Around Zachary for June 9, 2016 _lowres

Stacy Gill

Zachary residents looking for Fourth of July fun can travel 20 minutes north on La. 67 (Plank Road) to Clinton for the town’s inaugural Red, White and Blues Festival — formerly the Red, White and Blueberry festival.

Local blues legend Kenny Acosta will perform. Look for the stage at the corner of Bank and Woodville streets. Additional musical performances are scheduled. Blues festival T-shirts will be sold.

Sponsored by Clinton, festivities kick off at noon Friday at the courthouse square, where vendors will sell their handcrafted, homemade items. Activities for children also will be featured.

A fireworks display is scheduled for dark in front of Clinton Town Hall.

“We want to ensure that everyone who comes to the festival has a good time and wants to come back next year,” Clinton Mayor Lori Bell said.

Independence Day fun

From 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, a star-spangled celebration will take place in downtown Baton Rouge at the USS Kidd Memorial Plaza.

Races, a flag ceremony, pie-baking contests, hot dog eating contests, arts and crafts from area vendors, food and drinks, and swamp pop, swing, jazz, rhythm and blues, soul, ’50s and ’60s pop and patriotic music will be featured.

Bands expected to perform include Big River Express, Rosie and the Swingin’ Riveters, Quiana Lynell and the Lush Life, and Werewolf.

At the Levee Amphitheatre, patriotic crafts, inflatables, face painting, obstacle courses and yard games will entertain children.

At 5:45 p.m., Mayor-President Kip Holden will take a moment to give thanks to all participants and sponsors.

The day concludes with fireworks on the Mississippi beginning at 9 p.m. All are invited to attend.

The Surrender of Port Hudson begins at 1 p.m. Saturday at Port Hudson State Historic Site on U.S. 61 near Zachary.

Staff and volunteers will commemorate the surrender of the Port Hudson Confederate garrison to the U.S. Army with the lowering of the park’s large Confederate garrison flag and the raising of the park’s large federal garrison flag.

Following the ceremony, a cannon salute will be fired.

Call (225) 654-3775 for information.

Appreciation church service

An appreciation service for Gary Young, pastor at Bethel Full Gospel Church in Baker, will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday at Union Baptist Church, 17038 La. 67 North, Norwood.

This fellowship service is in appreciation of Young’s leadership for more than 13 months when he filled in for Union Baptist’s pastor, who was out ill. Everyone is invited to attend.

Weight-loss surgery seminar

Dr. Dan Bourgeois, of Lane Surgery Group, will host a free informational bariatric weight loss surgery seminar from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., July 9, in the staff development classroom at Lane Regional Medical Center, 6300 Main St., Zachary.

Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy surgery, which involves removing part of the stomach in order to eat less and not feel hungry, will be discussed.

Along with diet and exercise, this weight loss surgery can result in rapid and sustainable weight loss, Bourgeois said.

Registration is preferred. For information, call (225) 570-2489.

League seeks beneficiaries

The Zachary Charity League reminds individuals, nonprofits, organizations, schools and teachers of the Wednesday, July 15, deadline for requests to be a recipient of the league’s 2015-16 fundraising year.

To be considered or for information, email a request to Include a description of your organization, whether you are requesting a certain amount for a project or just looking for any amount to help with day-to-day expenses and how the funds will benefit Zachary.

All contact information should be included.

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