I don’t know about you, but after the holidays, I go into a deep, blue funk of sorts. It’s sort of like a holiday hangover.

Not a true hangover, mind you, caused from imbibing too many spirits, but a holiday emotional zapper that leaves you listless, empty of anticipation and longing for the next festive event to plan, decorate and shop for.

There are no more Christmas commercials jingling bells in the background and no songs about Santa shimmying down the chimney to get you in the holiday spirit. Even the mistletoe has died.

No, what we’re left with is facing another year’s worth of resolutions we know we won’t keep. Perhaps it’s because the anticipation and hurry and flurry of the holidays are over. Sort of like post-vacation blues, which really exists.

I know I’m not the only one who suffers from post-Santa syndrome. There’s a lull at the beginning of a new year, and it’s a while before the next festive holiday event comes around.

I’d like to know how you beat PSS, or post-Santa syndrome, by sending your beat-the-holiday-blues tips to me so I can share with our readers. Email me at sgill@theadvocate.com.

Leadership North

Leadership North is the leadership development program for the north Baton Rouge region. The Zachary Chamber of Commerce hosts the program with assistance from the Louisiana Department of Economic Development and LSU Agricultural Center.

Participation in the program is open to anyone living or working in Baton Rouge, Baker, Central or Zachary and communities in East and West Feliciana and Pointe Coupee parishes who have the full support of the organization or business they represent.

The program is designed to engage emerging leaders in the region, preparing them to meet the future needs of their communities. Through the exchange of viewpoints and experiences, participants are introduced to the challenges, opportunities and issues affecting the northern Baton Rouge region. Applications can be downloaded at www.zacha rychamber.com. Deadline to apply is Jan. 31; the 2015 class begins March 19.

Holiday garbage collection

With New Year’s Day being an official holiday, solid waste ­— garbage and trash — will not be collected by Waste Management under a contract with the city. Instead, garbage and trash normally collected on Thursday will be collected on Friday, and trash normally collected Friday will be collected Saturday , according to city officials.

Students return Tuesday

After a two-week break for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, students return to school Tuesday . Teachers return Monday for an in-service day. School zones will go back into effect. Drivers, please be alert.

Snowflakes story and craft

Has your child ever seen snow? Well, the boy in this story about snow is seeing it flurry down.

Bring your children at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday to the Zachary Branch Library, 1900 Church St., to listen to the story “Snow” by Uri Shulevitz.

Participants will then make their own snowflakes with puffy paint. The arts and crafts event is for children ages 2 to 5. Registration is required by calling the Zachary Library at (225) 658-1840.

Fun-filled storytimes

Storytimes at the Pride-Chaneyville and Zachary branch libraries are meant to be fun and nonstressful for children.

Because children’s chronological ages do not always coincide with their emotional ages, children may elect to be in a younger or older class. Talk with one of the staff members at the library to learn more.

Toddlers and preschool-age children are invited to storytime at 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday in January.

Toddlers are considered children who are walking through age 2. Preschool story time is for ages 3 to 5.

Both age groups must register by calling the Pride-Chaneyville Library, 13600 Pride-Port Hudson Road, at (225) 658-1540 or the Zachary Library, 1900 Church St., at (225) 658-1840.

Snowman make and take

The Baker Branch Library, 3501 Groom Road, invites children ages 6 to 11 to join in building a snowman that never melts from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 8. Participants can then take their snowman home. Children younger than 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited, so register early by calling (225) 778-5940.

‘Things That Go BOOM!’

Port Hudson State Historic Site in Zachary, 236 U.S. 61, presents “Things That Go BOOM!” at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Jan. 10. Join this discussion and presentation on Civil War explosive ordnance that covers the evolution of hand grenades from pre-Civil War to the Civil War and beyond. The different types of explosive cannon projectiles also will be described. For information, call (225) 654-3775.

Send your Around Zachary events to Stacy Gill by 3 p.m. Friday for publication in the next edition of the Zachary Advocate & Plainsman. Email your news, photos and more to sgill@theadvocate.com.