New Orleans Creative Glass Institute
Presents: LISA TAHIR


3924b Conti St, New Orleans, LA 70119, ph:(504) 482-6003, email:

Come experience for yourself the magic of pouring molten hot glass into molds that you construct from materials out the local NOLA scrap yard!!  This is a hands on VERY active class for a wide range of students from no hot casting experience to years of ladling hot glass from the furnace into their molds.  I will show you every aspect of found object sculpture making from conceptual idea thru execution and finishing.  The process of sculpture making is 90% problem solving along the way.  We will spend the first night in an orientation of the class and slide presentation.  The second day we meet at the studio and go as a class to a scrap yard where students will purchase any and all materials they may want to cast glass into or use as a part of their sculpture.  We return to the studio and begin mold building, woodcarving, sheetrock carving and casting hot glass into the molds.  Each student works at there own pace with the instructor, teaching assistant (TA), and their classmates in a team style process. Day 3 and 4 we continue to make molds and cast glass and begin resolving finished pieces for the walk thru Review and Show on Day 5 to conclude the class!

Instructor:  Lisa Tahir has had 14 years of experiencing casting hot glass and building sculpture around the world.  She has taught at Urban Glass in NYC, Penland School of Crafts in NC, Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, WA, Toyama Glass School in Toyama Japan, and in New Orleans at Tulane University.  She has been the head assistant to Gene Koss on his casting team and in the creation of his 3 to 8 ton monumental glass sculptures for 14 years.  She shows at Brunner Gallery in the Shaw Center in Baton Rouge, LA.  Her works are in various private collections, residents, and hotels.


Sketchbook, pens, etc., long pants that are denim or cotton (NO synthetic materials like polyester, workout wear, etc.), T-shirt, leather welding jacket, or long sleeve thick cotton type shirt to use as a “casting jacket” over t shirt.  Closed toe shoes ONLY, cotton socks, welding gloves or other “tough” glove to protect hands from heat, sunglasses, or safety glasses, any wood carving tools and mallet you may have if you want to carve wood, aluminum foil if you want to use it to apply to the surface of hot glass, any found objects you may want to incorporate into the sculpture like steel, copper sheet, wire, tubes (copper can be dropped into the hot glass for a great color effect), drill and wood screws if you want to make a 2 part wood mold, bring PC-7 two part epoxy if you want to glue parts together, AND… bring yourself with your questions and energy and get ready to see why some of us are addicted to the “casting craze!!!!!”


Friday May15, 2009, 6-9pm: overview, orientation, slides and demo and cleanup.

Saturday May 16, 2009, 10am-4pm: Scrap yard trip, studio time, and cleanup.

Sunday May 17, 2009, 10am-4pm: Studio time, and cleanup.

Saturday May 23, 2009, 10am-4pm: Studio time, and cleanup.

Sunday May 24, 2009, 10am-5pm: Studio time 10am-1pm,
                                                          Cleanup 1pm-3pm
                                               Gallery show with individual review,
                                               Refreshments and potluck closing party
                                               Then cleanup again! 3pm-5pm.

There are a total of 12 seats available for this class.  There must be a minimum of 5 students enrolled for the class to run.


The Greater New Orleans Foundation, Longue Vue House & Gardens, and Tulane University Family Business Center announced today that they will host a lecture featuring Charles W. Collier at Longue Vue House & Gardens on Thursday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m.  The lecture, titled “The Practices of Flourishing Families,” will explore how a family can have a profound effect on its well being by maintaining the right attitude toward—and treatment of—money.  Mr. Collier will also discuss the current day challenges and opportunities that families face and how breakthrough conversations can strengthen families.

Mr. Collier is a nationally known expert on planned giving and family philanthropy.  He is the senior philanthropic advisor at Harvard University and the author of Wealth in Families.  As an advisor in family wealth, he works with hundreds of individuals to shape their philanthropy, help them make tax-wise gift decisions, and advise them on family issues surrounding wealth.

His areas of expertise include helping families focus on the effects of financial wealth on their children, how family philanthropy can enhance family well being, and how financial wealth presents unique opportunities for individual growth.

