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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

11th Annual Mid-South Deaf Women’s Retreat

Date:   April 22-24, 2016
Location:   Linden Valley Baptist Conference Center (Linden, Tennessee)
 
Theme:   “Power of Forgiveness”
Bible Verses:   Ephesians 4:31-32
 
Cost:   $110 (Special Early Bird before January 31, 2016)
$125 (February 1, 2016 to March 1, 2016)
 
Guest Speaker:   Barbara Lovas (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Music Leader:   Laura Atwell (Lynchburg, Virginia)
Leadership Team:
Rhonda Stephens – Leader
Amanda Miller – Assistant Leader
Stutzen Hendricks – Assistant Leader
If you have any questions, please feel free to email midsouthdwr@gmail.com.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Washing My Hair with Kefir and Kombucha

Some of you have asked me to start posting some of my older articles about kefir and kombucha. I will start posting some of them here to make them easier to find. Of course, if you want more to read before I post them, you can Google them by using my name and the subject matter. Here is the most requested article first (NOTE: Now at age 55, my hair is more blonde and healthier than when I wrote this in 2008):

Sept 20, 2008

Washing My Hair with Kefir and Kombucha

Since I had started washing my hair with Kefir Whey and Kombucha my hair has become noticeably thicker and shinier. I am almost 50 years old now, and prior to using the kefir and kombucha my hair had been starting to turn grey. My hair is now coming in healthy, shiny and back to it's original blonde color for the most part.

When I noticed that my hair was going back to my original color I was a bit embarrassed to tell anyone what I had noticed; because I was sure that people would think I was imagining things, so I said nothing. Ironically, within a day or so of my noticing this, someone in my kombucha group had noticed the same thing. Their experience was more evident than mine, because that person and their spouse's hair had changed from grey back to brown. I replied and shared my experience and so did others. So, I am not the only 'crazy' that says my hair has gone back to it's original color. Since that time, which has been at least a year ago now. Several people have commented on my hair. The ones who knew that my hair had been thin my whole life ... and that my hair had become dry, brittle and dull as I had become older have been even more shocked.

So, now are you wondering what I do to wash my hair? First of all, I haven't been able to go totally soapless on the hair yet. Though, I use so very little shampoo, that one large bottle of shampoo with essential oils lasts me forever ... I mean, FOREVER! I tried the "no poo" method with Baking Soda and Apple Cider Vinegar. It was too drying for my hair. Though, I must mention that it does work very well for others.

Here is what I do: I soak my hair in the kombucha at least once a week. I also soak my hair in kefir at least once a week. When my hair needs washing between those times I use a pinch a good quality herbal shampoo with essential oils ONLY on my roots. As I rinse the shampoo out (rinsing it out very well!) the shampoo water runs down the remainder of my hair, though I don't intentionally 'wash' the rest of my hair or ends.

I used to pretty much just take a handful of shampoo and slap it on my wet hair/head and sort of scrub my hair around until it looked like a nest (which is the common practice of most), then rinse it out; followed by conditioner. My poor hair certainly needed the conditioner after that horrible abuse!

I no longer use conditioners or hair sprays. Thankfully, I don't need them anymore. Being that my hair used to be so thin, it used to quickly become oily. This is no longer the case. Now, I use a little bit of pure coconut oil in my hair after washing. It works great! Every once in a while I mix up some coconut oil and lanolin and use it on the tips of my hair.

Let me warn you! If you wash your hair too often in kombucha, your head will smell like vinegar when you sweat. That happened to me once. Not good! Which also reminds me, if you are a person who likes your hair to smell good you can do what I do. When you add the coconut oil to your hair add a drop of geranium oil, or any other essential oil that is safe for your skin. Your hair will smell great and look shiny. It also holds up well to humidity. I live in New Orleans, the capital of humidity, and my hair holds up great.

