Around Zachary for June 9, 2016 _lowres

Stacy Gill

Sunday is Father’s Day, and children and families everywhere will be searching for the perfect gift for dear dad. However, if your father and/or stepfather are like mine, then you’ve heard this one before: “I don’t need anything. Save your money.”

I secretly think this is a bluff, and he really wants something but doesn’t know what to ask for.

So, for the dad who says he wants “nothing” but really wants something, just not the same old thing, I’ve compiled a few gift ideas.

Hope they help: a prepaid gift certificate to have his car or truck detailed; a rare or expensive bottle of his favorite beverage or case of his favorite beverages; tickets to a favorite sporting event; or a subscription to a magazine dedicated to one of his hobbies (think golfing, hunting, fishing, fitness or cooking).

The last one is my favorite, as there are hundreds of magazines out there on plenty of topics, and subscriptions are inexpensive. Plus, they’re the gift that keeps on giving. Good luck on the gift search, and Happy Father’s Day to dads everywhere.

Meanwhile, Around Zachary ...

Free painting training

EmployBR is partnering with the East Baton Rouge Parish Office of the Mayor-President and Sherwin Williams to offer a free painting training class from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 27 through July 1.

Registration is underway for 25 training slots, which are available on a first-come, first served basis. Participants must be age 18 or older and provide their own transportation.

Those taking the class will learn professional painting skills and a receive nationally recognized Environmental Protection Agency credential at the end of the program.

The class will be held at City Hall, 222 St. Louis St., 8th floor, downtown Baton Rouge. To register, call Lavonda Stewart at (225) 358-4564 or email

Pink performance planned

Children ages 4 and up are invited to an “informance” at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Zachary branch library, 1900 Church St., by Howard Pink, who will play the French horn and other fun instruments such as a conch shell, cow’s horn, ram’s horn, wooden alp horn, plastic soda straws and his famous green musical garden hoses.

The performance lasts about 45 minutes and is best for elementary school-aged children.

Scavenger hunt scheduled

Area teens in grades six and up are invited to participate in a game and sports related scavenger hunt at the Zachary library at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Alumni group to host BRAC

The Leadership North Alumni Association will host Adam Knapp, of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, in presenting the Think Bigger campaign at 6 p.m. June 23 in the Zachary library’s meeting room, 1900 Church St.

The campaign specifies four goals: to grow and diversify the Baton Rouge metro economy; to cultivate talent; to transform quality of life; and to elevate the region’s external image, all of which directly impact the region.

In addition to Knapp’s presentation, graduates of the program are being recruited to become directors of the Alumni Association. Representatives from each year’s class, including 2016, are needed to facilitate and manage the projects that have been brought to the table during sessions and alumni association meetings.

More information will be presented at the meeting on the role of directors.

For questions, email association president Carla Sibille at or directors Tracy Bethley at or Charmaine Efferson at

Silver Spokes

Adults aged 50 and up are invited to participate in the free BREC Silver Spokes biking program, which offers seniors a chance to maintain fitness, lift spirits and enjoy a social experience with others as they ride either specially designed cruisers or three-wheeled adult trike bikes from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. June 27 at Zachary Community Park, 20055 Old Scenic Highway.

Participants can bring their own bike to the program.

For information, call (225) 272-9200, ext. 435, or email To register, visit

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