Volunteer column for Dec. 2, 2012

Scleroderma

The 2012 Baton Rouge Scleroderma Support Group Christmas Open House will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Settlement Shopping Center, Suite B2, Jefferson Highway, across from Bocage, Baton Rouge. Refreshments will be served.

CH.A.D.D.

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder will meet at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge, 2356 Drusilla Lane, Baton Rouge. Topic will be "ADHD? There's an App for That!" For more information, call (504) 261-0613.

The Hospice of BR

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

  • "Trees of Light: A Night of Music" will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Old State Capitol, 100 North Blvd., Baton Rouge. The event will include music by tenor the Rev. Greg Daigle and the Jazz Band, a raffle, a silent auction and food by Heirloom Cuisine. Tickets are $40. Visit http://www.hospicebr.org.
  • Trees covered with lights that are in memory of or in honor of loved ones will be on display at the Old State Capitol throughout the holiday season. Lights may be dedicated for $30.
  • The hospice is seeking volunteers for patient/caregiver support, health fairs and office assistance. Call (225) 767-4673.

Limb Up

Limb Up will have its Christmas meeting at 1 p.m. Sunday at DeAngelo's, 7970 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge. Limb Up is a nonprofit support group for amputees or those facing amputation. Call (225) 270-3134.

Woman's Hospital

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

  • "After Baby Comes: Baby Care and Parent Care" will be from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the hospital, Conference rooms 1 and 2. Cost is $35 per couple.
  • "Prenatal Yoga" will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Saturday at Destination Maternity, 5921 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge. Cost is $12 per class.
  • "Baby Steps," a light exercise class for mothers to do with their babies, will be from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and 5:30 p.m. to 6:20 p.m. Thursday at Destination Maternity. Cost is $12 per class.
  • "Body Basics for Girls," a class for girls ages 9 to 12 on what changes to expect during puberty, will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the hospital, Conference rooms 1 and 2. Cost is $15.
  • "Strong Mamas," an exercise class to prepare for pregnancy body changes, will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at Destination Maternity. Cost is $12 per class.
  • "Basics of Breastfeeding and Pump Pointers" will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at Woman's Center for Wellness, 9637 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge. Cost is $20, women only.
  • "Tyke Hyke," a class designed to help prepare 3-year-olds for the new baby and the hospital stay, will be from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Saturday at the hospital, Conference rooms 1 and 2. Cost is $25 per child.
  • "A Baby is Coming," a class for "big brothers and sisters," will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the hospital, Conference rooms 1 and 2. Cost is $25 per child.
  • "Baby & You Orientation Tour" will be from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. or 3 p.m. or 4:15 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the hospital, Conference Room 2. The event is free.
  • Woman's Half Marathon, 10K and 5K Fun Run will be Sunday, Dec. 9, at South River Road, between the Baton Rouge River Center and the USS Kidd in downtown Baton Rouge. Registration is $25. Visit http://www.womanshalfmarathon.com for times and to register.

To register or for information about classes, visit http://www.womans.org or call (225) 231-5475.

HopeKeepers

HopeKeepers, a support group for those affected by chronic illness or pain, physical or mental, will meet from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday at St. Margaret's Church, 12663 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge. For more information, call (225) 337-1633.

St. Joseph

St. Joseph Hospice will hold a Grief Counseling Support Group meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Summerfield Retirement Center, 4104 Dauphine St., Slidell. For more information about the free event, call (985) 646-4676.

BR General

Baton Rouge General will hold the following events this week:

  • "Tour for Two (or more!)," a tour of the Birth Center, will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at the Baton Rouge General, Bluebonnet location, 8585 Picardy Ave., Conference Room 2. Call (225) 763-4281 to register.
  • Man to Man, a support group for men coping with prostate cancer, will be from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the Baton Rouge General, Bluebonnet location, Conference rooms 1 and 2. For more information, call (225) 767-7197.
  • "CPR for Family and Friends" will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Baton Rouge General, Bluebonnet location, Conference Room 2. Fee is $30 per couple. To register, visit http://ww.brgeneral.org.
  • Healthy Steps: Lebed Exercise Program, healing through dance and movement, will be from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Baton Rouge General, Mid City location, 3600 Florida Blvd., and at the same time Thursday at the Bluebonnet location. The event is free. Call (225) 763-4050 to register.
  • Weight Loss Surgery Seminar will be from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Baton Rouge General, Bluebonnet location, Suite 600. To register, visit http://ww.brgeneral.org.

