In recognition of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The Breast Health Initiative will host a number of events around Bastrop County to encourage regular testing. The Breast Health Initiative is part of Bastrop County Cares.

According to Breast Health Initiative Chair Dr. Linda Ornelas Wilson, the purpose of the Breast Health Initiative is to reach historically underserved, underinsured or uninsured women.

"The people that need care that may not have access, especially some of the minority populations that don't have good health care or access, it's who we're really trying to focus on to get them the services that they deserve as well," Wilson said.

1. 3rd Annual Pink & Blue Affair

A panel of breast and prostate cancer survivors will be present. Physicians will also be available to answer questions throughout the event.2. Bastrop Parks & Recreation 2nd Annual Pink Party

Dancing, games and prizes to be available at the 2nd Annual Pink Party. Hot dogs and refreshments will also be provided. At the event local health organizations will offer information about early cancer detection and treatment.3. 2nd Annual Block Party

The 2nd Annual Block Party will offer attendees a variety of free health information, breast information, music and food in downtown Smithville.
  • Oct. 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Free (admission)
  • MLK Park, Smithville
4. Viva la Femme at Eden East Farm

A four-course dinner and wine pairing will be served at the Viva la Femme fundraiser event at Eden East Farm. The money raised will go towards The Pinky Promise campaign to encourage mammogram screenings. Tickets and menu information to be available on the Eden East Farm Facebook page.5. African American Alliance for Health of Central Texas Community Wellness Festival

The African American Alliance for Health of Central Texas will host a community wellness festival at the Kerr Community Center at the end of October. This event will focus on engaging populations of color that have less access to health resources in the county.
  • Oct. 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Free (admission)
  • Kerr Community Center 1308 Walnut St., Bastrop