Country Mardi Gras comes to town; and other Around Acadiana items for Jan. 26, 2016 _lowres

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK -- Billy Gunn, clockwise from top left, Richard Burgess, Lanie Cook and Marsha Sills

These good kids get a chance to win bikes

Students at S.J. Montgomery Elementary School on Wednesday will get a chance to win a bicycle and helmet, one of 16 bikes and helmets donated by Academy Sports + Outdoors.

The drawings will be held at two pep rallies: one for kindergartners and first- and second-graders at 1:30 p.m., and the other for third-, fourth-, and fifth-graders at 2:15 p.m.

Students eligible for to win earned the chance by their good behavior.

Thank you, now let’s eat!

Theatre810 and Acting Unlimited hold an appreciation dinner for supporters at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the theater at 810 Jefferson St., Lafayette.

The event, which is free, is described by organizers as the third annual Holiday-Inspired Potluck Party. Attendees are encouraged to bring food for others, and also to wear their favorite Christmas clothes.

Those who attend can also join the White Elephant Gift Swap by bringing a wrapped gift that costs no more than $10 and appropriate for all ages.

Can’t find the perfect gift?

An exhibit featuring the art and photography of Katherine Kyle Gandy and Mickey Delcambre continues this week at Shadows on the Teche Visitor Center in New Iberia.

Selected works are for sale for holiday shoppers.

The exhibit, which runs each weekday beginning at 9 a.m., ends on Dec. 31. Shadows on the Teche is located at 317 E. Main St. in New Iberia.

Mass for college graduates

Our Lady of Wisdom Church and Catholic Student Center at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette will hold its Mass of Thanksgiving on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

The Mass will be held at the church, located on the UL-Lafayette campus at 501 E. St. Mary Blvd.

Graduates are invited to wear their cap and gown for the Mass in a decades-old tradition celebrating the intellectual journeys that graduates embarked on at the university.

Faculty too are invited to attend in their academic gowns.

A wine and cheese reception will follow for graduates, faculty, alumni, family and friends at the Catholic Student Center, located on church grounds.

Parking is available at Earl K. Long Gym across from the church.

It’s all happening at the zoo

Zousiana, formerly the Zoo of Acadiana, is continuing its Safari of Lights, a Holiday Season lighting of the zoo’s walking path and other Christmas-themed additions at the Lafayette zoo.

The lights flash on each night at 9 until Dec. 30, excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Attendees also can ride the Northpole Express Train while listening to seasonal music and sipping hot cocoa.

Zouisana is located at 5601 U.S. 90 in Broussard.

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