Apr 062014
 
(Via Save New Orleans Sounds Program Initiative)

(Via Save New Orleans Sounds Program Initiative)

If you are a performer, a musician, sound engineer, club manager, DJ or even simply a music fan, you at risk of sustaining a hearing disorder from your activities, so the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic and Assistance Foundation is hosting Save New Orleans Sounds, a free series of events to inform you on preventable injuries from today (Sunday, April 6) through Tuesday. Continue reading »

Mar 232014
 

A sign reading "Eat Local"  in the edible garden at Samuel J. Green Charter School. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

A sign reading “Eat Local” in the edible garden at Samuel J. Green Charter School.
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An “Edible Evening” brings more than just food to the table. The annual fundraiser benefits children through the Edible Schoolyard’s garden, kitchen, and wellness education programming at five FirstLine Schools.

Wine, burgers, desserts, tacos and more will be provided during the outdoor garden party at the Samuel J. Green Charter School in the Freret neighborhood from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday (March 27). For those party goers arriving or staying late, for the first time in five years the party will go until 10 p.m., a “Late Wave” party with Company Burger and Cure. Continue reading »

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Mar 072014
 

By Tobias Arturi

In a state in which abstinence-only sex education is the norm, and locally accessible reproductive health services are scarce, and often demonized, Planned Parenthood has always remained a stalwart voice for the practice of safe sex and a resource for those who need real answers about sex other than “Don’t Have It”.
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Mar 052014
 

A panel of leaders from different congregations across New Orleans — including Temple Sinai, St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church and the Unitarian Universalist Church — will convene next week to discuss issues of sexuality and family planning during an interfaith perspective forum at Trinity Episcopal Church on (Monday) March 10. Continue reading »

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Feb 242014
 

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Get personal assistance from local organizations to help you enroll for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act, by attending events by the new Health Insurance Marketplace through the end of March.

The St. Thomas Community Health Center will host information sessions and offer one-on-one assistance on Friday (Feb. 28) and twice more in March, and the Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center will host an event on March 8. Continue reading »

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Feb 202014
 
Funny Bones Improv poster (via Funny Bones Improv)

Funny Bones Improv poster (via Funny Bones Improv)

Learn about the healing powers of comedy improv to help make sick children in hospitals smile and laugh with local non-profit, Funny Bones Improv. Participant applications for the Ha!Spital specialist training sessions that will teach you how to bring joy to kids and families during difficult times are due Friday (Feb. 21). Continue reading »

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Feb 142014
 

Kara Morgan

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By Kara Morgan

It has been exactly a year since I was diagnosed with stage IV melanoma, having fairly large tumors in my lung and my abdomen. The good news is that I feel great and I have less cancer in me today than I did a year ago. The bad news is that I still have one large tumor and, as of today, there is no cure.

I already knew what was ahead for me as I sat in the doctor’s office on Feb. 7, 2013, listening to him confirm that the lung tumor biopsy results showed my melanoma had returned, three years after I had it removed from my face. The lymph nodes had come back clear, and my dermatologist and I were celebrating moving the big decrease in the chances it would return — except, unbeknownst to us, it already had. I knew the percentages of patients with melanoma metastasis to the lungs who survive one, two and five years are 33%, 18% and 10%, respectively. I also knew there was hope, with many stage IV survivors out there and ground breaking new treatments on the horizon.

But more than anything, I knew I felt good and I needed to get to 8th & St Charles and start setting up for the Muses parade that night before there were no spots left.
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Feb 052014
 

After the recent publication of a letter from Archbishop Gregory Aymond saying that anyone involved in the construction of a Planned Parenthood clinic on South Claiborne Avenue is “cooperating with the evil that will take place there,” pro-life activists believe the pressure they have created has delayed the start of construction since the May groundbreaking, according to a report by Monica Hernandez of our partners at WWL-TV. Planned Parenthood has said 90 percent of its services are health care other than abortions, and that it does not perform the procedure at its clinic on Magazine Street, Hernandez notes.

Feb 012014
 

The Mercy Endeavors Senior Center’s second annual “Jazzin on Jackson” gala is slated for March 20, the center recently announced.

The event, which is to be held at St. Alphonsus Art & Cultural Center on 2030 Constance Street, will benefit the elderly living uptown, according to Cherie Moore, the center’s Director of Development. Continue reading »

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Jan 102014
 

The tent where a woman in her 50s was found dead under the Pontchartrain Expressway on Wednesday. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

The tent where a woman in her 50s was found dead under the Pontchartrain Expressway on Wednesday. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

The woman found dead in a tent Wednesday afternoon underneath the Pontchartrain Expressway died of hypothermia related to the extreme cold weather, the coroner confirmed to Meg Farris of our partners at WWL-TV, and another man was also found dead of hypothermia Tuesday near a Poydras Street hotel. Continue reading »

Dec 272013
 

Craig Giesecke

One of the great things about relocating to A Different Place is the learning curve. While some folks find it too easy to begin honking and beeping about how things just ain’t right in the new place, I find it mostly tremendous. So it is with my wife’s effort to obtain medical marijuana here in Southern California. Continue reading »

Dec 102013
 

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LaTanya Killingworth was fresh out of Alfred Lawless High School when she found out she was HIV positive. She casually took a test while visiting a health center with a friend. Weeks later, after she had forgotten all about it, she was called in to get the results.

“The day I found out I was positive I cried because I thought I would never have kids. It was a death sentence at that time,” Killingworth says. “I thought my whole life was gone at 19.”
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Nov 062013
 
A sign at Coliseum Park reminds dog owners of laws requiring them to keep their pets leashed and pick up after them. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

A sign at Coliseum Park reminds dog owners of laws requiring them to keep their pets leashed and pick up after them. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

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I am a cat person, but we remain feline less for the moment.  My oldest developed an allergy recently, and I chose my offspring over my rat decapitator we had had since a wee kitten rescued post-K, all mangy and feral.  Not a tough call, but have you ever been brought a headless rodent with its noggin neatly next to its lifeless body?  It’s impressive.  And repulsive.  And in short, quite a skill.  Her name was Rita (yes, named after the storm – she did have a sister named Katrina who died a few years ago), and like most cats, self sufficient and less than encourageable; such are these creatures.  And therefore and in my experience quite unlike the other preferred domesticated pet: your household dog. Continue reading »

Sep 102013
 
Cherice Harrison-Nelson and Blenda Robertson participate in the Poems and Pink Ribbons workshop. (photo courtesy of Kelly Harris)

Cherice Harrison-Nelson and Blenda Robertson participate in the Poems and Pink Ribbons workshop. (photo courtesy of Poems and Pink Ribbons)

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Sharon Carter Sheridan lost both of her parents to cancer – lung and colon. Barely in her teens, Sheridan’s sister died of uterine cancer at the age of 13 in 1951. Two of her brothers died of cancer – lung and pancreatic. And, she herself has been breast cancer free for 17 years.

But it wasn’t until her sister, her dearest friend and confidant died from the disease that Sheridan became incensed.

“Cancer didn’t make me angry until my older sister was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010. That’s when I got mad,” said the New Orleans woman. “A lot of people around me have died from cancer – friends, cousins, family – but it was just something about my sister getting it that I just didn’t think was fair, and I’ve been angry ever since.” Continue reading »