Tuesday, April 15, 2014

“Pizza for McKemie” Benefits Local Women’s Shelter

MOBILE, Ala. (April 3, 2014– University of South Alabama communication students are holding “Pizza for
McKemie” at Picklefish Pizzeria on April 19 at 3 p.m. for McKemie Place, Mobile’s only homeless shelter
for single women.

"Holding this benefit is a small way for us to assist women in our community who have lost a job, been
in an abusive relationship or have nowhere else to turn,” said Whitney Patterson, senior public relations
major. “After learning about what these brave women endure, we immediately saw an opportunity to
help the shelter build awareness and receive supplies they need.”

McKemie Place is the only overnight shelter for single, homeless women in all of Mobile, Washington
and Baldwin Counties. They are a safe haven with a 65-bed capacity and have been filled over 15,000
times since the first night they opened their doors.

The benefit is featuring food, door prizes, a silent auction and live music by Danny Spiro and the
Wingmen, a Mobile-bred band, for a $5 cover charge. Additionally, guests can purchase McKemie Place
t-shirts for $10. All proceeds benefit McKemie Place.

CP+B Squared Agency formed to complete a service learning project for a charity in conjunction
with Protect America's “Pay It Forward Challenge” and its partnership with the USA Department of
Communication. Students are responsible for creating their own communication agencies and designing
a strategic communication plan for a charity of their choice. The “Pay It Forward Challenge” is an
opportunity for students to put their education into real world practice.

"Participating in the ‘Pay It Forward Challenge’ has given us more than an experience, but has created a
relationship with an organization near and dear to our hearts,” said Carson Bates, CP+B Squared Agency
member and senior advertising major.

If you would like to participate or learn more about McKemie Place, contact Destinee Bliss, CP+B
Squared Agency Networking Guru at 256-683-6351 or email at cpbsquared@gmail.com.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Wynonna Tonight, Bret Tomorrow Night at Cypress Bayou Casino & Hotel

The following press releases are from the Cypress Bayou Casino's website. Check out this link: Cypress Bayou Entertainment Calendar for more information on what they have coming soon.

Wynonna and the Big Noise Coming to Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel April 11

Charenton, LA – Five-time Grammy winner, Wynonna Judd, is headed to South Louisiana on April 11 and will headline in the Pavilion at Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel with the Big Noise.

"Wynonna starts a spring of fabulous entertainment that is coming to Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel. Her rich and commanding voice has sold millions of albums worldwide and we look forward to hosting such a big name in entertainment," said Anthony Patrone, CEO and General Manager of Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel. "This is definitely a show you don't want to miss," continued Patrone.

Iconic performer, Wynonna is known for many number one hits such as "She Is His Only Need," "I Saw The Light," "No One Else On Earth," "My Strongest Weakness," "Only Love," and "To Be Loved By You." Rolling Stone dubbed Wynonna as "the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline."

The astounding one night performance on April 11th begins at 8pm, doors open at 7pm. Tickets may be purchased at Bizzute Gifts at Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel or through ticketmaster.com

Bret Michaels Coming to Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel April 12

Charenton, LA - Bret Michaels, rock star, reality star and former front man for the mega band Poison, will be on stage Saturday night at Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel in The Pavilion.

"Bret Michaels is one of hard rocks biggest personalities. He owns the stage when he performs and Saturday night we guarantee that fans are going to get a big rock performance they will remember," said Anthony Patrone, CEO and General Manager of Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel.

Rising to fame as the front man of Poison, one of rock’s most iconic and enduring bands, he helped define the rock n roll scene. Michaels successfully transitioned to a solo career and has released several successful albums of his own, including the hard rock chart topping album, Custom Built.  Michaels is also a well-known reality TV personality, starring in the reality phenomena Rock of Love and it's subsequent sequels and then winning the Celebrity Apprentice 3.  

