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Publisher BRANDON FOREMAN Associate Publisher AMY L. FOREMAN

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Business Operations LAURIE ACOSTA Director of Operations

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Editorial AMANDA MILLER Managing Editor

EMILY DREZ Assistant Editor

SARAH BATROUS ANTHONY BUI

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Jackson R. is eight years old and attends Edward Hynes Charter School.

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A FEW WORDS

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From the Publisher

FEATURES

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EDUCATION & GUIDANCE

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Parenting Corner

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Dear Frankie

Tutoring vs. Educational Therapy

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From the Bookshelf

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MAGGIE SHARP Marketing Assistant

Community Development TERI HODGES

Director of Community Partnerships

ROXANE VOORHIES

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Publisher Emeritus ANN BOWER HERREN

Mom About Town

27 Out & About

19 Enrichment Listings

Gear to Get

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Spotlight

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from the publisher

#TAGYOUAREIT Welcome to August–the hottest month of the year, when hurricane season gets going for the Gulf of Mexico, school is back in session, and after-school activities begin. I’m not sure how this summer flew by so quickly. I swear, we just had end-of-the-year parties a few weeks ago. Looking at the calendar, it has been 10 weeks of unorganized chaos. My kids have 11 days to get all the summer packets and reading done. I’ve got to go find and go through uniforms, shoes, socks, backpacks, and lunch boxes to see what needs to be replaced. Why does this always sneak up on me every year? I feel like I have so much time to spend with my kids during the summer, but looking back over this summer, my work has taken over most of my days. I feel guilty for not making more time for my littles. My twin boys are going into third grade which means they move upstairs and switch carpool lines at their school. At least I can be a room mom again and get more involved in their school functions. I was never able to do this with my daughter because I had twins. However, she got a lot of one on one with me–lots of lunch dates and nail salon visits. My boys don’t get that one-on-one time with me like she still does. My daughter is officially in high school. This scares the crud out of me because school has changed so much from when I was a student. Now, they have so many specialized classes, offer dual enrollment for college credit, and these grades count when it's time for college planning. What scares me even more is remembering my high school days, especially being a girl. Why are girls so mean to each other? Even those you think are your friends will talk behind your back. I talk with my daughter a lot about this topic. She has seen some of it in middle school, but I know it's going to get worse. Why can’t we just be nice and uplift each other? Life is hard enough to have to worry about what is going on when I am not around to shield her. Anyhow, I am excited to see what the 2022-23 school year brings. I love all the teachers at my kids' school and look forward to seeing their faces again. I hope you have all had time to spend with your family, had a fun vacation, and did a little bit of relaxing because us parents are ready to hand them over! Tag, you’re it!

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from the bookshelf

BACK-TO-SCHOOL READS As summer ends, and as the weather turns cooler (not), there is no better time to share some back-to-school books. As a central part of many kids’ lives, there are fantastic books for kids in every age, stage, and grade of their school journeys. Reading about school journeys is a great way to soothe worried minds and get kids ready for all the learning and friendships that each school year brings. For picture book readers, Calvin by J.R. and Vanessa Ford shows young readers how important it is to be seen as they are by family, schoolmates, and teachers. Calvin follows a young transgender boy as he prepares for his first day of school and the tried-and-true rituals of getting a haircut, and back-toschool clothes shopping. Readers will recognize Calvin’s back-to-school jitters and nerves, and the way teachers and friends will help them melt away when the first day arrives.

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Orangevale, California and couldn’t feel more alone in his new school. One day, when hiding from bullies in the janitor’s closet, he discovers a room that shouldn’t exist. This enchanting space helps him connect with friends from afar, sparking a year full of friendship and adventure.

To ease those first day jitters, switch up the perspectives in School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex, a book about a school building that’s just as nervous for their first day as the kids are.

For teens, the thriller Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé is a suspenseful read sure to keep audiences invested until the startling conclusion. When two students, Devon Richards and Chiamaka Adebayo, are chosen as prefects for their elite private school, they’re excited to officially be in the running for valedictorian. But, when they start receiving anonymous text messages from someone named Aces, who seems to know all their secrets, their worlds begin to crumble. When what started out as a prank seems to turn deadly, Devon and Chiamaka must come together to fight the racism embedded within their school and the darkness of academia.

For middle grader readers, The Insiders by Mark Oshiro is a tale of magical realism that showcases the true magic that happens when you find belonging with friends. Héctor Muñoz has just moved from San Francisco to

These books are just the beginning of all the great selections out there to get kids excited and ready to start school off on the right foot. More can be found at nolalibrary.org or by asking the staff at your local Library.

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Hayley Morgenstern has worked for the New Orleans Public Library for four years as a children’s librarian. They currently work at Norman Mayer Library and have a specialty in queer and feminist children’s books.


parenting corner

Parent Self-Care Matters, Too As children return to school, parents have so many things they need to do to help them get ready. Getting school supplies and uniforms and establishing a routine that works for the family can be exhausting for any parent. Being exhausted means you may not be able to be the best parent you want to be. This is why a parent’s self-care routine is so important. Before we can talk about how to create a self-care routine, we need to understand what is meant by self-care. One definition is helping others without neglecting other parts of your life. This definition makes a great point, self-care is not being selfish; instead, it is about finding a balance between pouring into others and refilling your cup. The question then becomes, “how do you create a balance between caring for others and yourself?” 1. First, find something that helps you refill physically, mentally, socially, emotionally, sensory, creatively, and spiritually. Some people may need to focus on one area more than another. For instance, one person may need a physical refill, while another may require a mental one. The activities that help you will vary based on the area you are working on. To fill yourself physically, you may need to add a nap to your day or do yoga. Closing your eyes or listening to soft music can help for a sensory refill. Whatever you choose, make sure it refills you.

2. Let those close to you know your self-care routine and how they can help keep you accountable. For example, if your self-care in the morning is to take a walk around the block, ask your kids and/or significant other to join you. Enjoying an activity with others can increase positive mood and energy. If you include your kids, you may even find that they will encourage you to do your self-care. Kids can be great motivators. There may be times when you just need the alone time to take a walk; communicating with someone you trust can help ensure that things are taken care of when you are taking care of yourself. 3. Finally, don’t stress if you don’t fit in your self-care one day. Life can get hectic, and sometimes, we can’t complete the long to-do list in one day. That is ok. Give yourself the same level of mercy that you give to others. Get back on track the next day. Self-care should not be stressful but relaxing and rejuvenating. Children and parents are preparing to head back for another school year. This preparation process can be overwhelming and draining. Don’t fear! Having a self-care plan can help you manage the hectic process of starting school again. Just keep three things in mind: find something that fills you, communicate your routine and what others can do to support you, and don’t stress if you miss a day. Remember that you cannot pour into your children if your cup is empty.