HIV services

The following HIV services will be offered this week:

  • Metro Health will offer free, confidential HIV testing from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Dr. Leo S. Butler Community Center, 950 East Washington St., Baton Rouge. Syphilis testing will be conducted from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday. Metro Health will also offer HIV testing from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and 8:30 a.m. to noon Friday at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 4000 Gus Young Ave., Baton Rouge; and 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Earl K. Long Mid-City, North Foster at Gus Young Avenue, Baton Rouge. For more information, call (225) 338-9333.
  • Family Service of Greater Baton Rouge, 4727 Revere Ave., Baton Rouge, will offer free, confidential HIV testing and counseling from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the office. For more information, call (225) 927-9810.

Grief Recovery

The Grief Recovery Center, 4919 Jamestown Ave., Suite 101, Baton Rouge, will offer the following events:

  • A bereavement support group for adults will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the office.
  • A bereavement support group for adults will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, 14040 Greenwell Springs Road.
  • A bereavement support group for adults will meet from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Elizabeth Hospital, 1125 W. La. 30, Gonzales.

All support groups are free and confidential.

  • "Celebration of Life" Memorial Service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at Our Lady of Mercy Parish Activity Center, Baton Rouge. Bring a dish to share at the reception following the service.
  • Speakers are available on request for topics dealing with grief.

For more information, call (225) 924-6621.

Family Service

Family Service of Greater Baton Rouge, 4727 Revere Ave., Baton Rouge, 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.

Cancer Services

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

  • "YogaThrive: Yoga for Cancer Survivors" will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St. Registration is required.
  • "Fit & Fearless," an exercise program for cancer survivors, will be at 5:15 p.m. Monday at BREC Independence Park, 7500 Independence Blvd. Registration is required.
  • "Fit & Fearless: Total Body Workout," an exercise program for cancer survivors, will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday and 5:15 p.m. Thursday at BREC Independence Park. Registration is required.
  • Adult Program Holiday Party will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday. Call for details.
  • Zumba Gold will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the BREC Independence Park.
  • St. James Parish Holiday Party will be at 12:15 p.m. Thursday at the Sacred Heart Church Center, 616 Main St., Gramercy.

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

Grief support

The Community Grief Support Group, in partnership with several other local agencies, 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. Call (225) 927-2273.

DBSA

Depression and Bi-Polar Support Alliance will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at La Madeline Restaurant, 7615 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge. Meetings are free and open to those diagnosed with any depressive or bi-polar disorder. Family and friends are welcome. For more information, call (225) 275-2778.

Red Cross

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

  • "Adult First Aid/CPR/AED and Bloodborne Pathogens" will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the office. Cost is $110.
  • "Adult CPR" will be from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the office. Cost is $70.
  • "Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED" will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at the office. Another class will be offered Tuesday, Dec. 11. Cost is $110.
  • "First Aid and CPR/AED Instructor Training" will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Monday, Dec. 10, and Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the office. Cost is $500.
  • "CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer" will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the office. Cost is $110.

Call (225) 291-4533 or visit http://www.batonrouge.redcross.org.

Life Fitness

Life Fitness Therapy, 5438 O'Donovan Drive, Baton Rouge, will hold a free nutrition class, "Healthy Holiday Eating," at noon Tuesday. For more information, call (225) 769-0818.

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. For more information, call (225) 924-1431.

Hospice Compassus

Hospice Compassus of Baton Rouge, 870 Jefferson Highway, Suite B, Baton Rouge, will offer the following event and opportunity this week:

  • A grief support group will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday at office.
  • Volunteers are needed to visit with patients, assist families, and also for office support. For more information, call (225) 768-0866.

