Louisiana has a fifth season, well, sixth if you count crawfish season. In addition to the four seasons we learned in elementary school — winter, spring, summer and fall — there’s another season we all have come to know and love, or hate, depending on the circumstance and the person.
It’s called “sprinter.” That’s right; it’s a combination of spring and winter, and here in southern Louisiana, we experience days of springlike weather followed by days of temperatures in the 20s and 30s followed by more days of warmer temps followed by scarf-wearing, glove-warming, coat-shuffling days of cold, cold and more cold.
Do we light the fireplace or run the ceiling fans? Do I pack away my warm fuzzy sweaters, or do I move my sandals from my winter closet to my spring/summer closet?
And what about the seasonal illnesses that warm, cold, cold, warm, freezing cold, warm days bring?
What to tell a friend visiting soon from Oregon? Well, let’s see, be sure to pack some sweaters and a jacket, don’t forget your scarf and mittens, and oh, yeah, be sure to bring some T-shirts and flip-flops.
So, welcome sprinter. We embrace you with coat, sandals and a warm-cold smile.
Meanwhile, around Zachary...
Baker Little League
For 76 years, the Baker Youth Little League has provided a setting for families to come together to enjoy a fun, healthy environment for boys and girls to play T-ball, baseball and softball.
On Saturday , the newly reformed Baker Youth Little League will hold an informational meeting at 10 a.m. at 2640 N. Magnolia Drive, Baker, for those interested in supporting the league and/or sponsoring a team, according to Baker Police Chief Mike Knaps.
“We would like to everyone to come out, meet the new board of directors, take a look at our facility and ask any questions you may have,” Knaps said.
Registration for the 2015 season will be March 14 at the ballpark on North Magnolia Drive.
The league offers T-ball, baseball and softball for boys and girls ages 4 and up who live in Baker and surrounding areas.
Knaps said the league anticipates beginning its 2015 season in April.
For information, contact Michelle Lewis at (225) 315-0610.
On the Waterfront
Port Hudson State Historic Site, 236 U.S. 61, Zachary, invites you to “The Waterfront: Vicksburg, Port Hudson and the Fight for the Mississippi” at 11 a.m. Saturday . As the drums of war sounded in North America in 1861, a great technological change was taking place in the realm of naval warfare.
The introduction of the armored warship was only one aspect of this revolution at sea and on the inland waterways of this nation.
For information about this presentation, call (225) 654-3775.
In addition to free online classes in Gale courses, formally Learn4Life, Learning Express and the East Baton Rouge Parish Library System’s newest resource — Atomic Training, Treehouse and Lynda — the following computer classes are held each month.
A free introduction to Microsoft Word will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Baker Branch Library, 3501 Groom Road.
For information or to register, call the Baker library at (225) 778-5940.
A computer tutoring class will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Pride-Chaneyville Library, 13600 Pride-Port Hudson Road.
For information or to register, call the Pride library at (225) 658-1540.
Lunch and Learn
The Zachary Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly Lunch and Learn event Wednesday .
Chamber member and local certified public accountant Dennis Maciasz will discuss changes in the tax world, answer questions about business and personal taxes, and offer tax-filing tips.
If you have specific questions for Maciasz to answer at the luncheon, email them to email@example.com.
The chamber’s Lunch and Learn begins with networking at 11:30 a.m. followed by lunch and program from noon until 1 p.m. at the Americana YMCA, 4200 Liberty Way, Zachary.
Cost to attend is $15 for chamber members and $20 for nonmembers.
Register at www. zacharychamber.com.
Send news and events for Around Zachary to Stacy Gill at firstname.lastname@example.org by 3 p.m. Fridays or call (225) 993-0066.