Michaels will take the stage Saturday night, April 12 at 8:00pm.  Doors open at 7:00pm.  Tickets can be purchased at Bizzute Gifts and Ticketmaster.com

About Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel
Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel is located in Charenton, Louisiana off of US Highway 90 and features over 1300 slots and more than 30 tables including Blackjack, Mini-Baccarat, Mississippi Stud, and 3-Card Poker just to name few. Phone 1-800-234-4386 for more information, or visit the website at www.cypressbayou.com

Thursday, March 27, 2014

New Orleans City Park - April 2014 Events

Thank you to Amanda Frentz, Media Manager for New Orleans City Park, for providing us with the details of upcoming events at City Park. Check them out and make plans to attend!

Upcoming Events at City Park:

April 2 – 5pm

The New Orleans Botanical Garden Foundation's Spring Symposium featuring Dr. William C. Welch

Location: Pavilion of the Two Sisters

5:00 pm – Cocktail Reception and Garden Tour

6:15 pm – Lecture: “Exploring our Garden Heritage”

7:00 pm – Q&A, Book Signing

Bill Welch is a Professor & Landscape Horticulturist at Texas A&M University. He is widely known for

authoring six gardening books

and using them as an important part of his teaching curriculum and educational programs. Dr. Welch

writes a monthly column for

Southern Living magazine and contributes regularly to Neil Sperry’s Gardens magazine. He has been

recognized numerous times for his contributions toward the preservation of

gardening heritage and has been awarded the Distinguished Service medal for his passion, knowledge

and unselfish contributions in the name of horticulture and the Great American Gardeners Award for his

accomplishments in gardening communications.

For more information contact Susan at (504)483-9473 or scapley@nocp.org.


April 5-6, 2014

10am to 5pm (Saturday and Sunday)  
The annual Spring Garden Show is an educational experience for the home gardeners and the

professional. Admission is $8.00 for Adults and Children 5 to 12 are $4.00. Children under 5 and Friends

of City Park enter free. There will be plant and garden products, exhibits and sales throughout the

garden, a kids discovery area, educational programs, music, arts & crafts, and more. Programs take place

in the Garden Study Center and are free with entrance to the show. Sponsored by the LSU AgCenter

in cooperation with the Metro Area Horticulture and the New Orleans Botanical Garden. For more

information call 504-658-2900.

Spring Garden Show Speakers

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

11:30-12:30: “2014 Spring Super Plants Selections”, Dan Gill, LSU AgCenter

1-2: “100 Years of Extension”, Bobby Fletcher, LSU AgCenter, Urban Agriculture program Leader

2:30-3:30: “The Wonderful World of Butterflies”, Linda Auld, Barber Laboratories

Sunday April 6th, 2014

11:30-12:30: “The Southern Shade Garden”, Robin Tanner, Tanner Landscapes, Inc.

1-2: “Citrus Canker and Texas Phoenix Palm Decline Emphasis”, Melanie Ivy, LSU AgCenter, Extension

Plant Pathologists

2:30-3:30: “History of Master Gardeners of Greater New Orleans”, Linda Visanau, Master Gardener of

Greater New Orleans


Date: Saturday, April 12

Easter Egg Hunt

Time: Gates open at 9am and the event begins at 10am

Price: $4 per person – Friends of City Park and those Under 12 months receive free admission

One bit of advice: bring your camera – you will want to capture the look of sheer joy on your child’s face

at the annual Easter Egg Hunt, one of the year’s can’t-miss family events at City Park. We hide more

than 15,000 Easter eggs around the amusement park, including golden eggs with special prizes hidden

inside. Kids can visit with the Easter Bunny and enjoy face painting and more entertainment.

The event is recommended for 8 years and younger and there will be a ‘little kid’ area just for toddlers.

No need to bring your own basket or bag, you’ll place your 12 collected eggs into a provided egg carton.

Tickets are available ahead of time on Park’s website and at the door (but get yours now so you don’t

have to wait in line!)

