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** Please note: Due to the current surge of COVID-19, the 2021 Duck Derby will be held at the Second Harvest facility and streamed live to the public. We will post a link to the live stream on their page (https://www.duckrace.com/nola).**
If you like supporting your local food bank and the chance to win prizes, then the Second Harvest Duck Derby is a fun way to support a worthy cause.
NOSHA has created a team for Second Harvest’s annual Rubber Duck Derby. You can donate to our team, the NOSHA Duck Dodgers, online here: https://www.duckrace.com/nola/teams/8967
Adopt your $5 ducks for a chance to win our $5,000 grand prize, a $1,000 gift certificate to Zuppardo's Family Market, and other great prizes!
Your duck adoption will directly help Second Harvest's mission to fight hunger across 23 parishes of South Louisiana.
++You don't have to be present to win. Second Harvest will actively monitor and adhere to public health and safety guidelines. If necessary, the Duck Derby will be held at our facility and streamed live to the public.++
**Happy Halloween! This will be our last walk of the season at this time now that we are heading into the holidays and darker afternoons.**
You never have to walk alone, because you've got us! We all need to get out, break a sweat, and breathe some fresh air. You're not walking by faith, you're walking by guilt!
We'll meet up at the City Park Reunion Shelter on Friedrichs Ave., and we'll do the Festival Grounds Trail and then cross over to the Big Lake (Zemurray) Trail. Just shy of 2 miles total.
Things to remember -- comfortable shoes, a hat, a dab of sunscreen, an umbrella. If you want to wear a mask, that's okay, too. We will walk in light rain if there isn't a thunderstorm and lightening.
A Secular Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos Secular event is a celebration of life. Nontheist Hispanic/Latin people and others view the Secular Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos Secular as a perfect way to remember the legacy of dead loved ones that does not require prayer, church, or religious dogma. To nontheists, our legacies are our afterlife.
The Secular Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos Secular event will include many redesigned and religion-free Hispanic/Latin traditions and rituals that celebrate our one and only life, legacies, and cultural heritage.
More and more people are abandoning their religious upbringing but still want to celebrate the beauty of the Hispanic/Latin culture. This is why a Secular Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos Secular was created. The 2021 Secular Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos Secular will be presented as a Zoom event on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 with special attention to Spanish speaking participants. The 2021 Secular Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos Secular is cosponsored by The Freethought Society, Hispanic American Freethinkers, American Atheists, Center for Inquiry, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Secular Coalition for America, Secular Student Alliance, and Atheists United.
3:45 PM (PST)/6:45 PM (EST) Pre-Event Social
Entertainment and chatting opportunities with like-minded individuals will take place during this 15-minute time slot, featuring the dance stylings of Margarita Reyna and James Nunnelley plus a mini-concert by John Davidson – a Hollywood legend and musical stage star who lived in Mexico and speaks Spanish.
4:00 (PST)/7:00 PM (EST) Welcome
Bilingual welcome by organizers and cosponsors Robyn Blumner, Victoria de la Torre, Margaret Downey, Nick Fish, the Annie Laurie Gaylor, Dan Barker, David Tamayo, Kevin Bolling-Hey, Debbie Allen, Arlene Rios, and Louie Campos. Cosponsors and organizers will each light a candle to honor a “Secular Saint” of historic significance. A Spanish Speakers Zoom Room and an English Speakers Zoom Room will be offered to participants at this time. A musical interlude will be provided by cellist Rich Rodriquez as people divide into their preferred language Zoom rooms.
4:30 PM (PST)/7:30 PM (EST)
Julia Sweeney Interviews Jon Huertas
“From Heartsick and Holy to Happy Heathen”
5:00 PM (PST)/8:00 PM (EST) Honoring Ceremony
Reservations are being taken for speakers who want to celebrate the life of a dead loved one.
Reserve a 3-5-minute time slot through the following email address:
The Honoring Ceremony will open with dedications from author Fernando Alcántar, Ethical Culture Leader Hugh Taft-Morales, activist and president of Atheists United Christina Magallanes-Jones, educator Consuelo Cortes-Fleming, and photographer John Jones-Cortes.
The musical interlude will feature Margarita Reyna and James Nunnelley performing a Cumbia dance.
After the reserved speaking spots conclude, the Zoom spotlighting function will be available for anyone who would like to participate. The screen share function will be enabled so that speakers can display photos of the person being honored. The honoring of a pet is also welcomed.
Prizes will be awarded and mailed to participants who the cosponsors determine to have the best Secular Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos Secular themed clothing, Zoom setting, face painting, face mask, and hair adornment.
The end time of this event is unknown. Anyone who would like to honor a dead loved one will have an opportunity to do so before we conclude with a mini concert by Gary Stockdale and Abraham Steve Mackey.
To see what was done last year, please visit the following links:
We're excited to bring Brian Dunning of the Skeptoid podcast! Since 2006, the weekly podcast has been taking on all the most popular urban legends and revealing the true science, true history, and true lessons we can learn from each. The Internet stream has 95,000 weekly listeners, plus many more on syndicated radio. (https://skeptoid.com/)
"Your Brain Sucks" -- Live demonstrations and audience participation are guaranteed to make every brain in the room fail. The human brain is terrible at collecting data, and yet so many of us make important decisions based on those experiences. Learn just how often and how dramatically our brains fail us, and — most importantly — how you can become the exception.