At this point, most people are back in a routine and recovering from the holidays.

Well, except for that upcoming National Championship game. And king cakes.

This is a great time to remind people how to publicize events through The Democrat, The Plainsman and The Watchman.

We love hearing from the public about upcoming events. We also appreciate getting write-ups and photos after events in the area.

Things we are looking for include

  • Announcements for upcoming events
  • Award winners
  • Everyday students/people doing things
  • News items
  • Anything that might be interesting to the community


The publication date of the paper is Thursdays. The deadline for submissions is the Friday before. So submissions for the Thursday, Jan. 16, edition must be made by Friday, Jan. 10. When submitting after an event, get it to us within two weeks.


Photos need to be submitted as high-resolution jpegs. Cellphone photos are often usable but need to be sent as “full size” files.

People in the photos need to be identified by first and last name. We prefer to not run large groups in photos. Some basic information, such as what happened and when and where it happened should be included.

By submitting photos, you agree that they can be published in any of The Advocate’s print or digital publications.

Write the details

Remember to answer the question words in anything submitted to us: Five W's and an H: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How. Sometimes each question has multiple answers.

Always include contact information so we can get questions answered.

Contact us

When you have the information ready, email it to the appropriate email address. And let us know if it needs to run in multiple areas.

East and West Feliciana parishes:


If you need to ask us questions, contact Community News Editor Darlene Denstorff at (225) 388-0215 or (225) 603-1998 or or Community News assistant Leila Pitchford at (225) 388-0731 or

Adopt a pet

Must Luv Dogs is holding an LSU Pawty and Adoption event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at PetSense, 5875 Main Street, Zachary. The event is a chance to meet Joe Burrow — the rescue dog. Visit www.mustluvdogs for information. 

Valentines for soldiers

The Zachary Farmers Market attendees will have the opportunity to color, make and decorate Valentines to send to members of the U.S. military during the Jan. 18 market. All ages are encouraged to participate in the event led by the Baton Rouge Soldier Outreach Program. 

The group also seeks non-perishable items for care packages. Suggested items include Valentine candy and snack cakes, protein bars, granola bars, jerky, peanuts, pretzels, raisins, trail mix, pudding, ramen noodles, cheese crackers, peanut butter crackers, dried fruit, gum, powdered drink mixes, decks of cards and miniature game.  

Save the date

Many organizations have already announced dates for annual programs.

The Zachary Charity League will hold its annual gala March 14. The theme is Pretty in Pink/80s Prom.

Zachary High graduation is May 20.

The Martin Luther King Day Program, hosted by the City of Baker’s Youth in Action, with the theme Fulfillment of the Dream at 10 a.m. Jan. 20 at the Baker Municipal Center, 3325 Groom Road. The Peace Walk and Celebration will start at 10 a.m., Jan. 15 at the municipal center, 3325 Groom Road.

The Felicianas also have announced some events with regional appeal:

  • Writers & Readers Symposium, Feb 15
  • Running the Greens at The Bluffs, Feb. 29
  • Audubon Pilgrimage, March 20-22
  • Tunica Hills Music Festival and Jam, March 28
  • Spring Angola Rodeo, April 18-19
  • The Day the War Stopped, June 13

Send news, events and photos for the Baker, Chaneyville, Pride and Zachary areas to by 10 a.m. Monday or call (225) 388-0731.