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FOR ALL THINGS NATURAL IN NOLA ’m calling this issue the Season of Kindness. The holidays can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. But it seems more and more, the commercialism of it all is taking hold and it is becoming more about what you get or what you have to get for others more than anything. I wanted to take some emphasis off that for a moment and focus on those that give— their time, their money, their heart, sweat, and soul—into our town not only this time of year, but throughout the year. To the everyday heroes, from the volunteers, the community outreach folks, the nonprofit workers, to the people holding families together, helping neighbors, giving back any little way they can—we salute you and we thank you. All of your efforts are making a difference. You are making a difference. I also wanted to take a moment to introduce our new Account Executive, Jess DeBold. Born in Queens and raised in Greenwich, she came to NOLA to study at Loyola where she received her B.A. in Philosophy/Pre-Law with a minor in Journalism. She has received many awards for her work in Journal-

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5 DIS ’N NAT 6 JORDAN’S TAKE 5 Family Dynamics

7 RECIPE FOR SUCCESS

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Dis ’n Nat THE ROOSEVELT’S HOLIDAY LIGHTS DISPLAY attracts

Cartoonist THOMAS NAST is credited with creating the current image of SANTA CLAUS, based on his illustrations that began appearing in Harper’s Weekly in 1863.

thousands of patrons and dates back nearly a century. The display includes about 20,000 lights, three dozen Christmas trees, and dozens and dozens of Poinsettias throughout the hotel.

Legend has it that candy canes were invented in 1670, when the choirmaster of the Cologne Cathedral commissioned candies shaped like a shepherd’s crook, so they could be handed out to children attending the church’s crèche scene in order to keep them quiet. The stripes came later.

KINDNESS IS CONTAGIOUS According to a Dartmouth study, the positive effects of kindness are experienced in the brain of everyone who witnessed the act, improving their mood and making them significantly more likely to “pay it forward.” This means one good deed in a crowded area can create a domino effect and improve the day of dozens of people!

“Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.” —Kurt Vonnegut—

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5 TIPS TO HANDLE FAMILY DYNAMICS DURING THE HOLIDAYS During the holidays we often enter a state of feeling stuffed, and it’s not just from Christmas cookies. Often, family dynamics can feel daunting. Here are five ways in which you can prepare yourself for the holiday season and enjoy rather than fear the time you have with your loved ones.

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1. CREATE A SOLID UNDERSTANDING

OF WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT MATTERS TO YOU. Before you head home, take time to write all the things you love and are grateful for in your life. Fostering this awareness prevents self-doubt and insecurities.

2. DON’T TRY AND SOLVE OTHER

PEOPLE’S PROBLEMS. One of the most common holiday traps in the triangulated situation. Instead of getting involved in the affairs of other people, encourage them to bring their issues directly to the person.

3. CARVE OUT TIME TO GET INTO YOUR BODY. With all the food, alcohol, questions about your career, inquisitions into your love life, and the unavoidable sibling rivalries, it’s important to take a break and get moving.

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4. ALLOW OTHER PEOPLE TO THEIR OPINIONS. No

family is perfect, and with varying opinions, there is almost always a disagreement, but remember, it is not your job to change someone else. You are not responsible for the thoughts and actions of other people so rather than get riled up over dissenting opinions, embrace them as a beloved person and enjoy the holiday season.

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SET BOUNDARIES THAT MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD. Don’t force yourself to be unhappy, if you know that you don’t enjoy certain situations like when your mom comments on your appearance, remember you can remove yourself. It is okay to say you need some time for yourself.


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his winter sea breeze holiday cocktail recipe is an instant crowd pleaser and is sure to become your go-to holiday cocktail to serve. The drink is bright, bubbly, tangy, and crisp. Plus, the pomegranate seeds and spring of mint give it a festive feel.

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Download the Eat Fit smartphone app to find Eat Fit restaurants near you, plus more ways to spice up your table! You can also check out Ochsner Eat Fit recipes at EatFitNOLA.com

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DIRECTIONS:

1 oz. Vodka (1/8 cup) 1 oz. Grapefruit Juice (1/8 cup) 1/2 oz. Tonic Syrup (2 tablespoons)—can substitute with 1/4 cup regular tonic for the soda water and syrup 2 oz. Soda Water (1/4 cup) 12 Pomegranate Seeds 3 Mint Leaves

Fill your glass about ž full of ice. A lowball glass is the perfect size. Add the vodka, grapefruit juice, tonic syrups and stir. Pour in the soda water and garnish with the pomegranate seeds and mint leaves. Enjoy!

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Season of Giving PROJECT PEACEFUL WARRIORS | Project Peaceful Warriors is a non-profit in New Orleans that provides educators with tangible tools from a culturally competent lens to increase focus, engagement, positive relationships, and positive classroom culture. Their programming empowers students with tools to develop self-awareness and self-regulation skills that enhance social, physical, mental, and emotional well-being. The non-profit also facilitates the application of yoga and mindfulness skills to other academic and social environments, empowers teachers to bring trauma informed yoga, mindfulness, and self-care into their classrooms to decrease behavior programs and reduce stress and anxiety. Project Peaceful Warriors ultimate goal is to cultivate a culture that promotes health and wellness in students, educators, staff, parents, and the greater community.

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or many people the holidays are a time for giving back—whether that means donating to a favorite charity or helping out a family member financially. These individuals and businesses, however, do not just give back to the community during the holiday season, but do so throughout the year. These people and organizations are worth recognizing today and always.

