Around Acadiana for Aug. 20, 2013

BY richard burgess, Marsha Sills and billy gunn

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

Twelve Lafayette Parish School System elementary schools recently received a “gold award of distinction” from the voluntary certification initiative called the Healthier U.S. School Challenge.

The initiative recognizes schools for promoting healthy habits through nutrition and physical activity on their campuses.

On Wednesday, cafeteria managers from 12 elementary schools will be recognized: Broadmoor, Carencro Heights, Charles Burke, Duson, J. Wallace James, Katharine Drexel, Live Oak, Myrtle Place, Plantation, Prairie, Ridge and Westside.

Housing discussion Tuesday

The Louisiana Housing Alliance, a statewide, nonprofit coalition that promotes affordable housing, will make a stop on its “listening tour” in Lafayette from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the Iberia Bank board room, 200 W. Congress St.

The alliance holds the listening tour annually to meet with local elected officials, residents, nonprofit organizations and others interested in housing issues.

The tour stops in Baton Rouge Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, 402 N. Fourth St., and in Covington on Aug. 30 from 10 a.m. to noon at the St. Tammany Parish Library, 310 W. 21st Ave.

To register for the free meetings, visit www.lahousingalliance.org or call (225) 381-0041.

‘Hair’ performances

The Riveters present the musical “Hair” Sept. 5-7 and Sept. 12-14 at the Burke-Hawthorne Hall Theatre.

Performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

A symposium presented by Patrick Slatery on the musical’s cultural relevance in today’s society is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 3 in the theatre.

For tickets, visit: Riveters Theatre.weebly.com or call (337) 207-2631 for reservations.

Improv meets Hitchcock

Silverbacks Improv Theatre enters “The Twilight Zone” during its scheduled “Deep Focus” improvisational performance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Theatre 810, 810 Jefferson St.

The performance features actors dressed in period costumes whose improvisations will be inspired by “The Twilight Zone” and “Hitchock Presents.”

Tickets are $7 and $5 with a student ID. Call (337) 484-0172 to reserve a ticket.

Reggae festival

The 24th annual Lafayette Reggae and Cultural Festival is Saturday and Sunday at Pelican Park in Carencro.

Bands headlining the event include: The Meditations and The Itals. Also performing: Inner Visions, Reggae Infinity, Likkle Shank, DRUM, Irie Channel and Russell Cormier.

Admission is $20 per day and free admission for children 10 and under with an adult.

Students with a valid ID pay $10.

Festival gates open at noon and live music is from 4 p.m. to midnight.

For more information: lafayettereggaefest.com.

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