Acadiana community news for Jan. 29, 2014

Market features mobile museum

The Lafayette Farmers and Artisans Market at the Horse Farm continues to deliver special programs as part of the Saturday market.

This Saturday, the market features a mobile museum with the exhibit “Crossing the Line: Louisiana Women in a Century of Change” from 8 a.m. to noon.

University of Louisiana at Lafayette public history graduate students created the exhibit inside a renovated Airstream travel trailer as part of a “Museum on the Move” project to reach middle-school students learning about Louisiana history.

At 10 a.m., master gardener Mary Ann Armbruster will lead a composting workshop for those interested in turning their kitchen and yard waste into nutrient-rich compost for their lawns and gardens.

Musicians Christine Balfa and Ryan Brunet will lead the market’s weekly Cajun jam session from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The market is open from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday rain or shine.

Export training class slated for Thursday

A seminar for those new to the export business begins at 8 a.m. Thursday at the Lafayette Economic Development Authority, 211 E. Devalcourt St.

The Louisiana Export Training Program is a series of courses to help Louisiana companies with their export initiatives. The courses are offered by experts in the field at various levels.

Thursday’s course is “Export 301” and will feature information on product adaptation to individual markets; patents, trademarks and intellectual property protection; tax issues; creative financing and joint ventures and licensing.

Registration for the free course is required. For information, contact Marisol Canedo via e-mail at or call (504) 722-7894.

Gary art education scholarship available

The Eloise Voorhies Gary Memorial Award Fund is accepting applications from any junior or senior pursuing an art education degree at a south Louisiana college or university.

One $500 scholarship will be given to an arts education major who meets the criteria of the scholarship fund. The scholarship is administered by the Community Foundation of Acadiana.

Applications are due by March 21 and may be downloaded at:

The fund was created by Gary’s daughter, Lynn Gary, to honor her mother’s legacy as an artist and educator who believed art as a vital facet of a child’s education.

Eloise Voorhies Gary, who was a supervisor for art in the St. Martin Parish school system, died in 2003. Two of her etchings may be purchased through the foundation, with proceeds benefiting the scholarship fund.

Compiled by the Acadiana bureau