Tulane Business School TIDES volunteers come out every year with their professors—Prof. Dennis Kehoe has been doing this for over 15 years. He uses the build as a capstone to learn about economic opportunity, so he truly combines service with learning. Dennis is also one of our Core Volunteers—he comes out almost every single weekend to build.

TULANE BUSINESS SCHOOL | TIDES volunteers come out every year with their professors—Prof. Dennis Kehoe has been doing this for over 15 years. He uses the build as a capstone to learn about economic opportunity, so he truly combines service with learning. Dennis is also one of our Core Volunteers—he comes out almost every single weekend to build.


SON OF A SAINT | Each year, Son of a Saint selects a group of boys ages 10-13 to join the existing kids in our program. The boys must be fatherless due to their father’s incarceration, death, or abandonment. Each boy remains an official Son of a Saint mentee until he is 18, but the connections remain and we continue to advise and support him in the years that follow. Their goal is to graduate self-sufficient, independent thinkers who are leaders and give back to their community. Son of a Saint equips boys with the tools they need to become productive men. They give them hope, vision, and opportunity. They provide a secure and consistent environment for them. But the Son of a Saint mentors’ most important role is simply to be a good example.

NOW, LOVE | Now, Love is a non-partisan network of over 500 women in New Orleans working to keep justice, equity, inclusion, respect, anti-racism, honesty, and integrity in our community! Now, Love supports organizations doing good work and promotes learning and inspiration among members. Each month they focus on an area of import to community members and work with one local organization to facilitate a session focused on their good work. Each gathering aims to leave women inspired, expanded, and activated.

ANDREA WIMBERLY | A yoga instructor in Kenner, Wimberly was certified in January and now runs Niyama Mama, a Facebook page that shares any and all yoga classes in Kenner (regardless of who is teaching) as well as Kenner Zen Tribe—a collection of business owners offering yoga classes in Kenner. She teaches free outdoor classes at Rivertown Farmers Market, staff classes at the Hilton New Orleans Airport, children’s classes at Kid’s Gym in Esplanade Mall, fitness classes at Nolafitlife (also in Esplanade Mall), and substitute teaches at a brand-new studio in Rivertown called Yolagi Holistic Wellness. Educating herself and community has become her greatest passion.

LAGNIAPPE WITH LOVE | Lagniappe with Love was created in 2016 after the devastating floods in Louisiana. They came together as a group with an amazing amount of support to help our fellow Louisianians. They want to continually support the people, communities, and organizations of our state as needs arise not only from flooding but also other unfortunate situations. Lagniappe with Love strives to be a strong, compassionate, locally run organization that will help to empower, embrace, support, restore, and enhance the people, communities, and organizations of Louisiana.

WOMEN’S CENTER FOR HEALING AND TRANSFORMATION | A non-profit that opened in 2013, the Women’s Center for Healing and Transformation offers a wide variety of services to women, and some men and children too, on a “pay as you’re able” basis. They do not have government funding or large grants and both co-directors are volunteers, as are most of the staff. They collaborate with psychotherapists to provide holistic mental health services, support groups, and internships in communitybased mental health with several major universities. They focus on healing and transformation not of only individuals and their families, but on society, to build a culture that respects women and girls and all people of various backgrounds for a more peaceful community.

MASTER GARDENERS OF GREATER NEW ORLEANS | MGGNO’s goal is to increase the public’s love for and knowledge of gardening and responsible stewardship of the environment. Serving Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, and St. Bernard parishes, the Master Gardeners of Greater New Orleans strives to aid the LSU AgCenter to meet the educational needs of home gardeners and more in our community while providing enjoyable, worthwhile service experience for our members. MGGNO is enthusiastically celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2018! •

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iving without the expectation of anything in return is an incredible feeling. Along with feelings of appreciation and gratitude, we might also feel the “warm-fuzzies” and tingling sensations when bringing joy to others. With the holiday season soon approaching, there are countless opportunities and ways to give back.

Give a Donation as a Gift

Give by Promoting a Cause

Many nonprofits make it easy to “give a donation as a gift” through their company website. You can also get creative by making your own card with the donation information on it. Giving someone the gift of aiding in a cause they care about is one of the most thoughtful things you can share with them this holiday season.

You don’t have to donate money or volunteer your time to give something valuable. You can promote a cause you’re interested in through various forms both online and in person. Consider promoting charitable causes by spreading the word about the benefits of supporting nonprofits. Even just sharing information about a cause with two to three friends provides positive exposure and increases the nonprofit’s chances of more supporters.

Give Your Time to a Cause You Love If you haven’t had experience with volunteering already, the holiday season is the perfect time to start. With the spirit of the holidays making everyone a little bit happier, you can take that energy and use it to help those who are not as fortunate as you.

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Give by Reaching Out There are so many ways to make someone’s holiday season better and they do not have to be materialistic. Perhaps you know someone who is lonely or depressed this

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time of year. By simply reaching out and letting them know they are not alone, you can completely change their outlook. Reach out to those who need it with the intention to show you care and you are thinking of them.

Give Random Acts of Kindness There are so many things in our lives that we take for granted because we don’t always see the connection to other people. Think about all those delivery drivers working extra hours to ensure your holiday gifts arrive on time or those working to make you the perfect holiday meal. Select an area of your life that you’re particularly happy about right now and trace it back to the person or group that made it possible. •


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TIPS TO AVOID HOLIDAY WEIGHT GAIN

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h, the holidays are upon us. With the countless parties, dinners, and plentiful treats, the holidays are a time when people tend to pack on a little bit of weight. Even worse, weight gained during this time is typically never lost after the holiday season is over, but this doesn’t have to be the case! Follow these tips to ensure you avoid packing on any lbs. over your holiday season.

