There are several “shout-outs” that are overdue but most deserving.

First: way to go, Broncos! You made history over the weekend and claimed a title that was yours for the taking.

Kudos to the football players, coaching staff, trainers, the spirit groups and band for keeping that Bronco spirit alive.

It really is a great day to be a Bronco.

Another shout-out goes to the kindergartners at Northwestern Elementary School. Classrooms recently created placemats for clients of the Zachary Food Pantry.

Students designed bright and colorful turkey hand drawings and other Thanksgiving scenes on placemats that were personally delivered to the Food Pantry by one of the classrooms.

So, to the entire school, all students and every teacher who participated: Nice job. This shout-out is for you.

Lastly, Zachary Winn Dixie employee Dan Johnson deserves a shout for excelling, again, in the Capital Area Independent Bowling Tournament, which is a qualifier for the State Indoor Games to be held in March.

Dan has won gold, silver and bronze medals in bowling, bocce and horseshoes.

He placed first in his division in the bowling tournament and qualified to participate in the state tournament.

Way to go, Dan.

Do you have a shout-out for someone or some group most deserving? Maybe he, she or they have gone above and beyond, excelled at something or have simply done a good deed worth mentioning. If so, send your Shout Outs to me, Stacy Gill, at

After all, ’tis the season, so let’s shout it out.

Volunteers needed for study

To determine if specifically designed foods can control glucose response and appetite, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 6400 Perkins Road, is conducting the SmartSnack research study and participants are needed. Those who qualify can earn up to $300.

Scientists will investigate if a snack specifically formulated with fiber and ingredients to slow carbohydrate digestion will decrease the glucose and insulin response in overweight, healthy individuals.

Eligible individuals must be ages 18 to 60, not pregnant or nursing, have a body mass index of 25 to 30 and take no chronic medications other than oral contraceptives. Duration of this study is four to 12 weeks.

For questions or to discuss the study, call (225) 763-3000. To see if you qualify, visit

Visit with Santa

Honey’s Love, 4538 Lee St., in Zachary invites local children to have cookies and milk with Santa at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Cost is $15 per child and includes crafts, caroling and a Christmas story.

Call (225) 286-5308 or visit for information.

Christmas play planned

Baker is inviting everyone to a Christmas play beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

“Emmanuel: A Story of 4,000 Years of Redemption” is being called “inspiring entertainment for all ages” and will be held in the Baker Municipal Auditorium, 3325 Groom Road.

The Lanfords, who home-school their children, have been putting on the holiday-themed play for several years. Two of the Lanford brothers recently went through the welding program at the Workforce Development Center in Baker and are putting their skills to use by making all of the set designs. The family also makes all of the costumes.

Donations will be accepted to help cover the cost of the sets and costumes. Refreshments will be served.

For information, call Jean Byers at (225) 774-1776.

Grow Elite basketball clinic

Former Bronco basketball player and Zachary High Hall of Famer Lawrence “Cliff” Ghoram, a Rice University and Texas A&M alumnus, will be returning to his hometown of Zachary to host the Grow Elite basketball clinic for youths ages 7 to 14.

The clinic is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 26 at Copper Mill Elementary School.

Players will be paired based upon grade level and skills. The clinic will primarily focus on basketball fundamentals and offensive and defensive drills.

Cost to attend is $30 per participant. To preregister, visit

For information, email or call (225) 324-3845.

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