Acadiana briefs

Author Behar to discuss memoir at library event

Ruth Behar will read from her book “Traveling Heavy: A Memoir in Between Journeys” at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Ernest J. Gaines Center in Dupré Library.

A discussion about “Traveling Heavy” will follow the reading.

The book recounts Behar’s childhood as a Cuban immigrant who moved to New York City at age 5 and her Yiddish-Sephardic-Cuban-American family.

Behar is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Award and a MacArthur Foundation Fellows Award. She is a member of the anthropology department at the University of Michigan.

LEF grants available; deadline set March 31

March 31 is the deadline for Lafayette Parish public-school teachers and administrators to apply for a Lafayette Education Foundation classroom or school impact grant.

The maximum award for classroom grants is $1,000 and $5,000 for school impact grants, which can target a grade, subject or an entire school. Applications are available online at:

For more information about the application process and upcoming grant workshops, contact, Etienna Wright, LEF programs director, at (337) 234-3229.

Krewe of Roux parade registration ongoing

Tuesday is the deadline for University of Louisiana at Lafayette students, organizations, departments, faculty and staff to register to participate in the Krewe of Roux parade that will roll through campus at 4 p.m. Feb. 20.

Cars, trucks and walkers are allowed, but floats are prohibited in the short parade that will begin on Rex Street in front of Griffin Hall, travel down Rex and toward St. Mary Boulevard where the revelers will travel down Hebrard Boulevard, ending at Vermilion Hall.

“It lasts about 20 minutes. It’s short, sweet and fun,” said Michelle Bernard, University Program Council program advisor in a news release.

The public is invited to join the campus revelers to view the parade.

For information, contact the UPC office at (337) 482-6936 or visit

Compiled by Acadiana bureau