Upon the likely closing of my alma mater, Redemptorist High School, I can’t help but reflect back to my Catholic schoolgirl days in uniform and being taught by the nuns, the School Sisters of Notre Dame, and the priests, the Redemptorists.

My academia prior to St. Gerard was in public school, where all my classes were taught by one teacher.

But there I was, switching classes for the first time in this historic three-story building that was St. Gerard Majella Elementary School.

It was exciting for a public school transfer. The building was large for a fifth-grader, yet I’m certain if I were to roam the halls today, the building would be much smaller than in my memories.

Some of those friends I made that first year at St. Gerard are among my closest, dearest pals today.

After the sixth grade, it was on to Redemptorist Junior High School, where, for all its years in existence, seventh- through ninth-graders were taught. Redemptorist Senior High, as it was called, was for sophomores, juniors and seniors.

When you’re the most senior grade in any school, a sense of entitlement and respect comes with being at the top of the student hierarchy. But as luck would have it, the year ninth-graders were to rule the school, my class, the class of 1988, was transferred to the high school and became the first freshman class in Redemptorist’s history.

So, not only were we ripped of being the oldest students in junior high, but now we were back at the bottom of the student totem pole as the first freshmen class — a devastating turn of events in the life of a teen.

Still, I have only the fondest memories of education at my dear old alma mater.

So, it is with great sadness I say, rest in peace, RHS.

Meanwhile, around Zachary...

‘Hairspray’ premieres

Zachary High School’s production of the cult movie and Tony award-winning Broadway musical “Hairspray” premieres Thursday, Jan. 22, with additional shows Friday and Saturday, Jan. 23-24, and Jan. 29-31. House opens at 7 p.m.

Trish Dry, talented and gifted theater instructor, is the guest director of this student-led cast and crew. Jen Masterson is producing.

“The talented cast will sing and dance their way through the ’60s while making you laugh and tugging on your heartstrings,” Dry said.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, and are available at Zachary High, 4200 Bronco Lane, or online at zhsdrama.ticketleap.com/hairspray/

ACT prep classes

In preparation for the next ACT test, Zachary High School, 4200 Bronco Lane, is hosting work sessions in math and science for students hoping to perform well on the upcoming test.

Interested students can register in the Zachary High counseling office. Cost is $10 per session.

From 8 a.m. until noon Saturday, Jan. 24, a science work session will be held in room A235.

From 8 a.m. until noon Saturday, Jan. 31, a math prep session will be held in room A306.

The next ACT test is Feb. 7.

Black powder gun care

Port Hudson State Historic Site, 236 U.S. 61, Zachary, will host two demonstrations at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, on how to clean a black powder gun. Black powder guns, like all other guns, must be cleaned after use.

A member of the Port Hudson Site staff will show how the park disassembles, cleans and maintains the site’s collection of reproduction Civil War weapons.

For information, call (225) 654-3775.

Bunco game

Anyone interested in playing bunco, the dice game, starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, should make plans to attend this fun, social event. The object is to have fun and socialize, said Laurie Messina, hostess of the game.

Messina said there is still room for players to attend the game. The group hopes to make the bunco game a monthly event. For directions to Messina’s house in Zachary, call (505) 610-7579.

Free baby care class

Lane Regional Medical Center, 6300 Main St., is offering a free prenatal and newborn baby care class at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, in the hospital’s staff development classroom.

The workshop is an overview of what to expect during pregnancy and delivery for the soon-to-be mom as well as baby care basics that new or expectant moms need to know to care for their newborns during early infancy.

A tour of Baby Lane — the labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum unit — is included.

Partners are encouraged to attend, but child care is not provided. Registration is required.

Participants call (225) 658-4587 to register.

Moms and Tots play date

The new chairperson for the Moms and Tots group, Blaine Imhoff, has scheduled a play date to decorate valentine cookies from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31. Moms and Tots is part of the Zachary Newcomers Club for anyone five years or newer to the Zachary area.

For details or directions to the play date, contact Imhoff at (225) 939-1615 or email blaine.imhoff@babybootcamp.com. Also visit Moms and Tots on Facebook.

Send your Around Zachary events, news and photos to sgill@theadvocate.com by 3 p.m. Fridays or contact Stacy Gill at (225) 993-0066.