The St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will hold hunter safety courses in August, September and October, with one course each month consisting of a day-and-a-half of training.

The courses will be held at the Sheriff’s Office Training Academy, 1815 Terrace Highway in St. Martinville.

The dates and hours are: Aug. 29 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Aug. 30 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Sept. 12 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sept. 13 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Oct. 3 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Oct. 4 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Lunch will be served by the Sheriff’s Office on each Saturday.

Each course is limited to 50 students and all hunters born after Sept. 1, 1969, must attend training to legally hunt in Louisiana. To take the course, students must be at least 10 years old. Young students must be accompanied by an adult.

To register or for more information, log onto and click on the hunter education icon on the home page.

Canoe paddle class

River paddlers with some experience but not yet comfortable traversing a river alone can sign up for an intermediate paddle class at Vermilionville.

The class will be held from 8 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Students will learn the importance of safety and stability, and learn more advanced techniques of maneuvering in a river current.

The class costs $10. For more information or to register, call (337) 233-4077, ext. 215.

United Way scavenger hunt

Lafayette Surgical Specialty Hospital is sponsoring a scavenger hunt that will raise money for United Way of Acadiana.

Local companies are encouraged to field a team of employees who, on Sept. 1, will receive a list of items to look for: Donny Osmond albums, 1960s-era comic books, gorilla masks and other hard-to-find items.

A list will be emailed to participants at 8 a.m. on the first morning of the hunt.

Three days later, on Sept. 4, the teams will drop off collected items at Comeaux High School Recreation Complex, 411 W. Bluebird Drive in Lafayette.

On Sept. 8, Surgical Specialty Hospital personnel will visit the companies of teams that place first, second and third.

To register, each team will have to pay $400.

For more information, call (337) 769-4180 or email

AOC adds media workshops

AOC Community Media’s fall series of workshops, designed to teach Acadiana residents basic skills needed to produce shows for AOC, has new workshops available for low prices.

The new workshops include podcasting, preproduction and field production, which will cost AOC members $35 per class, and nonmembers $50. There’s also a free monthly workshop designed to introduce producers to specialized information not covered in AOC’s workshops.

The workshops begin Sept. 2.

But first, at 7 p.m. on Sept. 1, there will be a free social titled “Neighbors & Notions” that is open to everyone, and is being billed as Lafayette’s largest creative social.

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