LIMIT LIQUID CALORIES Soda, alcohol, and hot cocoa are all commonly consumed beverages during the holidays. These drinks contain high amounts of sugar, which can quickly add up to a good number of empty calories in your diet, a deadly combination for those wanting to avoid weight gain. Try to limit yourself to only a few calorie-rich beverages, and mainly stick to water and black coffee.

STAY ACTIVE Try to keep away from any sedentary activities like sitting on the couch. Inactivity is linked to weight gain, especially when it is done along with excessive eating. Something as simple as going for a walk with friends or family can be a great way to stay active and keep your weight in control.

PORTION CONTROL That whole plate of cookies looking tempting? By all means, enjoy one! Ensure you have reasonable portion sizes in order to not over-indulge in any unhealthy snacks. One smart way to keep disciplined with this is to eat off smaller plates.

GET SUFFICIENT SLEEP Sleep often falls by the wayside as something that we can get by with on the bare minimum. This is especially true during the holidays, which can lead to increased hunger, slow metabolism, and less energy. BE SELECTIVE, NOT RIGID Trying to maintain a strict diet over the holidays is no fun, and you’ll quickly burn yourself out. Instead, be selective with what foods you eat, and enjoy any treats you may want in moderation. At the same time, try to cut out any unnecessary snack foods you may eat throughout your day.

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GET YOUR PROTEIN! Holiday meals are typically heavy on the carbs, and lacking on essential proteins, which can lead to weight gain. To avoid this, make sure all of your meals have a source of quality protein, as it promotes fullness and can be an important tool in maintaining your weight. Try to get at least 25-30 grams of protein per meal for optimal weight management.

DON’T LET THE BUFFET TEMPT YOU Most holiday meals are served buffet style, and practically beg you to come back for seconds. Try to stay disciplined during your first trip to the buffet line, assessing your hunger and loading up your plate accordingly. Remember, you don’t need to have a plate full of food to enjoy the company of others at your gathering. PUT THE PROCESSED FOODS DOWN Processed foods are out, whole foods are in. There are tons of super convenient holiday foods out there ready to get your weight out of control. From packaged cookies to boxed mashed potatoes, it’s better to just say no and stick to food made from scratch. This way, you avoid any unhealthy preservatives and processed carbs and fats, which can be detrimental to your weight maintenance. BREAK OUT THE SCALE I get that we all have a love/hate relationship with the scale, but regularly weighing yourself can be an important psychological reminder while practicing weight management. Individuals that weigh themselves have been shown to be more effective at maintaining their weight, so try to make it a habit to step on the scale once or twice a week. Bryan Kittman is a lifestyle writer for the San Diego Entertainer Magazine.

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ASK THE LIFE COACH

with Carla Robertson

Carla is a master certified life coach in New Orleans. Have a question for Carla or want to learn more about her programs, events or services? Contact her at carla@ livingwildandprecious.com or 504-507-0687.

I eat different (healthier) foods than my family and even though I don’t want them to they always make it an issue at the holidays. What can I do? —Kate

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i Kate! If I had a chance to coach with you one on one, my first question would be, “Say more,” because there are a lot of ways that family members might create issues around someone’s eating choices. Since I can’t do that, I’ll offer some options that I hope will be helpful to you and other readers.

Of course, there are many logistical options. Bring your own food without making a big flourish about it. Bring a dish you can eat that you can share. Eat before you arrive. Yet, there’s more. What we eat with family is connected to ritual, bonding, memories, traditions and love. Consider how you can focus on the love and bonding separate from the food. How can you support that in your family? Your family members may feel that not eating what they have prepared is judging them. In a small way, you are, because you believe your food is healthier than what they prepare. Anything you can do to remove your own judgement from your family members’ choices will bring you more peace. If family members are pressing you to eat things you don’t want to or can’t eat, “No, thank you” is a complete sentence, and you don’t have to explain further. You can do this calmly with a relaxed, light energy. If family members are making passive-aggressive statements about your eating, you don’t have to engage. You can diffuse the situation by asking them questions, or by saying, “you make a solid point” and leaving it at that, rather than feeling any need to argue about or justify your choices. When it’s an option for everyone to feel comfortable eating what they are eating, the less of an issue your choices will be, and the focus can return to love and connection. Bon Appétit! •

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oretta LaGarde is the Sr. Community Impact Director for the American Heart Association. Coretta is a quiet force behind creating a culture of health where we live, work, learn, play, pray, and heal. To improve the lives in our community, the American Heart Association provides public health education in a variety of ways. Whether she’s training the next generation of lifesavers in CPR, collaborating with city leadership to offer healthier food in all public spaces, or bringing awareness to equity for walkable, bikeable, and accessible communities, her work is changing the health of the people in New Orleans. • Fit NOLA & Whole Foods Market together launched Healthy Heroes—a program to celebrate community members leading healthy efforts across New Orleans. NOMINATE A HEALTHY HERO ONLINE at nola.gov/healthdepartment/fit-nola/healthy-hero/.

