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We've got your weekend: Head to the great outdoors

Wednesday, August 17/Northlake Nature Center (23135 US-190, Mandeville, LA): School is almost back in session (if it's already not in session), so what better way to celebrate summer than a road trip to Mandeville. Stay with us. This is an event entitled "Nature Walk and Titivation." I mean, how can you say no to clean air, birds, swamps, ponds, bayous, hardwoods forests and pineland habitats? You can't. Therefore, if you are ready to head out to Mandeville, check out Northlake Nature Center's  walk, which begins at 5:30 P.M. and ends at 7:30 P.M. You'll need to reserve your spot, which you can do by calling 985-626-1238 or emailing Rue@northlakenature.org.

Thursday, August 18/The Courtyard Brewery (1020 Erato Street): There is nothing better than a courtyard in New Orleans. It's a great place to lounge, read, and discuss new ideas. That is exactly what NOVAC will be doing on Thursday for their Third Thursday get-togethers that they have, you guessed it, every third Thursday of the month. Groups of people get together to eat bites from food trucks and talk about new projects. This Thursday the theme is "Music Licensing 101: A Conversation with Doug Bussone from Silva Screen Music America." The event starts at 6:00 P.M. and runs until 8:00 P.M., and you can find out more details about it here.

Friday, August 19/City Park (1 Palm Drive): Pokemongo! is not the only evidence that adults have a need for play. "Moonshine Fever" is happening on Friday night, which means you not only get open beer-bar but also unlimited rides in the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park. There will be a DJ, a dance floor, games with giveaways, and Bubbas BBQ Pulled Chicken, Corn on the Cob, Garlic Texas Toast, Tito's Vodka Snowballs. You can eat, drink, ride all the rides you want, and then have a great excuse for any barfing that may take place ("It was the rides, man."). The extravaganza runs from 7:30 P.M. until 10:30 P.M., and for tickets and information you can check out the event here

Friday, August 19/Urban South Brewery (1645 Tchoupitoulas Street): The flooding in Louisiana has shown what kind hearts live in New Orleans with drop-off points for delivery packages and many of our residents offering or taking out boats to help the victims in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas. Urban South Brewery is also holding an event on Friday night. You want to head to the taproom on Friday for their "Pay it Forward" fundraiser. They'll be update the event page with items you can bring to donate, and they'll drive up to Baton Rouge on Saturday to drop things off. On top of that, 30% of all beer sales on Friday will be donated to the NOLA Pay it Forward Fund. From 4:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. will be a Shotgun Double Jam Session and starting at 9:00 P.M. will be D.J. Anne Glaviano with Heatwave.

Saturday, August 20/New Orleans Photo Alliance (1111 St. Mary Street): Some images instantly grab your eye, and images on 16 mm film will not only grab your eye but also your interest (and maybe even your heart). Shotgun Cinema is continuing their Full Aperture series this Saturday with a screening of filmmaker/photographer Jack Smith's Flaming Creatures (1962). The screening begins at 8:00 P.M., and you might want to get there early since all shows have sold out in the past. Tickets are $6 for the public and $5 for NOPA members. You can find out more details about the screening and the film on Shotgun Cinema's website.

Sunday, August 21/The Pavilion of the Two Sisters (3 Victory Ave., City Park): This is a service dear to our hearts at NolaVie. On June 24, 2016, Sharon Litwin, president and co-founder of NolaVie, passed away, leaving behind a multitude of cherished friends who loved her, and a lifetime legacy of advocacy for New Orleans arts programs and social movements. Sharon always was passionate about her city and the unique people who make New Orleans what it is.

A memorial to honor Sharon will be held Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. at The Pavilion of The Two Sisters (3 Victory Ave.) in City Park. It is open to the public and we hope that all of you who knew, worked with and admired Sharon can be there. There has also been a tribute page made in honor of Sharon that you can visit here.

Kelley Crawford is a professor, writer, mentor, dancer, and constant questioner. If you would like to contact Kelley Crawford, you can email her at kelley@nolavie.com.