NOSHA

New Orleans Secular Humanist Association
2015 Archive Event Calendar

The Annual NOSHA Winter Solstice Potluck

When: Saturday, December 19, 2015 @ 2:00 pm
Greenberger's on Bayou St. John, 4314 Bancroft Drive, New Orleans, LA view map

Join us for a lovely party of great friends and delicious food!? ??

In lieu of our regular monthly meeting, please join us for our annual festive Winter Solstice party to celebrate the holidays! It is our time to enjoy good friends, good food and goodwill, so we welcome all?supporters of our organization to join in the fun!? ?

This will be a potluck event, so we are asking all guests to bring a dish to share. Please send your RSVP to <a>hpgreenx@yahoo.com</a> or leave a message at 504-592-0836 to advise that you will attend and what you plan to bring from the following suggestions:

? Favorite entree ? ? ? ? ?Appetizers?? ?Salads - tossed green, fruit, pasta, etc.? ?Sides - vegetables, potatoes, etc.?? ?Fruits, cheeses, crackers ? ? ? ?Desserts

We'll once again collect canned goods and other non-perishable foods for Second Harvest Food Bank. ? Here is a list of most need food items!<a href="http://4ckoxoymarm16h3gk6wj0e16.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/most-needed-items.pdf"></a>

 

NOSHA Volunteers at Second Harvest

When: Saturday, December 05, 2015 @ 9:30 am
Second Harvest Food Bank, 700 Edwards Avenue, New Orleans, LA view map

NOSHA is returning to do one of our most popular volunteer activities and we're looking for people!

Please message volunteer organizer Glenn Pearl directly to confirm your participation.

A few things to understand before volunteering:

? ? The work that you will be doing is in the warehouse packing food boxes OR in our cooler sorting and categorizing donated food product. We will be informed by their staff upon arrival.

? ?Volunteer jobs are based on their current needs in and around the warehouse. Please come prepared to work in the warehouse or in the cooler (layers are recommended).

? ?The warehouse is not climate controlled, so please dress accordingly. Jeans, shorts and t-shirts are acceptable.?

? ?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.

? ?Second Harvest is not responsible for lost or stolen personal items ? please lock valuables in your car.

? ?Please arrive on time and enter the building through the front door, remember to sign in and sign out and make a name badge.

? ?If you need a letter or record for service hours, please notify the Volunteer Coordinator upon your arrival.

Parking is available directly in front of the building.

 

An Evening with Chris Fischer, Founder & Expedition Leader of OCEARCH

When: Friday, December 04, 2015 @ 3:00 pm
Entergy Imax Theatre, 1 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA view map

Terrific opportunity to learn more about OCEARCH!?This event is FREE and open to the public. All proceeds from the cash bar will benefit OCEARCH and SEZARC. Please help us to spread the word!

5-6pm - Cash bar in the Entergy Giant Screen Theater

6-7 pm - Presentation by Chris Fischer in the Theater

7-8 pm - "Meet and Greet" in gallery in the Pisces Room of the Aquarium

From their website: "OCEARCH is a recognized world leader in generating critical scientific data related to tracking (telemetry) and biological studies of keystone marine species such as great white sharks, in conjunction with conservation outreach and education at a measurable global scale."

Chris Fischer has led 23 global expeditions since 2007 to advance science and education while unlocking the mysteries of the Great White sharks and other apex predators of the ocean. Fischer's ultimate goal is to enable scientists and governments around the globe to generate groundbreaking data on the ocean's keystone marine species in an open-sourced environment, while advancing STEM ?education.


SEZARC:?The South-East Zoo Alliance for Reproduction and Conservation?

Charlie Rose Interviews Expedition Leader Chris Fischer (July 2013)

 

Last Supper Dinner Club

When: Thursday, December 03, 2015 @ 4:30 pm
Martin Wine Cellar, 3827 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA view map

It's the kind of place where you can dine, shop and sip - or all three. It's up to you! If you are looking for a last minute culinary holiday gift, this is the place. Lots of things to consider and lots of room to pull up another chair. If you haven't?

Please note that we have altered our starting time by 30 minutes due to rush hour traffic. New Orleans is just crazy with cars and it takes a lot longer at this time to get anywhere. The delay will be a huge help going forward.

As a courtesy to the other attendees and the restaurant, please be sure that your RSVP is accurate as of the afternoon of this event.??

 

First Tuesdays: Spirituality In the City Speaker Series

When: Tuesday, December 01, 2015 @ 10:15 am
Jesuit Church of the Immaculate Conception, 130 Baronne St., New Orleans, LA view map

"Humanism: Ethical, Secular and Good for Everyone"

NOSHA is honored to be invited to participate in this monthly program.


"People of all faiths (or none at all) are warmly invited to this annual interfaith series that promotes dialogue, mutual understanding, and collaboration on topics of spirituality. On first Tuesdays, October through May, local leaders initiate conversations about their spiritual traditions and address the theme, ?Spirituality in the City.'"

All are welcome. Admission is free. Parking is available at parking meters on the street as well as at the many downtown lots and garages.?

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First Tuesdays is co-sponsored by The Jesuit Church of the Immaculate Conception, Loyola Institute for Ministry, The Catholic Book Store, and Holy Name of Jesus Church. It is guided by an interreligious steering committee.? All presentations begin at 12:30 in Lenes Hall, the parish center of Jesuit Church, and includes a simple lunch that starts at 12:15.?

 

John Seager: "Soaring Past 7 Billion: Population Challenges for a Crowded World"

When: Saturday, November 21, 2015 @ 2:00 pm
Audobon Park, 6500 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA view map

John Seager's talk?will address global population growth, its causes and impacts, and how we can meet those challenges.?

Seager is the President and CEO of Population Connection. Before joining Population Connection, John was with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. John also served as Chief of Staff for former U.S. Representative Peter H. Kostmayer (D-PA), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs and Interior committees. He?graduated from Trinity College (CT) with a B.A. in Political Science.

A?veteran of more than 50 political campaigns, he has published op-eds and articles on population growth for a number of news outlets including Huffington Post, GlobalPost, and RH Reality Check.?

Seager frequently speaks at conferences on population, the environment, and women?s empowerment. He also presents at colleges and universities across the United States, including the University of Chicago, Smith College, and University of California-San Diego.?

Population Connection (www.popconnect.org) is the preeminent grassroots group for population education and advocacy with 300,000 members and supporters.

Founded in 1968 as Zero Population Growth (ZPG), Population Connection focuses on achieving global population stabilization through universal awareness and access to voluntary family planning together with the full empowerment of women.?

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To get to the meeting place at the zoo: Enter from Magazine Street at Zoo Avenue (between the two stone lions) and continue to the statue of Audubon. The entry way to our area (the Dominion Learning Center) is to the right of the main entrance through the metal gates.?

The gate will be locked, so you will need to press a button on the left side that will alert zoo security that you are attending the NOSHA meeting.?

If the weather is good or there is a festival, parking will be at a premium so give yourself plenty of time to find a spot.?

For more information about NOSHA please check our website at?www.nosha.info?or contact charlotte@nosha.info?

All NOSHA meetings are free and open to the general public.?

 

Secular Humanist Invocation at New Orleans City Council Meeting

When: Thursday, November 19, 2015 @ 7:45 am
New Orleans City Council - Council Chambers, 1300 Perdido Street, New Orleans, LA view map

RECORD BREAKING SECULAR INVOCATION

Harry Greenberger, President Emeritus of New Orleans Secular Humanist Association, will open the meeting of New Orleans City Council with his eighth secular invocation before that group.?

His prior presentations were made in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009 (twice), 2011 and 2012.? No record has been found that one organization nor one City Council can claim that many and possibly not even close to that number.?

Secular presentations became a requirement for governmental bodies, while allowing the continuation of religious invocations, as a result of a Supreme Court ruling.

If you are able to attend, please give yourself plenty of time to park since the invocation will be held at the beginning of the session which starts at 10am.

 

NOLA Science Cafe - November

When: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
Jefferson Parish Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, LA view map

"Barataria Blues: River management, climate change and our deltaic wetlands."?

Our speaker will be?Julie Whitbeck, a terrestrial ecologist and a lifelong naturalist. Her scholarly research addresses whole plant to ecosystem scale responses to environmental variation, focusing on responses to climate change. She has worked mainly in coastal wetlands for the past two decades, including projects addressing cypress swamp restoration and the impacts of rapidly rising relative sea level on coastal forests. After many years working in academia, in 2011 she began working in natural resource management for the National Park Service as the Ecologist for Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve.? Besides this work, she continues to?learn,?teach and practice ecology in formal and informal contexts.

Whitbeck received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Swarthmore College. She earned her?Ph.D. from Stanford University in Biology; she also did graduate field course in Tropical Ecology with the Organization for Tropical Studies?and graduate field coursework in Tropical Botany from Harvard University.

