NEW ORLEANS BREASTFEEDING AWARENESS COALITION: As part of the celebration of ZukaBaby’s second location, it has partnered with the Greater New Orleans Breastfeeding Awareness Coalition, which promotes awareness of the benefits of breast-feeding in the lives of mothers, children and families, and promotes breast-feeding as the standard for optimal infant health and development.

The grand opening is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 24 at 3248 Severn Avenue and includes a baby-shower-themed party and a sneak peek of the store’s new Nola Nesting Nursing Lounge, located upstairs.

A portion of the sales from both ZukaBaby locations on Jan. 24 will be donated to the GNOBAC.

“We’ve seen a fantastic cultural movement toward breast-feeding recently, and we are eager to further encourage this trend locally. As knowledge about the benefits of breast-feeding increases, we see hospitals promoting beneficial practices like skin-to-skin and rooming-in, and taking part in initiatives like Best Fed Beginnings and the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative,” says Greater New Orleans Breastfeeding Awareness Coalition Program Manager Jennifer Macias.

The event is free. For information, call (504) 596-6540 or visit

WEIGHT-LOSS SURGERY: People considering weight-loss surgery may benefit from a free community seminar presented by surgeons David C. Treen Jr. and Todd P. Belott, of the Center for Surgical Weight Loss at West Jefferson Medical Center. The seminar will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at the West Jefferson Medical Center Physicians Center, 1111 Medical Center Blvd., Suite S-860, Marrero. Preregistration is required. Call (504) 934-8144.

BIG EASY PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP: A support group for people with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers, family and friends meets once every month from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Esplanade 1 Room of the Conference Center at East Jefferson Hospital, 4300 Houma Blvd., Metairie. The group provides support, information and friendship. There is no fee.

The next meeting of the Big Easy Fleur de Lis group will be Monday. Christian Rabito, representing Home Instead, is this month’s speaker.

The Big Easy Group will host acclaimed Parkinson’s motivational speaker and author John Baumann for a free program from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday. For information, call (504) 905-6355, visit or email

EVENING PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP: An evening support group is forming for people with Parkinson’s disease and their spouses and caregivers. This group is meant to complement, rather than replace, the daytime Big Easy Fleur de Lis Parkinson’s support group.

The new group will meet at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Jewish Community Center, 3747 West Esplanade Ave., Metairie. The meeting room is on the second floor and there is an elevator available. For information, call Michelle Lane at (504) 952-6659 or Susan Sapir-Fields at (504) 432-0006.

COURAGE CAPS: People who knit and crochet will gather at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, to create caps to help give patients the courage to fight and win their battles against cancer. The gathering will take place at the Infusion Center, 4511 Westbank Expressway, Marrero. Yarn donations are welcome.

FAMILY AND FRIENDS CPR: A basic introduction to CPR will be offered from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday in the first-floor classroom at West Jefferson Medical Center, 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. Preregistration is required, and the cost is $15 per person or $25 per couple. For information, call (504) 349-6200.

SMOKING CESSATION: The pulmonary rehabilitation department at West Jefferson Medical Center is sponsoring smoking cessation support groups that will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday and at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the West Jefferson Care Transition Clinic, 4500 10th St., Suite A, Marrero. These groups are for people who have quit smoking but need additional support. For registration and information, call (504) 349-2340.

GRIEF AND LOSS SUPPORT GROUP: A grief and loss support group organized by the Akula Foundation will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at West Jefferson Medical Center. Call for the specific location.

The group meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. For information, call the Grief Resource Center at (504) 247-7818.

JUNIOR HOSPITAL VOLUNTEERS: The junior volunteers program sponsored by the auxiliary at West Jefferson Medical Center will begin taking applications Feb. 2. For information, call (504) 349-1220.