Monet Somerville is a Parent Educator at The Parenting Center. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Developmental Psychology with a Concentration in Child and Adolescent Development. She is also a licensed Trust Based Relational Intervention Practitioner. NOLAFAMILY.COM | AUGUST 2022

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dear frankie

Going Back to School

Dear Frankie,

The humans say nobody likes a change. Boy, are they right! I walked to school from kindergarten to the fifth grade with the same neighborhood friends. Many of us have been in the same class since we were five. But, in August, all that will change. We have to take a bus in order to get to the middle school. I’m heartsick that I won’t be going to the same school as several of my closest friends. I’m also dreading the ride on a bus filled with dogs barking at the top of their lungs, pushing and jumping over one another to get a good seat, and bus drivers threatening to write them up. Is there anything I can do to convince my new principal I need an Uber voucher? Before I wrote to you, I did ask my parents if they would drive me back and forth to school. However, they have to be at work, so that’s not an option. Sincerely,

Quincy

Dear Quincy,

If your principal gives you a voucher, I’m sure many of my readers would love to know what you said, so they can see if it would work for them. I understand that riding on a school bus with loud and unruly dogs can be unsettling. If the noise on the bus gets to you, wear earplugs. If it’s the pushing and shoving, no need to worry. A lot of the time, bus drivers will assign seats to their riders to keep everyone calm. Canines often worry about problems that never materialize or aren’t as bad as anticipated. So, I suggest you enjoy your time before school begins. Stop wringing your paws, and think of this new phase of your life as an adventure. Best,

Frankie

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Frankie is a rescue and a service dog for Geneva Woodruff. Together, they have traveled far and wide. Along the way, Frankie befriended dogs from all walks of life. She thought it would be remiss not to share the many lessons of life she learned from them.


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Tutoring vs. Educational Therapy By Emily Drez One in every five students is dyslexic, yet many of these students do not receive the early intervention necessary to help them succeed in school. This is because most public schools do not consider dyslexia to be a severe enough disability to provide services for dyslexic students. As a result, students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia fall behind on their studies because they have no outlet for help. That’s when educational therapy becomes a necessity for students that need extra help outside of school. There’s a big difference between educational therapy and tutoring, however, and Katharine Novak, one of three educational therapists in Louisiana, offers insight for parents considering supplementary learning for their child. What is educational therapy? Educational therapy offers children and adults with learning disabilities a wide range of interventions to remediate learning challenges and build resilience. “I do informal evaluations and screenings, and I refer families to various people for educational testing,” says Dr. Novak. She is the founder of NOLA Learning Support and Consulting, where she works with kindergarten to collegeaged students with mild to moderate learning differences such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, and ADHD. “I also take educational evaluations that families have already gotten and design an intervention plan to carry out,” she adds. “I advocate for students in their schools to get them services, accommodations, or modifications, and I teach parents about their children’s learning differences and what they can do to help their child at home.” How does it differ from tutoring? Tutoring tends to focus on a specific subject matter with which a student is struggling, but an educational therapists’ focus is broader. Educational therapists address the academic, socio-emotional, and non-academic areas of a given student to help develop individualized intervention strategies specific to what he or she needs. “I work with a team to develop a plan,” says Dr. Novak. “I’m required to do specific professional development for a certain amount of hours each year to stay on top of current interventions, remedial programs, and strategies that are research and/or evidence based. I have a toolbox of methods and strategies such as the Orton-Gillingham method that help improve a student’s skills so they ultimately gain more confidence and succeed in school.”

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The student’s intervention plan is modified based on their needs. It can be a specific methodology or a combination of methodologies that challenge the student to be aware of their strengths and weaknesses and to use specific strategies to overcome challenges. “We see students that have average or above-average intelligence, but their achievement in school is very low due to their learning disabilities. Dyslexic students need consistent intervention to improve their skills. I don’t know of any other private practices in New Orleans that offer our services,” says Dr. Novak. In fact, NOLA Learning Support and Consulting has a sponsorship fund to provide free services to students who can’t afford them. It has also recently partnered with Son of a Saint, a non-profit organization that mentors boys without fathers. Currently, NOLA Learning Support and Consulting is seeing three sixth-grade boys whose reading skills have improved from a first grade level to a third or fourth-grade level thanks to the company’s assessment, interventions, and advocacy. In what case would you recommend educational therapy for a child? “Students who come to us are falling behind in reading, writing, and spelling, and a lot of students’ parents say that their child does not like to read and that they’re avoidant or have low self-esteem when it comes to academics,” Dr. Novak answers. Other red flags involve trouble with organization and basic executive functioning skills, along with trouble with sustained attention and time management. It’s also important to make sure your child is at the appropriate reading level by the time they are in third grade, as 50 percent of students in Louisiana do not meet this benchmark and therefore are less likely to graduate. Ultimately, NOLA Learning Support and Consulting hopes to bring attention to students who need early intervention and provide no-cost and private-practice opportunities for children outside their schools. Dr. Novak strives to build their confidence, teach them to advocate for themselves and any accommodations they may need, and help them understand that they are smart and capable regardless of their learning differences. If you think your child may need an educational therapist, visit aetonline.org.


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Time for College? How to Prepare By Anthony Bui The moment has finally arrived. After 18 years of raising your child to be a responsible, studious, and hardworking young adult, you now get to see them walk across that stage, receive their high school diploma, and prepare for college. This very happy moment can quickly turn sad when you realize that this means your child will soon be leaving your home and entering a life on a college campus that is filled with so many potential dangers and uncertainties. How can any parent go to bed at night knowing that their child isn’t safe and sound under their roof? Fear not, though–coming up with a plan ahead of time to cope emotionally as well as preparing yourself mentally can go a long way when you are about to send your kids off to college. Facing Reality The first thing you need to do is accept reality. Your children, though they will always be your kids, are young adults now. Your role in their life will change. This doesn’t mean that you are no longer their parent and have no say in their lives anymore. That much will never change no matter what stage of life they are in. Things just won’t look the same as they did in grade school. You’re used to cheering them on and playing a much more active role in their education as well as their lives. For some parents, this looked like bringing them to and from school, to and from practice, attending sporting events and performances, meeting all of their friends, and regularly meeting with teachers and being kept in the loop to ensure that their child was receiving a proper education. Well, now they are in college, so give yourself some credit for that! You have worked your entire kid’s life to get them to this point, and they have finally made it! All those nights spent instilling a sense of work ethic and responsibility have finally paid off. This is not a goodbye to your child but to the way of life with them that you have grown increasingly comfortable with their entire childhood. Instead of trying to hold onto this way of living, you should embrace this new role. Don’t let your want to hold on to this role keep you from remaining part of your child’s life. Instead, face reality and happily accept that role as you will see that doing so gives an opportunity for both sides to be happy. They will feel a sense of freedom as you have given them space to make their own decisions, their own mistakes, pursue their own dreams, and ultimately to reach out to you when they need to.