This is co-sponsored by the Virology Institute of New Orleans?http://virologyinstituteofneworleans.org/index.html

Science Cafes, live events that take place in casual settings such as pubs, local libraries or coffeehouses, are open to everyone. They are grassroots movements that exist all over the world.

 

91%: A Film About Guns in America - Free Screening

When: Monday, November 09, 2015 @ 4:00 pm
Cafe Istanbul, New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Avenue, New Orleans, LA view map

The National Council of Jewish Women -?Greater New Orleans Chapter and the Louisiana Center for Children's Rights are proud to present a test screening of this new documentary film.

The screening will be followed by a brief discussion and Q & A with filmmaker, John Richie.

The debate surrounding gun laws in the United States is regarded as one of the most polarizing and controversial domestic issues. Mass shootings and record breaking years for gun perpetrated violence in major urban areas?have reignited questions about gun regulation in the U.S.?


This film will examine the national conversation surrounding gun legislation by looking at the failure to pass a universal background check.

To RSVP on Facebook

 

Last Supper Dinner Club

When: Thursday, November 05, 2015 @ 4:00 pm
Wasabi Lakeview, 8550 Pontchartrain Blvd., New Orleans, LA view map

Have we ever done sushi?! If we have, it was a loooonnnnng time ago. So let's try something a little different from our usual haunts.

Spacious and comfortable with good parking and a solid reputation with sushi fans! If you haven't been to a Last Supper Dinner in while, maybe this one will fit your schedule.

As a courtesy to the other attendees and the restaurant, please be sure that your RSVP is accurate as of the afternoon of this event.??

 

2015 D'Orlando Lecture Featuring Dr. Willie Parker

When: Sunday, November 01, 2015 @ 2:00 pm
First Universal Unitarian Church, 5212 S. Claiborne (corner of Claiborne & Jefferson), New Orleans, LA view map

Dr. Willie J. Parker is a reproductive justice advocate. He is a graduate of Berea College in Kentucky, and holds degrees from the University of Iowa College of Medicine, the Harvard School of Public Health, the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Michigan. Board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and trained in preventive medicine and epidemiology through the Centers for Disease Control, Dr. Parker currently provides abortion care for women in AL, MS, PA, GA, and IL, and is the former Medical Director of Planned Parenthood Metropolitan Washington, DC.?

He is the physician plaintiff in the federal lawsuit preventing the closure of Mississippi's only abortion clinic, a case currently in request for hearing by the U.S. Supreme Court.?
Currently residing in his hometown of Birmingham, AL, his work includes a focus on violence against women, sexual assault prevention, and reproductive health rights through advocacy, provision of contraceptive and abortion services, and men's reproductive health. He is a board member of The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Physicians for Reproductive Health, and URGE.

The?Albert D'Orlando Lectureship on Social Justice?was established by the First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans in 1995 on the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Albert D'Orlando's ordination and on being named Minister Emeritus after 31 years of ministry to this congregation. During his long tenure, the Rev. Dr. D'Orlando fought tirelessly for social justice in New Orleans. In the 1950's and 1960's, he actively supported desegregation in the schools and all other public places, putting his family and church in danger occasionally. He was very active in supporting women's rights as well. He was a founding member of the Louisiana chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and received the ACLU's Ben Smith award for his contribution to civil liberties. The Rev. Dr. D'Orlando died in 1998.

UU Voices for Reproductive Freedom are people of faith in New Orleans who support reproductive justice.

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The lecture is free and open to the public, and childcare will be provided. A reception with light refreshments will follow. Contributions to help offset the costs of this event will be gratefully accepted. For more information, please contact: uuv4rf@firstuuno.org

 

Bob Marshall on "Louisiana's Dance with Coastal Death"

When: Saturday, October 17, 2015 @ 2:00 pm
Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA view map

How climate change will be a limiting factor on the future viability of the entire southeastern Louisiana landscape.

For 70 years Louisiana largely ignored and then exacerbated the forces that were destroying the vast coastal estuary of the Mississippi River.?Now one of the greatest economic and environmental disasters in the nation's history is rushing toward a catastrophic conclusion over the next 50 years ?largely unnoticed by the nation.?Does the state and nation have the time and commitment to change that outcome?

Bob Marshall covers?environmental issues for The Lens, with a special focus on coastal restoration and wetlands. While at The Times-Picayune, his work chronicling the people, stories and issues of Louisiana?s wetlands was recognized with two Pulitzer Prizes and other awards.? ?In 2012, Marshall was a member of the inaugural class inducted into the Loyola University School of Communications Den of Distinction.

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To get to the meeting place at the zoo: Enter from Magazine Street at Zoo Avenue (between the two stone lions) and continue to the statue of Audubon. The entry way to our area (the Dominion Learning Center) is to the right of the main entrance through the metal gates.?

The gate will be locked, so you will need to press a button on the left side that will alert zoo security that you are attending the NOSHA meeting.?

If the weather is good or there is a festival, parking will be at a premium so give yourself plenty of time to find a spot.?

For more information about NOSHA please check our website at?www.nosha.info?or contact charlotte@nosha.info?

All NOSHA meetings are free and open to the general public. ?

 

Last Supper Dinner Club

When: Tuesday, October 06, 2015 @ 4:00 pm
Martin Wine Cellar, 3827 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA view map

We're heading back to an Uptown gem. Lots of choices, easy paying and a lovely parking lot. Plus there's wine! That's always a plus. It's time to catch up with your freethinking friends while enjoying a delicious night out.

As a courtesy to the other attendees and the restaurant, please be sure that your RSVP is accurate as of the afternoon of this event.?

 

NOSHA on Jeff Crouere's "Ringside Politics" Show

When: Friday, October 02, 2015 @ 5:30 pm
From the comfort of your own home!, In the New Orleans television viewing area, New Orleans, LA view map

President Emeritus Harry Greenberger taped an appearance on "Ringside Politics" on the subject of the Kentucky woman refusing to give marriage licenses to same sex couples. ?

Countering Greenberger was Pastor Bill Shanks of New Covenant Fellowship who said God's laws supersede the U.S. Constitution. ?

The show will air on WLAE-TV on Friday, October 2 at 7:30pm and again on Sunday, October 4 at 10pm.

Channel 32, PBS Affiliate
Channel 11 or 14 on most cable systems?

 

"Baptist Voices on Religious Liberty: Left, Right and Center"

When: Tuesday, September 29, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 3939 Gentilly Blvd, New Orleans, view map

Some of you may find this event interesting and like to keep up with what the religious community does. ?Gregory Komendant, Kiev Theological Seminary, Ukraine and former leader of the All-Ukrainian Union of Churches of Evangelical Christian Baptists, is the evening plenary speaker. However, there will be other presentations beginning at 1pm in this all-day seminar event.

"Komendant is a well-known leader and one of the few Protestant leaders to know and interact with the leaders of the Soviet Union," said Jake Roudkovski, a NOBTS professor who grew up in the former Soviet Union.?


Read more about the featured speakers and topics here:
http://blog.nola.com/new_orleans/2015/09/former_soviet_union_pastor_to.html

....and here:?https://nobtsgatekeeper.wordpress.com/2015/08/31/free-religious-liberty-event-featuring-russell-moore-set-for-sept-29-2/?

The event is free, but registration is requested to help facilitate preparation?for the event. Register for the conference at? ?www.nobts.edu/events/BaptistVoices.html.

 

Join the Unholy Strollers at the NO/AIDS Walk

When: Saturday, September 26, 2015 @ 7:30 am
Audubon Park, 6500 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA view map

For the past few years, NOSHA has had a team in the annual NO/AIDS Walk. If you have already registered or are planning to participate, please feel free to join the NOSHA group! The walk is approximately 3 miles or so.

You can become a team member, donate to the team or BOTH here at this link:?http://www.noaidswalk.com/site/TR/Events/General?team_id=8113&pg=team&fr_id=1170

We'll determine a meeting spot the closer to the date. Remember, even if you can't participate in the event, please throw a few dollars our way towards the goal!

 

Shelley Segal ? Live at the PinChurch

When: Friday, September 25, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
The PinChurch, You will receive the location upon ticket purchase, Metairie, LA view map

THIS IS A TICKETED EVENT (purchase link below)

Australian singer-songwriter and social activist Shelley Segal will be in town to perform at the PinChurch!

We are very excited to have Shelley back for this exclusive performance in the area. Shelley has one of the most amazing voices you?ll ever hear and she writes hauntingly beautiful lyrics that speak to all.

This is a very special, private venue, with many wonders and surprises.? Only a limited number of seats are available, so buy your ticket early! This not a public space and no walk-ins will be permitted.?This will also be professionally filmed and recorded, so no young children, please.


Additional Details:? BYOB, Pot Luck! There will be snacks, refreshments, etc., and we encourage you to bring something to share.

Access to this special event is by purchase below. People will receive an e-mail with details and directions to the venue upon reservation.?

