Around Acadiana for Feb. 5, 2013

From left, Richard Burgess, Marsha Sills and Billy Gunn. Show caption
From left, Richard Burgess, Marsha Sills and Billy Gunn.

The Center for Louisiana Studies hosts a seminar Tuesday detailing the Mardi Gras Creole masking and parade traditions in Lafayette. The seminar, one of the center’s “Backyard Series,” is scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Vermilionville Performance Center, 300 Fisher Road, Lafayette.

It’s free to all ages, with food and beverages available for purchase.

For more information about the Lafayette Mardi Gras Indian tradition, visit mardigrasshow.com. For more information about the seminar, call (337) 482-1320.

ULL named Tree Campus

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette has been named a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for the fourth year in a row.

ULL received the title by meeting Tree Campus USA’s standards, which include maintaining a tree-advisory committee, having a campus tree-care plan, dedicating annual money for trees, holding an Arbor Day observance and offering students arbor projects, according to a news release by ULL.

Baker to give lecture

The Iberia Parish Library system is hosting a free lecture at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in celebration of National Weatherman’s Day.

KATC-TV meteorologist Dave Baker will inform attendees at the Parkview Library branch, 500 Grand Pre Blvd., New Iberia, what it takes to prepare a weather forecast.

Those interested should contact the Main Library branch in New Iberia at (337) 364-7024.

History exhibit opened

The Opelousas Museum & Interpretive Center is featuring an exhibit by Alicia Johnson from now until March 31.

A preview and reception for the exhibit are scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

The museum is at 315 N. Main St., and can be contacted at (337) 948-2589.

Artwork on view

The Mardi Gras art of Herb Roe is on display until Feb. 28 at the Nunu Arts & Culture Collective. The collective is at 1510 Courtableau Road, Arnaudville.

The exhibit features oil paintings, hand-colored linoleum block prints and graphite drawings depicting the colorful costumes, music and revelry of the rural Mardi Gras runs.

For more information, call the collective at (337) 453-3307 or email Jill Hackney at jillhackney@nunucollective.org.

Children’s run set

The L’il Mardi Gras Run for kids up to 12 years old is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Eunice Recreational Complex.

The cost is $15 per child and $10 per vehicle, and registration must completed by Wednesday.

Other activities include a traditional boucherie, with arts, crafts and food beginning at 10 a.m. on South Second Street at Park Avenue, and a street dance from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Music starts at 3:30 p.m. at Ruby’s Dance Hall, and Lakeview’s Barn Dance begins at 8 p.m.

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

Workshop to help homeless

The Bag Mat Ministry will teach anyone wanting to help the homeless how to make sleeping bags from recycled plastic bags.

The next workshop is Saturday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Grace Presbyterian Church at 518 Rosedown in Lafayette.

The ministry says it’s a good project for youth groups, and invites those interested to stay for the entire day or just an hour. Attendees are encouraged to bring a bag lunch.

For more information, contact mats4homeless@gmail.com.

Celebration set for Sunday

The Opelousas Mardi Gras Celebration, sponsored by the city of Opelousas, begins at 11 a.m. Sunday at Le Vieux Village at 828 E. Landry St.

The event is a measure to preserve and promote the distinct Cajun and Creole lineages that are traced to the origins of Opelousas.

The celebration features guided tours of Le Vieux Village from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m., a Mardi Gras costume contest, and a Native American dance exhibition.

Live music by Geno Delfose and French Rockin Boogie starts at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m.

Attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs, but because beverage sales help underwrite the celebration, ice chests are not allowed.

For more information, contact the Opelousas Tourism Office at cityofopelousas.com.

Bayou canoe trips offered

The Bayou Vermilion District is offering canoe trips on the Vermilion on the second and last Saturday of the month, weather permitting. To participate, a $5 fee for the canoe will be needed, or boaters can bring their own canoe or kayak.

Early registration is required by emailing rec&ed@bayouvermiliondistrict.org or calling (337) 233-4077, extension 205.