CUDDLE BUDDIES: Carmen Fouquet will lead a Cuddle Buddies learning and support group for parents and social playtime for babies from 7 to 15 months, from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. April 11 at the St. Tammany Parish Hospital Parenting Center, 1505 N. Florida St., Suite B, Covington. Participation is free for Parenting Center members; the membership fee is $125 a year. For information, visit www.stph.org/ParentingCenter.

NEW BABY SUPPORT GROUP: A support group for parents with babies from birth to 6 months meets from 11:15 a.m. to noon every Thursday at the St. Tammany Parish Hospital Parenting Center, 1505 N. Florida St., Suite B, Covington. The next meeting will be April 11. For information, visit www.stph.org/ParentingCenter.

NEW BABY CLASS: Lakeview Regional Medical Center will host a class for new parents at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Magnolia Room, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington. Participants will learn normal newborn characteristics, what to expect during the hospital stay, what to expect when at home with a newborn, optimum nutrition for a new baby, signs of illness, safe sleep practices and car seat safety. The class is limited to 30 participants. For information or to register, see www.lakeviewregional.com or call (985) 867-3900. 

BIRTHING TOUR: Lakeview Regional Medical Center will host a tour of the women and children's services units at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington. The group tours are for expectant parents and their families to see the labor and delivery and recovery/postpartum units and talk about the process from admitting to discharge. The tours are offered the second Saturday of each month and start at 10:30 a.m. and run every half-hour until noon. For information or to register, see www.lakeviewregional.com or call (985) 867-3900.

JOINT REPLACEMENT CLASS: Lakeview Regional Medical Center will host a free class at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Magnolia Room, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington, on how to prepare for joint replacement surgery and what to expect during the hospital stay. Participants will meet the therapy staff, learn about exercise and activities. The class is limited to 40 participants. For information or to register, see www.lakeviewregional.com or call (985) 867-3900.

CAREGIVERS WORKSHOP: The Council on Aging St. Tammany Parish caregiver support programs allow those caring for people with Alzheimer's, dementia or other age-related illnesses to share struggles and successes, guided by gerontologist Matt Estrade. Meetings at the Covington Senior Center, 19404 N. 10th St., will be April 23. The meetings at Slidell Senior Center, 610 Cousin St., will be from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. For information, call (985) 892-0377.

HEALTHFUL EATING: Marlise Borelly will lead a free Fruit Sensation tasting mixer for children and adults from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. April 17 at the St. Tammany Parish Hospital Parenting Center, 1505 N. Florida St., Suite B, Covington. For information, visit www.stph.org/ParentingCenter.

HEALTH INSURANCE COUNSELING: The Council on Aging St. Tammany and the Louisiana Department of Insurance Senior Health Insurance Information Program will host a series of meetings in Covington and Slidell. Counselors are Medicare-certified and able to explain original Medicare, Medicare Supplement Insurance, Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D. The counselor will be able to complete Medicare Part D comparisons and enrollment, assist with claims issues and explain Medicare enrollment periods. Meetings are from 9 a.m. to noon on the third Wednesday of each month at alternating COAST centers: in Covington, 1940 N. 10th St.; and in Slidell, 610 Cousin St. The next is April 17.  For information, call COAST at (985) 892-0377 or the state Senior Health Insurance Information Program at (800) 259-5300 or www.ldi.la.gov/SHIIP.

FAMILY CPR: Basic training for infant, child and adult CPR will be the subject of class at 7 p.m. April 18 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center, Magnolia Room, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington. The class, limited to 12 participants, uses mannequins and includes information on safe sleep for newborns. To register or for information, visit www.lakeviewregional.com or (985) 867-3900.

BROTHERS AND SISTERS: A sibling class will be held at 10 a.m. April 20 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center, Magnolia Room, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington. The class, limited to 12 participants, features a video and talk about what it will be like to have a new baby, a tour of the maternal child unit and how to touch/hold a new sibling and how to help parents with the new baby. Bring a baby doll or stuffed animal for practice. Parents must remain with children. To register or for information, visit www.lakeviewregional.com or (985) 867-3900.

SAFE SITTER; A two-day safe sitter program for teenagers will be offered from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 22 to April 23 at the St. Tammany Parish Hospital Parenting Center, 1505 N. Florida St., Suite B, Covington. Topics will include CPR, safety, choking rescue, online safety, child care, life and business skills along with behavior management. The class fee of $95 is nonrefundable. For information, visit www.stph.org/ParentingCenter.

HEALTHY COOKING Children and teens will learn cooking skills, knife skills and safety, food safety, proper measuring and calculations, meal planning, boiling, simmering, sauteing and baking during the Cooking Health Options and Portions program from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 24 to April 26 at the St. Tammany Parish Hospital Parenting Center, 1505 N. Florida St., Suite B, Covington. Children will also learn useful nutritional information. The cost of $75 per person includes all supplies. For information, visit www.stph.org/ParentingCenter.

GRANDPARENTS COFFEE TALK: Grandparents dealing with changing expectations for raising babies and toddlers will gather from 11 a.m. to noon April 26 at the St. Tammany Parish Hospital Parenting Center, 1505 N. Florida St., Suite B, Covington. To register, call (985) 898-4435.

LA LECHE: The La Leche League of St. Tammany, which supports mothers who are breast-feeding or considering breast-feeding, will meet from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. May 3 at the St. Tammany Parish Hospital Parenting Center, 1505 N. Florida St., Suite B, Covington. For information, visit www.stph.org/ParentingCenter.

ONGOING

BABY AND ME TOBACCO-FREE: Slidell Memorial Hospital is holding smoking-cessation programs for expectant mothers on Mondays and Wednesdays by appointment. For information or to request an application, call Ashlee Menke at (504) 733-5539.

BETTER BREATHERS CLUB: The Better Breathers Club, a program of the American Lung Association, meets from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month in the Magnolia Room of Lakeview Regional Medical Center, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington. The club is meant for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, as well as their caregivers. To register, visit lakeviewregional.com or call (985) 867-3900.

CHILD SAFETY SEAT INSPECTIONS: The St. Tammany Parenting Center has appointments for free inspections of child safety seats. Call (985) 898-4435. Inspections are held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Tuesday at the Louisiana State Police Troop L headquarters, 2600 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville. Walk-ins are accepted, but appointments are appreciated. For information on the State Police program, call (985) 893-6250 or email greg.marchand@la.gov.

GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS: Gamblers Anonymous meets several times a week throughout the New Orleans area. Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experiences, strength and hope with one another to solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem. For information, call (855) 222-5542 or visit gamblersanonymous.org.

SAIL AND TAI CHI: Council on Aging St. Tammany is registering seniors 60 and older for free exercise classes at the Covington Active Aging Center, 19404 N. 10th St. Stay Active and Independent for Life is a strength, balance, endurance, flexibility and fitness class for older adults and will be offered at 8 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tai Chi, according to wellness coordinator Nick Pichon, is a "Chinese practice that is moderate and nonstrenuous in nature,” with classes at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. For information, call Pichon at COAST, (985) 892-0377.

YOGA FOR CANCER PATIENTS: Patricia Hart conducts free yoga classes for cancer patients, survivors and their caregivers from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays on the second floor of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Wellness Pavilion, 501 Robert Blvd., Slidell. Wear loosefitting clothing; mats are available for use. Registration and a medical release are required. For information, call Hart at (985) 707-4961.