Around Acadiana for Sept. 24, 2013

The ALS Association Louisiana-Mississippi Chapter will host its annual Walk to Defeat ALS benefit on Saturday in Girard Park.

The money raised will benefit the association’s mission to find a cure and to improve the lives of those with the debilitating disease. Last year, the event raised more than $25,000, and the goal this year is $30,000.

Registration starts at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m.

There is no registration fee but donations will be accepted on the day of the walk.

Walkers are encouraged to register in advance at www.walktodefeat als.org.

Volunteers are needed. For information about the walk and how to volunteer, call (225) 343-9880, ext. 4, or visit the website.

Sugar Cane Festival

The Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival & Fair is slated to run Wednesday through Sunday at the downtown New Iberia Bouligny Plaza.

Live music kicks off at 7 p.m. Thursday and ends at 11 p.m.

The festival, which celebrates south Louisiana’s dominant agricultural crop, features a livestock show, car show, street fair, photography show, boat parade and other events. For a schedule, go to www.hisugar.org.

On Thursday night, there is no cover to see bands Shut Up and Drive, Four Pauls and Seasoned Soul. On Friday night, attendees will pay $5 at the gate for bands Beer 30, Steve Grisaffe, and Jamie Bergeron and the Kickin Cajuns.

On Saturday, the cover is $10 to see the bands, including Lurry Sigue, during the car show from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On Sunday, admission is free for the 11 a.m. show featuring Colby Boudreaux and Southern Beat.

There also will be a Mass celebrating the festival at 10 a.m. Sunday at St. Peter’s Church.

Stone Energy to host cook-off

Stone Energy, an independent oil and gas producer in Lafayette, will host its second gumbo cook-off on Thursday to benefit United Way of Acadiana.

The Stone Energy Gumbo Cook-off will be held from 4:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Cajun Field.

Attendees will be charged $5 at the gates and will have more than 100 varieties of gumbo available in an all-you-can-eat event.

During the cook-off, Wayne Toups & ZyDeCaJun will play music. There will be booths for children’s face painting and a raffle with prizes that include a golf cart.

United Way student projects

The United Way of Acadiana is seeking proposals for projects in Lafayette Parish for college students who want to volunteer. The projects will be included in others already lined up for mid-October to help the needy.

The deadline to submit a proposal is Oct. 1.

On Oct. 19, more than 1,500 University of Louisiana at Lafayette students will gather to landscape, paint, clean, set up charity events, do office work, help the elderly or children and veterans throughout Lafayette Parish.

Any group or individuals interested in participating can register online at www.united wayofacadiana.org or by contacting Keler Williams at (337) 706-1234 or emailing keler. williams@unitedwayof acadiana.org.

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