DRIVE-THRU FLU SHOTS: Veterans can drive up and get a flu shot without getting out of their cars on Mondays and Wednesdays through November at the Galvez Street entrance of the new Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System medical center. Drive-thru flu shot hours will be from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays throughout November, and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays through Nov. 18. No appointment is necessary.

COMMUNITY WORKOUT CLASSES: Erin Romney, of Romney Studios, will lead free workout classes at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 9, Nov. 16 and Nov. 30 next to Saks Fifth Avenue on the third floor of The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., New Orleans. Parking in the garage will be validated with proof of $20 or more in purchases. To register, visit To rent a yoga mat for $2, email Wear athletic shoes and bring a water bottle and towel.

SURVIVING THE HOLIDAYS: Christian Fellowship, 5049 Ehret Road, Marrero, will hold a Surviving the Holidays GriefShare seminar from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Nov. 10. The seminar will focus on tips for those with loved ones who have died. The cost is $5 for class materials. To register, call (504) 347-4875.

COMMON GROUND HEALTH CLINIC: There will be a free community health and wellness fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Algiers United Methodist Church, 637 Opelousas Ave., New Orleans. Services will include flu shots, blood pressure and glucose screenings and more. Donated household goods, clothing, books and toys also will be available. For information, call the Common Ground Health Clinic at (504) 361-9800, ext. 1006.

HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACE: Open enrollment for the health insurance marketplace is underway through Dec. 15. To enroll, visit or call (800) 318-2596. Help signing up is available through 504HealthNet, a nonprofit organization comprising 24 community health care providers in Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes. To contact 504HealthNet, call (504) 658-2053. One-on-one application assistance will be available at 504HealthNet events:

  • Nov. 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hubbell Library, 725 Pelican Ave., New Orleans.
  • Nov. 9, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., by appointment (504) 919-3018, West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey.
  • Nov. 10, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., by appointment (504) 919-3018, Kenner location TBD.
  • Nov. 11, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Common Ground health fair, 637 Opelousas Ave., New Orleans.
  • Nov. 13, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., BarCentennial, 532 Frenchmen St., New Orleans.
  • Nov. 13, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., by appointment (504) 919-3018, East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
  • Nov. 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hubbell Library, 725 Pelican Ave., New Orleans.
  • Nov. 14, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., by appointment (504) 919-3018, West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey.
  • Nov. 15, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., by appointment (504) 919-3018, Lilia Fletcher-Moreno, East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. 
  • Nov. 16, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., diabetes awareness community event, 4533 Mendez St., New Orleans.
  • Nov. 16, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., by appointment (504) 919-3018, West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey.

Those seeking help with enrollment in the marketplace can visit or call a community health center in their neighborhood for assistance. Visit or call (504) 658-2053 for more information.

RESPONDING TO HATE IN THE MEDIA: Jinnie Spiegler, director of curriculum for the Anti-Defamation League, will present a free parent lecture, "Talking to Your Children About Hate in the Media," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, in Classrooms 1 and 2 at the Ochsner Academic Center of Excellence, 1401 Jefferson Highway, New Orleans. The lecture is part of a series that also will address topics such as cyberbullying and the value of diversity. To register, visit

EMOTIONAL MANIPULATION: Belief therapist David Rodriguez will lead a seminar on emotional manipulation from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at Christian Fellowship, 5049 Ehret Road, Marrero. Topics include understanding emotions, 10 types of emotional manipulators, identifying hooks and protecting yourself. Rodriguez is  president of the Therapon Institute, which is sponsoring the seminar. The cost is $99. For information call (504) 328-2249 or visit

SENIOR CIRCUIT: Debra Cox will lead a free senior circuit class at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, at the West Jeff Fitness Center, 175 Hector Ave., Terrytown. To make a reservation, call (800) 561-4127 or visit by Nov. 20.

PARKINSON'S SUPPORT GROUP: Home health resources will be the focus of discussion when the Big Easy Fleur de Lis Parkinson’s Support Group meets from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 27 in the Esplanade I room of the first-floor conference center at East Jefferson General Hospital, 4200 Houma Blvd., Metairie. The group will not meet in December. November speakers will be Christian Rabito, of Home Instead; Jerome Taranto, of The Medical Team Inc.; Analiza Schneider, of Home Care Solutions; and Marissa Moore, of Interim Health Care. For information, visit or contact Sissy Roniger at (504) 237-2302 or

CO-DEPENDENTS ANONYMOUS: The Co-Dependents Anonymous 12-step group for people seeking help with relationships will meet from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Aurora United Methodist Church, 3300 Eton St., New Orleans. For information on the self-help organization, visit

HEALTHY AGING: The Louisiana chapter of the Alzheimer's Association will present a program on healthy aging from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Little Farms United Church of Christ, 135 Sauve Road, River Ridge. Lifestyle habits include cognitive ability, physical health and exercise, diet and nutrition, and social engagement. 

HELP WITH PRESCRIPTION COSTS: The New Orleans Council on Aging offers prescription assistance through its Aging and Disability Resource Center/Senior Rx helpline. The assistance is available to seniors, adults with disabilities and their families. Email, or call (888) 922-8522 or (504) 827-7843. Have ready a Medicare number or insurance information, effective date for Medicare parts A or B, or Social Security number, along with a list of medicines. People with no insurance also can call.

WALKING GROUPS: Walking groups meet Saturday mornings at the New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, in City Park, and at St. Roch Park, 1800 St. Roch Ave. The City Park group, the AARP Soul Steppers, gathers at 9 a.m. The St. Roch group gathers at 9:30 a.m.