DETAILS: The blood drive is being conducted with LifeShare Blood Centers. 3 Lives blood drive is a national effort to recruit minority blood donors and help supply local hospitals with blood. The effort has resulted in more than 12,000 pints of blood collected since the program began. The focus is in particular on minority donors because, according to the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, African American donors provide blood with unique antigens that are vital for people with sickle cell disease, which affects 70,000 people in the U.S., as well as patients with other blood disorders. To donate, you must be 17 years or older and weigh at least 110 pounds. All blood collected will go to local hospitals and medical centers.
CHRONIC ILLNESS GROUP
WHAT: Meeting of HopeKeepers of Baton Rouge, a support group for anyone affected by chronic illness, mental or physical.
WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday, March 7
WHERE: St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 12663 Perkins
DETAILS: Open to all. Focus is on positive ways to live within the confines of your situation.
ARTS AND ALZHEIMER’S
WHAT: Arts and Alzheimer’s Spring Into Art
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., March 4 and April 1
WHERE: LSU Museum of Art at the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge
REGISTER: (225) 334-7494
DETAILS: Arts and Alzheimer’s creates meaningful art programs for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers while fostering involvement in the community to build mutually beneficial relationships with local arts and cultural organizations.
FILL A PRESCRIPTION
WHAT: 18th annual Fill a Prescription for the Needy campaign
WHEN: Through April 6.
WHERE: 200 bins have been set up at more than 100 area locations, including Albertons, Winn Dixie, Fred’s Pharmacy, Rite Aid and others.
DETAILS: The program raises money for Baton Rouge’s St. Vincent de Paul Community Pharmacy, which has been serving the community for 20 years. Along with the collection bins, Fill a Prescription’s sponsor, The Baton Rouge Clinic, will host three lunches on Feb. 23, March 9 and March 23 to raise money for the campaign. These $7 lunches include jambalaya, salad, bread and dessert.