Around Acadiana for Dec. 4, 2012

The Hub City Theatre and Storytelling Festival begins Thursday and continues through Sunday at Cité des Arts, Theatre 810 and the Acadiana Center for the Arts.

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Oil Center lights up Friday

The Oil Center Festival of Light will be held from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday with extended holiday shopping hours at Oil Center businesses and special activities for children.

At 6:15 p.m., Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel will “flip the switch” to turn on the light display of Santa Claus and his flying reindeer over the Lafayette General Medical Center skywalk on Coolidge Street.

The event will feature a “Sneaux Hill,” live performances, opportunities for pictures with Santa, a living nativity and a gingerbread wonderland.

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Old-time Christmas event

The holiday traditions of the 1700s and 1800s will be on display at Vermilionville during its “Old Time Christmas” from Dec. 11-20.

Traditions such as the making of “santons” or little saints for nativity scenes and creating “wish sticks” from bamboo reeds are part of the tour.

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Christmas jazz concert

The Lafayette Concert Band will perform its annual “Christmas Traditions” concert at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Angelle Hall.

The concert will feature jazz trumpeter Graham Breedlove, a graduate of Comeaux High School whose compositions have been featured on NBC’s “Today” show and the Food Network’s “Emeril Live.” He is a trumpet soloist with the Army Blues in Washington, D.C.

Santa Claus also is expected to make an appearance.

French immersion party

Lafayette Parish school system French immersion students, parents and teachers are invited to the Les Amis de l’Immersion Annual Christmas party from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the Heymann Convention Center.

Students will entertain guests with Christmas performances. The event also features door prizes, a raffle drawing and live music by Horace Trahan and the Ossun Express.

Memorial for bereaved

A candle-lighting ceremony for bereaved families will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 400 Camellia Blvd.

The ceremony is part of the Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting held annually the second Sunday of December to honor children, siblings and grandchildren of all ages who have died.

United Way receives grant

JPMorgan Chase recently awarded a $45,000 grant to the United Way of Acadiana for its work with helping low-income families and individuals gain financial stability.

The Earn It! Keep It! Save It! program provides free tax and earned income tax credit preparation services and classes on money management .

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