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NORDC Fit Fest

What: NORDC Fit Fest
When: Saturday, April 22
Where: Milne Rec Center, 5420 Franklin Ave.

There will be a contest for the school or community organization with the most participation. The school or organization with the most in attendance will receive a planned, interactive “Recess Takeover” or “Family Game Night” hosted by NORDC’s Youth Department. These signature events are proven to be fun and safe ways to engage youth and communities.

Additionally, the National Dental Association will be on-site with its mobile unit providing youth with free dental screenings and varnishes courtesy of the “Back to School Cavity Free” initiative. Services are free and open to all.

NORDC Eggstravaganza

NORDC Eggstravaganza

Saturday, April 15, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Joe W. Brown Park, 5601 Read Blvd.

See flyer for full details.

Friends of UNO Library Used Book Sale

The Friends of the UNO Library Fundraiser
Used Book Sale
Come see our spacious new sale area, filled with new stock – gorgeous art books, CD’s and vinyl records galore, history, literature, cookbooks, children’s books – everything!
Tuesday, April 4
10:00AM to 6:00PM
$5 admission for non-members,10AM – NOON
Free admission remainder of the day
Wednesday, April 5
10:00AM to 4:00PM
Free admission all day
UNO Library, 4th Floor

Due to a donation from the library of a UNO Foreign Language faculty member who passed away we have a very large selection of books in French which may be of interest to your faculty for personal use or your school library. Most books are priced at $1.00 for soft cover and $2.00 for hard cover. Note that we will be open until 6:00 on Tuesday. There are also hundreds of opera, classical and other CDs at $1.00 each.

The First Tee NOLA

Registration for the First Tee of Greater New Orleans’ spring afterschool program is currently open now through Friday, March 17. The First Tee offers afterschool and Saturday classes that take place at multiple program locations across the Greater New Orleans region. Programs teach character education, life skills and healthy habits, through the game of golf. The ten-week program is $70.00 and scholarships are available for any student who qualifies for Federal Free and Reduced Lunch to participate at no cost.

The First Tee program is open to any school-aged student (5-18), regardless of their physical or mental ability, or ability to pay for programs. Registration is open at Classes began on March 4, so we encourage parents to register as soon as possible.

Free Family Day at Ogden Museum

Free Family Day: Art and Architecture

Saturday, March 11, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Ogden Museum of Southern Art

  • Explore New Orleans’ unique architecture through hands-on activities inspired by the vibrant street scenes found in “Waltzing the Muse: The Paintings of James Michalopoulos,” Presenting Sponsors: Henry and Pat Shane.
  • Enjoy family friendly performances by the Delores T. Aaron Brass Band and Funny Bones Improv.
  • Participate in a movement and music workshop by Body//Sonic.

For more information contact or visit

L’Extravagance promises whimsical evening

Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans proudly presents Extravagance, an annual soirée featuring fine food and music from some of New Orleans’ most celebrated restauranteurs and entertainers. This year’s event is themed “Le Cirque” and occurs on Sunday, March 19 at Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive, New Orleans, LA 70130. Patrons Party begins at 5:00 PM. Doors open at 6:00 PM for the main event. The celebration ends at 9:30 PM.

Extravagance features an all-star line-up. Gracing the stage are Ivan Neville & Friends, Squirrel Nut Zippers, indie pop outfit Royal Teeth, gypsy French jazz group Harmonouche, and up-and-coming French musician Sauveterre. Fitting this year’s circus theme, acrobatic aerialist Liza Rose, stilt walker extraordinaire Nicole Blair, The Merry Antoinettes, and more will wow the crowds. The exclusive Patron Party features an intimate performance from Meschiya Lake & Tom McDermott. Patron Party attendees also enjoy unlimited champagne, first dibs on dining and a limited edition gift.

Revelers may explore various offerings from local gastronomy darlings like Angeline, Arabella Casa di Pasta, Blue Oak BBQ, Chiba, Mopho, Patois, Shank Charcuterie, Toups Meatery, and many more. The fully-stocked bar features signature drinks as well as old favorites.