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December 1 & 2, 2018, Lymphatic Drainage, Tamika Dillon, CL December 8-10, 2018, MediCupping Certification, Annie Garic, ACE Educator January 12 - 13, 2019 Pre & Post Natal Massage, Melissa Pearson Hobson, LMT January 25-27, 2019, Foot Reflexology: Basics & Beyond, Peggy Scott, Certified Somatic Therapist February 9 -10, 2019, Deep Tissue: Beyond the Basics, John Chetta, LMT February 23-24, 2019, Reiki 1 & 2, Toshii Cooper, Reiki Master Teacher July 12-14, 2019, Ortho-Bionomy Postural Re-Education, Peggy Scott, Advanced Instructor SOBI For information: 504-293-0972. PeggyS@BlueCliffCollege.com

DECEMBER 1, 2018

Breakfast with Santa & Holiday Boutique — 8:30am-1pm. De La Salle High School, 5300 St Charles Ave, New Orleans. DeLaSalleNOLA.eJoinMe.org Festival of Trees Pajama Party Brunch — 10am-1pm. Louisiana Children’s Museum, 420 Julia St, New Orleans. LCM. ThankYou4Caring.org/Festival_of_Trees_2018 Art of Giving: Holiday Shopping Event — 10am-2pm. Ogden Museum, 925 Camp St, New Orleans. OgdenMuseum.org St Roch Cemetery Tour — 10-11:30am. 1725 St Roch Ave, New Orleans. FareHarbor.com Pawliday Pet Portraits — 10am-3pm. Louisiana SPCA, 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd, New Orleans. LA-SPCA.org Raising Urban Chickens — 1:30-3pm. $20. All You Need, 3700 Toledano St, New Orleans. Info@AllYouNeedInstitute.com

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Saturdays 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Bingo, Brew, & Bow Wow — 2-5pm. Second Line Brewing, 433 N Bernadotte St, New Orleans. TakePawsRescue.org Opera Club Holiday Party — 7-10pm. New Orleans Opera Association, 935 Gravier St, New Orleans. NewOrleansOpera.org Art Against AIDS — 8pm-12am. Club XLIV, Superdome, New Orleans. NoAIDSTaskForce.org

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Pop-Up Holiday Art Market & Member Appreciation — 11:30am-3:30pm. Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal St, New Orleans. HNOC.org December 4, 2018 Sipping with Santa — 6-9pm. Chateau Golf & Country Club, 3600 Chateau Blvd, Kenner. SippingWithSanta@gmail.com Fish Town: Louisiana’s Vanishing Fishing Communities — 6-8pm. Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St, New Orleans. HealthyGulf.org Film Night: The Shape of Water — 6:30pm. Discussion following with Oneal A. Isaac. $15, Students $10, Members Free. Unitarian Universalist Church, 5212 S. Claiborne at Jefferson, New Orleans. JungNewOrleans.org

DECEMBER 5, 2018

Swedish Massage Clinic — 12:45 & 2:15pm. Also December 12th. Help a student with their education at our student massage clinic. Swedish is a gentle full body massage which focuses on circulation, joint mobilization & relaxation. $30. Blue Cliff College Massage Therapy Dept, Clearview Mall, Metairie. Info or appointment: 504-293-0972 Open Hours: Reading, Writing, Creating — 5-7pm. Neighborhood Story Project, 2202 Lapeyrouse St, New Orleans. NeighborhoodStoryProject.org Sound Healing at Strictly Salt of Metairie — 6-7pm. Sound healing supports the body, mentally, physically, and spiritually. When an organ or body part is healthy, it creates a natural resonant frequency in harmony with the rest of the body. $10 Suggested Donation. 3110 David Drive, Metairie, 504-517-2581 or StrictlySaltOfMetairie.com/Events Swedish & Deep Tissue Massage Clinics — 6:15 & 7:30pm. Also December 19th. Help a student with their education at our student

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massage clinic. Swedish is a gentle full body massage that focuses on circulation, joint mobilization & relaxation, and Deep Tissue is a deeper full body massage that really gets out the kinks. $30. Blue Cliff College Massage Therapy Dept, Clearview Mall, Metairie. Info or appointment: 504-293-0972 Yoga Under The Lights — 6:30-7:15pm. Also December 12th & 19th. Holiday season is upon us, so come celebrate with a 45 minute yoga flow session under the lights during Celebration in the Oaks. Free, $8 Admission to Celebration in the Oaks. Under the Snow Tree in the Botanical Garden, City Park, New Orleans. FootprintsToFitness.com/Calendar/Yoga-Underthe-Lights-20181205

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Neuro Muscular Therapy Clinic — 6:15 & 7:30pm. Also December 27th. Help a student with their education at our student massage clinic. NMT is a deep massage that targets a problem area such as low back pain. $30. Blue Cliff College Massage Therapy Dept, Clearview Mall, Metairie. Info or appointment: 504-293-0972 Dinner with the Grinch — 6:30-7:30pm. Free. Velvet Cactus, 6300 Argonne Blvd, New Orleans. TheVelvetCactus.com Vince Conaway and the Hammered Dulcimer — 6-7pm. Musician, composer and world traveler. His repertoire is filled with Celtic, Medieval and renaissance music. $10 Suggested Donation. 3110 David Drive, Metairie, 504517-2581 or StrictlySaltOfMetairie.com/Events WACNO Annual Meeting & Dinner — 7-9pm. Vyoone’s, 412 Girod St, New Orleans. WACNO.org YLC Holiday Party — 7-10pm. Members $50, Non-Members $70. Pat O’s on the River, 600 Decatur St, New Orleans. Members. YLCNOLA.org

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Louisiana Tiny House Festival — 12pm. Through December 9th. Heritage Park, 1701 Bayou Ln, Slidell. UnitedTinyHouse.com Neuro Muscular Therapy Clinic — 12:45 & 2:15. Also December 14th, 19th, & 21st. Help a student with their education at our student massage clinic. NMT is a deep massage that targets a problem area such as low back pain. $30. Blue Cliff College Massage Therapy Dept, Clearview Mall, Metairie. Info or appointment: 504-293-0972 300 for 300 Exhibition — 5:30-8pm. The Old No 77 Hotel, 535 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans. Old77Hotel.com Holidate at the Ritz Carlton — 6-8pm. $155 per table for 4. 921 Canal St, New Orleans. 504-262-5048.


