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3 TUE 

Meet the Author: Richard B. Frank 
National World War II Museum. Join for the launching of military historian Richard B. Frank’s new book “Tower of Skulls: A History of the Asia–Pacific War.” The reception and presentation are open to the public. Registration required. 504.528.1944 x 412. 5–8 pm. 

4 WED 

Take a Walk at the Library 
East New Orleans Regional Library, 5641 Read Blvd. The NOLA Library Walking Club will meet at the Library to walk at Joe Brown Park, weather permitting. Prizes will be available. Bring water, and wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Meets each Wednesday. 8–9 am.  

Finding Focus at Longue Vue 
Longue House & Gardens, 7 Bamboo Rd. Join a guided meditation by Mollie Williamson. Sometimes seated, sometimes walking, this class will use seasonal aspects of the garden as well as fixed features to explore types of meditation. Feel free to bring a mat or something to sit on. $10/person, free for members. 5:30–6:30 pm. 

5 THU 

Discuss the New Yorker 
Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center, 4300 S. Broad Ave. Copies of The New Yorker are available at the Library and on using the digital magazine service, Flipster. Limited to 15 participants. Registration required. Email Continues each Thursday. 1–2:30 pm. 

Thursdays at Twilight – Banu Gibson 
New Orleans City Park, Botanical Garden. A superior and swinging jazz singer, Banu Gibson is one of the few vocalists of her generation to maintain loyalty to songs of the 1920s, ‘30s, and ‘40s. $10/person. 6–8 pm. 

6 FRI 

The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) 
Teatro Wego, 177 Sala Ave., Westwego. From the high-brow to the low, program covers comedy through the ages, from Aristophanes and Shakespeare and Molière to Vaudeville and Charlie Chaplin to The Daily Show and Anthony Weiner. Seating is general admission. Tickets start at $20. Showing each weekend in March.  

7 SAT 

Bystander Response Training 
East New Orleans Regional Library, 5641 Read Blvd. Before first responders arrive, you can save a life by knowing how to provide hands-on CPR, administer Naloxone, and stop bleeding. No medical background is needed. To register, visit 10 am–noon. 

Natural Edible Gardening 
Longue Vue House & Gardens, 7 Bamboo Rd. This Spring mini-festival features activities for everyone and information on how to get your personal garden started. Tickets include all-day admission and a docent-led house tour. $30/adult, $20/members, $10/child (12 and under), $5/child member. 10 am–1 pm. 

Freret Market 
Freret St. and Napoleon Ave. The market is split up along three category lines: food, art, and flea. Besides all of the great shopping every week, the market also hosts local restaurants serving up unique cuisine. 11 am–4 pm. 

Soul Fest presented by AARP (Continues March 8) 
Audubon Zoo. Music, food, and fun are served in great supply during this annual festival celebrating African-American culture. Admission is included with zoo admission. 11 am–4 pm.  

AHAVA Music & Art Festival: Love Celebration (Continues March 8) 
Woldenberg Riverfront Park. This free event raises funds for charities that make a powerful impact in the community. For more information on the band line up, artists, festival tents, and charities, visit 11 am–7 pm. 

Knit-In at the Museum 
National World War II Museum. Join area knitters and crocheters for an afternoon of knitting at The National WWII Museum. Noon–3pm. 

The Music of John Williams (Continues on March 8) 
The Orpheum Theater. John Williams has scored soundtracks to some of the era’s most well-known films. Experience his unforgettable music performed live by the LPO. Tickets start at $39. 7:30 pm.  

8 SUN 

Adloyadah Purim Carnival 
New Orleans JCC-Uptown. Bring the entire family for a fun-filled afternoon of food, music, games, and activities for all ages. Open to the public. A children’s all day play pass is $12, or $10 with a donation of nonperishable items for the Broadmoor Food Pantry. 11:30 am–3:30 pm. 

9 MON 

Lunch and Learn: Intro to iPad/iPhone 
Goldring-Woldenberg JCC-Metairie. Interested in learning more about specific applications on your iPhone or iPad? Bring your lunch and join for a course that will explore how to use Contacts, Calendars, Safari, and the Camera features. Bring your own device so you can follow along. 12:15–1:45 pm. 

