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video by Charlie London
What’s changed about this seasonal rite is a new awareness regarding the potential hazards of spending days in the sun. On the beach you will see lots of “crispy critters” who look as though they are completely oblivious to the dire warnings concerning skin cancer, but for the rest of us, who prefer a little caution, here is some information.
Virtually all of our wrinkles come from being out in the sun. Plus sun causes over 500,000 people to develop skin cancer each year. Almost all skin cancers occur on parts of the body most frequently exposed to the sun’s radiation — the face, neck, ears, forearms, and hands. Skin cancer is most often found in fair skinned individuals with excessive, long term sun exposure and is generally treated by a variety of surgical methods often on an outpatient basis.
To protect yourself, stay out of the sun between 10 am and 2 pm, especially during the months of April through September. Wear protective clothing when outside. Wear sunblock of SPF 15, even during the shortest exposures to the sun. Up to 15, sun protection factors (SPF’s) are fairly accurate. But the Food and Drug Administration say there are doubts whether SPF’s of 30 or more actually provide significant more protection.
The FDA also cautions that different sunscreens are needed for different skin types, that children six months to two years need and SPF of at least 4 and that it is simply best to keep children under six months out of the sun. Usually by the time you are 18, you have received one-half of your lifetime radiation.
In New Orleans there’s nothing subtle about the transformation of seasons. There’s no delicate green bud rising from the frosty ground. Suddenly there’s lots of sunshine, birds singing, greenery, and lawnmowers. It’s pretty impossible to remain indoors during this time of year. In our neighborhood of avid gardners, everyone is crouching over their gardens working on what will quickly become a lush display.
There are some fun day trips to take. Besides a brewery and 5 star restaurants, Abita Springs is now home to the quirky UCM Museum. Founded and run by artist John Preble and his family it is truly an unusual travel destination. Be sure and take the kids and anyone else who has a love of the surreal and off-kilter. The museum is an assemblage of many interesting and unique things. In particular a series of large kinetic dioramas created by Preble, with such themes as Mardi Gras in the French Quarter, and a tornado hitting trailer park. These unusual creations have been featured in the Folk Art area at the Jazz Fest.
The infamous Wall of Shards will also delight you. The UCM (which could stand for Unusual Collections and MiniTowns, You See ‘Em, or whatever else you come up with) also has a great gift shop filled with items you won’t find anywhere else. It’s the place to go for unique and unusual presents.
UCM is not all fantasy and frivolity. It has a serious side as well, as it also houses the Northshore Art Academy, which offers a curriculum in art led by many prominent artists.
UCM is open 10-5 everyday except during what they consider a major holiday. For further information call (985) 892-2624. They also have a website which is full of information. http://ucmmuseum.com/ Preble considers the site a work in progress too, and so far it must contain at least 100 pages. Admission is still just 3 dollars.
Fast becoming an off-the-beaten track tourist destination, the 2001 Convention of Alternative Cartoonists gathered at the UCM for their annual meeting. What better recommendation than that?
Another highly recommended museum visit to make is right in our own neighborhood, The New Orleans Museum of Art. Many shows are held there well worth spending some time looking at and thinking about.
For a destination that combines being outdoors with ecological soundness, there’s the wonderful Crescent City Market, sometimes referred to as the Green Market. They are in operation Saturday mornings 8-12 on the corner of Magazine and Girod streets, and Tuesday mornings at Uptown Square. The Saturday market is a great place to take the kids. It is also a block or two from the Children’s Museum and the New Orleans School of Glass, where the public can visit the production studio to watch the fascinating process of manipulating molten glass in immense furnaces to create glassware.
Ecologically speaking, it makes sense to shop from local farmers. Everyone benefits, including Mother Earth. The farmer is supported, and we the consumers get food that is extremely fresh, locally produced (as opposed to trucked or flown in), and in many cases organically grown as well. It’s the best kind of situation — everyone wins!
I stopped by Fortier Park this afternoon and ran into the nice folks you see in the photo above. They indicated they were from out-of-town and decided to forgo a trip to the French Quarter so they could take in the beauty of Fortier Park and Faubourg St. John. Thanks to all of the great volunteers who helped maintain the beauty of Fortier Park this morning. And, a special thank you to Bobby Wozniak for his decades of dedication to making Fortier Park what it is today.