Alzheimer's Services

Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area, 3772 North Blvd., will hold caregiver network group meetings for caregivers and family members of people with Alzheimer's disease or dementia from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the office; 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Sister Venola Room at St. Elizabeth Hospital, 1125 West La. 30, Gonzales; 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Home Instead Senior Care, 11764 Haymarket Ave., Baton Rouge; 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Amber Terrace, 8585 Summa Drive, Baton Rouge; and 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 6400 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge.

For more information, call (225) 334-7494.

MBP-OLOL

The Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center in Baton Rouge will hold the following free events:

  • Laryngectomy Support Group will meet from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Mary Bird Perkins, Asphodel Room, 4950 Essen Lane., Baton Rouge. For more information, call (225) 765-8259.
  • CancerFit, a comprehensive wellness program designed to help keep cancer patients active and mentally fit, will meet from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, 4950 Essen Lane. For more information, call (225) 938-9629.
  • Breast cancer screening will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. Friday at Delmont Service Center, 3535 Riley St., Baton Rouge. Appointments are required. Call (225) 215-1234.
  • Breast cancer screening will be from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at LSU Mid-City Clinic, 1401 North Foster Drive, Baton Rouge. To make an appointment or for more information, call (225) 215-1234.

Life Source Services

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

  • A grief support group will meet from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Resthaven Swan Room, 11817 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge.
  • A grief support group will meet from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the office.
  • A new grief support group will meet from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday at La Plantation Retirement Community, 26635 La. 16 (Pete's Highway), Denham Springs.
  • LSS is seeking volunteers for many of its projects. Call (225) 291-9421.

Co-Dependency

Co-Dependency Anonymous will have a 12-step meeting — including Step 11 — at 7 p.m. Wednesday at University United Methodist Church, 3350 Dalrymple Drive, Room 204 of the Trice Building, Baton Rouge. For more information, call (225) 922-9543 or visit http://www.coda.org for literature.

CASA

Capital Area Court Appointed Special Advocates Association, 848 Louisiana Ave., Baton Rouge, will hold an informational session for those interested in becoming CASA advocates at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Court Appointed Special Advocates help neglected and abused children in the foster care system find a safe and permanent home.

Call (225) 379-8598.

Cardinal Hospice

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

  • A grief support group will meet from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the office. The group is free and open to the public.
  • The hospice is looking for volunteers to do clerical work, visit patients and/or run errands for family members. Call (225) 291-3322.

Ochsner

Ochsner Medical Center, 17000 Medical Center Drive, Baton Rouge, will hold the following free events this week:

  • "Champion the Cheese Course," a class on putting together the perfect holiday cheese tray, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Whole Foods Market, 7529 Corporate Blvd., Baton Rouge. Cost is $5 per person. Call (225) 755-4984 to R.S.V.P.
  • "Holiday Blues, Grief and Loss" will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday at the medical center's cafeteria. Dana delaBretonne will discuss the difference between feeling blue and true depression, as well as the triggers for feeling blue, how to address the blues, warning signs of depression and red flags for dangerous coping skills. Call (225) 755-4984 to R.S.V.P.

Both events are Ochsner Golden Opportunity events for those 50 and older in the Baton Rouge region.

Epilepsy

The Epilepsy Foundation of Louisiana's Baton Rouge Support Group will meet from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday the NeuroMedical Center, sixth floor, 10101 Park Rowe Ave., Baton Rouge. The group is open to adults with epilepsy/seizures disorders, their family members, friends, caregivers and anyone who would like to share their experiences and support those who are managing seizures. Parents of children with epilepsy are also encouraged to attend. For more information, call (800) 960-0587.

Neuropathy pain

The Diabetic Foot Institute, 5428 O'Donovan Drive, Suite D, Baton Rouge, 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.

Hospice Associates

Hospice Associates, 11745 Bricksome Ave. Suite A-1, Baton Rouge, is seeking direct-care volunteers for patient/caregiver support and companionship. Veteran volunteers are also needed for the We Honor Veterans Program to share their life journey with veteran patients and their families. For details, call (225) 218-1300.

Al-Anon/Alateen

Al-Anon Family Groups, a 12-step program to help those affected by someone's problem drinking, holds meetings daily in the Baton Rouge area. There are no fees. Meetings are confidential. Call (225) 924-0029 or visit http://www.batonrougealanon.org.

Narcotics Anon.

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