STROKE EDUCATION: A series of free stroke education classes for patients and caregivers will be held Fridays at 2:30 p.m. beginning Friday at West Jefferson Medical Center. For information, including location, call (504) 349-1346.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP: Dr. Jay Rao will be the guest speaker when the Parkinson’s Disease Circle of Friends meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Jewish Community Center, 3747 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie. Rao is an LSU neurologist who specializes in Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders.

The Circle of Friends support group meets on the second Tuesday of each month. For information, call Michelle Lane at (504) 952-6659 or Susan Sapir-Fields at (504) 432-0006.

CANCER-FIGHTING RECIPES: A Cooking for a Cure class focusing on quick, easy, healthful recipes for fighting cancer and building energy will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the West Jefferson Medical Plaza, 4519 Westbank Expressway, Marrero. Survivors, friends and family members are welcome to attend. For information, call (504) 349-1232.

COPD EDUCATION: A chronic obstructive pulmonary disease education program will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Suite A of the West Jefferson Care Transition Clinic, 4500 10th St., Marrero. A pulmonary rehab educator will teach participants about risk factors, causes of exacerbation, symptoms, medications, oxygen usage, smoking cessation and exercise. To register, call (504) 349-6151.

GRIEF AND LOSS SUPPORT GROUP: A free grief and loss support group sponsored by the Akula Foundation meets from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at West Jefferson Medical Center, 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. Call for meeting room location. The next meeting will be April 15. To register or for information, call the Grief Resource Center at (504) 247-7818.

COURAGE CAPS: People who enjoy knitting and crocheting will gather at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at The Infusion Center at West Jefferson, 4511 Westbank Expressway, Marrero, to create caps to encourage cancer patients. Yarn donations are welcome. For information, call (504) 349-1232.

WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY: A community seminar for those considering weight loss surgery will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, April 17, at the West Jefferson Medical Center Physicians Center, 1111 Medical Center Blvd., Suite S-860, Marrero. The free program is presented by surgeons David C. Treen Jr. and Todd P. Belott. To register, call (504) 934-8144.