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Devising a Plan As with any dire situation, planning ahead can go a long way in ensuring a smooth transition from life with your child to life without as they embark on their college careers. In their later years of high school, you must start teaching them how to remain somewhat independent by walking them through basic things in life, such as how to fill any medications, how to schedule a doctor’s appointment, what to do in an emergency situation, how to prepare for college courses, car maintenance, and basic kitchen skills. Knowing that your child knows how to take care of themselves helps to ease the worry in a couple months when they are off on their own. You will feel much more comfortable away from your child knowing that they know how to take care of themselves. In addition to this, pick up some new activities and hobbies yourself or even think back to what you liked to do before you became a parent. There may even be relationships that you want to give more attention to, whether that be old friends, family, or a spouse. That will help to redirect your attention now that your child is out of the house. You should also devise a plan to actually see your child periodically throughout their college career. Most colleges have family weekends dedicated to this, so take advantage of it. It is also good to take into consideration breaks and holidays as times where they can come home. Communication Staying in touch is a great way to lessen any worry or emotional toil having your child away at college can cause. Agreeing beforehand and coming up with a plan to regularly keep in contact can help to emotionally prepare yourself to send your child off to college. With this being said, you do not want to become too overbearing. Spontaneous phone calls are great, but be weary of timing. I know that personally, while I was in college, these types of calls during exam week and work, though appreciated, distracted me from important things. So, before your child leaves for college, sit down and have a conversation on what works for everyone. Everybody is different, so you may very well end up with a very spontaneous child who loves these kinds of calls. That is why sitting down and discussing this topic is so important. You can figure out what exactly works best. Having a plan to keep in touch regularly will help to ease any potential worries you may have, and you will have something that you can look forward to.


Enrichment Listings

Find the perfect after-school activity for your child through our enrichment listings. ARTS City Park Movement and Art cityparkmovementandart.com Offers dance, acrobatics, and musical theater classes. Register soon to find out why their classes are always filled. New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, The (504) 940-2787 nocca.com Regional, pre-professional arts training center offering high school students intensive instruction in culinary arts, dance, media arts, music, theatre arts, visual arts, and creative writing.

engaging programming focused on hands-on art education. Posh Paint Pub (504) 835-4155 poshpaintpub.com Offering wheel-throwing lessons for children ages 8-14. Young Aspirations | Young Artists (YAYA) (504) 529-3306 yayainc.org YAYA provides FREE art and entrepreneurial programming for youth ages 5-25.

DANCE Articulate Motions Dance Academy (504) 410-4999 articulatemotions.com Offers a variety of dance classes and styles. Cindy Ory Dance Studio (504) 737-3345 orydance.com Classes for ages three to adult in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, contemporary, hip hop, Mommy and Me, and gymnastics.

New Orleans Museum of Art (504) 658-4100 noma.org NOMA offers in-person and virtual program offerings, including online exhibitions, art-making activities, and family festivals.

Young Rembrandts of Southeast Louisiana (855) 968-3729 youngrembrandts.com/selouisiana Teaches drawing and cartooning classes for children ages 3-12. Programming includes in-person classes, on-demand classes and workshops, and live online classes and workshops.

Creative Dance & Music Studio (504) 390-2552 creativedanceandmusic.com Wide selection of dance and music classes, including speciality classes for preschoolers, music lessons in piano, voice and guitar, and dance classes of all ages and levels.

Ogden Museum of Southern Art (504) 539-9650 ogdenmuseum.org Encourages youth of all ages and their families to discover the art of the American South through

BASEBALL & SOFTBALL Carrollton Boosters carrolltonboosters.org A volunteer youth sports organization offering recreational/intramural programs for boys and girls.

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Dancing Grounds (504) 535-5791 dancingrounds.org Multigenerational arts organization that brings inclusive and accessible dance programs to New Orleans residents of all ages. Debby Dillehay Dance Studio (504) 468-3368 debbydillehaydance.com Classes for all ages include tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, floor gymnastics, and modern. Encore Studio of Dance, Tumbling, Music & Theatre (504) 737-5977 dancetumblemusic.com With a focus on education, not competition, they offer dance and tumbling classes, music lessons, and musical theatre (acting/singing) classes for students ages three-adult. Giacobbe Academy of Dance (504) 889-0940 giacobbeacademydance.com Home to Delta Ballet Festival, the only resident professional ballet company in the state and the New Orleans Youth Ballet, a pre-professional junior company for dancers 10 years and older.

and at locations for ages 4-18. New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, The (504) 940-2787 nocca.com Regional, pre-professional arts training center offering high school students intensive instruction in culinary arts, dance, media arts, music, theatre arts, visual arts, and creative writing. New Orleans Dance Academy (504) 899-3780 neworleansdancelessons.com Instruction in classical ballet, tap, jazz, flamenco, modern, and hip hop in a friendly, noncompetitive atmosphere. Off Broadway Dance Studio (504) 861-1749 obdsnola.com Offers classes for ages two and up: Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, and Hip Hop. Ryan School of Irish Dance, The irishdancelouisiana.com Offers weekly classes for boys and girls in the traditional art of Irish step dance, from beginner to championship level.

Lelia Haller Ballet Classique (504) 905-3430 lhballet.com A classical ballet school specializing in instruction for ages three and up. Also offers tap, jazz, contemporary, ballet exercise, and tumbling.

Schramel Conservatory of Dance (504) 826-0646 neworleansballettheatre.com The official dance school of the New Orleans Ballet Theatre offers ballet, tap, and contemporary/ modern dance classes for children of all ages from beginners to advanced.

Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts laapa.com Programs for kids, teens, and adults include music and dance lessons in piano, voice, guitar, violin, bass, drums, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, ballet, hip hop, tap, musical theater, and tumbling. Attend in-person or online.

The Studio School of Dance (504) 941-7345 thestudionola.com Offers classes in Ballet, Pointe/Variation, Adult Ballet, Mommy & Me, Floor Barre, Contemporary, and Pilates.

Loyola Preparatory Arts Program (504) 865-3627 cmm.loyno.edu/prep-arts A comprehensive arts program in the metropolitan New Orleans area, offering a structured program of studies in dance. Mari Milnar Dance Academy (504) 362-3503; (504) 251-0600 marimilnardanceacademy.com Classes available in creative movement, preschool dance, tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, musical theatre, lyrical, and contemporary. MOVE! New Orleans’ Best Summer Camp and After School Program (504) 376-7009 neworleansbestafterschool.com Activities include karate, dance, parkour, and other sports and games. New Orleans Ballet Association (504) 522-0996 nobadance.com Comprehensive dance programs provided virtually

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DRAMA & THEATER Crescent City Lights Youth Theater (504) 598-3800 crescentcitylights.org Performing arts training in drama, voice, and dance. New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, The (504) 940-2787 nocca.com Regional, pre-professional arts training center offering high school students intensive instruction in culinary arts, dance, media arts, music, theatre arts, visual arts, and creative writing. EDUCATION: LANGUAGE CLASSES Alliance Française de La Nouvelle-Orléans (504) 568-0770 af-neworleans.org Offers French language classes (online and inperson) for all levels and ages and events that immerse New Orleanians in francophone cultures. New Orleans Sign Language Services, LLC (504) 722-2967 neworleanssignlanguageservices.com

