Aug 162016
 
(via St. Thomas Community Health Center)

(via St. Thomas Community Health Center)

The St. Thomas Community Health Center, located at 1020 Saint Andrew Street, has launched We PrEP Together, an initiative aimed to increase awareness and access to HIV prevention medication among those most vulnerable to contracting the virus in New Orleans.

The campaign’s mission is to reduce the stigma of HIV-related health services by providing confidential, convenient and affordable medical care to those at risk in the region. Continue reading »

Aug 042016
 

The Organ Grinders (OG) with the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic and Assistance Foundation (NOMAF) will host their 3rd Annual Summer Blood Drive for the community to donate blood in response to this summer’s ongoing violence. The Hawaiian-themed drive, titled “Everybody Gets Lei’d”, takes place this Sunday, August 7,  from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rock ‘N’ Bowl, located at 3000 S. Carrollton Ave. Continue reading »

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Jul 272016
 
(via Bounce Fitness w/MoeJoe)

(via Bounce Fitness w/MoeJoe)

As part of July Jubilee, a month-long celebration of dance in New Orleans, the city’s dance community will host a $5 Dance Class Challenge and the National Dance Day Celebration.

The $5 Dance Class Challenge, which runs from July 25 to August 6, will offer $5 classes for all skill levels in a range of genres including African, ballet, belly dance, bounce, contemporary, hip hop, and salsa. Participating dance studios and programs include Broadmoor Arts & Wellness Center, Bounce Fitness, Crescent Lotus Dance Studio, Dance Quarter/NOLA Spaces, NORDC/NOBA, and more.
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Jul 142016
 
(via St. Thomas Community Health Center)

(via St. Thomas Community Health Center)

St. Thomas Community Health Center will assist people in signing up for healthcare coverage under the new Louisiana Medicaid Expansion law this Saturday, July 16. St. Thomas insurance experts will be on hand 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their main clinic, located at 1936 Magazine Street, to help community members with eligibility requirements and applying for coverage under the new law. Continue reading »

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Mar 172016
 
People sleeping in the doorway of a Royal Street business this past weekend. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

People sleeping in the doorway of a Royal Street business this past weekend. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

Sunday morning during an early walk through the CBD and French Quarter, I encountered more than two dozen homeless men and women sleeping in the doorways of some of our city’s most fashionable establishments. While I paused to shoot a photograph on Royal Street, a State Police cruiser passed right by, unfazed. Whether people are sleeping (or eating or anything even more personal) in a vestibule, outside the Cabildo, or along the Moonwalk, it’s an unsightly, unsanitary situation that negatively impacts tourism and everyone’s quality of life. Continue reading »

Mar 072016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Louisiana boasts many peculiarities; things that just don’t fly in most places are commonplace here. Among these, of course, are drive-through daiquiri stands.

I won’t call the drive-through daiquiri stand “the last bastion of American freedom,” but in this regulated, sanitized age, we’re running out of ramparts. Oftentimes that which makes Louisiana more free also makes us unique. Continue reading »

Mar 072016
 
(via Poydras Home)

(via Poydras Home)

On Tuesday, March 8, Poydras Home will host Executive Vice President Sharon Johnson of the Hearthstone Institute of Boston as she presents “Friends for Life”. The speaking event’s topic will be “strategies to manage difficult behaviors and to increase positive communication when your loved-one has dementia”. Continue reading »

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Dec 202015
 
Police investigate a fatal shooting in 2011 on Monroe Street just outside an elementary school while classes were in session. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Police investigate a fatal shooting in 2011 on Monroe Street just outside an elementary school while classes were in session. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

On a Thursday in late November, the entire indomitable city of New Orleans recoiled in shared horror at security video of a young medical student collapsed on the sidewalk just off Magazine Street, clutching his bleeding torso, as a hooded assailant stood over him with a gun aimed at his head. The film’s dreadful silence only amplified the menace as the gunman apparently tried to squeeze the trigger, twice, to finish off his already-incapacitated victim, giving up only when a mechanical mercy intervened and the gun refused to fire.

Two nights later, Bunny Friend park in the Ninth Ward — its almost comically benign name a memorial to a teen who died in an accident in the 1920s — became the scene of the city’s next headline-grabbing gun battle. A block party and planned music-video shoot were rent apart by a hail of gunfire, leaving 17 people wounded, and at least a half dozen people have been named as suspects as investigators try to piece together how the celebration turned to chaos.

