Around Zachary for June 9, 2016 _lowres

Stacy Gill

The Capital Area Court Appointed Special Advocate Association urgently needs caring adults — especially more men — to become powerful voices for children in the foster care system, according to a news release.

Children need to do more than survive. They need to thrive in the safety and love of a family, the release said.

CASA volunteers serve as advocates for children who have been placed in foster care but neither provide legal representation nor replace social workers.

A volunteer is an independent voice speaking solely for the best interests of the child, with the ultimate goal being a safe, permanent home, the release states.

Community volunteers are needed and no special background is required. The first step in becoming a CASA volunteer is to attend a 45-minute orientation session at the CASA office, 848 Louisiana Ave., Baton Rouge, scheduled from July through September.

Remaining July dates are 10 a.m. Saturday; noon Wednesday; 5 p.m. Thursday, July 23; and noon Tuesday, July 28.

CASA is accepting people for its next volunteer training class, which begins Tuesday, Sept. 8. To learn more about becoming a CASA volunteer, call (225) 379-8598, visit casabr.org or email volunteer@casabr.org.

Women needed for study

For women, calculating your body mass index will tell you how healthy your weight is for your height, but it may not tell you the whole story about other health risks. Where women carry their weight could increase the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, according to Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge.

The center is seeking women to participate in the “Apple and Pear” research study to determine why women carry weight differently and how it may affect their health. Participants must be female, between the ages of 18 and 40, and must have a BMI within a certain range, which will be determined at screening time.

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

To see if you qualify, visit pbrc.edu/applepear to screen online or call (225) 763-3000.

Upcoming library events

East Baton Rouge Parish Public Library events and programs are free, but some require registration.

For details, visit the calendar at ebrpl.com or call your local branch for information.

Pride-Chaneyville: Beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Pride-Chaneyville Library, 13600 Pride-Port Hudson Road, the Artsy Smartsy Book Club will meet and read along with the book “A Day in the Life of Georgia O’Keefe” by Kathryn Lasky.

Children ages 6 and up will choose a few more books to read about O’Keefe from a selected group, then paint a picture on a tinfoil canvas. Registration is required.

At 11:30 a.m. Saturday, youth ages 6 to 11 are invited to Superhero Glider Storycraft.Read The Scope newspaper, then create a superhero paper glider, using your own copy of the newspaper. This program requires registration.

Call the library at (225) 658-1560 for information.

Baker: A superhero wrist cuff storycraft begins at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Baker Library, 3501 Groom Road.

Call the library at (225) 778-5940 for information.

Zachary: Storytime for toddlers and preschoolers begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Zachary Library, 1900 Church St.

Toddler storytime is for children walking through age 2 who are accompanied by an adult. Sessions are informal and include short books, simple rhymes, songs and fingerplays, and last about 15 to 20 minutes.

Preschooler storytime is for children ages 3 to 5. Children can attend without an adult, but adults must stay in the library.

If you’re looking for ways to relax and relieve stress, yoga may be the answer. Adults are invited to the Zachary Library at 10:30 a.m. Thursday to participate in a beginners yoga class. A certified yoga instructor from Fitness Design for Women will be at the library to discuss the benefits of yoga and demonstrate various exercises.

Call the library at (225) 658-1860 for information.

Diabetes support group

Lane Regional Medical Center will hold a diabetes support group meeting from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday in the Diabetes Education Office, 4801 McHugh Road, Suite C, Zachary.

For those who have Type 1 or Type 2, new or previously diagnosed, know a friend or loved one with diabetes, or would like to learn more about the disease or reinforce what they already know, this meeting is for you.

Everyone is welcome to attend, including family, friends and others in a supporting role.

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

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