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.

June 26

Downtown Live After 5

Dance the night away at this monthly live music series, held at the Downtown Houma Courthouse Square, 7856 W. Main St., Houma. An opening act will kick things off at 5:30 p.m. and Ruff-N-Ready will begin at 7 p.m. For more information, call 985-873-6408.

June 27

Genealogy Day

The Terrebonne Parish Main Library, 151 Library Drive, Houma, will host this day-long program focused on genealogical researching beginning at 10 a.m. The event will begin with a presentation focused on using and HeritageQuest, followed by a tour of the Genealogy Room and free time to begin research with help from experienced librarians, staff and volunteers. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 985-850-5301 or 985-876-5861, option 2.

June 28

Iron Horse Triathlon

Race to the finish line at this third annual triathlon, held at Lake End Park, 2300 LA 70, Morgan City. Participants will swim 400 yards, bike 14 miles and run 2 miles. Race begins at 7:30 a.m. and registration is $80 and $175 for three-person teams. For more information, go to