11 WED 

Seniors GEAUX Outdoors 
Joe W. Brown Park, 5601 Read Blvd. Enjoy canoeing, fishing, and a potluck style BBQ with other seniors from the community. 11 am–2 pm. 

Ask About Medicare 
Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center. Find out what Medicare covers, what it costs, how and when to enroll, and what your options are. Educational materials are also available. Occurs each Wednesday. 5–7 pm. 

Great Decisions with the World Affair Council of New Orleans 
Milton H. Latter Memorial Library. Designed to create a more informed and engaged citizenry by bringing people together to talk about global affairs. A facilitator will give an overview of a topic then lead the discussion about it. 6–7:30 pm. 

12 THU 

Bookie Boomers Book Club 
Milton H. Latter Memorial Library. Discuss a new book each month. New members are always welcome. March’s selection is “The Signature of All Things” by Elizabeth Gilbert. 11 am–noon. 

Thursdays at Twilight – Paul Soniat and Special Guests 
New Orleans City Park, Botanical Garden. The Garden’s own singer/songwriter Paul Soniat will be joined by “The New Orleans Mystics.”  Together they will perform a few of Soniat’s original songs. $10/person. 6–8 pm. 

13 FRI 

Old Garden Rose Sale 
New Orleans City Park, Botanical Garden. The first plant sale of the year is exclusively roses, mainly garden roses propagated from the New Orleans Botanical Garden. All roses are $20 each including tax. 4–6 pm. 

14 SAT 

Garden Volunteer Day 
Longue Vue House & Gardens, 7 Bamboo Rd. Come learn ecological landscaping principles with longtime practicing permaculture enthusiast, and Longue Vue’s garden manager, Kasey Mitchell. For more information please contact Kasey at 10 am–noon. 

Artist Workshop Series: Free the Form – A Morning of Figure Drawing in the Round 
Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Join museum educator, Mikhayla Anderson, for an exploration of figurative works in the Museum’s galleries, followed by life drawing in the Patrick F. Taylor Library. For adults 18 and up. $40/member; $45/nonmember. 10 am–1 pm. 

India Fest 
NOMA, City Park. This vibrant festival of Indian arts, culture, and cuisine features a wide variety of performances, activities, and programs, including a traditional lamp lighting ceremony, classical and Bollywood dance, sari demonstrations, henna applications, yoga, lectures, film and more. $10/general admission, $5/members, and free for visitors age 19 and under. 10 am–4 pm. 

Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Parade 
Enjoy this truly essential New Orleans St. Patrick’s Day cultural tradition and catch throws, which include flowers, beads, kisses, cabbage, and much more. 1 pm.  

Pelican Greenhouse Plant Sale 
New Orleans City Park, Botanical Garden. This plant sale features plants propagated from The New Orleans Botanical Garden. They will be selling an array of annuals, perennials, natives, succulents, and edibles. Quantities are limited. 4–6 pm. 

18 WED 

New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (Continues through March 22) 
Each year, hundreds of wineries and restaurants participate and feature local flavor and innovative new creations inspired by diverse cuisines. Over two dozen restaurants feature special dining evenings throughout the festival. For more information, visit Ticket packages vary. 

Lunchbox Lecture 
National World War II Museum. From battle flags and wristwatches to machine guns and hand grenades, this lecture will not only explore the vast array of artifacts soldiers brought home, but will also dive into the colorful stories of how and why Americans took war trophies on such an enormous scale. Open to the public. For more information call 504.528.1944 x 229. Noon–1 pm. 

19 THU 

New Orleans Book Festival (Continues through March 21) 
Tulane University. The New Orleans Book Festival will bring the world’s leading authors to Tulane University for a multi-day celebration. For more information, visit 

Thursdays at Twilight – New Orleans Mystics 
New Orleans City Park, Botanical Garden. Buy your tickets early so you will not miss this show featuring the music of Motown. $10/person. 6–8 pm. 

Ogden After House: The Dirty Rain Revelers 
Ogden Museum of the Southern Art. Based in New Orleans, The Dirty Rain Revelers embodies the unified musical collaboration of husband/wife team, Matthew and Melissa DeOrazio, both on guitars and vocals. $13.50/adult, $11/senior. 6–8 pm. 

25 WED 

Meet the Author: Mary M. Lane 
National World War II Museum. Writer and journalist Mary M. Lane presents her recent book “Hitler’s Last Hostages: Looted Art and the Soul of the Third Reich.” Open to the public. Registration required. 504.528.1944 x 412. 5–8 pm. 

