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November/December 2019 Freebies

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Museum Highlights Tour, New Orleans Museum of Art. NOMA docents guide visitors on hour-long tours of either the permanent collection or special exhibitions. Tours are free with NOMA admission. Meet in the Great Hall to join in. Every Tuesday–Sunday from 1–2 pm.

Free Wednesdays, New Orleans Botanical Garden. Free admission for Louisiana residents, courtesy of the Helis Foundation. 10 am–5 pm.

 Free Wednesdays, New Orleans Museum of Art. Free admission for Louisiana residents, courtesy of The Helis Foundation. 10 am–6 pm.

Free Thursdays, Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Free admission for Louisiana residents, courtesy of The Helis Foundation. 10 am–5 pm.

Cooking Demonstration and Tasting in the Kitchen in the Garden, City Park. Chefs regularly visit the new kitchen in the garden to teach their special cooking styles. Visit for more information. 

Ogden After Hours, Ogden Museum of Southern Art. The weekly entertainment series is held every Thursday night. For more information, call 504.539.9650. 6–8 pm.

Free Sundays, Contemporary Arts Center. Free admission to all Louisiana residents, courtesy of The Helis Foundation. 11 am–5 pm.

Museum Partner Pass, New Orleans Public Library. The Library has partnered with the Audubon Nature Institute, The National World War II Museum, New Orleans Museum of Art, Southern Food & Beverage Museum, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and Longue Vue House & Gardens to provide free admission for library cardholders who check out a Museum Partner Pass. Every library location has a pass for each of the participating museums. For more information, visit

Free Admission to the Interpretive Center, Audubon Louisiana Nature Center, Learn about the native environment of Louisiana. Wednesday–Sunday, 10 am–4:30 pm. 

Newcomb Art Museum, Woldenberg Art Center, Tulane University. Free and open to the public. Open Tuesday–Friday, 10 am–5 pm, and Saturday, 11 am–4 pm.

New Orleans Jazz Museum, Old U.S. Mint. Open Tuesday–Sunday, 10 am–4:30 pm, $6 for senior citizens, 20 percent off with purchase of tickets for two or more museums.



YES Adult Education, Main Library. Enrolled students receive individualized teaching focused on academic skills, workforce development, and technological knowledge. Enrollment is required. Call 504.596.3842 or email to enroll. Mondays–Thursdays from 10 am–6 pm. 

Computer Class, Nora Navra Library. Designed for those who are just beginning to learn about technology or who would like to grow their digital skills and utilize the many digital resources the library offers. Reservations required by calling 504.596.3118. Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9-10 am.

E-Resources Happy Hour, Smith Library, Wednesdays, 10–11 am, and Latter Library, Sundays, 1–2 pm. Learn about the many electronic resources, including e-books and audiobooks, available through the Library. Bring your laptop, smart phone, tablet, or e-reader with you, along with a valid library card. 

Ask About Medicare, Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center. Come in for a personalized one-on-one educational drop-in and get answers. Find out what Medicare covers, what it costs, how and when to enroll, and what your options are. Educational materials will also be available. Wednesdays, 5–7 pm.

Ranger Talk, French Quarter Visitor Center. Join a ranger, Tuesdays–Saturdays, in the visitor center courtyard to discover New Orleans’ history and culture. 9:30 am.

Wetlands Walk, Barataria Preserve. Every Wednesday–Sunday, join a ranger for a guided walk on a boardwalk trail through wild Louisiana swamp and marsh. Stop by the visitor center or call 504.689.3690 ext. 10. 10 am.

Historic Thibodaux Walking Tour, Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center. Join a National Park Service ranger for a free one-hour walking tour of historic Thibodaux. Every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at 10:30 am. 



Water Aerobics, Locations vary. Join one of NORD’s water aerobics classes for non-weight bearing exercise. No prerequisites. Visit for more information.

Senior Dance Fitness, St. Maria Goretti Church, 7300 Crowder Blvd. Stretching, cardio through dance, fun music, and healthy eating/lifestyle education for men and women ages 55 and older. Registration is free and ongoing. Visit for more information. Mondays, 10:30 am–12:30 pm.