300 Years of Women’s Influence on New Orleans — 6:30-8:30pm. Also December 8th. Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, 938 Lafayette St, New Orleans. FriendsOfTheCabildo.Secure.Force.com Harry Potter Yule Ball — 8pm-1am. Free. Twelve Mile Limit, 500 S Telemachus St, New Orleans. TwelveMileLimit.com

DECEMBER 8, 2018

Feral Cat Workshop — 10am-12pm. Louisiana SPCA, 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd, New Orleans. LA-SPCA.org Fete de Fezziwig — 12:30-4pm. Le Petit Theatre, 616 St Peter St, New Orleans. LePetitTheatre.com DIY Urban Water Management — 1:303pm. 3700 Toledano St, New Orleans. AllYouNeedInstitute.com Celebration in the Oaks Run/Walk — 3-5pm. City Park Storyland, New Orleans. RunSignUp.com Byrdie’s Pottery Holiday Party — 6-9pm. Byrdie’s, 2402a St Claude Ave, New Orleans. ByrdiesGallery.com Improvisations Gala — 7-10pm. New Orleans Jazz Museum, 400 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans. Gala.NOLAJazzMuseum.org Jingle Bells & Cocktails Scholarship Gala — 7-11pm. Xavier University, 1 Drexel Dr, New Orleans. XULA.edu Art Klub After pARTy — 9pm-1am. Art Klub, 1941 Arts St, New Orleans. ArtKlub.org

DECEMBER 15, 2018

37th Ole Man River Half & 5K — 7am-12pm. Gretna. RunNOTC.org Cars & Coffee — 9am-12pm. NOLA Motorsports Park, 11075 Nicolle Blvd, Avondale. NOLAMotor.com

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Saturday Morning Massage Clinic — 9:15 & 10:30am. Also December 29th. Help a student with their education at our student clinic. Techniques available: Swedish, Deep Tissue & Neuro Muscular. Help a student with their education at our student massage clinic. $30. Blue Cliff College Massage Therapy Dept, Clearview Mall, Metairie. Info or appointment: 504-293-0972

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Repticon — 10am-5pm. Also December 16th. NOLA Motorsports Park, 11075 Nicolle Blvd, Avondale. Repticon.com Winter Wonderland Teddy Bear Workshop — 10-11:30am. $40. La Petite Tea Room, 5928 W Metairie Ave #3, Metairie. LaPetiteTeaRoom.com Christmas on the Farm — 11am-4pm. Also December 16th. $20. Zoo 2 U, 82089 Hwy 25, Folsom. 504-756-1501. Camel Toe Lady Steppers Annual Toe-Down — 8:30pm-12:30am. $15 Advance, $20 Door. One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St, New Orleans. CTLSToeDown2019.Eventbrite.com

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DECEMBER 9, 2018

Anders Osborne’s Won’t Bow Down Benefit — 12-5:30pm. $75-$150. Maple Leaf Bar, 8316 Oak St, New Orleans. WontBowDown.Eventbrite.com

An Edible Feast — 7-9pm. New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Cir, New Orleans. NOMA.org

Winter Solstice Energy Clearing — 4:15-6:15pm. Swan River Yoga, 2940 Canal St, New Orleans. SwanRiverYoga.com

Record Raid — 11am-5pm. Ace Hotel, 600 Carondelet St, New Orleans. RecordRaid.com

DECEMBER 11, 2018

Satanic Meet and Drink — 9-11pm. The Saint Bar, 961 St Mary St, New Orleans.

DECEMBER 12, 2018

Salt and Stretch — 6-8 pm. Join us for a 45 minute halotherapy session following a 45 minute stretch class, combining stretching, yoga, breathing and relaxation techniques that enhance the halotherapy session. $25, Members $10. 3110 David Drive, Metairie, 504-517-2581 or StrictlySaltOfMetairie.com/ Events

DECEMBER 14, 2018

Women’s Guild Eggnog — 12:30-2:30pm. $25. Women’s Guild of New Orleans Opera, 2504 Prytania St, New Orleans. NewOrleansOpera.org Dashing Through the Dome — 6-9pm. Superdome, New Orleans. NewOrleansBowl.org

This special, month-long light show in City Park hosts hundreds of thousands of colorful lights and illuminated outdoor displays to showcase the holiday season in New Orleans. An annual tradition that began in the late 1980s, Celebration in the Oaks is a family-friendly event that only happens after dark. Over the years it has become one of the most beautiful and popular holiday lighting displays in the country, attracting hundreds of thousands of people annually. Celebration in the Oaks opens every year on the Friday after Thanksgiving and closes January 3rd. During this glittering extravaganza, festive lights and colorful, imaginative holiday decorations are strung across City Park’s centuries-old live oak trees and elsewhere throughout the section of the park closest to the major attractions, including Storyland, the Botanical Gardens and the Carousel Gardens amusement ride area. Children and their parents are invited to take a two-mile ride on the miniature train that circles the park, passing underneath lit-up holiday displays and other special effects.

