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NOSHA Hosts Annual Secular Discussion 4.0

  • When: Saturday, September 20, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
  • Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA view map

At least once a year we offer a meeting where everyone is entitled to everyone else’s opinion, because conversation is the only way we can achieve understanding and is the only way to learn more about each other.

Over the past year, one of the fascinating things we've noticed is that there are more disagreements over how people perceive their personal non-belief and how that pervades online topics and applies to personal self-image.

Some suggested topics will be:

* The difference between being an atheist and being a humanist. Do the differences between the two positions change the responsibilities we have to society as a whole?

* How does a secular person participate in society to make it more secular? Have you recently experienced any bullying or rejection because you are a non-believer?

* Is there any hope for a secular Louisiana? Are there any “low-hanging fruit” issues you would like to change about the state?

* What are the topics that have the most diversity for non-believers? Do you feel anything is off limits or doesn't apply to humanism or secularism?

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 at or contact 

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


Join Team NOSHA "The Unholy Strollers" at the NO/AIDS Walk

  • When: Sunday, September 21, 2014 @ 9:30 am
  • Audubon Park, 6500 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA view map

For several years now, this has been an annual activity for the "NOSHA Social Aid and Pleasure Club" volunteers from our group.

Please join us as a participant or a donor (or both) to help us reach our team's goal of $500.00.

Click here to sign up or donate! 


New Orleans Banned Books Event 2014

  • When: Monday, September 22, 2014 @ 6:00 pm
  • New Orleans Public Library, 219 Loyola Ave, New Orleans, view map

This is our kinda people!

Co-sponsored by the New Orleans Public Library, the Jefferson Parish Public Library, the ACLU of Louisiana, and the New Orleans Gulf South Booksellers Association, the evening promises to inform and entertain attendees with a stellar roster of participating authors and local luminaries.

Scheduled to read are the following: 

Thomas Beller, author of J.D. Salinger: The Escape Artist

Nancy Dixon, author of N.O. Lit: 200 Years of New Orleans Literature 

Bill Lavender, author of Q

Constance Adler, author of My Bayou: New Orleans through the Eyes of a Lover

Bill Loehfelm, author of The Devil In Her Way

Rebecca Snedeker, co-author of Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas

Kim Vaz-Deville, author of The 'Baby Dolls': Breaking the Race and Gender Barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Tradition

Stephanie Grace, New Orleans Advocate columnist

Charles Brown, Library CEO & City Librarian, New Orleans

Nevada Barr, author of Destroyer Angel

Amanda Boyden, author of Babylon Rolling 

Maurice C. Ruffin, attorney and author with the MelaNated Writers Collective


"Live at the PinChurch" - Humorist and Musician, Eric Schwartz!

  • When: Friday, September 26, 2014 @ 8:00 pm
  • The PinChurch, You will receive the location upon ticket purchase, Metairie, LA view map

All the way from Los Angeles, CA, the amazingly-talented, Internet sensation, humorist, satirist and all-around killer-musician, Eric Schwartz will be live at the PinChurch in Metairie!

If you’ve been on the Internet, you’ve probably seen some of Eric’s socially-conscious and occasionally irreverent music videos. He’s an outspoken critic of various social policies including fundamentalist religion and wingnutty politics. His video, "Keep Your Jesus Off My Penis" has been downloaded over a million times.

Tickets $20.00 in advance - no onsite sales are available.

Click here to see some of Eric's performances

Buy your ticket here!


Volunteering with Second Harvest Food Bank

  • When: Saturday, November 01, 2014 @ 11:30 am
  • Second Harvest Food Bank, 700 Edwards Avenue, New Orleans, LA view map

Here's a chance to do some community volunteering with a very needed, local organization. We'll do food sorting and packing in their warehouse and Saturdays are very coveted shifts, so we want to have a great turn out as the local humanists, right?

Many thanks to Glenn Pearl for taking the lead to organize this activity!

√  The warehouse is not climate controlled so please dress accordingly. Jeans, shorts and t-shirts are acceptable. It should be cooler in November, so come prepared.

√  Outside work is un-shaded, we have sunscreen available, but it is recommended to bring sunglasses, hats and any other necessary sun protection.

√  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.

Minimum age to volunteer at Second Harvest is 9 years old.

We'll have more info the closer we get to November. 


NOSHA Hits the High Seas ~ Cruise With Us!

  • When: Saturday, November 29, 2014 @ 2:00 pm
  • Cruise Terminal, 100 Convention Center Boulevard, New Orleans, LA view map

Ahoy, or something like that!

Members of NOSHA will be on this 5-day Carnival cruise at the end of November. We regret that the timing may not be convenient for every schedule. However, the starting price of an interior cabin is appealing ($299 and up) which makes this one of the most affordable cruises between the major holidays.

Check here for the itinerary and room selections! (You will need to go through their online reservation process which will be identified at the website. This is only an info page, so you know the details that you will be selecting.)

If you've never taken a cruise, then trying out 5-days is an easy start. For the price, you can't take a land vacation that includes all the food, hotel and amenities for less than this per day. And someone else is doing all the driving (well, sailing) for a change.

But don 't worry, this will be relaxed! There won't be any requirements or secret handshakes. We will set a short meetup event on each day at sea for anyone wishing to visit with fellow NOSHANs , but otherwise, you are encouraged to do what you and your family enjoys.  It's your getaway! But chances are you will meet some nice people who enjoy doing some of the same things. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to post. 


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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.

Upcoming Events

See The SE Louisiana Freethinkers & Nonbelievers Group at for more information

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