Astronomy Day at the Zoo (Daytime)

  • When: Sunday, April 26, 2015 @ 10:00 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.


Astronomy Day at the Zoo (Nighttime)

  • When: Sunday, April 26, 2015 @ 7:30 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. 


Last Supper Dinner Club - National Day of Reason

  • When: Thursday, May 07, 2015 @ 6:00 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.


SOC Tomb Maintenance - Jefferson Fire Company in Lafayette Cemetery #1

  • When: Saturday, May 09, 2015 @ 9:00 am
  • Lafayette Cemetery #1, Washington Ave. between Prytania and Coliseum, New Orleans, LA view map

NOSHA Social Aid & Pleasure Club volunteers.....this is an awesome opportunity to do some critical work on the most significant benevolent society tomb in Lafayette Cemetery #1!

Save Our Cemeteries
has targeted this project just for us and is looking for 10-20 of our volunteers.

From SOC ...

"We did a big maintenance project on the Jefferson Fire Company No. 23 tomb in Lafayette No. 1 this January. I could use some folks to help me give it a second coat of lime paint."


NOLA Science Cafe

  • When: Tuesday, May 12, 2015 @ 7:00 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'!


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

  • When: Saturday, May 16, 2015 @ 4:00 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. 


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 or contact 

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


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NOSHA Events

Monthly Meeting

NOSHA's monthly meetings take place on the 3rd Saturday of each month at the Audubon Zoo, Dominion Learning Center, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans at 4:00pm. For more information about this event, contact Charlotte Klasson at (504) 596-3006. All NOSHA meetings are open to the general public.

Happy Hour Meetups

Every month NOSHA organizes happy hour gatherings so everyone can have a chance to meet informally and get to know each other better.

Join our merry band of skeptics on the FIRST Wednesday and THIRD Tuesday of each month.

Contact Ricky Adams at or 504-813-5276 for more info about our monthly happy hour events.

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