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Celebrate the Season at New Orleans Christmas in the District!

Christmas in the District Schedule Of Events

December 1 - January 1:

December 1st Exterior lights on Convention Center Boulevard turn on
December 5th Light Up the District façade competitions for business & residences in the Warehouse District begins
December 10th Tree Decorating and teambuilding party for tree sponsors
December 11th Hospitality Holiday Industry Party hosted by the LRA/GNOHLA/NOCVB
December 12th Christmas in the District opens in the Great Hall of NOMCC at 5:00pm (Please see website for complete
December 14th Santa Paws NOLA - a holiday themed pet costume parade and Second Line Parade benefiting the LA/SPCA
December 19th Light Up the District competition winner announced
December 24th Christmas in the District activities end
January 1st Exterior lights on Convention Center Boulevard turn off

Thank you for supporting Christmas in the District. For information, call (504) 524-0188 or email us at

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Anita Oubre of the Bourbon Orleans Hotel Wins 2014 Spirit of Hospitality Award

 Anita ouvre HeadshotCraig Hulford, General Manager of the New Orleans Hotel Collection has announced that longtime employee Anita Oubre, is winner of the 2014 Spirit of Hospitality Award.  Anita was presented her award at The 23rd Annual Silver Plume Award ceremony  held on September 3 at  the Sheraton New Orleans  and coordinated by WHERE New Orleans Magazine.  Nominees must meet the following criteria: New Orleans hospitality professional that is not a concierge; actively promotes and supports New Orleans tourism and the community at large; has infused the industry with their energy, enthusiasm and commitment over the years; continues to set high standards for the tourism profession; and provides support and encouragement to their hotel employees.

ACCENT on Arrangements, Inc., a DMC Network Company Hires Laurene Miller, Director of Sales

Laurene Miller HeadshotACCENT on Arrangements, Inc., a DMC Network Company is pleased to announce that Laurene Miller has been awarded the position of Director of Sales. With more years in the New Orleans hospitality industry than Laurene cares to admit, she has most recently worked for the Destination Management Sector of the industry including Co. President/ Owner of VIP: Room Solutions, and Tele-Phonics, a training and temp. service company specifically for Hotel and Casino Sales.; however she has also been part of the sales teams of several prominent hotels including the Hotel Monteleone, The Royal Sonesta Hotel, The Roosevelt, The Westin Canal Place, Le Meridian and The Embassy Suites.

Bringing her unique and impressive array of talents to ACCENT, she has traveled around the globe promoting New Orleans as a premier destination. The most memorable time of her career to date was representing New Orleans as part of the Convention Sales team of the Greater New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau. Laurene has also represented Reno/ Lake Tahoe in the National forum where she has kept in touch with many friends and colleagues.

Laurene's favorite saying is one she remembers from her late husband Terral: ‘Whatever your mind can perceive, you make yourself believe and you can achieve". She feels so lucky to have learned from so many strong leaders that evolved from the city's Travel and Tourism Industry.

Miller is a graduate of University of New Orleans with a degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism which shows through her eternal passion for the city. Most recently, Laurene acquired her registered tour guide license at Delgado in order to make her City Tours and famous site inspections official.

"We are so delighted to have Laurene as part of the ACCENT team. Her knowledge and professionalism is perfect fit for our organization as we increase our commitment to not only our clients but the hospitality industry as a whole by providing an elevated standard in DMC services," said Diane Lyons CMP, DMCP - President of ACCENT on Arrangements, Inc., a DMC Network Company."

Four Points FQ Logo Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter invites you to the Opera.
2014-2015 French Quarter opera performances
Featuring Bon Operatit! and New Orleans Opera Association
*All performances are on Wednesdays and start at 7pm
Contact - 504-524-7611 or


Free Kinder Garden for toddlers ages 18 months to 3 years and their caregiver at Longue Vue. LOnguw Vue Kinder Garden Logo
Visit our website to see dates and learn more! 
Contact: 504-293-4720


Market to begin in October 2014

The French Market Corporation Board of Directors has approved a cooperative endeavor between FMC and Market Umbrella to create a year-round weekly farmers market featuring local growers and products, data analysis of community needs, census of market visitors, mentorship of current daily Farmers Market operators, as well as a new food incubator program to train local culinary entrepreneurs.

Click here for more information.

Hotel Le Marais of the New Orleans Hotel Collection receives highest HolidayCheck Quality Selection Award

The Hotel Le Marais, a boutique hotel of the New Orleans Hotel Collection announced that is has received the coveted   HolidayCheck "Quality Selection "award from the worldwide travel company.  
New Orleans Hotel Collection Named one of New Orleans "BEST PLACES TO WORK"

New Orleans CityBusiness Magazine has announced that the New Orleans Hotel Collection is among its honorees for its 12th annual Best Places to Work special publication and event.

Ghosts in the Oaks
October 24th & 25th

This family friendly event takes place in the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park and Storyland over on two nights: October 24th and 25th!  Children of all ages, including the young at heart adults, dress in their Halloween best for unlimited rides, air-brush face painting, live music, arts & crafts, balloon animals, a pumpkin patch, and trick-or-treating! For information on admission, prices, and Friends of City Park membership visit this link or call 483-9376.
International Culture Exchange Organization Offers Chinese Language Classes

We provide Chinese Language classes and personal tutor all year round.

The Fall Chinese class will start on August 30th - December 15th.

