CAJUN NIGHTS by D.J. Donaldson
Andy Broussard, the “Plump and Proud” New Orleans medical examiner, obviously loves food.  Less apparent to the casual observer is his hatred of murderers. Together with his gorgeous sidekick, psychologist Kit Franklyn, Broussard forms a powerful, although improbable, mystery solving duo.
Astor + Blue Editions is proud to release Cajun Nights (ISBN: 978-1941286-38-8; Fiction/Mystery & Suspense; $5.99 E-Book), the latest Broussard mystery by D.J. Donaldson.
Projects Abroad Volunteer and Give the Gift of Service Year Round

The holiday season is here, and for every North American preparing to celebrate Christmas and New Year with family and friends, there are many others for whom the joy of the holidays is overshadowed by the struggles they face. For those who want to make a difference and give rather than receive, the gift of service is the perfect way to bring joy and hope to those living in underprivileged communities.


Withover two million local and international visitors annually, Atrium, located in the iconic James R. Thompson Center at 100 W. Randolph St., also celebrating its 30th anniversary next year, will unveil the launch of its NEW identity in Winter 2015, designed to create a memorable place for dining, shopping and the arts on three retail levels. 

MERRY CHRISTMAS! From Cyrano's Farm Kitchen
All Cooked and Easy to Transport Pick-up Wednesday December 24 after 4:00pm Or Thursday December 25, 11:30am - 1:00pm
Credit Card Reservations Taken at (312) 467-0546. 
DON'T THINK ABOUT COOKING!!! Take Chef Didier under your wings! (Includes a loaf of bread)
Whole Hudson River Farm Christmas Goose, Cooked on the Rotisserie Herb Stuffing, 4 Vegetables & Sauce Included!
10/11 lbs Whole Goose
 (Serves 8-10)
2015 Opera News Awards Recipients Announced

OPERA NEWS Editor in Chief F. Paul Driscoll today announced the recipients of the 10th AnnualOpera News Awards. This year’s honorees—Piotr Beczala, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Sondra Radvanovsky, Samuel Ramey and Teresa Stratas—will be feted at a black tie gala celebration on Sunday, April 19, 2015at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Previous Opera News Award Winners Martina Arroyo, Gerald Finley and Susan Graham are among the presenters.

Lutheran World Relief Prepares for Typhoon Hagupit Relief

In preparation for Typhoon Hagupit, which is expected to make landfall December 6 local time in the Philippines, Lutheran World Relief, a U.S.-based humanitarian agency, has made an initial commitment of $50,000 to assist those most affected and will be on the ground to assess needs and develop a plan to aid in both short- and long-term recovery. The storm is predicted to cause widespread damage and affect millions in an area still recovering from last year’s Super Typhoon Haiyan.  

National Wreaths Across America Day
ONLY 36,000 $15 sponsorships are still needed to reach the goal of honoring EVERY veteran buried at Arlington National Cemetery this National Wreaths Across America Day. 
This year, the national nonprofit set the lofty goal of honoring all veterans in our Nation’s cemetery in celebration of its 150th Anniversary. The group receives no government funding for this annual tradition, now in its 23rd year. Please visit to make your $15 wreath sponsorship.
WORKHOUSE 2014 Best of Manhattan Award
WORKHOUSE  (, a New York-based leading public relations and integrated creative agency has been named the recipient of the 2014 Best of Manhattan Award within the PR, Marketing & Branding category as presented by the Manhattan Award Program. The coveted award sets the industry benchmark for excellence across all areas of business.
National Endowment for the Arts to support SOS A Decameron Clown Cruise

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced yesterday that Theater Oobleck is one of 919 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. Oobleck is recommended for a $15,000 grant to support the further development of “SOS: A Decameron Clown Cruise,” a two-year collaboration with El Circo National de Puerto Rico that combines El Circo’s circus performance skills with Oobleck’s new play development methodology.

Cyber Holiday Shoppers Make Their Dollars Count for Himalayan Stove Project
As online holiday shopping ramps up this season, consumers are catching on to AmazonSmile, an online shopping option that is exactly like its sister, except it gives a portion of the money from online purchases to charitable causes. The program, sponsored by the Amazon Foundation, donates 0.5% of the price of every eligible purchase made on the site to a selected charitable organization like the Himalayan Stove Project/Paul Basch Memorial Foundation, at no additional cost to the consumer.


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