NOLA Happenings

What I thought would be a slow summer quickly turned busy, and now an even busier fall is fast approaching! This weekend will serve as sort of a kickoff to my fall event season, with the 7th annual Rising Tide conference!

I got involved with the conference last year, and this year promises to be even better, with a full day and two stages worth of interesting speakers and topics, not to mention a vendors room (with me!!!!) and a yummy build-your-own-taco bar provided by Juan’s Flying Burrito!!

This one day conference features keynotes by acclaimed local writer Lolis Eric Elie and Tulane University professor of history Lawrence Powell, as well as panel discussions on the status and future of local journalism, changes to the education system, environmental impacts of the oil spill, development of cultural economy, parenting, entrepreneurship, and neighborhood activism. The full conference schedule and list of panelists can be viewed on the Rising Tide website, as well as a list of participating vendors and non-profit organizations.

Conference registration is open at, and is only $28 until September 21, with a discount registration of $18 for students with valid ID. Registration at the door is $38. Lunch is included in the price of admission, and vegetarian options will be available. There will be a FREE pre-conference party on Friday, September 21, from 9pm – until, hosted by Rising Tide NOLA, Inc., The Lens, and 3 Ring Circus Productions at the Big Top, 1638 Clio St., NOLA.  The TBC Brass Band will be the featured performers for that event. More information is available at the Rising Tide 7 website, at the Rising Tide blog, or on the Rising Tide Facebook page.

Rising Tide 7 is sponsored by The Center for the Advancement of Teaching at Xavier University, The Gambit,,,, Cara Jougland Photography, WTUL 91.5 FM, 3 Ring Circus Productions, and The Lens.

In other news, Trashy Diva is hosting a vintage clothing fundraiser to benefit the local non-profit Hagar’s House. We’re currently collecting donations of vintage clothing at all the Trashy Diva locations in New Orleans for the purpose of resale at a pop-up shop during Art for Art’s Sake on Saturday, October 6, 2012 from 5pm to 9pm. 100% of proceeds will go to Hagar’s House, a local New Orleans nonprofit organization that is a holistic sanctuary for women and children in New Orleans and provides an open and empowering residential community, resource coordination and a safe place to transition into sustainable housing.

If you live out of town and want to get involved, you can also mail in donations. All donations, mailed in or dropped off at a New Orleans Trashy Diva will get you a 15% discount on your Trashy Diva purchase! Get more details on the fundraiser & how to help here!

I also thought I’d pass this along too… local blogger Linzy Cotaya from Crawfish Tales is starting a new monthly luncheon series for NOLA area moms. It will be a place for moms to get together to share stories, get advice or set up play dates. The first one is is scheduled for Wednesday, September 26 at Fresh Bar, 6101 Magazine Street. To start out, it will be primarily for moms with children 2 years old and under, but may expand at a later date to include people with children of all ages. There is no registration fee to attend, but an RSVP is requested so they can get a head count of how many people to expect. You can RSVP or get more details by emailing [email protected] by Tuesday, September 18.

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