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

The Vermilionville folklife park in Lafayette will host a rural Mardi Gras celebration on Sunday, with music, a king cake cooking demonstration, children’s craft workshops, a rural Mardi Gras “courir” demonstration by the Basile Mardi Gras Association and a children’s chicken chase.

Festivities begin at 10 a.m . The Pine Leaf Boys will perform at 1 p.m.

Admission is $5. Children under 3 get in free.

For information, visit

Clay shoot fundraiser

Hospice of Acadiana’s “Shoot to Make a Difference” sporting clay shoot fundraiser is set for Feb. 13 at the Wilderness Gun Club.

All proceeds support hospice’s work to provide end-of-life care.

For information, call (337) 232-1234.

Bon Coeur retreat

Camp Bon Coeur will host a “Good Heart Retreat” for adults born with congenital heart defects. The retreat will take place Feb. 25-28 at Chicot State Park in Ville Platte.

The retreat will offer traditional camping activities and sessions on various health topics.

For information, visit

Learn to weld

South Louisiana Community College will offer 10-week welding classes at several of its campuses beginning next month.

The non credit classes are geared toward anyone wishing to learn the basics of welding or anyone looking to refresh their skills.

The cost is $635.

To register, call (337) 373-5105.

Youngsville sports

Registration for T-ball, baseball and softball youth programs at the Youngsville Sports Complex begins Feb. 1 for Youngsville residents.

Registration opens to residents in surrounding areas on Feb. 8.

For information, visit

Genealogy workshops

The Lafayette Genealogical Society will host a “Genealogy 101” workshop at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 6 at the downtown branch of the Lafayette Public Library.

The society’s monthly meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Lafayette South Regional Library.

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Submit items to Acadiana bureau chief Richard Burgess at or by fax to (337) 269-0410.