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.

Aug. 14 - 15

St. Matthew’s Episcopal School Fishing Rodeo

The St. Matthew’s Parent Association hosts this back-to-school family fishing rodeo at CoCo Marina, 106 Pier 56, Chauvin, in support of the Houma school. Fishing begins at daylight and scales open Friday from 1 - 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Food and drink are available and live music begins at 6 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for youth 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased at

Aug. 15

Horse Show

The Terrebonne Livestock Agricultural Fair Association sponsors this show with judged events and competitions including lead line, western pleasure, western riding, walk trot and more. The event begins at 3 p.m. and is held at the Houma Airbase Arena, 121 Moffett Road, Houma, and is weather permitting.

Aug. 15

Free Indeed Women’s Empowerment Fellowship

This faith-based empowerment workshop at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center, 346 Civic Center Blvd., Houma, is providing a space for women to grow by seeking freedom in their lives. Whether bound by addictions, habits, relationships, others’ opinions or religious bondage, participants may learn how to overcome any obstacle. Speakers include Dr. Claudette Aubert of New Hope International in Vacherie and Min. Luwana Marts. Tickets are $15 and available at the door. For more information, email