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6 posts from October 2015

  • 10/30/2015
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

CSED Newsletter October 31, 2015

CSED garden is really going green 
 
Lower 9 neighbors Merlisa & Daniel Pugh stopped by recently to enjoy romaine lettuce from CSED's Chartres Street garden. Want to learn more about gardening in raised beds? Stop by our new office at 5227 Chartres Street or call Kathy Muse 504-939-9028 to learn more.
1st Annual Holladay Market 

The Lower 9 Collaborative is hosting the first annual Holladay Market shopping extravaganza Saturday, Nov. 21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 12, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. This event is a great time for the entire community to enjoy open mic, live music, shopping and festive libations in one place. This festive celebration will take place at 1123 Lamanche Street. 
 
If you'd like to be a merchant or get more information, please contact Bill at 504-460-2689. 
It's a pea planting party and you're invited

Join Garden on Mars for a pea planting party this Saturday, Oct. 31, 10 a.m. - noon at 2435 Charbonnet Street. Learn about the history of field peas in the South, taste pea dip with chips, and take home free pea plants to grow in your own backyard!
Gumbo gala and fish fry to support All Souls 

Fish fry next Friday
Stop by All Souls Episcopal Church and Community Center for lunch next Friday, Nov. 6. They'll be hosting a fish fry 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. at 5500 St. Claude Ave. 
 
What's on the menu?
Fish, potato salad, green peas, mac & cheese (or red beans),bread and dessert for only $8. Get free delivery with 5 or more orders. 
 
For more information, call 504-218-8995. 
 
Soul-A-Bration Gumbo Gala Fundraiser
Join All Souls at their 3rd annual Soul-A-Bration Gumbo Gala Fundraiser to benefit their after-school program. The event will take place Nov. 20,  6 p.m. - 9 p.m. at All Souls Episcopal Church & Community Center, 5500 St. Claude Ave. The suggested donation for the evening is $25 and the master of ceremony for the event will be WWL-TV's Laura Buchtel. 

The evening will feature a silent auction, live music, complimentary drinks and food and a "Gumbo Cook-Off" competition.  

For more information, contact Reverend Edward Thompson or Carolina Gallop at (504) 218-8995.
New Tulane study says New Orleans students use salad bars in schools, but not equally

Most New Orleans students are using new salad bars that have been installed in public school cafeterias since 2011, but there is also room for improvement because African-American students are less likely to use the salad bars than their peers, according to a recently published Tulane University study.

In This Issue
 
Blooming Pink Muhly Grass in the CSED Garden
 
Eat Dat! New cookbook offers healthy, affordable recipes

 
CSED is a partner and contributor to a new cookbook called "Eat Dat!" It features 80 pages of nutritious, healthy, affordable meals for New Orleans residents. Best of all, it's free to download. 
 
CSED Team 

Chief Executive Officer 
Arthur Johnson

Program Manager
Kathy Muse

Volunteer Manager
Warrenetta Banks

Wetland Specialist
John Taylor

Energy Efficiency Assistant
Charles Reddick

Community Resilience Outreach
Beverly Jackson

Resiliency Manager for Coastal Restoration and Community Awareness 
Rachel Pickens
| 504-324-9955 | wbanks@sustainthenine.org | http://sustainthenine.org
5130 Chartres Street
New Orleans, LA 70117

 

  • 10/27/2015
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

L9 Neighbors Merlisa & Daniel Pugh enjoy romaine lettuce harvest from CSED Chartres Street Garden

L9 Neighbors Merlisa & Daniel Pugh Edited Chartres Garden Greens

Stop by our office at 5227 Chartres Street to learn more about gardening in raised beds or call Kathy Muse 504-939-9028.

  • 10/23/2015
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

CSED Newsletter October 23, 2015

Volunteer Spotlight: NAHSE & Rhodes College 

Special thanks to our volunteers from National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) and Rhodes College for their volunteer work and donations to help rebuild our community. CSED was happy to have them, and our homeowners were truly grateful for the helping hands. 
 
 
 
FRESH Stop Market opens this Saturday

Volunteers worked to put the final finishing touches on the new Sankofa FRESH STOP MARKET.  Come out and celebrate its grand opening this Saturday, October 24 at 5029 St Claude Ave, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. They'll have fresh produce, local greens and citrus, fresh shrimp and fresh eggs for purchase.
 
