Happy holidays, and here’s to holy board!

Hope your Thanksgiving celebration was spent with loving family and friends. The weather sure was nice — breezy, but nice.

My holiday was spent in West Feliciana cooking and visiting with wonderful family and friends outdoors by an outside fireplace playing a game we call holy board.

If you have never played holy board, which is neither holy nor religious since words unfit for print are expressed if you miss throwing a washer into one of the holes, then you are missing out.

Perhaps you’ve heard of Cajun horseshoes? Honestly, I’m not certain if they’re one in the same, but what I do know is this game is highly addictive.

Allow me to explain: two wooden, fabric-covered platforms are tied together with a rope about four feet in length. Each platform is about three feet in length and has three holes on the top side of the platform large enough for six metal washers to be thrown into them, one at a time.

Two opponents square off, each by standing on one of the platforms and attempting to throw all six of their washers into the holes in the opposite-facing platform.

The first and closest hole to the “thrower” is worth one point, the middle hole is worth three points and the third and farthest hole is worth five points. The first person to 21 wins.

This holy board game is what I call simple-stupid: so simple its stupid, but it’s highly entertaining. (What does that say about me and my gang?)

I don’t care, I just know we ate a delicious meal cooked by several friends and sets of hands, and instead of bellying up after eating and going into a food coma, we worked off the calories by doing something outside in the winter sun not far from a warm, crackling fire.

It was a fun day among loving family and good friends. My kind of Thanksgiving.

BREC winter camp

BREC parks in Zachary are registering now for a children’s winter camp Dec. 22-Jan. 5. Ages 6-12 are invited to attend Church Street and Plank Road parks.

Children ages 4-5 who are potty-trained are welcome at Zachary Community Park.

If a minimum of 15 children do not sign up for the 4-5 age group at Zachary Community Park, they will attend camp at Church Street Park.

Early drop-off and late pick-up times are available for parents from 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. for an additional fee of $6. Cost for camp is $81 per child.

Registration ends Dec. 11.

Camp half-days are Dec. 24 and Dec. 31, and no camp will be held Dec. 25 or Jan. 1.

Camp times are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Call (225) 654-9861 to register your child for Church Street Park; (225) 654-8401 for Plank Road Park; and (225) 654-4261 for Zachary Community Park.

Christmas musical

Copper Mill students will present a Christmas musical at 6 p.m. Dec. 4 in the Northwestern Middle School gym, 5200 E. Central Ave. Copper Mill band, choir and orchestra students will be performing. Everyone is invited to attend this free concert.

Concealed handgun class

The Baton Rouge Police Department is offering a concealed handgun permit class from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Baton Rouge Police Department Pistol Range, 999 W. Irene Road in Zachary.

Police firearm instructors will teach the class that’s open to ages 21 or older. Class fee is $100. Participants must provide their own handgun and ammunition.

Only one session is required to become certified. Class size is limited to 50 per session. Register by calling the BRPD Training Academy at (225) 389-3886 or visit eventbrite.com and search Baton Rouge Police Concealed Carry Class.

Diabetes support group

Anyone with diabetes, including family, friends and others in a supporting role, can attend a diabetes support group 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 9 at Lane Regional Medical Center, 6300 Main St. For information, contact Sherri Brady, RN, at (225) 658-4583.

Quartet, students perform

Amy Pan, orchestra director for the Zachary school district, invites the community to a free winter concert beginning at 6 p.m. Dec. 11 at Zachary Elementary School, 3775 Hemlock St. The Baton Rouge Symphony String Quartet will be coaching then performing with orchestra students from Zachary and Copper Mill elementary schools.

Shop locally

The Zachary Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Shop Local day Dec. 13.

“This is a great day to promote commerce and shopping at local Chamber businesses because of the community already participating in our annual Christmas parade,” said Heather Prejean, chamber director.

Participating chamber businesses will be offering 10 percent off selected items in their stores, chamber officials said.

Look for the “Shop Local” signs in front of participating businesses: 4 Sisters Antiques, All-Star Chevrolet North, The Animal Center, Antiques at the Crossroads, Amrhein Hardware, Burk Heroman’s Florist, Cabba’s Grill, Don Lyns Florist, Dr. Wireless, Fitness Design for Women, Halley’s Photography, Honey’s Love, Joie Petite Designs, Moreau Physical Therapy, Noveau Coiffure, Persnickety, Pretty Woman, Quality Tire & Car Care Center, Real Property Management, Renaissance Medical Spa, Ruby Salon, Sacha Cosmetics, Spectrum Fitness, Swing Along Kids, The Chocolate Café, The Cottage Fine Art and Framing, Tucker’s Seafood, Vapeurette Galerie, Vertu Boutique, Yogurt Bayou and Zachary Lumber & Hardware.

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