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Shoppers at St. Germain Shoes (The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., Level 2, 522-1720) will enjoy a live Latin band, beverages and desserts on Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. as famed shoe designer Donald Pliner presents his 2009 line and signs all shoe and handbag purchases.

Imelda's Fine Shoes (501 Metairie Road, Metairie, 849-9089) is now open on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. New spring styles arrive daily.

Shop (2728 Magazine St., 895-2869) is a new boutique that recently opened in Beauty 101's former location. Featured designers include Manoush, Anna Sui, Haute Hippi, Heidi Merrick, Trina Turk, Catherine Malandrino and others.

As part of Unicef's Tap Project, a number of local restaurants will give customers the option to pay $1 for tap water during World Water Week, March 22-28, which benefits Unicef's safe drinking water programs. Visit for a list of participating restaurants.

Now through May, buy a limited-edition pink-ribbon spring welcome mat at Modern Flooring Carpet One Floor & Home (3619 S. Carrollton Ave., 488-1364), and 25 percent of the price will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation in support of breast cancer research and awareness programs. For more information, visit or

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