AARP to offer ‘Life Reimagined Checkup’

The AARP Community Resource Center will present a free “Life Reimagined Checkup” from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at 3502 S. Carrollton Ave., Suite C.

Networking and refreshments will begin at 5 p.m.

The checkup introduces a step-by-step approach to help people wondering “What’s next?” to discover possibilities, prepare for change and make their ideas real, whether they involve work, health, relationships or pursuing a passion. It will offer guidance and tools to plan the next move.

No products or services will be promoted at the event.

Seating is limited. Register by Monday at or call (877) 926-8300.

Visit for further information.

Minority mental health to be topic of program

As part of Minority Mental Health Month, the National Alliance on Mental Illness and City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell will present a free panel discussion on minority mental health at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the New Orleans Jazz Market, 1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

Lisa Romback, executive director of NOLA NAMI, said fewer African-Americans and Latinos than white people seek mental health services when they experience problems.

“Members of minority communities face a pervasive stigma, racism, lower rates of health insurance and less access to care in an already fragmented mental health system,” Romback said. “These disparities in mental health care create a dire situation for many and often lead to unnecessary emergency room visits, incarceration and suicide.”

“Many of our problems — like homelessness, family trauma, crime and addiction — all have roots in untreated mental health issues,” Cantrell said.

In addition to Cantrell and Romback, panelists will include New Orleans Health Department Director Charlotte Parent; retired Judge Calvin Johnson, who created the state’s first mental health treatment court; New Orleans Coroner Dr. Jeffrey Rouse, a psychiatrist; and Chantrelle Varnado-Johnson, a licensed professional counselor and NAMI board member.

Sheriff’s Office to hold job fair for deputies

The Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office will hold a job fair from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at 819 S. Broad St.

It will accept applications only for sheriff’s deputies. Applicants must be at least 21 and have a high school diploma or GED from an accredited school, a clean criminal record and the ability to complete a P.O.S.T. correctional course and academy.

Applicants are asked to bring a valid, state-issued identification card.

For more details, visit or call OPSO’s Human Resources Department at (504) 826-6702.

State Police offer free child booster seats

State Police Troop B and University Medical Center, in conjunction with the Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force, will conduct a free child booster seat giveaway from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 1 at Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie.

Free booster seats will be given to children who are between 40 and 100 pounds and between 40 and 57 inches tall. The child must be at least 4 years old and must be present.

Certified technicians will be on hand to provide parents and caregivers with information regarding the appropriate seat for each child’s age, weight and height.

Booster seats will be provided to the public on a first-come basis while supplies last. Parents in need of a child safety seat or additional guidance on the proper use of their seat will be directed to make an appointment with a local fitting station.

In addition to the Aug. 1 event, State Police Troop B serves as a grant-funded child passenger safety fitting station every Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., excluding holidays. The address is 2101 I-10 Service Road, Kenner.

Certified safety technicians are available to inspect and to assist with installation of child safety seats at that time. No appointment is necessary, and all services are free.