Buy tickets here:?http://mystickrewe.com/events/segal/

For any additional questions or concerns, e-mail: events@mystickrewe.com

 

A Conversation With Zack Kopplin

When: Saturday, September 19, 2015 @ 2:00 pm
Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA view map

Zack Kopplin, who many of you know as the high school student from Baton Rouge who took on the Governor and the anti-science crowd a few years ago to fight against the decidedly unscientific law, the Louisiana Science Education Act, is back!

He'll talk to us about?how the LSEA is being used to teach creationism in Bossier, Sabine, Ouachita, Central, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne and Livingston parishes?and how there are constant efforts from members of the religious right around the state?to expand it even further.

Plus, he'll address how NOSHA members and others around the state can help monitor and take action against these efforts.?

Kopplin, who earned NOSHA?S Humanist Award in 2011, is currently a senior history?major at Rice University in Houston and has been interviewed on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, where Bill Maher noted, on the show, that Kopplin was the youngest guest ever to appear. MSN.com called Kopplin ?the Doogie Howser of political activists.??

?Kopplin has been featured by numerous international media?outlets that include the New York Times, Washington Post, Slate, Huffington Post, Moyers and Company, MSNBC, NPR, Public Radio International and Vogue Magazine Kopplin is also a columnist for The Guardian, a British daily newspaper.?


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To get to the meeting place at the zoo: Enter from Magazine Street at Zoo Avenue (between the two stone lions) and continue to the statue of Audubon. The entry way to our area (the Dominion Learning Center) is to the right of the main entrance through the metal gates.?

The gate will be locked, so you will need to press a button on the left side that will alert zoo security that you are attending the NOSHA meeting.?

If the weather is good or there is a festival, parking will be at a premium so give yourself plenty of time to find a spot.?

For more information about NOSHA please check our website at?www.nosha.info?or contact charlotte@nosha.info?

All NOSHA meetings are free and open to the general public.??

 

NOLA Science Cafe - September

When: Tuesday, September 15, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
Jefferson Parish Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, LA view map

Learn & Discuss!

At this month's program, we'll screen several scientific Ted Talk presentations (selections to consider will be listed soon).

Then we'll break into smaller groups to spark more in depth conversation about the topics and how science improves our lives. Bring a friend or two!?

Here is the list of TedTalks we'll choose from:
Meet Your Microbes
The Emerging Patterns of Climate Change
What Doctors Don't Know About the Drugs They Prescribe
The Neuroscience of Restorative Justice
Freeing Energy from the Grid


This is co-sponsored by the Virology Institute of New Orleans http://virologyinstituteofneworleans.org/index.html

 

Last Supper Dinner Club

When: Thursday, September 03, 2015 @ 4:00 pm
World of Beer, 300 Julia St., New Orleans, LA view map

For some people, also known as "Nirvana", right?

For anyone who isn't a beer drinker, WOB also offers other beverages, sodas and Coke products: ?http://worldofbeer.com/TavernMenus/WarehouseDistrict

We thought we'd try this new place before it gets too popular and we'll be reaching out to our downtown crowd at the same time. Don't worry about the parking; there are lots along Convention Center Blvd., so you won't have to drive around in circles looking that elusive slot that always goes to the guy in front of you.

If you'd like to know more: ?http://worldofbeer.com/Locations/WarehouseDistrict

As a courtesy to the other attendees and the restaurant, please be sure that your RSVP is accurate as of the afternoon of this event.

 

Citywide Day of Service -- Katrina 10

When: Saturday, August 29, 2015 @ 6:00 am
Many locations around Orleans Parish, New Orleans, New Orleans, LA view map

Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the City of New Orleans, with support from Walmart, will celebrate this collective impact by supporting volunteer activities from August 22 to August 29 and meeting a goal of engaging over 10,000 volunteers over seven days.


On Saturday, August 29, the Mayor will host one of the most comprehensive and unique service projects in the country.?The Citywide Day of Service will engage thousands of volunteers and focus service on seven specific regions of the City. Volunteers will support over 100 individual projects.?This event is open to volunteers of all ages, backgrounds and levels of experience.

You can sign up for the specific project that works best for you and where your live here:?http://katrina10.org/serve/ ? ? You can read about each specific activity and sign up at this link.

 

FREE Screening - "Planet Earth - Mountains"

When: Tuesday, August 25, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
Jefferson Parish Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, LA view map

"Humans like to think that once they've climbed a mountain, they've somehow conquered it. But they can only ever be visitors to this alien, frozen world. In this episode, Planet Earth takes you on a tour of its mightiest ranges, beginning with the birth of a mountain at one of the lowest places on earth, and ending at the summit of Everest. Unprecedented access brings you closer than ever before to the most awe-inspiring mountain landscapes on our planet, and the secretive, almost mythical creatures that inhabit them - the "real" mountaineers."

NOSHA is happy to bring another science-based film in the BBC Planet Earth Series to the Jefferson Parish Library to encourage discussion and more understanding of the natural world.

 

Join us for a NOSHA Members-Only Jazz Cruise Brunch

When: Sunday, August 23, 2015 @ 9:00 am
Steamboat Natchez, 400 Toulouse Street - French Quarter Riverfront, New Orleans, LA view map

NOTE: THIS IS A PRE-PAID TICKETED EVENT!

"Let us take you back to when life was as slow and graceful as the current on the Mississippi." Visit with your friends and enjoy traditional live jazz by some of the most talented musicians of the genre, The Steamboat Stompers!

To find out if there are any available seats, please contact the Natchez Riverboat Company directly via their website, ?http://www.steamboatnatchez.com/? or by phone 504-586-8777.?

 

NOSHA's Annual Discussion Meeting

When: Saturday, August 15, 2015 @ 2:00 pm
Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA view map

At least once a year NOSHA organizes our popular discussion meeting where attendees can talk about topics and express their opinions and beliefs, relay personal experience and connect intellectually.

Our topics will include: How do you handle ?Woo? experiences and the people in your life who insist on discussing angels, crystals or the like? Woo is defined as ?...the way a person is when they uncritically believe unsubstantiated or unfounded ideas. Short for ?woo woo??.?Tell us about your most memorable interactions and how you handle it.

The second topic was recently discussed by the Baton Rouge Freethinkers group: Are we obligated to help those around us? If so, how far does your?circle extend and why? ?Family only? Your neighborhood or favorite organization? Day-in, day-out? Only after a natural disaster? From each according to their ability, to each according to their needs? ?Do you give to panhandlers? Bring all philosophies!

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To get to the meeting place at the zoo: Enter from Magazine Street at Zoo Avenue (between the two stone lions) and continue to the statue of Audubon. The entry way to our area (the Dominion Learning Center) is to the right of the main entrance through the metal gates.?

REMINDER: The gate will be locked, so you will need to press a button on the left side that will alert zoo security that you are attending the NOSHA meeting.?

If the weather is good or there is a festival, parking will be at a premium so give yourself plenty of time to find a spot.?

For more information about NOSHA please check our website at?www.nosha.info?or contact charlotte@nosha.info?

All NOSHA meetings are free and open to the general public.?

 

Last Supper Dinner Club

When: Thursday, August 06, 2015 @ 4:00 pm
Martin Wine Cellar, 3827 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA view map

If you haven't tried their new location Uptown, now is the time! It is really beautiful and spacious. They also have an ample parking lot. If you wander off to do some shopping, we won't hold it against you!

As a courtesy to the other attendees and the restaurant, please be sure that your RSVP is accurate especially the afternoon of the event!

 

Neil Carter: "Fighting the Rise of Theocracy"

When: Sunday, July 26, 2015 @ 12:00 pm
Jefferson Parish Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, LA view map

Neil Carter will talk about how the theocrats got into government, what threats they pose, and what we could do about it. He'll touch on how non-believers and the people who are no longer associated with organized religion (known as "Nones") play a role in changing this political trend.

Carter, a native of Jackson, MS, is?a former 7th?grade history teacher at Northwest Rankin Middle School ?who?went from being a Sunday School-teaching, seminary-attending member of First Baptist Church to becoming an atheist. He writes?Godless in Dixie ? "Skepticism with a bit of a drawl"?for?Patheos.

 

Screening of Planet Earth

When: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
Jefferson Parish Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, LA view map

NOSHA will present an episode of Planet Earth that describes a more naturalistic and science-based view of the human experience.

Planet Earth was?a?2006?British television series produced by the?BBC Natural History Unit. Five years in the making, it was the most expensive?nature documentary?series ever commissioned by the?BBC?and also the first to be filmed in?high definition.

 

Screening - Godless in America: The Extraordinary Life of Madalyn Murray O'Hair

When: Saturday, July 18, 2015 @ 2:00 pm
Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA view map

The secular community has heard lots of discussion about the "new atheists" in recent years, but there was one "original" atheist who set the world on fire with her efforts to make non-believers a part of society.?

There are many accounts of Madalyn's life, with most having a Christian twist or edge of nastiness. This film is free from such bias in the story. We'll also have time for some discussion afterwards. If you don't know her, come in from the July heat and enjoy this short documentary!