In his works, Collier also defines the meaning of legacy and encourages individuals to extend the principle of generosity beyond the family unit.

“Many families, including wealthy families, have a narrow definition of family assets or family wealth.  It is my view that the wealth of a family is not exclusively financial,” said Mr. Collier.  “Family wealth has four distinct dimensions: human, intellectual, social, and financial.  I hope that people realize the tremendous importance of the three dimensions beyond financial wealth.”

Sponsors for the event are Villere & Co. and Susan and Bill Hess.

The event is free and open to the public; however, seating is limited.  Refreshments will be served from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.  The lecture will last from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  To make reservations, please contact Shelley Kurtz with the Greater New Orleans Foundation at 504.598.4663 or

Furnishing our Neighbors Foundation
Furnishing Our Neighbors Foundation (FONF) is a New Orleans based, non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the recovery of our great city.   Established shortly after Hurricane Katrina, FONF has provided a key piece for thousands in the complex recovery puzzle.  Our non-profit provides high quality furniture at extremely low prices to help complete the transition and recovery process.  As our foundress and President, Mandi Thompson, says, “No matter what life throws your way, you will always need a chair.”



Red Cross Month Starts Off with a Bang

March, officially proclaimed by President Obama as Red Cross Month, has started off with a bang.  On Saturday, two education and recruitment booths, in Plaquemines Parish at the Dollar General Store and at the Bayou Southland Mall in Houma, distributed disaster preparedness materials to hundreds of people from Southeast Louisiana and recruited several dozen new volunteers.  Also on Saturday, the Southeast Louisiana Chapter of the American Red Cross attended a Family Day at the Belle Chasse Naval Air Station.  Volunteers met with members of the armed forces and informed them of the various services made available to them by the Red Cross.

“The Red Cross is excited for all of our plans for the month of March,” said Kay W. Wilkins, CEO of the Southeast Louisiana Chapter.  “We are eager to meet new faces and let the public know about all that we have to offer in the area.”

Other exciting events are planned throughout the remaining part of March.  Highlights include several more education and recruitment booths throughout our 13 parishes, a large disaster preparedness event at the Whole Foods on Magazine Street on March 21 and the annual Bayou Brunch at Nichols State University.

A detailed list of Southeast Louisiana Red Cross events can be found on the following pages.

Please visit for more information and updates about Red Cross Month.

To volunteer, donate, or receive current information about Red Cross activities, call 1-800-229-8191 or visit  All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people.  The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports members of the military and their families. The American Red Cross is a charity, not a government agency, and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission.

UNO to celebrate Einstein Week March 16-20
(March 12, 2009, New Orleans, La.) – The University of New Orleans, Society of Physics students will lead the University of New Orleans Einstein Week 2009 celebration with several special events March 16-20 on the Lakefront Campus. The event will commemorate the 130th anniversary of Einstein’s birthday, March 14, 1879.

All UNO Einstein Week 2009 activities are free and open to the public. The schedule of events follows.

Monday, March 16

Noon-2 p.m., Physics Demonstrations, Library Quad and Breezeway.

The Society of Physics students will show off the law of physics with several demonstrations including the giant trebuchet catapult and liquid nitrogen ice cream making.

Wednesday, March 18

Noon-2 p.m., Physics Demonstrations, Library Quad and Breezeway.

The Society of Physics students will show off the law of physics with several demonstrations including the giant trebuchet catapult and liquid nitrogen ice cream making.

7:30 p.m., Math Building, Room 102, Einstein and the 50th Anniversary of the Laser will be the topic of a lecture to be presented by Rasheed Azzam, Distinguished Professor and graduate coordinator, UNO Department of Electrical Engineering.

Thursday, March 19

9:30 a.m., UNO Performing Arts Center Recital Hall, Lecture and performance by James Oakes, piano, and Gail Blaustein, flute.

Friday, March 20

Noon-2 p.m., Physics Demonstrations, Library Quad and Breezeway.

The Society of Physics students will show off the law of physics with several demonstrations including the giant trebuchet catapult and liquid nitrogen ice cream making.

