The Independent Weekly's calendar features community events, performances, workshops, meetings and more.
Facilities at Vermilionville will remain open until full dark at 8:30 p.m. so contestants in Les Visions du Bayou Photo Contest can use evening light for their pictures. Visit bayouvermilion.org and click on the "2011 BVD Photo Contest" link to register. 233-4077.
The Station, weekly indie film screenings at Cité des Arts. "Blue Valentine" directed by Derek Cianfrance. 6:30 p.m. Free. 617-529-0090.
La Table Francaise, in Cajun French. 7:30 a.m. & 8:30 a.m. Dwyer's Café. KaJeune's Diner, 2979 S. Union, Opelousas. 264-1783.
Eunice Farmer's Market & Market Days, 3-6 p.m. 100 block of S. 2nd St. 457-6502.
Cupcake Decorating. Teens are invited to try their hand at the delicious art of cupcake decorating with Louisiana Technical School Culinary Arts students. 2-3 p.m. Lafayette Public Library Jefferson Street Branch. 261-5779.
Simply Marvelous Mobile. Children 5-12 years will create a hanging mobile using the old catalog cards and other office materials. 2 p.m. Lafayette Public Library Milton Branch. 856-5261.
Teen Reusable Crafts. Make reusable crafts from everyday items like decorative magnets, inner tube bracelets, and more. For ages 12-18. 6 p.m. North Regional Library. Call 896-6323 to preregister.
Acadiana Progressive's Candidates Kickoff. 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Clifton Chenier Center, 220 W. Willow St. acadianaprogressive.org.
St. Landry Parish Veterans Memorial Park Ground Breaking Ceremony. This memorial will acknowledge and recognize all military personnel and honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country. 6 p.m. 2235 Creswell Lane Extension in Opelousas. 948-3657 or www.stlandryparishgovernment.org.
Aaron Andre with Charley G's demonstrates how to make homemade pasta. 6-8pm. Classes are limited. The Kitchenary, 456 Heymann Blvd. 264-1037.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness Family-to-Family Education Program. A free, 12-week course taught by trained NAMI members who have lived this experience and offer education and support for families and friends of people with mental illness. Classes are limited. 6:30-9 p.m. 654-2138 or www.nami.org/familytofamily.
Volunteer Instructors Teaching Adults Volunteer Tutor Training Workshop. VITA-trained volunteers tutor low-level and English as a second language learners one-to-one at a time convenient to both student and tutor. 5-7:30 p.m. 234-4600 or www.vitalaf.org.
Vipassana Insight Meditation sessions. 5:30 p.m. 714 E. Kaliste Saloom Road. Suite C-3. 233-5127.
Beginner & Intermediate Fiddle Class. 6-8 p.m. Acadian Music Conservatory, 1301 Ave. A, Scott. 258-2333.
French for Beginners Louisiana Perspective. 5:15-6:45 p.m. French Intermediate level IV Louisiana Perspective. 7-8:30 p.m., CODOFIL, 217 W. Main. 261-1002.
Storytime for preschoolers. 10 a.m. Iberia Parish Main Library. 364-7134.
Mardi Gras Mosaics. Kids will use beads, glue, and glitter to make a mosaic. All sessions will be conducted from 2-3 p.m. North Regional Library. Call 896-6323 to pre-register.
Simply Marvelous Mobile. Children 5-12 years will create a hanging mobile using the old catalog cards and other office materials. At the South Regional Library at 11:30 a.m. (988-3412) and the Jefferson Street Branch at 2 p.m. (261-5779). Call to preregister.
Story teller and musician Mike Anderson will perform at the Iberia Parish Main Library at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and 2 p.m. at the Loreauville branch. 364-7024.
Anya Burgess displays her violin-making skills during First Fridays with a Little Lagniappe from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the new St. Landry Parish Visitor Information Center. 948-8004.
Cité Des Arts presents "Revolting Women/WOMANBOMB" at 6 p.m. 291-1122.
