Around Zachary for June 9, 2016 _lowres

Stacy Gill

No matter what the holiday tradition is in your home — drawing names; hiding the elf; buying a gift for every member of your family, only the little ones or no one at all — it’s not about gift-giving but spending time together as a family. It’s about counting blessings.

True, ’tis the season to be merry, but there are friends and family we know right now who are experiencing heartache this season. They could be grieving the loss of a relative or burying a relative over the holidays.

The fact is, someone we know is having a difficult time this Christmas. Someone we know could be ill, in the hospital or a little downtrodden. They could be working while we are playing, or they could be at home alone with no one to share the joy of the season.

So, no matter if you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Hail to the Camouflage in your home, reach out to someone this holiday and let them know you are thinking of them.

Happiest of holidays to you and yours.

In the meantime, around West Feliciana ...

19th Century Christmas

19th Century Christmas Decorations at Rosedown State Historic Site await you 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 25-31. Rosedown’s Main House and Nina’s Wing will be dressed in historic, early to mid-19th-century Christmas decor, consisting of natural greenery garlands, fruit and nut displays, cypress and cedar wreaths and potted poinsettia blooms. For information, call (225) 635-3110.

Video game night

Teens and tweens in the West Feliciana area are invited to video game night at the West Feliciana Parish Library, 5114 Burnett Road, St. Francisville, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday.

YA Cafe Book Club

Middle and high school students only are invited to week one of the YA Cafe Book Club Jan. 6. The book for January is “Croak” by Gina Damico. Bring $8.50 to the library by Dec. 29 to purchase a copy or bring your own copy of “Croak” to the first meeting beginning at 5 p.m. Jan. 6.

Chapter one will be discussed.

Murder Mystery Night

Teens and tweens must sign up by Jan. 2 for Murder Mystery Night, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Jan. 10 by calling the WFPL at (225) 635-3364. Limit 18 people.

Learn more about teen programs at the WFPL by following westfelicianalibrary on Instagram; liking West Feliciana Parish Library on Facebook; signing up to receive text alerts by texting @westfel to 81010; or emailing your email address

Strong women

A fitness and training session, Strong Women, begins Jan. 8 and ends May 15 at Independence Community Center, La. 965, St. Francisville. Women who are motivated to increase their physical activity, reduce the risk of osteoporosis, increase muscle tone and flexibility, improve balance and do something special for themselves are invited to attend. Included in the program: guided weight training conducted twice a week; instruction on proper exercise technique; and information on strength training and nutrition.

Morning sessions are 8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. An extra 30-minute floor session focusing on core will follow the morning classes only. Evening sessions are 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost is $70 for entire session; $20 per month; or $5 per class. Floor sessions are optional and an additional $20 per month/$5 per session.

Register through the West Feliciana Parks and Recreation Department, 10226 W. Feliciana Parkway or call (225) 784-8447. Contact Pam Myers, instructor, at (225) 635-4878 or email

Business leader to speak

Will Campbell Jr., director of Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southern University, will be the featured speaker 6 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Leadership North Alumni Association meeting held at the Zachary Library, 1900 Church St., in the meeting room.

Leadership North Alumni Association members and area residents are invited to attend.

This event is free. To RSVP, contact Carla Sibille, LNAA president, at or by calling (225) 235-9476.

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