Around Acadiana for Nov. 20, 2012

Bailey’s Bistro continues its tradition of serving a free Thanksgiving meal to those in need from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday.

Owner Ema Haq began the tradition 20 years ago. The restaurant provides transportation to those who request a ride in advance and will deliver meals to those unable to travel to the restaurant due to a physical handicap or illness. To reserve a ride or request a meal delivery, call (337) 988-6464.

Camellia Crossing 5k

The Camellia Crossing 5k and Family Fun Run benefiting Miles Perret Cancer Services kicks off its opening ceremonies at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday in River Ranch.

The 1-mile race begins at 6:15 p.m. followed by the 5k race start at 6:30 p.m. Family activities follow the race’s conclusion.

Race-day registration is at 4:30 p.m. in Town Square in River Ranch. Registration may be filed in advance at the Miles Perret Cancer Services office, 2130 Kaliste Saloom Road. Camellia Boulevard and Stonemount Road will be closed from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. for the race and post-race events.

For a full schedule and registration information, visit:

Thanksgiving eve dance

A Thanksgiving eve dance featuring Geno Delfose & French Rockin’ Boogie is planned at Vermilionville.

The doors open at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $10 and may be paid at the door.

Optimist Club tree sale

The Lafayette Optimist Club annual Christmas tree sale starts Thursday with the opening of its temporary Blackham Coliseum tree lot from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The sale will operate at the Blackham lot until Monday, when it moves to its usual location at Cajun Field. After Thursday, the lot will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Have ‘A Tuna Christmas’

The comedy, “A Tuna Christmas” takes the stage Thanksgiving weekend at Cité des Arts downtown.

Set in Tuna, Texas, the play is a series of vignettes as its quirky citizens retell the story of Christmas and reflect the meaning of the holiday.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday with the final staging at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at or reserved at (337) 291-1122.

Singing Christmas Tree

Christmas in New York is the setting of First Baptist Church’s “The Singing Christmas Tree” performances Dec. 7-10 at the church, 1100 Lee Ave.

Performances are 7 p.m. Dec. 7; 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 8; 3 p.m. Dec. 9; and 7 p.m. Dec 10. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children and students. Tickets may be purchased at the church office or online at http://www.fb

‘Miracle’ takes stage

The Acadia Players present the holiday classic “Miracle on 34th Street” from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2 at the Grand Opera House of the South in Crowley.

Evening performances begin at 7 p.m. on Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 and a matinee performance is at 2 p.m. Dec. 2.

Tickets are available for purchase at or Tickets will also be available at the door.

Submit items to or fax to (337) 269-0410.