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To get to the meeting place at the zoo: Enter from Magazine Street at Zoo Avenue (between the two stone lions) and continue to the statue of Audubon. The entry way to our area (the Dominion Learning Center) is to the right of the main entrance through the metal gates.?

REMINDER: The gate will be locked, so you will need to press a button on the left side that will alert zoo security that you are attending the NOSHA meeting.

If it's a pretty day or there is a festival, parking will be at a premium so give yourself plenty of time to find a spot.?

For more information about this event, please check our website atwww.nosha.info?or contact charlotte@nosha.info?

All NOSHA meetings are free and open to the general public.

 

Overcoming the Fear of Death

When: Wednesday, July 15, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
Jefferson Parish Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, LA view map

Death is inevitable. But what is it?

There are four belief systems about death:?

??No belief in the afterlife

??Afraid of heaven or hell

??Looking forward to heaven

??Belief in past lives.?

This event will cover overcoming the fear of death through virtue and understanding, fear of the process of dying (pain and suffering), fear of punishment, near-death experiences, fear of eternity, solutions to overcoming the fear of death and all of its related fears.?

The speaker is Kelvin Chin, the executive director of Overcoming the Fear of Death Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people improve their quality of life through an approach that is grounded in understanding death. It is grounded in understanding death more clearly and aligning that understanding more accurately with each of the belief systems.

 

NOLA Science Cafe - "14 Billion Years Since the Bang"

When: Tuesday, July 14, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 5110 Daneel St., New Orleans, LA view map

Astrophysicists have estimated the universe's age to 13.82 billion years, but how? How do we know? Jason Talley will show us how astronomers measure the size and age of our universe at this month's NOLA Science Cafe.

Talley is the Director of the St. Charles Parish Library Planetarium. With over ten years of informal, science education experience, he has lectured on a wide range of space and earth science topics to audiences of all ages.

He has served in various informal educator programs such as NASA's Solar System Ambassadors and Earth Ambassadors. Talley believes we gain a better understanding of ourselves through learning about our cosmos and looking to the stars.

Join us! The purpose of science cafe is to make science fun and enhance science literacy for people of all ages.

 

NOSHA Meet & Greet: What is Humanism?

When: Tuesday, July 07, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
Jefferson Parish Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, LA view map

NOSHA is branching out to our friends in Metairie and will hold a meet-and-greet session to enjoy the marvelous Jefferson Parish Library!

NOSHA board member Chris Baudot will present an educational PowerPoint presentation about Humanism, a philosophical and ethical stance that emphasizes the value of human beings, and generally prefers critical thinking and evidence over established doctrine or faith.

 

Heretics Brunch - June

When: Sunday, June 28, 2015 @ 9:00 am
Santa Fe Restaurant, 3201 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans, LA view map

We haven't done brunch in a while, so we must usher in the summer with some sangria and Southwestern cuisine. It's too hot outside to let another month pass us by.?

As always, as a courtesy to the other attendees and the restaurant, please be sure that your RSVP is accurate as of the morning of the event.

 

Decision Day Rally for Marriage Equality

When: Friday, June 26, 2015 @ 3:30 pm
Jackson Square, French Quarter, New Orleans, LA view map

Come with your partners, wives and husbands! Bring the entire family! Invite along your friends, neighbors, allies and co-workers! Don't forget your signs, banners, and flags!?


Organized by Forum for Equality, ACLU Louisiana, Human Rights Campaign, and PFLAG-New Orleans?

 

Celebrate the Summer Solstice with NOSHA!

When: Saturday, June 20, 2015 @ 3:00 pm
Greenberger's on Bayou St. John, 4314 Bancroft Drive, New Orleans, LA view map

Every June, NOSHA takes a break from our usual monthly activities to enjoy good food with good friends! Many thanks to Harry Greenberger and Marshall Harris for hosting this year's annual event at their home on the Bayou.

Please bring a favorite entree, salad, side dish or dessert to share.

Our host will?provide soft drinks, Vodka, mixers (orange juice, cranberry ?juice and Bloody Mary), but if you would like wine, beer or something more exotic, feel free to bring it along.

Please RSVP to <a>hpgreenx@yahoo.com </a>with the food you'll be bringing (at least the category to help us plan.)

 

Humanists at the Capitol and "Ask An Atheist" Day

When: Monday, June 08, 2015 @ 7:00 am
Louisiana State Capitol, 900 N 3rd St, Baton Rouge, LA view map

A first-time event for the non-religious community in Louisiana!

NOSHA along with various humanist and atheist organizations from around the state will have information tables in the rotunda of the State Capitol promoting their groups to the general public.?

There will also be an "Ask An Atheist" table and everyone is invited to attend to show support.?

 

Loosen The Bible Belt - A Tour for Humanity

When: Sunday, June 07, 2015 @ 4:00 pm
JimBino's Vegan Cafe, 1812 Bartholomew St., New Orleans, LA view map

There is a suggested donation of $20.00 that gets you admission to the crawfish boil that starts at 6pm and ONE drink (a cash bar is available) . The show starts at 7pm.?

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Forum For Equality Louisiana.

If you have further questions about seating, please contact Forum for Equality for more information at?(504) 569-9156.


What happens when you put an evangelical minister and a lesbian comedian together in a van? An event for anyone who believes that love and laughter can change the world.

Expect a stand-up comedy show that stumbled upon a revival, and imagine it all happens in a bar. Bakker?s message of love and acceptance, balanced with Becker?s comedy often referred to as "bawdy and bold, served with a slice of southern charm" promises to be a night to remember.

Loosening the Bible Belt?will not only serve as an entertaining night, but will also help create awareness for LGBTQ groups fighting the good fight in these southern states. A portion of proceeds from shows will be donated to groups working so all southern citizens have equal rights.?

 

Last Supper Dinner Club

When: Thursday, June 04, 2015 @ 4:00 pm
Arabella Casa Di Pasta, 2258 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans, LA view map

We're going with a friendly and unique little Italian place in the Marigny this month that, if you haven't been, you'll want to give it a try. It offers a "make your own" pasta combination that is very fresh and fun!

As always, as a courtesy to the other attendees and the restaurant, please be sure that your RSVP is accurate especially the afternoon of the event.

 

FREE Screening -- "White Shadow"

When: Monday, June 01, 2015 @ 3:45 pm
The Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania Ave., New Orleans, LA view map

Please note: Because this screening is free, it will require a person to arrive early. Seats are not guaranteed.

White Shadow?is a disturbing, thought-provoking look at the ?albino hunting? trade, set in Tanzania and told through the eyes of Alias, an albino boy on the run from local witch doctors who will pay any price for the use of albino parts in their cures.

After witnessing the brutal murder of his albino father, Alias moves to the city with his uncle, but city life soon turns out to be as predatory as life in the village and Alias realizes that there is no getting away from the perils of his condition. Executive produced by Ryan Gosling, the film was a Critics Week winner at the Venice Film Festival.

This film highlights a real problem of superstition that is going on today. Read more here.

 

Volunteering with Second Harvest Food Bank

When: Saturday, May 30, 2015 @ 9:30 am
Second Harvest Food Bank, 700 Edwards Avenue, New Orleans, LA view map

Here's another chance to contribute to one of our most popular organizations that help our community!?We'll do food sorting and packing in their warehouse and we hope to have a good crowd of folks.

A few things to understand before volunteering:

? ? The work that you will be doing is in the warehouse packing food boxes OR in our cooler sorting and categorizing donated food product. We will be informed by their staff upon arrival.

? ?Volunteer jobs are based on their current needs in and around the warehouse. Please come prepared to work in the warehouse or in the cooler (layers are recommended).

? ?The warehouse is not climate controlled, so please dress accordingly. Jeans, shorts and t-shirts are acceptable.?

? ?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.

? ?Second Harvest is not responsible for lost or stolen personal items ? please lock valuables in your car.

? ?Please arrive on time and enter the building through the front door, remember to sign in and sign out and make a name badge.

? ?If you need a letter or record for service hours, please notify the Volunteer Coordinator upon your arrival.

Parking is available directly in front of the building.

 

Movie Night - "Ex Machina"

When: Wednesday, May 20, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
AMC Westbank Palace 16, 1151 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, LA view map

Clay Richard proposed that NOSHA members and supporters who haven't seen this unique film might like to catch it before it's gone! Its a very well-done film with an interesting theme and premise that should be enjoyed by the secular humanist crowd.

The screening starts at 7:10pm.

 

Last Supper Dinner Club - 3rd Tuesday in May

When: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 @ 4:00 pm
Melba's Old School Po Boys, 1525 Elysian Fields Ave, New Orleans, view map

It doesn't get anymore authentic than this! Melba's is more than just a place to grab a bite..... you can even do your laundry, but maybe not on this night, okay? It's fun and a little crazy.?If you have a bucket list, then this is one experience you can check off.?

Plenty of off-street parking on a lot in the back of the building.

As always, as a courtesy to the group, please make sure your RSVP is accurate as of that afternoon, so we'll know how many to expect.?

