BINGO! Households get pleasure from enjoying recreation to lift cash

Wind and colder than normal temperatures didn’t stop a few dozen people from dabbing bingo cards with markers at River Road Park on Saturday afternoon to raise money for two organizations.

Instead, they packed up coats and blankets, hoping the caller would pick the right balls for them.

Laura D’Arpino said she felt “pretty good” after winning the first game. She had turned up with a few friends from school and her parents to support The Warrior Project. She won a small $ 5 gift card. The day’s big prize was a basket of personal protective equipment that included a mask and hand sanitizer.

The event was launched by Niskayuna High School’s The Warrior Project in conjunction with the NCAP’s Drug-Free Community Grant in support of Nisky Nutrition On the Weekend and The Wounded Warriors Project.

“Because of COVID and everything we thought we had to do something,” said Jack Schiavo, senior and member of the Warrior Project.

Before COVID, the group would run an annual fundraiser for the Wounded Warriors Project, of which the group is a part.

Morgan Tibbitts, her wife Lindsey Tibbitts, and their son Lucas Tibbitts attended the event together.

“I was just so excited to find an event that was outdoor and interactive,” said Morgan Tibbitts.

She said she was competitive in terms of the game.

“I’m here to win … I mean, support the kids,” Morgan Tibbitts said jokingly.

Her wife and son were just happy not to be home for a change since COVID started.

At a table nearby sat Vicky Wagenbaugh with her husband Frank and their children Colin and Laura. Colin kept singing B, I, N, G, O; The group directed Frank to call out if either of them won.

They learned about the event through the Parents and Teachers Association of Glencliff Elementary School.

“We think this is a good opportunity as a family to do something that is safe during the pandemic,” said Vicky Wagenbaugh.

They also wanted to help Nisky NOW, which Wagenbaugh is always trying to donate to.

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Take pleasure in Artwork & Free Outside Leisure with “Evenings with Enrique,” Each Wednesday in April on the New Orleans Botanical Backyard

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – It’s back! Guests of all ages can enjoy historic outdoor sculptures, a guided tour of the garden, food and entertainment in the Helis Foundation Enrique Alférez sculpture garden in the New Orleans Botanical Garden (NOBG) every Wednesday in April to celebrate the biannual “Evenings with Enrique. “This season’s series runs every Wednesday in April starting April 7th. Regular / Wednesday entry is free for Louisiana residents courtesy of the Helis Foundation every Wednesday throughout the year.

During “Evenings with Enrique”, NOBG will be sure to welcome visitors to the Helis Foundation Enrique Alférez sculpture garden to view the sculptures under enhanced lighting and fire baskets hanging from the branches of the living oak trees and enjoy music by local Latin American artists. You are invited to buy mojitos and groceries in the “kitchen in the garden”. Additional drinks can also be purchased.

The sculptor Enrique Alférez was a Mexican-American artist known for his Art Deco work. He was active during the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and his sculptures can still be found across New Orleans, including the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition, and City Park. In October 2015, the NOBG unveiled the Helis Foundation’s Enrique Alférez Sculpture Garden, an 8,000-square-meter park with Alférez ‘sculptures on expansive footpaths surrounded by lush tropical flowers and shrubs.

In addition to the special programs in the Enrique Alférez Sculpture Garden of the Helis Foundation, NOBG offers yoga on the lawn and meditation in the Japanese garden during the extended hours.

Guests are encouraged to practice social distancing and must wear face covering.

WHEN: The New Orleans Botanical Garden extends its opening hours every Wednesday in April (April 7, 14, 21, and 28) until 8 p.m.

  • Free hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Special programming: 5pm – 8pm

WHERE: 5 Victory Avenue, City Park
Enter through the Oscar J. Tolmas building