Tuesday Night Pelicans Game
Tonight! Oct 14 RUBARB is going to a Pelicans pre-season game!
Stay tuned for pictures!
**Special thanks to Mr. Chris for getting us out to support the New Orleans Pelicans!
Rubarb wants to give shout outs to Tom Bilderback and his crew of volunteers, Unseen Project donating several tools and resources, Katherine and Alex for building improvements, Kate for electrical, Mr. Bailey for providing the space and all the awesome volunteers at Rubarb!!!
End of Summer Beach Trip!
RUBARB took it's annual summer field trip to Wavelabnd, MS (Aug '14)! The bike shop crew swam all day, picknicked, found crabs, buried each other in the sand, got stung by jellyfish and had an amazing time frolicking on the beach. We ended with a stop at Bayou Sauvage, where we watched fishermen rangle a garfish and ate watermelon on the dock. Fun was had by all! Stay tuned for Fall field trips and other exciting events.
RUBARB today offers:
- Build a Bike options
- Earn a bike program for youth
- Open workshop hours
- Maintenance assistance
- Creative Art with bike themes
- Work Trade opportunities
- Monthly field trips for youth
Lashine, neighbor and bike shop ambassador!
September 2014 at RUBARB
School was back in full effect by the time September rolled in. Pretty standard RUBARB open shop days throughout the month. RUBARB has seen lots of shining stars taking on extra responsibilities and earning Bike Bucks while learning more bike repair skills this month.
The 2nd Annual RUBARB volunteer retreat happened at the end of the month. On the last Sunday in September volunteers Woody, Liz, Jonah, Chris & Virginia biked to St. Bernard State Park. We enjoyed the long bike ride, had a great picnic in the misty rain, and met about new initiatives for RUBARB in the coming year.
Some of the exciting news from the retreat is that we are working on rolling out a new program called the RUBARB Tool Belt program where youth learn and perform specific skill sets to earn. Building off the momentum from Bike Bucks and the hope to encourage more youth leadership at RUBARB, the Tool Belt program is an exciting next step for the shop! The program was initially conceived of by Darren who volunteers on Mondays at RUBARB. We took his initial design and ran with it! RUBARB will start the Tool Belt program in January 2015.
Another necessary adjustment that we all agreed on is hosting monthly volunteer orientations at RUBARB. The orientations will cover volunteer roles and responsibilities, expectations and other important information that new volunteers will find helpful in learning more about what RUBARB is all about. The first RUBARB volunteer orientation will be on Wed November 19 at the shop. Stay tuned for more info about volunteer opportunities!
Thanks to the Jazz and Heritage Foundation, RUBARB was awarded 15 tickets to Jazzfest this year through their Community Tickets Program! We hung out making crafts at the Kids Tent, watched an amazing Capoira group from Brazil, learned woodworking skills and picnicked in Stallings Park. check out photos HERE!