The Tea-Sippers Theatre Group (Plus One Coffee Drinker) present "Bang, Bang, You're Dead" by William Mastrosimone and "The Outside" by Andrew Lee Vincent. Cité des Arts, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.citedesarts.org or at the box office the night of the show. 291-1122.
Free tax classes. The Louisiana Department of Revenue offers a free seminar to help business operators understand sales tax and other important business issues. 2 p.m. LDR's Lafayette office, 825 Kaliste Saloom. 262-5455.
Free Wine Tastings at Philippe's. 5-7 p.m. 3809 Ambassador Caffery. 991-9794.
French Table in Cajun French. 4:30-6 p.m. Dwyer's Café. 291-7179.
The 1st Annual Bluesberry Festival celebrates local fruit, local music, local farmers and local restaurants, featuring a performance by Henry Gray & the Cats. Blue Moon Saloon. 6 p.m. midnight. 296-2646.
Steel Horse Trail Ride sponsored by Fallen Hero's Riding Group. Registration at 8:30 a.m. Saddle u.
p at 9:30 a.m. Un-saddle at 1 p.m. Music Provided by Paul Gonsoulin. The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint in Scott. 515-7447.
Spoken Word Poetry & Open Mic Night. Cité des Arts. 8-11 p.m. 291-1122.
NOOK Knowledge. An in-depth tutorial with NOOK specialists available to demonstrate features and answer any questions. 3 p.m. Barnes and Noble Lafayette. 989-4142.
"Rendez-vous des Cajuns" Cajun Music Radio & TV Show. Every Saturday from 6-7:30 p.m. Liberty Theater. 200 W. Park Ave., Eunice.
Savoy Music Center Cajun Jam. 9 a.m. - noon. 4413 U.S. 190. Eunice. 457-9563.
Hub City Farmer's Market in Lafayette. Organic local produce. 8 a.m. - noon. 427 Heymann Blvd. 873-0383.
Marcello's wine tasting. 1-3 p.m. 264-9520.
Eunice Farmer's Market & Market Days. 10 a.m.-until. 100 block of S. 2nd St. 457-6502.
New Iberia Farmer's Market. 6-10 a.m. Bouligny Plaza, Main St. (888) 942-3742.
Jennings Farmer's Market, 7-10 a.m. Founders Park. 821-5521.
Saturday Tales: Earth To Clunk. 11 a.m. Barnes & Noble Lafayette. 989-4142.
Free summer French lessons for children of Acadiana. Every Saturday morning from 10-11 a.m., through August 13, free lessons in basic French will be taught by an outstanding, certified instructor: in Abbeville, Madame Michelle Fontenot; in New Iberia, Madame Agnes Cappello; in Scott, Madame Jan Skinner; and in Rayne and Cankton, Madame Ashlee Michot. 262-5810 or 225-767-4449.
The Louisiana State Arboretum will host "Insect Day at the Arboretum" from 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Chicot State Park, 1300 Sudie Lawton Lane, Ville Platte. www.insectday.com. 1-888-677-6100.
All Day Anime. UL Lafayette's Anime Club will host a day of anime, cosplay, and drawing contests with prizes and anime-related workshops and snacks. Teen participants should bring a bag lunch for this fun-filled day of anime. South Regional Library. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. 981-1028.
Louisiana Swamp Scene Watercolor Workshop. Capture the beauty of a familiar waterscape by signing up for one of two watercolor workshops offered for beginners. Space is limited, so you must preregister. All materials are supplied. 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. North Regional Library. 896-6323.
The Acadian Wind Symphony presents "Iberian Escapades." 3:30 p.m. Acadiana Center for the Arts. 233-7060.
Legalize Louisiana Lafayette meets every Sunday at 5 p.m. at Caffe Cottage. 693-8113.
Holotropic Breathwork. 6 p.m., 714 E. Kaliste Saloom Road., Suite C-3. 233-5127.
