The Family Tree, a Lafayette nonprofit, this week will hold its annual memorial recognizing September as National Infant Mortality Awareness Month.

The memorial will be from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Guardian Angel Memorial Site at Rotary Point on West Bayou Parkway.

The event is free and open to the public.

For information, call (337) 706-3669 or email

Gun violence symposium

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Center for Louisiana Studies will hold a symposium on gun violence in Louisiana on Monday at the UL-Lafayette Alumni Center at 600 E. St. Mary Blvd.

The program will feature scholars from colleges and universities across Louisiana. Topics to be covered include gun violence and its ties to gender, mental health, human rights and race.

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Russell Honoré will give the keynote address at 3:30 p.m.

The daylong event is free and starts at 9 a.m. Seating is limited. For information, log on to, call (337) 482-6027 or email

Movies in the Parc

Downtown Lafayette will feature its Movies in the Parc Saturday in the McCombe-Veazey neighborhood.

The movie “Hotel Transylvania” will be shown at 905 Surrey St., across the street from Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. A neighborhood social begins at 6 p.m., with the movie starting at dark. Admission is free, and concessions will be available for purchase starting at 6 p.m. Food Net also will be on location to accept canned food donations.

Families conference

Goodhope Baptist Church will hold its “Rejoicing While Rebuilding and Renewing Our Families” convention Saturday at the church, 1501 E. Willow St., Lafayette.

The free event will start at 8 a.m. with a continental breakfast. Sessions will begin at 9 a.m.

For information, log on to or contact the church office at (337) 232-3090.

Art Association fundraiser

The Lafayette Art Association’s annual fundraiser is set from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

The event, free to the public, will be held at the association’s gallery, 1008 E. St. Mary Blvd.

A limited number of raffle tickets are available for $45 apiece. Numbers will be drawn for the event’s “6X6 Raffle Stampede.” Each ticket ensures the buyer will get an original piece of art. The raffle beings at 6:10 p.m.

A live auction for art completed and donated by local artists will also be held.

The art to be auctioned is now displayed at the association’s gallery and can be viewed by logging onto For information, call (337) 269-0363.

Submit items to Acadiana bureau chief Richard Burgess at or by fax to (337) 269-0410. Follow The Acadiana Advocate on Twitter, @theadvocateaca.