Classes for different levels.

Time: Saturday and Sunday 2:00pm - 3:30pm.

Location: Tulane uptown campus Edward Hebert Hall, building #7.

The Park Is Alive with the Sound of Music

The Botanical Garden Thursdays at Twilight music series continues this month!

10/23 - Christina Perez

10/30 - Cullen Landry and the Midnight Streetcar

There are always cold Mint Juleps to be had at these musical events! Details and tickets are on this link.  

The Louisiana Live Oak Collection by Renée Dodge with Roux Dauphine at NOMA's Gift Shop
October 17 from 6pm  - 8pm
Museum Admission $10/Free for NOMA Members

For more information visit 

Toni Kiser presents "Buckles, Bayonets, and Bathrobes: Souvenirs of WWII"WWIILogo
Dinner with a Curator
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Men and women traveled thousands of miles during World War II. From exotic locations like the Pacific Islands, to the Burmese jungle, or to the mountains of Italy, these young Americans were flung into places many had only read about. Along the way many found ways to bring a little piece of these places and the events they witnessed home.



2014-15 Season dates, times, locations, and a new production announced

Southern Rep Theatre is pleased to announce details about its 2014-15 Mainstage Season, including new information on locations, dates and times, as well as unveiling a new addition to its Lagniappe Series: A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens, adapted by Doris Baizley and featuring John "Spud" McConnell who returns as the iconic Scrooge in December 2014.

Visit for more information.

Compucast Web, Inc. is excited to introduce the newest member to our family, Social Media Specialist Liz Benefield.

Liz Benefield Headshot
"We're thrilled to have Liz on board," said Judy Weitz, CEO and Founder. "Her enthusiasm, professional experience, and passion for social media are a perfect fit."

With more than five years of experience in social media, digital content, and public relations; Liz has a proven ability to engage audiences across various platforms. She strives to be on the cutting edge of trends and is constantly looking for new and innovative ways to reach target audiences by crafting creative blog and social media content.

There isn't a challenge too high or too low for Liz to tackle head on. She worked closely with travel and tourism clients along the Gulf Coast during the BP Gulf Oil Spill as a Public Relations Coordinator. Later she joined an Alabama news team as a digital content producer. While there, she helped increase social media fans by more than 200 percent and page views by more than 40 percent.

Liz graduated from Troy University with a major in Print Journalism and a contract in Advertising.


City Park voted "best of" in several categories by Gambit readers.  

New Orleans readers of The Gambit recently voted City Park the 'best of' in several categories. City Park got #1 in 'Best Place for a Break-up' and #1 in 'Best Wedding Reception' venue. To see more about our other accolades, click this link to read all about it in City Park's blog.  

Dillard University presents the Traveling Exhibit "Children, Youth & Civil Rights, 1951-1968: A Student Art Exhibit and Lecture Series: "Children and Young Peoples Contributions to the Civil Rights Movement"

Oct. 10 - Nov. 21, 2014
Will Alexander Library

For more information contact the Will Alexander Library.


National WWII Museum Accepts Original Robert Capa Photograph 

New Orleanians David and Tiffany Oestreicher Donate Black-and-White Photo


Dillard University Presents: Ray Charles Material Culture Program in collaboration with Southern Food & Beverage Museum, the Ray Charles Material Culture Program is invited to attend the re-dedication of the Leah Chase Gallery - SoFab Museum with Chef Marcus Samuelsson, James Beard winner, cookbook author, guest judge on Iron Chef America, Top Chef and Chopped

Oct, 24, 2014
2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Southern Food and Beverage Museum, 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. New Orleans, LA.70113

Contact the Ray Charles Material Culture Program office for details
Dillard University Theater Department's 79th Season presents Wole Soyinka's The Lion And The Jewel 

Nov. 7-9, 14-16, 2014
Samuel DuBois Cook Fine Arts & Communications Center Theater, Friday & Saturday showings at 8pm, Sunday matinees at 3pm
Contact the Theater department for details

Boo Carré Halloween and Harvest Festival in the French MarketFMI Logo
October 18th  10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m

Complimentary trick or treat bags; kids in costume trick or treat in French Market District retail shops and at Farmers & Flea Markets while supplies last

Petting Zoo & photographs with Rowdy's Rascals

Interactive craft booths with Halloween & Harvest themed crafts for kids to make and take, hosted by local artists and arts organizations

Facepainting and balloon artists 

Join Dillard University for the Presidential Lecture Series presents BRAIN FOOD featuring Misty Copeland - Phenomenal ballet soloist with the American Ballet Theater and Author of Life in Motion.

Nov. 11, 2014

Professional Schools & Sciences Building Georges Auditorium
7:00pm - Book Signing following the lecture
Free and Open to the Public

For more information contact Michelle Matthew at or visit

National WWII Museum and CAF Partner for WWII AirPower Expo 2014WWIILogo
Lakefront Air Show to Feature Rare WWII-era Planes, Including B-29 Superfortress
Friday, Oct. 24 through Sunday, Oct. 26


The Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard Merchants & Business Association Announces The 8th Annual Central City Festival!

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

1600-1700 Blocks of Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, New Orleans


The New Orleans Hotel Collection Launches Papa Noel Room Rate Specials for the City's Christmas New Orleans Style Festival in December


Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport announces Holiday "Gingerbread Tea"
Saturday, December 20, 2014