• WHAT: COPD overview
  • WHEN: Noon Wednesday, April 13. Registration starts at 11 a.m.
  • WHERE: Baton Rouge General Physicians-Family Health Center, second floor Gehringer Conference Room, 3801 North Blvd., Baton Rouge
  • RESERVATIONS: (800) 561-4127 or at Deadline is April 12.
  • DETAILS: Dr. Wayne D. Gravois will speak at this Peoples Health event, which is free and open to the public.


  • WHAT: Fellowship of Christian Athletes Spike Spangler River Road Fun Run
  • WHEN: 9 a.m. Saturday, April 16. Registration starts at 8 a.m.
  • WHERE: Train Station in downtown Denham Springs


  • WHAT: Blood drive
  • WHEN: Through April 30
  • WHERE: United Blood Services, 8234 One Calais, Baton Rouge
  • APPOINTMENT/INFO: Go to and enter your zip code or call (662) 842-8871. For more information on donating blood, visit
  • DETAILS: Whole blood, double red cell, platelet and plasma donations are needed. Donors will receive a $10 gift card via points in the center’s online rewards store. Donors can save about 20 minutes by completing their Fast Track Health History the day they donate at, click on the “Health History Questionnaire.” Volunteer blood donors must be 16 or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Donors receive a free cholesterol test. A photo ID is required to donate.


  • WHAT: Active for Austism Run/Walk & Fun Fest
  • WHEN: 8 a.m. Saturday, April 30
  • WHERE: State Police Headquarters, 7919 Independence Blvd., Baton Rouge
  • DETAILS: The 5K event promotes awareness, acceptance and inclusion for those affected by autism. Proceeds from the event support Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge’s program, Resource Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, which provides individualized services, information and support to enhance the independence, productivity and inclusion of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder.


  • WHAT: March for Babies fundraiser for the Capital Area March of Dimes
  • WHEN: 9:15 a.m. Saturday, April 30. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • WHERE: AZ Young Park, downtown Baton Rouge
  • REGISTER: marchforbabies. org
  • DETAILS: The Capital Area March of Dimes serves the nine-parish region fighting premature birth, which is the No. 1 cause of death for infants.