7 p.m. Science Building room 2120, a lecture titled The Dark Universe: Dark Matter and Dark Energy will be presented by C. Gregory Seab, the UNO Seraphia D. Leyda University Teaching Professor of Physics.

Following the lecture, the UNO Observatory in room 3001 of the Science Building will be open – weather permitting – for viewing nebulae, double stars, planets and other heavenly bodies. The observatory features a 12-inch f/11 Takahashi Dall-Kirkham computer-controlled telescope.

Call ahead for disability assistance. For more information, call (504) 280-6341 or email

Children from Kid’s of Excellence Daycare receive books and food to fuel healthy minds and bodies; City officials join shoppers during cart race through store

WHO:             Neighbors in three New Orleans communities in need of grocery stores;      city officials; representatives from Save-A-Lot, the nation’s leading extreme-value grocery chain, First Book and Second Harvest; and pre-school children from Kid’s of Excellence Daycare …
WHAT:          … will gather to celebrate the openings of three new Save-A-Lot grocery stores at an official grand opening “Dollar-Cutting” ceremony to benefit First Book, an organization that provides new books to children in need, and The Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana.
WHERE:       Save-A-Lot Food Store
                        1841 Almonaster
                        New Orleans, LA 70117
WHEN:          Thursday, March 12, 2009
                        10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
WHY:             Save-A-Lot is dedicated to supporting New Orleans with the opening of new food stores in neighborhoods where they are needed most.  The stores will fulfill an important need by providing budget-conscious, quality-focused shoppers with great food at great prices, often in communities ignored or abandoned by conventional grocery chains, especially after the impact of Hurricane Katrina.
The two other new Save-A-Lot stores are located at 2841 South Claiborne and 3610 MacArthur. As part of its commitment to community organizations, activities and events, Save-A-Lot is making a $5,000 donation to First Book and a $5,000 food donation to The Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana.
Additional Background:
Long part of the New Orleans landscape, Save-A-Lot has a solid history of supporting the area since 2002. The new stores join four existing Save-A-Lot Food Stores that were rebuilt or renovated after Hurricane Katrina (601 Terry Pkwy., 5003 Lapalco Blvd., 6525 Airline Hwy. and 191 Gause Blvd. W. in Slidell). In addition, one of Save-A-Lot’s 15 distribution centers is located in nearby Hammond, La. Approximately 100 employees have been hired at the new stores, which are open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The combined investment made by Save-A-Lot to open all three locations is estimated at $6 million.  ‘

St. Tammany Humane Society Joins Kids Day
Covington, LA-The St. Tammany Humane Society is excited to announce its participation in the 7th Annual Kids Day and Family Expo Saturday, March 14th at the Castine Center at Pelican Park and its maiden voyage of the adoption-mobile. The purchase and transformation of the adoption-mobile was made possible through the support and legislative efforts of Congressman Tim Burns, which won the St. Tammany Humane Society a $25,000 grant.The adoption-mobile is an RV turned life-saver, which will be used to transport pets to off-site locations for adoption, education and emergency evacuation.
First stop-Kids Day and Family Expo 2009. The adoption-mobile will come full of enthusiastic, adoptable pets and information about the mission and life-saving efforts of the St. Tammany Humane Society. The St. Tammany Humane Society acknowledges the need to educate children on responsible pet ownership and is excited to have the opportunity to do so in such a fun atmosphere. We rely on the families of St. Tammany parish to open their hearts and homes to our orphaned pets, and we want to take this opportunity to meet, greet and thank them for all they do.
We hope that you will come shake paws with some of the adoptable pets from St. Tammany Humane Society and take a tour of the new adoption-mobile. We will be at the Castine Center at Pelican Park from 10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. for the 7th Annual Kids Day and Family Expo. For more information, please visit We hope to see you there!
Don’t forget to go to to help St. Tammany Humane Society earn points toward their million-dollar make-over!


Turning cooking oil into diesel fuel?

