Around Zachary for June 9, 2016 _lowres

Stacy Gill

The Zachary Kiwanis Club is hosting a shoe drive to help with its goal of eliminating neonatal tetanus and to put shoes on the feet of people in places like Ghana, Haiti and India.

“Your unwanted shoes will also save a baby’s life and the life of its mother,” Kiwanian Al Phillips said.

Kiwanis is partnering with Funds2orgs.com, which will pay 40 cents per pound of shoes. The funds will pay to vaccinate mothers in 24 countries against neonatal tetanus, which kills one infant every 11 minutes.

Men, women and children are asked to donate pairs of gently worn shoes to the drive. Any kind of shoe will be accepted — flip-flops, sandals, sneakers, cleats, loafers, boots, rubber boots, high heels, slippers and wedges.

About 2-1/2 pairs of shoes fetch $1.80, which is enough to vaccinate a mother and prevent a child’s death, Phillips said.

Funds2orgs.com will help redistribute the shoes to microbusinesses in those countries, where otherwise unemployed people can get jobs cleaning and selling the shoes at prices people there can afford. “It’s a win-win for everyone,” Phillips said.

On Friday and Saturday, shoes can be dropped off at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church’s gym, 3824 Lee St., 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. or through 7 p.m. Thursday, April 9, by at the Zachary Fire Department, 4525 Main St.

Youth softball registration

Registration for Zachary Youth Softball for girls 8 and younger; 10 and younger; 12 and younger; and 16 and younger began March 30 and will continue through Sunday, April 19, at Zachary Youth Park. Registration forms are available from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Youth Park, 1650 E. Mount Pleasant Road. To register online, visit www.zysoftball.org.

Good Friday service

Greater New Hope Baptist Church, 1896 Flanacher Road, Zachary, invites area churches and residents to its annual Good Friday worship service beginning at 7 p.m. Friday.

Student Entrepreneur Program

The Leadership North Alumni Association and Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southern University have partnered to develop the region’s next generation of business owners and community leaders through a summer Student Entrepreneur Program called StEP. StEP is for students who have an idea or product they believe will be successful in the marketplace — no ma tter where they might be in the development process.

The program will teach students how to create, build and grow a successful business. The program will conclude with a business pitch competition in which the winner or winners will receive additional support in bringing their business to market.

StEP will be free for students chosen to participate, and spaces are available for youth who live in the north Baton Rouge communities of Baker, Central and Zachary as well as in East and West Feliciana and Pointe Coupee parishes.

Students entering ninth through 12th grades in 2015-16 are eligible and should complete and submit a StEP application by Monday.

Sessions led by business development experts will be hosted 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 6, 13 and 20 at the SBDC on Southern’s campus, 616 Harding Blvd., Baton Rouge. Applications are available at area libraries, Chamber of Commerce and school offices or by emailing admin@leadership northalumni.com.

Postpartum group

Lane Regional Medical Center is hosting New Mom’s Hope, a monthly support group for new moms suffering from postpartum depression.

The group will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at Lane Regional Medical Center, 6300 Main St., Zachary.

There is no charge to attend. Licensed professional counselor Dana LeTard Vicellio will lead the group.

The purpose of the group is to provide encouragement, education and support for mothers-to-be and new mothers having emotional difficulty related to childbirth. For information, call (225) 658-4587.

Sporting Clays event

The Zachary Chamber of Commerce will host its annual skeet shoot fundraiser and sporting clays event Sunday, April 12, at Hunter’s Run Gun Club, 365 Northwest Road, Port Allen. Registration begins at 1 p.m.; safety meeting starts at 1:45 p.m.; and shooting begins at 2 p.m.

Corporate teams of four can enter for $500. Entry fee includes corporate signage, a team photo and lunch. Individuals can enter for $125 per person and will be assigned to a team of four. A team photo and lunch is included.

Station sponsorships are available for $50. Participants can bring their own guns and ammunition or rent them from Hunter’s Run. Shells should be number 7.5, 8 or 9. Register online at www.zacharychamber.com or call (225) 564-6777 for information.

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