Around Acadiana for March 5, 2013

The United Way and KATC-TV are sponsoring a region-wide book drive on Thursday to provide elementary level books to area children.

New and used books will be accepted at United Way offices in Lafayette, Opelousas, New Iberia and Jennings as well as at Ville Platte City Hall and school board offices in Acadia, St. Martin and Vermilion parishes.

For a list of recommended books and the hours and addresses of drop-off locations, visit

Bag Mat Ministry

A workshop on making sleeping mats for the homeless from recycled plastic shopping bags is set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at Grace Presbyterian Church, 518 Roselawn Blvd., Lafayette.

For information on the “Bag Mat Ministry” project, email

Notre Dame Players

The Notre Dame Players will present “The Diary of Anne Frank” in three shows this month at the Grand Opera House of the South in Crowley.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students.

Show times are 7 p.m. March 15 and March 16 and 2 p.m. March 17. For tickets and information, visit

Civil War talk

Historian Roger Busbice will present a talk on local Civil War battles at 6 p.m. March 21 at the Jeanerette Bicentennial Park and Museum, 500 E. Main St., Jeanerette.

The event is free.

For more information visit,

Upper Lafayette meets

The Upper Lafayette Economic Development Foundation will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 19 at the Petroleum Club in Lafayette.

Badger Oil Corp. President Paul Hilliard will be honored as philanthropist of the year. Tickets for members are $35.

For information, visit

Library book sale

The Friends of the Lafayette Public Library’s spring book sale is scheduled from Wednesday through Saturday at the Heymann Convention Center in Lafayette.

A members-only sale is scheduled for Wednesday, and the sale is open to the general public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Earthshare brunch

Earthshare Gardens, a community gardening nonprofit group, will host a Sunday brunch fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 7 at Pamplona Tapas Bar in downtown Lafayette.

There will also be a plant sale and silent auction.

Tickets are $50 for adults, $10 for children 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and younger. For information, call (337) 412-9207.

Zydeco fitness

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Continuing Education program will offer a fitness class choreographed to Zydeco music from 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. on Thursdays through April 18.

For information, call (337) 482-6386.

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