Around Zachary for June 9, 2016 _lowres

Stacy Gill

Are you one of those people who abhors New Year’s resolutions or looks forward to them? Truthfully speaking, I do make them, but in my head only. I mean, I don’t usually write down a list of things I would like to do to make my life better … I save that for, well, never mind.

But if I were to write down this list of things I would resolve to do in 2015, this is an example of what my list would look like … maybe.

I resolve not to put more than 25 items in my basket and try to sneak through the express lane at the market.

I resolve never to yell at an inanimate object or person who cannot hear me anyway while driving.

I resolve to exercise more, eat less and weigh myself even less.

I resolve to not judge others, not assume anything and not jump to conclusions, unless of course the situation calls for it.

I resolve to never, ever, make a New Year’s resolutions list again and share it publicly.

In the meantime, around East Feliciana ...

Leadership North accepting applications

Leadership North is an annual leadership development program for the north Baton Rouge region.

The Zachary Chamber of Commerce hosts the program with assistance from the Louisiana Department of Economic Development and LSU Agricultural Center.

Participation in the program is open to anyone living or working in Baton Rouge, Baker, Central or Zachary and communities in East and West Feliciana and Pointe Coupee parishes who have the full support of the organization or business they represent. The program is designed to engage emerging leaders in the region, preparing them to meet the future needs of their communities. Through the exchange of viewpoints and experiences, participants are introduced to the challenges, opportunities and issues affecting the northern Baton Rouge region.

Applications can be downloaded at Deadline to apply is Jan. 31, and the 2015 class begins Mar. 19.

Council on Aging

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

Monday: Arthritis movement exercise class at 11 a.m.

Tuesday: Joe Littlejohn on harmonica at 11 a.m.

Wednesday: Bingo starts at 11 a.m., followed by cancer services.

Jan. 8: Devotional begins at 11:30 a.m.

Jan. 9: Arthritis movement exercise class at 11 a.m.

Through the Council on Aging, East Feliciana Public Transit provides transportation for senior citizens to East Baton Rouge Parish Monday through Friday. The EFCOA is no longer providing utility assistance for the elderly in the parish. Call (225) 683-9862 for information.

Clinton Market

Are you tired of sitting all day watching football? If the answer is yes, then you need to get up and walk off some of those holiday pounds, says Al O’Brien, volunteer vendor coordinator for the Clinton Community Market.

O’Brien invites you to stroll around the historic courthouse square Jan. 3 to find what you wanted for Christmas but didn’t get. Vendors will be selling delicious food, hot coffee, fresh-baked cinnamon rolls, Dutch rolls, home-baked breads, fresh winter greens and turnips, jewelry, bags, crocheted hats and blankets.

“It’s all there,” O’Brien said. “So, come out and enjoy the Clinton market.”

The market begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. Contact O’Brien by email at for information.

Bicentennial Bash reminder

To get in the spirit of Jackson’s 200th birthday, everyone — residents, tourists and visitors — is encouraged to begin preparing for the Bicentennial Bash to kick off Jan. 31. Men are asked to start growing their sideburns, mustaches and beards long. Women are asked to begin searching for garments from the era to participate in a special Founders Day celebration set for 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31.

The Bicentennial Commission will feature guided trolley tours of Jackson’s historic district from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Restaurants are invited to offer appropriately named treats such as Old Hickory roast beef sandwiches or Andrew Jackson catfish po-boys. Downtown shops and artists have an opportunity to show off their wares, while children’s games and a scavenger hunt will take place at Centenary State Historic Site. So that as many shop owners and employees can attend, the commemorative program will begin at 3 p.m. at the Professor’s House on the porch (at Centenary) with music starting at 3:30 p.m. Guest speaker Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne will be there. Afterward, cake and souvenir remembrances will be served.

Call Mary Jo Salmon at (225) 978-9687 or Sandy Smith at Jackson Town Hall at (225) 634-7777 for information.

Send your ‘Around East Feliciana’ events to Stacy Gill at or call (225) 993-0066. Be sure to send your events by 3 p.m. Fridays.