St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Zachary began hosting meetings March 2 that incorporate the principles of Narcotics Anonymous and other successful peer support programs to help those in need and battling addiction.

The meetings provide a much-needed community resource for admitting, accepting and resolving to conquer addiction to drugs and/or other substances that consume you as you consume them, church officials said.

Substance abuse comes in many forms, and the habitual use of any chemical or behavior that distracts or detracts you from living a normal life can and eventually does ruin family, work and spiritual life, according to St. John’s.

The meetings are a way to offer support for parishioners and residents who seek solutions.

In order to protect the anonymity of each person, the location of the meetings will not be publicized, but only the start time of 7 p.m.

To find out the date and location of the next meeting, call the Rev. Jeff Bayhi, Melany Roberts or Ric Smith at (225) 654-5778.

To further maintain anonymity, church officials said callers can dial *67 so that numbers will be not be identified, but all calls will be answered, no questions asked.

The meetings are free, but donations are appreciated to maintain the meetings, such as providing light refreshments and program-specific support materials.

Placing God in the center of your life and realizing you are powerless over your addiction is the first step in beginning your recovery, and seeking support among peers is the second step. It just takes two steps and your recovery begins, church officials said.

Rotary reminder

Zachary Rotarians are reminded to bring canned goods to Thursday’s meeting for the “Rotary Has Heart” food drive.

The effort focuses on feeding the hungry in Rotary communities.

Zachary Rotarians were asked to partner with community food pantries or other clubs in District 6200 or involve youth groups such as Interact, EarlyAct, Youth Act, Rotaract, Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts for the effort.

Fish Fry Fridays

The Zachary High School football team is hosting a Football Fish Fry fundraiser evert Friday during Lent until April 3.

Dinners include fried catfish, french fries and coleslaw and cost $8 per plate. The dinners will be sold on the second floor of the ZHS academic athletic building and are available for pickup between 10:30 a.m. and noon.

All proceeds will go toward costs associated with the ZHS Bronco football team such as equipment, travel and uniforms.

For information or delivery orders, email chrissy.ashford@zacharyschools.org.

Pregnancy workshop

Lane Regional Medical Center will host a free prenatal and newborn baby care class from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the staff development classroom, 6300 Main St., Zachary.

The Pregnancy Workshop is an overview of what to expect during pregnancy and delivery for the soon-to-be mom.

Baby Care Basics, part of the workshop, covers all you need to know to care for your newborn in the first weeks of life, according to a news release from Lane RMC. A tour of Baby Lane and the Labor, Delivery, Recovery, Postpartum unit is included.

Partners are encouraged to attend, but child care is not provided. Registration is required. Call (225) 658-4587 to register.

Firepower!

Port Hudson State Historic Site, 236 U.S. 61, Zachary, presents Firepower! from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Port Hudson staff and volunteers will conduct demonstrations of Civil War-era reproduction weapons and show how the different weapons were loaded, fired and used in battle.

For information, call (225) 654-3775.

Queens Tea

One of the first events leading up to the Zachary Arts & Music Festival on April 29 through May 3 is a Queens Tea.

This event for girls and teens will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Pointe at Americana, Mount Pleasant Road, Zachary.

Young ladies will be served tea and refreshments while learning about beauty pageant etiquette.

Girls will learn how to walk at pageants, have the opportunity to seek advice and tips from pageant coaches and judges, and meet and take photographs with reigning Zachary pageant queens.

Tickets for the tea are $5 for girls ages 3 to 17, $10 for adults, and children 2 and under are admitted free.

Space is limited, and preregistration is required. To register, visit www.zfest.us and select the Miss Zachary/Z-Star tab at the top of the page. Once there, go to the Pageant Activities drop-down menu on the left side of the screen.

For information, call Heather Prejean, event coordinator, at (225) 654-6777.

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