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Volunteering with Second Harvest Foodbank - April

  • When: Saturday, April 01, 2017 @ 11:30 am
  • Second Harvest Food Bank, 700 Edwards Avenue, New Orleans, LA view map

It’s time to volunteer again! 

One of our most popular and well-attended activities as a group has been working with the Second Harvest organization where we sort and box donated food for families in need in New Orleans and the surrounding parishes. 

We are thankful for the efforts of NOSHA board member Glenn Pearl who has been our contact person, setting up our volunteer shifts and keeping us involved. 

√ The warehouse is not climate controlled so please dress accordingly. Jeans, shorts and t-shirts are acceptable. It should be cooler, so come prepared.

√ Outside work is un-shaded, we have sunscreen available, but it is recommended to bring sunglasses, hats and any other necessary sun protection.

√ YOU MUST WEAR CLOSED TOE SHOES! Anyone wearing flip-flops or sandals will not be permitted to work the shift.

√ Cold water bottles are available for all volunteers.

√ Minimum age to volunteer at Second Harvest is 9 years old.


Last Supper Dinner Club - April

  • When: Monday, April 03, 2017 @ 6:15 pm
  • Pyramids Cafe Mediterranean Cuisine, 3149 Calhoun Street, New Orleans, view map

Dine With Deniers!

Join us at for a healthy, inexpensive dinner and conversation in a quiet setting at a fantastically accommodating Middle Eastern eatery. Pyramids Cafe is located near highway exits and easy to get to within the city. Feel free to check out their menu.

Please RSVP using our Meetup group in order to help us make the reservations. 


Field Trip! LIGO Livingston

  • When: Saturday, April 15, 2017 @ 2:30 pm
  • Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), 19100 LIGO Lane , Livingston, LA view map

The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) is designed to open the field of gravitational-wave astrophysics through the direct detection of gravitational waves predicted by Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity. It is one of only five gravitational wave interferometers in the world (2 in the US).

This facility is open for public tours on the third Saturday of each month and we decided this would be an an excellent NOSHA activity to get everyone out doing science-y stuff. During "Science Saturdays", they offer tours as well as time to explore the professionally curated exhibit hall that has around 50 interactive science exhibits. The theme for this Saturday will be "It's a 'Gas'".

We will have an online sign-up form, since we will need to let them know how many people to expect from our group. Also, we can arrange for a meeting place in West Metairie or Kenner where we can meet to carpool to reduce the number of cars required to get us there. Livingston is approximately 72 miles from New Orleans, (less than 1.5 hours one way.) 


Humanists Take the Capitol!

  • When: Monday, April 17, 2017 @ 9:00 am
  • Louisiana State Capitol, 900 N 3rd St, Baton Rouge, LA view map

Join us as we represent secular humanists and non-believers for our annual day at the Louisiana State Capitol. We will be tabling along with several other secular organizations from around the state, answering questions and giving out information. It is an opportunity for the general public - particularly people of faith - to approach non-theists and ask questions about secular life.

If you've never been in Baton Rouge during the legislative session, it can be a learning experience to sit in on a committee or two and learn more about how state government operates. If you have never been, you can also take in the spectacular views at the top of the building. 


March for Science 2017

  • When: Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
  • New Orleans City Hall, 1300 Perdido St., New Orleans, LA view map


The March for Science demonstrates our passion for science and sounds a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. Recent policy changes have caused heightened worry among scientists. The incredible and immediate outpouring of support has made clear that these concerns are also shared by the support of hundreds of thousands of people around the world.

The mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter. It is time for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand and be counted.


We are people who value science and recognize how science serves. We come from all races, all religions, all gender identities, all sexual orientations, all abilities, all socioeconomic backgrounds, all political perspectives, and all nationalities. Our diversity is our greatest strength: a wealth of opinions, perspectives, and ideas is critical for the scientific process. What unites us is a love of science, and an insatiable curiosity. We all recognize that science is everywhere and affects everyone.


Just a Walk in the Park

03/18/2017To follow is an article from our current newsletter, The Humanist Advocate (Issue 1, 2017)

September 24

The “Unholy Strollers,” the unofficial walking (and parading) group of the also unofficial NOSHA Social Aid and Pleasure Club turned out a good participation for The 27th Chevron No/AIDS Walk—a yearly fall fundraising event organized by the No/AIDS Task Force. Not only did 11 walkers make the two-lap trip around Audubon Park, but the NOSHA group pledged at least $650, both of which are probably records since NOSHA has been active in this community project for about the last five years.

Marshall Harris, also one of our own, was chosen as the Grand Marshall (not a pun) and Master of Ceremonies of this year’s rendition of the fundraiser. He turned in a strong performance singing the national anthem at the Newman Bandstand; and then led the way in his trademark plumed tophat and baton in hand, to begin the 3-mile trek around the park’s walking and biking path.

A Cornucopia, Through Research

To follow is an article from our current newsletter, The Humanist Advocate (Issue 1, 2017)

October 15

A research director with the U. S. Department of Agriculture brought a large, open-mouth shopping bag with him for his presentation to our October meeting. In the bag were many of the products the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), a branch of the USDA is credited with developing.

The director, K. Thomas Klasson, Ph.D, has been known to the regulars and some occasional guests of NOSHA meetings as the husband of NOSHA President Charlotte Klasson. He broke the speaker-audience ice by quipping that although many knew him as such, he corrected it to “Dr. Charlotte’s Husband”. His educational background is deep with a Masters Degree from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and a doctorate from the University of Arkansas.

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