Area artists are encouraged to prepare artwork entries for a juried art show sponsored by the Regional Arts Council of Zachary to be held Saturday during the ninth annual Zachary Arts and Musical Festival, April 29 to May 3, at BREC’s Zachary Community Park, 20055 Old Scenic Highway.

A combination of cash awards, certificates and RACZ memberships will be awarded in four categories: under glass for adults (charcoal, pastel, pen and ink, and watercolor mediums); not under glass for adults (acrylic and oil mediums); children 11 and under; and youth/teens ages 12 to 17. A people’s choice winner will also be named.

Ribbons will be displayed at the start of the art show and prizes awarded beginning at 5 p.m. May 2 in the pavilion at the park.

Entry forms are available at, and artists wishing to participate should complete the form and bring it along with their artwork to the park pavilion between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Friday.

RACZ is partnering with the Zachary Chamber of Commerce to bring this art show to the ZFest line up. For information, visit

Lunch and Learn with Chamber set

The Zachary Chamber of Commerce will host its next Lunch and Learn event from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 6 at the Americana YMCA, 4200 Liberty Way, Zachary.

The Chamber’s May speaker is Erin Monroe Wesley, chief operating officer and executive vice president of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber.

Wesley oversees BRAC’s day-to-day operations, directs the implementation of its strategic plan and continues to manage BRAC’s political advocacy efforts at the state, regional and local levels. Prior to this role, she served as BRAC’s senior vice president of governmental affairs.

Wesley also directs the organization’s lobbying efforts related to the Louisiana legislature, cultivates relationships among top business leaders and public officials throughout the Baton Rouge area, and manages FuturePAC, BRAC’s political action committee.

“Erin is a dynamic speaker, and we’re happy to have her,” said Chamber Director Heather Prejean.

Cost to attend is $15 for chamber members and $20 for non-members. Drawings, door prizes, lunch and networking will be featured.

Register to attend by visiting

Baker joins BRCC for education, job fair

The community of Baker and Baton Rouge Community College are partnering to host a free education and job fair from 11 2 p.m. May 7 at the Baker Municipal Center, 3225 Groom Road.

More than 30 companies from the Baton Rouge area will have booths presenting information on job opportunities, apprenticeship programs, education and training programs including BRCC Associate and Transfer degrees, and BRCC technical training and certification programs such as nursing, graphics, culinary arts, welding, air-conditioning repair, pipefitting, child care, information technology, electrical, instrumentation, millwright, drafting and more.

College financial information, industrial craft training, resume writing, job-seeking skills and high school equivalency test programs for youth and adults will be featured. Lunch is free, as is booth space. Set up begins at 10 a.m. Thursday.

To register your booth, visit for a registration form. Complete and email form to Tammy Brown at or fax it to (225) 685-5212. For information, call Brown at (225) 687-5501.

Charity League serves up tennis tournament

The Zachary Charity League is set to host its annual tennis tournament May 8-9 at Americana YMCA and Fennwood Hills Country Club, both in Zachary.

Divisions include ladies doubles and men’s doubles. Entry fee is $75 per player and includes a crawfish boil, a continental breakfast and lunch, beverages, snacks, goody bags, T-shirts and trophies for the winning teams.

Sponsorship opportunities range from $100 to $1,000. Proceeds will benefit the ZCL’s organizations for 2015, which include the Zachary Food Pantry, Zachary Reserve Officers and Zachary Volunteer Fire Department.

The deadline to enter is May 1 or when spots are filled; entries are limited. To enter visit

For information, call Carole Wilkins at (225) 324-0941 or email

Chamber, Rotary will tee off for golf tourney fundraiser

The Zachary Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce will join together in hosting a golf tournament fundraiser beginning with an 8 a.m. registration and 10 a.m. shotgun start May 11 at Copper Mill Golf Club in Zachary.

Cost to enter is $100 per golfer or $400 per team.

Sponsorship packages are available including eagle for $1,000; birdie for $600; hole sponsorships for $100; and the mulligan/red blast at $10 per golfer or $40 per team. Door prizes are needed and will be awarded during lunch, which is included in the entry fee.

To enter, call Brandy Westmoreland at (225) 654-6674 or email

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