Around Zachary for June 9, 2016 _lowres

Stacy Gill

Registration for the 2015 Spring Youth Baseball League at Zachary Youth Park, 1650 E. Mount Pleasant Road, is underway but ends Feb. 20.

Leagues include T-ball for children ages 4 to 5; 6-year-old coaches pitch; and 7- to 8-year-old, 9- to 10-year-old, 11- to 12-year-old and 13- to 15-year-old baseball.

Fees are $55 for T-ball and $70 for baseball.

Tentative dates for tryouts are the week of March 2; team drafts, week of March 9; practices, week of March 16; and the league begins April 6.

Registration forms are available at the park from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, or parents can register youth online at or by selecting the link on the homepage under Recent News.

“The city of Zachary has made lots of improvements to our park, and one of the biggest improvements is the turfed fields,” said Shane Hebert, Youth Park director.

Hebert reminds families that gum and tobacco are not allowed in the park.

“They damage the fields. There are smoking areas for convenience, so smokers should make sure they’re in those designated areas,” Hebert said. “We’re trying to keep our park clean and have it remain a great place for our kids to play.”

Farmers market Saturday

The Zachary Farmers Market is held from 8 a.m. until noon every Saturday in the parking lot between the City Hall annex building and the Zachary Police Department.

Fresh products include breads, eggs, goat’s cheese and goat’s milk products, flowers, fruit, jams, jellies, marinara sauces, pies, salsa, plants and pepper plants as well as locally grown produce from area farms and farmers. Handmade candles, clothing, jewelry and more also are featured.

All products sold at the Farmers Market must be handmade or homegrown; no resale items are allowed.

The goals of the market are to provide fresh local produce on a weekly basis; provide a direct-sales venue for area farmers, growers and producers of value-added products; and to sell handmade crafts, showcasing local artisans and craftsmanship, city officials said.

If you are an artisan, farmer or grower and would like to have a booth at the market, visit to learn about booth fees and regulations.

Leadership North

Several spots remain for Leadership North, the regional leadership program for emerging leaders who live or work in Baker, Baton Rouge, Central, Zachary, East and West Feliciana and Pointe Coupee parishes.

The deadline has been extended to accept applications for the 2015 class that starts in March and runs through September.

The Zachary Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Economic Development and LSU Agricultural Center, hosts the seven-session program.

Half-day and full-day sessions include trips to learn about economic development issues in communities around the region as well as a day trip to the Abita Brewing Company.

The fifth class of Leadership North begins March 19. Applications are available at the Zachary Chamber of Commerce, 4633 Main St.; by calling (225) 654-6777; or by emailing or heather@zachary

Keep the Beat

Lane Regional Medical Center and Cardiovascular Institute of the South are partnering to host Keep the Beat, a free bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation training event at First Baptist Church of St. Francisville, 12404 La. 10.

Two sessions will be held at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Feb. 21 Participants must choose one to attend.

Register online at or call (225) 658-4587 by Feb. 19 to reserve your space.

Zoo city-appreciation days

In recognition of neighborhood support, BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo is hosting city-appreciation days.

Baker residents already have enjoyed free admission; Baton Rouge’s day is Saturday, and now Zachary and Central are invited. Zachary Day at the Zoo is scheduled for Feb. 21, while Central residents are invited Feb. 28.

Visitors presenting a valid driver’s license with a Zachary zip code of 70791 on Feb. 21 or Central zip code of 70837 on Feb. 28 will be offered “buy one, get one” pricing on admission. Buy admission for one, and the second admission ticket of equal or lesser value will be free, according to zoo officials.

Activities include a city-themed scavenger hunt, zookeeper chats and special city programming provided by each community and its leaders.

Members of Zachary Karate will be performing a demonstration at 9:15 a.m., and other local groups are slated to perform.

Send feedback and events for Around Zachary to Stacy Gill at or call (225) 993-0066.