The Zachary Kiwanis Club is accepting donated shoes of any kind in good condition from now until April 29 for its Shoes For Shots project, a twofold fundraiser that will pay to vaccinate mothers in 24 countries against neonatal tetanus and put shoes on the feet of people in several developing nations, where shoes are hard to get.

Through, the organization will pay Kiwanis 40 cents per pound of shoes, and 2½ pairs equates to about $1.80, which is enough to vaccinate a mother and prevent a child’s death. also will help Kiwanis redistribute the donated shoes to micro-businesses in other countries that will employ people to clean and sell the shoes at affordable prices to those who need them.

From now until April 29, anyone can drop off shoes at the Zachary Fire Department, 4525 Main St., or from April 18-22, drop unwanted shoes off at any Zachary school. Shoes will be packaged and sent to on April 30.

For information, call Kiwanian Al Phillips at (225) 654-0012.

Rockin’ reunion planned

Zachary High School alumni from the classes of 1985, 1986 and 1987 are invited to the ZHS Mid-80s Rock Reunion, a rock ‘n’ roll-themed party scheduled for May 20.

From 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Hemingbough in St. Francisville, graduates will meet up with old friends, eat, drink and dance to rock music from the ’80s. Cost to attend is $45 per person and payment is due Friday.

Email Todd Breland, a 1986 graduate, at or call (956) 310-8953.

Pregnancy workshop planned

A Pregnancy and Baby Care Basics workshop — an overview of what to expect during pregnancy and delivery as well as all you need to know to care for your newborn in the first weeks of life — will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Staff Development Classroom at Lane Regional Medical Center, 6300 Main St., Zachary.

The workshop also includes a tour of Baby Lane, the hospital’s labor and delivery unit.

Call (225) 658-4587 for details or to preregister.

Empty Bowls tickets on sale

Tickets are on sale now for the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser slated for 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. April 21 in the Zachary High cafeteria. The event benefits the Zachary Food Pantry.

For a $10 ticket, attendees will get to select a pottery bowl made by a ZHS art student to take home as well as receive a bowl of gumbo by Cajun Catch, a bread roll by Bunny Bread and iced tea by Raising Cane’s.

Empty Bowls is a grass-roots effort to end world hunger one community at a time. All proceeds will go to the Food Pantry and other local nonprofits.

Tickets can be purchased at ZHS in the front office, Chris’ Specialty Meats and the main branch of Bank of Zachary.

For details, call Chloe McCleary at (225) 654-2776.

Daisy Chains luncheon

Bereaved mothers from Zachary and the surrounding areas are invited to attend a Mother’s Day luncheon at 11 a.m. April 30 at First Baptist Church of Zachary, 4200 Main St.

This event is an opportunity for mothers to celebrate and honor deceased children. The Daisy Chains luncheon was started in 2011 by Jorenda Thornton, whose son, Brent, died in a 1994 vehicle crash.

Daisy Chains, which pertains to the chains of flowers little girls often create, is based on the circle of compassion other grieving mothers can form to support one another.

For information or to register, call (225) 931-2767 or email by April 22.

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