The bloodshed continued the following weekend, when more young men’s lives would be claimed around some of the city’s most best-known places: 26-year-old Brandon Robinson killed on Bourbon Street, 19-year-old Richad Dowell on Canal Street and 19-year-old Devin Johnson near the newly opened Lafitte Greenway.

And yet, city officials continue to insist that the struggle against violent crime in New Orleans has made significant strides in recent years, and many measurements as well as newly-published academic studies back them up. But if things are getting better, why does the carnage still insist on making its way onto playgrounds, green spaces and tourist thoroughfares? If the violence is the work of a relatively small group of people, why are they so hard to stop? Continue reading »

Nov 032015
 
The Super Dome’s designated smoking and vaping area during halftime of the Saints-Falcons game on October 15, 2015. (Photo courtesy of Crescent City Vape.)

The Super Dome’s designated smoking and vaping area during halftime of the Saints-Falcons game on October 15, 2015. (Photo courtesy of Crescent City Vape.)

By Brendan Frost

Sean Partridge, the owner of Crescent City Vape on Magazine Street — and my boss at the store — was at the Thursday night Saints-Falcons game when halftime rolled around and he felt like having a vape. Since the New Orleans City Council passed the indoor smoking and vaping ban that took effect on April 22, Saints fans who want to vape must step outside into the designated smoking area that hugs the Super Dome.

“You’re not allowed to leave the stadium and come back,” Sean said. “So you have to go to this area closed off with police barricades. It’s a group of rowdy people packed in shoulder-to-shoulder, and almost every single person is smoking cigarettes.” Continue reading »

Oct 212015
 
6th Annual NAMI Second Line

(via NAMI New Orleans)

 

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is holding a second line in Audubon Park this Saturday, Oct. 24 to raise funds and awareness for mental illness. NAMI will be accepting donations of gently used and new shoes to send to developing nations as well. Continue reading »

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Oct 062015
 
(via Junior League of New Orleans)

(via Junior League of New Orleans)

 

Junior League of New Orleans will begin their Health and Wellness Speaker Series with “Mind, Body, and Spirit”. This event will offer information about meditation and stress management, negotiating skill, and physical fitness. Continue reading »

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Sep 302015
 
(via Junior League of New Orleans)

(via Junior League of New Orleans)

 

The Junior League of New Orleans (JLNO) will host their third annual Freret 5K & Half Mile Fun Run, promoting family fun and fitness in Uptown New Orleans this October. Race day festivities include a 5K run/walk, a half-mile fun run, musical entertainment from the Tulane Jazz Band, post-race refreshments, awards and raffles.

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Sep 282015
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

There was a time that I got a mild chuckle out of reading the old bumper sticker – New Orleans: Third World and Proud of It. The idea, of course, is that New Orleans is a poor city with inefficient, corrupt government, hence more akin to a developing nation than a prominent American city. Self-deprecating humor and all that.

However, it’s started to hit a bit too close to home lately. Last week we endured yet another “boil water” advisory for the east bank of Orleans Parish in the wake of a brief, 20-minute failure of the plant’s power generation capacity. It was the tenth such advisory in just five years. Continue reading »

Sep 092015
 
Nola BlueDoo Run

(via Tulane Cancer Center)

 

Tulane’s Second Annual NOLA Bluedoo Party/Walk/Run is a 2-mile run that will be held this Saturday, September 12 at Tulane’s campus and will feature “The Young & the Restless” star and Tulane alumnus Christian LeBlanc. Participants are encouraged to costume in blue, the official color of prostate cancer awareness. Continue reading »

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Aug 132015
 
Ballet students rehearse in a studio in the Lyons Center on Monday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Ballet students rehearse in a studio in the Lyons Center on Monday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The New Orleans Ballet Association, in partnership with NORDC, is leading free and ongoing tai chi, yoga, and dance classes at the Lyons Center through May 2016.  Continue reading »

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Jul 302015
 

By Social Work Students United for Reproductive Freedom at Tulane University

As Social Work students, we are concerned about the deceitful attempt to defund Planned Parenthood, an organization that provides vital health care services to 2.7 million Americans each year. In Louisiana alone, Planned Parenthood annually provides 16,000 visits in both Baton Rouge and New Orleans for services that include birth control, cancer screenings, STD tests and treatment, and other preventative healthcare such as much-needed sexual health education. Continue reading »