Free Monday ASL classes for beginners to advanced learners. Private classes and baby sign language classes are also available. ¡Vamonos NOLA! (504) 495-2345 vamonosnola.com Personalized Spanish classes for toddlers to 100 years old. On Vamonos NOLA Uptown campus, at your school, or virtually. EDUCATION: TUTORING & EDUCATIONAL SERVICES Kumon Math & Reading Centers kumon.com The Kumon Math and Reading Programs are designed to advance your child’s comprehension and appreciation for learning. Reading Enrichment and Development (R.E.A.D.) Early Literacy Program (504) 450-3997 readnola.com A dynamic early literacy program built around movement, music, acting, art, and activities. GYMNASTICS & CHEERLEADING All Star Gymnastics (504) 328-3838 allstargymnola.com Junior Olympic training facility offering gymnastics, tumbling, cheerleading, taekwondo, free running, and break dancing. Elmwood Gymnastics Academy (504) 733-4496 ochsner.org A member of the Ochsner Fitness Center family, teams and individuals who train here consistently place high and earn national awards and recognition each year. Empire Gymnastics Academy (504) 734-0644 empiregymnastics.net An 8,000-square-foot facility with gymnastics equipment for ages 18 months to 18. NOLA Gymnastics nolagym.com Kindergym and beginner (ages three-five, boys and girls), PreTeam (ages six and up, girls) competitive teams Acro and Artistic (by invitation), and Camps. HORSEBACK RIDING Cascade Stables (504) 891-2246 cascadestables.net Lessons in a welcoming environment for horse enthusiasts starting at ages four, trail rides for ages eight and older. Equest Farm (504) 483-9398 equestfarm.com Offer riding for all levels. All lessons are Englishstyle Hunter Jumper, taught in a ring with a friendly, experienced instructor that can cater to both beginners as well as riders who want to jump.


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Pony Tales (504) 469-0148 ponytalesbirthdays.com Horsemanship and riding lessons on ponies and horses. Ages three and up. By appointment only. Splendor Farms (985) 886-3747 splendorfarms.com Students ages six and up learn to groom and saddle horses, mounting/dismounting and walk/ trot, and then progress to loping and pattern work. INCLUSIVE NEEDS/THERAPY Chatternola (504) 354-8078 chatternola.com A boutique private practice specializing in speech, language, and behavioral therapy for children. Crane Rehab Center cranerehab.com Crane Rehab Center-Pediatrics provides comprehensive, evidence-based, high-quality, physical, occupational and speech therapy, and ABA services. Gulfsouth Autism Center gulfsouthautismcenter.com Providing comprehensive treatment for children with autism spectrum disorders. Kim4Kids (504) 517-5437 kim4kidsnola.com Pediatric Occupational Therapy services for children to address difficulties in fine and gross motor skills, handwriting, self-care skills, sensory processing, feeding, and play. NOLA Learning Support nolalearningsupport.com Dyslexia remediation and support for students in grades kindergarten through college with mild to moderate learning differences. Therapeutic Learning Center tlcnola.com TLC is a private, pediatric therapy clinic that offers individual speech, occupational, and physical therapy services. MARTIAL ARTS Church’s Karate Academy (504) 376-7009 churchskarateacademy.com Offers classes to help build confidence and selfesteem in children so they can reach their full potential. Hayashi Judo School (504) 319-9409 nolajudo.com The principles of Judo, such as “Maximum Efficiency” and “Mutual Welfare and Benefit,” can also be used in our dealings with others in life. Louisiana Karate Association (504) 835-6825 lkakarate.com

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Students work together to practice techniques & develop communication, respect & teamwork. Chris Benoit’s Martial Arts Institute of Louisiana (504) 328-4000 chrisbenoitkarate.com Teaching kids respect, confidence, integrity, and discipline. Call for a free lesson. New Orleans Shotokan Academy (NOSA) nosakarate.com A martial arts school where one can learn karate, aikido, judo, and yoga. New Orleans Karate Club (504) 391-7200 neworleanskarate.net Offering age-appropriate programs for children starting at three years. Also offering traditional martial arts for adults and teens, as well as, kickboxing and mixed martial arts for adults. NOLA Aikido (504) 208-4861 nolaaikido.com Aikido, with an aim of peaceful resolutions of conflict, is an ideal martial art for children, educating the physical, intellectual and emotional intelligences. Shogun Martial Arts (504) 982-1371 shogunnola.com Kenjutsu is the school of Japanese swordsmanship where one learns determination, discipline, self-control, and how to surpass their preconceived limits.

gnoyo.org GNOYO has five orchestras committed to make orchestral music accessible to area youth. Lafargue Music School (504) 831-3008 lafarguepianos.com Lafargue Music School offers private lessons in piano, voice, violin, and guitar to beginners through advanced. Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts laapa.com Programs for kids, teens, and adults include music and dance lessons in piano, voice, guitar, violin, bass, drums, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, ballet, hip hop, tap, musical theater, and tumbling. Love’s Music Therapy (504) 281-8968 lovesmusictherapy.com Services include music therapy, music instruction, and program development. Loyola Preparatory Arts Program (504) 865-3627 cmm.loyno.edu/prep-arts A comprehensive arts program offering lessons in piano, guitar, voice, strings to children and adults. New Orleans Children’s Chorus (504) 482-2883 neworleanschildrenschorus.org Through the singing of high quality music, the singers develop self-confidence, discipline and social skills as well as musical knowledge.

Tiger Rock Martial Arts International tigerrockmartialarts.com Offers youth and adult classes in Taekwondo, Xtreme Martial Arts, grappling, Hanmudo, KisadoInterval Fitness, and YogaFit.

School of Rock Metairie/New Orleans (504) 618-7625 locations.schoolofrock.com/metairie School of Rock offers performance-based music instruction from the ages of four to adult, with a program for every age and skill level.

Yonsei Martial Arts Academy (504) 465-5353 Exclusive Skillz Worldwide curriculum for kids as well as a proven adult martial arts program, friendly family environment.

Upbeat Academy (504) 722-8762 upbeatacademy.org Focus on hip hop and dance music production and performance.

MUSIC Beckwith Guitar Systems (504) 559-5229 beguitarsys.com Ages eight and up can learn to play and understand the guitar in as few steps as possible. Use music theory to connect scales, songs, and riffs together to achieve goals.

RUNNING Carrollton Boosters carrolltonboosters.org A volunteer youth sports organization offering recreational/intramural programs for boys and girls: baseball, basketball, flag football, soccer, softball, running, and lacrosse.

