• WHAT: Alzheimer’s Services’ Lunch-N-Learn program on “Complicated Grief,” presented by social worker Karen Girardot
  • WHEN: Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13
  • WHERE: Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area, 3772 North Blvd., Baton Rouge
  • REGISTER: Free, but registration required online at
  • DETAILS: Lunch-N-Learn is an opportunity for caregivers and healthcare professionals to be educated about many different topics related to dementia. Seating is limited.


  • WHAT: Celiacs of Baton Rouge, a gluten intolerance support group, meeting.
  • WHEN: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13
  • WHERE: East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge
  • INFORMATION: (225) 766-8872
  • DETAILS: Group is for adults and parents of children who cannot eat wheat, rye, barley and contaminated oats. The topics for discussion will be cooking gluten-free, eating out, issues with restaurants and peer pressure, as well as challenges of being on a gluten-free diet around friends and family members who are not aware that Celiac Disease is a life-threatening disease. Dietician Gail Johnson, a celiac, will be available for questions. Free and open to the public.


  • WHAT: Diabetes education and support group
  • WHEN: 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12
  • WHERE: Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, first floor auditorium, 5000 Hennessy Blvd., Baton Rouge
  • INFORMATION: (225) 765-8020. Free, no registration required.
  • DETAILS: Nutritionist Kristine Rumney will speak on “Feet, Toes, Shoes and Diabetes.”


  • WHAT: BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo’s annual ZooZoom 5K and ½ -Mile Fun Run
  • WHEN: 7:45 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23
  • WHERE: Inside the zoo, 3601 Thomas Road, Baker
  • REGISTRATION: Now open at or at the zoo on race day. Adult pre-registration is $20 for Club South members and $25 for non-Club South members. Adult race-day registration is $30, and adult registration without a T-shirt is $17. Children aged 12 and under can pre-register for $12 or register race day for $17. Prizes will be awarded to first male and female and in age group categories.
  • DETAILS: A portion of each registration fee supports the zoo’s conservation efforts for threatened and endangered animals, particularly the cheetah population. The cheetah, the ZooZoom mascot, is currently identified as “vulnerable” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources Red List.


  • WHAT: Narconon is available to help those struggling with drug addiction. The Narconon program is a nonprofit public benefit organization dedicated to eliminating drug abuse through drug prevention, drug education and drug rehabilitation. The Narconon network consists of more than 120 rehabilitation and drug prevention centers around the world.
  • INFORMATION: For a free brochure on the signs of addiction for all drugs or free screenings and referrals, call (800) 431-1754 or visit