• WHAT: Meeting of HopeKeepers of Baton Rouge, a support group for anyone affected by chronic illness.
  • WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday, May 3.
  • WHERE: St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 12663 Perkins Road.
  • INFORMATION: Visit hopekeepers or call (225) 337-1633.
  • DETAILS: Open to everyone.


  • WHAT: Dr. Michael Morgan, Ochsner ophthalmologist, will speak about a new surgical glaucoma treatment to prevent blindness.
  • WHEN: Noon, Thursday, May 8.
  • WHERE: Ralph & Kacoo’s Restaurant, 6110 Bluebonnet Blvd.
  • COST: $18.
  • REGISTER: Call (855) 312-4189.


  • WHAT: Arts in Alzheimers, an art program for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers.
  • WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, May 7.
  • WHERE: LSU Museum of Arts, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St.
  • REGISTER: Call (225) 334-7494 or email Space is limited.
  • DETAILS: Program will be held again on June 4.
  • WHAT: Dementia differences talk.
  • WHEN: Noon Wednesday, May 7.
  • WHERE: Alzheimer’s Services, 3772 North Blvd.
  • INFORMATION: Call (225) 334-7494.
  • DETAILS: Dr. W. Patrick Gahan will speak.


  • WHAT: Geaux Free tobacco cessation counseling program to help people kick the habit.
  • WHEN: Program runs May 13 to July 8. Classes are noon to 1 p.m.
  • WHERE: East Baton Rouge Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd., conference room 102.
  • COST: Free.
  • INFORMATION: Call (225) 215-1274 .
  • DETAILS: Offered by Mary Bird Perkins — Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, the program helps individuals prepare for quitting, manage withdrawal symptoms, identify triggers that create urges, and learn new behavior and skills to help remain tobacco-free. Tobacco use can lead to serious health problems, including lung, head and neck, bladder, kidney and cervical cancers. Classes are taught by a certified tobacco cessation counselor.