Carla’s Musikgarten New Orleans (504) 717-5044 carlasmusikgarten.com Beginning with babies and toddlers with musical play in their early childhood curricula to playing the piano and music literacy in their elementary aged piano classes. Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra (504) 861-1801

Girls on the Run New Orleans (504) 272-7786 gotrnola.org Inspires girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Youth Run Nola (774) 253-0243 youthrunnola.org Program offers youth a positive, structured


environment to build healthy habits, set and achieve goals, and develop supportive relationships. SCIENCE/STEAM ENRICHMENT Challenge Island (504) 913-9451 challenge-island.com/neworleans Challenge Island is a cross curricular STEAM program for students ages 4-14. Code Ninjas (504) 235-4100 codeninjas.com/la-metairie Kids ages 7-14 years learn to code by building their very own video games and gain problem solving, critical thinking, and STEM skills in a fun, safe, and inspiring environment. Electric Girls (504) 475-4682 electricgirls.org Electric Girls offers flexible after-school and summer programs (ages 5-17) in astronomy, robotics, and electronics. Mad Science of Southeast Louisiana (504) 345-2602 madscience.org/sela Hands-on science experiences for children. NOLA Kidsground (504) 354-9528 nolakidsground.com Interact, explore, and have fun. SOCCER Carrollton Boosters carrolltonboosters.org A volunteer youth sports organization offering recreational/intramural programs for boys and girls. FNA-NOLA playfna.com/League/CityParkNOLA Football-N-America is a non-contact, youth, co-ed flag football league for children in grades K-10. Junction Place Sports (504) 356-1812 junctionplacesports.com Enrichment programs consist of Flag Football Skills Session, Basketball Basics, Simply Soccer, Baseball Basics, and Sports Hour. Louisiana Fire Juniors (504) 465-8224 lafiresoccer.com Soccer provides education through teamwork, confidence, and discipline. Soccer Shots (504) 441-9216 soccershots.org/neworleans An engaging soccer program with a focus on character development. SPORTS FACILITIES Junction Place Sportsplex (504) 356-1812

junctionplacesportsplex.com Enrichment programs consist of Flag Football Skills Session, Basketball Basics, Simply Soccer, Baseball Basics, and Sports Hour. Ochsner Fitness Center KIDSPORTS (504) 842-9544 or (504) 733-1200 ochsnerfitness.com/kidsports Offering a variety of exciting programs that combine fun and fitness in a safe and friendly atmosphere for children ages 6 weeks to 13 years. YMCA of Greater New Orleans ymcaneworleans.org/locations After-school programs serve K-middle school children with multiple options to explore and develop their interests and talents. SWIMMING Harry’s Dive Shop-Swim Smart (504) 909-2220 swim-smart.com Be at home in the water. Swim Smart offers a comprehensive range of classes for babies, kids, and adults. No prior experience necessary. All classes are currently full, and the wait list is currently closed. Little Fins Swim Academy littlefins.net Offering outdoor two-week swim sessions and private lessons at home by arrangement. Love Swimming (504) 891-4662 loveswimming.com Lessons for ages six months to adult. NU WAVE Swim Club teamunify.com/team/lawave/page/home Nu Wave Swim Club is a non-profit swim team for people of all ages and levels. Competitive swimming instruction and coaching, from stroke school through adult masters swimming. Ochsner Fitness Center Aquatics (504) 733-1200 or (504) 842-9544 ochsnerfitness.com From Waterbabies to Arthritis Aquatics, the first-class aquatics facilities at Ochsner Fitness Center–Harahan allow us to offer a wide variety of programs for all ages.

City Park / Pepsi Tennis Center (504) 483-9422 neworleanscitypark.com/ in-the-park/pepsi-tennis-center Twenty-six lighted hard and clay courts. Private and group lessons available for all ages. Pros listed here are independent contractors who use the Tennis Center’s courts for instruction. Premiere Tennis Nola Henry Crocker (504) 919-5599 premiertennisnola.com YOGA City Park Movement and Art (504) 390-7482 cityparkmovementandart.com We offer dance, acrobatics, and musical theater classes. Kidding Around Yoga with Bella (504) 909-8881 kiddingaroundyoga.com/bella A complete, age-appropriate Yoga practice including breathing instruction, relaxation techniques, stretching and strengthening poses, all using fun-filled music, games, and imagination. Lolo’s Youth Yoga + Art Studio (415) 786-3317 lolosstudio.com Art, fun fitness, yoga, and mindfulness are used to nurture confidence, friendship, strength, persistence, gratitude, kindness, and a positive attitude. After school classes: Mondays and Thursdays, ages eight and up; Tuesdays, ages five-seven.

Visit us online at nolafamily.com to learn more about these enrichment programs. If you want to be included in our next enrichment listing, be sure to email us at editorial@nolafamily.com with your program's name, program information, and contact information.

South Louisiana Swim Team (504) 256-6554 teamunify.com/team/laslst/page/home Year-round swim lessons, competitive swimming, and development classes for all ages. Also offer instructional education through Red Cross: Lifeguard and Swim Coach Certification, CPR, First Aid and WSI Instruction. TENNIS Audubon Park Tennis (504) 895-1042 audubonnatureinstitute.org/tennis-courts Ten well-manicured clay courts available for singles or doubles rental by reservation; group, semiprivate, and private lessons available for all ages. NOLAFAMILY.COM | AUGUST 2022

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SELF By Anthony Bui

Special Education Leadership Fellowship (SELF) was created in 2015 to meet a need that its founders saw wasn’t being fulfilled. Schools lacked quality special education programs which resulted in children with learning differences or disabilities behind and alone when it came to their education. SELF believes that all students have potential and that it is up to educators to take responsibility for student success. Aqua Stovall, the executive director, shares, “My high school experience was not pleasant because I did not fit in the usual boxes. Later when I became an educator myself, I made it my personal mission to do everything I can to reach other kids like me–diverse learners.”

learning communities throughout a school year. These professional learning communities provide a space for teachers to come together to discuss complex problems and come up with potential solutions.

Stovall built this organization through the relationships she formed with school leaders, teachers, and funders. Today, because of Stovall and the efforts of the community, SELF is able to move forward with their vision of providing high-quality special education programming in schools where all students are celebrated, treated with dignity, and their strengths are leveraged to empower authentic and individualised learning. How do they do this, you may ask? According to their mission statement, it is by empowering schools to create welcoming and effective communities that enable all students to achieve their fullest potential.

SELF’s approach to their mission centers around four key things: 1. Technical expertise and leadership skills 2. A shared belief in the potential of all young people 3. Partnerships with colleagues, external organizations, and parents 4. Personal responsibility for student success

What SELF Provides Stovall shares all that SELF has to offer stating that, “SELF provides training, coaching, and consulting that goes beyond compliance to effect lasting change at teacher, school, and system-wide levels.”

With eyes on the future, SELF is looking to grow its influences even more. Stovall shares, “SELF is currently expanding our programs nationally with national cohorts and Leader Fellowships. We recently partnered with schools in Los Angeles and Boise to bring customized programs to their schools.” Why do they do this? It is because “children with disabilities or learning differences deserve the right to an education, and we must recognize that that includes teaching and leading differently.”

One thing that SELF offers is the Special Education Leader Fellowship. This program is designed to improve educational programming for students who need it. This is done through a two-year fellowship that offers specialized training, coaching, professional learning communities, peer reviews, and visits to exemplary schools all in the hopes of equipping leaders that will step up and provide all kids with a proper education. In addition to this Leader Fellowship, SELF also offers Teacher Cohorts and school support and technical assistance. A lot of the goals of SELF is to offer specialized and customizable training and programs to best equip schools and teachers with the tools needed to provide a proper education to all. Teacher Cohorts target the development of instructional strategies and content pedagogy. There are several one-on-one coaching sessions, as well as professional

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SELF’s Impact In regards to SELF’s impact on the community, Stovall shares, “We have served 74 percent of our schools in New Orleans, and 83 percent of our partner schools beat the state average for serving students with disabilities on state testing.”

