A huge thanks to Barbara Foote and Margaret McKerley, members of the Portfolio Club, for setting the record straight.
The Portfolio Book Club was founded in 1946, about seven years prior to the Town and Country Reviewers, so I believe Portfolio can claim the honor of being the oldest book club in Zachary. Three of the club’s charter members are still active.
These ladies were the first to admit, “many of our close friends are in the Town and Country Reviewers.”
“Thank you for your stories that make up the day-to-day ‘feel good’ of our community,” Foote said in an email. “We appreciate your coverage of life in Zachary that reminds us that fellowship experienced in these organizations are important to the fabric of our wonderful community. We have a lot to treasure.”
Thank you, Mrs. Foote, for those kind words.
The ladies of Portfolio and Town and Country Reviewers are true gems in the Zachary community.
Meanwhile, around Zachary …
‘Hairspray’ takes a bow
Zachary High School theater, play production, drama and choir students will take their final bows in the last two performances of “Hairspray” on Friday and Saturday.
If you haven’t checked out this cast, visit zhsdrama.ticketleap.com/hairspray to get your tickets, while they last. Adults pay $10 and students pay $5. Show starts at 7 p.m. at the Zachary Performing Arts Center at the high school.
Metro 21 is airing Zachary’s inauguration ceremony on Cox channel 21 and AT&T Uverse channel 99 at 8 p.m. on Jan. 31, Feb. 4 and Feb. 7.
Zachary goes red
In celebration of February’s National Heart Month, Lane Regional Medical Center is joining the American Heart Association to raise awareness, educate and help reduce the devastating effects of cardiovascular disease in the community.
Businesses, residents and organizations are invited to support “Zachary Goes Red: Paint the Town Red” by decorating their doors Feb. 1 and entering a contest by Feb. 6. Doors are to remain decorated Feb. 1-28.
Entry fee for the door contest is $50. A panel of local judges will select the best decorated door on Feb. 13, when employees at local businesses will be asked to wear red.
The winning business will receive a plaque, its photograph posted on the American Heart Association’s Facebook page and bragging rights for a year. To participate, send company name, contact name, address, phone number and email address, along with a check for $50, to the American Heart Association, c/o Jody Dake, 2644 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., Suite 108, Baton Rouge, LA 70816.
Deadline to enter the door contest is Feb. 6.
Mardi Gras mosaics
Teens and tweens are invited to get into the Mardi Gras spirit at the Zachary Branch Library, 1900 Church St., to make a mosaic out of Mardi Gras beads. All supplies will be provided.
This is event is from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 5.
For information, call teen services librarian Nancy Lockett at (225) 658-1870.
Black history celebration
The Zachary Community School District is celebrating Black History Month by presenting “Black History Is Our American History” at 6 p.m. Feb. 5.
This Black History Month celebration will feature music, theater and poetry performances by Zachary students.
A raffle of award-winning literary selections for adults and children also will be held.
The celebration will be held at the Zachary Performing Arts Center.
Mardi Gras brunch, coffee
Zachary Newcomers will celebrate with a Mardi Gras brunch instead of the club’s monthly meeting at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 5.
Instead of a speaker at the library, the club will meet at St. Paul’s Study, 4826 Main St., for brunch. Members are asked to bring a wrapped Mardi Gras gift or item to play the “white elephant” game as well as brunch food to share with the group.
Newcomers also will meet at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 10 for Coffee Call at the Chocolate Cafe, 5465 Main St.
History program planned
Port Hudson State Historic Site in Zachary presents “The Knapsack and What Was in It” at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Feb. 7.
Visitors are invited to find out how the Civil War soldier carried his extra equipment and personal items. This program will cover the knapsack or backpack and what the soldier carried in it — from government-issued supplies to personal comfort items.
For information, call (225) 654-3775.
Diabetes support group
If you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, a monthly support group reinforces what you already know and offers information for those newly diagnosed.
Family, friends and others in a supporting role also are invited to attend this free meeting from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 10 at Lane Regional Medical Center, 6300 Main St., Zachary.
Contact Sherri Brady, registered nurse, at (225) 658-4583 to learn more.
Send news, photos and Around Zachary events to firstname.lastname@example.org by 3 p.m. Fridays or call (225) 993-0066.