Art in Bloom 2020 (Continues through March 29) 
NOMA, City Park. Art in Bloom showcases spectacular floral designs created by over 100 exhibitors that remain on display at NOMA for four days. Proceeds benefit educational projects and exhibitions at NOMA and community projects of The Garden Study Club of New Orleans. $20/adult, $15/senior, free for members.  

26 THU 

45th Annual Louisiana Crawfish Festival (Continues through March 29) 
8245 W. Judge Perez Dr., Chalmette. Featuring boiled crawfish with all the fixins and crawfish dishes such as crawfish bread, crawfish pasta, crawfish pies, crawfish rice, and crawfish jambalaya. Times vary by day.  

Thursdays at Twilight – Phil Melancon
New Orleans City Park, Botanical Garden. Melancon performs the musical spirit and style of his hometown, New Orleans. As complex as gumbo, he cooks up a variety of musical flavors for your enjoyment. $10/person. 6–8 pm. 

Ogden After House: Book Signing with Author William Dunlap 
Ogden Museum of the Southern Art. Author William Dunlap will be signing his book “Pappy Kitchens and the Saga of Red Eye the Rooster.” $13.50/adult, $11/senior. 6–8 pm. 

27 FRI 

Hogs for the Cause (Continues March 28) 
UNO Lakefront Arena. Kick off festival season right with music, barbecue, and community! Hogs for the Cause returns with 85 local and regional BBQ masters and the best backyard chefs to compete in seven categories. Proceeds to support families with pediatric brain cancer. Tickets start at $30.  

New Orleans Home & Garden Show 
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. This 65th annual event brings an unparalleled variety of home-related services and products under one gigantic roof with everything needed for home remodeling, green building, decorating, and landscaping. For more information, visit $25/adult, $10/military, free for kids 12 and under. Noon–7 pm. Continues March 14, 10 am–7 pm and March 15, 10 am–6 pm.  

28 SAT 

Big Bass Fishing Rodeo and Fishtival 
New Orleans City Park. The 73rd annual Big Bass Rodeo is the oldest freshwater rodeo in the country. Visit the free Fishtival with exhibitors, vendors, raffles, fishing tackle for sale, and more. $10/adult, $5/child ages 12 and under. Tournament hours 6:30–noon, festival hours 9 am–noon. 

Party for the Planet 
Audubon Nature Institute. Guests will enjoy hands-on discovery with local exhibitors and fun opportunities to experience nature including a complimentary night sky demonstration in the Planetarium. 11 am–3 pm. 

29 SUN 

Woofstock Pet Festival 
Castine Center in Pelican Park, Mandeville. Part festival, part low-cost vet clinic and mega-adoption event, Woofstock 2020 will include fun for the entire family. Patrons enjoy delicious food, beverages, a children’s area, raffles, and a vendor market for your four-legged companions. 8:30 am–3 pm. 

31 TUE 

Japanese Tea Discovery Class and Tour 
New Orleans City Park, Botanical Garden. You will taste a selection of teas produced on small scale farms in Wazuka, Japan, and also sample a cherry blossom tea from the Japanese seaside town of Odawara, Kanagawa. $40/person. 6–8 pm. 

APRIL 2020 

2 THU 

Thursdays at Twilight – Wanda Rouzan and a Taste of New Orleans 
New Orleans City Park, Botanical Garden. Rouzan is known as one of Crescent City’s premier musical ambassadors. She and her band, A Taste of New Orleans, have taken their music all over the world. $10/person. 6–8 pm. 

3 FRI 

WYES Victoria & Albert Gala 
WYES Paulette and Frank Stewart Innovation Center for Educational Media, 916 Navarre Ave. Step into the Town & Country world of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, the original “it” couple. General admission. The Patron Party begins at 6:30 pm. $500/patron, $225/jr. patron (ages 21–40). General admission Gala begins at 8 pm. $200/person, $100/jr. gala (ages 21–40).  

4 SAT 

March for Babies New Orleans 
City Park Festival and Recreational Grounds. Hosted by the March of Dimes, Louisiana Chapter. Registration starts at 7:30 am and the walk starts at 8 am. Join after for a ceremony and celebration.  

