Stacy Gill

Lots of things and events happening in the new year. Have you resolved to anything in 2015? Does anyone do that anymore? Are you still writing 2014 as the date?

Perhaps that should be your 2015 resolution.

My list is a short one and involves burning massive amounts of calories. Good luck with your resolutions.

This week, around Zachary ...

Bypass opens Thursday

The recently constructed Zachary bypass will open to motorists Thursday, Jan. 15, following a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Mayor David Amrhein and city officials will cut the ribbon on the bypass road at 10 a.m. at the main entrance — the intersection of Montegudo Boulevard and Bob Odom Drive, named after longtime Zachary resident Bob Odom, Louisiana’s former commissioner of agriculture.

Immediately following the ceremony, the Montegudo and Odom families have been invited to be the first to drive on the new bypass, which sits on a tract of land once owned by the Montegudo family.

The bypass offers an alternative to La. 64, connecting with La. 19 at the north and McHugh Road and/or Main Street at the south ends. The new boulevard was built to reduce traffic flow on both roadways, according to city officials.

“We are committed to continuing to address the effects of rapid growth in Zachary,” Amrhein said. “A key part of those efforts is to ensure that our roadways are safe and that traffic flow on our streets is improved. This infrastructure improvement will not only help to promote the economic growth of our city but improve safety for its drivers as well.”

MLK march

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Zachary Committee will host its annual Martin Luther King walk leaving from Zachary City Hall, 4700 Main St., at 6 p.m. Monday and arriving at New Pilgrim Baptist Church, 4415 Old Weis Road, where a memorial celebration will start.

Parents of Zachary youth are asked to bring their children to participate in the “When Will There be Peace?” program.

Refreshments will be served following the march and memorial ceremony.

Newcomers, Lunch Bunch

The Zachary Newcomers Book Club will meet at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the meeting room at the Zachary Branch Library, 1900 Church St.

The club’s Lunch Bunch will meet at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 23 at Cajun Catch, 4347 High St. Members are asked to RSVP to Sylvia Wahoske by 10 a.m. Jan. 23 by calling (225) 337-1151 or emailing

Teen movie day

The Baker Branch Library, 3501 Groom Road, invites area teens to movie day from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Watch the film “Divergent,” about a futuristic dystopia where society is divided into five factions that each represent a different virtue.

Teens have to decide if they want to stay in their faction or switch to another for the rest of their lives. Contact Kirsten Langberg at (225) 778-5960 for information.

Teen game night

The Zachary Branch Library, 1900 Church St., invites teens and tweens for a night of Wii games with friends from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Light refreshments will be provided. This is event is for seventh-graders and up. For information, call (225) 658-1870.

MLK Scholarship Ball

The MLK Jr. Zachary Committee is set to host its annual scholarship ball Jan. 24 at the Baker Municipal Center Auditorium, 3325 Groom Road.

Tickets to the semi-formal event are $25 each or a donation may be made to the MLK Committee and mailed to P.O. Box 524, Zachary, LA 70791.

Tickets may be purchased from any committee member or by calling Sharon McKnight, committee chairwoman, at (225) 654-2636 or Fred West, co-chairman, at (225) 241-0143.

Blood Drive

Lane Regional Medical Center and United Blood Services will hold a blood drive from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 30 in the hospital’s staff development classroom, 6300 Main St., in Zachary.

The blood drive is free and open to the public. Appointments are not required, but donors are encouraged to sign up online at

Enter the code LaneRegional. A health history questionnaire is available online but may only be completed the day of the blood drive .

Completing the history prior to giving blood reduces a donor’s interview to only a few follow-up questions. Donors are asked to print the Fast Track Donation ticket and bring to the blood drive Jan. 30.

United Blood Services is the sole provider of blood to Lane; donations directly benefit Lane RMC.

Send your Around Zachary events, news and photos to by 3 p.m. Fridays or contact Stacy Gill at (225) 993-0066.