ADDICTION TREATMENT: A representative of the Truth 180° addiction treatment agency serving St. Tammany and Washington parishes will give a presentation about the organization's work at a Substance Addiction Ministry meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, at St. Margaret Mary Church, 1050 Robert Blvd., Slidell. The SAM group offers education, referrals, support and hope to people of all faiths. For information, email SAM.Slidell@Yahoo.com or call (985) 707-7261.

HERNIA TREATMENT OPTIONS: Dr. Cary Gray of the Lakeview Regional Physician Group will give a short presentation about the three types of hernias and will be available to answer questions from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, at the Pelican Room at Lakeview Regional Medical Center, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington. There will also be a demonstration of the daVinci surgical robot system used for minimally invasive hernia repair. To register, call Jenny Gensler at (985) 867-4441.

COVINGTON GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP: A general grief support group for those adults who have suffered loss meets from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month in the Madisonville Conference Room at St. Tammany Parish Hospital, 1203 S. Tyler St., Covington. The next meeting will be Nov. 8.  For information, contact Daniel Vanek, chaplain, at (985) 898-4562 or dvanek@stph.org.

BETTER BREATHERS CLUB: The Better Breathers Club, a program of the American Lung Association, meets from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month in the Magnolia Room of Lakeview Regional Medical Center, a campus of Tulane Medical Center, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington. The next meeting will be Nov. 9.  The club is meant for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema; pulmonary fibrosis and lung cancer, as well as their caregivers.  To register, visit lakeviewregional.com/calendar or call (985) 867-4390.

FOOT PROBLEMS: Dr. Joshua Neeson will discuss how to prevent common maladies of the feet at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, in the first-floor conference room of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Founders Building, 1150 Robert Blvd. This Lunch & Learn program is free. To register, call (985) 280-2657.

SURVIVING THE HOLIDAYS: David Kidder will lead a free GriefShare program focused on surviving the holidays while grieving for a lost loved one from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 11 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 360 Robert Blvd., Slidell. To register, call (985) 641-5829 or email griefshare@aldersgate-slidell.org.

YOGA FOR CANCER PATIENTS: 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, Community Outreach Center, second floor, Slidell Memorial Hospital Wellness Pavilion, 501 Robert Blvd. Classes are free, but registration and medical release are required. (985) 707-4961.

ART THERAPY FOR CANCER PATIENTS: A free art therapy program for cancer patients will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, at Slidell Memorial Hospital. The program aims to enhance coping, confidence and stress management. For information or to enroll, call (985) 280-6612.

CAREGIVER SUPPORT: The Council on Aging for St. Tammany Parish caregiver support program lets those caring for people with Alzheimer's, dementia or other age-related illnesses share their struggles and successes, guided by an experienced facilitator.

  • Sessions at the Slidell Senior Center, 610 Cousin St., are regularly held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month; the next sessions will be Nov. 21 and Dec. 5.
  • Sessions at the Covington Senior Center, 500 Theard St., are from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month; the next sessions will be Nov. 14 and Nov. 28.

For information, call (504) 339-1757.

MALL WALKERS: North Shore Square Mall, 150 Northshore Blvd., Slidell, will open for walkers at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, through a partnership with Slidell Memorial Hospital, to encourage people to walk with the advantages of the mall's security, air conditioning and water fountains. For information, call (985) 280-8529.

CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: People living with cancer and their caregivers will meet at 2:30  p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, in the first-floor conference room of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Founders Building, 1150 Robert Blvd. Remote participation is possible by calling (985) 280-8958 at 1  p.m. on group day.

SLIDELL AUTISM SUPPORT GROUP: Strengthening Outcomes with Autism Resources will meet at 9  a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, in the community outreach center on the second floor of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Wellness Pavilion, 501 Robert Blvd. For information, call Anne Galiano at (504) 812-9548.