In five years, SELF has reached 44 schools and 69 leaders, and on average 85 percent of teachers in SELFie-led schools return each year sharing that the training they received was indeed relevant and worth it.

How to Help Through the financial support of the community, state, and federal funding, SELF is able to fulfill its mission. People can also help by building awareness of the organization and their mission by referencing SELF programs to community school leaders. At SELF, they believe that inclusion is a necessity and is only obtainiable when educators collaborate, get the support they need, and believe in the value of all students. That is why SELF was founded. If you want more information on this organization, what they do, and where to donate, visit their website at self.nola.org.


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mom about town

I’M LOVING RIGHT NOW

CAT LEBLANC

Motivating women through movement has always been Cat LeBlanc’s passion and mission in life. As the founder of Hips In Motion, Cat helps women reach their full potential through dance and fitness. COVID-19 caused her company to pivot to the virtual world, but she sees this as a blessing because now she can be a working, stay-at-home mom. Cat is a mom of four and is thankful to have a true partner in life who supports her, even when it involves transforming a portion of their home into her own virtual studio space.

MOM LIFE

FAMILY FUN

FOOD

Visiting Big Play Entertainment Center in Biloxi, Mississippi. Lately, the perfect getaway has been hopping on I10 and enjoying that serene drive along the Gulf Coast with the radio on and summer’s heat in check by the car’s AC. Arcades, bowling, laser tag, and the Raceway make this easy to access destination the perfect day-trip getaway.

There’s no way I could write a list of things I’m loving without mentioning my family. Every day brings unpredictable challenges and joys, and for the fourth time–at age 40–I’m pregnant! I’m loving all the little things, like the joy I get when my children kiss my growing stomach in the morning; and seeing their anticipation for the newest addition to our growing family.

Cooked eggs. That’s right, I said cooked eggs. Okay, okay…perhaps it’s less the cooked eggs exactly, and more the little person cooking them. It may be silly, but it’s true. I’m loving watching my nine-year-old, Chloe, grow in many ways, and lately, it’s her taking to cooking eggs that’s got me.

THE LITTLE THINGS

QUALITY TIME There’s no place like home! I’m loving the quality time at home with my family over the summer months. My bonus daughter Victoria joins in the action this time of year, and I get to watch them all chase their dad around the house.

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out & about

August 1 Monday BEGINNER COOKING CLASS FOR KIDS

Culinary Kids at 5:30 p.m. Local Chefs and cooking instructors take older kids through a detailed course of beginner culinary skills. culinarykidsns.com

CHALMETTE BATTLEFIELD: BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS TALK

Chalmette Battlefield at 2:45 p.m. Learn about the Battle of New Orleans at the place where it happened. nps.gov

COOLINARY NEW ORLEANS

New Orleans District. You’ll once again find decadent dining deals at world-renowned restaurants all around New Orleans as part of COOLinary for the entire month of August. experienceneworleans.com

MUDDY RIVER TIME TRAVELERS

SPEAK UP! LEAD UP!

Online at 6:30 p.m. B ready to share your voice to make your Girl Scouting experience the best it can be. gsle.org

YELLING: WHAT TO DO INSTEAD

Steve Worley Hall at 6:30 p.m. Discuss less stressful alternatives to addressing challenging preschool behaviors. chnola.org

3 Wednesday BARATARIA PRESERVE WETLANDS WALK

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Reserve Visitor Center at 10 a.m. Join a ranger for a guided walk on a boardwalk trail through the Louisiana swamps and marshes of the Barataria Preserve. nps.gov

INDEPENDENT LIVING SKILLS: MONEY MANAGEMENT

Paddlewheeler Creole Queen at 6 p.m. Take a classic ride on the Creole Queen boat with traditional New Orleans music. simonlottmusic.com.

The Parenting Center at 6 p.m. Ages 11-15. Parents and teens come together to learn practical money management skills that teens need to be independent. chnola.org

RED BEANS ‘N’ RICE COOK-OFF Slidell Municipal Auditorium at 11 a.m. Proceeds benefit suicide prevention, mental health services, and other United Way programs serving St. Tammany Parish. eventbrite.com

New Orleans Jazz Museum at 2 p.m. wwoz.org

2 Tuesday COOKING CLASS FOR KIDS

Culinary Kids at 5:30 p.m. Local Chefs and cooking instructors take older kids through a detailed course of culinary skills. culinarykidsns.com

FRENCH QUARTER HISTORY TALK

French Quarter visitor center of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve at 9:30 a.m. Join Rangers to learn about the rich cultural history that makes New Orleans the special place that it is. nps.gov

HANDS-ON CREOLE NEW ORLEANS COOKING CLASS

Southern Food & Beverage Museum at 11 a.m. The Creole Cooking Class explores the iconic dishes of New Orleans. southernfood.org

HISTORIC THIBODAUX WALKING TOUR

Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center at 10 a.m. Join a ranger for a stroll through downtown Thibodaux and hear the stories of its past. nps.gov

JAZZ FOUNDATION OF AMERICA PRESENTS: CHUCK PERKINS & FRIENDS

4 Thursday RENT

Tulane University Summer Lyric Theatre through August 7. liberalarts.tulane.edu

SENIOR THURSDAYS

Infinity Science Center. If you're over age 55, you've earned respect and some discounts at INFINITY. visitinfinity.com

5 Friday O FIRST FRIDAY

Ogden Museum. On the first Friday of every month, college students can explore the world’s largest collection of Southern art free of charge. ogdenmuseum.org

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

Culinary Kids, every Friday at 6 p.m. Drop off the kids for a three-hour, movie-themed dinner, dessert, and pajama party. Ages 5-12. culinarykidsns.com

SUMMER AND SMOKE

BY TENNESSEE WILLIAMS

The Marigny Opera House through August 21. Devastating and glorious drama about things that could have been and the things that might never come again. marignyoperahouse.org

6 Saturday ACADIAN CULTURAL CENTER DULCIMER JAM

Acadian Cultural Center at 10 a.m. Join the Cajun Dulcimer Society and its core group, the Lagniappe Dulcimer Society from Baton Rouge, for dulcimer music: Cajun, country, Celtic, folk, and hymns. nps.gov

ACADIAN CULTURAL CENTER FRONT PORCH SERIES

Acadian Cultural Center at noon. Performances by local musicians. Zydeco, Cajun, and Swamp Pop. nps.gov

CHALMETTE BATTLEFIELD SEWING CIRCLE

Chalmette Battlefield at noon. Beginners are welcome, no experience needed. nps.gov

GRETNA FARMERS MARKET

Historic downtown Gretna from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Enjoy fresh local produce and crafts. Rain or shine, under the covered Gretna Market Building. gretnala.com

IMPROV CLASS

Broadmoor Arts & Wellness Center at 11 a.m. Just like a college course, Improv 101 provides the basic concepts of a subject so that you can build upon it. eventbrite.com LESLIE MARTIN Roosevelt Hotel Fountain Lounge at 6 p.m. wwoz.org

