Just wanted to give everyone a quick update on December going ons and some new programs at Rubarb.
First off, we want to let y'all know that we are having a Ladies/Queer/Trans night at Rubarb on Thurs Dec 15th from 6pm-9pm. Come enjoy a safe and supportive space to learn and work on your bikes! A couple days after that, come celebrate the holidays with Rubarb. On Saturday Dec 17th from 330-6:30pm, we will be throwing a holiday party all set up with food, music, and fun giveaways. Everyone is invited, all ages all day! Also we've been doing some great work on our front garden, headed by some awesome kids and great volunteers. We've also made some slight updates in the way the shop operates, so always make sure to check in with whoever is volunteering to make sure you're getting the most out of our space!! Hope to see everyone soon. See below
Fundraiser Recap and Give Nola Day
Just wanted to send a huge thank you to everyone who came out for the RUBARB Fundraiser a few weeks back. Despite the weather and a couple logistical errors, a ton of people came out and had a great time dancing and hanging at Dashing Bikes well into the night! For those who don't live in New Orleans, the fundraiser isn't the only way to show your support this season. This Tuesday, May 3rd is GiveNola Day in New Orleans. The website is Givenola.org This is a one-day, online giving event which over 700 non-profits are participating in, including RUBARB Community Bike Shop! This is our first time participating and WE NEED YOUR HELP! There are sorts of erxra prizes for the organizations, as long as we get folks donating.
RUBARB is an all volunteer community bike shop in the 9th Ward that has been going strong for 10 years! We help folks repair, maintain and build bicycles, as well as go on field trips(Jzzfest WOOP!) with youth, provide health snacks and get affordable bikes out to the community.!
Help us raise funds in the exciting, citywide event next Tuesday May 3rd(YOU CAN ONLY GIVE FOR THAT 24 HOUR PERIOD)
P.S. Even if you just donate $10, it can make a big difference
Rubarb Fundraiser This Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Park Tool Set Up!
Kentrell, Tareek, and Rene helping set up our new Park Tool donation!
Rubarb 10th Anniversary Fundraiser!!!!!!!!
Its that time of year again, time for our Annual Rubarb Fundraiser!! It's a night that combines bikes, music, puppetry, auction, and rad people. This year, Dashing Bicycles on Broad and Esplanade have been gracious enough to host our crew. Like in past years, we will have a diverse set of talented musicians performing, a live auction with a certified auctioneer, and an elaborate DIY puppet show. Come thru and chill, drink, eat, and dance at the Rubarb Fundraiser on April 1st 2016 at Dashing Bicycles on Broad St.
Event: Tenth Anniversary Rubarb Fundraiser
Date & Time: April 1st 2016 @ Dashing Bicycles on Esplanade and N. Broad
Cost: 10 Buxx
Park Tool Grant & MLK Day BBQ
Hey Rubarb Supporters,
Sorry for the hiatus, but we should be back to updating pretty regularly again. A bunch of exciting things have been going on at Rubarb since the holidays. On MLK Day, we held a bbq to celebrate MLK and a much needed day off. Big thanks to our DJs Jalen and Jocine, Sound System Provider Dan, BBQ master Taj, Food Runners Ben, Lauren, and Woody, Crowd Control Ms Jan and everyone else who was able to keep the open shop and BBQ party running simultaneously! Get it
In February, we applied to a Park Tool Community Grant that offered a Park tool kit with 2 new stands. Out of 200 organizations, we were among 10 chosen to receive the kits. Swing thru and check out and USE our brand new tools and stands! Thanks Park Tool. Pics coming soon Yat Yat
WORK DAY WORK DAY WORK DAY
Hey Rubarb supporters, this Sunday Dec 6th, from 11-5 we will be hosting a winter overhaul workday!!! It will consist of cleaning out our shipping container of junk bikes/parts and possibly transforming it into a working space when nicer weather rolls around! Their will also be additional tasks around the shop, from getting some bikes to working condition to garden work! Flex your bike muscle, green thumb, or organizing skills for Rubarb's Winter Work Day!
