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.

Rienzi Market

This mid-week market, held at the St. Francis Vegetable Garden behind the Warren J. Harang Municipal Auditorium in Thibodaux, allows local farmers a chance to sell a variety of produce and speciality food items. Rienzi Market is held each Thursday from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. through Dec. 10.

Nov. 14

Heart & Soles Half-Marathon & 5K

Challenge yourself at this half-marathon, two-man relay and 5K sponsored by Terrebonne General Medical Center and the Cardiovascular Institute of the South. The race begins and ends at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center, 346 Civic Center Boulevard, and WDSU anchor Charles Divins serves as the emcee for the event. Races begin at 7 a.m. Registration is $65 for the half, $85 for the relay and $30 for the 5K. There is a $5 entry fee for non-participants. For more information, visit

Nov. 13 - 14

Big Boy’s Main Street Cook-Off/Thibodeauxville

The annual fall festival kicks off Friday with a cook-off in downtown Thibodaux judged by some of the top chefs of the area. Public entry is 4 p.m.; cost is $5 and includes tastings of entries and a hamburger or jambalaya. On Saturday, the festival runs from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. and brings together dozens of vendors for an early holiday shopping experience. There is also a car show, food, children’s activities and the Duck Race at 4 p.m. Admission and parking are free and shuttle service is also available to and from the Warren J. Harang Municipal Auditorium.