Restorative Candlelight Yoga, Esplanade City Park, 3443 Esplanade Ave. A gentle moving class to help tune in to the mind and spirit, while providing the body support in deep restorative poses. Reserve your spot at $8/person. Mondays, 6–7:15 pm. 

Nola Happy’s Running Club, Manning’s. Happy’s is your weekly, fun and relaxed social run through Downtown, French Quarter, the CBD, or the Riverfront. Route specifics are announced on the Happy’s Facebook page! Wednesdays, 7:15–8 am.

Free Zumba Classes, Milne Rec Center. Free classes provided by NORD. Instructor Diobelkis is bringing the Latin flava & heat to the dance floor, NOLA style. Wednesdays, 6–7 pm. 

Nature Center Walking Trails, Audubon Louisiana Nature Center. Visit the restored Nature Center’s new walking trails. Free. Open daily. 8 am–4 pm

Swan River Flow, Swan River Yoga. Community class for $8 every Saturday at 9 am. Focus on breathing and physical poses to start the morning right. 



Coffee & Coloring, Main Library. Spend the afternoon in a relaxing environment with coffee, coloring, and conversation. Coloring materials provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. Free. Repeats every month on the first Wednesday. 2–3:30 pm.

Discussing the New Yorker, Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center. Read and discuss The New Yorker using hard copies in the library or the online version on Flipster. Registration required by emailing Free. Repeats every Thursday. 1–2:30 pm.

Poetry Buffet, Milton H. Latter Memorial Library. Local poets share their work in a monthly gathering. Free. Repeats each month on the first Saturday. 2–4 pm.

Southern Nights Book Club, Milton H. Latter Memorial Library. Discuss a new book about the south by a southern author each month. Free. Repeats every month on the second Thursday. 6–7 pm.

English Conversation Circle, Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center. A welcoming community looking to strengthen their English speaking skills. Geared towards the English-as-a-second-language community. Free. Repeats every Tuesday. 6–7:45 pm.

La Table Louisianaise, Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center. Join the Louisiana French conversation and discussion group to learn about the history of French in Louisiana, its presence today, and its future. All fluency levels welcome. Free. Repeats every Tuesday. 6–7 pm.

Spanish Conversation Circle, Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center. A comfortable environment to improve Spanish language fluency. Free. Repeats every Wednesday. 6–7 pm.

Queer Book Club, Main Library. Meet with other LGBTQ+ community members and allies to discuss radical books and sip tea. Free. Repeats every month on the second Sunday. 2:30–3:30 pm.

Toastmasters, Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center. Whether you have a big speech coming up or just want to improve your confidence, come learn public speaking skills to be a more effective communicator. Free. Repeats every Monday. 6–7:30 pm.

Bookie Boomers Book Club, Milton H. Latter Memorial Library. New members are always welcome to join this monthly book club. Free. Repeats every month on the second Thursday. 11 am–12:30 pm.

Urban Fiction Book Club, East New Orleans Regional Library. Discuss a new book in this exciting genre each month. Call 504.596.0200 for the book of the month. Free. Repeats every month on the second Saturday. 1–3 pm.

Creative Writing Workshop, Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center. Write your own story and share it with others for helpful feedback in this group. Registration is required via email or phone 504.596.2660. Free. Repeats every month on the third Monday. 6–7:30 pm.

Booked for Murder Book Club, Norman Mayer Library. Discuss a new, exciting book that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Call 504.596.3100 for the book of the month. Free. Repeats every month on the third Thursday. 5:30–6:30 pm.

Silent Story Time, Main Library. Listen, with headphones, to a story with the group. Selections include poems, essays, stories, music, and more. Headphones are available for checkout in the library. Free. Repeats every month on the third Friday. 2–3:30 pm.

A Book Club Named Desire, Milton H. Latter Memorial Library. Hop off the street car to join this monthly book club. Free. Repeats every month on the fourth Wednesday. 6–7:45 pm.

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