In case you hadn’t noticed — but how could you miss it? — Main Street in Zachary is now five lanes.

After more than a year of construction, the fifth, or center, lane of the stretch of La. 64 from La. 19 to McHugh Road has been completed. Traffic appears to be flowing smoothly and those obnoxious but necessary orange cones and barrels are gone, as well as the nighttime noise from road crews.

Though I have yet to make a left turn in either direction on Main, I’m certain I will enjoy doing so without holding up traffic.

Happy safe driving, y’all.

Ladies prayer breakfast

The quarterly Ladies Ecumenical Prayer Breakfast will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and hosted by the women of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, in the church hall, 11485 Ferdinand St., St. Francisville.

Women from the region are invited to attend this free event.

Guest speakers will be Billy and Erin Foster, of Zachary, who will share information about The Lot Project, a parking lot ministry they founded and are working with in Baton Rouge.

Food addiction support group

Food Addicts Anonymous, a weekly support group that provides fellowship for men and women willing to recover from the disease of food addiction, meets from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. every Thursday in the West Wing Conference Room at Lane Regional Medical Center, 6300 Main St., Zachary.

Registration not required. Remaining meetings this month are July 14, 21 and 28.

Movie in the Park

Zachary area families are invited to grab a blanket or lawn chair and join BREC for a movie under the stars from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 21 at Zachary Community Park.

Attendees can enjoy popcorn and other concessions available for purchase while watching the PG-rated “The Good Dinosaur.”

For information, call (225) 654-4261.

Blood drive

United Blood Services and Lane Regional Medical Center are partnering once again to host a blood drive from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 22 in the Staff Development Classroom at Lane.

Area residents are encouraged to donate blood and help save lives. UBS is the sole provider of blood to Lane, so donations will directly benefit the hospital’s service area, which includes Baker, North Baton Rouge, Central, Clinton, Jackson, New Roads, Slaughter, St. Francisville, Zachary and Southern Mississippi.

Appointments are not required, but donors are encouraged to sign up online at and enter the code, LaneRegional.

Mark your calendars

Aug. 10: Students and parents can begin counting the days as the first day of school for the 2016-17 term is around the corner. Be sure to look for back-to-school news in upcoming editions of the Zachary Advocate and Plainsman.

Aug. 16: Residents from around the North Capital Region will be invited to attend the Regional Veterans Park dedication ceremony at 9 a.m. behind Lane Regional Hospital, 6300 Main St., Zachary.

Aug. 22: Meet the Broncos at 6 p.m. in the Zachary High School gymnasium.

Aug. 26: Football season kicks off with a jamboree game between the Zachary High Broncos and West Feliciana Saints at 5 p.m. in Bronco Stadium.

Sept. 9: Plan to run, walk or jog at this year’s Zachary Gleaux Run 5K and 1-mile Fun Run inside the Americana development.

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

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