Around Zachary for June 9, 2016 _lowres

Stacy Gill

As a first-time attendee to the annual Ebenezer Scrooge Reindeer Races in Jackson, I must say I was really impressed.

Well-organized with a touch of madness, hilarious but competitive, original yet obviously still full of surprises after nine years.

My only regret is that the shots of the Jackson volunteer firefighter resuscitating what can only be described as an “angry, nonflying bird” didn’t come out very clearly. Otherwise, they’d have been splashed across the front page for all to wonder: What in the world is going on in Jackson?

Well, I say, let ’em wonder. If you don’t know about the reindeer races on Bowser, Buttercup and Fang, the O-Fish-Als, the “snowballs” and the MI-SER teams, well, they can’t really be explained, only experienced.

And what an experience it was.

Centenary daily tours

Centenary State Historic Site in Jackson hosts daily tours beginning at the Professor’s House and consisting of an introduction to the site’s history and a tour through the house.

The tour continues outside and passes by the original locations of the East Wing Dormitory and main academic building on the way to the West Wing Dormitory.

Once at the west wing, the exhibit room, dorm room, hospital room and classroom will be toured. A new introductory history video will also be offered to visitors for viewing. For information, call (225) 634-7925.

East Feliciana Council on Aging

The East Feliciana Council on Aging, 11102 Bank St. in Clinton, hosts daily activities for seniors. The Council on Aging also offers transportation to East Baton Rouge for seniors 60 and older for medical appointments. For information, call the Council on Aging at (225) 683-9862.

Dec. 19: Arthritis movement exercise class at 11 a.m.

Dec. 22: Arthritis movement exercise class 11 a.m.

Dec. 23: Special exercise by St. Francisville Country Manor

Dec. 24: Closed for Christmas holidays

Dec. 25: Closed for Christmas

Dec. 26: Closed

Wilson’s ‘Frozen’ village, Christmas parade

Wilson Mayor Marilyn Broadway invites everyone to take part in the community’s “Frozen” Village holiday celebration sharing in the joys of Christmas.

The annual Wilson Christmas parade has more than 36 entries this year, with several still pending. The Coca-Cola Santa truck, a horse-drawn sleigh the from Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, a boogie bus and the East Feliciana High School marching band will participate.

The grand marshal is Slade Shaw, who has supported Wilson the past year by donating all of the supplies to have a new Nativity scene made for the community.

The Wilson Christmas parade rolls at 11 a.m. Dec. 20. The route begins at Carruth Road, travels along La. 19 to Virginia Street and returns back through Wilson. For information, call (225) 629-5415, (225) 301-4724 or email

Living Nativity

Zion Lutheran Church of Clinton, 11007 Plank Road, will present a Living Nativity scene Dec. 20-24. Nightly showings begin at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Each showing lasts 26 minutes.

The Nativity will be in the parking lot at the rear of the church campus. The Nativity scene of Jesus Christ will be told in four scenes and include Christmas carols. Between each performance, attendees are invited to Zion’s fellowship hall for cookies and hot chocolate.

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