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Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Ready with antlers and elf ears to run in the 2014 Reindeer Run and Jingle Bell Jog, Kristi Aubrey and husband David Aubrey watch a musical performance at last year's Festival of Lights.This year's event starts at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4 in downtown Baton Rouge.


  • WHAT: Susan G. Komen Baton Rouge is accepting grant applications for projects in the areas of breast health and breast cancer education, outreach, screening, treatment and support services
  • DETAILS: To qualify, organizations must be a 501(c) (3) nonprofit or local government agency providing services to one or more of the following parishes: Ascension, East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, West Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St Helena and Tangipahoa. To be eligible to apply, applicants must attend a mandatory grant workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3, at the EBR Bluebonnet Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge, prior to submitting an application. In 2015, Komen Baton Rouge awarded $206,374 to local agencies for such projects as breast health screenings, patient navigation, public education and survivor support.
  • REGISTER: Registration for the workshop is required. Call (225) 615-8740 or email


  • WHAT: Forum 35’s Reindeer Run 5k and Jingle Bell Jog 1-mile fun run
  • WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4
  • WHERE: Downtown Baton Rouge.
  • DETAILS: The event is held in conjunction with the Downtown Festival of Lights featuring Santa Claus, music, fireworks, free outdoor ice skating and more. Forum 35 works with the U.S. Marines’ Toys For Tots program, and all runners and spectators are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the program. Please, no weapon toys. All toys benefit children of the Baton Rouge area. Monetary donations in the form of checks may be made out to “Toys for Tots” and mailed to 8410 General Chennault Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70807.


  • WHEN: 7 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5
  • WHERE: Milford Wampold Memorial Park, (Baton Rouge Beach), 901 Stanford Ave., Baton Rouge
  • DETAILS: Guest speaker will be Bart Yasso. The course is a certified Boston Marathon qualifier. It is a flat and fast, double-loop course. It starts and ends at the Baton Rouge Beach and passes through the LSU campus, around the LSU lakes and alongside waterfront estates.


  • WHAT: “Five Wishes” workshop designed to help discuss and decide the kinds of care and support wanted during a serious illness
  • WHEN: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9
  • WHERE: LaCour House Assisted Living Community, 345 Major Parkway, New Roads
  • INFORMATION: Pointe Coupee Hospice at (225) 638-5717 or email
  • DETAILS: “Five Wishes” is a document developed by the nonprofit organization Aging with Dignity. Participants will be given a free “Five Wishes” booklet that becomes your legal advanced directive recognized by the state. Participants will view a video on how to fill out the “Five Wishes” document. Refreshments will be served. For more information on Aging with Dignity and “Five Wishes,” visit or call (888) 5-WISHES.


  • WHAT: Testing for HIV/syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia
  • WHEN & WHERE: Dr. Martin Luther King J. Community Center, 4000 Gus Young Ave., (225) 381-3120 — 1-5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays; 1-6 p.m. Wednesdays; 9 a.m. to noon Fridays. Dr. Leo S. Butler Community Center, 950 E. Washington St., (225) 338-9333 — 8:30-11:40 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays. By appointment after 11:40 a.m.
  • COSTS: HIV — free; syphilis — $10; gonorrhea and chlamydi — $20