What a busy week it was, but I suppose this is just the beginning of another brisk and bustling holiday season.

Hang on to your mittens, but Thanksgiving is three short weeks away.

It was chilly over the weekend, time to break out the blankets, light a fire and bundle up.

I love the cool weather, it’s my favorite time of year and all the festivities that come along with it.

Though, I despise shopping. I love buying for others, but I’m not a shopper. I’m not a fan of overheated malls filled with people jabbing and pushing and long lines to nowhere.

I’ll do my shopping online or keep it local. Speaking of, Dec. 13 is “Shop Locally Day” in Zachary.

All businesses who are members of the Zachary Chamber of Commerce will have the option to participate by offering merchandise sales and discounts for shoppers.

Stay tuned for deals, sales and much more in the Zachary Advocate & Plainsman – in fact, as a Chamber member ourselves, we’re offering half off our ad rates for the Dec. 5 and 7 sections of the Zachary Advocate.

Businesses will get a 1-for-4 deal and ads will appear in the Advocate Extra so residents in East and West Feliciana and St. Helena Parishes can see what your Zachary shop has to offer.

If you’re interested, contact Kristi Lynch, Advocate Sales Executive, at (225) 247-1030 or email her for rates and sizes.

Is it really shopping list-making time?

I think I’ll go make a hot cup of cocoa, curl up by something warm and think about doing that another day.

In the meantime, around Zachary...

Leaders give back

The Leadership North Alumni Association’s first economic development project will be discussed 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Nov. 10 with nine machinist students at Baton Rouge Community College’s Jackson campus.

Leadership alumni will meet one-on-one with the students to help them compile résumé and cover letters and to discuss interview skills in anticipation of their December graduation.

Nine volunteers are needed to meet with the students and to provide follow-up support ensuring they have printed résumés and cover letters. Alumni will also give advice, as requested from the students, to prepare them for successful entry into the job market.

Leadership President Carla Sibille anticipates the project will be expanded to other BRCC programs on other campuses and there will be plenty of opportunities to volunteer.

For more information, email Carla Sibille at carla@ lukinovichlaw.com

Raising the Flag

A Veterans Day flag-raising ceremony will begin at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 11 at the Bank of Zachary, 4743 Main St.

The Junior ROTC from Zachary High will provide the flag detail and patriotic music will be performed by elements of the school’s band and choir, under the direction Jason Venable and choir director David Aguillard.

Bobby Snowden, a veteran of the Korean Conflict who served 17 months as a member of the 739th AAA Gun Battalion, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

U. S. Army veteran Dan Beier of Operation Desert Storm and Operation Desert Shield will recite the benediction. Beier’s son, Daniel, is on active military duty in Afghanistan and is also a member of the Army.

Refreshments will be served following the ceremony.

Residents and all area veterans are invited to attend.

Lane support groups

Lane Regional Medical Center offers free classes, support groups and workshops throughout each month.

In November, a diabetes support group will be conducted from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 11 in the west wing conference room.

The group will discuss diabetes types and being newly diagnosed, among other topics.

Registration is not required for this class. For more information, call Sherri Brady, a registered nurse, at (225) 658-4583.

New Mom’s Hope, a monthly support group for new mothers suffering from postpartum depression will meet 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Nov. 13 at Lane RMC, 6300 Main St.

This free support group will be led by licensed counselor Dana LeTard Vicellio.

The purpose of the support group is to provide encouragement, education and support for mothers-to-be as well as new mothers having emotional difficulty related to childbirth.

The class will also discuss symptoms and offer solutions.

For information, call (225) 658-4587.

Metro 1

The Nov. 4 Metro 1 meeting scheduled for Baker was canceled due to elections.

The next meeting will be Dec. 2 at the Chaneyville Community Center, 13211 Jackson Road, Zachary. This will be a Christmas potluck.

The metro meetings are for those who reside in District 1, which includes Zachary and the areas of Alsen, Chaneyville, Port Hudson and Pride and the northernmost parts of Baker and Central.

Residents are invited to share ideas, concerns and voice their opinions. The Metro 1 meetings are hosted by Trae Welch, EBR Councilman.

Meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. and rotate every first Tuesday of the month in the communities of Baker, Chaneyville and Zachary.

Little Village Shops

The Little Village Shops on Main Street at the Heritage Museum in Baker, 1606 Main St., will open 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Nov. 8 and Nov. 15 and Dec. 6 and Dec. 13.

Everyone is invited to browse, shop or become a vendor.

Contact Jean Byers at (225) 774-1776 or (225) 933-3261 for more information.

Vendors in the Village

If you’re an arts and crafts vendor in the Zachary area, consider setting up a booth from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 12 at Christmas in the Village. Applications are now being accepted and are available at Honey’s Love, 4538 Lee St. and the city’s utility office, 4650 Main St.

All vendors must be the creators of their own wares, and must be able to provide their own tent, tables, lights and extension cords.

The first 25 vendors who apply will be accepted.

Booth fees are $25 and non-refundable but will be donated to the Christmas in the Village fund to enhance the celebration and help with costs associated with the event, Zachary officials said.

Deadline for submitting applications to the Zachary utility office is Monday, Dec. 1.

Contact Chantal Hudson, vendor coordinator, at (225) 603-1434 or Sharon Phillips, city of Zachary, at (225) 654-0287.

Send events to Stacy Gill at sgill@theadvocate.com by 3 p.m. Thursday.