Around Zachary for June 9, 2016 _lowres

Stacy Gill

For Baker area residents who use the Capital Area Transit System, CATS will run an abbreviated schedule on Christmas Eve, with service ending at 8 p.m.

CATS will be closed on Christmas Day and return to its normal schedule on Saturday.

Call (225) 389-8282 or visit with schedule questions.

BREC holiday hours

The Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge will close its administrative offices on Thursday and Friday. Normal operating hours will resume at all BREC facilities on Monday.

All golf courses, Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, Cohn Arboretum and Magnolia Mound Plantation will be closed Christmas Day.

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo will be closed Thursday and Friday, and recreation centers and tennis centers will close at noon on Thursday and remain closed Friday.

For information, call (225) 272-9200 or visit

Aerobic, hula hoop fitness

At BREC’s Plank Road Park in Zachary, 19550 Plank Road, low-impact aerobics classes are offered for cardiovascular conditioning and overall toning. Classes are for ages 16 and older and held 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Cost to attend three times per week is $36 a month, three times per week is $30 monthly or $24 to attend once a week.

Also at Plank Road Park, get your hula-hoop fitness on by learning the basic fun of hoop techniques while toning thighs, abdominals, arms and buns. This class is held 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. every Tuesday. Participants must be 18 or older to attend.

Call (225) 654-8401 for information.

Yearbook reminder

Parents of Northwestern Middle School students in Zachary are reminded that the last day to order yearbooks online is Dec. 31.

Tennis tryouts

Tennis tryouts for Zachary High students will be held from 2:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 6 at Fennwood Hills Country Club, 6003 Fennwood Drive. Students are responsible for their own transportation.

Second Day Hike is Jan. 2

Everyone is invited to Port Hudson State Historic Site, 236 U.S. 61 in Jackson near Zachary, for a Second Day Hike on Jan. 2.

Visitors will join a park ranger and reconnect with the outdoors while taking a journey along the Port Hudson Nature Trail and exploring ravines, meandering creeks, ecologically different habitats, birds and mammals of the Feliciana parishes. Participants should wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather and bring water for drinking.

Dogs on a leash are welcome.

Park hours on Saturdays are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (225) 654-3775 for information.

Food addiction help available

Food Addicts Anonymous, a weekly support group to provide fellowship for men and women willing to recover from the disease of food addiction, meets every Thursday at Lane Regional Medical Center, 6300 Main St., Zachary.

The group will meet from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28.

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