LGMC offers free retinal screenings to diabetics

Lafayette General Health is offering free retinal screenings to diabetes patients from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at Lafayette General Medical Center’s Owen Auditorium.

The screenings, in partnership with Intelligent Retinal Imaging Systems, is to check patients for diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause of blindness in adults ages 18 to 64.

About 60 percent of diabetics go untested annually, which leads to unnecessary blindness for countless patients, but early detection and follow-up care can reduce the risk of irreversible vision loss by 95 percent, according to a news release from the hospital.

The five-minute test is open to anyone with diabetes who has not had a diabetic retinopathy test within the last year. Eyes are not dilated for this test.

The hospital’s auditorium is located on the first floor of the hospital, across from the cafeteria. For more information, call (888) 535-2574.

French students spread ‘Joyeux Noël’ cheer

French immersion students from Prairie, Myrtle Place and Evangeline elementary schools will perform Christmas carols from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Lafayette Farmers and Artisans Market.

“This is the first year the annual Christmas performance will be open to the public,” Leslie Swain, president of Les Amis de l’Immersion, a nonprofit group of parents and other immersion supporters, said in a news release.

“The teachers are working hard to make this performance a wonderful holiday experience at the Horse Farm, and the students are so excited to showcase the French songs they are learning in class.”

Musicians Forest Huval and Sarah Jayde will lead the weekly Cajun jam from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

St. Mary Parish sheriff holds blanket drive

The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office is holding a blanket drive to help the St. Mary Parish Council on Aging meet the needs of the parish’s senior citizens this winter season.

New, unused blankets of any size, including lap blankets, may be dropped off at either St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office in Franklin on the fourth floor of the St. Mary Parish Courthouse, or in Morgan City at 1455 Railroad Ave. The drive will end Dec. 19 when the blankets will be delivered to the Council on Aging for distribution to senior citizens.

Compiled by Advocate staff from submitted releases