Posted by barbara lovas at Sept, 20, 2008 3:26 PM
Labels: holistic, kefir, kombucha, natural, no poo
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Monday, January 18, 2016

Free Monday Night ASL Classes meet tonight (Except Advanced / Intern)

ASL STUDY GROUP / Free of cost!!!
This study group meets on Monday nights at 6:45 pm and is for all ages: hearing, deaf, deaf/blind, students, friends and family members of the Deaf, professionals serving the Deaf and those who want to learn sign language:
  • Beginners Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Advanced Level (not meeting tonight 1/18/17)*
  • Intern Level (not meeting tonight 1/18/17)*
COST: FREE! Mondays, 6:45pm
Canal Blvd Baptist Deaf Church, 5324 Canal Blvd NOLA, 70124 (enter side door, downstairs, facing Hawthorne Place)
Hope to see you there!!! For more info: Bblovas1@yahoo.com or cell/text 504-722-2967
*Advanced and Intern are not meeting because I (Barbara) am having problems with my back and I need to stay home and get rest to heal my back. If those in the advanced group still want to meet without me as a self-led group, please do. Feel free to meet in our usual place. I will be with you guys next week. HUGS!!! Barbara

Friday, September 25, 2015

Water Kefir & Healthy Cooking Workshop on 10/10/15 in New Orleans

The Deaf Church in New Orleans presents …
Water Kefir & Healthy Cooking Workshop


It is time to stop drinking soda (which is bad for you) and opt for something that tastes a million times better, is healthy ... and is much more affordable!!!

Instructor: Barbara Lovas, Th.D.
October 10, 2015,  10 -- 1pm
5324 Canal Blvd, NOLA, 70124
(Enter the side door, downstairs, facing Hawthorne Place)
Cost: $10 (Pay at the door)

(R.S.V.P. -- due to limited space -- 504-722-2967 or bblovas1@yahoo.com)
 

 Another last minute water kefir workshop because my kefir is growing so fast that I need to give some away!!!

Those who attend will be given some grains and instruction on how to make water kefir. I will include a recipe and resources. Please bring to the workshop a regular canning jar (pint or quart).   I will provide you with all the instructions, ingredients and the recipe needed to make your first batch. So, you will go home prepared to make your first batch. As always, I don't sell my grains or scobies, but will give them away.
 

We will go over general guidelines to eating healthy. Topics will include homegrown probiotics, fermented foods, and our body's need for fatty acids. We will also discuss how to make healthy tasty alternatives to replace foods that we need to eliminate from our diets. Of course, you can expect me to fuss a bit about white table salt (poison) and artificial sweeteners (poison) ... but I will give you healthy alternatives! In fact, I will give you an opportunity to taste them.

NOTE: As lagniappe we will have choice of at least 10 amazing teas and kombucha to drink during the workshop, and we will talk about and taste a recipe made with coconut oil. If you want milk kefir, water kefir or a kombucha scoby, remember those are available according to my supply. That being said; If you ask in advance, I should have some milk kefir grains and maybe some kombucha ready to give away on the day of the workshop.  As I always give away kefir and kombucha for free. If you need an interpreter, please request an interpreter immediately: specify the language needed.

Don't worry, if you accidentally kill the kefir I have given you, I will always be glad to give you more.
 
If you are interested in attending this workshop, please reply to this e-mail and let me know you plan to go so I can hold your seat.  Feel free to invite your friends, just make sure you inform me, so they are added into my headcount.:)  I am looking forward to seeing you there. Seize the day!!!  Barbara


To see a video of what kefir looks like while u are making it, go to my Youtube video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3UXqd9R4R8&feature=player_embedded.
This workshop is sponsored by CBBDC  at http://www.neworleansdeafchurch.org and co-sponsored by New Orleans Sign Language Services at http://www.neworleanssignlanguageservices.com/

Monday, August 17, 2015

He Called, They Answered

He Called, They Answered


http://wp.me/ptlYR-h8


Shasta shares how God brought her and Ryan to New Orleans to go to the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and to serve in Canal Blvd Baptist Deaf Church to help reach the Deaf for Christ.
https://bblovas1.wordpress.com/2015/08/17/he-called-they-followed/

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

MONDAY NIGHT FREE ASL CLASSES UPDATE

Hello All!!!

