PlanLafayette Week, a series of events focused on the city-parish comprehensive plan, kicks off Wednesday and continues through Feb. 11.

Several events are open to the public at no charge. Some require pre-registration or have fees associated with meals to be provided. To view the calendar or to register for events, visit:

Triangle rhythms workshop Saturday

A workshop on the Cajun triangle or “tit fer” will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Vermilionville.

The workshop is taught by members of the Huval family who make up the band ?UVAL and is limited to 15 students. The fee is $25 and due in advance. Workshop participants must bring their own triangle to the workshop and the instruments are also available for sale at Vermilionville.

For more information or to register, contact Jolie Johnson at or (337) 233-4977. More information is also available at:

Painting with a Purpose benefits PRIDE

An event at Painting with a Twist from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday benefits Acadiana PRIDE and its upcoming four-day festival planned March 26-29.

The event — Painting with a Purpose — provides guests art supplies and an artist instructor to create a Mardi Gras-themed painting to take home. Guests may bring their own snacks, wine or beer.

The fee is $45 and 75 percent of the proceeds will benefit Acadiana PRIDE (People Representing Individual Differences and Experiences). Seating is limited. Call (337) 234-9783.

Financial aid workshop at LSUE

LSU Eunice will hold financial aid workshops at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 11 and Feb. 19 to provide students tips on the submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

High school students who have applied for college and those already in college must submit the FAFSA to determine eligibility for financial aid programs, such as grants, loans and work study.

LGMC opens courtyard

The Lafayette General Foundation recently opened La Place de Vie, a courtyard in front of Lafayette General Medical Center, to provide patients, families and employees an outdoor space for reflection.

La Place de Vie, French for A Place of Life, features personalized bricks, benches, pavers and a unique metal oak tree that memorializes the names of supporters of the hospital. The courtyard also will be a location for future flag-raising ceremonies that honor contributions of organ donors and their families.

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