It’s difficult to believe that Nov. 13 marks the sixth week of the Zachary Advocate and Plainsman.

The community has rallied around us and contributed to its success by submitting news, photos, stories and tips to help make this community newspaper remain all about the community.

But there are more stories to share, more photos to be taken and more news to report, but we can’t do what we do without you, the community.

Share your upcoming events. Invite us to share in what makes Zachary so unique.

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In the meantime, around Zachary ...

Packing the Pantry

This week is all about packing the Zachary Food Pantry, and Friday, the community can help with one final push by dropping off canned goods and nonperishable food items from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the parking lot next to Zachary City Hall’s annex building on Main Street.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, gumbo cooked by Paul Mier and team, of Cajun Catch and Chris’ Specialty Meats, will be sold for $5 per bowl. All proceeds benefit the Zachary Food Pantry.

Civic organizations, city fire and police, school district and food pantry volunteers will be on-site collecting canned goods, serving gumbo and packing the pantry.

In November 2013, 42,758 pounds of donated food were received by residents, churches, schools, businesses and civic groups for the Pack the Pantry food drive.

10-year celebration

A community celebration marking the Zachary Community School District’s 10th year at No. 1 will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Bronco Stadium at Zachary High School, 4200 Bronco Lane.

All are invited to participate.

Disease addressed

Dr. Deepak Thekkoott, an interventional cardiologist with the Cardiovascular Institute of the South, will address how cholesterol and heart disease are connected and what you can do to optimize your cholesterol levels during the “Ask the Doctor” Lunch and Learn session from noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 21 in the staff development classroom at Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary.

High cholesterol is a serious health problem that affects about 50 million Americans, according to CIS.

The session is free and includes a light lunch.

Seating is limited, so advance reservations are required by calling (225) 658-4587.

Holiday adventure camp set

Schools in Baker and Zachary recess for the Thanksgiving break Nov. 21.

What to do with children ages 8 to 12 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 24-26?

BREC is hosting a fall holiday adventure camp at Greenwood Community Park, La. 19, Baker.

Each day brings excitement as children bike, hike, rock climb, canoe, kayak, paddleboard and slack-line their way to new adventures, BREC said.

In addition, campers will learn survival skills, create nature-based arts and crafts, and make friendships.

Registration is limited to 32 campers. Early drop-off and late pickup times allowed for a fee. Cost per camper is $66.

Contact BREC at (225) 620-0500 or email for information or to register your child.

Basketball camp planned

Zachary High School’s head basketball coach Kenny Almond is hosting a Thanksgiving basketball camp from 9 a.m. until noon Nov. 24-26 for children and teens ages 8-14.

Instructed by ZHS coaches and players, participants will learn the fundamentals of the game and have some fun.

Cost per camper is $50 and includes camp T-shirt.

Email for information.

Handgun permit class

The Baton Rouge Police Department is offering a concealed handgun permit class from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Nov. 22 at the BRPD Pistol Range, 999 W. Irene Road, Zachary.

This class will be taught by Baton Rouge police firearm instructors.

There is a $100 charge to attend, and the class is open to anyone 21 or older. Participants must provide their own handgun and ammunition.

Class size is limited to 50 people per session, so participants should register early by calling the BRPD Training Academy at (225) 389-3886.

Gleaux time

By Nov. 29, everyone should be ready to work off some of those holiday calories, and what better way than to register for the second annual Zachary Gleaux Run hosted by the Chamber of Commerce?

Joggers, runners and walkers are invited to get out their best glow gear and join in this evening event.

The event starts with registration at 4:15 p.m. The YMCA pre-party begins at 4:30 p.m. followed by the 1-mile run/walk at 5:30 p.m., and 6 p.m. is gleaux time for the 5K run/walk.

An after-party will feature a DJ, music, food, fun and a gleaux station for photos under the black light. Awards will be given to overall race winner and individuals and team wearing the best gleaux attire.

Everyone registering for the 5K receives a T-shirt.

Visit Facebook to learn more or register for the Zachary Gleaux Run at

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