Community health fair to be held Aug. 29

Second Harvest Food Bank will host a “Second Line to Health” community health fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, in the parking lot behind the Sanchez Community Center at 1616 Caffin Ave. in the Lower 9th Ward.

The fair will offer services that community members can access immediately or enroll in programs offered by participating organizations.

About 25 organizations will be offering services and blood pressure, glucose, vision and dental screenings. Cooking demonstrations will show how to prepare easy, nutritious, budget-friendly recipes.

Participants are encouraged to bring a state-issued ID with them.

Each household served at the health fair also will receive a box of produce from the Second Harvest Food Bank Mobile Pantry.

A client services team will be on hand to assist with SNAP (food stamp) applications, prescription discount cards and other services. Two bilingual staff members can assist Spanish-speaking participants.

The “Second Line to Health” event is sponsored by First NBC, AmeriHealth Caritas, Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s office and Baptist Community Ministries.

For more information on the health fair or the overall mission of Second Harvest Food Bank, call (504) 734-1322 or visit

Oral cancer screening to be offered Aug. 31

LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine faculty and medical students will conduct a free oral cancer screening from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Daughters of Charity Health Center, 3201 S. Carrollton Ave.

Offered on a first-come, first-served basis, the screening involves an examination of the oral cavity and neck, as well as counseling about risk factors for oral cancer.

The major risk factors for oral cancer are smoking and the use of other tobacco products, drinking alcohol and prior cancer in the region.

According to the National Institutes of Health, there will be about 45,780 new cases of oral cavity and pharynx cancer in 2015, and an estimated 8,650 people will die of the disease.

Signs and symptoms of oral cancer include a sore in the mouth that doesn’t go away, a sore throat or the feeling that something is caught in the throat, difficulty in chewing or swallowing, a swelling in the jaw, a change in the voice, thickening of the cheek or a growth or swelling in the neck.

Oral cancer is more common in men than women, among those with a history of tobacco or heavy alcohol use and individuals infected with human papillomavirus (HPV).

For more information about the screening, call (504) 568-4785.

City again to auction abandoned vehicles

The New Orleans Department of Public Works will hold its fourth abandoned vehicle auction of 2015 at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Almonaster Auto Pound, 10200 Almonaster Ave.

There will be 107 vehicles for sale, all of them discarded on city streets or left unclaimed by residents with excessive parking fines and fees.

Vehicle preview day and buyer registration will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. No one will be admitted after 3:30 p.m.

Since May 2010, the city has held 21 vehicle auctions, selling 2,408 abandoned cars and bringing in nearly $1.7 million.

As in prior auctions, buyers will pay a $50 administrative fee which gets them a notarized title at the time of payment. Buyers no longer have to go to the Division of Motor Vehicles to apply for a new title.

Those interested in bidding online need to register prior to the auction at The online bidding feature allows residents to preview and prebid on any vehicle prior to the live auction. They also can bid as the auction proceeds live at the Almonaster Auto Pound.

All prospective buyers must register before viewing. A $50 fee is required to view and/or bid on any vehicle during the auction. The fee will be applied to any purchase made or refunded if no purchase is made.

Individuals interested in purchasing a car are encouraged to preregister and to arrive early, as many cars sell in the first few minutes.

Cash or a cashier’s check is required, and payment must be received on the day of the auction.

For more information, visit