 

The Making of Radio Station WHIV 102.3 FM - "Healthcare as a human right"

When: Saturday, May 16, 2015 @ 2:00 pm
Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA view map

Launched on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2014, WHIV 102.3 FM is a new low power radio station for New Orleans. WHIV programming is dedicated to public health, human rights and social justice.

Dr. MarkAlain Dery is a professor with Tulane Medical Center whose research interests include antimicrobial resistance, infection control, and multidrug-resistant organisms. Additionally, Dr. Dery is the medical director for the Tulane T-Cell Clinic, a community-based HIV clinic that is unique in that a majority of the clients are women and minorities. Passionate about HIV prevention and testing, Dr. Dery has been integral in producing the HIV Awareness Music Project, an annually occurring music festival that promotes HIV education, awareness and empowerment.

To spread the word about testing and prevention of HIV and other serious infectious diseases like Hepatitis C, Dr. Dery co-founded the New Orleans Society for Infectious Disease Awareness (NOSIDA). The purpose of NOSIDA is to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS in New Orleans and Baton Rouge (as both cities are some of the hardest hit cities in the country for HIV/AIDS) through the use of music. NOSIDA has hosted annual fundraisers at local nightclubs in New Orleans around World AIDS Day (December 1) and also provides free and confidential HIV testing at these events.?

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To get to the meeting place at the zoo: Enter from Magazine Street at Zoo Avenue (between the two stone lions) and continue to the statue of Audubon. The entry way to our area (the Dominion Learning Center) is to the right of the main entrance through the metal gates.?

REMINDER: The gate will be locked, so you will need to press a button on the left side that will alert zoo security that you are attending the NOSHA meeting.

If it's a pretty day or there is a festival, parking will be at a premium so give yourself plenty of time to find a spot.?

For more information about this event, please check our website atwww.nosha.info?or contact charlotte@nosha.info?

All NOSHA meetings are free and open to the general public.

 

NOLA Science Cafe

When: Tuesday, May 12, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 5110 Danneel St., New Orleans, LA view map

In the first of what we hope will become a periodic program?for the purpose of presenting science in an easy-to-understand conversation!

The speaker will be?Dr. Marion Freistadt with the Virology Institute of New Orleans?speaking about vaccines.?

Bring your old nerdy self out for a fun night of learnin'!

 

SOC Tomb Maintenance - Carrollton Cemetery

When: Saturday, May 09, 2015 @ 7:00 am
Carrollton Cemetery, 1701 Hilary St., New Orleans, LA view map

SOC is?teaching the Central Carrollton Neighborhood Association how to properly remove vegetation from tombs, so we'll be helping them with this project.?

They may move to St. Mary's Cemetery down the street, if there is time.

If you can arrive earlier than 9am, they will be there setting up beginning at 8am.

 

Last Supper Dinner Club - National Day of Reason

When: Thursday, May 07, 2015 @ 4:00 pm
St. Roch Market, 2381 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans, LA view map

It seems only reasonable that we should make an evening of it at St. Roch Market on National Day of Reason. If the weather cooperates, we will try to sit outside in the early evening shade of the back patio.?

There are many different vendors, so you can choose what you like. We can think of this as a culinary field trip to a very cool, new place.

 

Screening: ?The Secret History of Sex, Choice and Catholics"

When: Tuesday, May 05, 2015 @ 3:30 pm
Indywood Theater, 630 Elysian Fields Ave, New Orleans, LA view map

Please join Catholics for Choice and the New Orleans Abortion Fund for a film screening of ?The Secret History of Sex, Choice and Catholics.? The film features interviews with leading experts in the fields of theology, philosophy and ethics who examine Catholic traditions, teachings and beliefs on the following key issues:

??Abortion & Contraception,

??Religion in Public Policy,

??HIV & AIDS,

??Sex & Sexuality, and

? Reproductive Health Technologies.

This event will be an opportunity for you to connect with like-minded activists, to see our film and to join a lively discussion about the role of faith communities in supporting reproductive health, rights and justice in Louisiana. Come to this event to learn more about what you can do to be a strong advocate and a clear voice for reproductive healthcare access in your community.

Light refreshments will be served.?Please RSVP here.

 

Astronomy Day at the Zoo (Nighttime)

When: Sunday, April 26, 2015 @ 5:30 pm
Audubon Zoo Education Lawn, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA view map

Astronomy experts and telescopes will be available for?FREE nighttime public stargazing!

Among other things, we'll be treated to a beautiful 1st Quarter Moon with fantastic views of lunar craters, mountain ranges, and ancient lava flows (no, we cannot see the lunar module landers from the Apollo missions).

We'll also be getting closeup telescopic looks at the planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Jupiter, along with many of Jupiter's natural satellites, and maybe even a few objects outside of our solar system!

IMPORTANT:?No Zoo ticket is needed for the nighttime event. You will enter to the right of the Zoo's main entrance, through the brown iron gate behind the statue of Audubon, the same gate you enter to attend NOSHA meetings.

These are fun and educational family events, and everyone is welcome! Just bring your scientific curiosity!

There is no rain date scheduled. If the nighttime event is a total gully wash, don't bother coming.?

 

Astronomy Day at the Zoo (Daytime)

When: Sunday, April 26, 2015 @ 8:00 am
Audubon Zoo Education Lawn, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA view map

The Pontchartrain Astronomy Society will be hosting an event for?all Zoo patrons! Astronomy experts and telescopes will be available for public viewing of features on our nearest star called the Sun, along with astronomy and physics demonstrations by the UNO Physics Club.

IMPORTANT: Patrons must enter through the Zoo - Main Gate, and purchase a normal Zoo admission ticket to attend this special daytime event.

These are fun and educational family events, and everyone is welcome! Just bring your scientific curiosity!

There is no rain date scheduled. If the skies look iffy, we'll still be there.

 

HB 707 Emergency Community Meeting

When: Thursday, April 23, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
Kajuns Pub, 2256 Saint Claude Avenue, New Orleans, LA view map

EQLA and community partners are having an emergency meeting in New Orleans to discuss Louisiana's version of the "religious freedom" bills (known as RFRAs) that have been showing up all over the country -- HB 707.?

As you've probably heard, the RFRA controversy is heating up in Louisiana because it is becoming clear to community and business leaders that Louisiana's bill is worse than the ones we saw in Indiana and Arkansas

If you have questions, concerns, ideas, or a willingness to participate in the efforts to defeat this bill, come on down!

We have to work together because we can't beat discrimination without standing together and saying #NotMyLouisiana.

 

Stop Creationism in Louisiana --Senate Hearing on Bill SB 74

When: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 @ 7:30 am
Louisiana State Capitol, 900 N 3rd St, Baton Rouge, LA view map

We need your support?to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act,?the misnamed and misguided Louisiana Science Education Act, R.S. 17:285.1, which was passed by the Louisiana Legislature in 2008!

SB 74 has been introduced into committee, so we need a good showing in the hearing room.?If you can't make it or are from out of state, you can follow the steps below to help.


Step 1: Tell your friends to take part in our day of action and share this event with them.

Step 2: Contact your state legislator or send them a personal message and ask them to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act or set up a meeting with your legislator and ask them to repeal this law. Use this link to look them up.

Step 3: Look for new information from ?activist?Zack Kopplin concerning more evidence of creationism being taught in Louisiana schools.

As with all legislative hearings, dates and times are subject to last minute changes.

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Background:

According to the Baton Rouge Business Report, the Louisiana Science Education Act is ?widely viewed as Louisiana's creationism law.? Simply put, the intent of this law is to create loopholes that allow the teaching of creationism, including intelligent design creationism, into public school science classes in Louisiana. Senator Karen Carter Peterson has filed SB 74 to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act.

The repeal effort has the unprecedented support of 78 Nobel laureate scientists--nearly 40% of all living Nobel laureate scientists in physics, chemistry, or physiology or medicine. This incredible number surpasses the historic 72 Nobel laureate scientists who filed an amicus brief in opposition to Louisiana?s first creationism law during the Edwards v. Aguillard Supreme Court case.

Other prominent scientists including Ken Miller, the author of the popular Miller-Levine biology textbook are also strong supporters of the repeal.?

Nobel laureate chemist and supporter of the repeal effort, Sir Harry Kroto, says,

"One can only be amazed that [the repeal] has managed to assemble such massive support (75 Nobel laureates) for the effort to ensure that only educational material which is supported by reliable evidence is presented in the science lessons of Louisiana's schools."

The conservative Thomas Fordham Institute released a report that said Louisiana's science standards suffer from a "devastating flaw" because of the Louisiana Science Education Act. The report said:

?The Louisiana science standards are reasonably challenging and comprehensive, but they suffer from a devastating flaw: Thanks to the state?s 2008 Science Education Act, which promotes creationism instead of science, the standards (especially for biology and life science) are haunted by anti-science influences that threaten biology education in the state.?

