Downtown Lafayette is now accepting applications until May 8 from downtown-area neighborhoods for grants of up to $1,000 for improvement projects.

Eligible neighborhoods include the Freetown-Port Rico, McComb Veazey and LaPlace coteries. Projects must be on a list of 20 approved-projects in the Neighborhood Toolkit approved by Lafayette Consolidated Government.

Neighborhood coteries are also encouraged to apply for a Movies in the Parc collaborative grant for the opportunity to offer a location and select a movie for the May 30 and Sept. 26 showings. The Movies in the Parc events are typically held at Parc International downtown.

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Women’s Leadership lunch

The United Way of Acadiana’s Women’s Leadership Council’s annual Luncheon for a Cause is planned May 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Lafayette Grand Ballroom.

Tickets are $35 each or $280 for a table of eight. Guests must RSVP by Friday, May 1.

Since 2009, the Women’s Leadership Council has helped more than 17,000 children under the age of 5 receive books delivered to their home through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program.

The event’s keynote speaker is Melanie Bronfin, executive director of the Policy Institute for Children.

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Willow Charter open house

Willow Charter Academy holds an open house for parents interested in learning more about the school and taking a tour Tuesday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The school opened in August 2014 at 1818 Evangeline Thruway with grades K through 5 and will add a sixth grade for the upcoming 2015-16 school year.

The school is operated by National Heritage Academies, a Michigan-based charter management company.

During the tours, parents can learn more about the school’s Moral Focus curriculum, meet school leaders and ask questions about the upcoming school year.

Golf tournament rescheduled

Rain cancelled the Lafayette Parish School System Superintendent’s Golf Tournament planned for April 27, and the event has been rescheduled for Monday, May 18.

The event is a fundraiser for scholarships awarded to Lafayette Parish high school seniors.

For more information, contact athletics director Bobby Badeaux at (337) 521-7113 or email him at

Lafayette Genealogical Society workshops

The Lafayette Genealogical Society will hold a Genealogy 101 workshop at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Lafayette South Regional Library, 6101 Johnston St.

The workshop is held the first Saturday of each month and is an opportunity to learn how to begin a genealogy search.

The society will hold its monthly meeting on May 21 at the south regional library for an update by Warren LeBlanc on cemetery projects, such as the cataloging of more than 20 area cemeteries. A short seminar on genealogical DNA testing will also be presented.

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UL Press tent sale

UL Press will hold its second annual warehouse clearance tent sale Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon in front of the Dupré Library on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus. Titles will be up to 90 percent off with some damaged books for sale for as low as $1. Free books may also be available.

The library is at 400 E. St. Mary Blvd.

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