Alliance Française de Lafayette Picnic. Learn to speak French at Le Pique-Nique. Participants are asked to pack a lunch, and a camp chair. 12:30 p.m. Every second Sunday in Girard Park. 291-7179.
Nationally renowned musical storytelling duo, The Storycrafters, will be performing at the Iberia Parish Library Jeanerette branch at 10 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. at the Coteau branch. 364-7024.
Down on the Farm with Farmer Jason. Singer/songwriter "Farmer Jason" Ringenberg educates kids with music and eco-friendly chats about forest diversity, the ecology of eating and interesting facts about animals we encounter. Recommended ages 5-10. At the South Regional Library from 10:30-11:30 a.m., (981-1028) and at the Youngsville Branch from 3-4 p.m. www.farmerjason.com.
Organizations interested in applying for the New Iberia Tourism Marketing Grants and Tourism Product Development Grants from the BP Louisiana Tourism Recovery Fund can attend a workshop held from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Iberia Parish Library, 445 E. Main Street, New Iberia. Applications will be accepted through August 15. 769-4843 or cfacadiana.org/Iberia.
Eric Mouton's Summer Basketball Camp. Session 3: Next Years K-4th Grade, July 18-22, 8 a.m. - noon. Boys and girls welcome. AES Sugar Mill Pond Campus, 1800 Chemin Metaire Parkway in Youngsville. Registration forms can be found at www.drfundamentals.com.
Learn to speak Cajun French. Classes meet in Lafayette on Mondays through July 18. Beginners meet at 6 p.m. and intermediate students meet at 7 p.m. 344-2584.
Meditation classes at the Awareness Center, 1001 W. Pinhook Road, Bldg 3, Ste. 223, Lafayette. 4:30-5:30 p.m. 234-1518.
Lafayette Photographic Society meets on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at 7 p.m. 700 Lee Ave. lafayettephotographicsociety.org.
Shambhala Meditation Group. 6:30 p.m. 500 E. Farrel Road. Discussion group follows at 7:30 p.m. 981-5188.
Oasis Belly Dance Studio. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. 427 Rena Drive. oasisstudio.org. 988-2001.
Conversation French for Intermediate & Experienced students. 6-8 p.m. Alliance Francais. 110 Travis St. Class is for adults. 261-1002.
Toddler Time: A Smurfy Storytime. Free. 10 a.m. Barnes & Noble Lafayette. 989-4142.
The Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism at UL continues its free monthly series with "Avery Island Culture: La Culture dessus L'Ile Petite Anse" from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Vermilionville's Performance Center, 300 Fisher Road. Visit ccet.louisiana.edu or call 482-1320.
Common Sense Action Group Meeting 6:30 p.m. Robicheaux Center, 1919 Eraste Landry Road. 981-4265.
The Lafayette Swing Dance Society meets at 8 p.m. at Dance Around the World, 292 Ridge Rd Ste. #1. 617-529-0090.
New Iberia Farmer's Market. 3-6 p.m. Bouligny Plaza, Main St. 942-3742.
Opelousas Farmer's Market. 7 a.m. - noon. 828 E. Landry St. 948-0561.
Toddler Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - noon. Free. Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum. 482-2278.
South Regional Sleuths Mystery Book Club: Holmes on the Range by Steve Hockensmith. 6:15-7:30 p.m. South Regional Library Conference Room. 981-1028.
Back to School Makeover. Aveda Institute cosmetologists and stylists will share make-up tips and hairstyles with tweens 9-12 years. 23 p.m. South Regional Library. 981-1028.
Elements of Art. Teens will explore elements of art using mixed media techniques to create abstract art work with artist Jill Broussard. Open to ages 12-18. From 2-4 p.m. at the North Regional Library. 896-6323.
Simply Marvelous Mobile. Children 5-12 years will create a hanging mobile using the old catalog cards and other office materials. At the Lafayette Public Library's Scott Branch at 11 a.m (232-9321) and at the Duson Branch at 2 p.m., (873-3521).
