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Downtown Neighborhood Market Consortium. Call 482-5722 or email ggladney@therenaissanceproject.la for details. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday 5 DIMENSIONS OF LIFE DIALOGUE .

New Orleans Lyceum, 618 City Park Ave., 460-9049; www.lyceumproject.com — The nonreligious, holistic discussion group focuses on human behavior with the goal of finding fulfillment and enlightenment. Call 368-9770 for details. Free. 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

DRINK ’N’ DRAW. Circle Bar, 1032 St. Charles Ave., 588-2616 — The weekly event features a live model, happy hour drink specials and art instruction upon request. Call 299-9455 for details. Admission $20. 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. NEEDLE JUNKIES. 3 Ring Circus’ The Big Top Gallery, 1638 Clio St., 5692700; www.3rcp.com — The knitting group meets every Sunday. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. PRIMITIVE WOODWORKING .

Fontainebleau State Park, 67825 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (888) 6773668 — Park rangers host a weekly demonstration of woodworking techniques. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Monday 30 CBT GROUP. Counseling Solutions

of Catholic Charities, 921 Aris Ave., Metairie, 835-5007 — A licensed clinical social worker facilitates a 12-week Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) group for depression. Call for details.

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H. Latter Memorial Library, 5120 St. Charles Ave. — New Orleans Toastmasters Club hosts an open weekly meeting (excepting holidays) to hone the skills of speaking, listening and thinking. Call 251-8600 or visit www.notoast234. freetoasthost.org for details. 6 p.m. UNITED NONPROFITS OF GREATER NEW ORLEANS. Nonprofit Central,

1824 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 895-2361; www.nonprofit-central. org — Nonprofit Central hosts a weekly meeting for all leaders of nonprofit groups. 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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families to host foreign exchange students during the upcoming school year. Email ayp@cciexchange.com or visit www.cciexchange.com/host.htm for details. Application deadline is Aug. 31.

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP GRANTS.

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations that hire local performers for cultural events. Call 558-6100 or visit www.jazzandheritage.org for details. Application deadline is Sept. 20.

INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING CONTEST. Open to amateurs and

professionals, the competition is judged by music industry stars and awards more than $150,000 in cash and prizes. Visit www.songwritingcompetition.com for details. Submission deadline is Oct. 6. LOUISIANA YEAR OF THE SONG 2010 SONG CONTEST. The contest

winner receives a two-day writing session with songwriter Jim McCormick. Visit www.nosongfest. com/song+contest for details. Application deadline is Oct. 15. NEW ORLEANS WRITING INSTITUTE . The Arts Council of New Orleans hosts a fiction- and creative nonfiction-writing workshop taught by James Nolan. The workshop starts Sept. 15. Call 522-5934 or email jnolan77@bellsouth.net for details. PROJECT HOMECOMING . The faith-

based nonprofit seeks homes still damaged (50 percent or more) by Hurricane Katrina to be rebuilt. Call 942-0444 ext. 244 for details.

CaLL for VoLunteers AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY. BAYOU REBIRTH WETLANDS EDUCATION.

Bayou Rebirth seeks volunteers for wetlands planting projects, nursery maintenance and other duties. Visit www.bayourebirth.org for details. EDGAR DEGAS FOUNDATION. The nonprofit seeks volunteers to contribute to the development of the foundation. Call 821-5009 or email info@degashouse.com for details. HANDSON NEW ORLEANS. The

group holds orientations to connect locals with available volunteer opportunities in New Orleans. Call 483-7041 ext. 107 or email cho@ handsonneworleans.org for details.

HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS. Harmony Hospice, 519 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-8111 — Harmony Hospice seeks volunteers to offer companionship to patients through reading, playing cards and other activities. Call Jo-Ann Moore at 832-8111 for details. JEFFERSON COMMUNITY SCHOOL.

The charter school that educates at-risk middle school students who have been expelled from Jefferson’s public schools seeks adult mentors. Call 836-0808 for details.

MEAL DELIVERY VOLUNTEERS.

Jefferson Council on Aging seeks volunteers to deliver meals to homebound adults. Gas/mileage expenses will be reimbursed. Call Gail at 888-5880 for details. OPERATION REACH VOLUNTEERS.

Operation REACH and Gulfsouth Youth Action Corps seek college student volunteers to provide recreation and education opportunities for New Orleans-area inner-city youth and their families. For information, visit www.thegyac.org and www.operationreach.org. PUBLIC SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS. New

Orleans Outreach seeks volunteers to share their enthusiasm and expertise as part of the ARMSOutreach after-school program. Volunteers are needed in the arts,

academics, technology, recreation and life skills. Email jenny@ nooutreach.org or call 654-1060 for information. SENIOR COMPANION VOLUNTEERS.

New Orleans Council on Aging, Annex Conference Room, 2475 Canal St., 821-4121; www.nocoa.org — The council seeks senior volunteers to assist with personal and other daily tasks to help seniors live independently. Call for details.

START THE ADVENTURE IN READING.