All tickets include food, silent auction and entertainment, with options for cash or open bar. Early bird ticket prices are as follows: $65 cash bar, $85 open bar and $125 patron party until Sunday, February 26. Regular ticket prices are as follows: $75 cash bar, $100 open bar and $150 patron party. Table reservations are also available beginning at $600. To purchase tickets, sponsor the event or access more information, visit Proceeds from ticket sales benefit Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans.

Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans, a free public French immersion charter school serving all of Louisiana, educates students in the French curriculum. The school currently serves 723 students in grades Pre-K4 through sixth. Each year a grade is added, culminating with the introduction of 12th grade. When the school is finished growing, it will be the only public French high school in Louisiana, open to students of all civil parishes, with students graduating with both the French baccalaureate as well as a Louisiana state high school diploma. A unique hallmark of Lycée’s curriculum is its Thinking Outside the Classroom (TOC) program, a creative way to educate students through experiential, hands-on learning throughout New Orleans. The program is designed to inspire a passion for learning through practical application, interactive projects and capstone presentations. Students spend between one and four weeks in a TOC module, which are separate from one-day field trips.

For more information, please contact Joanna Sese, Director of Communications, at 504.620.5500 ext.1734 or

NORDC Summer Camps

Registration is still open for NORDC summer camps!  This summer, NORDC will offer more than 41 camps serving youth ages 4-12 across the City of New Orleans.  A limited number of spaces are available for youth summer camps, so parents are encouraged to enroll soon.

NORDC Summer Camps serve over 3,800 kids through partnerships with schools, non-profits and faith-based organizations. Out of these 41 camps, 16 camps are free of charge, while the remaining camps are low cost to parents.  The programming offers a wide array of academic, cultural and recreational activities, including field trips and visits to NORDC pools.

Registration for summer camps and programming is now open, and parents should visit for a full list of opportunities and instructions on how to register their children.  Free breakfast and lunch will be provided at each camp.

For information or questions about Summer Camps, please contact our Youth Programs at (504) 658-3049 or email


Vocal workshops for kids with Tonya Boyd-Cannon

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation and the New Orleans Recreation Department Commission are partnering to offer a series of vocal workshops for kids ages 8-12 led by the acclaimed singer Tonya Boyd-Cannon. Auditions will be Thursday, March 2 – to register, see here.


The acclaimed singer Tonya Boyd-Cannon will lead a series of vocal workshops for kids this spring as part of a new partnership between the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation and the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) to offer music education programs around the city.

The classes will take place at NORDC’s St. Bernard Recreation Center in March, April and May. They are open to kids between the ages of 8 and 12 years old.

The classes will be led by Tonya Boyd-Cannon, a popular New Orleans singer who is perhaps best known for having reached the Top 20 in Season 8 of the NBC TV show “The Voice.”

Participation is free, but students must pass an audition to be included. Auditions will be held on Thursday, March 2, at 4:30 p.m. They will take place at the NORDC St. Bernard Recreation Center, 1500 Lafreniere Street.

To sign up for the auditions, please use this online registration form.

Classes will take place Thursdays, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., starting March 9 and ending May 11.

The classes will utilize a curriculum that Boyd-Cannon has developed called ARTcademics. Students will receive instruction in:

• Posture
• Breath control and breathing techniques
• Self-awareness and vocal register variations
• Ear-training
• Scales
• Repertoire of songs

The classes are part of a new initiative to increase music education offerings in New Orleans. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation – the nonprofit that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell – already offers several programs at its facility in the Tremé neighborhood, the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center.

By partnering with NORDC, which has recreation centers in many neighborhoods, the Jazz & Heritage Foundation seeks to expand its music education initiatives to more locations.

“We have great music education programs at the Jazz & Heritage Center,” said Donna Santiago, president of the Board of Directors of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, which is underwriting the cost of the classes. “But we also know that travel logistics can make it hard for kids to get to our place. So we wanted to explore doing music education in other parts of the city, to make it easier for kids to participate.”

For this first installment of what both organizations hope will be a long partnership, it was decided that the St. Bernard center would be a good, centrally located venue. Focusing on vocal music was also appealing because virtually anyone can participate and instruments are not required.

