Health Briefs for March 17, 2013

Lakeview Regional

Lakeview Regional Medical Center, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington, will host the “Kids’ Town EGGStravaganza on the Green” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the hospital. The event will feature three different age-level Easter egg hunts, an egg toss, arts and crafts tents, inflatables, magic acts and dance and music performances.

The highlight of the day will be the Rubber Duck Regatta Race, which will only have 2,000 duck entries. Duck entries are $5 each. The winner of the race will get $500. The next five racers after the winner will each get $100. Admission to the event is $1 per person.

All proceeds will benefit Tammany Trace Kids’ Town, a child-size town at KIDS Konnection Playground that has a roadway for bikes and other tyke-size vehicles, exercise areas and recreational areas. Tammany Trace Foundation’s KIDS Konnection Playground is a place for children of all abilities to play.

For more information, visit http://www.lakeviewregional.com.

Family Service

Family Service of Greater Baton Rouge, 4727 Revere Ave., will offer counseling services for children, individuals and families who need help with a wide range of emotional, behavioral and relationship problems from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

Fee is based on a sliding scale. Private insurance and Medicaid are accepted. Call (225) 924-0123.

HIV services

The following HIV services will be offered:

Mary Bird - OLOL

Mary Bird Perkins - Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center will hold the following events:

Each session is free and includes an hour of individualized yoga and guided meditation. Call (225) 938-9629.

For more information or to make an appointment for screenings, call (225) 215-1234 or visit http://www.marybird.com/olol.

Lane Regional

Lane Regional Medical Center, 6300 Main St., Zachary, will hold the following events:

The sale will have rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, jewelry sets, wallets, watches and more. All items are $5 each. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted. All proceeds will go toward future LRMC Auxiliary projects and educational scholarships. For more information, call (225) 658-4309.

Cancer Services

Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, 550 Lobdell Ave., will hold the following free events:

For more information, call (225) 927-2273.

BR General

Baton Rouge General will hold the following events:

To register for the free event, visit http://www.brgeneral.org.

The program will also take place Thursday at the same time at the Bluebonnet location. Call (225) 763-4050 to register.

The screening will come with additional screenings for blood pressure, body mass index and more as well as refreshments. Visit http://www.brgeneral.org or call (225) 763-4280 to make an appointment.

Red Cross

The Southeast Louisiana Chapter American Red Cross, 2640 Canal St., New Orleans, will hold the following classes:

The Southeast Louisiana Chapter Northshore Office, 300 Ashland Way, Madisonville, will hold the following classes:

The Louisiana Capital Area Chapter American Red Cross, 4655 Sherwood Common Blvd., Baton Rouge, will hold the following classes:

The Acadiana Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, 101 N. Pat St., Scott, will hold “Adult First Aid/CPR/AED” from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the office. Cost is $90.

For more information, call (800) 733-2767 or visit http://www.redcross.org/classes.

Woman’s Hospital

Woman’s Hospital, 100 Woman’s Way (Airline Highway and Pecue), will hold the following events:

DBSA

The Baton Rouge “Open Arms” chapter of DBSA (Depression and Bi-Polar Support Alliance) will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at La Madeleine restaurant, 7615 Jefferson Highway. The meeting is free and open to those who have any depressive or bi-polar disorders. Friends and family members are also welcome. Call (225) 275-2778.

Grief Support

The Community Grief Support Group will meet at noon Tuesday at Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, 550 Lobdell Ave.

The group is open to anyone coping with the loss of a loved one. For more information, call (225) 927-2273.

Survivors of Suicide

Survivors of Suicide, a free support group for people whose lives have been impacted by the loss of a loved one, neighbor, co-worker or friend to suicide, will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center, 4837 Revere Ave. Call (225) 924-1431.

The Hospice of BR

The Hospice of Baton Rouge, 9063 Siegen Lane, will offer the following events and opportunity:

BR Rehab Hospital

Baton Rouge Rehab Hospital, 8595 United Plaza Blvd., will hold “Ask the Expert: How to Manage Your Pain from Head to Toe” from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the hospital.

Dr. Richard Robichaux, of Baton Orthopaedic Clinic, will talk. The event is free and comes with a light lunch. Call (225) 231-3123 or email roxane.bingham@brrehab.com to RSVP.

STAR

The Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response Center (STAR) will host the 6th annual community production of “The Vagina Monologues,” Eve Ensler’s award-winning play featuring monologues on women’s experiences with love, intimacy, birth and sexual violence, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Manship Theatre, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. A silent auction will start at 6 p.m. The event is part of the National V-Day Campaign, which aims to end violence against women and girls.

It will raise funds for STAR and awareness about the issue of sexual violence in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas. Cost is $25 for general admission and $20 for seniors and students.

All proceeds will go to STAR’s services, including a 24-hour crisis hotline, hospital advocacy, counseling and community outreach and education. Call (225) 344-0334 to purchase tickets.