Come for coffee or come to help for a while! Help your neighbors make a smile!. Gab and laugh and plant or rake, sweep or mulch and play. Bring the kids, bring a friend, everyone is welcome!
by Charlie London
The Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association just completed two major events. Both events were held around the same time, Voodoo on the Bayou on Oct 29th and Bounty on the Bayou on Oct 31st. A small group of dedicated neighbors made the events happen.
WANT TO BE INCLUDED? Show up! There are several opportunities for you to express your thoughts and ideas coming up:
December 12th: FSJNA Board Meeting
December 14th: FSJNA General Membership Meeting (and vote for new board)
Got great ideas for change? Wonderful! Let’s hear them at the upcoming meetings especially if you are ready to take the lead implementing those ideas.
Help your neighbors make YOUR neighborhood continue to be the premier neighborhood in New Orleans. FSJNA needs your help to keep Faubourg St. John as the place where big dreams grow.
Hope to see you at the upcoming meetings. Please visit the link below for more:
WELCOME TO FAUBOURG ST. JOHN!
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In addition to Charlie’s Neighborhood News, I also provide several websites for the neighborhood. If you would like to sign up for updates about what is going on in the neighborhood, you can click on the invitation to Faubourg St. John at NEXTDOOR.com in the link
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I also do the following:
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Faubourg St. John on NEXTDOOR:
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Faubourg St. John at https://fsjna.org
I’ve done fsjna.org since 2006. https://fsjna.org has a lot of information about the neighborhood, its history, and what is going on. It’s a little harder to navigate now because the neighborhood association prefers a static page showing how to join. But, just use the search box or the drop down menus if you would like to find something.
The Yahoo Group started and maintained by Conrad Abadie since 2000 can be found at fsjna.com The Yahoo Group is part of your dues.
The meetings are the first Tuesday of every month at the Deutsches Haus at 1700 Moss
All the stuff I provide is free to anyone.
I’ve done the website at https://fsjna.org for over 10 years. If you are tech savvy and would like to take it over, please do.
I will now inundate you with more information that you would probably like but, here we go…
Click on the link below for more about the Faubourg
St. John Neighborhood Association
What would our neighborhood be if the Faubourg St.
John Neighborhood Association had never been born?
Check out my research in the link below:
Neighborland is another place to exchange ideas. I
am not affiliated with Neighborland…
If you like to imbibe, there are several great places to
do so in the neighborhood.
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For your dining pleasure, please check out the link below:
Learn more about the GROW DAT farm in City Park:
What Makes a Neighborhood Great?
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I put together a post about some of the history of the neighborhood in the link below.
Click on my photo of the big dome on the bayou in the
link below for a video I made about the neighborhood.
I put together some maps of Faubourg St. John.
Flood map, neighborhood boundary map, voting
precincts and more in the link below:
Did you know that streetcars used to run throughout Faubourg St. John?
Check out my research and Gary Parky’s map (which he gave to me) in the link below:
Want to know who Lived in Your House in 1940?
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Keep Faubourg St. John beautiful. More in the link:
Do you need something from your government?
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Take a Tour Right Here
The Bayou Boogaloo
Are you ready for hurricane season?
Storm Drains Should be Cleaned Regularly
There is so much more information that I have provided at https://fsjna.org
Use the search box for things you might be interested in.
Join NEXTDOOR and Charlie’s Neighborhood News to receive regular updates about what is happening in, around, and about Faubourg St. John
For any questions about your membership status please contact Conrad Abadie at firstname.lastname@example.org
You might be surprised to see how often https://fsjna.org/ is updated with news and information just for you.
Send the tag number on the pole and the closest street address to email@example.com
Did you know that bandit signs are illegal? You know the ones… “we buy houses”, “rooms for rent” ad nauseum. Any citizen can legally remove any bandit sign placed in the neutral ground or on utility poles.
Read more about bandit signs and how you can help fight blight in the link below:
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