Singer-songwriter Farmer Jason will perform at the Iberia Parish Library Main branch at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the St. Peter branch. 364-7024.
Safe Sitter Babysitting Programs. The two-day course for girls and boys ages 11-13 will be held July 14-15 & 18-19 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Woman's Foundation classroom. Prepayment is required. 988-1816 and to register go to www.womansfoundation.com.
Abbey Players will hold auditions for its production of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." Auditions will be held on July 16 at 2 p.m. and July 18 at 6 p.m. at the Abbey Players' theatre located at 200 South State St., Abbeville. There are 8 roles (4 males, 4 females) requiring vocal performances and one male role that is non-singing. All people wanting to audition for a singing role should come with 16 bars from a Broadway-style musical number, but be prepared to sing the entire number. Cold readings will be done from the script of "The Bee." www.abbeyplayers.com.
Caroline McGee's Master Acting Workshop. For actors of all ages and levels of experience. Through July 14. 3-5 p.m. Cite Des Art. 677-3164.
The Lafayette Public Library is offering free computer classes at the North Regional Library. 10:30 a.m. Classes offered include Basic Computing, Word Processing, Electronic Spreadsheets and Integrating Word & Excel. Register by phone at 981-1028 or visit lafayettepubliclibrary.org.
Sex: Truth & Consequences A Class for Older Teens. Separate classes for girls and boys only, ages 15-18. Classes available upon request through September 29 at the Woman's Foundation. Prepayment is required. 988-1816 or to register go to www.womansfoundation.com.
The Youngsville Branch Library will be conducting free computer classes on online safety and e-mail basics. Patrons may sign up in person, call 856-9385 or visit lafayettepubliclibrary.org.
Summer Sessions for Kids with Jen & Mitch Reed: Photography/Guitar/Jam Band Lab/Children's Fiddle for Kids. Each class meets 12 consecutive weeks with curriculum designed to educate and enrich children ages 6 & older. 6-7 p.m. Through August 25. The Front Room. 1301 Ave. A in Scott. 258-2333.
Alliance Française de Lafayette French Classes for the summer through August 15. Different level classes for all ages. 261-1002.
Acadiana Open Channel presents "How We See It 2011," a summer camp for those interested in media, television and technology. Foro children ages 9 and up. The boys' camp will be held July 11-15 and the girls camp will be July 18-22 from 1-5 p.m., 704 Lee Ave. 232-4434.
CitySmarts Art and Science Camp: Individual Sports. Through July 15. Golf, tennis, swimming, judo, running, darts, bowling, chess and skateboarding. Find out how individual players use science and art to improve their games and their profile. At the ACA. Call 233-7060 or acadianacenterforthearts.org.
Free job training for veterens. Learn professional sales, speech and encouragement improvement. The 10-hour program is held weekdays from 10 a.m. - noon at 4607 Johnston St. 981-4265 or encouragementcenter.net.
The Lafayette Ballet Theatre Dance Conservatory is offering Creative Movement Camp. Students will spend time dancing, listening to stories and creating fun, unique crafts related to some of Lafayette Ballet Theatre's productions through the years. Session 1 for children ages 4-5 is through July 15. Session 2 for children ages 6-7 will be July 18-22. The camps will take place from 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. each day at the Conservatory studio at 100 Pillette Road. 262-0444.
Acadiana Yoga and Wellness holds various classes. Call for times and info. 236-9000.
Yoga Classes, 5:45-6:45 p.m., Mondays & Wednesdays. Lafayette Center for Yoga. 654-4067.
Gentle Hatha Yoga on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Heaven On Earth Jewelry Gifts, 108 Rena Drive. 918-0355.
Tai Chi and Qi Gong 6-7:30 p.m. Mondays. Heaven On Earth Jewelry Gifts, 108 Rena Drive. 981-0355.
Camelia House Yoga with James Hebert. 5:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. 708 Jefferson St. 322-6160.
The New Iberia Buddhist Temple located at 2713 Grand Prairie Road holds meditation sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays from 78:30 p.m. 278-5920.