Tonya Boyd-Cannon, the daughter of a preacher, was born in Mississippi and moved to New Orleans around age 8. At Warren Easton High School, she played saxophone and sang in the choir and the female chorale. After graduation, she worked as a backing vocalist for Jean Knight, singing with her at Jazz Fest and elsewhere. Around 2002, she took a job at Orleans Parish Prison. She eventually became a deputy, and worked with the prison’s male inmate choir, Voices of Thunder. She later founded a jailhouse choir for women.

She recorded her debut album of gospel/inspirational music, “Rise My Child,” with trumpeter/producer Andrew Baham. Her other recordings include “Music Is Life.”

She, her husband, son and daughter currently live in Chalmette, because after Katrina’s levee breaches destroyed their Lower Ninth Ward home, they were victimized by a fraudulent contractor. She still volunteers with the inmate choir at Orleans Parish Prison. She teaches the Little Village Youth Ensemble at Dillard University. And she is the music director at St. James AME Church and Austerlitz Street Baptist Church.

NORDC provides safe, wholesome, educational, recreational and culturally engaging opportunities to the residents of New Orleans. For more information about NORDC, visit

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is the nonprofit that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. The Foundation uses the proceeds from Jazz Fest, and other raised funds, for year-round programs in education, economic development and cultural enrichment. For more on what the Foundation does, please visit

Mardi Gras 2017

It’s carnival season in New Orleans, which means fun, fun, fun at Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans. It is a festive time on all our campuses. It also means there are some schedule changes and need-to-knows that, well, we need you to know.

  • Mardi Gras After Care Hours
    • Friday, February 17: After care and activities end at 5:00
    • Wednesday, February 22: After care and activities end at 5:00
    • Thursday, February 23: No aftercare or activities
  • The Krewe du Lycée
    • When: Thursday, February 23 at 1:30 PM
    • Download: Official press release & parade route map including key details for Krewe des Grandparents
    • Please review the following details to ensure a smooth celebration and dismissal.
      • 4th through 6th graders will be transported by bus to Patton Campus to participate in the parade
      • All students, including 4th through 6th graders, will be dismissed at Patton Campus following the parade and king cake party.
      • Pre-K4 through 3rd grade students must return to their classrooms to be signed out by an approved pick-up
      • 4th through 6th grade students must return to the cafeteria to be signed out by an approved pick-up
      • All students’ hands will be stamped by their teachers to indicate that they have been signed out. The stamp is required to leave the building.
      • Beads can be placed in an Arc of Greater New Orleans bin for recycling. The bin will be placed at the front of Patton Campus.

Shop for Lycée: Kendra Scott New Orleans

Kendra Scott invitation

Valentines Day is around the corner! Please join us at Kendra Scott NOLA on Sunday, February 5, from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM for a 2 hour fundraising shopping party, hosted by La Liaison.

Kendra Scott will donate 20% of all sales during that time (from any and all shoppers).

Champagne, lemonade and sweets will be provided, and there is no cost to attend the event or purchase necessary.

Kendra Scott is a national jewelry brand which has 51 namesake stores nationwide (and counting!) and sells through speciality boutiques, Nordstrom and Bloomingdales.

January & February at the Ogden

Teacher Night at Ogden After Hours

January 19 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Enjoy a special welcome back for educators and a FREE evening at our weekly concert series Ogden After Hours featuring Darcy Malone and the Tangle. Museum educators will be on hand to answer questions about programs, tours and curriculum.
Free admission, but registration is required.


Southern Art Southern Stories: Matthew’s Dream by Leo Lionni

Saturday, January 28
For students ages 4-7 and a caregiver
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
$30 members/$35 non members

Advanced Registration Required

Following story time in the Education Gallery, Museum Educators will guide young visitors (and a caregiver) on a Museum exploration, focusing on themes and ideas presented in the book. Afterwards, all are invited to create their own works of art inspired by what was seen and discussed. 


Saturday Studio: Photography with Aubrey Edwards

Saturday, February 4
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
For students in 5th – 8th grades
$30 members/$35 non members

Advanced Registration Required

In conjunction with photography exhibition A Place and Time Pt. 2, photographer Aubrey Edwards will lead a workshop examining lighting and exposure. Topics covered include understanding different types of available lighting and light manipulation and modification. Participants will gain theoretical knowledge of exposure and learn how to harness available light to suit their photographic needs. After the workshop, students will also have a working understanding f-stop, shutter speeds ISO and should be comfortable reading and adjusting a light meter to control exposure.

