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Editor’s Note: Busy Bees

The streets are buzzing, and we’ve all got a touch of spring fever. Be it hay fever or seasonal excitement, we’re ready for all that the end of spring and beginning of summer bring. Be sure to check out our quarterly “Registry of Charitable Events: May-July 2022” for information on local nonprofit fundraisers. If you were not able to send us your event in time for the print listing, we are happy to add it online. Please send an email with event details to andy@myneworleans.com or submit via our website myneworleans.com through our online submission form. 

Our May issue is chock-full of useful information for planning your busy social calendars. In this month’s dining feature Jyl Benson highlights exciting new menu options and locales for lunch around town. “What’s Hot” focuses on charming children’s clothing and accessories. We take time to celebrate mothers on May 8. “How to Host” details tips for throwing a lovely late-spring fete honoring the important mother or mother figure in your life. 

“Philanthropic Faces” features Natalie Jayroe, president and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank. Learn more about Second Harvest’s work leading the fight against hunger in South Louisiana by providing food access, advocacy, education and disaster response. Second Harvest offers food and support to an astounding 700-plus community partners and programs across 23 parishes.  

Our May “Changemaker” is Kristi Trail, executive director of Pontchartrain Conservancy, an organization working diligently to help residents understand the value of stewardship of the coastal areas in South Louisiana. 

We’re always looking for updates regarding shop openings and local business news. Be sure to send any related information to shoptalk@myneworleans.com and check out our Shop Talk profiles on the website and on Instagram @stcharlesavenuemag.

We hope you continue to enjoy one of New Orleans’ finest seasons!




Editor's Note: Busy Bees

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Ogden Museum of Southern Art will celebrate the exhibition Luis Cruz Azaceta: What a Wonderful World at this year’s annual Magnolia Ball on Saturday, June 11. Funds raised from Magnolia Ball directly support Ogden Museum’s educational mission, to create innovative programs designed to bring art and people together in order to explore the rich and varied cultural identities of the South.

Recognized for a broad range of educational programming, Ogden Museum’s Education Outreach program offers the New Orleans community a wide variety of unique arts experiences and presents award-winning arts education opportunities to the area’s underserved schools. Through support, Ogden Museum is proud to offer eight key educational outreach programs: Early Childhood Curriculum, Artist & Sense of Place Residency Program, Day with an Artist, Teen Internship and Historically Black College & Universities (HBCU) Internship, Museum Tours and Activities Program, Free Family Days, Teacher Nights, Workshops and Resources and the Volunteer Docent Program. In addition to the museum’s quality educational programs for children, the museum also conducts educational and outreach programming for adults such as art making workshops, film screenings and panel discussions.


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Event Chairs: Wendell Brunious, Nathalie Simon, John Isiah Walton, Jennie Cannon West and Jason Richards

Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s Magnolia Ball highlights include:
Patron Hour – 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Event – 9 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Magnolia Ball is a festive summer evening featuring live music, DJs, entertainers, an extensive silent auction, delicious food from local restaurants, cocktails and more! The silent auction, open to Magnolia Ball attendees and available to all for bidding online, features art and packages from regional artists and businesses. Bidding will open Friday, June 3 at 6 p.m. and all items will be on display at Ogden Museum.

Purchasing an item from Magnolia Ball’s silent auction not only supports Ogden Museum, but also the silent auction artists and businesses who receive a percentage of the sale.

To purchase tickets to Magnolia Ball and to view the silent auction, please visit ogdenmuseum.org/magnoliaball/.

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