HALOS, a new group for those who have lost loved ones to suicide or drug or alcohol abuse, meets the second Monday of each month at St. Margaret Mary Parish’s E-building, 1050 Robert Blvd. in Slidell. The next meeting is May 13 at 7 p.m. It is open to all denominations. Deacon Chris Schneider moderates. For details, call (985) 201-2143 or (504) 621-7864.
PEOPLE PROGRAM registration continues through May 16 for the summer session of the local, 45-year-old non-profit serving persons 50 and older. Over 150 classes are offered to enrich body, mind and spirit. Two campuses: 2240 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans; and 6201 Stratford Place, Algiers. Summer session: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, June 11-July 17, Lakeshore campus only. Fee is $50 for one class or $100 for unlimited classes. Fall session is Aug. 26-Dec. 12, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursdays Lakeshore campus or Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday on the West Bank. Fall fee: $200 for unlimited classes. www.peopleprogram.org for class listings. Call 284-7678.
OUR LADY OF FATIMA STATUE, on display May 16, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m., and May 17, 9 a.m.-noon. St. Cletus Catholic Church, 3600 Claire Ave, Gretna. Judith Studer who is custodian of the United Nations International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, will speak, and there will be Masses, rosaries and novenas to Our Lady of Fatima. Details: 367-7951 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHARING PROGRAM, lunch, May 24, Metairie Country Club. Members will perform a production, “What a Wonderful World – It’s All Americana.” Tickets are $40 or $400 for a table. Details on this St. Francis Xavier program for seniors: 835-6809 or email Carol Pritchard at 835-6809.
ST. DOMINIC, four-part discussion series on Archbishop Alfred Hughes’ pastoral letter about racism, “Made in the Image and Likeness of God,” May 29, June 5, June 12, June 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Led by facilitator and NOLA Catholic Parenting columnist/blogger Ty Salvant.
LOUISIANA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, annual Symphony book fair, May 31 and June 2, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; and June 3, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission, but a $15 admission for best selections May 31 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. On June 2, from noon-2 p.m., children’s books will sell for $5 a bag full. Books, original art, prints, frames, CDs, DVDs, sheet music, biographies and more ranging from 75 cents to $9 (except collectible books). UNO Lakefront Arena, 6801 Franklin Ave., New Orleans.
ST. PETER CATHOLIC CHURCH, Vacation Bible School, June 3-7, 8:30 a.m.-noon, for those entering kindergarten through fourth grade. Theme for 2019: “Cool Kingdom Party: Mary Leads Me Closer to Jesus,” by CatChat Productions. Cost: $35 a child, with family cap at $75. Parent volunteers receive a discount. Register: www.stpeterparish.com or call (985) 893-2446.
ARCHBISHOP RUMMEL, Parent Booster Club will hold its monthly Rosary Prayer Group on Tuesday, May 14, 7:30 a.m. in the school chapel, 1901 Severn Ave., Metairie. Come join us in prayer and enjoy coffee, donuts, and fellowship afterwards in the teachers’ lounge. All family and friends of the Rummel community invited.
BEGINNING EXPERIENCE, 10-week session “Coping with Life Alone,” geared to those who are single due to loss of a spouse from divorce, death or separation. Under the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Office of Marriage and Family Life, beginning June 5, 7-9 p.m., St. Angela Merici’s conference hall adjacent to the church, 835 Melody St., Metairie. Cost: $35. Call Bette Armentor 339-7776 to register or for questions.
LIFE IN THE SPIRIT SEMINAR, and healing prayer, presented by the Marian Servants of Our Father’s Love, June 8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. St. Mary Magdalen. Lunch provided. Donation: $15. Pre-register: marianservantsCOFL@gmail.com. Details: (985) 969-0100.
HISPANIC APOSTOLATE, of Archdiocese of New Orleans, Summer Night Gala, June 21, doors open at 6:45 p.m. Open bar, dinner, hors d’oeuvres. Performances by Julio and Cesar and The Double Steppers. Tickets: $90, free parking. Proceeds benefit the St. Thomas Aquinas School Aid Fund. Magnolia Plantation, 818 Elmwood Park Blvd., Harahan. 467-2550, www.apostoladohispano.org.
SHARE, teens from more than 30 different countries will be arriving in August to attend local high schools for the 2019-20 school year and are in need of caring American families (with or without children) to provide a home and share this unique experience. Students speak English, are covered by medical insurance and have adequate spending money for personal expenses. The SHARE! High School Exchange Program is a non-profit educational foundation. Details: Yvette Coffman, (800) 941-3738, share
HOLY CROSS SCHOOL, alumnus Mark Delesdernier, Class of 1954, donated $150,000 to establish the Captain Mark and Adrienne Delesdernier STEM and Robotics Innovation Center, which will provide Holy Cross students with enhanced instruction and support in science, technology, engineering and math by forming partnerships for future career options, enrichment activities, competitions and exploration of science and technology fields and supplemental learning opportunities through summer camp and after-school programs. The Holy Cross STEM program was launched in 2005 with the formation of the “Robotigers” Robotics Team as the heart of this endeavor as students became engaged in the effective implementation of problem-solving skills in design, computer programming and engineering while constructing robots to compete at regional, state and international competitions. Over the past 13 years, the Holy Cross STEM program has grown to include nine AP and dual enrollment courses. In addition, the school is a participant in Project Lead the Way in its elementary and middle school grades.