Thursday, August 27, 2009

Free New Orleans Events this Weekend

Saturday is the 4th anniversary of when hurricane Katrina hit our area. There are many local events commemorating the day and remembering those who lost their lives during this catastrophe. Here are a few that I think would be good bets for families:
  • On Saturday from 11am to 3pm, families can take part in a community art project at the New Orleans Museum of Art. No art experience is necessary, and you'll get to make a keepsake box to take home with you. At 11am, the names of the people who died during Katrina will also be read, and the Spike Lee documentary When the Levees Broke:A Requiem in Four Acts will be screened. Museum admission is free to Louisiana residents.
  • On Sunday at 3pm, the Marine Forces Reserve Band is giving a free concert at St. Louis Cathedral. Their theme is "New Orleans: The Spirit of Rebirth." I think this one will fill up quickly and seating is limited to the capacity of the cathedral, so if you're interested, you might want to get there early.
  • If you really want to get your hands dirty and show your support for rebuilding, 4NOLA is having a 24-hour build-a-thon in St. Bernard and Orleans parishes from 4pm Friday until 4pm Saturday. They will have volunteers working on two different homes in 3 shifts for the 24 hour period. Obviously this would be for grown ups and older kids. Visit their site,, for more details or to sign up.

At the very least, on Saturday please pray for those who lost during Katrina: lost their lives, their loved ones, their homes, their pets, their livelihoods, their sense of security. Many things can be and have been replaced, but there's still so much to be done. Let's not forget those who may still be struggling.

1 comment:

  1. So crazy that it's been 4 years! I remember it well....I was pregnant with my youngest son and we had just learned of his congenital heart defects. The surgeon at our local children's hospital had just retired and we had no idea what would happen when our son was expected in December.
    A surgeon from Tulane relocated after Katrina and came to our hospital right before my son was born!

    @ All That and a Box of Rocks