Save the date: All Souls Soul-A-Bration fundraiser

All Souls will host their 3rd annual Soul-A-Bration Gumbo Gala Fundraiser to benefit their after-school program.  on Nov. 20. The event will take place 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. at All Souls Episcopal Church & Community Center, 5500 St. Claude Ave. The suggested donation for the evening is $25 and the master of ceremony for the event will be WWL-TV's Laura Buchtel. 

The evening will feature a silent auction, live music, complimentary drinks and food from some of New Orleans' outstanding restaurants and a "Gumbo Cook-Off" competition in which folks will have the opportunity to taste and then vote for the best Gumbo.  

For more information, contact Reverend Edward Thompson or Carolina Gallop at (504) 218-8995.
Lower 9 neighborhood holiday market

Members from the Lower 9 community are looking to start a new tradition, a neighborhood holiday market. We are currently looking for vendors who can set up shop on November 21 and December 14. There is a $50 vendor's fee. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Rachel Pickens at rapickensl9@sustainthenine.org or Charlotte Jackson at cjackson@9thwardnena.org.
Rain barrel workshop this Saturday
 
Please join Groundwork New Orleans for "How to Build and Install Rain Barrels", the third workshop in their Environmental Justice series. This free, outdoor workshop will take place this Saturday, Oct. 24, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. in The Earth Lab at  The New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave. 
 
Learn how to reduce your utility bills, as you learn how to make, install, and decorate your own rain barrels! All participants will take home a barrel and installation kit ($30) 
 
Musicians needed for improvised musical piece

Shay Nichols, from Tulane's Studio in the Woods is looking for musicians for a new music project that explores the power of listening in nature. She would like to collaborate with fellow musicians to create an improvised musical piece at Bayou Bienvenue, both honoring what has been lost and the possibility of renewal."
 
If you are interested, please contact Shay at shay2323@hotmail.com.
Sustainable Program Management and Fundraising

Tulane University's Center for Public Service will host a Sustainable Program Management and Fundraising workshop Tuesday, Nov. 3, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. at  Tulane City Center, 1725 Baronne St. This workshop will feature hands-on coaching and interactive exercises to explore best practices in program management including annual fundraising efforts. If you would like to attend, please RSVP by October 28. For any additional information please contact Edy Delgado

HBCU Go Fund Me to support conference in Paris, France

The HBCU Climate Change Initiative is seeking funds to support a delegation of students and faculty mentors to participate in the United Nations Framework Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties 21st convening (COP21) in Paris, France from November 30, 2015 - December 11, 2015. 

In This Issue
State-wide election this Saturday

 
Don't forget to vote this Saturday, Oct. 24! Check out the links below (courtesy of the League of Women Voters of New Orleans) for candidate biographical information and their unedited responses to LWVNO questions. 
 
Election volunteers needed
Justice and Beyond seeks volunteers to ride people to the voting polls Saturday October 24 from 6 am to 8 pm. Drivers with clean reliable cars and persons who need rides to the polls should call  1-800-239-7379.
Eat Dat! New cookbook offers healthy, affordable recipes

 
CSED is a partner and contributor to a new cookbook called "Eat Dat!" It features 80 pages of nutritious, healthy, affordable meals for New Orleans residents. Best of all, it's free to download. 
 
CSED Team 

Chief Executive Officer 
Arthur Johnson

Program Manager
Kathy Muse

Volunteer Manager
Warrenetta Banks

Wetland Specialist
John Taylor

Energy Efficiency Assistant
Charles Reddick

Community Resilience Outreach
Beverly Jackson

Resiliency Manager for Coastal Restoration and Community Awareness 
Rachel Pickens
| 504-324-9955 | wbanks@sustainthenine.org | http://sustainthenine.org
5130 Chartres Street
New Orleans, LA 70117
  • 10/16/2015
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

CSED Newsletter October 16, 2015

Check kayaking off your bucket list
 
 
 
 
CSED is partnering with Kayak-iti-Yat to offer free kayaking lessons to community members 14 years or older. The event will take place at Bayou St. John Saturday, November, 14 at 9 a.m. No experience is necessary and life jackets will be provided. 
 