Marché d’Hiver 2016

Marché d’Hiver 2016

The Marché d’Hiver, La Liaison PTO’s annual holiday-themed winter market, is this Saturday, December 3 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Priestley Campus, 1619 Leonidas Street. Please join us for a fun-filled day full of cake-walks, holiday shopping, tasty food, and friendly faces.
Click this link for important information about Marché d’Hiver, including ticket details and volunteer opportunities. Please give it a look.

Lycée Family Night at Sector 6

Please join La Liaison for Family Night at Sector 6 for the ultimate trampoline experience .

When: Thursday, November 10, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Where: Sector 6, 612 Distributors Row, New Orleans, LA 70123
Why: To support La Liaison PTO

Tickets are $10 for children under 6; $13 for those over 6. Each ticket purchases a one-hour flight. Tickets must be purchased in-person at Sector 6 on the night of the event in order for proceeds to benefit La Liaison.

Wild Things 2016

From the Department of Interior/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges
61389 Hwy 434/ Lacombe, LA 70445
Telephone 985-882-2000/FAX 985-882-9133

Wild Things is almost here. Bring your family and friends to participate in hands-on, outdoor activities in celebration of the National Wildlife Refuge Week on Saturday, October 15 from 10AM-4PM. Now in its 19th year, the event has grown into one of the best family friendly events in the state. Admission, parking, boat rides, tours, live animals and programs are all free!

Come take a canoe for a paddle or a pontoon boat tour of beautiful Bayou Lacombe. The hayride shuttle provides a fun way to get around the grounds with excitement and natural beauty around every corner. There’s something for the whole family at Wild Things! Wild Things is hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service showcasing our area’s eight National Wildlife Refuges. The event welcomes other wildlife and conservation-oriented organizations and individuals to share displays, presentations, and hands-on activities as part of a recreational and educational experience for the whole family.

When: Saturday, October 15th 10am-4pm

Where: Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Headquarters in Lacombe at 61389 Hwy 434

What you’ll find at Wild Things 2016

Exciting speakers, interactive demonstrations, live animals, wildlife crafts, live music entertainment, grounds tours, canoe and pontoon boat rides. There’s something for the whole family at Wild Things! The event is free and food is available for purchase from our Friends of Louisiana Refuges, our nonprofit partner who helps to coordinate the event each year.

The annual Wild Things Youth Art Competition and Show will feature hundreds of amazing paintings and drawings of wildlife and area landscapes from youth, ages 5-18, with contest winners announced at mid-day.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.  

For more information or event media contact David Stoughton, Visitor Services Manager/Supervisory Park 985-882-2025

Dance Workshops for Children at the New Orleans Swing Dance Festival

The New Orleans Swing Dance Festival
Friday, Sept. 30, Saturday and Sunday October 1 and 2.
Full schedule of classes here:
SPECIAL DISCOUNT for children under 15 years old for the dance workshops at the Ace Hotel on Canal Street: $40 for a pass that includes all beginner workshops on Saturday and Sunday or $10/workshop. Participants can pay at the door cash or register ahead of time online.

Ciné-Club Junior at the French Library, Saturday, August 13

French Ciné-Club Junior

afficheBoniface-768x1016Join the Alliance Française for a Ciné-Club Junior at The French Library on Magazine St. Children will watch a French movie and enjoy some activities celebrating the summer season.

When: Saturday August 13 from 10 AM to 12 PM

Where: The French Library, 3811 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

What: L’été de Boniface by Pierre-Luc Granjon and Antoine Lanciaux

Au petit royaume d’Escampette, Boniface le conteur vit une histoire d’amour avec la reine Héloïse. Alors qu’il vient tout juste de demander celle-ci en mariage, voilà qu’arrive sa fille, la princesse Mélie, accompagnée de ses meilleurs amis ! Et malgré les recommandations de la reine, ces derniers décident en toute naïveté de planter leur tente sur les rives du lac, au pied même du Mont sacré…

Movie in French without subtitles

Age: 4 to 12 years old

Price: Free