• WHAT: Prostate, breast and colorectal cancer screenings offered by Mary Bird Perkins — Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center
  • WHEN: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11
  • WHERE: Gardere Initiative, 8435 Ned Ave., Baton Rouge
  • REGISTRATION: Required for breast screenings. Call (225) 215-1234.


  • WHAT: Barbershop screening to increase awareness and early detection of prostate cancer
  • WHEN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12
  • WHERE: Webb’s Barber Shop, 414 Eddie Robinson Drive, Baton Rouge
  • DETAILS: Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center will perform screenings in its mobile unit. This screening is for men age 50 and older who do not have a doctor or have not been screened in the past 12 months. The screening includes a PSA (prostate-specific antigen) blood test and a digital rectal exam performed by a doctor. Clinicians from the Cancer Center will be on hand to answer questions about the risks and benefits of prostate screening.


  • WHAT: Hopekeepers of Baton Rouge, a support group for people affected by chronic pain or illness, physical or mental
  • WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14
  • WHERE: St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church 12663 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge
  • INFORMATION: or (225) 337-1633


  • WHAT: United Blood Services football-themed blood drive
  • WHEN: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9
  • WHERE: United Blood Services, 8234 One Calais, Essen and I-10, Baton Rouge
  • DETAILS: While supplies last, donors will receive a ‘Donate Before You Tailgate’ T-shirt, coupon to Bloomin Brands Restaurant (Outback Steakhouse, Bonefish Grill or Carabba’s Italian), coupon for free lemonade at Raising Cane’s, coupon for free coffee at McDonald’s and a bag of Zapp’s Potato Chips. All donors will also be entered to win grand prizes, such as an autographed LSU basketball, purple and gold tailgating package valued at $300, a pair of tickets to the LSU-Florida game on Oct. 17, Brinkmann Tailgate Portable Propane Grill, YETI Hopper Soft Cooler, Planet Beach spa and tanning package valued at $250, Academy Sports gift card and a six-month membership to LA Fitness at Perkins Rowe. Food and drinks will be served throughout the day from Raising Cane’s, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. and the Jambalaya Shoppe.
  • Suicide prevention
  • WHAT: Suicide prevention program
  • WHEN: 7 p.m., Thursday
  • WHERE: EBR Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd.
  • DETAILS: The program for adults will feature Dr. Margo Abadie, clinical director for the Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center, along with crisis line coordinator Sarah Backstrom discussing suicide prevention, intervention and how the community can become involved. Members of a suicide survivors group will share their stories and experiences. A question-and-answer session will follow.