Power of Public Education Lafayette will host its annual legislative breakfast from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Lafayette Science Museum, 433 Jefferson St.
The free event by the nonprofit advocacy group is a chance for the public to discuss education policies with area legislators, some of whom have pre -filed bills that could impact public education for the legislative session that begins April 13.
Heart camp fundraiser
Camp Bon Couer is hosting its annual fundraiser, Hearty Party, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Vermilionville.
The event will feature live music from Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band along with a zydeco dance competition, cupcakes from Sophi P. Cakes and an array of samplings from local restaurants. Attendees also will be able to bid on a silent auction.
Tickets are $25 per person and will be available at the door. Proceeds will support the programs of Camp Bon Couer, which offers summer camps for children with congenital heart defects, camps for families and adults and ongoing support throughout the year.
For tickets or information, visit heartcamp.com or call (337) 233-8437.
Dragon boaters to compete
The third annual Dragon Boat Festival is set for 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in downtown New Iberia.
Twenty paddlers, one drummer and alternates will compete for the title in authentic Hong Kong-style dragon boats, evoking a 2,000-year-old tradition with Acadiana style. Teams will race down the Bayou Teche from the Indest Street bridge toward the Bridge Street bridge and back.
A burger cook-off also will be part of the event, with a play area for children.
For information on joining the race, becoming a vendor or sponsoring the event, contact info@acadianadragonboat festival.com. Anyone interested in participating in the burger cook-off should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Festival of Colors for all ages
The Lafayette Holi Festival’s fifth celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Girard Park.
Also known as the Festival of Colors, Hindus celebrate Holi each year in early spring. Participants play and chase one another with colorful powder.
Attendees are encouraged to wear white clothes and bring towels and eye and hair protection like sunglasses and bandanas. For information, visit lafayetteholi.org.
Annual flower, garden show
Festival des Fleurs will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Blackham Coliseum in Lafayette.
The annual garden show and sale offers educational outreach for horticulture in Acadiana and also will feature more than 100 vendors with garden-ready plants and gardening items. Activities for children will be provided, along with door prizes and a drawing.
Funds raised through the event benefit the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Ira Nelson Horticulture Center.
Admission is $5 for adults and free for children younger than 12. For information about the show or being a vendor, call Billy Welsh at (337) 482-5339 or email email@example.com.
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