Around Acadiana for July 16, 2013

Traditional healing practices will be the subject of a presentation from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Vermilionville Museum and Folklife Park in Lafayette.

Local traiteur Allen Simon will speak about Cajun and Creole spiritual healing techniques, folk medicine, the use of Catholic prayer in healing and how the traditions have been passed down.

The free program is the first in a series that Vermilionville is putting together on the healing traditions of Acadiana.

The program is sponsored by Vermilionville and the Lafayette Parish Master Gardeners Association.

For information, call (337) 233-4077 or visit

Upper Lafayette meets

The Upper Lafayette Economic Development Foundation will meet for a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Oakbourne Country Club on Simcoe Street in Lafayette.

The topic of the meeting is development in downtown Lafayette.

The scheduled speakers are Downtown Development Authority Director Nathan Norris; Michele Ezell, who owns Tsunami and the Buchanan Lofts; and E.J. Krampe, of Place de Lafayette.

Tickets are $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers.

To register or for more information, visit

Beer fundraiser

The Acadiana Center for the Arts annual Gulf Brew fundraiser is moving to Lafayette city-parish government’s Horse Farm property on Johnston Street.

The event, which features craft beers, live music and food, is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 19 with an early-bird tasting tour at 5 p.m.

Tickets will be available at ACA beginning Sept. 3.

For information on sponsorships, serving as a vendor or volunteering, call (337) 233-7060.

All proceeds benefit ACA.

Computer recycling will accept old computers for recycling from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at 208 W. Gloria Switch Road, just west of Interstate 49.

Only flat-screen monitors will be accepted.

There is no fee.

For more information, email or call (337) 205-8478.

Business plan competition

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Small Business Development Center is holding a business plan competition for small business owners and entrepreneurs in Acadiana.

For information or to register, call (337) 456-1837 or email

U.S. 90 road work

There will be intermittent lane closures on U.S. 90 westbound between the Billeaud Overpass and Ambassador Caffery Parkway from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday for shoulder work, according to the state Department of Transportation and Development.

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