Country Mardi Gras comes to town; and other Around Acadiana items for Jan. 26, 2016 _lowres

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK -- Billy Gunn, clockwise from top left, Richard Burgess, Lanie Cook and Marsha Sills

Lafayette residents can meet their area police commanders on Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. for the Lafayette Police Department’s monthly “Coffee with a Cop” event at local McDonald’s restaurants.

Precinct 1 Capt. Joseph Lange and Precinct 4 Capt. Brad Ridge will be at the McDonald’s at North University Avenue and Renaud Drive. Precinct 2 Capt. Phil Fontenot will be at the McDonald’s on Johnston Street near St. Mary Boulevard, and Precinct 3 Capt. Levy Firmin will be at the McDonald’s at Kaliste Saloom Road and Ambassador Caffery Parkway.

Martina McBride concert

Country singer-songwriter Martina McBride will perform at Parc International in Lafayette on Wednesday for a fundraiser to benefit Miles Perret Cancer Services.

A $90, nonrefundable general admission ticket includes concert entry, food, beer and wine. The show begins at 6 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit

Dinner to benefit Shadows

The “Evening Under the Oaks” benefit at New Iberia’s Shadows on the Teche will be held Thursday.

The event will feature food and cocktails while Frank Sinatra impersonator Spenser Racca performs. All proceeds will benefit maintenance and upgrades at the Shadows.

Cocktails will be served at 7 p.m. Dinner and the program will begin at 8 p.m.

For information, contact (337) 369-6446 or email

Wind ensemble concert

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Wind Ensemble will perform its annual free homecoming concert on Friday, with a theme of “Globetrotting and Homecoming” inspired by the world’s seven continents.

Costumes are welcomed at the show, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at Angelle Hall. The concert is one of a number events held this week for UL-Lafayette’s homecoming.

For information, visit

New Blackpot Fest venue

The South Louisiana Blackpot Festival and Cook-off enters its 10th year on Friday and Saturday with a new venue for the music, food, dancing and camping experience.

Full passes are available at the gate at Vermilionville, 300 Fisher Road, for $60. One-day-only tickets are available for $20 on Friday and $30 on Saturday, with an extra $10 fee added for those camping on the grounds.

A kickoff party at 7 p.m. Thursday will feature Los Texmaniacs at Lakeview Park in Eunice. An after-party at 8 p.m. Sunday will feature food and The Frank Family at the park.

For information, visit

Self-defense course

Registration ends Friday for a Rape Aggression Defense course hosted by the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Girls and women ages 16 and older are invited to the two-day course, held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 4 and Nov. 5 at the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Center, 1815 Terrace Highway. Women younger than 18 must attend with a parent.

To register, contact Sgt. Daisy Trimble at (337) 394-2672.

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