Here is an update of our Monday Night ASL Class Schedule:
All ASL Monday Classes
Mondays, 6:45pm
5324 Canal Blvd
NOLA, 70124 (enter the side door, downstairs, facing Hawthorne Place)

SUMMER INSTRUCTORS:

Beginners ASL -- Mary Hoang
Intermediate ASL -- Jennie Jones
Advanced ASL -- Elizabeth Cazabat
Adjunct ASL Instructor -- Eddie Hugger

CLASS DETAILS:

ASL Class On-site Point of Contact and Monitor -- Joshua Cazabat

All classes meet and end at the same. Instructors are all Deaf or hard of hearing (with exception of the advanced group). Joshua Cazabat will be the on-site POC and will help assigning voicers to the each class or group per the instructor's requests. He will also be the go to person for any on-site questions, concerns, or problems. Please make sure that you give your contact info to your instructor so that you can be informed of any changes, information, or projects related to your specific class.

UPCOMING EVENTS FOR ALL:

"Study in the Park" -- Bring your brown paper bag lunch and something to keep you hydrated throughout the day and meet your class and instrutors at the Deaf Church. then get on the streetcar and transfer to the following appropriate streetcars (and perhaps one bus because the streetcar may be down in one area). The classes will meet, study and share lunch at Audubon Park and ride the streetcar back to the Deaf Church. NOTE: It was suggested by the Transit Authority that you look into purchasing an all day pass for your convenience and to save money instead of paying for each transfer.  July 11, 2015

"Deaf Deaf World" -- Total Immersion Deaf World Experience: Come join us for a day of fun and "frustration." Experience what it would feel like to be dropped off in a Deaf World, where the required mode of communicatation for all businesses transactions from going to the local store to your court will be ASL. There will be lots of fun and a certificate of completion to be awarded to all those who participate. Sept 19, 2015

PRIVATE TUTORING: Private tutoring can always be set up and paid directly to your instructors for a reasonable fee. All private tutor sessions are held in a public place mutually agreed to by you and your instructor.

OTHER: If you have any questions concerning the program or need help setting personal goals to become fluent in ASL, need to earn CEUs for your profession, need community service hours related to Deaf service hours, want to join the internship program to become a certified ASL interpreter, need a proctor for EIPA Written for educational interpreters and interpreters in the Louisiana Public Schools please contact me directly.

Let me know if there is anything I can do to help you!!!

Barbara:)

Dr. Barbara Lovas, Th.D.
RID CI/ CT, NAD IV, LCD V, MO Licensed
Canal Boulevard Baptist Deaf Church
5320 and 5324 Canal Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70124
NewOrleansDeafChurch.org
DEAF CHURCH in New Orleans

LinkedIn address: www.linkedin.com/pub/barbara-lovas/30/868/b68
E-mail -- bblovas1@yahoo.com
VP# -- 504 273 1152
Cell/Text – 504 722 2967

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Church Interpreters' 8 Week Summer Program

Canal Blvd Baptist Deaf Church and New Orleans Sign Language Services, LLC
Presents
This workshop will focus on church interpreting
Church Interpreter' 8 Week Summer Program
Online live interactive class
April 14 – June 2
Cost: $75


scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on Church Interpreter 8 Week Course) 

Dr. Barbara Lovas will lead in an online interactive 8 week study, focusing on church interpreting techniques and ethics: Emphasis will be placed on religious vocabulary, terminology, ethics, and Deaf empowerment as it relates to church settings and interpreting scripture and religious music. Local Deaf will also share their feelings related to ethics and Deaf empowerment. This course will include 45mins to an 1 hour of live interactive instruction w/ a minimum of 2 additional hours of work per week; along with hands-on practices, techniques, resources, and study aids will also be provided to participants.
Scholarships are provided. CEUs will be provided
For more information:
Barbara Lovas at bblovas1@yahoo.com
504-722-2967 cell/text/facetime