LOUISIANA RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION SHOWCASE

New Orleans Morial Convention Center at 10 a.m. Known as the Crescent City and Big Easy, it's home to decadent cuisine, hip swaying music, and historic architecture around every corner. lra.org

SATCHMO SUMMERFEST

New Orleans Jazz Museum. Outdoor events at SatchmoFest feature live bands on three stages, starring some of New Orleans' top traditional musicians. experienceneworleans.com

SPROUTS COLORS IN THE GARDEN

Longue Vue House and Gardens at 9:30 a.m. Designed for children under five and their parents. NOLAFAMILY.COM | AUGUST 2022

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STOP THE VIOLENCE BIKE RIDE/SCHOOL SUPPLY GIVEAWAY First Grace United Methodist Church at 4 p.m. This is a free bike ride for NOLA YOUTH ages 11 to 18. Bike rental is free for kids and teens, 11 to 18 years old. eventbrite.com

THREE DAYS GRACE

THE DINNER DETECTIVE

DoubleTree by Hilton New Orleans Airport at 6 p.m. Solve a hilarious mystery while you feast on a fantastic dinner. thedinnerdetective.com

VUE CREW KIDS GARDEN CLUB DEEP IN THE WILD GARDEN

Longue Vue House and Gardens at 1:30 p.m. Students ages 5-10 can make new friends while learning about gardening techniques, natureinspired art, and their connection to the natural world. Each meeting will have a seasonal theme. longuevue.com WCR FAMILY SKATE DAY Skate’s Paradise at 4:30 p.m. Skate day with Women's Council of Realtors St. Tammany. The first 10 children through the door will receive a backpack filled with goodies. $10. Includes pizza and drinks. eventbrite.com

WHITE LINEN NIGHT

Warehouse & Arts District New Orleans. White Linen Night is an annual celebration of New Orleans’ longstanding and ever-growing art scene. experienceneworleans.com

7 Sunday FREE FAMILY SUNDAY

Longue Vue House and Gardens at 1 p.m. Enjoy Longue Vue Gardens as our guest. Louisiana families are admitted to Longue Vue FREE of charge the first Sunday of every month. longuevue.com

NEW ORLEANS KIDS CRUISE HOSTED BY THE CELEBRITY CLOWNS

Creole Queen at 11 a.m. Live music, crowd participation, face painting, stage shows, photo booth, and giveaways. eventbrite.com

NOLAPALOOZA FESTIVAL

3016 South Carrollton Avenue. A summer music festival showcasing artists who have performed at the iconic Loolapalooza Festivals over the past three decades. allevents.in SLF BACK TO SCHOOL FREE UNIFORMS & SOCKS 40375 West I 55 Service Road at 10:30 a.m. SAVE LIV35 Foundation is partnering with Westside Baptist Church to host their annual event featuring a bookbag blessing, food, and fun activities for the kids. The foundation is giving away school uniform shirts and socks to kids in pre-k through 12th grades. Registration is mandatory. eventbrite.com

THE GRAMMY NOMINATED HOT 8 BRASS BAND

Howlin’ Wolf at 10 p.m. Ages 21+. $20.

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12 Friday

Filmore New Orleans at 6 p.m. livenation.com

9 Tuesday BOOK CLUB: CURATORIAL PROGRAM WITH MEL BUCHANAN

New Orleans Museum of Art at noon. The NOMA Book Club meets monthly to discuss fiction and nonfiction books related to art in NOMA’s collection and exhibitions. noma.org

YELLING: WHAT TO DO INSTEAD

Steve Worley Hall at 6:30 p.m. Discuss less stressful alternatives to addressing challenging preschool behaviors. chnola.org

10 Wednesday FOCUS ON CO-PARENTING CLASS

Steve Worley Hall at 6 p.m. Parents can limit the impact of separation and divorce on children. chnola.org

JAZZ FOUNDATION OF AMERICA PRESENTS: THAIS CLARK AND HER JAZZSTERS

New Orleans Jazz Museum at 2 p.m. wwoz.org

11 Thursday 2022 NEW ORLEANS SALSA BACHATA FESTIVAL

New Orleans Marriott at 4 p.m. Three-day festival featuring multi-genre dance styles for dance workshops, socials, and performances. nolasalsabachatafest.com

CANDLELIGHT: FROM BACH TO THE BEATLES

The Sazerac House at 6:30 p.m. Candlelight concerts bring the magic of a live, multi-sensory musical experience to awe-inspiring locations like never seen before in New Orleans. sazerachouse.com

DOCENT-LED DROP-IN TOUR

Ogden Museum at 12:30 p.m. Meet at the admissions desk for a guided tour of Ogden Museum, home to the largest and most comprehensive collection of art from the Southern region of the United States. ogdenmuseum.org

GROWING UP PART 2: THE TALK

Steve Worley Hall at 6:30 p.m. The Talk includes an anatomy review and accurate information on sex, conception, healthy relationships, consent, and gender and sexuality to support the ongoing communication between teens and a trusted adult. chnola.org

NEW ORLEANS GIFT AND JEWELRY SHOW

New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center through August 14. This southern market was established in 1952 and has grown to be recognized as one of the largest shows of its kind. This show attracts 13,000 buyers and has 400

ABOVE & BEYOND

The Metropolitan at 9 p.m. eventbrite.com

BACK TO SCHOOL WITH BUCKTOWN ALLSTARS

Mid City Lanes Rock ‘n’ Bowl at 8:30 p.m. wwoz.org

ENCANTO

Jefferson Parish Arts Society at 7 p.m. Refreshments for sale, including popcorn, nachos, and drinks for kids and grown-ups. They will provide theater seating, but families are welcome to bring blankets and chairs to use indoors in the theater, too. jpas.org/films

ESL MINISTRY WORKSHOP

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary at 3 p.m. Training to equip church volunteers to teach English as a Second Language (ESL). louisianabaptists.org PAIRINGS FOR A PURPOSE Bayou Terrebonne Distillers at 6 p.m. Please join us for a fun evening to eat, drink, give back and help support children in foster care. eventbrite.com

13 Saturday ARTS MARKET PRESENTED BY ART COUNCIL NEW ORLEANS

Goldring/Woldenberg Great Lawn at 10 a.m. Take a stroll and discover a variety of works from jewelry and ceramics to paintings and woodworks. artsneworleans.org BLESS YOUR HEART NONPROFIT’S COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP GALA Larose Regional Park and Civic Center at 7 p.m. eventbrite.com

CALMING YOUR NEW BABY

Zoom at 10 a.m. Learn what to expect during the first few months, also known as “the fourth trimester,” including techniques to quickly calm crying and boost infant sleep from the popular book, Happiest Baby on the Block, by Dr. Harvey Karp. chnola.org

ESL MINISTRY WORKSHOP

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary at 4 p.m. Training to equip church volunteers to teach English as a Second Language (ESL). louisianabaptists.org JEWELERS OF LOUISIANA New Orleans Marriott Metairie through August 14. Learn, network, and have fun with other jewelers. eventbrite.com

