Around Acadiana for Nov. 6, 2012

The Rotary Club of Lafayette has organized an Election Day food drive benefiting FoodNet, a local food bank.

Non-perishable food items may be donated at polling places in Lafayette Parish. Donations of pasta, rice, canned goods, sugar and other nonperishable items are needed.

Book sale scheduled

The Friends of the Dupré Library Annual Book Sale is scheduled Thursday through Saturday at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Dupré Library, 400 East St. Mary Blvd.

Fiction and nonfiction used books on a wide variety of topics will be available. Hardcover books cost $1 and paperbacks are 50 cents. The sale also includes LPs and some other recordings, priced at $1 for singles and $2 for sets.

Sale hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday. A preview sale for Friends of the Library members and university faculty and staff is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Public parking lots are on the corner of East Saint Mary Boulevard and Girard Park Circle and on the corner of West Saint Mary Boulevard and Cherry Street.

Final Bach Lunch Friday

Rue Boogaloo closes out the fall Bach Lunch series Friday in Parc Sans Souci.

The band plays a blend of blues, funk and swamp pop. Music starts at noon. Lunches available from Agave Cantina, Ema’s Café and Poupart’s Bakery will be sold at 11:15 a.m.

Opelousas Fiddle Mania

Fiddle Mania, an exhibit of over-sized fiddles designed and painted by local artists, will be unveiled Friday during the Music & Market event Friday in Opelousas.

The exhibit is being presented by Opelousas Main Street Inc. and Opelousas Tourism as a legacy project for the 2012 Louisiana Bicentennial. The exhibit is being dedicated in memory of the late local musician and cultural ambassador Hadley J. Castille.

The unveiling is scheduled for 5:45 p.m. and music by Donnie & the Pooldoos will be performed in the St. Landry Bank parking lot, 132 East Landry St.

Turnaround update

Lafayette Parish Schools Superintendent Pat Cooper will provide a progress report on the district’s six-year turnaround plan as part of the The Ind Monthly’s lecture series on Nov. 14 at the Picard Center, 200 E. Devalcourt St.

The luncheon lecture, “The Turn Around Plan for Lafayette Parish Schools: A Progress Report from the Front Line” begins at noon with box lunches served. Tickets are $15. The presentation begins at 12:15 p.m. and is open to the public at no charge, however, registration is required.

For tickets or to reserve a seat for the presentation, e-mail Robin Hebert at robinh@theind.com or call (337) 769-8603.

Film fest tickets available

Tickets for the Southern Screen Film Festival, scheduled Nov. 15 from to Nov. 18 in Lafayette, are now available.

The festival features screenings of submitted and invited films, workshops and panel discussions.

Event and weekend passes are available. For tickets and more information, visit: http://southernscreen.org.

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

Libations for Liberia fundraiser

Libations for Liberia, a fundraiser benefiting rebuilding efforts in the war-torn West African country, will be held Nov. 16 at the Blue Moon Saloon.

Proceeds will benefit Yassah’s Sisters’ mission to help with rebuilding efforts.

The event will feature Acadiana’s Les Djembes, a female West African drumming group; Remedy Krew, a funk and soul band from New Orleans; and The Wheeler Brothers of Austin, Texas.

For tickets or more information, call Lauren Dupre at (337) 849-6505.