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

Catholic businessman and philanthropist Frank Hanna III will speak Tuesday on “The Truth About Money” at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Hanna is the featured speaker for the fall Cardinal Newman Lecture, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Catholic Student Center, 501 E. St. Mary Blvd.

Hanna is author of “What Your Money Means (And How to Use It Well).” The event is free and open to the public.

For information, contact Mary Hernandez at (337) 232-8742 or mary@ourladyof

Multimedia workshops

Two workshops offered by AOC Community Media this week will teach the basics of TV production and podcasting.

On Tuesday, students of “TV Production for Small Crews” will learn to produce a show with a small crew using green screens, graphics and AOC’s TV studio. On Wednesday, students of “Podcasting Basics” will learn how to create and share their own podcast.

AOC Community Media is located in the Rosa Parks Transportation Center, 101 Jefferson St., in downtown Lafayette.

Each course will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and cost $35 for members and $50 for nonmembers. For information, email, visit or call (337) 232-4434.

Farmer? Learn business tips

A daylong training session scheduled Wednesday at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Ira Nelson Horticulture Center, 2206 Johnston St., will help farm vendors design a better business strategy in selling their products to retailers.

Beginning at 9 a.m., the Louisiana MarketReady program will cover topics such as communications and relationship building, packaging, labels, supply and delivery, post-harvest handling for produce, grading, insurance, regulatory and marketing.

Pre-registration is required. For information or to register, contact Todd Cooper at (225) 578-6312 or

Beer, music, dinner & lore

The second edition of music and food event Forklore is set for Wednesday evening at the Vermilionville Performance Center in Lafayette.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for the dinner. The event will feature chef Justin Girouard, of The French Press; Karlos and Stephanie Knott; and the Bayou Teche Brewing team, along with musical performance by Grammy Award-winning artists Michael Doucet, Mitch Reed and David Doucet, of BeauSoleil.

Each of the five craft beer selections will be paired to a quintet of culinary creations and five unique courses of music — each with varied genres and influences.

Music begins at 6:30 p.m. and dinner is served at 7 p.m. Attendees must be 21 or older. Cash bar will be available.

Proceeds benefit Louisiana Folk Roots.

For tickets, visit or call Louisiana Folk Roots at (337) 234-8360.

Bach Lunch is back again

Bach Lunch returns to downtown Lafayette on Friday with music from LeRecolte and food from Chris’ Poboys and iMonelli.

Lunches are available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 11:15 a.m. Musicians perform from noon to 1 p.m. at Parc Sans Souci at the corner of Polk, Congress and Vermilion streets.

Proceeds support the Lafayette Science Museum.

Latin Fest moved to ACA

Music, dance, education and discussion will be free and open to the public Saturday evening for the 2015 Latin Festival at Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W. Vermilion St., in downtown Lafayette.

Organizers will screen an episode of the series “Latino Americans” followed by a discussion on its content. A panel discussion about Latinos in Lafayette and their roots, family lives and role in the community will also be held. Youth performances include singing and dancing with Segovia Dance Co. and live music will be performed until the event’s close at midnight.

Student writers wanted

Acadiana writing students from grades 6-12 are invited to participate in the Festival of Words Student Creative Writing Contest.

Poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction submissions will be accepted through Oct. 16. Winners will receive certificates of honor and other gifts, and they’ll be invited to read their pieces at a special Nov. 7 ceremony honors writers at the Festival of Words.

Writings are to be submitted through the student’s teacher. For information, visit or contact Ciara Parker at (337) 779-2534 or

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