November started off pretty cold in temperatures for this time of year in New Orleans. So traffic started to slow down in the shop. But we've been getting great donations from Bayou Bicycles and other individuals to help grow our inventory. Thanks for the donations!
The final NOLA Women on Bikes workshop for 2014 was hosted at RUBARB on Nov 5th. Ending this fall's series on bike maintenance skill building, hopefully more are to come in 2015.
Also douring Fringe Fest, RUBARB's crew of adults and youth took a bike ride to the Bywater to see a puppet show called "The Garden Variety Show." Along the way they saw Mr Bailey who own's the building in which RUBARB operates. They went over the rusty rainbow at the end of Piety St and hung out in the park, and then got pizza at Pizza D's after the show! It was fun!
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!
RUBARB went to a Pelicans game in October! About 15 youth and 10 adults watched preseason action at the New Orleans Smoothie King Arena. The Pelicans played and beat the Houston Rockets. We somehow managed to get our patented RUBARB snacks into the Arena and we enjoyed some good old NBA fun. Everyone seemed to enjoy the evening.
**Special thanks to Mr. Chris for getting us out to support the New Orleans Pelicans!
RUBARB also hosted a Scraper Bike workshop as part of Airlift's Education Workshops at the end of October. Lots of RUBARB youth and staff joined in the duct taping fun. Colorful spinning wheels were seen all over New Orleans!
Lots of good bike vibes coming from RUBARB as another summer came to an end in the Upper 9!