The Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office hosts The New Asylum: Mental Illness and Our Local Criminal Justice System, a two-hour presentation Wednesday at the Public Safety Complex, 1825 W. Willow St.

Treatment Programs Manager Marie Collins and Corrections Director Rob Reardon will discuss mental health and criminal justice statistics, along with the Sheriff’s Office’s approach to the issue.

The 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. program is presented in partnership with the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Genealogical society to meet

Gerald J. Keller will discuss prisoners-of-war in south Louisiana at Thursday’s meeting of the Lafayette Genealogical Society at the Lafayette South Regional Library, 6101 Johnson St.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

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Bach Lunch continues

Bach Lunch on Friday in downtown Lafayette features Terry Huval and the Jambalaya Cajun Trio performing at Parc Sans Souci.

Lunches will be available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 11:15 a.m. at the corner of Polk, Congress and Vermilion streets. Ema’s Cafe, Great Harvest Bread Co. and Joey’s Specialty Foods will be serving.

Proceeds benefit the Lafayette Science Museum and help fund future exhibitions and educational programs.

DTA! offers new VIP pass

Lafayette’s Downtown Alive! kicks off its spring season Friday at Parc International with featured band Cowboy Mouth and a new VIP option for sale.

Admission remains free for the 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. event, but VIP passes are available for $10 and include access to an elevated tent with seats, tables, rest rooms and complimentary food and drink booths.

VIP passes are available only for the March 20 DTA! featuring Cowboy Mouth and for the April 17 show featuring Louisiana’s LeRoux.

Acadian fest in St. Martinville

The 11th annual Acadian Memorial Festival and Wooden Boat Congrès will be held Saturday in St. Martinville.

Activities are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and include live music, cooking and crafts sales and demonstrations, traditional Native American music and dancing, film, storytelling, children’s activities, dance lessons and a wooden boat parade.

A Cajun jam session starts at 4 p.m.

All activities will be at the Evangeline Oak Park on the Bayou Teche at 122 Evangeline St.

Gardening, cooking demo

The Iberia Parish Library Garden Symposium continues Saturday with the installation and demonstration of another recirculating hydroponic tower garden and a cooking demonstration by BestLife Iberia Executive Chef Patrick Mould.

Mary Himel of Heirloom Produce Cooperative will explain how the tower — which is aimed to make home gardening simpler — functions. Mould’s cooking demonstration will follow.

The event is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the St. Peter Branch, 1111 W. St. Peter St., New Iberia.

Poker tourney to benefit arts

Cité Des Arts hosts a fundraising poker tournament Saturday to benefit arts and programming at its downtown Lafayette venue at 109 Vine St.

Advanced tickets for All In For The Arts are $60 at or $80 tickets are available the day of the tournament, which starts at noon and ends at 6 p.m.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Buy-in contributions are tax deductible.

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