RUBARB today offers:
- Open workshop hours
- Build a Bike options
- Earn a Bike program for youth
- Work Trade/BIKE BUCKS
- Maintenance assistance
- Creative Art with bike themes
- Monthly field trips for youth
Hello Rubarb folk,
I know we haven't had an update in a minute, but a more detailed update with how are summer has been rolling as we move into the school year will be coming soon.
We wanted to reach out because a former volunteer and all-star mechanic, Jerry, passed away last Sunday. It's hard to convey how much Jerry meant to our daily shop hours, because he helped soooooooo many people repair their bikes. To this day, he was the only one I knew who could take almost any frame from our pile and help someone restore it to an almost fully functional bike in a within a week....We are only open three days a week!!! He was literally a community bike guru and we will sorely miss him, his humour, and his skill.
"One Last Ride" and Memorial Gathering. Bring your bicycle and meet at the Morning Call Coffee Stand in City Park(the old casino building) for staging a 730am. The bike ride is set to begin at 8am and we will ride until 9am ending at Morning Call for coffee, beignets and stories til about 1030am. If you're able, please bring a donation of dog food which will be given to shelters to help feed the dogs displaced by the flood. 12 noon burial service in the Garden of Peace at he Garden of Memories Cemeteray on 4800 Airline Dr., Metairie. Immediately following the graveside service, please join us for refreshments at St. Vincent's Hall, (between the Our Lady of Rosary Rectory and the Office) 1322 Moss St
Below is a link to Jerry's Obituary:
join us for the monthly volunteer orientations on the 3rd wednesday of every month @ 6:30pm to learn more about how you can help!
Thank you to all the fabulous donors and volunteers who have come to RUBARB throughout October dropping off exciting donations such as bike frames, high end parts, books and volunteering their time and expertise to help RUBARB out! If you are interested in volunteering your time with RUBARB, you don't need to know anything about bikes as long as you want to put your best attributes to work to keep RUBARB twirling into the future, please reach out to us at buildit (a) rubarbike.org. Also if you'd like to learn more about us, come to our monthly meeting on the 3rd Wed of every month at 7pm.
For the fifth consecutive year, NOLA to Angola bike ride rolled out to Angola State Prison over the October weekend of the 16-18th. Several RUBARB volunteers raised money for the Cornerstone Bus Project which is a crucial bus service for families of incarcerated men and women throughout the State of Lousiana. For more information about the bus schedule, please click here. We are all proud of Greg, Liz, Caleb, Simbi, Darren, all the riders, and organizers who raised over $5,000 for families to continue to stay connected to their loved ones.
NOLA to Angola riders - Oct 2015
Big tings a gwaan in these parts! (translation: a lot of things are happening!) RUBARB is in full swing with a great crew of volunteers for the 2015/16 school year. Check out the photos from this month.
We are all super happy to welcome Jujuan as RUBARB's first paid staff member. From the generosity of Youth Empowerment Project and the brilliance of Woody, Jujuan was at the shop for a trial period during the month of September during every open shop. He was both knowledgable and a valuable addition to the RUBARB family. Jujuan was a student at YEP, trained by Woody, and a RUBARB neighbor. The plan is to expand that trial period from one month to a longer term thing, which is really dope!
RUBARB has also teamed up with our neighbor and creator of the game called Kangaroo Court, Ms. Janilyn Johnson. The aim is to bring positive opportunities for the youth in the Upper 9th. Ms. Johnson has been doing just that and is looking to expand her vision to a Community Center on Louisa Street. So it was the perfect time for us to join forces!! We are really grateful for her community leadership and her dedication to making the neighborhood safe for kids to play and grow together.
Back 2 School Bash - 2015
The RUBARB 2015 Back 2 School Bash was a blast!! With Caleb firing up the grill, Logan organizing games, and neighbors playing music we had a good old fashioned hootenany
School supplies were distributed and lots of fun was had!
Come out to our next event or drop by the shop for open hours - Monday, Wednesday or Saturday.