WOMEN WARRIORS: Breast cancer patients, survivors and caregivers will meet at 12:30  p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, in the first-floor conference room of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Founders Building, 1150 Robert Blvd. For information, call (985) 280-6611.

HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS: The Compassus program is seeking volunteers to provide support to patients and families in need of end-of-life care. Compassus is a nationwide network of services focused on hospice, palliative and home health care.  All participants receive specialty training. For information, visit compassus.com or call (504) 834-1655.

CHILD SAFETY SEAT INSPECTIONS: The St. Tammany Parenting Center is scheduling appointments for free inspections of child safety seats; call (985) 898-4435. Inspections are also held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Tuesday at the Louisiana State Police Troop L headquarters, 2600 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville. Walk-ins are accepted, but appointments are appreciated. For information on the State Police program, call (985) 893-6250 or email greg.marchand@la.gov.

TAI CHI AND MEDITATION: The St. Tammany Cancer Center offers free Tai Chi classes from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and free meditation classes from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. every Thursday at the Paul D. Cordes Outpatient Pavilion, 16300 La. 1085, Covington. Erlinda R. Nye leads the classes. 

NEW BABY SUPPORT GROUP: The St. Tammany Parish Hospital Parenting Center new baby support group meets from 11:15 a.m. to noon every Thursday (except holidays) at 1505 N. Florida St., Suite B, Covington. Join other mothers and their little ones (birth to 7 months old) to discuss child-development and parenting tips with other parents, as well as professionals. Free. To register or for information, email ksupan@stph.org or call (985) 898-4435.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT: A bereavement support group will meet at 3  p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Slidell Memorial Hospital Regional Cancer Center, 1120 Robert Blvd. For information, call (985) 280-6612.

BREAST-FEEDING CLINIC: Lactation consultants will offer free support and encouragement from 9:30  a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 18, the Florida Avenue conference room at Slidell Memorial Hospital, 1025 Florida Ave., Slidell. To register, call (985) 280-8585 or visit slidellmemorial.org.


BABY LOVE: Expectant couples will get information about labor and delivery, postpartum care and pain options during labor from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 18, in the first-floor conference room of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Founders Building, 1150 Robert Blvd. To register, call (985) 280-2657 or visit slidellmemorial.org.

SAFE KIDS 101: Nurse Stephanie Daniels will present a three-hour Safe Kids 101 course for young people ages 9-14 from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Nov. 21, in the community outreach center on the second floor of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Wellness Pavilion, 501 Robert Blvd. Topics will include basic first-aid skills, digital and cooking safety, and how to handle unfamiliar scenarios. The cost is $35. For information and to register, call (985) 280-8529.

AUTISM RESOURCES: Strengthening Outcomes with Autism Resources holds network support meetings for parents to share concerns and ideas relevant to living with autism from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month at 4465 E. U.S. 190 Service Road, Covington. The next meeting will be Nov. 28. For information, visit www.soarwithautism.org, email comara@soarwithautism.org or call (985) 370-2300.

SISTER SURVIVORS: The Sister Survivors support group for female cancer survivors meets from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the St. Tammany Cancer Center, 1203 S. Tyler St., Covington. The next meeting will be Dec. 5. For information, call (985) 276-6832.

FOOT CARE: Dr. Ryan Green will give a presentation, "The Right Fit for Your Feet," from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, at the Community Center at Christwood, 100 Christwood Blvd., Covington. The presentation is part of the center's Wisdom & Wine lecture series. The cost is $5. To reserve your spot, call (985) 292-1234.

BABY AND ME TOBACCO-FREE: Slidell Memorial Hospital is holding smoking-cessation programs for expectant mothers on Mondays and Wednesdays by appointment. For information or to request an application, call Ashlee Menke at (504) 733-5539. 

GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS: Gamblers Anonymous meets several times a week throughout the New Orleans area. Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with one another that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem. For information, call (855) 222-5542 or visit gamblersanonymous.org.