Wheels to Succeed

Wheels to Succeed, a nonprofit organization that provides physically disabled children with adapted three-wheeled bikes, will hold fundraisers throughout March by partnering with local businesses who will donate a portion of the money from customers who mention “Wheels to Succeed” when ordering.

The goal is to raise $1,250 to provide bikes for children in need. The fundraisers will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Bistro Byronz, 5412 Government St.; all day Wednesday at Raising Cane’s, 3313 Highland Road; and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, March 25, at Schlitz and Giggles, 2355 Ferndale Ave.

Participants can be dining in, carrying out or making catering orders.

The fundraisers are part of National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Email aschro3@tigers.lsu.edu for more information.

Life Source Services

Life Source Services Hospice, 3049 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., will offer the following events and opportunity:

Call (225) 291-9421.

ABC Adoption

ABC Adoption Search and Reunion Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Trinity Episcopal Church, 3552 Morning Glory Ave. For more information, call (225) 752-3162.

Ochsner

Ochsner Medical Center, 17000 Medical Center Drive, will hold the following events:

Ascension Library

Ascension Parish Library, 500 Mississippi St., Donaldsonville, will host “Eat Right for Life,” a talk by Amanda Perron, a personal trainer, on healthy eating habits, at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the library. The talk is part of National Nutrition Month. Call (225) 473-8052 to reserve a spot.

Alzheimer’s Services

Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area, 3772 North Blvd., will hold the 20th annual “Education Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease” from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Wednesday at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 6400 Perkins Road.

The conference will inform and advise health-care professionals and families on diagnosis, caregiving and other topics on Alzheimer’s disease. The focus will be “Thinking Outside the Medicine Bag: Alternative Approaches to Care for People with Alzheimer’s.” Participants will get to see exhibits, have a PDF digital download of conference materials and enjoy a continental breakfast and lunch.

Early registration is $125 for health-care professionals, which includes certification of continuing education credit, and $40 for family caregivers and members of the public. Early registration deadline is Tuesday. Registration on the day of the event will be an extra $25. Call (225) 334-7494 for more information.

Cancer Society

American Cancer Society will hold an ACS Cares Day event Thursday at Baton Rouge General, Bluebonnet location, 8585 Picardy Ave. It provides those currently in cancer treatment assistance with wigs and other resources.

For more information, call (800) 227-2345 or visit http://www.cancer.org.

CASA

Capital Area CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Association, 848 Louisiana Ave., Baton Rouge, is looking for caring adults, especially more men, to help abused and neglected children in foster care find safe and permanent homes. An informational session on becoming a CASA volunteer will be at noon Thursday at the office. Call (225) 379-8598 or visit http://www.casabr.org.

Parkinson’s group

Baton Rouge Area Parkinson’s Disease Group will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday at the East Baton Rouge Parish Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd.

Dr. Jay Rao, of Ochsner Medical Center, will be the speaker. Call Sharilyn at (225) 933-0542 or Sally at (225) 756-2645 for more information.

Cardinal Hospice

Cardinal Hospice, 8280 YMCA Plaza Drive, No. 3-A, Baton Rouge, will offer the following event and opportunity:

Diabetic Foot

The Diabetic Foot Institute, 5428 O’Donovan Drive, Suite D, will offer complimentary diabetic foot screenings on Friday. Screening will include thermal imaging, blood flow study, gait analysis and neuropathy screening. Call (225) 761-0025 to schedule.

Sisters Network

Sisters Network Baton Rouge, an affiliate chapter of the national African-American breast cancer survivorship organization, will host a one-day conference from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Second Baptist Church, 914 North Acadian Thruway.

The conference is part of a 10-day conference tour by Sisters Network Inc. and will focus on triple negative and advanced breast cancer. Speakers will be Dr. B. Jay Brooks Jr., chairman for the Department of Hematology and Oncology at Ochsner Clinic, and Dr. Deborah Abernathy, medical oncologist and hematologist.

The event is free and open to breast cancer survivors, clinicians, caregivers and the public. Registration is required. For more information or to register, visit http://www.sistersnetworkinginc.org or (225) 456-6271.

St. Jude Dream Home

WBRZ Channel 2 and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will host the “2013 Baton Rouge St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway” to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the St. Jude Affiliate Clinic in Baton Rouge.

The giveaway house is located in Carriagewood Estates in Baton Rouge and can be toured from noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays until June 9. The giveaway will have other prizes, including gift cards, savings bonds and spa packages. Tickets are $100. To purchase, visit Citizens Bank and Trust, The UPS Store, http://www.dreamhome.org or call (800) 726-6409. The home will be given away at a special that will air June 15 on WBRZ.

Narcotics Anonymous

Need help with a drug problem? Narcotics Anonymous holds daily meetings. Call the helpline at (225) 381-9609.