MANDEVILLE AREA COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS: Northlake-Mandeville Rotary Club Chili Cook-off, "Cookin' for the Community," honoring "Those Who Serve," Nov. 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Madisonville Baseball Field. Performance by Amanda Shaw and the Cute Boys (2-3:30 p.m.), antique car cruise-in, parade of chili princesses, cheerleading and tae kwon do demonstrations, music for the day by DJ "J.T." Admission: Free; food available for purchase includes bottomless bowl of chili for $5 per person. Call: Steve Saux, 985.796.0689, or John Bryan, 985.373.3794, or go to www.mandevillerotary.org.
CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL: Children's Miracle Network Golf Tournament, sponsored by Marriott Business Council, Nov. 3, registration 8 a.m., tee off 9 a.m., English Turn Country Club. An 18-hole foursome scramble with a pre-tournament dinner and auction on Nov. 2. Cost: $250/player and $1,000/foursome; corporate sponsorships available. Call: 504.553.5696.
KID smART: Cocktail party, Nov. 6, patron party 6-7 p.m., cocktail party 7-9 p.m., home of Arthur Roger, 1029 Orleans St. Patrons will be given a tour of home and art collection and receive a signed giclee print by featured artist Luis Cruz Azaceta; event includes music by NOCCA/Riverfront students and food by Joel Catering and Event Planning. Tickets: $90-$600. Call: 504.410.1990.
SUPPORT OUR WAR HEROES: "In the Company of Heroes," honoring injured Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans, Nov. 6, 6-9:30 p.m., National World War II Museum. Featuring Lt. Col. Oliver North as guest speaker, food from area restaurants, Marine Corps Band, and silent auction with Saints, Hornets and LSU memorabilia. Tickets: Tables of eight start at $1,500. Call: 985.649.8137.
LOCAL CHARITIES: Blue Knights Poker Run, benefiting fallen police officers, Magnolia School, Sunshine Kids and other charities, daylong event including six stops, Nov. 9, registration 9-10:30 a.m., G. Smith's Motor Sports, 10567 Airline Highway, St. Rose (pre-registration party Nov. 6, 6:30 p.m., Daiquiri Bay Cafe, Transcontinental Drive and West Esplanade Avenue in Metairie). Refreshments at all stops; final stop features food, auction, vendors, and music by the Wiseguys, and Ready Teddy the Swamp Daddy with special guest Charles Otis. Registration fee: $20 per person; free T-shirt to first 200. Call: Keith, 504.343.4621, or Kirk, 504.343.4625, or go to www.la2blueknights.us.
GIRL SCOUTS LOUISIANA EAST: Every Girl, Everywhere Luncheon, with "Investing in Tomorrow's Leaders" as theme, Nov. 12, noon-1 p.m., Audubon Tea Room, 6500 Magazine St. Admission: Luncheon is free, but donations and pledges will be solicited. Call: 504.733.8220, ext. 222.
AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION: New Orleans Start! Heart Walk, 5K walk/run, Nov. 15, registration 9 a.m., walk 10 a.m., Audubon Park. Free food, Kids Zone, live music. Cost: Free; walkers are eligible for T-shirts once they have raised minimum of $100. Call: 504.830.2300 or go to www.neworleansheartwalk.kintera.org.
Louisiana SPCA Gala - Saturday, November 15th, 7:00-8:30pm Patron Party and 8:30-Midnight Gala at the LA/SPCA Compus. The Great Catsby - The Roaring 20's Tribute to 120 years of LA/SPCA. Come and enjoy the fabulous entertainment by Jeremy Davenport and Deacon John and taste the creations from over 40 restaurants. There will also be live and silent autions. For more information go to www.la-spca.org.
EMERIL LAGASSE FOUNDATION: Carnivale du Vin Gala and Wine Auction, Nov. 15, Bacchus Reception 5:30 p.m., Krewe du Vin Dinner 7 p.m., Seeds of Love Live Auction 8 p.m., entertainment by The Red Rocker Sammy Hagar and the Wabos 10 p.m., Hilton New Orleans Riverside, 2 Poydras St. "Chef Emeril Lagasse brings together the most revered names in the culinary and wine worlds for a once-in-a-lifetime dining event and a premiere wine auction." Cost: $1,200 per person; sponsorship packages available. Call: Antonia Keller, 504.212.2222, or visit www.carnivaleduvin.com.
RONALD McDONALD HOUSE: Ronald McDonald House Charities Golf Classic, Nov. 19, tee off at noon, Money Hill Golf Club, Abita Springs. Lunch and dinner provided; auction; gifts and prizes for participants. Call: 504.486.6668.
OZANAM INN (HOMELESS SHELTER): Century Club Gala, a gourmet dinner, Nov. 19, patron party 6 p.m., dinner 7 p.m., Grand Salon, Royal Orleans Hotel. Featuring address by retired Archbishop Philip M. Hannan, entertainment by the Leif Pedersen Quintet, silent auction. Admission: $100 per plate; patrons $250 and $500; tables available. Call: 504.523.1184 or 504.710.6141.
ALZHEIMER'S ANGEL PROGRAM FOR GREATER NORTHSHORE AREA: Wine and Dine, a fundraiser presented by Inner Wheel of Slidell, Nov. 20, 6:30 p.m., home of Bill and Sharron Newton, 35140 Garden Drive, Slidell. Silent auction and "Cheers Basket" raffle; Greater Northshore Area includes Slidell, Lacombe, Pearl River, and Picayune, Miss. Admission: $40. Call: 985.661.0718.
Bridge House Thanksgiving Day Dinner -Thursday, November 27, 2008, 10 am to 2 pm Bridge House, 1160 Camp St., New Orleans. LA A Holiday Dinner is served and clothing and toiletries are distributed to the homeless and indigent. Call Wayne Olivio at 522-2124 ext. 13 for more information website: http://www.bridgehouse.org