The repeal is supported by local and national educator organizations. The Louisiana Science Teachers Association, the Louisiana Association of Biology Teachers, and the National Association of Biology Teachers all have called for a repeal of the Louisiana Science Education Act.?

The Louisiana Science Teachers Association said ?with a great sense of urgency? because the ?[Louisiana Science Education Act] is an attack on scientific evidence to allow the teaching of a religious belief in science class, a direct violation of the United States Constitution.??

The Louisiana Science Teachers Association explained, ?at a moment in time when Louisiana is in search of economic development we can least afford such a dramatic step backward... We risk losing highly educated adults and their children to other states.?

The Advocate, Baton Rouge?s newspaper also has called for repeal. Its editorial page wrote, "we hope the Louisiana Legislature takes the opportunity it has this year to repeal entirely the misnamed 'Louisiana Science Education Act.?

Major science organizations are backing the repeal effort. The American Association for the Advancement of Science, the largest science organization in the world with over ten million members has endorsed the repeal. Other organizations have which have called for the repeal are the American Institute for the Biological Sciences, the American Society for Cell Biology, The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and the Society for the Study of Evolution with the Society of Systematic Biologists and the American Society of Naturalists.

The teaching of evolution is sound science and is also compatible with religious faith, a position that is supported by mainline religious denominations. This is why the Clergy Letter Project, an organization with over 14,000 clergy members who support teaching evolution in public schools have endorsed the repeal effort.?

This law is costing our state; tourism is the largest industry in New Orleans and the third largest industry in Louisiana. The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology pulled a prescheduled convention from New Orleans in response to the passage of the Louisiana Science Education Act. Their 2011 convention was in Salt Lake City rather than Louisiana. Our tourism industry is less competitive because science organizations don?t want to come to our state. It costs us jobs.

The New Orleans City Council voted unanimously to endorse the repeal because they?re tired of hemorrhaging jobs and threatening the future of our students. Council Member Kristin Gisleson Palmer said,?

"The Louisiana Science Education Act inhibits science focused students of all ages and inadequately prepares them for jobs in the science field. With the New Orleans Medical Corridor poised for tremendous growth, this law also profoundly impacts our ability to fill jobs in the cutting-edge science fields with students educated in our state's public schools."

Joining these other calls for repeal are nearly 70,000 people who signed aChange.org?petition calling for the repeal of the Louisiana Science Education Act.?

The Louisiana Science Education Act is already producing its intended result; the Livingston Parish School Board is taking steps to act on the legislation?s goals. According to an account in the July 24, 2010, Baton Rouge Advocate, discussing the Louisiana Science Education Act, board member David Tate said: ?We let them teach evolution to our children, but I think all of us sitting up here on this School Board believe in Creationism. Why can?t we get someone with religious beliefs to teach Creationism?? Fellow board member Clint Mitchell responded, ?I agree ? Teachers should have the freedom to look at creationism and find a way to get it into the classroom.??

Please take action to help us repeal this bad law!

 

Skeptic's Cocktail Hour -- April

When: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 @ 4:00 pm
The Columns Hotel, 3811 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA view map

Before it gets too sticky out there, we must enjoy the clank of the streetcar and the evening breeze once again. The Columns offers small plates for everyone who would like a snack or you can just relax with something to drink.?

Cheers!

As a courtesy to the other guests and the restaurant, please make sure your RSVP is accurate. If you find out that you will or will not be attending even as late as the afternoon of the dinner, please update your RSVP, so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!??

 

Join the Unholy Rollers at the 3rd Annual Game-a-Thon to Support NOAF!

When: Sunday, April 19, 2015 @ 1:00 pm
Shamrock Saloon, 4133 South Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans, LA view map

For the second year in a row, the Unholy Rollers are getting a team together to support the New Orleans Abortion Fund to help them raise money for the women who need their services.

Why a Game-a-Thon and not a Bowl-a-Thon you might wonder? ?NOAF was turned away from a popular local bowling alley because they would not support this cause. Undeterred, they got creative and instead brought their fierce competition and thirst for reproductive justice to?Shamrock for a beer/ping-pong, billiards, darts, and games tournament. Of course, there will be costumes and prizes!

Please feel free to?donate to the Unholy Roller team?here. Our goal is to raise $500.00.

To register with our team, fill out the form here and select "join a team" (just look for our name).

The whole idea is to have fun and help a good cause.

ABOUT NOAF:?
The New Orleans Abortion Fund (NOAF)?was established in 2012 as a community-based organization rooted in social justice, with the purpose of challenging socioeconomic inequalities by providing financial help to people?who cannot afford the full cost of an abortion. ?With an average pledge of just $65, we are able to change lives in our community.

 

Common Ground Between East and West?

When: Saturday, April 18, 2015 @ 3:00 pm
Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA view map

* Please note the slight change in start from our usual time! *

Are the?perspectives of East and West incompatible,?or can there be a sharing of ideas toward common?concerns??David Bernstein will share his research and observations.

This talk will focus on how dharma might be useful in deepening our (Western) understanding of authenticity. He looks forward to the necessary conversation with materialists, naturalists and like-minded skeptics.

David Bernstein is in his fourth decade as a meditator, his 14th year as a yoga practitioner and has a lifelong interest in philosophy. He?participated in the New Orleans Wisdom Dharma Circle during its eleven years and has led the Saturday Philo Caf?, a philosophy?discussion group, for the New Orleans Lyceum since 2010.

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To get to the meeting place at the zoo: Enter from Magazine Street at Zoo Avenue (between the two stone lions) and continue to the statue of Audubon. The entry way to our area (the Dominion Learning Center) is to the right of the main entrance through the metal gates.?

REMINDER: The gate will be locked, so you will need to press a button on the left side that will alert zoo security that you are attending the NOSHA meeting.

If it's a pretty day or there is a festival, parking will be at a premium so give yourself plenty of time to find a spot.?

For more information about this event, please check our website atwww.nosha.info?or contact charlotte@nosha.info?

All NOSHA meetings are free and open to the general public.

 

Greer-Heard 2015 ? ?Christians, The Environment and Climate Change?

When: Friday, April 10, 2015 @ 4:30 pm
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 3939 Gentilly Blvd, New Orleans, view map

NOBT holds the Greer-Heard event each year and changes the topic that they focus on. NOSHA members have enjoyed these keynote addresses and sometimes attend some of the weekend sessions. This evening event will have small ticket price and we'll let everyone know how to reserve their seat.

Speakers will be E. Calvin Beisner, Cornwall Alliance Founder and National Spokesman?and Bill McKibben, ?well-known author and environmentalist.

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Dr. Beisner is a scholar on the application of Christian worldview, theology, and ethics to economics, government, environmental stewardship, and public policy. A professor of interdisciplinary studies at Covenant College from 1992 to 2000 and of historical theology and social ethics at Knox Theological Seminary from 2000 to 2008, he has taught theology, apologetics, ethics, church history, economics, and other disciplines. He has written four books on population, resources, economics, and the environment; eight other books; contributions to over 30 books; and hundreds of articles. He has testified as an expert witness on the ethics and economics of climate policy before Congressional committees and lectured for churches, schools, colleges, seminaries, and conferences around North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

McKibben is an author and environmentalist. His 1989 book "The End of Nature" is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages. He is founder of?350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement. The Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he was the 2013 winner of the Gandhi Prize and the Thomas Merton Prize, and holds honorary degrees from 18 colleges and universities;?Foreign Policy?named him to their inaugural list of the world's 100 most important global thinkers, and the Boston Globe?said he was "probably America's most important environmentalist." A former staff writer for the?New Yorker, he writes frequently a wide variety of publications around the world, including the?New York Review of Books,?National Geographic, and?Rolling Stone.?He lives in the mountains above Lake Champlain with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern.

 

Last Supper Dinner Club - 1st Thursday in April

When: Thursday, April 02, 2015 @ 4:00 pm
Nirvana Indian Cuisine, 4308 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA view map

One of our favorite places with something for everyone, vegetarians and carnivores alike! Good price with easy paying.?

As a courtesy to the other guests and the restaurant, please make sure your RSVP is accurate. If you find out that you will or will not be attending even as late as the afternoon of the dinner, please update your RSVP, so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!??

 

Alexei Filippenko: ?Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe"

When: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 @ 4:30 pm
UNO University Center Ballroom, 2000 Lakeshore Dr., New Orleans, LA view map

The University of New Orleans and the Pontchartrain?Astronomical Society are pleased to welcome world-renowned astrophysicist?Alexei?Filippenko?to the University of New Orleans Lakefront Campus this month. Science lovers?of all ages should take advantage of this rare opportunity to experience the tour de
force lecture style of one of the greatest astronomers of our time.?

Filippenko was the only individual to work on both of the teams responsible for?discovering that the universe?s expansion is actually accelerating ? a discovery awarded?the?Nobel Prize in Physics in 2011?and lately awarded the?2015 Breakthrough Prize in?Fundamental Physics.