DECEMBER 17, 2018

Harry Shearer & Judith Owen’s Christmas Without Tears — 7:30pm. Also December 18th. Le Petit Theatre, 616 St Peter St, New Orleans. LePetiteTheatre.com

DECEMBER 20, 2018

NOLA Christmas Fest — 11am9pm. Daily through December 31st. 900 Convention Center Blvd, New Orleans. NOLAChristmasFest.com

DECEMBER 22, 2018

Wicked Dirty Pour — 10-11:30am. Shard Shop, 3138 Magazine St, New Orleans. ShardShop.com/NOLA

DECEMBER 25, 2018

Misfit Toys — 9pm-4am. Techno Club, 810 S Peters St, New Orleans. TechnoClubNOLA.com

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sunday Tai Chi in the Park — 8-8:45am. Last Sunday of the Month. Peristyle in City Park, 42 Dreyfous Dr, New Orleans. OchsnerFitness.com Introduction to Zen Meditation — 8:30 am (except the first Sunday of the month). By donation. Midcity Zen. 3248 Castiglione St, New Orleans. MidCityZen.org. Mindfulness Meditation — 8:50-10am. Meditation, a reading and discussion. 1st & 3rd Sundays. Free/By Donation. Yoga Sanga, 2013 Claiborne St, Mandeville. ResourceForLife@bellsouth.net Community Hot Quickie — 9-10am. Sixty minute, Bikram-inspired hot yoga. Same therapeutic practice, less time! All levels welcome; no class package required — by donation every week! Yes, Yoga. 8338 Oak St, New Orleans. YesYogaNOLA@gmail. com. YesYogaNOLA.co Sunday Morning Meditation — 9am. Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center, 3722 St Charles Ave, New Orleans. 504899-3390. UnityNewOrleans.org. A Course in Miracles — 9:30am. Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center, 3722 St Charles Ave, New Orleans. 504-899-3390. UnityNewOrleans.org. Yogananda Studies — 9:30am. Free. Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center, 3722 St Charles Ave, New Orleans. 504899-3390. UnityNewOrleans.org. Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center Sunday Service — 11am. 3722 St Charles Ave, New Orleans. 504-899-3390. UnityNewOrleans.org. Sunday Celebration Service — 11am. Unity of Metairie. 3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd, 504-885-7575. UnityOfMetairie.com. Eckankar — 11am-12pm. Discover what Eckankar can do for you to enrich your life with Divine Guidance. NO Healing Center, 2371 St Claude Ave, 4th floor. Sathya Sai Baba Group — 12-3pm. Gathering for bhajans, fellowship and community service.  Based on the values of truth, right action, peace, love and nonviolence. “Love All. Serve All.” Contact for updated location and time: SaiNOLA108@gmail.com Basic/Beginners Aikido Class — 3:30pm4:30pm. Practice the art of peace. First class free. NOLA Aikido, 3909 Bienville St, Ste. 103 in Mid-City, New Orleans. 504-208-4861. Info@NOLAAikido.com. Yin Yoga — 5-6pm. Gentle, restorative yoga: Long holds. Deep stretching. Props. Yoga newbies encouraged! Yes, Yoga. 8338 Oak St, New Orleans. YesYogaNOLA@ gmail.com YesYogaNOLA.co

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Compost NOW — 4-5:30pm. Free. Accept fruits and vegetables scraps, coffee grounds, tea bags, eggshells, nut shells, seed shells, plain bread, grains, and rice. No meat, bones, or dairy. Bring in a paper or compostable bag or a reusable container and freeze your scraps. Children’s Resource Library. Children Karate Class — 5-5:45pm. Also Wednesday. First class free. 8132 Willow St, New Orleans. Call Sensei King Lam 504-866-2241. Beginners Karate Class — 5:30-6:15pm. Also Wednesday and Friday. First class free. LA Karate Association Dojo, 706C Phosphor Ave, Metairie. 504835-6825. LKAKarate.com Basic/Beginners Aikido Class — 6:15pm-7:15pm. Practice the art of peace. First class free. NOLA Aikido, 3909 Bienville St, Ste. 103 in Mid-City, New Orleans. 504-208-4861. Info@NOLAAikido.com. Mats & Margaritas — 6:30-7:30pm. $10. La Casita on The Patio, 845 Carondelet St, New Orleans. FootprintsToFitness.com/Mats-Margaritas Flowering Lotus Mindfulness Meditation Group — 7-8:30pm. Donation. Flowering Lotus Meditation and Retreat Center, 627 Opelousas Ave, Algiers

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Qigong/Dao-In — Noon. Tues & Thurs. Bring a mat. $5/class. New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St Claude Ave, 2nd Fl Upper, Ste. 220, New Orleans. 985-4670900 or dc@affordablehealingarts.com. Connected Warriors Yoga — 12-1pm. Higher Power Yoga and Cycle, 514 City Park Ave. Free Yoga for Veterans, Service members, active, military, and their friends and family. Young Yogis — 3:45-4:30pm. Fun, playful class for kids 4 to 8 years old to strengthen their bodies with yoga poses and learn to focus and center themselves with breathing and meditation. Music, games, and stories complete the mind-body connection. Led by Heidi, a certified Kidding Around yoga instructor and experienced elementary school teacher. $49/six classes; $10 drop-in. Transform NOLA. 8509 Oak St, New Orleans. 985-640-2648. TransformNOLA.com Self Defense Open Palm System — 5:30-7pm. Learn self defense techniques and skills from Sa Ba Nimm 3rd degree black belt Leon Molinario. In this class you will become accustomed to the Pyung Soo Do — Open Palm System and become more confident in your own physical prowess and confidence. Monthly classes. 18 & up. First time registration fee of $45 includes uniform. Goldring-Woldenberg JCC, 3747 W Esplanade Ave, Metairie. Contact Leon at LeonsPlumbingCo@ gmail.com or 504-442-7346. Yoga in the Cathedral — 5:30-6:30PM. Bring your own mat. Free (donations accepted.) Christ Church Cathedral, 2919 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans. Yogalates at Duncan Plaza — 5:30-6:30pm. 343-349 Loyola Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112 FootprintsToFitness.com/Yogalates-at-the-Plaza

