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Selected items, including shoes and handbags are 50 percent off during a summer clearance sale at Accessory Boutique (4955 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 888-9461).

The American Cancer Society will hold its Hope Gala fund-raiser to help battle cancer from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at the Shops at Canal Place (333 Canal St.) first-floor atrium. The event will include entertainment by The Tip Tops, refreshments and appearances by celebrity chairs Sally Ann Roberts and Eric Paulsen. Tickets are $100 per person. Tickets for the gala and a patron party range from $200 to $500 a person. For more information or to buy tickets, call 469-0021 or visit

BallinÕs Ltd. (806 E. Boston St., Covington, 985-892-0025) will host a dual trunk show featuring new fashions by Marisa Baratelli, including a new blouse collection, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8. In addition, Deborah Kennedy will be in the store to help accessorize your outfits. That trunk show will move to BallinÕs New Orleans store (721 Dante St., 866-4367) on Friday, Aug. 11, and Saturday, Aug. 12.

Locals will be treated to a motor coach tour of the city the way visitors see it Ñ in air-conditioned motor coaches with professional tour guides Ñ for free on Sunday, Aug. 13, during LocalsÕ Day. The free tours are hosted by the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Vistors Bureau (nomcvb), the Tour Guide Associaton of Greater New Orleans and Grayline Tours. Tours, which will last about an hour and a half each, start at 10 a.m. and the last tour will leave at 3:30 p.m. Buses will pick up tourists at the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau (2020 St. Charles Ave.). Call 835-4456 by Friday, Aug. 11, to reserve a seat.

Visit the Summer Depression Glassware Show and Sale Saturday, Aug. 12, and Sunday, Aug. 13, at the Greater Covington Center (317 N. Jefferson St., Covington). Admission is $3.50. The show will include Depression-era glass, pottery, china, and kitchenware from the Õ20s to the Õ50s.

Anyone with a Louisiana ID or driver license can take advantage of a special deal for locals at W New Orleans hotels. At the French Quarter location, get a nightÕs stay, parking and an in-room movie and local calls starting at $109 a night. At the Poydras Street hotel, rates start at $99 for locals, and include two cocktails and in-room movie and local calls. The special locals deal is available through Sept. 30.

Send information about trunk shows, new product lines, sales and in-store events to Kandace Graves at, call 483-3105, or fax 483-3116. Information should be received 10 days prior to publication.

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