Acadiana news briefs for July 21, 2014

Park plans discussed

Staff of Lafayette Central Park will discuss fundraising and the plans for the park on the Horse Farm property during the Acadiana Press Club’s meeting at noon Monday at The Daily Advertiser’s community room, 1100 Bertrand Drive.

The meeting is open to the public, and The Bus Stop food truck will be on-site to sell lunch.

The Lafayette City-Parish Council approved the master plan for the park last month, and the park’s executive director, David Calhoun, and Elizabeth Brooks, the park’s planning and design director, will discuss fundraising efforts and outline the next steps in the park’s development.

For more information, visit www.acadianapressclub.org.

Free book program

On July 25, parents can sign children up to receive free books through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library at First National Bank of Louisiana locations.

The program is coordinated locally by the United Way of Acadiana to provide free books to children in Acadia, Lafayette, St. Martin and Vermilion parishes. Registered children receive one free book in the mail monthly until the child turns 5.

“Early exposure to books puts children on the right path toward graduating on time and, ultimately, having a good quality of life. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library provides those books along with the potential for reading practice,” UWA President and CEO Margaret Trahan said in a news release. “Partnerships like this one with First National Bank of Louisiana provide more opportunities for children across Acadiana to start school ready to learn.”

More than 13,000 children in Acadiana have received Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library books.

Community sign-up days will be held on July 25 during lobby hours from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the following locations:

Crowley Main Office: 128 N. Parkerson Ave., Crowley.

North Crowley Office: 1941 N. Parkerson Ave., Crowley.

River Ranch Office: 1300 Camellia Blvd., Lafayette.

Compiled by The Acadiana Bureau