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HIIT at the Peristyle — 6-7:30pm. All levels. Bring a water bottle and a friend. Free. Peristyle on City Park. Northshore Table Tennis Club — 6:30-9:30pm. $5 per session. Abita Recreation District #11. 22517 Hwy 36, Abita Springs. Powerpath Mastermind Miracles Sangha — 6:30pm. 3722 St Charles Ave, New Orleans. 504899-3390. UnityNewOrleans.org. Filipino Martial Arts Beginners Class — 7-8pm. First class free. 8132 Willow St, New Orleans. Call Sensei King Lam 504-866-2241.

wednesday Beginners Tai Chi Class — 9:30-10:30am & 7-8pm. First class free. 8132 Willow St, New Orleans. Call Sensei King Lam 504-866-2241 Qi-Gym -10-11am. $10 Donation. First Class Free. Broadmoor Arts & Wellness Center. 3900 General Taylor St, New Orleans. BrainHeartBalance.com or 504-309-0002. Gentle Yoga — 10:30-11:30am. Free. Lyons Rec Center, 624 Louisiana Ave. Prayer and Healing — 11am. Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center, 3722 St Charles Ave. 504-899-3390. UnityNewOrleans.org. Compost NOW — 12:30-2pm. Free. Accept fruits and vegetables scraps, coffee grounds, tea bags, eggshells, nut shells, seed shells, plain bread, grains, and rice. No meat, bones, or dairy. Bring in a paper or compostable bag or a reusable container and freeze your scraps. Behind Latter Library/ Friends of NOPL. Helping Hands Reike Class — 1-3pm. Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center, 3722 St Charles Ave. 504-899-3390. UnityNewOrleans.org. Wellness Wednesdays: Ideal Protein — 5-5:30pm. Majoria Drug Store, 888 Terry Parkway, Terrytown. 504-392-1551. melissa@majoria.com. www.idealmajoria.com. Community Meditation — 6-7pm. Love Offering. Unity of Metairie, 3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. 504-885-7575. UnityOfMetairie.com. Compost NOW — 6-7:30pm. Free. Accept fruits and vegetables scraps, coffee grounds, tea bags, eggshells, nut shells, seed shells, plain bread, grains, and rice. No meat, bones, or dairy. Bring in a paper or compostable bag or a reusable container and freeze your scraps. Mid-City Library. Aerial Yoga: Power — 6-7pm. Get superhero strong in a fun, vibrant class that utilizes aerial hammocks to support and challenge you in traditional and unique yoga poses. Accessible to all fitness levels — even a true beginner. $15 drop-in. Transform NOLA. 8509 Oak St, New Orleans. 985-640-2648. TransformNOLA.com Core + More! — 6-6:50pm. Transform NOLA, 8509 Oak St. 985-640-2648. mia@Transform NOLA.com. www.TransformNOLA.com.


Basic/Beginners Aikido Class — 6:15-7:15pm. Practice the art of peace. First class free. NOLA Aikido, 3909 Bienville St, Ste 103, in Mid-City, New Orleans. 504-208-4861. Info@NOLAAikido. com. Free Spirited Yoga — 6:30pm. Free. Join NOLA Tribe Yoga for Free Spirited Yoga every Wednesday night. Warm up 5K at 5:35pm. The Tchoup Yard, 405 Third St, New Orleans. Inner Flow Yoga — 6:30pm. Enhances lymphatic flow, digestion, immunity, balance, and relaxation. Great for beginners! $10. The Esplanade at City Park Yoga Studio, 3443 Esplanade Ave, 2nd Fl, New Orleans, LA. Taoism — 6:30pm. Facilitated by Mary Beth Ellis. Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center, 3722 St Charles Ave, New Orleans. 504-899-3390. UnityNewOrleans.org. A Course in Miracles Discussion — 7pm. Join Rev Jack Fowler. Love offering. Unity of Metairie, 3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. 504-885-7575. UnityOfMetairie.com. Level Up! Intermediate Yoga — 7:30-8:30pm. A challenging practice to bring you to the next level! Arm balances. Backbends. Inversions. 95 degrees. Come be playful and learn to fall in style! Yes, Yoga. 8338 Oak St, New Orleans. YesYoga NOLA@gmail.com. YesYogaNOLA.co

thursday Uptown Hot Vinyasa — 9-10am. New class time! A dynamic, heated flow practice. Come sweat and move like you! All levels welcome. Yes, Yoga. 8338 Oak St, New Orleans. YesYoga NOLA@gmail.com. YesYogaNOLA.co Qigong/Dao-In — Noon. Tues & Thurs. Bring a mat. $5/class. New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St Claude Ave, 2nd Fl Upper, Ste. 220, New Orleans. 985-467-0900 or dc@affordablehealingarts.com. Self Defense Open Palm System — 5:30-7pm. Learn self defense techniques and skills from Sa Ba Nimm 3rd degree black belt Leon Molinario. In this class you will become accustomed to the Pyung Soo Do — Open Palm System and become more confident in your own physical prowess and confidence. Monthly classes. 18 & up. First time registration fee of $45 includes uniform. Goldring-