If you have questions, would like to sign up, or would like transportation to the event, please e-mail info@kayakitiyat.com or call 512-964-9499. 
Eat Dat! New cookbook offers healthy, affordable recipes

 
CSED is a partner and contributor to a new cookbook called "Eat Dat!" It features 80 pages of nutritious, healthy, affordable meals for New Orleans residents. Best of all, it's free to download. 
 
More fresh produce options coming to Lower 9

The Sankofa FRESH STOP MARKET will open next Saturday, October 24 at 5029 St Claude Ave (at the corner of Forstall and St. Claude). The FRESH STOP MARKET will sell fruits and vegetables grown in Sankofa's gardens, as well as, fresh options grown by local Louisiana farmers and New Orleans-based food distributors. They'll also have fresh shrimp. The organization also has a mobile market (see the schedule). 
Help rebuild Mt. Nebo Baptist Church 
 
Support Rev. Charles Duplessis and the Mt. Nebo Baptist Church in their rebuilding efforts by making a donation to their GoFundMe. A very generous donor has agreed to match all donations received toward the Mount Nebo project up to $25,000 during the month of October! Each gift is greatly appreciated and tax completely tax-deductible.

Read their story and donate today
2015 New Orleans Neighborhood Summit
 
CSED is partnering with the Mayor's Neighborhood Engagement Office for the 2015 New Orleans Neighborhood Summit. It's a free, one-day conference featuring skill-building workshops, City information sessions and opportunities for residents to connect with others working to build stronger and more resilient communities. The Summit will be held on Saturday, November 14, in the Professional Sciences Building on the campus of Dillard University, 2601 Gentilly Blvd.
 
In This Issue
Low water pressure in alert
 
The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans has issued a release alerting residents of low water pressure this Tuesday, Oct. 20, 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. The streets affected are N. Galvez (from Tupelo to Delery), Delery (from N. Derbigny to N. Galvez), and Tupleo (from N. Derbiny to N. Dorgenois). 
 
For more information, call 529-2837 or visit www.swbno.org. 
Job opening:
The Data Center
 
The Data Center is seeking to hire a new data analyst. If you are interested in this position, please view the job posting online. 
Fresh produce at Capstone Farmer's Market every Friday 

The Capstone Farmer's Market will be open every Friday through Nov. 20, 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. at 5001 N. Claiborne Ave. Credit and debit cards are accepted and special discounts are available for customers who make purchases with SNAP cards. 

For more information, e-mail capstone118@gmail.com  and check out the Capstone website
Entergy's tips to get get ready for Jack Frost

As we transition into fall weather, homeowners across the New Orleans metro area are contemplating colder winter weather in the months to come. What are the best ways to prepare a home - especially a historic or older home - for lower temperatures? 
 
CSED Team 

Chief Executive Officer 
Arthur Johnson

Program Manager
Kathy Muse

Volunteer Manager
Warrenetta Banks

Wetland Specialist
John Taylor

Energy Efficiency Assistant
Charles Reddick

Community Resilience Outreach
Beverly Jackson

Resiliency Manager for Coastal Restoration and Community Awareness 
Rachel Pickens
 

 

  • 10/09/2015
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

CSED Newsletter October 9, 2015

2015 New Orleans Neighborhood Summit
 
CSED is partnering with the Mayor's Neighborhood Engagement Office for the 2015 New Orleans Neighborhood Summit. It's a free, one-day conference featuring skill-building workshops, City information sessions and opportunities for residents to connect with others working to build stronger and more resilient communities. The Summit will be held on Saturday, November 14, in the Professional Sciences Building on the campus of Dillard University, 2601 Gentilly Blvd.
 
Kayaking on the bayou
 
We had a great time kayaking with neighborhood youth and Kayak-iti-Yat  last weekend at Bayou St. John. See pics below. 


EvacuKids program seeks to expand in grade schools
EvacuKids program is made up of 6 one-hour modules on weather, climate and hurricane preparedness. They'd like to offer this curriculum this spring to 4 - 5 classrooms in grades 3 - 5. If you'd like to suggest a Title I school (or a school where at least 80% of students qualify for fee lunch) please contact Kali Roy at kali@evacuteer.org.
 
