We all know what a phenomenal renaissance is happening at City Park, and we’re so excited to feature Capital One’s “Lark in the Park!” Thanks so much to honorary chair Beau Bassich, co-chairs Andrea Frischhertz and Ann Heslin, board member Jackie Palumbo and President of Friends of City Park Mary Johnson! Beau Bassich, Executive Director of City Park, has been the heart and soul of the park for decades, and he inspires all of us to fight for this beautiful park, which serves everyone in the community.

This year, the carousel is the beneficiary of the “Lark in the Park,” so put Friday, March 14, on your calendar. The patron party, from 7 to 8 p.m., is at the Pavilion of the Two Sisters with entertainment by Anais St. John, specialty cocktails by the Hotel Monteleone and passed hors d’oeuvres by Tableau. And, Andrea and Ann have promised real excitement for the main event! You will be entertained by Flow Tribe, have libations from Republic and be treated to over-the-top cuisine from 40 of our top restaurants! There is even a live auction for a Vespa presented by Terminex with Juli Miller Hart and Mark Romig as auctioneers. You can also take a chance on a car donated by Bryan Subaru; you can learn more, as well as purchase raffle tickets and tickets to the patron party and gala by calling 483-9368 or visiting FriendsOfCityPark.com/events.htm.

Valentine’s Day is coming up quickly, so check out What’s Hot where you’ll find the perfect gift for that special lady in your life,and ideas so that you can give hints for what you really want – just leave the magazine out open to the page and the items with big stars next to them for your significant other to find.

Luis Colmenares has a great new idea for the pet lovers in your family and has the best Valentine’s gift you could give (see photo). We all know what an incredible artist he is and how generous he is to every fundraiser in town. He also teaches art to students for free and he’s raising money for his new studio. It is time for us to support him! Call 891-0726 to reserve a place and for more information.

We are gearing up for all of those weddings and wedding parties. Of course we’re presenting our annual Couture Wedding Guide with the best information on planning a wedding or wedding-related event from local retailers.

Now that spring is almost here, your favorite restaurants are offering specials. You know how much we all love to eat, so check it out! You will also love reading about Dr. Walter and Jean Diaz’s wedding that took place in Sydney, Australia in 1944 – don’t miss it!

Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day and a safe Mardi Gras!



3 | “Hannah G. Solomon Award Luncheon,” benefiting the National Council of Jewish Women, 861-7788
7 |  “SweetArts 2014,” benefiting the Contemporary Art Center of New Orleans, 528-3805
7-8 |  “The Louisiana Sporting Clays Classic Fun Shoot,” benefiting The Chartwell Center, 899-2478
13  “Go Red for Women Luncheon", benefiting the American Heart Association, 830-2300
14 |  “Touching a Life Luncheon,” benefiting Behind the Bench, the National Basketball Wives Association, 523-3525
18 | “Mardi Gras Mambo Bingo,” benefiting Children’s Hospital, 896-9373
28 | “Mardi Gras Fete 2014,” benefiting the Junior Committee of the New Orleans Opera Guild,” 529-3000, extension 227, MardiGrasFete2014.EventBrite.com

MARCH 1-20

11 | “Mad Hatter’s Luncheon & Fashion Show,” benefiting the Women’s Guild of the New Orleans Opera Association, 267-9527
14 | “Lark in the Park,” benefiting Friends of City Park and the City Park Carousel, 483-9376
15 | “2014 Secret Gardens Tour,” benefiting the Brain Injury Association of Louisiana, SecretGardensTour.org
18 | “An Evening Benefitting Louisiana Lighthouse,” 899-4501 extension 219
19-23 | “Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival,” 581-1144
19-23 | “Art in Bloom,” benefiting New Orleans Museum of Art and the Garden Study Club of New Orleans, 658-4121, noma.org
20 | “Paint the Town Green,” benefiting Raintree Children and Family Services, 899-9045
20 | “Jazzin’ on Jackson Gala,” benefiting Mercy Endeavors Senior Center, 568-0607