WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY: A community seminar for those considering weight loss surgery will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 19, at the West Jefferson Medical Center Physicians Center, 1111 Medical Center Blvd., Suite S-860, Marrero. The free program is presented by surgeons David C. Treen Jr. and Todd P. Belott. To register, call (504) 934-8144.
COURAGE CAPS: People who enjoy knitting and crocheting will gather at 5 p.m. March 19 at The Infusion Center, 4511 Westbank Expressway, Marrero, to create caps to encourage cancer patients. Yarn donations are welcome. For information, call (504) 349-1232.
AARP DRIVER SAFETY CLASS: An AARP driver safety course will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Gretna classroom in the Hall of History at West Jefferson Medical Center, 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. To register, send email to Brittney Schouest at Brittney.Schouest@WJMC.org. For information, call (504) 349-1786.
JUNIOR HOSPITAL VOLUNTEERS: The West Jefferson Medical Center Junior Volunteers Program for high school students is accepting applications through March 31. For information, call (504) 349-1220 or send email to Cheryl.Hebert@wjmc.org.
DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP: Certified diabetes educator Lisa Becnel will lead a diabetes support group from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 24, in the Diabetes Service Classroom, 4523 Westbank Expressway, Marrero. To register, call (504) 349-2222
COLON CANCER HEALTH FAIR: Drs. Steve Venturatos and Gary Reiss will give presentations during a Colon Cancer Health Fair to be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, in the auditorium at West Jefferson Medical Center, 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. The event, scheduled as part of National Colon Cancer Awareness Month, will also feature an interactive colon exhibit and door prizes. To register, call (504) 349-1789 or visit wjmc.org/colon.
FRIENDS AND FAMILY CPR: The basics of CPR, using an automated external defibrillator and relieving choking will be taught at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at West Jefferson Medical Center, 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero.
No certification card is issued as a result of taking this course. Call for fee information. To register or to learn more, call (504) 349-6688.
STROKE EDUCATION: West Jefferson Medical Center offers a program on prevention and treatment of stroke at 2:30 p.m. every Friday. Mobility questions and caregiver concerns are also addressed. For information, including the location, call (504) 349-1346.
PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP: The Big Easy Fleur De Lis Parkinson’s Support Group will meet from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, March 30, in the Esplanade 1 Room of the Conference Center at East Jefferson Hospital, 4300 Houma Blvd., Metairie. There is no fee. The speakers March 30 will be Randy Lee, of the “Big & Loud” program at East Jefferson General Hospital, and Leigh Baker, of Southern University, with a demonstration of SpeechVive technology designed to help people with Parkinson’s disease speak more clearly. For information, call Bonnie Huddleston at (504) 905-6355 or send email to BonHudd4417@gmail.com.
BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: The Bosom Buddies support group for breast cancer survivors meets at 6 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month in the Marrero/Westwego Classroom at West Jefferson Medical Center, 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. The next meeting will be April 1. The American Cancer Society co-sponsors this free program along with the Cancer Center at West Jefferson Medical Center. To register, call (504) 349-1232.
GRIEF AND LOSS SUPPORT GROUP: A free grief and loss support group sponsored by the Akula Foundation meets from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at West Jefferson Medical Center, 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. Call to learn the meeting room. The next meeting will be April 1. To register or for information, call the Grief Resource Center at (504) 247-7818.