In This Issue
Night Out Against Crime this Tuesday
 
The 32nd Annual National Night Out Against Crime is this Tuesday, October 13. It's a community-wide event to raise crime prevention awareness, reduce crime and increase the support of local, state and federal law enforcement. 
 
Meet your Lower 9 neighbors at the following Night Out locations:
 
1835 Tennessee Street
5:30  p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 
 
627 Lamanche Street
6 p.m. 
It's a pot luck, hosted by Laura Paul. Bring your favorite dish. 
Fresh produce at Capstone Farmer's Market every Friday 

The Capstone Farmer's Market will be open every Friday through Nov. 20, 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. at 5001 N. Claiborne Ave. Credit and debit cards are accepted and special discounts are available for customers who make purchases with SNAP cards. 

For more information, e-mail capstone118@gmail.com  and check out the Capstone website
CSED Team 

Chief Executive Officer 
Arthur Johnson

Program Manager
Kathy Muse

Volunteer Manager
Warrenetta Banks

Wetland Specialist
John Taylor

Energy Efficiency Assistant
Charles Reddick

Community Resilience Outreach
Beverly Jackson

Resiliency Manager for Coastal Restoration and Community Awareness 
Rachel Pickens
| 504-324-9955 | wbanks@sustainthenine.org | http://sustainthenine.org
5130 Chartres Street
New Orleans, LA 70117

 

  • 10/02/2015
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

CSED Newsletter October 2, 2015

CSED welcomes grad students from 13 Southeast Asian countries
 
Graduate students from over 13 Southeast Asian countries visited the CSED Environmental and Wetland research facility as part of their tour of the Lower 9th Ward. This group will be studying environmental issues with a specific focus on climate change and natural disaster recovery and mitigation in coastal areas at the University of Montana's Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center.
Lower 9 ladies get fit with GirlTrek
 
Ladies in Lower 9 are getting fit with GirlTrek, a national organization of more than 35,000 black women that aims to re-establish walking as a tradition, healing bodies, inspiring daughters and reclaiming neighborhood streets. 
 
Labyrinth of Love gathering
 
Special thanks to Elder Turner and his church family from Disciples of Christ Christian Fellowship Ministry, his parishioners, and all of our neighbors who joined us to celebrate our "Labyrinth of Love", a donation from our American Baptist Mission Society volunteers.

Many experienced the true meaning of its origin, which is designed for reflection, meditation and prayer for our community and personal experiences. We hope you'll join us for future events at the Labyrinth. Stay tuned for more details. 
PAR Releases the Guide to the 2015 Constitutional Amendments
 
The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana recently released the PAR Guide to the 2015 Constitutional Amendments. The Guide explains the potential impact of the four constitutional amendments that the public will consider on the October 24 ballot statewide. This independent, non-partisan review will help voters understand the issues and the potential changes so they may develop their own positions on each proposition.
 
Tutors needed for All Souls After-School Program 
 
All Souls' After-School program needs more tutors for Thursday evenings. If you can help out, or know someone looking for extra community service hours, please contact Happy Johnson at hjohnson@allsoulsnola.org or 504-315-9955. 
In This Issue
Free Kayaking Lessons this weekend
 
CSED is partnering with Kayak-iti-Yat to offer a series of free events. Learn how to kayak this Saturday, Oct. 3, at Bayou St. John. No experience is necessary and life jackets will be provided. Participants must be 14 or older. If you'd like to sign-up or ask questions, please call 512-964-9499 or
e-mail info@kayakitiyat.com
Fresh produce at Capstone Farmer's Market every Friday 

The Capstone Farmer's Market will be open every Friday through Nov. 20, 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. at 5001 N. Claiborne Ave. Credit and debit cards are accepted and special discounts are available for customers who make purchases with SNAP cards. 

For more information, e-mail capstone118@gmail.com  and check out the Capstone website
CSED Team 

Chief Executive Officer 
Arthur Johnson

Program Manager
Kathy Muse

Volunteer Manager
Warrenetta Banks

Wetland Specialist
John Taylor

Energy Efficiency Assistant
Charles Reddick

Community Resilience Assistant
Beverly Jackson

Resiliency Manager for Coastal Restoration and Community Awareness 
Rachel Pickens