This is just one example among many of how local nonprofits are becoming increasingly creative in finding new revenue sources.  In these hard economic times, local nonprofit organizations like Operation Reach are learning to rely less on donors and more on their own resourcefulness to raise necessary funds.

Young adults participating in an Operation REACH program called the Gulf South Youth Biodiesel Project will take cooking oil from area restaurants and caterers, filter it to remove impurities, and then mix it with a chemical compound to produce biodiesel.  The final step will be to sell the fuel to area truck stops.  The profits from such a venture will enable the organization to increase its mission impact and achieve financial self-sufficiency.

Ideas such as this one formulated by Operation REACH were honed to perfection during a six-month workshop designed to help nonprofit organizations develop such entrepreneurial skills.  Conducted by Community Wealth Ventures, Inc., the workshops were funded by the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, and the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation.

Along with Operation REACH, six other local nonprofits were chosen to participate: Contemporary Arts Center, Good Work Network, Louisiana Children’s Museum, Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, New Orleans Video Access Center, and Project Lazarus.

On Wednesday, March 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., the participants will present their final business plans to a panel of judges at the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s offices at 1055 St. Charles Avenue.

The four panelists who will review the presentations are Susie Allen, a professor with Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business; Lisa Amoss, an independent management consultant and a member of the adjunct faculty with Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business; Beverly Andry, a professor with Xavier University; and Brooke Smith with the Office of Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu.

Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (LA/SPCA), an advocate for the animal community, developed a plan focused on the opening of a training and performance arena that would provide an area for classes and competitions to celebrate the human-animal bond. Presenting at 9:00 am.

Good Work Network, an organization that seeks to expand the local economy by building minority- and women-owned businesses, proposed the launch of a business incubator program in New Orleans. Presenting at 10:00 am.

Project Lazarus, providing service to all people living with AIDS who are no longer able to live independently, created the Resident Herb Garden Project, which is a new venture that enables Lazarus residents to grow herds and flowers in a greenhouse on the organization’s grounds.  The aim was to sell the produce to local restaurants, groceries, and farmers’ markets. Presenting at 10:45 am.

The Contemporary Arts Center, a multidisciplinary arts center dedicated to the presentation, production, and promotion of contemporary works of art, focused on their Financial Services Program, which provides professional accounting services to organizations that would not otherwise be able to afford the appropriate level of staff.

Operation REACH, Inc., a nonprofit community education resource that develops model programs for youth and families to create opportunities and transform lives, developed the Gulf South Youth Biodiesel Project, which will use the production and sale of biodiesel fuel as a means of developing leadership and social entrepreneurship in young people. Presenting at 1:00 pm.

The New Orleans Video Access Center, whose mission is to foster the creation and appreciation of film and video for a public of diverse ages, income levels, and backgrounds, concentrated their efforts on the growth of their Digital Filmmaking Institute to position it as one of the premiere media education and training resources in the nation.

Louisiana Children’s Museum, which promotes hands-on participatory learning for children of all ages, focused on developing its Museum store.  The Museum Store remained closed for almost two years following Hurricane Katrina. Presenting at 2:30 pm.

Milk Mustache Mobile Tour

Milk Mustache Mobile tour will be in New Orleans April 18-19 encouraging local residents to “Drink Well. Live Well.” We will be reintroducing milk as Nature’s Wellness Drink, by hosting weekend events at the French Quarter Festival. New Orleans families will be able to attend our FREE events within the festival’s “Children’s Headquarters” and partake in several of our event components.
Date: Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19
Time: 11am-5pm
Location: French Quarter Festival’s “Children’s Headquarters”
Why: The “got milk?” Milk Mustache Mobile Drink Well. Live Well. Tour will be cruising through your city hosting free events to encourage New Orleans residents to not only live well, but to drink well with nature’s wellness drink– milk.
New Orleans families will be able to:
-Sample lowfat and fat-free milk from Brown’s Dairy and Borden Milk Products
-Pose like their favorite celebrity for their own Milk Mustache photo
-Sample milkshakes and smoothies
-Receive a health assessment from a registered dietitian
-Receive a five-minute chair massage from a licensed massage therapist

       Take home got milk? giveaways

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