Happy New Year!

As part of your resolutions, consider putting "contact The Plainsman" on your list.

We would love to hear about activities from schools, churches, clubs and neighborhoods in Zachary and the surrounding areas.

Sports and recreational items, such as runs and children's ball league updates, also are sought.

Remember to answer the question words in any writeup: who, what, when, where, why and how. Include a way for us to contact you if we have questions.

Photos need to high-resolution jpg photo files. We can use cellphone photos if they are sent at "actual" or "full" size. We need to know first and last names of people in the photos, as well as what is happening in the photos.

Send all the items to livingston@theadvocate.com within two weeks of the event.

If you would like to promote an event, send the information to us a couple of weeks ahead of the event.

All items are used on a space-available basis.

Metro District 1

Councilman Trae Welch, Metro Councilman for District 1, announced dates for his 2018 meetings with constituents. 

Dates and locations include:

March 6: 6:30 p.m. at Zachary Sheriff Sub Station, 23060 Brian Road, Zachary

Aug. 7: 6:30 p.m. Baker Civic Center, 3325 Groom Road, Baker

Dec. 4: 6:30 p.m. Chaneyville Community Center, 13211 Jackson Road, Zachary

Watch those frogs

Volunteers are invited to join Baton Rouge Zoo’s FrogWatch Program for 2018.

The United States Geological Survey created FrogWatch USA in 1998 as a contributory Public Participation in Scientific Research. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums took over management of the program in 2009.

FrogWatch volunteers provide data used to prevent future declines in the frog and toad populations while learning more about the animals, which play an important role as indicators of an ecosystem’s health.

Training sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 6 at the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center Education Building and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 14 at Baton Rouge Zoo’s Education Building. Optional “Jeopardy”-style trivia will be offered immediately after each training session.

Learn more or register at brzoo.org/education/learn-at-the-zoo/frogwatch.

More zoo fun

From 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 9, Baton Rouge Zoo is holding its monthly Zoo & Me Morning - Warm and Fuzzy.

The program is designed for 3- to 5-year-old children accompanied by parents or guardians and incorporates a train ride, animal encounters, art projects, "Zooper" snacks and other hands-on projects. Cost is $18 per session for one child with one parent/guardian and $12 for each additional person (adult or child). Pre-registration is required. Call (225) 775-3877, option 2.

Play at a park

Visit brec.org's calendar to find activities at a BREC park near you. Activities include things like Community Kids At Play at Zachary Community Park, 20055 Old Scenic Highway at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 8.

This weekly nonleague event encourages kids ages 6-12 in pickup- or backyard-style games and to enhance physical movement skills and coordination. Once registered, parents can check out different balls to facilitate games with their children. Balls are returned to the office once they are finished.

For information, call (225) 654-4261 or email kspurlock@brec.org.

Send news, events and photos for the Baker, Chaneyville, Pride and Zachary areas to zachary@theadvocate.com by 10 a.m. Monday or call (225) 388-0215.