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Scleroderma group

WHAT: Baton Rouge Chapter Scleroderma Support Group meeting

WHEN: 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 10

WHERE: The Settlement Shopping Center, Suite C1, 7809 Jefferson Highway

INFORMATION: Del Anselmo at (225) 756-2452 or (225) 324-3666

Fest For Life

WHAT: Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center’s Fest for Life

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14

WHERE: Bon Carrè Business Center, 7359 Florida Blvd.

INFORMATION: marybirdlake.org/festforlife

DETAILS: A free health event that includes cancer screenings, food, children’s activities and entertainment. Free cancer screenings include colorectal, breast, prostate, skin and oral cavity. All screenings are available to those who have not been screened for cancer in the past 12 months. Appointments are required only for breast cancer screenings — call (225) 215-1234 or (888) 616-4687. The event also offers blood pressure and glucose checks and other community health education and resources.  

Victims’ Awareness

WHAT: Victims’ Awareness Picnic

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 14

WHERE: BREC Gus Young Park, 4200 Gus Young Ave.

DETAILS: Sponsored by the East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s Office as part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, the event includes entertainment, food, information from community agencies, speakers and giveaways.

Bike ride fundraiser

WHAT: McMains Children’s Developmental Center will host its 10th annual No Such Thing As Impossible Bike Ride fundraiser

WHEN: 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, April 15

WHERE: Cyclists will ride through the hills of St. Francisville on a 10-, 40- or 75-mile ride at the West Feliciana Parish Sports Park.

REGISTER/INFO: mcmainscdc.org/BikeRide, (225) 923-3420

DETAILS: Registration includes participation in the ride, a race shirt, pre-race snacks and drinks, hot post-ride lunch and door prizes. The event celebrates the children and families who benefit from the Wheels to Succeed program as well as the life of event founder, Jairo Alvarez. Proceeds from the ride benefit Wheels to Succeed, which raises money to provide children with disabilities specially adapted bikes, which cost from $600 to $6,000.

Health workshop

WHAT: Personal Health History workshop

WHEN: 9:30 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 26

WHERE: Southern University Ag Center, 181 B.A. Little Drive

ADMISSION: Free. Pre-registration is required by emailing milissia_jbaptiste@suagcenter.com, delores_johnson@suagcenter.com or calling (225) 771-2583 or (225) 771-3704. The deadline to pre-register is April 23.

DETAILS: The workshop will show how to create a personal health history journal that can be used to keep track of your health history and that of family members. Topics to be covered include proper foot care; how blood pressure and blood sugar levels respond to dietary factors; keeping active with low-impact exercises; protecting yourself from mosquitos; how to prepare a flower garden for spring.

Huntington’s fundraiser

WHAT: Baton Rouge Team Hope Walk, a fundraising event for the Huntington’s Disease Society of America

WHEN: Saturday, April 28. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Walk starts at 10 a.m.

WHERE: Highland Road Park.

REGISTER/INFO: hdsa.org/thwbatonrouge or on walk day. $25; $10 for children

DETAILS: The event includes a ½-mile walk around the park. Following the walk will be a program with updates on research and treatment of the disease as well as food and drink. There also will be a silent auction of a variety of items, including handcrafted quilts, jewelry, pottery and food gift cards. All proceeds go toward research and family support efforts. Huntington’s disease is a rare, fatal neuro-degenerative brain disorder that affects the ability to walk, talk, think, swallow and control movement.

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