Storyland will open at 9am and Carousel Gardens will open at 11am.


April 19 – 8am

Explore Couturie Forest with Mark Meunier while enjoying a look at City Park’s avian inhabitants. Mark

will show you their habits and alert you to their calls. Appropriate walking attire and binoculars are

needed. The class is $10 per person. Class is from 8am till 10am. Meet at the Couturie Forest trailhead

on Harrison Avenue in City Park. Pre-registration is required for all classes. To register contact Susan at

(504)483-9473 or scapley@nocp.org. Instructor Mark Meunier holds a B.A. in Biology from UNO. He is

a naturalist and avid birder. He has attended several birding events including the Annual Grand Isle Bird

Count and the St. Francisville Bird Fest. Mark has been a dedicated New Orleans Botanical Garden staff

member for many years. Mark is a Certified Master Naturalist of Greater New Orleans. (This event is put

on by the Botanical Garden Education Department but please meet at the entrance to the forest and not

the Botanical Garden).


April 20 – 10am

Play at City Putt on Easter morning and have extra fun! The first 100 kids who come through the doors

and play around of mini golf get a special Easter prize!

City Putt is open 10am to 10pm on Sunday, April 20, 2014.


April 22 – 5pm

Living Green in New Orleans: Earth Day 2014

WHAT: The inaugural Earth Day at the New Orleans Botanical Garden in City Park promises to be a

great event! The afternoon will bring live music, educational lectures, and of course delicious food.

This celebration promises:

-Sustainability focused information, services, and products

-Cooking demonstrations

-Live music

-Green activities for kids

-Fire dancers


-5:30pm – 6:15pm: Emily Riordan from U.S. Green Building Council Center for Green Schools lecture on

“The Importance of Healthy, Green Schools and Learning Environments.”

-6:30pm – 7:15pm: Dana Nunez Brown will give a presentation and book signing of her book, "Using

Plants for Stormwater Management: A Green Infrastructure Guide for the Gulf South."

-7:30pm – 8:30pm: Joann Burke from the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation will give a presentation

titled, “Saved our Lake, Working to Save our Coast.”

WHEN: April 22, 2014 from 5pm to 9pm

WHERE: New Orleans Botanical Garden, 3 Victory Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112

Enter on Victory Drive. There is free parking available on Park streets and in the parking lot next to City


COST: Free (donations are accepted)

Presented by the U.S. Green Building Council and the New Orleans Botanical Garden with support from

the New Orleans City Park Green Team and Friends of City Park.


April 23 –

6pm to 9pm

Swing in the Oaks

Bring your blankets, chairs and picnic fare to this free annual concert on Goldring/Woldenberg Great

Lawn presented by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and City Park. Musical selections include

traditional classics and modern favorites – “Light Cavalry Overture”, music from Carmen Suite, selections

from Phantom of the Opera, “Strike Up the Band”, “Muppet Medley”, a traditional New Orleans Medley,

“Big Band Fantasy”, Irving Berlin - A Symphonic Portrait, and “Stars and Stripes Forever”.

Please note: While the sounds of LPO can be heard throughout the Park and there are no bad seats, plan

to arrive early if you want a spot near the orchestra. This free event is popular! Free parking available

throughout the park; Dreyfous Ave. is closed during this event.


April 24 -6pm

A pre-Jazz Fest Concert on the outdoor Robert B. Haspel Garden Stage in the New Orleans Botanical

Garden in City Park. This event has free admission but $10 is a suggested donation. We encourage you

to bring your awn chairs and blankets. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. For more

information about this event, please visit www.threadheadrecords.com.

6:15pm - 7pm - Landry-Walker High School Chosen Ones Brass Band

7:15pm - 8pm - Arsene Delay & the 7th Ward Allstars

8:15pm - 9:15pm - Creole String Beans

9:30pm - 10:15pm - Paul Sanchez & the Rolling Road Show