Around Acadiana for April 2, 2013

By richard burgess, Marsha Sills and billy gunn

Cycle Zydeco, a bike tour that attracts cyclists from across the world, is Thursday through Sunday with cultural tour stops planned across Acadiana.

This year’s event features more than 300 cyclists from 47 states and Canada who will tour Acadiana in a four-day, 200-mile bike tour with stops planned in Lafayette, St. Martinville, Breaux Bridge, Henderson, Arnaudville, Opelousas, Mamou and Eunice.

The tour ends Sunday at FestiVÉLO, a party celebrating Lafayette’s Bike Month with events planned from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Parc Sans Souci.

Fair housing seminar

A free seminar on landlord and tenant rights and responsibilities will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the South Regional Library, 6101 Johnston St., Lafayette.

The seminar will cover fair housing laws, leasing agreements, eviction procedures, deposits, property maintenance, grievance process, management liabilities and other related topics.

The seminar is open to the public.

Readings at Casa Azul

Readings of oral history and fiction begins at 7 p.m. Thursday at Casa Azul in Grand Coteau featuring Juanita Gail DeCuir and Genaro Ký Lý Smith.

DeCuir is a seamstress and quilt maker who will share oral histories of her mother’s work as a seamstress. Smith, a native of Vietnam, is a writer who teaches literature, composition and creative writing at Louisiana Tech University.

An open mic will follow.

The free event is appropriate for all ages.

Garden fest benefit

The Southern Garden Festival, a dinner and silent auction benefiting homeless Acadiana families, will be held April 12-14 in the gardens of Harold and Sarah Schoeffler, 3502 E. Simcoe St., Lafayette.

The festival features a dinner, silent auction, artist exhibitions and demonstrations, bayou boat tours, Master Gardener presentations and garden tours.

Proceeds benefit Family Promise of Acadiana, a local nonprofit group that helps homeless families achieve and sustain long-term independence.

The dinner and silent auction will be at 6 p.m. April 12. Tickets are $100 per couple and include entrance to all festival events. Festival tickets on April 13 are $15 and on April 14 are $10.

To view the schedule and for more information, visit http://www.familypromiseacadi
ana.org/news.html.

Musician honored

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Center for Louisiana Studies recently awarded musician Zachary Richard with its James William Rivers Prize in Louisiana Studies for his contributions to the state, its people and its culture.

In addition to his bilingual musical career, Richard also has written books on Acadian history and narrated and produced award-winning documentary films.

He is also founder of Action Cadienne, a volunteer organization that promotes the French language and Cajun culture.

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