Country Inns & Suites Joins Beacon of Hope in May 7 Project to Renovate New Orleans Home

WHAT:    Country Inns & Suites officials and the Country Inns & Suites French Quarter general manager and executive staff members, together with Beacon of Hope and hospitality suppliers offering environmentally responsible products and services, will visit the Gibson family home to undertake light renovations to repair Hurricane Katrina damage. Country Inns & Suites will also plant a front-yard garden and give the family a specially designed Green Care kit.

Beacon of Hope is a non profit organization providing a recovery model for neighborhoods devastated by Hurricane Katrina. The group empowers communities to facilitate their rebirth by supporting resident-driven activities and a safe environment, creating the synergy to restore neighborhoods and improve overall quality of life.

The national hospitality suppliers are in New Orleans for Country Inns & Suites’ Green Supplier Summit, part of the company’s efforts to develop an environmental pilot program to be tested at locations including the Country Inns & Suites French Quarter. Country Inns & Suites has three locations in Louisiana, including two in New Orleans.

WHO:       Mike Larose, General Manager, Country Inn & Suites French Quarter, New Orleans
                 Carmen Baker, Vice President, Responsible Business, Carlson Hotels Worldwide

WHEN:    Thursday, May 7 at 3:00 – 5:00 P. M.

WHERE:  4763 Marigny Street, New Orleans, LA 70122

Annual Family Day Celebration
Explores Local Traditions of Brass Bands, Second Lines, and Mardi Gras Indians
Free family event features music and children’s activities
WHAT:           Family Day at The Collection—presented in conjunction with the exhibition
                        In the Spirit: The Photography of Michael P. Smith  from
                        The Historic New Orleans Collection
WHEN:           Sunday, May 17, 2009
12:30–4:00 p.m.
WHERE:        500 Block of Royal Street, French Quarter
520 & 533 Royal Street
HOW:             Family Day is free and open to the public.

WHY:              The Historic New Orleans Collection’s annual Family Day is designed for guests of all ages to celebrate New Orleans history and culture in a fun, friendly, and educational environment. This year’s program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition In the Spirit: The Photography of Michael P. Smith from The Historic New Orleans Collection, which includes more than 80 photographs of the city’s second lines, Mardi Gras Indians, social aid and pleasure clubs, and more.
                                    Family Day will feature music by the Treme Brass Band and children’s entertainer Papillion. Children will be able to create their own second line regalia and have their pictures taken. Mardi Gras Indian Larry Bannock (Big Chief of the Golden Star Hunters) and Leslie Smith, musician/songwriter and daughter of the artist Michael P. Smith, will discuss the culture and traditions captured in the exhibition. Visit <> for the complete schedule of activities.
                        Both the exhibition and Family Day are free and open to the public.
                        For more information, visit <> or call (504) 523-4662.

New Orleans Jesters
Minor League Soccer Team

2009 Season Home Games
Sat, May 16               7:00 p.m.     Bradenton Academics          at       N.O. Jesters
Fri, May 22                7:00 p.m.     Central Florida Kraze           at       N.O. Jesters
Sat, Jun 6                  7:00 p.m.     Nashville Metros                 at       N.O. Jesters
Sat, Jun 20                7:00 p.m.     Mississippi Brilla                  at       N.O. Jesters
Thu, Jun 25               7:00 p.m.     Nashville Metros                 at       N.O. Jesters
Sat, Jun 27                7:00 p.m.     Panama City Pirates            at       N.O. Jesters
Sat, Jul 11                 7:00 p.m.     Baton Rouge Capitals          at       N.O. Jesters
Fri, Jul 17                   7:00 p.m.     Atlanta Blackhawks             at       N.O. Jesters
All games played at
Pan American Stadium
New Orleans City Park
 Game tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and students

WHAT:             The New Orleans Jesters minor league soccer team will visit schools throughout New Orleans in the upcoming weeks to introduce themselves to area youth and offer fun soccer skills workshops.
                        Students will participate in passing, shooting and dribbling drills in small groups with Jesters players, where they will be able to get to know the players one-on-one, and compete for Jesters’ prizes.  In addition to meal coupon giveaways from Jesters’ title sponsor New Orleans Hamburger & Seafood Co., the team will distribute free youth tickets to the first home game so the kids can cheer on their new friends.
“Focusing on the children of our community is a top priority for us,” said Jesters owner Dana Stumpf.  “The players look forward to visiting the local schools and to getting the kids excited about the season.”
The Jesters’ home opener will be played on Saturday, May 16th at 7:00 p.m. at the newly renovated Pan American Stadium in City Park.  The game is deemed “Youth Night” and kids will enjoy activities such as pony rides, an animal petting zoo, and face painting.
If your school or other organization wishes to request Jesters players for appearances, please visit <> or contact 504-312-3979.
VISITS:           (each visit will last approximately 1 – 1.5 hours)
                        Friday, May 8th
12:30 p.m.
Samuel Green Charter Middle
2319 Valence St.
                        Friday, May 8th
                        2:00 p.m.
                                    Sojourner Truth Academy
                                    2437 Jena St. (near Napoleon and Freret)
Wednesday, May 13th
                        2:30 p.m.
                                    Albert Wicker Elementary School
                                    2011 Bienville St.
                        Thursday, May 14th
                        1:00 p.m.
                                    New Orleans Christian Academy
                                    122 N. Dorgenois St. (near Canal and Broad)
                        Thursday, May 14th
                        3:30 p.m.
                                    Langston Hughes Academy Charter School
                                    3519 Trafalgar St.
                        Friday, May 15th
                        1:00 p.m.
Arthur Ashe Charter School
401 Nashville Ave. (at Annunciation)
                        Monday, May 18th
                        12:30 p.m.
                                    Magnolia School
                                    100 Central Avenue (Jefferson, LA)
                        Tuesday, June 9th
                        11:00 a.m.
                                    Green Park Elementary School
                                    1409 N. Upland Ave. (Metairie, LA)
MORE INFO:     <>
CONTACT:       Stafford Scott
                        Skewed Communications

Acting Camps this summer
1.)  Acting 101:   Learn the basics of acting:  How to present yourself on stage, basic improv, how to create a role, how to relax on stage and more!
June 8 – June 26 (3 week summer session)
Tues & Thurs mornings from 10am-12pm
Only accepting 10 students ages 12-18
2.)  Acting for the Camera:  Learn techniques you will use in television and film.  Plus, get on-camera experience to help you land a commercial, film role, and an agent.
June 29th – July 17th (3 week summer session)
Tues & Thurs mornings from 10am-12pm
Only accepting 10 students ages 12-18
Both sessions will be offered at Ursuline Academy Uptown, however, this summer camp is not affiliated with the school’s Performing Arts Camp.  We’re keeping the classes small so the kids can get more attention.  Local actor, director, and Delgado Theater teacher Kristopher LaMorte will be the instructor.

For more information contact