Around Zachary for June 9, 2016 _lowres

Stacy Gill

In 2012, Zachary Youth Park began hosting U.S. Specialty Sports Association tournaments, creating opportunities for more youth to play baseball competitively at their age levels.

Over the next two weekends, the USSSA state tournament will be held at the Youth Park on Mount Pleasant Road.

“This is the largest state tournament the park has hosted in its history,” Park Director Shane Hebert said.

The first tournament, scheduled for Friday through Sunday, will feature 51 AA boys teams, 11 and under, and from June 19-21, 30 AA boys teams, 10 and under, will play.

Zachary teams will be competing in the tournament, as well, Hebert said.

“Over the past three years, hosting tournaments has proven to be profitable for Zachary, raising tax revenues of $80,000 to $150,000 each month they’re held,” Hebert said.

Players, their families and coaches are expected to fill local hotels, eat at restaurants and shop at businesses in Zachary, Hebert said.

“We are very excited to be the host of these two state tournaments and feel the city’s investment in synthetic turf fields will allow us to continue to see a tremendous increase in revenue for Zachary,” Mayor David Amrhein said. “We invite all of you to come out and welcome our out-of-town guests so they can see why we were voted as a Best Town for Families.”

Calling all Realtors

The Zachary Chamber of Commerce presents Unlocking Opportunities Together: Information on Economic Development in Zachary.

Realtors are invited to an informational coffee to discuss working together for progress, staying connected and being informed about planning and development activity, chamber officials said.

This event is open to any Realtor that does business in Zachary. Presentations will be given by Kate MacArthur, executive director, Zachary Chamber of Commerce, and Jim Cavanaugh, site development director, Baton Rouge Area Chamber.

Information will be presented on Zachary’s retail sales leakage, trade area population, sales tax and building permit trends, upcoming updates to the city’s master plan, certified sites program information and the economic development office as a free resource for deal-closing information.

A brief question-and-answer session will be featured, and coffee and light refreshments will be provided beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday at The Pointe at Americana, 1250 Meeting St., Zachary.

Cartoonist Artell visits Baker

Teens are invited to learn basic cartooning techniques from master cartoonist Mike Artell.

Artell is an award-winning author, illustrator and musician from Covington. He will be conducting a workshop for Baker and Zachary area teens and have them drawing superheroes in no time from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in the meeting room of the Baker Branch Library, 3501 Groom Road.

For information, email Karen Dafoe at kdafoe@ebrpl.com or call the Baker library at (225) 778-5940.

Father’s Day craft, story

Father’s Day is June 21, and children can make a tie to give as a gift. After listening to the story, “My Dad, My Hero” by Ethan Long, have your child prepare a special “hero tie” for the father in his or her life from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Zachary Branch Library, Children’s Room, 1900 Church St.

This event is for children ages 2 to 5. Register by calling the Zachary library at (225) 658-1840.

Vacation Bible school information sought

If you are a Pride or Zachary area church hosting an upcoming vacation Bible school, you can send details to be published in the Around Zachary column. Please include dates and times, age range of youth welcome to attend, church name and address, contact information and the theme. Email information to sgill@theadvocate.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.