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Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK -- Acadiana Advocate reporters Billy Gunn, from left, Lanie Lee Cook and Richard Burgess photographed January 21, 2016.

Downtown library birthday party

The main public library in downtown Lafayette will celebrate the one-year anniversary of major renovations at an event set July 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The celebration will feature a magic show, a scavenger hunt, balloon animals, crafts and coloring.

Refreshments will be provided.

The library reopened on July 7, 2015, after a four-year renovation project.

Uncle Sam Jam

Music, food and kids’ activities are planned for Uncle Sam’s Jam on Sunday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Parc International in downtown Lafayette.

Performers include Spank the Monkey and the Soul Express Brass Band.

The event is free.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Proceeds benefit the Downtown Lafayette Restaurant and Bar Association.

Upper Lafayette meets

The Upper Lafayette Economic Development Foundation will host a transportation forum luncheon on July 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Petroleum Club in Lafayette.

The scheduled speakers are Lafayette Regional Airport Director Steven Picou, City-Parish Public Works Director Tom Carroll, and Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission President and CEO Ben Berthelot.

Tickets are $35 each or $300 for a reserved table of eight.

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Sousa marches

The National Community Band will present a free concert of the music of John Philip Sousa on July 10 at 3:30 p.m. at the Ducrest-Gilfry Auditorium in Angelle Hall on the campus of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Genealogy meeting

The Lafayette Genealogical Society will host its monthly meeting July 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lafayette South Regional Library on Johnston Street.

The guest speaker is Sam Lollar, who will discuss the genealogy resources at the Main Library in downtown Lafayette.

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Barbecue in Morgan City

The annual Bayou BBQ Bash is set for July 22 and July 23 under the U.S. 90 bridge in Morgan City.

The event features a barbecue competition, music and family activities.

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

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

Follow Richard Burgess on Twitter, @rbb100.​