 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, will host a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 23. For more information, call (504) 366-0123.
BUTTERFLY RELEASE TO RELIEVE GRIEF: The Compassionate Friends of Greater New Orleans Chapter will hold its annual butterfly outing and picnic at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 24 in the Memorial Garden behind the Foundation Center at Lafrenière Park, 3000 Downs Blvd., Metairie. The event is open to bereaved parents and friends who have experienced the death of a child. For more information, contact William or Millie Hunton at (504) 265-0581 or email [email protected]
THE HOUSE OF HAGAR: Hagar’s House shelter for abused and homeless women and children will be the beneficiary of a Mother’s Day fundraiser led by moving company Two Men and a Truck. Until May 4, the company is accepting donations to bring to Hagar’s House. To participate in the project, visit twomenandtruck.com.
FRANCOPHONE PHOTO EXHIBITION: The Consulate General of France in Louisiana showcases the diversity of Louisiana’s French-speaking community in a photo exhibit on display through April 30 on the fence of the Residence of France, 2406 Prytania St., New Orleans.
DISNEY ON ICE: There will be six Disney on Ice performances of “Dream Big” from April 21-24 at Lakefront Arena, 6801 Franklin Ave., New Orleans. Performances will be at 7 p.m. on April 21 and 22; at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on April 23; and at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on April 24. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com.
GRAND ISLE MIGRATORY BIRDS CELEBRATION: Kayaking, shore and history excursions will be part of the Grand Isle Migratory Bird Celebration, which returns Saturday, April 23, after a two-year hiatus. There will also be native bird and plant viewing tours and a beginner photography session. The celebration headquarters will be at Jo-Bob’s Conoco Station, 3365 La. 1, Grand Isle. For more event information and a tour schedule, visit www.townofgrandisle.com.
CONCERTS & CULTURE
JAZZ CONCERT SERIES: Gina Forsyth will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 28 at St. Anna’s Episcopal Church, 1313 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, as part of the church’s Down in Treme Jazz Concert Series. Tickets are $10 on eventbrite.com.
MOVIES IN THE PARK: The New Orleans Department of Recreation will screen family-friendly movies starting at sunset on Saturday nights at various city parks. Picnics, lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. The schedule includes:
- April 30, “The Lion King” at Joe W. Brown Park, 5601 Read Blvd.
- May 7, “Moana” at the Keller Library 4300 S. Broad St.
- May 21, “The Crood” at Kenilworth Playground 7820 Redfish St.
- June 11, “Monsters, Inc.” at Harrell Playground, 2202 Leonidas Street.
- June 18, “Sonic the Hedgehog,” Milne Playground, 2500 Filmore Ave.
ZOO TO DO: The Children’s Hospital New Orleans Zoo-To-Do for Kids will be April 29, and the Hancock-Whitney Zoo-To-Do will be May 6 at the Zoo, 6500 Magazine St. General admission to the adult Zoo-To-Do is $175. For tickets, visit events.audubonnatureinstitute.org/ztd.
KREWE DE ROSE: The Tulane Breast Cancer Research Center will be the beneficiary of the Pink Bra Run and Walk that Pink’s Krewe is organizing to begin at 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 7 at the Rivershack, 714 1st St. , Gretna. Registration fees are $35 in advance or $40 on the day of the event. To register, visit KrewedePink.org.
ADVANTAGE FOR THE MUSICIAN: Retired drummer “Mean” Willie Green, whose work includes performances with the Neville Brothers, will be helped with his expenses by a fundraising concert scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 9 at Tipitina’s, 501 Napoleon Ave., La New Orleans. Tickets are $23 at tipitinas.com/calendar.
NOCCA FOUNDATION: The Art & Soul gala benefiting the NOCCA and Meraux foundations will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, 600 Homer Plessy Way. For tickets, visit ArtAndSoulNOCCA.com or call (504) 940-2900.
ST. BERNARD PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE: Valero’s Meraux Refinery donated $16,000 to the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office to purchase inclement weather uniforms for deputies.
NATIVE NEW ORLEANS SERVES IN THE NAVY: Seaman Jonathon Wallace, of New Orleans, serves in the Navy aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in the Ionian Sea. The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S., allied, and partner interests in Europe and Africa.
INTRODUCTION TO CODING: A free two-week course for adults interested in learning to code is offered through Operation Spark, starting May 2. The introductory course meets online Monday through Thursday. Interested applicants should attend a virtual information session. To register for an information session, go to operationspark.org.
FREE EXERCISE CLASSES: A series of free exercise classes are in progress from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays at 2525 Apollo Ave., Harvey. Classes will meet every Monday and Wednesday. Classes are sponsored by the nonprofit Be Well-Come Together, Inc. No registration is required. For more information, call (504) 368-2525 or email [email protected]
JEFFERSON’S PARISH REPUBLICAN WOMEN’S CLUB: Rhonda Saylor will discuss becoming a poll watcher or poll commissioner when the Jefferson Parish Republican Women’s Club meets at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 21 at Metairie Country Club, 580 Woodvine Ave., Metairie. The group will also hear from Elbert Guillory, candidate for the post of lieutenant-governor. The cost is $42. To make a reservation, text Lynne Duvernay at (504) 416-6612 or email [email protected]