Around Zachary for June 9, 2016 _lowres

Stacy Gill

A friend of mine lost her mother just recently, and I have no doubt this Sunday will be the most difficult Mother’s Day she has ever faced.

So, with that sad thought in mind, I look at how eternally grateful I am to have a mother as well as a stepmother, both of whom I am blessed and fortunate to spend time with this weekend.

For the many who can no longer hug their moms because they are at rest; for those who can only visit their mothers in the hospital or in nursing homes because they are too frail or too ill; for those who will only speak or communicate with their mothers via cellphone or computer; and for those who don’t know their mothers at all — I say, don’t waste another second in telling your mothers how much they mean to you, how much you love them and how grateful you are to have them in your lives. We sometimes take their presences and lives for granted.

Sure, we think they know how much we love them, but let’s not take for granted their need to hear the actual words.

Let us be grateful for the opportunities we have that others may not, to say: “I love you, Mom, and I wanted you to know how very much. I’m thankful for all the sacrifices you’ve made, the hours you worked to clothe and feed me and for the nurturing, faith and good advice you always had for me. I’m thankful for the encouragement when I’m down, the soft touch when I need it most and the swift kick in the pants when I need it the least ... thanks, Mom, and Happy Mother’s Day.”

Meanwhile, Around West Feliciana ...

Operation Graduation set

Graduation is on the horizon for West Feliciana High School’s Class of 2015 and seniors need your support.

Project Graduation is an event that offers graduates a safe and supervised party free of alcohol, tobacco and illegal substances by featuring a night filled with fun activities, food and prizes, Missy Higgins said.

One of the most challenging aspects of Project Graduation is raising the funds to make the event successful for the seniors, Higgins said.

Businesses, organizations and residents are asked to make a donation by mailing a check to: West Feliciana Project Graduation 2015, P.O. Box 580, St. Francisville LA 70775.

For information, email Higgins at missy@relocationcenter.com.

Red Bug Hill Challenge

The Red Bug Hill Challenge in memory of Jordy Rourke and benefiting spina bifida takes off Saturday from 13918 La. 421 in St. Francisville.

Red Bug Hill is one of the toughest hills in the West Feliciana Parish area. Participants can enter long-distance bike rides, a one-mile fun run, 5K trail run or the Red Bug Hill Challenge time trials, which include being timed from the bottom of the hill to the top, one at a time.

Prizes awarded in age groups include bikes, electronics and gift certificates, which will be raffled at the end of the event.

Red Bug Hill events include: a 60-mile bike ride leaving at 8 a.m.; 40-mile ride at 9 a.m.; 20-mile ride at 9:30 a.m.; 5-mile ride at 9:45 a.m.; a 1-mile fun run beginning at 10:30 a.m.; and 5K trail run beginning at 10:35 a.m.

Challenge time trials are from 10 a.m. until noon, and participants in this event will receive an extra raffle ticket.

Food and music will be featured at the end of the events.

Pre-registration fees are $25 for cycling, $25 for trail run and $15 for fun run. Fees on the day of the event will be $40 for cycling, $30 for trail run and $20 for fun run.

Register online at www.redbughill.com. For information, call (225) 937-5800 or email rbhchallenge@aol.com.

Classics to connect parishes

The inaugural St. Francisville Corvette, Classic Car, Motorcycle Show and Festival to benefit and connect two parishes — West Feliciana and Pointe Coupee — will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Magnuson Hotel, 7059 U.S. 61.

The event will feature arts, crafts, food and vendors, which are welcome to promote their businesses or become a sponsor.

Sponsorship packages range from $500 to $75.

Pre-registration fees for cars, trucks and motorcycles is $25 but $30 at the event. Arts and craft vendors will pay $25 in advance, $30 day of event, and food vendor fees are $50 per booth.

Proceeds will benefit the Pointe Coupee Parish Visitor Center’s building fund and a nonprofit organization in West Feliciana.

Call (225) 718-8598 or (225) 635-3821 for information.

Also call the Pointe Coupee Parish Office of Tourism at (225) 638-3998 or the West Feliciana Office of Tourism at (225) 635-4224.

Send news and events for Around West Feliciana to Stacy Gill at sgill@theadvocate.com by 3 p.m. Fridays or call (225) 993-0066.