Everyone loves the Children’s Museum and we do too! “CHAIRish the Children” is coming up and you don’t want to miss all of the exciting food, music and food that co-chairs Malise Kearney and Shannon Zink have for you August 28.

I want to thank all of the musicians, producers and sponsors for putting on the Gulf Aid Benefit concert. If you missed the event, you can still donate. Please visit www.gulfaid.org to help all of the fisherman, their families and the Gulf Coast region.

Think about all of the time we spend in our kitchens and bathrooms – our feature on updating these two rooms will give you ideas galore; be sure to check out “Re-vamp Your Look for Less.”

Can you believe the parties are already in full swing for all of the debutantes this year? Our What’s Hot for Debutante Gifts will feature great gifts, dresses and accouterments for your favorite honoree. While those girls are getting ready for the parties, we have great ideas for pampering them, you and your best friends: “Summertime Solutions: Pampering yourself has never been more important.” And look to “Art in New Orleans” for the latest in local galleries, openings and artists.

News Flash! For the “Just Say YA/YA” event on July 22, Allen Toussaint will make a cameo appearance and wow the patrons at 6:30 p.m. at The 12 Bar on Fulton Street.

One of our favorite stores on Magazine Street, The Magic Box, has an uncommon approach to customer service.

They are toy experts for every child by taking into consideration their interests, age, and motor skills from infant to teens through a personal interview process. Their online registry, at www.magicboxneworleans.com, will help you create a wish list for your favorite children. They also feature a wide variety of Silly Bands, the hottest new phenomenon, and outdoor entertainment to keep your child cool and engaged all summer.

We all remember the Caribbean Room, and the “Mile High Pie” at The Pontchartrain, well, the “New” Pontchartrain, is now open! The Pontchartrain returns as New Orleans’ premier senior residence for active and independent living. The historic light standards once again light up this elegant St. Charles Avenue property that has been preserved to the splendor of a grand bygone era. Contact Gabrielle Casebonne at 524-0581 for more information.

We would like to apologize to Audubon Park Clubhouse for printing their name incorrectly last month.

Our hearts and prayers go out to all affected by the oil spill in the Gulf Coast region and I encourage you to be active at any level: donate, volunteer or help a friend that has been affected.