Around Acadiana for Dec. 11, 2012

The Vermilionville Living History Museum and Folklife Park will host an “Old-Time Christmas Celebration” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Planned events include children’s music, hands-on decorating of gingerbread cookies, Christmas caroling and Christmas stories.

Visitors can also tour the Vermilionville grounds to learn about Christmas traditions from the 1700s and 1800s.

Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 3 to 18 and free for children younger than 3.

Vermilionville is located at 300 Fisher Road in Lafayette.

For information, visit www.bayouvermiliondistrict.org.

SLCC preview day

South Louisiana Community College will offer a “Preview Day” at its campus in Crowley from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

High school seniors and their parents are invited to the free event.

Information will be available on SLCC programs, and there will be food, games and door prizes.

For information, call (337) 788-7521.

Tax info for businesses

The Louisiana Department of Revenue will offer a free seminar on sales tax issues for business operators at 2 p.m. Dec. 17 at the agency’s Lafayette office, 825 Kaliste Saloom Road.

For information or to register, call (337) 262-5455.

Free tow for intoxicated

Guy’s Towing Service has launched its annual “Tow for Life Program,” offering a free tow and ride home for holiday revelers who have had too much to drink.

The company, with locations in Lafayette, Broussard and Baton Rouge, has offered the holiday service since 1986, according to a news release from Guy’s Towing.

The service is available only to people with operable vehicles who are going straight home and have not been detained by police.

People in need of the service should call 1 (800) 237-4897.

‘Success Stories’

The Upper Lafayette Economic Development Foundation will host its annual “Lafayette Success Stories” meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Acadian Companies, 2916 N. University Ave., in Lafayette.

For information, visit www.upperlafayette.com/events.

Cook a turtle bisque

Chef Pat Mould and University of Louisiana at Lafayette professor Barry Jean Ancelet will discuss the evolution of Cajun and Creole cooking and share the secrets of Creole turtle bisque Tuesday at the Vermilionville Cooking School on Fisher Road in Lafayette.

The free event, which is scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., is part of ULL’s Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism’s “Backyard Series.”

Submit items to Acadiana bureau chief Richard Burgess at rburgess@theadvocate.com or by fax to (337) 269-0410.