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We've got your weekend: A weekend of giving back

Wednesday, May 11/ The Front Gallery (4100 St. Claude Ave): There are pairings that sound delicious in New Orleans, and The Front Gallery has found some pairings that will have you salivating: donuts, daiquiris, and art. This is a benefit that the gallery is throwing, which will include an art raffle and live auction. There is no admission cost to attend this event, but there's a sweet deal if you do buy a ticket. Each ticket will be matched to a randomly selected artwork at 7:30 PM. Tickets available for a donation are $100, in advance through nolafront.org or for $115 in person on the day of at the event. Tickets also include complimentary food and beverage for the entirety of the day. The event runs from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM, and you can find out more details here.

Thursday, May 12/Nola Til Ya Die (3536 Toulouse St): All seasons must come to an end, but luckily the season of crawfish is still holding strong. Nola Til Ya Die is putting on a Bug and Beer on the Bayou party on Thursday from 5:30 PM until 7:30 PM. They aren't just going to be eating the mud bugs we love so dearly, they're also going to be talking about their home (on a grand scale). You can learn about coastal restoration and its importance in New Orleans as you chow down.

Friday, May 13/Beauregard-Keyes House (1113 Chartres St): Usually Bring Your Own asks you to bring your stories and nothing else for a captive audience, but this Friday they are flipping that on its head. In fact, they don't want you to bring your stories. They want you to bring $10, which gets you 2 drinks and hopefully many more years of story telling. Going on four years of live story telling with zero, zilch, nada, no entry free, BYO is doing a fund raiser to keep you up to your ears in stories. The event run from 7:00 PM until 11:00 PM and there will be live music and tunes spun by Casey Coleman. To find out more about the event, you can check it out here.

Saturday, May 14/New Orleans Healing Center (2372 St Claude Ave): Bike tours are all the rage in New Orleans, but how about a bike tour that's all about the water ways? That's right, Groundwork New Orleans is hosting a bike tour that traces the historic and hidden waterways of New Orleans. That means following the path of rain water, visiting canals, seeing where the drainage systems lead, and a stop at the good old pumping stations in New Orleans. The tour runs from 2:00 PM until 7:30 PM. Tickets are $10, and you can purchase them here.

Sunday, May 15/Dance Quarter (1719 Toledano St): We've got swing in abundance here in New Orleans. We've also got hip hop, jazz, tap, ballet, modern, tango, you name it. Well, now you can also name the collegiate shag as a dance that is in New Orleans. On Sunday there will be a collegiate shag workshop that runs from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM. The workshop costs $35/person in advance, $45/person day-of, and $60/pair in advance, and $80/pair day-of. Get your dancing shoes out and go out and shag (collegiate shag, that is).