Tu parles Français? (Do you speak French?)

If you have an interest in helping develop a Francophone group — people who speak French — the Francophone Alliance would like to hear from you.

Francophone Alliances are nonprofits whose missions include promoting the language and culture of French-speaking countries by offering French classes and organizing French cultural activities such as film viewings, music listening and discussions, cooking seminars and other cultural activities and by fostering friendly relations between Francophones and Francophiles.

Anyone with a basic foundation in the French language, especially in proper pronunciation, who would like to be a part of this effort is encouraged to send a brief description of your knowledge of French via email to francophonealliance@outlook.com.

Also, in consideration of those who would like to attend, potential meetings would be scheduled to accommodate both retired and working participants, so the group asks that you indicate work or retirement status in your email.

Members will be notified by email if there is enough interest to start the group.

Electrical classes registering

The start dates of Level I and II electrical classes at Baker Workforce Development Center, 3262 Baker Blvd., have been pushed back a week, allowing for more students to register.

In National Center for Construction Education and Research Electrical Level I and Level II, electricians will install electrical systems, install wiring and other electrical components such as circuit breaker panels, switches and light fixtures, and follow blueprints, the National Electrical Code and state and local codes.

To prepare trainees for a career in an electrical field, NCCER offers a comprehensive, four-level electrical curriculum that complies with Department of Labor time-based standards for apprenticeship.

The Level I class will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays beginning June 29 and ending Jan. 13.

The Level II class will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning June 30 and ending Dec. 17.

Tuition is $150. Level location is NCCER Electrical Courses.

Scholarships are available through EmployBR. To see if you qualify, visit one of two locations in Baton Rouge: 4523 Plank Road or 1991 Wooddale Blvd.

Reserve your spot in the class now by signing up at http://bit.ly/1fnkesF.

For information, call Baton Rouge Community College Workforce Education at (225) 216-8239 or email constructiontraining@mybrcc.edu.

Surrender of Port Hudson

Staff and volunteers of Port Hudson State Historic Site, 236 U.S. 61, near Zachary, will commemorate the surrender of the Port Hudson Confederate garrison to the U.S. Army beginning at 1 p.m. July 5.

The event begins with the lowering of the park’s large Confederate garrison flag and the raising of the park’s large federal garrison flag.

Following the flag ceremony, a cannon salute will be fired. For information, call (225) 654-3775.

Metro 1 meeting planned

Metropolitan Councilman Trae Welch, District 1, will host a Metro 1 meeting at 6:30 p.m. July 7 at the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Zachary/Plains Substation, 23060 Brian Road, Zachary.

Welch would like to invite any District 1 residents to attend the monthly meetings to voice their opinions or share ideas or suggestions.

District 1 includes the northern part of East Baton Rouge Parish, the areas of Chaneyville and Pride and communities of Baker, Zachary and a small portion of Central.

Meetings rotate at locations in Baker, Chaneyville and Zachary.

Cooking camp for youth

The Southern University Agricultural Center, in collaboration with the LSU Agricultural Center, will sponsor a cooking school titled “Creating Healthy Enjoyable Foods” (or CHEF) for youth ages 9 to 11 from July 13-17 and for ages 12-14 from July 27-31.

CHEF is designed to teach youths basic cooking principles and nutrition education based on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate food guidance system and the 2010 dietary guidelines.

Each day, participants will work together to create an entire meal while learning healthy eating and physical activity principles, food preparation, kitchen and food safety, common cooking terms, proper food handling, measuring techniques, critical thinking and team-building skills, planning and time management.

“These camps are designed to teach children the basic principles of healthy eating,” said De’Shoin York Friendship, associate specialist for nutrition at the SU Ag Center. “In many households, the parents work, and very often when kids get home from school they are home alone. Instead of choosing fast foods or frozen prepared foods, which may be high in fat or sodium, our cooking camps teach youth how to safely prepare nutritious snacks and meals, many of which do not involve the use of a stove.”

Both sessions will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Southern’s Baton Rouge campus in Pinkie E. Thrift Hall. Space is limited.

Participants are required to bring a bag lunch and snack each day.

To register, call Kiyana Kelly or Marquetta Anderson-Reynolds at (225) 389-3055 or email kiyana_kelly@suagcenter.com or marquetta_anderson@suagcenter.com.

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