Woldenberg JCC, 3747 W Esplanade Ave, Metairie. Contact Leon at LeonsPlumbingCo@gmail. com or 504-442-7346. Cardio Blast at Duncan Plaza — 5:30-6:30pm. 343-349 Loyola Ave, New Orleans. FootprintsToFitness.com/Cardio-Blast Vinyasa Flow Yoga — 6-7:15pm. Free. Popp’s Bandstand, in front of Morning Call in City Park. 56 Dreyfous drive. Bring a mat, a water bottle, and a friend. Compost NOW — 6-7:30pm. Free. Accept fruits and vegetables scraps, coffee grounds, tea bags, eggshells, nut shells, seed shells, plain bread, grains, and rice. No meat, bones, or dairy. Bring in a paper or compostable bag or a reusable container and freeze your scraps. Alvar Library. Northshore Table Tennis Club — 6:30-9:30pm. $5 per session. Abita Recreation District #11. 22517 Hwy 36, Abita Springs. Infinite Health Intention Board Workshop — 6:30-8:30pm. Every 2nd Thursday. $47. Infinite Health Integrative Medicine Center - 3900 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Ste 204 - Metairie. Lenae. Goolsby@gmail.com, YourInfiniteHealth.com Health & Wellness Network of Commerce Meeting — 6:30-8pm. Every 4th Thursday. Free for Members, $20 Online, $25 Door. Register for head count for the refreshments and check-in. Infinite Health Integrative Medicine Center, 3900 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Suite 204, Metairie. Lenae.Goolsby@gmail.com, HWNCC.com Peaceful Mamas Monthly Class for Busy Moms — 7:45-9:15pm. Wild Lotus Yoga Uptown. 504899-0047. TeamLotus@WildLotusYoga.com.

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Tiny Trees — 10-10:30am. Simple, animated poses, games, music, breathing, and meditation are all a part of this sweet, fun, class designed especially for you and your child. One adult can attend with up to two children, ages 1 to 3. $49/six classes; $10 drop-in. Transform NOLA. 8509 Oak St, New Orleans. 985-640-2648. TransformNOLA.com Happier Hour Wine Tasting — 5-7pm. Free. Spirit Wine, 3500 Magazine St, New Orleans.

Jammin’ Community Hot Quickie — 5:30-6:30pm. Bikram-style class to music. Live DJ and Oak St. Happy Hour on the fourth Friday of every month! Donation suggested. Yes, Yoga. 8338 Oak St, New Orleans. YesYogaNOLA@ gmail.com. YesYogaNOLA.co New Orleans Spiritual Awakening Group — 6-9pm. New Orleans Spiritual Awakening Group sponsored by Homeward Bound Services. May Wen. Broadmoor Arts and Wellness, 3900 General Taylor St., NOLA. https://www.facebook. com/neworleansspiritualawakening. Beginners Yoga / Level 1 Vinyasa — 6-7pm. Free. Broadmoor Arts and Wellness Center, 3900 General Taylor. Bring a mat, a towel, and a water bottle along with any other props you wish to bring.

saturday Yoga on the Bayou — 8:30-9:30am. Yoga Lagniappe, 3700 Orleans Ave, New Orleans. YogaLagniappe.com Northshore Table Tennis Club — 9:30am12:30pm. $5 per session. Abita Recreation District #11. 22517 Hwy 36, Abita Springs. Yoga and Guided Meditation — 10-11:30am. Yoga nidra with Katrina Zech. $15 donation. Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center, 3722 St Charles Ave, New Orleans. UnityNewOrleans.org. Inner Flow Yoga — 10am. Enhances lymphatic flow, digestion, immunity, balance, and relaxation. Great for beginners! $10. The Esplanade at City Park Yoga Studio, 3443 Esplanade Ave, 2nd Fl, New Orleans, LA. Compost NOW — 10:30-12pm. Free. Accept fruits and vegetables scraps, coffee grounds, tea bags, eggshells, nut shells, seed shells, plain bread, grains, and rice. No meat, bones, or dairy. Bring in a paper or compostable bag or a reusable container and freeze your scraps. Rosa Keller Library. Puppy Power Hour — 11am-12pm. Free hour of socialization and play for puppies under 1 year. Central Bark Doggy Day Care, 1604 Justin Rd, Metairie. Call or email for enrollment form: 504832-9247; NewOrleans@CentralBarkUSA.com. Level Up Intermediate Yoga — 11am-12:15pm. A challenging practice to bring you to the next level! Arm balances. Backbends. Inversions. 95 degrees. Come be playful and learn to fall in style! Yes, Yoga. 8338 Oak St, New Orleans. YesYogaNOLA@gmail.com. YesYogaNOLA.co First Position Adult Beginners Class — 11:30am-12:30pm. Live Oak Dance, 8204 Oak St, New Orleans. ChristynLiveOakDance@gmail.com NOLA Mindfulness Meditation Group — 11:45am-12:45pm. 30-minute guided meditation followed by reflection and discussion. All are welcome. Beginners encouraged to attend. $10 Suggested Donation. Broadmoor Arts and Wellness Center, 3900 General Taylor St, New Orleans. NOLAMindfulness.com

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