Author: Photos by Cheryl Gerber

Young Bloods: Gene Meneray

One local organization is dedicated to helping New Orleans artists and nonprofits succeed in a big way. Launched as a joint program of the Arts Council of New Orleans, Tipitina’s Foundation and Tulane Law School, The Ella Project offers high-level,…

Student Activist: Makayla Amma Anderson

“It is important to be involved in your community for many reasons. I chose to be involved because it allows me to get to know the people in my community, make new relationships and view the world from different aspects.…

What's Hot: Children's Chic

1. A white bubble with blue trim and embroidered ice cream cones is the sweetest outfit for the sandbox. Aura Luz, 4408 Shores Drive, 888-3313, ShopAuraLuz.com  2. Toting around summer camp essentials is made easy with a washable raw linen…

Lafitte Greenway

In a city where land available for commercial development is scarce, it is refreshing to see a strip of green space not only preserved, but transformed into a magnet for new activity, which is what is happening along the corridor…

Sugar Roots Farm

Most of us who grew up in New Orleans think of ourselves as “city” kids. Although we have Audubon and City parks and plenty of green space in which kids can play, New Orleans is a city, an urban center.…

What's Hot: Hostess Gifts

1. A bottle of Herbs de Provence Olive Oil – with top notes of lavender, rosemary, thyme and bay leaf – is the ideal gift for someone who knows their way around a spring salad. Verdure Olive Oil Co., 3634…

What's Hot: Spring Fashion Accessories

1. Keep the sun’s rays at bay with a cotton and linen Tropical Kiss flat cap. Available at Goorin Bros., 709 Royal St., 523-4287, Goorin.com. 2. What could be more stylish than sipping rosé while wearing a pair of rose…

Philanthropic Fun: Hispanic Heritage

  The New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s annual fundraiser event, “Azúcar Ball” presented by Pan American Life, provides funding for the foundation’s mission to encourage and support talented Hispanic high-school students by providing them with educational scholarships via the NOHHF…

Magazine Street

  Magazine Street is well known for being a shopping destination, but the thoroughfare also offers a wider variety of experiences that begin near Canal Street and extend all the way to Audubon Park. From school children learning French and…

Young Bloods: Valeria Emmett

  At Sugar Roots Farm, New Orleans kids of all ages learn about sustainable farming, composting and the humane treatment of farm animals. Located within Orleans Parish, this unique farm gives local kids a firsthand look at sustainable agriculture. Sugar…

Student Activist: Rosemary Louise Odem

“In order for a community to thrive, its members must be engaged and care about it. If the people in a community don’t care about their community they won’t have any desire to maintain it,” says Rosemary Louise Odem, a…

SPRING FESTIVALS

Bayou Boogaloo has quickly become one of Mid-City’s favorite spring events. Held alongside historic Bayou St. John, festival goers enjoy music, art and food, often while afloat handmade pontoons, rafts, kayaks and inner tubes. Grab your sunscreen and come on…

What's Hot: Home Décor

1. The five-tiered Aloha fringe chandelier with brushed brass detail is a fanciful conversation piece for any room.  Anthropologie, Canal Place, 333 Canal St., 592-9972, Anthropologie.com. 2. A side table is turned into a showpiece to flock to thanks to…

Philanthropic Fun: Fruit of the Earth

  “Carnivale du Vin,” the nationally-recognized charity wine auction that took place on November 10, 2018 as part of Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s two-night signature fundraising weekend, brought 600 patrons to wine and dine following the food and music festival “Boudin,…

Young Bloods: Paul Roach

  For many people, contributing to a published book is a lifelong dream. However, few achieve it while still in college. For Loyola studio arts major Paul Kalil Roach, this dream is already a reality. Roach is a published illustrator…

Student Activist: Michael Baquet III

  “I believe that it’s important for me and other teenagers like myself to be involved in the community, so that our future community can be a community that we helped create and make great,” says Michael Baquet III, a…

Student Activist: Autumn Routt

“Recognizing the faults in the world around you is important, but you have to take steps to lessen those faults if you want to make a difference. No one person can solve our problems, so everyone needs to do what…

Le Krewe

Funny thing about satire, to be at its best it most often has to be taken seriously. Poking fun and being serious can conjure opposite emotions, but satire, when done right, and especially if it is funny, can be hard…

What's Hot: Mardi Gras

1. Tossing beads is even better when your wrist is prettied up with stackable Julie Vos gold bracelets with purple stones. Ballin’s LTD, 721 Dante St., 866-4367; 2917 Magazine St., 891-4502, BallinsLTD.com. 2. Give your little paradegoer a magic moment…

Philanthropic Fun: Supporting Seniors

“Lambeth House Foundation Toasts the Tricentennial” was the theme of the 11th annual festive gala that saluted the city of New Orleans. Funds raised from the gala directly support Lambeth House residents in times of need, to make improvements in…

Young Bloods: McKensie Kirchner

After meeting at a friend’s birthday party, Baye Tilson and McKensie Kirchner (pictured) had a conversation about taking yoga outside the studio. What if yoga meetups could take place during bachelorette parties or at beer gardens? They decided to host…

Sparking Celebrations

  The end of the year is arguably the most celebratory, glamorous and magical time of year. Holidays bring families and friends together under warm, twinkling lights, with joyous moods prevailing at events, dinners and celebrations. Planning for occasions like…

Young Bloods: Luis Arocha

  Inspired by the renowned Café Reconcile, Café Hope opened its doors in 2010. Its mission was simple: Recruit young people and train them for hospitality industry jobs by running a real-life café. And as Café Hope’s Executive Director Luis…

Home Renewal: Reno-great

Maybe you’ve bought a new home and want to put your personal stamp on the kitchens and bathrooms. Maybe you’ve owned your home for many years but are selling it and want to increase its value on the open market.…

Young Bloods: Katy Casbarian

The fine dining restaurant Arnaud’s is celebrating its 100-year anniversary in 2018, which is quite the achievement for the French Quarter establishment. Although its Jazz Brunch menu and Creole cuisine are well known in New Orleans and abroad, the restaurant…

Young Bloods: Happy Johnson

First responders are the definition of everyday heroes. Trained to help others during natural disasters and other catastrophes, these workers are indispensable. Fortunately, one New Orleans organization is dedicated to inspiring the next generation of first responders – and they…

Home Sweet Tiny Home

  If you watch home improvement channels like HGTV, then chances are you have seen tiny houses on shows such as “Tiny House Hunters.” These miniature homes can be as small as 60 square feet. In a materialistic world, the…

What's Hot: Home Furnishings

1. Put disarray at bay and perfect each inch of your pantry by customizing every nook, cranny, corner shelf, spice, wine and hook rack. Louisiana Custom Closets, 885-3188, LouisianaCustomClosets.com. 2. An embroidered edge dresses up any duvet cover, sham, bed…

What's Hot: Sports & Spirit

1. Touchdowns will look twice as nice through a set of handmade shades with animal-print detail from small batch eyewear designer, Jacques Marie Mage. Art and Eyes, 3708 Magazine St. 891-4494, ArtAndEyesNewOrleansLA.com 2. Count down the minutes to game time…

Young Bloods: Diana Meyers

Anna’s Place offers an after-school program, Saturday program and summer camp aimed at promoting academic, cultural and artistic education for children in the Greater New Orleans community. By combining these aspects with holistic health care and lifestyle education, this organization…