Around Zachary for June 9, 2016 _lowres

Stacy Gill

Newcomer welcome packets designed by the marketing committee at the Zachary Chamber of Commerce have previously included materials by Zachary businesses. The Chamber, however, has run out of donated materials.

Examples of items needed include pens, pencils, magnets, coupons or gadgets that will fit inside an 8 1/2-inch by 11-inch bag. Packets are sent to the Zachary utility office and given to each new resident signing up for service. Businesses or members must be current on Chamber dues to participate.

Marketing materials can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Chamber office, 4633 Main St.

Email Heather Prejean at or call (225) 654-6777 with questions.

Blood drive planned

Lane Regional Medical Center and United Blood Services are co-hosting a blood drive from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday in Lane’s Staff Development Classroom, 6300 Main St., Zachary.

Appointments are not required, but donors are encouraged to sign up online at by entering the code: LaneRegional.

UBS is the sole provider of blood to Lane and its service areas. Everyone is encouraged to donate.

Siege of Port Hudson

The annual Siege of Port Hudson re-enactment from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday will provide visitors with access to volunteer re-enactors in Union and Confederate campsites performing typical activities of the assaults.

Soldiers dressed in authentic reproduction uniforms will be on hand to answer questions pertaining to the siege during the summer of 1863. The three branches of the services — artillery, cavalry and infantry — will be portrayed as well as cooks, laundresses and sutlers.

Concessions at the event will be sold by Zachary High band students.

For information, call (225) 654-3775.

Alateen meetings

Zachary Al-Anon is forming an Alateen group that will meet at 3 p.m. Mondays at Zachary United Methodist Church, 4205 Church St.

Alateen is a group of family and friends, usually teens, whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. The Alateen groups are sponsored by Al-Anon members who help the group stay on track, and meetings consist of sharing experiences, strength and hope, discussing difficulties, learning effective ways to cope with problems, encouraging one another and helping each other understand the principles of the program.

All teens are invited. For information, call (225) 924-0029.

Metro 1 meeting in Zachary

East Baton Rouge Parish Councilman Trae Welch, of District 1, is hosting a Metro 1 meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Sheriff’s Office Zachary/Plains Substation, 23060 Brian Road.

Residents living in District 1 are encouraged to attend and share ideas and suggestions.

The May Metro 1 meeting will be held in Baker.

April Lunch and Learn

The Zachary Chamber is hosting its next Lunch and Learn event from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 6 at the Americana YMCA, 4200 Liberty Way. The topic will be Chamber 101: Member Orientation.

Chamber representatives will discuss how to maximize your membership during this informal presentation, and all members — current, new and prospective — are urged to attend.

Meet the Chamber staff, introduce your business, familiarize yourself with benefits and services and learn about volunteer opportunities at this event.

Lunch will be catered, and Chamber officials ask that attendees register online for an accurate head count. To register, visit

The cost to attend is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for guests.

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