Spirit Path Meditation and Spiritual Enrichment Center. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at noon. 714 E. Kaliste Saloom Road, Suite C-3, 233-5127.
Crowley Grief Support Group holds monthly meetings for the "Loss of a Loved One" every third Wednesday of the month from 5:30-7 p.m. at Geesey Ferguson Funeral Home in Crowley. 783-3313.
The Lafayette Public Library is offering free computer classes at the South Regional Library. Morning and afternoon classes in Basic Computing, Word Processing, and Electronic Spreadsheets will be offered along with morning classes offered on Basic Internet, Basic Email, Online Safety, and PowerPoint. To register call 981-1028. A full schedule can be found at lafayettepubliclibrary.org.
ONGOING EVENTS & EXHIBITS
Vinylville. Vinyl record sale. Booth 500A, Lafayette Jockey Lot Flea Market 3011 N.W. Evangeline Throughway, I-49. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Every Saturday and Sunday. 349-1932.
NAMI Acadiana Family Support Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month. 6-7:30 p.m. First Lutheran Church, 301 W. Farrel Road. 654-2138.
Opelousas Farmer's Market. Wednesday through Saturday, 7-10 a.m., 828 E. Landry St. 948-0561.
Acadiana Farmer's Market, 5-10 a.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays. 801 Foreman Drive. 948-8812.
Acadiana Open Source Group. 6:30 p.m. Last Thursday of each month at the LITE Center. 412-0178.
Vipassana Insight Meditation. Monday-Wednesdays at noon, Thursdays at 5:30 p.m., Sundays at 6 p.m. 714 E. Kaliste Saloom Road. Suite C-3. 233-5127.
Storytime. Tuesdays through Thursdays at 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. Southside Branch Public Library.
Story Castle. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. The Main Library. 261-5779.
The Lafayette Watercolor Guild presents the third annual "WaterWorks" exhibit, now showing through July 16 at The Frame Shop Gallery 912 in the Oil Center, Tuesday though Friday from
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 235-2915 or visit www.gallery912.com.
Women's TEKNEEKS Jump Fit Excercise Class. 6-7 p.m. on Monday & Wednesday's. Chris Ozene, CPT will help females of all ages jump start their way into a healthy lifestyle. DuPuis Center, 1212 E. Pont Des Mouton Road. 351-4144.
Official registration for Tour du Teche II is now open. Those interested in paddling the Tour du Teche can download a registration packet at www.techeproject.com. Registration forms must be postmarked by 5 p.m. September 16 to be valid. Registration includes all meal tickets for registered paddlers and one Coureur de Bois (bank runner) per boat. 394-6232.
Michelle Fontenot showing new glass mosaic works and door toppers at Opelousas Museum and Interpretive Center, 315 N. Main Street, Opelousas. Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m - 3 p.m. Through July. 948-2589.
The South Is Bigger Than Me: Watercolor Works by Jean T. Kreamer on display through July 31 at Galerie Lafayette in the Jefferson Street Branch Library. 261-5787 or lafayettepubliclibrary.org.
Christmas in July Antique Punch Bowl Display. The Alexandre Mouton House (Lafayette Museum) will display a collection of 18th and 19th century antique punch bowls with the idea that Christmas planning starts early. Through July. 1122 Lafayette St. Open Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 234-2208.
Sign up now for the first ever photography contest at Bayou Vermilion District. The photo contest will have two subjects: Bayou Vermilion District and Vermilionville. Up to five images in each subject can be submitted. Professionals, amateurs and youth will compete through August 31. The contest is all digital, go to bayouvermilion.org and click on the contest webpage to sign up. bayouvermilion.org or call 233-4077.
Art Exhibition-Inductions. Featuring the work of David Flores (mixed media/video) and Dirk Guidry (painter) at the Gallery at Grant St. Dance Hall, 113 W. Grant St. Work displayed though August 4. Shown by appointment or every Monday from 8 p.m. - midnight. 237-8513.