Author: Karie Meltzer

HEALTHBEAT

• The Center for Restorative Breast Surgery in New Orleans now offers BRCA gene testing to patients with a strong family history of cancer or very early onset of the disease. This form of gene testing can show inherited genetic…

Springing into Action

On May 20, guests gathered for the “YMCA New Orleans Garden Party”—an early summer soirée of cocktails, cuisine and entertainment at the lovely home of Bob and Carol Pettit. The Orleans Original Jazz Ensemble provided tunes with a local twist.…

Opening Creative Doors

The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts is a unique and progressive organization providing young artists the opportunity to enrich their lives through the study of creative writing, visual arts, music and theater. NOCCA is currently in the progress of…

For the Greater Good

On May 21, the Greater New Orleans Section of the National Council of Jewish Women gathered at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel for the Hannah G. Solomon Awards Luncheon. Women of the Storm was recognized for “Outstanding Community Activism…

Moving Forward

The National World War II Museum’s Freeport-McMoRan “Victory Ball” was a celebration of things past and to come. The ball’s theme was “The Fruits of Victory, the Joys of Liberty,” which accurately encompassed the museum’s new campaign to add the…

Always a bridesmaid Always a good time

If you plan to torture your bridesmaids with lavender taffeta and dyed-to-match pumps, it might be a good idea to throw them a memorable and enjoyable fête. Even if you do choose fabulously chic dresses, a unique bridesmaids party will…

An Affair to Remember

The beginning of summer in New Orleans brings endless opportunities for entertainment—festivals, barbecues and patio dining, to name a few. While flip-flops and Bermudas, icy cold beer and boiled seafood are all welcome additions to the season, many want to…

Give Me Some Sugar

he richer, the better—for chocolate, that is! And at the WYES-TV/Channel 12’s “Chocolate Sunday” on April 1, more than 600 guests enjoyed chocolate in almost every form imaginable. The event was held at Generations Hall, and in honor of the…

Brimming with Creativity

he Women’s Guild of the New Orleans Opera held its 23rd annual “Mad Hatter’s Luncheon” on March 29 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel—complete with the whimsical theme of “Butterfly Gardens.”Event co-chair Jane Renaudin saw some gorgeous glittering butterfly…

Hitting a Milestone

On March 30, the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans celebrated the 30th anniversary of its still popular “Julia Jump” benefit.  The soirée’s setting at the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans Hotel—itself an example of preserving the past, as it was once…

Wet Noses, Warm Hearts

Two legs were good, but four legs were even better at the LA/SPCA “Dog Day Afternoon” on March 25. This year’s theme was “Pawsitively New Orleans: Gotta dig it!” The event, which helped to raise money for the LA/SPCA to…

HEALTHBEAT

• Drs. Maurice Sholas and Tony Gonzales have opened a specialized amputee clinic at Children’s Hospital of New Orleans. The clinic will allow patients and their families to meet with physicians, therapists and prosthetic and orthotic vendors in one convenient…

READ & SPIN

BOOKSPoetry l In her poetry collection, The Dirty Side of the Storm, Martha Serpas lets her words glide over the waters of the south Louisiana coast. Serpas’ poetry inhabits the mysteries of nature and spirituality, all with the backdrop of…

An Open Book

The Friends of City Park hosted a wonderful evening of outdoor entertainment and dining to contribute to the rebuilding of New Orleans’ beloved City Park.  “Lark in the Park” was held March 23 at the park’s Pavilion of the Two…

To Grow and Nuture

On March 22, Jefferson Beautification supporters spent a spring evening at the home of Jennifer and Kenny Rabalais as a preview to the Omni Bank “Parkway Promenade XVI.”  The more than 200 patron party guests sampled delectable food  by Vega…

Restoring its Presence

An abundance of gorgeous Newcomb pottery created before 1930 was showcased March 24 and 25 at the New Orleans Auction Galleries for a special auction to benefit the Save Newcomb College organization. But pottery was not the only coveted works…

Bathrooms from Start to Finish

Bathrooms are the place to face—and retreat from—the day.They can be a source of rejuvenation and revival in the morning and a place to unwind and escape in the evening.  With a master bathroom, a couple can express individual and…

HEALTH BEAT:

• The National Institutes of Health will provide $2.1 million over four years for Tulane University gene therapy researcher Donald G. Phinney, left.  Phinney’s research, which involves the therapeutic use of adult stem cells in diseases of the central nervous…

READ & SPIN

CD'SJohnny Sketch may have been born in Maine, but after a few years playing in rock bands throughout Greater New Orleans, he was able to capture the soul of the city. He studied at the New Orleans Center for the…

Summer Camp

When summer in the Crescent City heats up and parents can no longer take the sounds of video games and drum practice, there is no better relief than summer camp. New Orleans area schools and educational centers provide a variety…

HEALTHBEAT

• Culicchia Neurological Clinic introduces a new medical procedure that treats back pain due to herniated discs without surgery in less than an hour. During “percutaneous” or needle discectomy, the doctor extracts the swollen disc material through a needle.• The…

READ & SPIN

CD: Hurricane On The Bayou Soundtrack features treasured local sounds of Fats Domino, Dr. John, The Neville Brothers and Allen Toussaint, to name a few. The collection, available now, offers celebration of New Orleans’ uniquely thriving natural beauty expressed in…

Joy to the World

The Girls and Boys Town of Louisiana offered local at-risk youth a chance to celebrate a dream Christmas. On Dec. 10, the Faubourg Marigny Improvement Association joined Girls and Boys Town for the “Christmas in Washington Square” celebration. Many of…

Bidding for a Future

If there is one event at which you can not only buy Christmas gifts for the family, but also bring home a piece of art, it’s the NO/AIDS Task Force’s “Art Against AIDS.” Held Dec. 9 at the Ritz-Carlton New…

A Tradition Endures

What would the holiday season be without the Preservation Resource Center’s annual “Holiday Home Tour”? This year’s event—co-chaired by Suzanne Perlis and Kristi Trail—was held Dec. 9 and 10 and featured the Garden District homes of Mr. and Mrs. Beau…