Around Zachary for June 9, 2016 _lowres

Stacy Gill

Zachary High School’s drama students will present the play “A Raisin in the Sun” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Performing Arts Center on campus.

A 10-student cast and six-person crew have been rehearsing for weeks to bring the community this classic play by Lorraine Hansberry, which was nominated for four Tony Awards in 1960, including Best Play.

Set in Chicago’s South Side, the plot revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis and the family’s matriarch, Lena.

When her deceased husband’s insurance money comes through, Mama Lena dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago, but Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans.

Everyone is invited. Tickets are $11 for adults and $7 for students.

Spring baseball registration

In-person registration for spring youth baseball teams is underway at Zachary Youth Park, 1650 Mount Pleasant Road, from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Online registration begins Feb. 1 and ends Feb. 21 at

Youth are invited to participate by registering to play for one of the following groups: T-ball for ages 4 to 5, but 4-year-olds must celebrate a birthday prior to April 30; coaches pitch, age 6; coaches pitch, ages 7 to 8; coaches pitch, ages 9 to 10; and baseball, ages 11 to 12.

For information, call the Youth Park office at (225) 654-6529.

Bible study class for women

A Community Bible Study class for area women of all faiths begins Monday at Plains Presbyterian Church, 22929 Old Scenic Highway, Zachary.

The class will meet from 9:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. every Monday through May 2.

Cost to participate is $35. Though preregistration is encouraged, women wishing to attend may still do so until Feb. 1.

AARP driver safety program

A classroom refresher course for drivers ages 50 and older will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 26.

Participants will learn the effects of aging on driving and how to adjust and remain safe on today’s roads.

The course is scheduled to be held at Lane Regional Medical Center, 6300 Main St., Zachary.

Most auto insurance companies provide a multi-year discount to course graduates. Class size is limited, and registration is required.

For information or to preregister, call (225) 658-4587.

Apple & Pear study

A woman’s body shape can indicate more her health than one might expect. Is waist size more important than overall weight or can body shape be an indicator of future health risks?

Researchers at Pennington Biomedical want to know why females who carry the majority of their weight below the waist (pear-shaped) tend to have better health than those who carry the majority of their weight above the waist (apple-shaped).

The Apple & Pear research study is investigating the relationship between body shape and health risks such as Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Participants, who may receive nutritional or lifestyle counseling at study completion, can include females ages 18 to 40 having body mass indexes within a certain range, which will be determined at screening.

Women can earn up to $1,400 for participation.

To see if you qualify for the Apple & Pear study, visit to screen online or call (225) 763-3000.

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