The STAIR program holds regular volunteer training sessions to work one-on-one with public school students in reading and language skills. Call 899-0820, email elizabeth@scapc.org or visit www. stairnola.org for details. TEEN SUICIDE PREVENTION. The

Teen Suicide Prevention Program seeks volunteers to help teach middle- and upper-school New Orleans students. Call 831-8475 for details. TOURO VOLUNTEER SERVICES. Touro

Volunteer Services, 1401 Foucher St., 897-8107; www.touro.com/content/ careercamp — The infirmary seeks adult volunteers to assist with the Family Surgery Lounge, Patient Information Desk, book and goody cart, hospital tours and health screenings. Call Volunteer Services at 897-8107 for information.

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Mine Saloon, 705 Dauphine St., 568-0745; www.goldminesaloon. net — The 17 Poets! series hosts a weekly poetry reading. An open mic follows. Free admission. 8 p.m. Thursday.

BARNES & NOBLE JR . Barnes &

Noble Booksellers, 3721 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 455-5135 — The bookstore hosts regular free reading events for kids. Call for schedule information. COOKBOOKS & COCKTAILS SERIES.

Kitchen Witch Cook Books Shop, 631 Toulouse St., 528-8382 — The group meets weekly to discuss classic New Orleans cookbooks. 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday. CYNTHIA HOGUE & REBECCA ROSS. Garden District Book Shop, The Rink, 2727 Prytania St., 895-2266 — The authors sign When The Water Came: Evacuees of Hurricane Katrina. 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. DINKY TAO POETRY. Molly’s at the

Market, 1107 Decatur St., 525-5169; www.mollysatthemarket.net — The bar hosts a weekly free poetry reading with open mic. 9 p.m. Tuesday.

LATTER LIBRARY BOOK SALE . Latter Library Carriage House, 5120 St. Charles Ave., 596-2625; www.nutrias.org — Friends of New Orleans Public Library holds its regular book sale. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday. LOCAL WRITERS’ GROUP. Barnes &

Noble Booksellers, 3721 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 455-5135 — The weekly group discusses and critiques fellow members’ writing. All genres welcome. 7:30 p.m. Monday.

MAPLE LEAF READING SERIES. Maple Leaf Bar, 8316 Oak St., 866-9359; www.mapleleafbar.com — The weekly reading series presents featured writers followed by an open mic. Free admission. 3 p.m. Sunday. MID-CITY WRITERS GROUP. Prose

writers meet to read and critique original work. Email midcity. writers@gmail.com for details. Tuesday.

OPEN MIC POETRY & SPOKEN WORD. Yellow Moon Bar, 800

France St., 944-0441; www.yellowmoonbar.com — Loren Murrell hosts a weekly poetry and spokenword night with free food. Free admission. 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

OPEN MIC POETRY JAM . La Divina

Cafe e Gelateria, 621 St. Peter St., 302-2692; www.ladivinagelateria.com — The cafe invites writers to read their work. All styles welcome. 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday.

OUTLOUD! . Rubyfruit Jungle, 1135 Decatur St., 571-1863; www.rubyfruit-jungle.com — AR Productions presents a weekly spoken-word and music event. Admission $5. 7 p.m. Tuesday. PASS IT ON . Red Star Gallery, 2513

Bayou Road — The gallery hosts a weekly spoken word and music event. Admission $5. 9 p.m. Saturday.

PLATO’S “SYMPOSIUM”. Milton H.

Latter Memorial Library, 5120 St. Charles Ave. — The New Orleans Lyceum hosts a reading of Plato’s Symposium the first and third Wednesdays of the month. Call 473-7194 for details. 6:30 p.m. to 7:50 p.m.

POETRY MEETING . New Orleans

Poetry Forum, 257 Bonnabel Blvd., Metairie, 835-8472 — The forum holds workshops every Wednesday. 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

REBECA ANTOINE, BARB JOHNSON & NIYI OSUNDARE . Garden District

Book Shop, The Rink, 2727 Prytania St., 895-2266 — The authors sign Voices Rising 2. 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

RICHARD STEWART. Kitchen Witch Cook Books Shop, 631 Toulouse St., 528-8382 — The author signs Gumbo Shop Cook Book. 1 p.m. Saturday. SPOKEN WORD. Ebony Square, 4215

Magazine St., 343-2406 — The center hosts a weekly spoken-word, music and open-mic event. Tickets $7 general admission, $5 students. 11 p.m. Friday.

TAO POETRY. Neutral Ground

Coffeehouse, 5110 Danneel St., 8913381; www.neutralground.org — The coffeehouse hosts a weekly poetry reading. 9 p.m. Wednesday.

UNIVERSES. Craige Cultural Center, 1800 Newton St., Algiers — The center hosts a weekly spokenword, music and open-mic event. Tickets $5. 8 p.m. Sunday. WALLACE STEVENS GROUP. New Orleans Lyceum, 618 City Park Ave., 460-9049; www.lyceumproject.com — The group meets every other Sunday to discuss the poet’s works. Call 460-9049 for details. 10 a.m. For complete listings, visit www.bestofneworleans.com.

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