Wow, it’s hard to believe that another year has whizzed by; but it has, and 2016 is almost here. I know I’m not the only one who thinks about setting goals or breaking bad habits in the coming year.

We’re so motivated at first, aren’t we? I mean, we wouldn’t be human if we didn’t try, try, fail and try yet again, would we?

I wonder when the very first New Year’s resolutions were set.

I doubt cavemen and women thought about setting goals at the start of a new time span. And if they did set goals, might theirs be something along the lines of “kill more fur-bearing animals to get us through the winter months” or “learn how to make the perfect fire”?

Actually, when compared to those goals, giving up sugar sounds like something I might be able to do.

Happy New Year to you and your resolutions.

Christmas lights set to music

Residents are invited to set their radio dials to 105.9 FM and drive through Zachary’s Historic Village through Sunday.

A holiday LED light show, featuring thousands of blinking and twinkling lights synchronized to Christmas music, comes on between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. each night, Zachary officials said.

Drivers should enter East Central Avenue from Main Street, continue to Virginia Street, then head toward Lee Street to get the best experience.

City holidays scheduled

Zachary governmental offices will close at noon Thursday in observance of the New Year’s holiday and, per their regular schedules, offices will be closed Friday.

Solid waste collection, garbage and recycling will be picked up on Thursday; however, there will be no pickups Friday.

Residents who are regularly scheduled for pickups on these days will be serviced Saturday.

Church to install pastor

Redwood Baptist Church, 6480 MacHost Road, in Zachary is hosting an installation service for the Rev. Dale W. Flowers beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday. Speaker for the service will be the Rev. W. Marshall Myles.

Everyone is invited.

Chamber Lunch and Learn

The next Lunch and Learn event hosted by the Zachary Chamber of Commerce is planned for Wednesday. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch and a speaker at noon at the Americana YMCA, 4200 Liberty Way, Zachary.

Guest speaker Lisa Shaffer, of LWS Solutions, will discuss tax accounting for contractors and manufacturers; sales and use tax accounting on repairs, labor, freight and when they’re not taxable; how and when to use a contractor’s resale certificate; how and when to use a manufacturer’s exemption certificate; an overview of East Baton Rouge Parish’s eFile website and other topics.

Shaffer has 25 years of controller experience, including firsthand knowledge about government and insurance audits. She’s a certified bookkeeper through the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers and an approved tax preparer for the IRS.

Cost to attend is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for nonmembers.

ACT courses offered

Zachary High School will host several prep courses prior to the Feb. 6 ACT tests.

Students interested in taking the courses should sign up in the counseling office at school. Each course costs $10, and seating will be limited.

Courses will be on Saturdays from 8 a.m. until noon.

A science course will be held in room A235 on Jan. 16; math in room A306 on Jan. 23; and English/reading in room A231 on Jan. 30.

20-year reunion coming up

Zachary High’s Class of 1996 is planning its 20-year reunion celebration.

All 1996 graduates are invited to attend the reunion, slated for Saturday, March 19, at Restaurant IPO, 421 Third St., Baton Rouge, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

From 10 p.m. on, the reunion will continue in downtown. Cost to attend is $50 per person and payment is due by Feb. 1.

For event details, email

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