Around Zachary for June 9, 2016 _lowres

Stacy Gill

In celebration of February’s National Heart Health Month, Lane Regional Medical Center is bringing awareness to heart health issues such as heart attacks, heart disease, hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, stroke and obesity. These concerns are not limited to adults but affect children as well, according to a news release.

Lane has set up an informational campaign on its Facebook page that will make eating healthier and exercising not only easier but a lot more fun, Julie McLin, Lane marketing director, said.

“Each day in February, heart-healthy recipes, exercise ideas and other informative and fun resources will be posted to help keep the whole family on track toward achieving a healthier lifestyle,” McLin said.

To check out the daily updates or to contribute recipes and exercise ideas, “like” the LaneRMC page at

Zachary goes red

A door-decorating contest will be held Feb. 13 for businesses in the Zachary community. Deadline to enter is Friday, Feb. 6, and cost is $50. The contest is in support of the American Heart Association and in recognition of heart health throughout February.

Judges will select the winning door and award a plaque to the winner. Doors are to remain decorated through Feb. 28.

To enter, send company name, contact name, address, phone number and email address, along with $50, to the American Heart Association, Jody Dake, 2644 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., Suite 108, Baton Rouge, LA 70816.

In addition, employees of businesses and members of organizations are asked to help paint the town red by wearing the color red or red clothes on Feb. 13.

For free educational materials, “Wear Red” stickers and paper hearts that can be sold in your business, contact Dake at (225) 328-4551 or

Coffee Call, Lunch Bunch

The Zachary Newcomers Club will meet for its monthly Coffee Call at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, at the Chocolate Cafe, 5465 Main St. Members will also meet Feb. 19 at 11:30 a.m. at Francóis Cafe, 20377 Old Scenic Highway, for a Lunch Bunch outing.

Members are urged to RSVP to Beth Young by noon Monday, Feb. 9, by calling (225) 301-2684 or emailing

Concert series

The Regional Arts Council of Zachary will host the first of a three-part concert series — Concerts at the Pointe at Americana — kicking off at 7 p.m. Feb. 24.

The first concert is set to feature nine classical musicians including pianist Henry Jones, of Southeastern Louisiana University’s College of Music. Jones will serve as an accompanist and perform as a soloist.

The three-part series showcases The Pointe of Americana, the new events venue inside the Americana development.

Concert performers include Unusdian Errandonea, cello; Addie Foto, viola; Gaylyn Foto, cello; Katelyn Foto, violin; Rafael Galvan Herrera, violin; Jones, piano; Claire Mashburn, flute; David Perkins, trumpet; and Ruth Roland, violin.

The Regional Arts Council of Zachary is a community partner supporting visual and performing arts and art education in Zachary and surrounding areas. RACZ is partnering with the Pointe for the concert series.

For information and tickets, visit

ZFest sponsors, volunteers

Though the Zachary Arts and Music Festival, known as ZFest, is not scheduled to begin until late April, the Zachary Chamber of Commerce is now seeking sponsorships and volunteers.

As the chamber’s main fundraiser, the ninth annual arts and music festival is seeking participation from the community — businesses, organizations, residents and schools — in a variety of ways.

For five days, April 29 to May 3, carnival rides, arts and crafts vendors, music, food and fun will abound at BREC’s Zachary Community Park. A girls’ beauty pageant, 5K and 1-mile fun run, ATV show, crawfish boil and more are planned.

To learn how you can be a part of ZFest or to become a sponsor, contact Heather Prejean at (225) 654-6777 or email

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