Progressive’s Weekend: Making a Difference

Another work week has come and gone, which means it’s time for the Progressive’s Weekend! The solstice is the perfect time to harness that summer energy and work to bring needed change into the world. This weekend, we’re focusing on events where you can make a difference here in our local community.

Friday, June 21

Women’s Power Hour: Happy Hour at The Shop – 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

This women’s power hour is part of the 4th annual 2019 Architecture & Design Film Festival: New Orleans. Come out to The Shops at the CAC to celebrate women’s compelling works to architecture and design. There will be a happy hour, raffle, film, Revelator Hibiscus Tea, cocktails, and beer from Urban South Brewery.

Kendra Scott Give Back Party – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m

Come out to shop at Kendra Scott in Metairie and 20% of all purchases will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association and the Walk to End Alzheimer’s New Orleans!

Judy Garland Resurrection Stonewall 50 – begins at 11 p.m.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots as well as the passing of Judy Garland, the AllWays Lounge and Cabaret is hosting Harlequeen Presents a celebration of the life, career, and death of Judy Garland through the lens of queer liberation. Come and see an all-star cast of the New Orleans drag and cabaret scene – this is an event you won’t want to miss.

Saturday, June 22

Bridging the Educational Gap From Surviving to Thriving – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Urban League Guild is hosting this educational symposium to help parents and educators navigate the various processes. Big Easy Magazine editor Jenn Bentley will be participating in the panel “Ensuring Equity in Education”!

ARNO New Building Fundraising Campaign Kickoff – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Animal Rescue of New Orleans needs a new building! To kick off their fundraising campaign, they’re hosting an open house with giveaways, snacks, refreshments, shelter tours, and dog playgroups throughout the day. There will be a kitten shower as well, so come out and see the dozens of kittens available for adoption now!

2019 FestiGals Step Up Second Line Parade

FestiGals invites all Krewes to step up and shine a light on heart disease and the impact that it has on women! Come out and join this parade through the Vieu Carre to raise money for the New Orleans Area American Heart Association in the most Uniquely New Orleans way possible!

Sunday, June 23

Connecting Justice to Personal Transformation – 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Come out to the Community Church Unitarian Universalist in New Orleans to hear the Center for Ethical Living & Social Justice Renewal discuss “Connecting Justice to Personal Transformation.” Everyone is welcome.

TGNC Artist Showcase & Transgender Community Forum – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be an artist showcase before the summer Transgender Community Forum – this is an opportunity for artists from the community from the seasoned to the brand new to showcase their work.

Primal Fest to Benefit Reproductive Rights – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Bacchanal Wine is hosting this HUGE food festival featuring Turkey and the Wolf, Coquette, Marje’s Grill, La Boca, Molly’s Rise and Shine, and Coutelier alongside their own fair. All proceeds benefit the Gulf Coast Planned Parenthood chapter.

No matter how you choose to spend your weekend, remember – every weekend can be a progressive weekend! We hope that these suggestions will help you make the most of yours.

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