WYES presents an Afternoon of Champagne Sipping on the Northshore!
Join WYES for an afternoon of bubbly during the WYES CHAMPAGNE TASTING Saturday, May 23rd from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Calypso Patio Bar & Grill, 326 Lee Lane in Historic Downtown Covington. 
For $30 per person guests will enjoy sipping champagnes and sparkling wines and sampling tasty hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are limited. Make your reservation today by calling Joan at (504) 486-5511 x 200
or e-mail her jcreson@wyes.org.
  Bubbly provided by Glazer’s Companies of Louisiana.
Attendees must be 21-years-old with a valid I.D. to attend. All proceeds from the WYES CHAMPAGNE TASTING benefit WYES, New Orleans’ public television station.

WYES CHAMPAGNE TASTING is generously sponsored by HANCOCK BANK.

Grace House’s 14th Annual Women of Substance Luncheon
Honoring local women attorneys and raising money for New Orleans’ only substance abuse facility for women

What: The 14th Annual Women of Substance Luncheon

Every year Grace House holds their annual Women of Substance Luncheon. This year the luncheon will honor local women attorneys. The Luncheon will honor attorneys Kim Boyle, Eneid A. Francis, Martha Kegel, Susan M. Tyler, and Sharonda Williams. All proceeds from the luncheon and silent auction will go back to helping local women from the New Orleans area stay clean from addictions and substance abuse.

Grace House has 25 beds and a continuing waiting list. The success of Grace House centers around assisting chemically dependent women to lead sober and addiction free lives. Regardless of the ability to pay, for up to six months Grace House provides a safe and healing home in which women can let go of their addictions, heal old wounds, and reconnect themselves with family and society.

Where: The Audubon Tea Room

(Next to the main gates of the Audubon Zoo)

6500 Magazine Street

New Orleans, LA 70118

When: Friday, May 8

The luncheon is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To generate awareness of this year’s Women of Substance Luncheon, Grace House would be honored and deeply appreciative to have any and all coverage of the luncheon. Interviews and other special requests can be directed through Michelle Gaiennie, Grace House Executive Director. She may be reached at 504.899.2423 ext. 11. Attached is the press release offering further details about the luncheon and the impact of Grace House on our community.

ART & SOUL 2009: The Essence of Louisiana
With just over a week to go, The NOCCA Institute’s annual ART & SOUL gala is shaping up to be spectacular! Please join us on campus next Sunday, May 17, 2009 for an evening you won’t soon forget. Themed "The Essence of Louisiana", the evening begins at 6pm with a patron party, featuring early access to the silent auction, plus a special menu of savory hors d’oeuvres prepared by some of New Orleans’ best chefs, including Chef David Slater from Emeril’s, Chef Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery, and Chef Alon Shaya from Domenica Restaurant.

The fun continues at the 7pm gala, with more stellar cuisine by the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, an open bar by Republic Beverage Company, plus performances by Hot Club of New Orleans, Nola Nova, and a group of NOCCA Alumni All Stars. Guests will also enjoy one of the best silent auctions in the city, with art, home furnishings, vacation packages, and more. Co-hosts Donna and Russell Klein, Pam and Ralph Lupin, Leslie and Hal Stokes, and honorary chairs Alden & Emeril Lagasse encourage you to purchase your tickets now: //www.eventbrite.com/event/309841745  or call 504 940 2900 today!

Benefiting the Louisiana SPCA
Sponsored by
Heaven’s Pets at Lake Lawn Metairie Cremation & Bereavement Center

Bring together man’s best friends, wonderful New Orleans music, and a memorial honoring the human/animal bond, all against the backdrop of one of New Orleans’s most historic neighborhoods and you have the Third Annual Gatsby Dog Second Line & Celebration taking place in New Orleans’ Historic Algiers Point, Sunday, May 17, beginning at 4:00 p.m.
This uniquely N’awlins celebration has become one of the “must do” events of the year for pet lovers and music lovers alike.   It’s also the only place you’ll find a second line celebration tailored especially for dogs and their humans, and the only one that honors our relationship with our pets, both past and present.  As in past years, the event benefits a worthy cause – with proceeds dedicated to the Louisiana SPCA, also located in historic Algiers.   Proceeds are generated from the registration fee required for all participants. 

The Celebration is an ideal outing for any pet lover, and because it’s conveniently located just across the River from the French Quarter you can easily get to the event from the Canal Street Ferry, which allows dogs and their humans to use the ferry!

Heaven’s Pets at Lake Lawn Metairie Cremation & Bereavement Center is the signature sponsor for the event which is named in memory of Gatsby, a five-pound Yorkshire terrier who was well known in his Algiers Point neighborhood. 
The event begins with a Memorial Celebration honoring the relationship we have with our furred companions, both past and present.  All participants/registrants will receive a memorial ribbon and are encouraged to bring photos in memory of their beloved pets.   Featuring second line music by Free Agents Brass Band and Some Like it Hot,  along with food, drinks, treats for pooches, and kids activities, it’s the must do event for any and all animal lovers.   The first 100 registrants also receive “Gatsby Dog” beads and three food/drink tickets.
 The New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation and Stephens Financial Services have also joined the celebration sponsoring this year’s music.
During the celebration, be sure to get the special Gatsby Dog Drink, in a souvenir cup, available at both the Dry Dock Café and Old Point Bar, for only $5.