The Zachary Newcomers Club sends a shoutout to Terry Lundy and The Chocolate Café in Zachary for accommodating its members when they meet for monthly coffees.
Lundy, the owner, and cafe staff allow the club to rearrange furniture, meet as long as it likes and even agree to snap photographs of club members when asked.
“They are so accommodating with our group, and we really appreciate it,” Newcomers member Stephanie Smith said.
Pregnancy workshop, class
A Pregnancy Workshop and Baby Care Basics class is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Staff Development Classroom at Lane Regional Medical Center, 6300 Main St., Zachary.
The workshop is an overview of what to expect during pregnancy and delivery, as well as everything expectant mothers need to know to care for their newborns in the first weeks of life. The class includes a tour of Baby Lane, the hospital’s labor and delivery unit.
Call (225) 658-4587 for information or to preregister.
Rally deadline approaches
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church’s Youth Ministry is hosting its inaugural Rally-at-the-Alley Bowl-a-thon from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 27 at All Star Lanes in Baton Rouge, with proceeds benefiting the SJB Youth Ministry program.
Family and friends of all ages are invited to register as a six-player team for $150, or $25 per player. Fee includes two hours of play, shoes, balls and refreshments. Individual players can participate for $30 per person.
Teams also can compete for prizes that will be awarded in five categories for the Team T-shirt contest, and door prizes will be given away throughout the event.
The deadline to register or become a sponsor is Monday.
School tours continue
The Zachary Community School District is hosting a series of tours of all the schools for residents or anyone interested.
The next tour will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at Rollins Place Elementary, 4488 Rollins Place Road.
Pickleball clinic planned
Pickleball, which began in the late 1960s, is now one of the fastest-growing games around. Played on a 20-foot-by-44-foot court (the same size as badminton), the game features a low net like tennis, a paddle similar to an oversized table tennis paddle and a whiffle ball.
A free clinic for beginning players wishing to learn and intermediate players wishing to develop their skills will be held from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 20 at the West Feliciana Community Park, 10226 W. Feliciana Parkway, St. Francisville.
The clinic will be held outdoors beneath the covered basketball pavilion, weather permitting. Bad weather will result in moving the clinic indoors. Registrants will be notified of the change prior to the event.
All equipment will be provided, but participants should wear athletic shoes and appropriate clothing and bring water and a small towel.
Instruction will be provided by several advanced players from the Baton Rouge and Zachary areas.
Preregistration is required and space is limited. Deadline to participate is Feb. 18. Email Pat Heurtin at email@example.com or call the park office at (225) 784-8447.
When registering, indicate skill level as beginner, advanced beginner or intermediate and leave a phone number.
Black history program
“A Celebration of the Heart and Soul of African-Americans’ Influence in the Arts,” a Black History Month event, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at Zachary High School in the Performing Arts Center, 4200 Bronco Lane.
The program will be directed and performed by Zachary High students and feature music, theater, poetry and dance.
The school district also will host its annual raffle of music, movies and literary selections for children and adults at the event.
This program is free, and everyone is invited.
Tour of Champions rally nears
At the end of its historic season, the Zachary Broncos varsity football team finished ranked No. 64 in the nation, No. 1 in the state, No. 1 in Class 5A and No. 21 in the MaxPreps South Region rankings.
As a result, MaxPreps recently announced the team has been named to the 11th annual MaxPreps Tour of Champions presented by the Army National Guard, which is in its 11th year honoring high school football. A celebration with the football team, coaches, students and fans will be held at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at a pep rally in the ZHS gym.
Mark your calendar for play
Northwestern Middle School’s drama department, under the direction of Paula Swilley, is rehearsing for “Cinderella,” enchanted edition.
With music by Richard Rodgers and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, the play has been adapted for the stage by Tom Briggs from a teleplay by Robert L. Freedman.
Students in the cast and crew are busy rehearsing and invite Zachary and neighboring communities to one or more of the performances scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 24-26 at the NMS Auditorium, 5200 E. Central Ave., Zachary.
Tickets go on sale Feb. 15 in the front office at the school.
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