• WHAT: Meeting of HopeKeepers of Baton Rouge, a support group for anyone affected by chronic illness or pain, physical, emotional, visible or invisible.
  • WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14
  • WHERE: St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 12663 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge
  • INFORMATION: hopekeepersbr/ or (225) 337-1633.
  • DETAILS: The group is nondenominational; all are welcome.


  • WHAT: Diabetes Education & Awareness Group meeting
  • WHEN: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10
  • WHERE: Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, first-floor auditorium, 5000 Hennessy Blvd., Baton Rouge
  • INFORMATION: (225) 765-8020. No registration required. Free.
  • DETAILS: Cookbook author Holly Clegg will present “Healthy Holly Day Recipes.” Clegg will share healthy cooking tips and recipes for the holidays. Cookbooks will be available at a discounted price. Registered dietician Emily Thevis, of the OLOL Diabetes & Nutrition Center, also will speak. Hosted by OLOL Diabetes & Nutrition Center.


  • WHAT: Luncheon in recognition of November as National Lung Cancer Awareness Month
  • WHEN: Noon Friday, Nov. 20
  • WHERE: Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, 550 Lobdell Ave., Baton Rouge
  • RSVP: (225) 927-2273 or
  • DETAILS: Sponsored by Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, Mary Bird Perkins - Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center and the Lung Cancer Alliance.


  • WHAT: Narconon offers a free brochure on the signs of addiction for all types of drugs and offers free screenings and referrals.
  • INFORMATION: (800) 431-1754
  • ACA enrollment help
  • WHAT: Baton Rouge General is offering assistance with enrolling in an Affordable Care Act health plan
  • DETAILS: Trained navigators with experience in ACA health plans are available to help individuals of any age understand their options, determine eligibility and financial assistance levels and complete and submit their applications. The navigators are available everyday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Bluebonnet campus, 8585 Picardy, and Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Mid City campus, 3600 Florida Blvd. The help is free through Jan. 31 and provided in partnership with Health Agents for America. Individuals must bring a valid ID and income information, such as a recent pay stub, with them. Open enrollment for ACA health plans, which began Nov. 1, closes Jan. 31. Those without insurance can enroll in plans and those who already have an ACA plan can re-enroll, switch to a new one or update their information to see if they qualify to lower their costs. If you can afford health insurance coverage in 2016, but don’t sign up, you may have to pay a penalty — either 2.5 percent of your household income or $695 per adult and $347.50 per child under the age of 18, with a maximum penalty of $2,085.
  • INFORMATION: Visit or call HAFA at 1 (855) 981-4232. For information about ACA health plans, visit