• WHAT: “Coping with Grief,” a free Lunch ’n’ Learn session sponsored by Capital Area Human Services
  • WHEN: Noon Tuesday, Jan. 19
  • WHERE: Capital Area Center for Adult Behavioral Health, Room 200, 4615 Government St., Baton Rouge; Margaret Dumas Mental Health Center, 3843 Harding Blvd., Baton Rouge; Gonzales Mental Health Center, 1112 E. Ascension Complex Blvd., Gonzales
  • DETAILS: No registration required. CAHS social workers will facilitate a discussion about grief and discuss coping strategies. Participants are encouraged to bring a bag lunch.


  • WHAT: Baton Rouge Area Parkinson’s Disease Support Group meeting
  • WHEN: 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21
  • WHERE: EBR Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge
  • INFORMATION: (225) 756-2645 or (225) 933-0542
  • DETAILS: Colleen Knoop, of the Neurology Department at Oschner in New Orleans, will speak.


  • WHAT: Donate blood through Jan. 24 and get a Mardi Gras-themed T-shirt, while supplies last.
  • WHERE: United Blood Services Donor Center, 8234 One Calais, Baton Rouge
  • WHEN: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays; 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays; 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays; 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays
  • APPOINTMENTS: or (877) 827-4376
  • DETAILS: Donors will also be entered to win a pair of tickets to the Krewe of Orpheus Mardi Gras Ball in New Orleans on Feb. 8, including with a two-night hotel stay in New Orleans.


  • WHAT: Six-week H.O.P.E. Grief Support Group sessions
  • WHEN: 6:30-8 p.m., meeting weekly starting Monday, Jan. 26, through March 7
  • WHERE: Ochsner Medical Center, 17000 Medical Center Drive, (off O’Neal Lane), Baton Rouge
  • INFO/RESERVATIONS: (225) 767-4673
  • DETAILS: Free. Sponsored by The Hospice of Baton Rouge. Social worker Christine Brasseaux will facilitate.