Blood Donors Needed

The region is experiencing a critical need for blood donations, especially Type O negative, Type O positive and Type A positive blood, according to Terrebonne General Medical Center. Blood donors can donate at the hospital’s Blood Donor Center, open 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Call 985-873-4025 or 985-873-4029 to make an appointment. The Blood Donor Center is located on Belanger Street across from the parking garage in the Annex Building.

TARC Buy-U Beads Donations

TARC’s Mardi Gras beads business, Buy-U Beads, is in need of donated Mardi Gras beads to help provide jobs and work for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Buy-U Beads business began four years ago and has grown from two clients to six individuals and one staff member to six staff members. The workers are experts at their jobs, but need more business to meet the demand for riders of krewes. TARC is asking area organizations, churches and schools to organize bead drives to help create work and jobs for the business. For more information, call Monica Chauvin at 985-876-4465 for help with donations or setting up a bead drive.

Downtown Houma Market

Located in the courthouse square in downtown Houma, this market is open from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturdays and features products by local artisans, farmers and fishermen.

Lafourche Central Market

Located at 4484 Highway 1 in Raceland, this market is open from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturdays and features an open-air pavilion where farmers, fishermen and artisans come together to sell local products.

The Market

The Market, located next to Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve in Thibodaux, will open for the season on April 11. The Market will open each Saturday from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and feature a variety of fruits, vegetables and other offerings from local farmers.

April 16-19

La Fete Du Monde

Pass a good time at this annual festival set up on Church St. in the heart of Lockport. On April 16, attendees can sneak-a-peek of what’s to come for the weekend from 5 to 9 p.m. Pay-one-price carnival rides will be available all weekend for $16 and lots of Cajun food, activities and live music will keep crowds entertained. For more information, visit facebook.com/lockportfoodfestival.

April 17

Rhythms on the River

Dance the night away at this free concert series held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Front St. in Morgan City. Tonight’s performance will be by Jamie Bergeron. Cafe Jojo’s will serve food and drinks. Please no ice chests. For more information, call 985-384-9291.

April 17-19

Bayou Teche Black Bear Festival

Louisiana’s black bear is honored at this annual affair held along Bayou Teche in Franklin. Music, food and fun accompany a host of exciting festival events like educational exhibits and children’s activities, all relating to bears and other natural resources of south Louisiana. The annual Wooden Boat Show, highlighting handcrafted Cajun skiffs and other vessels will also be held in conjunction with the festival. For more information, visit bayoutechebearfest.org.