Stacy Gill

The Special Olympics track meet for middle and high schools was March 4 at Woodlawn High School, with more than 200 athletes competing from Ascension, East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge and Iberville parishes and Central and Zachary school districts.

The athletes were successful in all of their events, according to Debra Toney, Zachary adapted physical education teacher and Special Olympics coordinator.

Irvan Richard, of Zachary High, recited the athlete’s oath to start the games.

Toney said several events had outstanding results but the most exciting was Northwestern Middle School’s Deohalen Pierre, who threw the shot put more than 7 feet.

“With the joint effort by ZHS student volunteers, teachers, paraprofessionals, bus drivers and APE teachers, our athletes were able to experience the joy of this competition,” Toney said.

Lane Auxiliary jewelry sale

The Lane Regional Medical Center Auxiliary will host its $5 Masquerade Jewelry and Accessories sale from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 19, and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 20, in the West Wing Conference Room on the first floor of Lane.

A variety of quality jewelry and accessories for men, women and children, including rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, jewelry sets, wallets, watches and more, will be on sale. Everything is $5. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted. All proceeds benefit auxiliary projects and educational scholarships. For information, call the Lane gift shop at (225) 658-4309.

Fish fry

The LaneRMC Foundation will host Fish Fry Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 20 in Zachary’s City Hall parking lot across from the mayor’s office, 4510 Main St.

Meals will be prepared by Mayor David Amrhein and staff, and will include Louisiana catfish, fries, hush puppies and coleslaw. Plates are $10 each, but quantities are limited. Preorders are recommended by emailing or calling (225) 658-6699.

Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson LLP is sponsoring the fish fry, with proceeds benefiting LaneRMC Foundation projects.

Women’s wellness event

“A Spiritual Beauty of Health,” a women’s wellness event hosted by the Ladies Ministry of Galilee Baptist Church, 11050 Greenwell Springs-Port Hudson Road, Zachary, will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 21.

“This will be a time for women to come together to learn the importance of healthy living — emotionally, physically and spiritually,” Lynette Roberts, of Galilee, said.

Local businesses and organizations in Zachary and surrounding communities will provide educational information encouraging women to lead healthier lifestyles while facing the challenges in their everyday lives, Roberts said.

Door prizes, music and guest speakers will be featured at 11 a.m. followed by a light lunch. This event is free to all women in the area. Child care will be available. For information, call Roberts at (225) 654-5633, ext. 101.

Baker Civic Club events

The Baker Civic Club, 2640 N. Magnolia Drive, will host its annual Easter egg hunt at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 22.

The Civic Club also will host a memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28, to remember the teens who were shot and killed in the March 2014 incident at the club.

For information about both events, contact Hazel Mitchell at (225) 223-3087.

ZFest music announced

Musical acts have been announced for the Zachary Arts and Music Festival slated for April 29 to May 3. Returning to ZFest is zydeco favorite Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters. Having played everywhere from the White House to the House of Blues, Rockin’ Dopsie is sure to please festival crowds, according to the Zachary Chamber of Commerce.

New to ZFest is the Gillis Silo led by frontman Caleb Paul, who wrote songs while deployed in Afghanistan in 2012-13 with the Army.

Upon his return home to Baton Rouge, Paul met up with musicians Karl Boudreaux, Jared Daigle, Josie Menard and Jordan Snyder to construct their “alternative rock infused with country” sound. Fans have dubbed Gillis Silo “country on the rocks,” according to the chamber.

The Chase Tyler band has been described as “hard rockin’ country spiced up Louisiana-style with a pinch of swamp pop and a dash of Southern rock.” Tyler and his band will perform songs from the full-length CD “Just Add Beer.”

Also performing at ZFest will be the Safer Street Band and the Confidentials. For sponsorship information or a schedule of events, visit

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