His talk, which will serve as the headline event for "Einstein Week" at the University of New Orleans, will explore his teams? findings as well as the causal agent?of this acceleration, a ?dark energy" that stretches space faster with time and makes up?approximately 70 percent of the universe.

Considered one of the greatest mysteries of the?physical world, the origin of dark energy may provide clues to a unified quantum theory?of gravity.

As an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and the recipient of the Carl?Sagan Prize for Science Popularization, Filippenko has made over 100 appearances in?documentaries including?The History Channel?s ?The Universe,???Stephen Hawking?s?Universe,???Mysteries of Deep Space??and??Exploring Time,??as well as produced five?video courses with The Great Courses and co-authored the award-winning textbook,??The?Cosmos: Astronomy in the New Millenium.?

Known for his ability to convey complex ideas in simple terms, Filippenko is a beloved?professor of physics at the?University of California, Berkeley, where he was voted the?best professor on campus a record nine times by students.

His introductory astronomy?course for non-science majors received the Richard H. Emmons Award in 2010.?In 2006, Filippenko?was named "U.S. Professor of the Year" by the Carnegie Foundation.

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Filippenko?s lecture will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the University Center Grand?Ballroom with a book signing to follow until 10 p.m.?Admission is free to the public and?seating begins at 6:30 p.m.

Raffle tickets to win prizes ? including a telescope signed by?Dr. Filippenko ? will be available for purchase at the event.

 

Watch Party Wherever You Are: "Atheists: Inside the World of Non-Believers"

When: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 @ 6:00 pm
From the comfort of your own home!, Anywhere in Louisiana and Beyond, New Orleans, LA view map

CNN will have a segment on atheism which will include Louisiana's own Jerry Dewitt?who is among the featured profiles. Dewitt?has been a monthly guest speaker for NOSHA and was the headliner for our banquet several years ago.

We want to make sure that everyone knows about this special show, so we can all be part of the social media discussions that are bound to follow.

 

Sidney Pulitzer on Repairing Washington

When: Saturday, March 21, 2015 @ 2:00 pm
Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA view map

Sidney Pulitzer will make a presentation on his latest book?Repair Washington?with the "Repair Washington Resolution"?soon to be considered by the Louisiana State Legislature this April.?

After over eight years of research, Pulitzer will review WHAT HAS GONE WRONG IN WASHINGTON AND WHY. ?Are you uncomfortable with our multi-trillion dollar debt? Do you have confidence in the Career Politicians in Congress? Are you concerned about our nation?s future??

Only a Constitutional Convention will propose amendments that Congress will never approve. Examples are: two-term limits, election reform, ethics for political servants, financial responsibility, tort reform and much more.

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Born in New Orleans, he is a graduate of Newman School and is a graduate of Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. Pulitzer served two years active duty in the US Navy aboard the USS Howard Gilmore as commissary and disbursing officer in support of twenty-two submarines.?

He joined Wemco, a manufacturer of men?s neckwear in 1959 and served there for thirty-eight as president in 1976, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer 1989, and Chairman in 1995.? Wemco employed over 750 personnel selling over $60 million dollars in neckwear and sports apparel products worldwide. Wemco was sold in August of 1997.? He was also president and chairman of the National Neckwear Association and received its Manufacturer of the Year Award in 1987. ?Sidney Pulitzer continues as an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Freeman School of Business, at Tulane University in his twentieth year.

He is a business consultant on finance, marketing and investing, and has constructed, owns and manages commercial real estate.? He founded Advance Planning Inc, an SEC registered investment 1968, and publishes Long Term Growth Internet Advisory at Ltgrowth.com. He helps manage the multimillion-dollar endowments of Junior Achievement and the Jewish Federation. He is a recognized speaker on investing and finance.? Pulitzer has served on the boards of Cucos Restaurants, Starmount Life Insurance, Weiner Enterprises, Touro Infirmary, and the World Trade Center.? He is past president and chairman of the World Trade Center. Past Division Chairman, United Way of Greater New Orleans, Chairman of Young Presidents Organization, and director of Newman School, Touro Synagogue, Willow Wood Home of the Aged, Country Day School, and the Jewish Federation.?

Pulitzer has written three books on economics, one on military preparedness, and has just released Repair Washington.?

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To get to the meeting place at the zoo: Enter from Magazine Street at Zoo Avenue (between the two stone lions) and continue to the statue of Audubon. The entry way to our area (the Dominion Learning Center) is to the right of the main entrance through the metal gates.?

REMINDER: The gate will be locked, so you will need to press a button on the left side that will alert zoo security that you are attending the NOSHA meeting.

If it's a pretty day or there is a festival, parking will be at a premium so give yourself plenty of time to find a spot.?

For more information about this event, please check our website atwww.nosha.info?or contact charlotte@nosha.info?

All NOSHA meetings are free and open to the general public.

 

The Last Supper Dinner Club - 3rd Tuesday in March

When: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
Sugar Park, 3054 Saint Claude Avenue, New Orleans, LA view map

Since some of you might want to go to the Downtown Irish Club parade, we thought we'd pick a place that is close to the action and we'd start a little later. That is as close to being saintly as we can get, right?

This time is one hour later than our usual.... 7pm! Don't forget!

As a courtesy to the other guests and the restaurant, please make sure your RSVP is accurate. If you find out that you will or will not be attending even as late as the afternoon of the dinner, please update your RSVP, so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!??

 

"Biology of Self-Engineering" Presented by Tulane Philosophy Club

When: Monday, March 16, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
Newcomb Hall - Tulane, Room 115, 1229 Broadway Ave., New Orleans, LA view map

Ilya Dubovoy of Tulane School of Medicine will discuss problems with the Neo-Darwinian paradigm and evidence for the teleological nature of life.

All majors, people and perspectives are welcome. Snacks and refreshments will be served.

 

Last Supper Dinner Club - 1st Wednesday in March

When: Wednesday, March 04, 2015 @ 4:00 pm
New Orleans Hamburger & Seafood Company, 4141 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, view map

After all of the richness of Mardi Gras, it's time to get back to the basics. And what's more basic than burgers and fries, right?

As a courtesy to the other guests and the restaurant, if you find out that you will not be attending even as late as the afternoon of the dinner, please update your RSVP, so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!?

 

Movie Screening: "Good People People Go to Hell, Saved People Go to Heaven"

When: Sunday, March 01, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
Indywood Theater, 630 Elysian Fields Ave, New Orleans, LA view map

Special Screening, followed by a Q & A with Director Holly Hardman, Fari Nzinga (NOMA), John Barry (RestoreLouisianaNow), Moderated by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jed Horne.?

Along the Gulf Coast?s?devastated landscape, an itinerant cross-carrier named Lance preaches evangelical Christian doctrine. To Lance and like-minded Christians, natural disasters and societal ills are signs of the End Times and apocalyptic Bible prophecy coming true. This literal interpretation of the Bible promises glorious escape through the Rapture. As Lance sees it, Jesus will return to 'rapture the faithful,' to actually lift true believers into heavenly skies, while the rest of humanity is left behind to suffer the wrath of an angry God.

Fellow born-again Christian Mitsi, a choir leader in coastal Cameron Parish, speaks enthusiastically about her certainty that she will be raptured by Jesus, as she endeavors to raise five sons in fundamentalist Christian harmony. Yet not all Mitsi?s children share her conservative Christian beliefs, and a darker story emerges. The film tellingly captures both the triumphs and the heart-wrenching conflicts that ensue as a result of divergent religious, social and cultural points of view.

Threads of evangelical doctrine and practice shared by believers akin to Mitsi and Lance are woven throughout the film. In New Orleans and its surrounding parishes on Louisiana?s coast and northward along the Mississippi River, Good People Go to Hell, Saved People Go to Heaven enters small churches and multi-campus mega churches, observes backwoods tent revivals and massive urban outreach rallies in its pursuit of an authentic portrayal of Christian Rapture culture. The result is a film of stunning candor and fresh insight into the complex and controversial world of Christian evangelical belief.

Buy tickets at the door or by clicking here.

 

"What Motivates Us to Be Good? Reward and Well-Being"

When: Thursday, February 26, 2015 @ 3:00 pm
Liberal Arts Building, Room #236, UNO Lakefront Campus, New Orleans, LA view map

Behavioral scientists have developed various frameworks to explain motivation. Virtue ethics, which has recently been critiqued for being insufficiently empirical, references motivation at various points in its explanation of ethics.

Yet behavioral scientists who argue that agency is a matter of coordinating various parts and perspectives we contain, that ?personal rules? help us to impose value on rewards, and that many of our rewards are ?endogenous?, or self-generated, lend a new type of empirical support to traditional accounts of virtue.

Furthermore, the aspects of behavior that researchers like George Ainslie have suggested are not yet explained by behavioral science can be found in the traditional accounts of virtue. These include: the phenomena of rationalization, repression and denial, our mental accounts of behavior, our failures of will, our compulsions, and the way our patience varies.

