Zachary Elementary Parent Teacher Organization’s second annual Race to the Finish fundraising event in April, which featured a 5K and 1-mile fun run benefiting Zachary’s five elementary schools, was attended by many from the Zachary community, including teachers, students, parents, district personnel, school administrators and representatives from businesses and organizations, many of whom volunteered to man the course, time finishes, award trophies and more.

Despite a wet start to the day, the event was hugely successful, Lianne Crawford, race director, said.

Adult winners were published April 22 and can be found online at

Overall mile winners included: Jaala Thymes, first place, Zachary Elementary (ZES); Jackenzie Thymes, second place, Copper Mill (CMES); and Carson Dayton, third place, ZES.

Fastest ZEPTO 1-mile male and female were Carson Dayton, ZES, and Jaala Thymes, ZES.

Fastest ZEPTO 5K male and female: Wyatt Barbe, CMES, and Lucille Yoes, ZES.

5K female, age 10 and under: Lucille Yoes, first place; and Maddie Daniel, ZES, and Maddie Lea, Rollins Place, tied for second.

5K male, age 10 and under: Rhen Langley, first place, ZES; Blake Barbe, second place, ZES, and Local Curry, third place, CMES.

5K female, age 11 to 14: Ashlyn Davis, first, CMES; Alissa Edwards, second, CMES and Camila Roldon, third, CMES.

5K male, age 11 to 14: Wyatt Barbe, first place, CMES; Kyle Bennett, second place, CMES; and Todd Goudeau, third place, CMES.

Kids to Parks Day

Louisiana State Parks and America’s State Parks are partnering with the National Park Trust to host National Kids to Parks Day on Saturday May 16, the week before the official start of summer.

Kids to Parks Day is a nationwide day of outdoor play, encouraging families to explore their neighborhood parks, state sites and outdoors to discover science, history, nature and adventure right around the corner.

Admission is free at all of Louisiana’s State Parks and Historic Sites, while this year’s special events include a Nature Scavenger Hunt at Port Hudson State Historic Site near Zachary from 10 a.m. until noon.

For information, call (225) 654-3775.

Pregnancy workshop

Lane Regional Medical Center will offer a free prenatal and newborn baby care class on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at noon 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 will cover what expectant mothers need to know to care for their newborns during the first weeks of life.

A tour of Baby Lane, the Labor Delivery Recovery and Postpartum unit, is included in the workshop.

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

Beyond the pill

Birth control, or contraception, refers to a variety of methods and products designed to prevent unintentional pregnancy.

Dr. Joshua Best, an obstetrician and gynecologist with Bayou Regional Women’s Clinic, will discuss new medical options for birth control from noon until 1 p.m. May 20 in the Staff Development Classroom at Lane Regional Medical Center, 6300 Main St., in Zachary.

Open to women age 14 and up, this session is free and includes a light lunch.

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

Regional Veterans Park involvement

The purpose of the Regional Veterans Park, currently under construction and located at the entrance to the fitness trail behind Lane Regional Medical Center, is to honor the courage and sacrifices of those who served in the United States armed forces.

The park will provide a place to go to remember, thank and memorialize those veterans who have committed themselves to protecting our rights and freedoms.

Get involved by becoming a member of the Regional Veterans Park Association with a $25 membership fee.

Another way to participate is by purchasing a memorial brick paver for $100. The donation includes three lines of type on a 4-inch-by-8-inch brick that will become part of the Wall of Veterans.

Become a sponsor of the Regional Veterans Park by making a $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or $2,500 donation.

For information, visit, email or call Will Steen at (225) 938-1686.

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