Around Zachary for June 9, 2016 _lowres

Stacy Gill

Lots of things and events happening in the new year. Have you resolved to anything in 2015? Does anyone do that anymore? Are you still writing 2014 as the date?

Perhaps that should be your 2015 resolution.

My list is a short one and involves burning massive amounts of calories.

This week, around Around East Feliciana …

BRCC welding classes registering now

The demand for welders is at an all-time high, and Baton Rouge Community College in Jackson, 3337 La. 10, is offering a Day Welding Program in partnership with CB&I.

Trainees will learn fundamental skills needed to show mastery in American Welding Society welding applications. Trainees will be exposed to stick, mig and tig welding based on their ability level. Those who show mastery in required skill sets will be referred to weld testing labs for AWS certifications.

Classes will primarily be hands-on lab training with some classroom instruction and enhanced safety work observations in partnership with CB&I curriculum development. Potential scholarships are being offered. The program is 450 hours.

To learn more or to reserve your spot, visit and select the “Apply Now” link and “Skilled Craft Training.”

Call April Brown at (225) 216-8239 or Girard Melancon at (225) 907-3887 for information.

Council on Aging

The East Feliciana Council on Aging, 11102 Bank St., in Clinton is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Most activities start at 11 a.m. with lunch served at noon.

Devotionals on Thursdays feature someone from a local church giving a spiritual talk for about 20 minutes, according to Dolly Zimmer, Council on Aging.

In addition to daily activities for seniors, public transportation to East Baton Rouge Parish is provided Monday through Friday by the East Feliciana Public Transit. Transportation is provided for medical appointments only. Call the Council on Aging at (225) 683-9862 for information.

Friday: Arthritis movement exercise class begins at 11 a.m.

Monday: Closed for Martin Luther King Day

Tuesday: Games

Wednesday: Bingo begins at 11 a.m.

Jan. 22: Devotional at 11:30 a.m. followed by blood pressure checks.

Jan. 23: Arthritis movement exercise class begins at 11 a.m.

Arbor Day

Arbor Day at Centenary State Historic Site begins at 2 p.m. Jan. 16.

Visitors are invited to Centenary to learn about the history of Arbor Day and help the staff plant a tree near the historic West Wing Dormitory. For information, call (225) 634-7925.

Souper Bowl Sunday benefits food bank

Beth Dawson, director of the Jackson food bank Helping in His Name, thanks everyone for their contributions in 2014.

“No matter what role you played in helping our food bank in the past, we are thankful for everyone who did. The donations of food and money as well as the volunteer efforts have been greatly appreciated,” Dawson said.

Souper Bowl of Caring coincides each year with the NFL Super Bowl on Feb. 1.

Dawson is asking everyone from a Jackson area church to designate someone to collect donations as church members leave following Sunday morning service. Cash, checks, soup and other canned good items will be accepted. Checks should be made payable to Helping in His Name.

“We’re excited to see what we will accomplish this year and hope everyone will help us in 2015 so we can help feed our hungry neighbors,” Dawson said. “In advance, I’d like to thank everyone for participating in Souper Bowl Sunday.”

Send your Around East Feliciana events, news and photos to by 3 p.m. Fridays or contact Stacy Gill at (225) 993-0066.