At BREC’s Church Street and Zachary Community parks, the “mother’s day out” program Tiny Steps includes organized recreational games, creative art projects, singing and dancing for children aged 3 to 5.

The program is from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday and promotes physical fitness and health through exercise and fun.

Healthy snacks are provided through a partnership with Big Buddy. Cost is $54 per month per child, and fees are valid through May 2016. Participants must be potty-trained.

For details, call (225) 654-4261.

Americana to host Lemonade Day

On Saturday, children are invited to set up lemonade stands around The Pointe at Americana in Zachary for a Lemonade Day Louisiana celebration from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The event will feature inflatables, games, food, beverages and music by DJ James Gilmore until 4 p.m. Performances are scheduled by Tomplay, local teen singer Michelle Willis and 3 Piece White Band.

Lemonade tasting and contests end at 3:30 p.m.

Registration and participation is free. Youth interested in registering a lemonade stand at Americana can call Heather Kleinpeter at (225) 654-6544 or visit

‘Grierson’s Raid’ presentation planned

Port Hudson State Historic Site, near Zachary, presents “Boots and Saddles: Grierson’s Raid” at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday. This indoor presentation and discussion will follow the path of Col. Benjamin Grierson’s Buttermilk Rangers.

The cavalry raid, which began April 17, 1863, just above the Mississippi border in Tennessee, covered 600 miles of hard riding and fighting that finally ended in triumph 16 days later in Baton Rouge.

For more information, call (225) 654-3775.

Metro 1 meeting planned

East Baton Rouge Metro Councilman Trae Welch, of District 1, will host a Metro 1 meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Faith Baptist Church, 15880 Plank Road, Baker.

Welch invites residents of District 1 to attend the meetings to voice their opinions or share ideas and suggestions. Each month, Welch rotates between Baker, Chaneyville and Zachary in an effort to reach everyone he represents.

District 1 includes the northern part of the parish, including the Chaneyville and Pride areas, cities of Baker and Zachary and a small section of Central.

Kookin’ for Kerstyn

Kerstyn Melan, a 12-year-old student at Northwestern Middle School in Zachary, is battling anaplastic large-cell lymphoma, a rare type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

As a result, Cast Iron Ministries is hosting a jambalaya fundraiser to help her family with medical expenses. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 6 at Shear Image Salon, 4538 Lee St., in Zachary, plates of jambalaya, white beans, a bread roll and brownie will be sold for $7 each.

Free delivery is available for orders of three or more plates within 10 miles of Zachary. Pickup orders are encouraged by 1 p.m.

To learn more about Kerstyn’s story, visit her Go Fund Me page at

For questions, call Chantel Crochet-Robinson at (225) 978-2030.

Smart Driver class scheduled

An AARP Smart Driver Course will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 7 in the Staff Development Classroom at Lane Regional Medical Center, 6300 Main St., Zachary.

This event is a classroom refresher course for drivers 50 and older to help learn the effects of aging on driving and how to adjust and remain safe on today’s roads.

Most auto insurance companies provide a multiyear discount to course graduates, a news release said.

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