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Publisher's Note

The first scare of hurricane season was presented by a possible category 1 storm known as Barry. The storm was of no threat to the metropolitan area of New Orleans, but it was a huge reminder of our vulnerability.

For the most part, it was very interesting to see how much wiser the population as a whole has gotten in terms of storm preparedness. The hurricane season lasts until November and we know it will be a very active one. The NOLA READY team did a great job keeping residents informed throughout Barry, which was very helpful. Good preparation can help through a difficult situation, and it really seems as if this message has remained on people’s mind.

Now let’s begin August by sharing some great news!

VIVA NOLA Magazine has been selected by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana as the recipient of the Excelencia Gala Small Business Award for becoming a strong media outlet and supporting the local community. The 2019 Excelencia Gala will be held on Friday, September 20, 2019 at Intercontinental Hotel at 7:00 p.m. Tickets to this night of charity and amusement are available through www.hccl.biz.

This is a great accomplishment and we wanted to share it with you!

Remember you can beat the August heat by visiting some cool venues! When the temperature hits above 95 degrees, “Arts & AC” kicks off and Louisiana residents get free admission the next day to the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and the Contemporary Arts Center thanks to a partnership between the Helis Foundation and WVUE Fox 8 Meteorologists.

You can also activate the economy in the city while taking advantage of the great deals offered by those restaurants participating in Coolinary New Orleans. Find the information in our calendar of events at vivanolamag.com.