PELICAN GREENHOUSE PLANT SALE

Pelican Greenhouse at 10 a.m. With hundreds of varieties of plants, there's something everyone will love. neworleanscitypark.com PRESERVATION HALL PRESENTS:


KEVIN’S ANGELS FEATURING KEVIN LOUIS Hotel Saint Vincent at 7 p.m. eventbrite.com

RUN DRESS RUN

Crescent Park in the Bywater at 9 a.m. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. with live music to follow at noon. Spend the rest of the day exploring amongst the sea of red. experienceneworleans.com

THE DINNER DETECTIVE

DoubleTree by Hilton New Orleans Airport at 6 p.m. Solve a hilarious mystery while you feast on a fantastic dinner. thedinnerdetective.com

15 Monday ADULT SUMMER CAMP ALTERNATIVE ART PROCESSES EXPLORED

Ogden Museum at 10 a.m. This five-day adult program provides opportunities to deepen your artistic skills or explore new areas of expression. ogdenmuseum.org

CALMING YOUR NEW BABY

Zoom at 6 p.m. Learn what to expect during the first few months, also known as “the fourth trimester,” including techniques to quickly calm crying and boost infant sleep from the popular book, Happiest Baby on the Block, by Dr. Harvey Karp. chanola.org

16 Tuesday APRIL DUNN ACT WEBINAR Webinar with Families Helping Families Northshore at 11 a.m. Formerly known as ACT 833, the April Dunn Act establishes alternative pathways for grade promotion and graduation for students with disabilities. fhfnorthshore.org GROWING UP FOR GIRLS

Steve Worley Hall at 6:30 p.m. Ages 9-12. Practical information about female anatomy, what happens during puberty, body image, menstruation, and hygiene is presented in an informal, fun and hands-on manner. chnola.org

RAKE DAY

Longue Vue House and Gardens. Celebrate the fourth annual Rake Day by volunteering to rake. longuevue.com

17 Wednesday THE DRIVER ERA SUMMER TOUR 2022 Joy Theater at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Features special guest Summer Salt, with support from Almost Monday. thejoytheater.com

18 Thursday COMEDY GUMBEAUX

Howlin' Wolf at 8 p.m. Comedy Gumbeaux is a comedy show in the heart of New Orleans. ticketweb.com

CULINARY KIDS SPECIAL NEEDS CLASS Culinary Kids at 5:30 p.m. Students cook,

assemble, and enjoy a different recipe at each class, and dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Ages 10 through adult. culinarykidsns.com FOOD & FRIENDS: A CULINARY CHARITY EXTRAVAGANZA Maison Dupuy Hotel at 6 p.m. A three-course gala extravaganza like never before. Benefitting the more than 500 clients of Food For Friends, a program of CrescentCare. eventbrite.com

INFANT AND CHILD CPR

Steve Worley Hall at 6:30 p.m. American Heart Association’s “Family and Friends” non-certification class is back in person. chnola.org

THE WEDDING COLLECTIVE

Le Pavillon Hotel at 5:30 p.m. Meet talented wedding vendors in a fun-filled evening of wedding inspiration. eventbrite.com

19 Friday SUNSET AT THE LANDING CONCERT

Columbia Street Landing at 6 p.m. Enjoy a free concert on the banks of the Bogue Falaya River in downtown Covington. gocovington.org THE MOLLY RINGWALDS Southport Hall at 8 p.m. Ages 18 and up. eventbrite.com

20 Saturday 2022 GATORGANZA Grand Ridge Golf Club at 7 p.m. Official kick-off fundraiser for the Alligator Festival. eventbrite.com ADULT CORKS AND COOKING DINNER

Culinary Kids at 6 p.m. Enjoy dinner with us and walk through a detailed course of culinary skills and techniques that are sure to empower you in the kitchen. culinarykidsns.com JUNIOR AUXILIARY OF HOUMA’S DANCING WITH THE STARS Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center at 7 p.m. Local celebrity dance-off event supporting children and families in need in Terrebonne Parish. eventbrite.com

21 Sunday SHOW US YOU CAN DANCE Franco’s Health Club & Spa at 11:30 a.m. The Bionic Babes, Dancers of Hope & their Bodyguards are looking for women and men who love to dance. Deadline to register is August 17. eventbrite.com

23 Tuesday GROWING UP FOR BOYS

Steve Worley Hall at 6:30 p.m. Practical information for boys and their fathers, including male and female anatomy, physical and emotional changes during puberty, and hygiene issues. chnola.org

24 Wednesday AAF NEW ORLEANS BOWL-A-THON Rock ‘N’ Bowl at 6 p.m. Listen to 80's jams, bowl, eat primo snacks, and win great prizes. Dressing up is encouraged. eventbrite.com

25 Thursday VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION: CRAFT

Online at noon. The NOMA Book Club meets monthly to discuss fiction and nonfiction books related to art in NOMA’s collection and exhibitions. noma.org

26 Friday SAINTS VS. LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

Caesars Superdome at 7 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. The Saints will take on the Los Angeles Chargers in the Superdome. caesarssuperdome.com COLUMBIA STREET BLOCK PARTY Columbia Street at 6 p.m. Enjoy a free block party and classic car show on Columbia Street in downtown Covington. Live music, food, and drinks will be available. gocovington.org

27 Saturday LUKE BRYAN Smoothie King Center at 7 p.m. smoothiekingcenter.com WOMEN WHO LEAD First Baptist Church in Franklinton at 9 a.m. Equipping women who lead in Bible study, missions, mission’s education and discipleship in the local church. Registration deadline is August 15. eventbrite.com

28 Sunday SUNDAY ART IN THE PARK: NEW ORLEANS BRASS BAND Reston Town Square Park at 7 p.m. Shenandoah Conservatory trombone professor Matt Niess leads his New Orleans Brass Band with an evening of music from “The Big Easy.” Garage parking is free on weekends at Reston Town Center. restoncommunitycenter.com

29 Monday SUMMER DRESS TOUR Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses at 9:30 a.m. As the tropical climate returns, they're changing Gallier House over to summer dress for a special, seasonal tour. hgghh.org Want to see your event here? Email us at calendar@nolafamily.com. Be sure to include the name of the event, date, times, and contact information. NOLAFAMILY.COM | AUGUST 2022

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Bento-Style Kids Lunch Box

Features compartments to encourage a healthy and balanced meal. amazon.com, $29.99

2 Reusable Sandwich Bags

Keep your food fresh, delicious, and appetizing with these reusable sandwich bags that are food safe and non-toxic. amazon.com, $18.99

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Joke Cards for Kids

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Your kiddo will be laughing out loud with these jokes that fit perfectly in their lunchbox. amazon.com, $15.96

4 Yoobi Llama Pencil Case

Hold pens, pencils, and markers on your desk or work space. When it’s time to go, zip it, and toss it into your backpack. amazon.com, $11.99

5 Fidget Chair Bands

Keep those busy feet busy by helping children regulate their sensory levels with these sensory-friendly bands. amazon.com, $27.98

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