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Sankofa Farmers Market is a Lower 9th ward market held every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 5500 St. Claude Ave. Fresh, local produce from urban farmers, seafood and baked goods are for sale at the rain-or-shine farmers market. Visit or call 875-4268 for more information.

Lola Boutique (622 S. Carrollton Ave., 301-9410; celebrates its grand opening from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3. Attendees will receive cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and 25 percent off any purchase.

Bridge House holds its second annual Recycled Fashion show at 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4 at the Howlin' Wolf (907 S. Peters St., 522-9653; Local designers transform thrifted garments into one-of-a-kind designs, which will be auctioned at the event. Tickets are $25 general admission, $35 for VIP seating and may be purchased at or Contact Anne Springer at 821-7134 or for more information.

The YA/YA Studio (338 Baronne St., 529-3306; hosts a Mardi Gras ladder workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5. Supplies, instruction and everything else you need to make your own parade route ladder is included in the $200 fee. For more information, contact Madania Graves at 343-6230 or

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