Is it possible that traditional virtue ethics can be mapped onto ongoing work in behavioral science? Or is virtue merely an ideal from a past era?

Presenter Dr. Jennifer Baker is an associate professor of philosophy at the College of Charleston. Her research is on virtue ethics, and she looks to ancient ethical theories as positive examples of how ethics ought to be done today. She teaches courses on ethical and political theory, environmental ethics and philosophy, business ethics, bioethics, and American philosophy.

The seminar is part of the Tocqueville Project's fall seminar series. The seminar paper is available by request two weeks prior to the event. All attendees are expected to have read this paper in advance of the meeting.?

For more information or to request a copy of the seminar paper, please contact Chris Surprenant by email at tocqueville@uno.edu.

 

Darwin Day 2015

When: Saturday, February 21, 2015 @ 11:00 am
Dinwiddie Hall, Room 103, Tulane University - Uptown Campus, New Orleans, LA view map

NOSHA has partnered with the Tulane Anthropology Department this year to have speakers and offer camaraderie for the many people who enjoy celebrating Darwin Day every year. Here is the list of program speakers and their topics to date:

??Steven P. Darwin, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.?Darwin, Invasive Species, and Intelligent Design

??C. Mark Phillips, Department of Philosophy, University of New Orleans.?Who Do You Think You Are? The Evolution of Individual Identity.

??Marc U. Zender, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Tulane.?How Things Change: A Darwinian View of Language, Writing, and Culture

??Jim Dugan, Adjunct Instructor in Anthropology.?Evolution in Textbooks for Christian Schools

Also scheduled will be excerpts from selected creationist videos.

This Event is Free and Open to the Public

 

Watch the Mystic Krewe of the Evangelical Pastafarians in Chewbacchus

When: Saturday, February 07, 2015 @ 3:30 pm
Mimi's In The Marigny, 2601 Royal St., New Orleans, LA view map

NOSHA member Will Hunn will be the grand noodle for everyone gathering to watch the Evangelical Pastafarians in all of their glory. Look for him and all of the familiar NOSHA faces at Mimi's in the Marigny.

Some of you may have other favorite spots already picked out, ?but this will be ground zero if you need a place to call home. Mimi's is located in the first half of the parade this year which might be advantageous for anyone who is not up for a late night.?

See you there and be touched!

 

Last Supper Dinner Club - 1st Wednesday in February

When: Wednesday, February 04, 2015 @ 4:00 pm
Bei Tempi Italian Restaurant, 901 Convention Center Blvd., #115, New Orleans, LA view map

It's time to pay homage to his royal Noodliness once more before the season is gone! This place is an oldie, but a goody and there should be room for all of us.?

As a courtesy to the other guests and the restaurant, if you find out that you will not be attending even as late as the afternoon of the dinner, please update your RSVP, so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!?

 

Meet Author Leong Ying ~ "From Newton, Einstein, to GOD"

When: Sunday, January 25, 2015 @ 11:00 am
Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania Street, New Orleans, LA view map

From Newton, Einstein to GOD is a poetic memoir that follows the amazing life of Leong Ying, beginning with his birth into poverty in 1961 in the former British colony of Singapore

As a child with prophetic abilities and a penchant for daydreaming, Ying turns away from his spirituality and toward the logic of science, ultimately earning a graduate degree in nuclear physics. Shortly thereafter, Ying immigrates to the United States and, for a time, chases what he sees as the declining American dream.?

Through his unique writing style, Ying's philosophy and ideas come vividly to life. Interspersed with photographs from the author's youth and adulthood, the book is a unique dance between words and images that will inspire and enlighten.?


"Cosmic Coffee" -- Guests are encouraged to grab a coffee at Still Perkin' before or after the event.

 

Organize, Reflect, Act: A Day of Action for Justice in Louisiana

When: Saturday, January 24, 2015 @ 7:00 am
Pete Maravich Assembly Center, North Stadium Road, Baton Rouge, LA view map

The group will begin the march?to the PMAC at 9:15am with the rally continuing to 11:30am. NOSHA is one of the sponsoring organizations.

This peaceful event is a response to the American Family Association?(AFA)?which will host a prayer rally on the LSU Campus which is assumed to be in part a thinly veiled effort to position Jindal as a presidential candidate.?

The AFA, a radical organization that has expressed all of the following publicly:

? ?LGBT people are to blame for the Holocaust.?? ?Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters occurred because of the nation?s growing legal acceptance of the LGBT community.?? ?Native Americans should have adapted to white culture to avoid mass genocide.?? ?Muslims are a threat to national security.?? ?Eric Garner, who was killed in a chokehold by a police officer, was to blame for his own death.

Several NOSHA members have expressed interest in this event as a way to demonstrate against the continuous religious influence in government and public life in Louisiana. It will also be a great way to network with other secular minded people.

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After a lunch break, there will also be trainings and panel discussions held at the LSU Student Union beginning at 12:45pm.

 

Last Supper Dinner Club - 3rd Tuesday in January

When: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 @ 4:00 pm
Walk-On's, 1009 Poydras St, New Orleans, Lo view map

With a large menu and free street parking after 6pm, we are returning to a fun place on a night between basketball games.?

As a courtesy to the other guests and the restaurant, if you find out that you will not be attending even as late as the afternoon of the dinner, please update your RSVP, so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!?

 

The World of Insect Zombie-ism!

When: Saturday, January 17, 2015 @ 2:00 pm
Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA view map

"Modulation of host behavior in insect parasite-host interactions: Insect Zombie-ism?"?

Who doesn't love a good zombie story?

Using his characteristic dry wit, NOSHA member Dr. Rodney Shackelford will give us a fascinating overview of the mechanisms of neural parasitology or how parasites manipulate host behaviors for their own benefit. He will touch?on neurology, sociobiology, and the history of evolutionary theory.

Shackelford has a?PhD in?pathology from Duke University and a doctorate in osteopathy?from Des Moines University of Osteopathic Medicine. Currently, he is a molecular pathologist at LSU-Shreveport.

Our January meeting is also our annual membership event where members of the board of directors are confirmed.?

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To get to the meeting place at the zoo: Enter from Magazine Street at Zoo Avenue (between the two stone lions) and continue to the statue of Audubon. The entry way to our area (the Dominion Learning Center) is to the right of the main entrance through the metal gates.?

REMINDER: The gate will be locked, so you will need to press a button on the left side that will alert zoo security that you are attending the NOSHA meeting.

If it's a pretty day or there is a festival, parking will be at a premium so give yourself plenty of time to find a spot.?

For more information about this event, please check our website atwww.nosha.info?or contact charlotte@nosha.info?

All NOSHA meetings are free and open to the general public.

 

Be a Pastafarian in Chewbacchus!

When: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 @ 4:00 pm
Caribbean Blue Holiday House, 1817 Marengo St., New Orleans, LA view map

We need to have an informational meeting to bring everyone up to speed on how to participate in the Mystic Krewe of the Evangelical Pastafarians, which is an official sub-krewe of the Krewe of Chewbacchus!

We'll talk about the simple ways to do costumes, DIY throws and the logistics of being involved as one of the team. Bring anything that you'd like the group to give feedback on.

If you have a pasta strainer for your head, well, you're half way there!

If you have any interest in helping ?or being in the Chewbacchus Parade on Saturday, February 7, please try to attend.?

 

Last Supper Dinner Club - Welcome to 2015!

When: Thursday, January 08, 2015 @ 4:00 pm
Nirvana Indian Cuisine, 4308 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA view map

We need a little Vishnu, right this very minute!

Okay, maybe not. But after eating a lot of traditional holiday fare, no doubt everyone can use something different. And what's better than buffet night at Nirvana with a great price. Don't forget that they offer vegetarian, too, so there will be something for everyone!

As a courtesy to the other guests and the restaurant, if you find out that you will not be attending even as late as the afternoon of the dinner, please update your RSVP, so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!?

 

Celebrate Twelfth Night with NOSHA!

When: Tuesday, January 06, 2015 @ 3:00 pm
Joyce & Dave's House, 1101 Dante St., New Orleans, LA view map

?"A little nonsense now and then is relished by the best of men."

NOSHA members Joyce and Dave invite us to send off The Phunny Phorty Phellows as heralds of the arrival of Carnival 2015. You can learn more about this group and their popular?street car parade here.

For those of you who need a reminder, Twelfth Night "...refers to the night before Epiphany, the day when the nativity story tells us that the three wise men visited the infant Jesus". So, where would you rather spend the Epiphany than with a bunch of heathens, right?


They'll provide some basic food, maybe jambalaya, salad, King Cake, soft drinks and beer. Feel free to bring a little something else if you like, but it's not a requirement to attend.

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Feel free to arrive anytime from 5pm on and at 6:20pm everyone will walk over to the streetcar barn on Willow Street (about 4 blocks away.) The parade gets started at 7pm and then we can linger at their house afterwards until we run out of stuff to say or eat.

If you need to reach them that afternoon, feel free to call 504-957-9290.