Songs That Won the War 
National World War II Museum. The Victory Belles bring to life the songs that inspired the Allies to victory. Various shows are available in April. Tickets start at $33.51.  

NOMA Egg Hunt and Family Festival 
NOMA, City Park. Bring your family for a fun-filled day featuring egg hunts, a petting zoo, face painting, painting, crafts, activities, and more. $10/member (advanced), $15/nonmember (advance). 10 am–1 pm. 

Howling Success Gala 
Orpheum Theater. Celebrate The Wizard of Paws at the 41st Annual Howling Success Patron Party & Gala to support the life-saving mission of the Louisiana SPCA. For more information, visit 7–11 pm. 

6 MON 

Lunch and Learn: The Advantage of Medicare Advantage 
Goldring-Woldenberg JCC-Metairie. Choosing your Medicare coverage is an important decision. Bring your lunch and the Goldring-Woldenberg JCC staff will help you understand your options and show you why a Medicare Advantage plan could be right for you. 12:15–1:45 pm. 

8 WED 

Seniors GEAUX Outdoors 
Joe W. Brown Park, 5601 Read Blvd. Enjoy canoeing, fishing, and a potluck style BBQ with other seniors from the community. 11 am–2 pm. 

9 THU 

Bookie Boomers Book Club 
Milton H. Latter Memorial Library. Discuss a new book each month. New members are always welcome. April’s book selection is “Hag-Seed” by Margaret Atwood. 11 am–noon. 

Thursdays at Twilight – Tim Laughlin 
New Orleans City Park, Botanical Garden. One of the brightest of the New Orleans-based clarinetists to emerge during the 1990s, Laughlin’s compositions and recordings have made a strong impression on the traditional jazz scene. $10/person. 6–8 pm. 

“42nd Street” 
Jefferson Performing Arts Center. Aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer comes to the big city from Pennsylvania and soon lands her first big job in the ensemble of a glitzy new Broadway show. But just before opening night, the leading lady breaks her ankle. Will Peggy be able to step in and become a star? Tickets start at $20. Showing April 10–11 and 17–19. 

16 THU 

Thursdays at Twilight – Boogiemen Swing Band 
New Orleans City Park, Botanical Garden. The Boogiemen will perform the music of Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, Harry Connick Jr., and more. Don’t miss this special night of music! $10/person. 6–8 pm. 

18 SAT 

Dine & Dance with the Victory Swing Orchestra 
National World War II Museum. The Victory Swing Orchestra celebrates the great big bands of the WW II era. This amazing ensemble of talented New Orleans musicians will have you in the mood to dance the night away. 6 pm, dinner seating; 7:30 pm, showtime. 

21 TUE 

Swing in the Oaks 
New Orleans City Park. Bring your blankets, chairs, and picnic fare to this free annual concert on Goldring/Woldenberg Great Lawn presented by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and City Park. 6 pm. 

23 THU 

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 
Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots. The first weekend of Jazz Fest kicks off with performances by The Who, Foo Fighters, Lenny Kravitz, Brandi Carlile, The Avett Brothers, Erykah Badu, H.E.R., The Beach Boys, The Revivalists, Norah Jones, Elvis Costello and hundreds more. $75/single-day admission on April 23, 24, or 26. $80/single-day admission on April 25.  

24 FRI 

The Comedy Zone (Continues on April 25) 
Teatro Wego, 177 Sala Ave., Westwego. Enjoy an evening of stand-up comedy from the nation’s largest comedy network. $20/person. 7:30 pm. 

29 WED 

Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Dachau 
National World War II Museum. Author Jack Sacco will be speaking at the National WW II Museum to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp. Open to the public. 5:30–7 pm. 

30 THU 

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 
Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots. The first weekend of Jazz Fest features performances by Dead & Company, Stevie Nicks, Lizzo, Lionel Richie, The Lumineers, The Black Crows, Trombone Shorty, Nicky Jam, Irma Thomas, Of Monsters And Men, John Prine, and more. $75/single day admission on April 30, May 1, or 3. $80/single-day admission on May 2.  

Thursdays at Twilight – Patrice Fisher with Cuban Musicians from Miami 
New Orleans City Park, Botanical Garden. Special guests will join harpist Patrice Fisher to perform a blending of music from Central, South and North America. $10/person. 6–8 pm. 

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