Donate your sleeping bag to a good cause

Love this idea! Via Travelblogue on Myneworleans.com (full post):

This shark sleeping bag is much cooler than the boring teal one we have. (image via http://laughingsquid.com/)

This shark sleeping bag is much cooler than the boring teal one we have. (image via http://laughingsquid.com/)

Though the cold weather sparked the thought, a sleeping bag is going to be a valuable asset for people on the streets regardless of the season.

We also plan to pair each bag with an information pamphlet explaining how to navigate the city’s homeless shelters – what I hope will be a nice step toward informing more people living on the streets of their options.

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Tickets on sale for New Orleans Beer Fest

Adding this one to the bucket list. Excerpts from NOLA.com (full story): New Orleans Beer Fest logo

This year, the New Orleans International Beer Festival will be Saturday, March 9.

Like last year, the festival will feature 175 different craft beers along with seminars on cooking and pairing beer. One area will be devoted to cask ales. A special VIP section will have harder to find beers. And Wilson plans to add this year a “cider garden.”

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Zebra racing tonight at New Orleans Fair Grounds

No excuse to say you are bored this weekend. Yet another event (via NOLAdefender.com):

It may have been a rainy week at the track, but on Saturday night storm clouds part just in time for a night of exotic twilight racing.

After 6 pm, Louisiana’s finest thoroughbreds step aside to make way for their equus cousins and a flock of flightless birds.

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Food truck events this weekend in New Orleans

Three food truck events are scheduled this weekend in New Orleans. Woohoo!  food-trucks-new-orleans

Via NewOrleansCityBusiness.com (full story):

T-shirt shop Dirty Coast is collaborating with the New Orleans Food Truck Coalition to celebrate the official opening of its second store at 329 Julia St.

Dirty Coast will host an event at its Julia Street store from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday then move onto the Rusty Nail where three food trucks will be parked to launch Dirty Coast’s new Food Truck Coalition t-shirt.

Via NOLA.com (full story):

Sunday, Jan. 13, St. Claude Avenue – La Cocinita, Rue Chow, The Fat Falafel, Frencheeze, NOLA Girl Food Truck, Empanada Intifada and Grilling Shelling are among the trucks that will be parked at 1940 St. Claude Ave. Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The T-Lot Food Truck Round-up is organized by My House: Empowering Culinary Entrepreneurs in collaboration with T-Lot artists studio, St. Claude Main Street and the St. Claude Business Association. Details are here.

If you can’t make it out this weekend, don’t fret. Another food truck rally is scheduled Jan. 24 (more info) from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Free class Saturday about citrus gardening in New Orleans

Oh, this looks like so much fun. Good way to learn about New Orleans and meet new people. And, the class is FREE.Parkway Partners logo

Email from Parkway Partners, which is a nonprofit organization geared at urban gardening in New Orleans:

You’ve been asking for it!

Come to Parkway Partners this Saturday, January 12, and learn about GROWING CITRUS TREES IN NEW ORLEANS.  We’ve invited LSU Ag Center County Agent for Plaquemines Parish, Alan Vaughn, who is considered to be the greatest local authority on growing citrus, to speak.

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