Around Acadiana for July 9, 2013

Blood drive begins Thursday

A 24-hour blood drive sponsored by United Blood Services and local Townsquare Media radio stations begins at 7 a.m. Thursday and continues until 7 a.m. Friday at the United Blood Services’ center at 1503 Bertrand Drive.

The Sixth Annual Race Against the Clock Blood Drive will feature food, prizes and thank you gifts for donors. Local food truck vendors will also be on site for lunch.

Donors may make sign-up for the drive at bloodhero.com/sponsor and enter code: 24 or call (337) 235-LIFE for more information.

Backyard Series

The Center for Louisiana Studies’ monthly Backyard Series continues at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday on the topic: “Cajun, Creole and Zydeco Dancing: What It Is and What It Isn’t” at Vermilionville.

The free event will feature a discussion and dance demonstrations led by Corey Porche on the history, origins and evolution of Cajun and zydeco dances.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

‘Leaving Earth’ exhibit

The Lafayette Science Museum’s new exhibit, “Leaving Earth —The Story of Space Travel,” offers hands-on activities and the history of space travel.

The exhibit complements the museum’s planetarium shows and a collection of geological formations curated in collaboration with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s geoscience department.

The museum is at 433 Jefferson St. For schedules and ticket information, visit: http://www.lafayettesciencemuseum.org.

Public records info

The Acadiana Press Club’s luncheon on Monday features a pair of experts who will review issues related to public records laws: simple steps to request records, legal options to pursue if denied access and their own experiences with Freedom of Information laws.

The forum begins at 11:45 a.m. at the community room at The Daily Advertiser, 1100 Bertrand Dr.

Featured panelists are Carl Redman, a recently retired Advocate editor and public records watchdog for the Louisiana Press Association, and Kevin Blanchard, a lawyer and former newspaper reporter who handles public records issues for news organizations.

The lunch forum is $10 for Acadiana Press Club members and $15 for non-members paid by cash or check only. Reservations must be made by Thursday by emailing: info@acadianapressclub.org.

Lafayette downtown

The Upper Lafayette Economic Development Foundation will hold its luncheon meeting at 11:30 a.m. July 17 to discuss downtown development.

The meeting will be held at Oakbourne Country Club. Tickets are $25 and $35 for non-members.

Register online at: upperlafayette.com.

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