Around Zachary for June 9, 2016 _lowres

Stacy Gill

A reminder that New Mom’s Hope, a monthly support group providing encouragement, education and support for mothers-to-be, new moms who are having emotional difficulty related to childbirth or those suffering from postpartum depression, will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Thursday. This free support group is led by Dana LeTard Vicellio, a licensed professional counselor and Louisiana area coordinator for Postpartum Support International.

Call (225) 658-4587 for information. The group meets in the West Wing Conference Room at Lane Regional Medical Center, 6300 Main St., Zachary.

Newcomers Club field trip

The Zachary Newcomers Club is planning a field trip to St. Francisville on Friday, which includes lunch at The Francis from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Following lunch, members will head to Rosedown Plantation for the History Mythbusters program.

Guides will relate stories that have become standard features in tours. Several of the more common myths will be debunked as Rosedown’s interpretive staff relates the truth behind these myths and the research debunking them.

Cost to attend is $10 per adult. The tour lasts 45 minutes. For information or questions about joining the club, email zacharynew

Baseball program tryouts

The Dominican Republic Sports & Education Academy will be conducting tryouts on Saturday at Southern University’s baseball facilities, 801 Harding Blvd., Baton Rouge.

The DRSEA Summer Baseball Experience is a one-month pilot project to be held over the summer in the Dominican Republic for high school sophomores and juniors from the U.S.

Area baseball players interested in participating are invited to register at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and try out at 10 a.m.

Prospects must bring their own baseball shoes, glove and practice clothes and will be tested on hitting, fielding and position skills.

Players will be selected by a panel of experts based on skills and academic standing. An invitation to participate includes baseball instruction from some top coaches in the Dominican Republic and clinics conducted by Major League Baseball. Participants also will receive SAT and ACT preparation, as well as Spanish lessons.

All tryouts will receive a professional evaluation. However, trying out does not guarantee selection for the DRSEA Summer Program. A $25 fee to tryout will be assessed, but if selected, participation in the program is free.

Dance audition time changes

The Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre has announced a 30-minute time change for the Orlando Ballet’s national auditions for its Summer Intensive dance program on Sunday.

Registration has been pushed up to 1 p.m. from 1:30 p.m., and auditions for dancers ages 12 and up, which were initially scheduled for 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., will now be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The Nashville Ballet will register dancers ages 11 and older at noon Jan. 23 with auditions from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Call Christy Benoit at (225) 766-8379 or email with questions.

Reminder to recycle your tree

East Baton Rouge Parish residents are reminded that curbside pick-up for Christmas trees to be recycled is now through Jan. 23. There will be only one pick-up time in each area, so be sure to leave your tree at the curb.

Drop-off sites will remain open for tree recycling through Jan. 30. Locations include BREC’s Independence Park, 7500 Independence Blvd.; Highland Road Park, 14024 Highland Road; Kathy Drive Park, off O’Neal Lane by Team Toyota; and Flannery Road Park, 801 S. Flannery Road.

Also, trees can be dropped off at LSU on Skip Bertman Drive in the lot across from the LSU Veterinary School.

Curbside recycling for clean, folded and flattened cardboard boxes will be accepted inside or next to your recycling cart at the curb. Wrapping paper should be placed inside carts, but no tissue or foil paper will be accepted.

For information, visit

Ducks Unlimited banquet

The Zachary High School chapter of Ducks Unlimited will host a banquet at the Americana YMCA, 4200 Liberty Way, on Jan. 29. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets for a table of eight people, which includes the selection of a rifle or handgun, are $1,000 each. Tickets for sponsor couples are $250; adult couples, $60; single adults, $45 each; and students, $25 each.

For information or details, call DU chapter contact Katie Mestayer at (225) 301-6387 or email

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