Around Zachary for June 9, 2016 _lowres

Stacy Gill

January is National Blood Donor Month, and in an effort to encourage donors to give blood, Lane Regional Medical Center and United Blood Services will host a blood drive from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday in the hospital’s Staff Development Classroom, 6300 Main St.

Blood is usually in short supply during winter months because of holidays, travel, bad weather and illnesses, according to UBS, and January is a difficult month for blood centers to collect donations.

A reduction in donor turnout can put the nation’s blood inventory at a critical low.

Appointments are not required, but donors are encouraged to sign up online at Enter LaneRegional as the code.

As a reminder, UBS is the sole provider of blood to Lane RMC, so donations will benefit Lane and the communities it serves.

ACT prep course scheduled

An English and reading course will be offered on Saturday for students preparing to take the ACT test on Feb. 6. The course will be held from 8 a.m. to noon in Room A231 at Zachary High School.

Cost to attend is $10, and students must register in the counseling office. Seating is limited.

Baseball auction planned

The 10th annual Zachary Bronco Baseball auction is slated for Saturday at Hemingbough, 10101 La. 965, St. Francisville.

A social hour and silent auction begins at 5 p.m. with dinner and a live auction starting at 6 p.m. Entertainment will be provided. Dress is business casual, and cost to attend is $25 per person.

For details, email

Reunion deadline approaches

Zachary High School’s class of 1996 is planning its 20th class reunion.

A celebration will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. March 19 at Restaurant IPO, 421 Third St., Baton Rouge.

Following the dinner, the reunion will continue in the downtown Baton Rouge area.

Cost to attend is $50 per person. However, payments must be received by Monday.

Email for information.

Networking luncheon planned

The Baton Rouge Better Business Bureau is partnering with the Baker, Zachary and East Feliciana Chambers of Commerce for its annual Parish to Parish luncheon program, which is designed to provide networking opportunities to meet and connect with businesses in the three areas.

The luncheon provides an opportunity to meet and foster working relationships within the parish and with other accredited businesses in the region. Local officials will provide updates on their respective parishes.

This year’s luncheon will be held Feb. 3 at the Americana YMCA, 4200 Liberty Way, Zachary.

Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and the program and luncheon is from noon to 1 p.m.

Cost to attend is $15 for Chamber members and BBB-accredited businesses. Cost for nonmembers and guests is $20. Reservations must be made with Heather Prejean at the Zachary Chamber by emailing or by calling (225) 654-6777.

Black History Month

Port Hudson State Historic Site near Zachary is commemorating Black History Month at noon on Saturdays in February.

The site will hold presentations and lectures on significant African-Americans of the Civil War era. Bring the entire family for a brief background history on the Native Guards and a viewing of the diorama dedicated to those troops. For information, call (225) 654-3775.

Free baby care class offered

Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary will offer a free prenatal and newborn baby care class at 10 a.m. Feb. 13 in the hospital’s Staff Development Classroom.

The Pregnancy Workshop is an overview of what to expect during pregnancy and delivery for the soon-to-be mom.

Baby Care Basics covers everything new mothers, fathers and grandparents need to know to care for newborns in the first weeks of life. Also included in the class is a tour of Baby Lane, the hospital’s Labor and Delivery Unit.

Registration is required, and partners are encouraged to attend. Child care is not provided.

Call (225) 658-4587 to register.

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