Around Acadiana for June 14, 2016 _lowres

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK -- Acadiana Advocate reporters Billy Gunn, from left, Lanie Lee Cook and Richard Burgess photographed January 21, 2016.

The public is invited to the Earth Day celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in Vermilionville, a fête celebrated to raise awareness of the planet’s precarious state and to inspire people to recycle.

The event is free and for all ages. Attendees can paddle a canoe in Vermilionville’s Petit Bayou or take part in a guided tour of the Vermilion River.

Other activities include a cheese cooking demonstration, a yoga class, art featuring recycled material and more.

For a look at more events, visit or call (337) 233-4077.

Sheriff’s youth camps

Space is limited for this summer’s Youth Services Summer Camps, sponsored by the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, for middle school and high school students.

Registration forms for the first-come, first-served camps are available at

Middle school camps will run July 11-29, and camps for high school students will be June 13 to July 1.

Guest speakers, crafts and activities are on the agenda. The camp is free, including the price of field trips, transportation, to and from activities and meals including breakfast and lunch.

For information, email

The deadline for registering is June 3, but all spots may be taken by then.

Library awards luncheon

The Lafayette Public Library Foundation will hold its awards luncheon and annual meeting Friday at City Club in River Ranch.

The cost is $30. For information, call (337) 593-4770.

A silent auction begins at 11 a.m., and the program starts at 11:30 a.m.

This year’s theme is Acadian history. Also, James Hopkins Jr. and Mary Landry Hopkins will be presented with the Major Donor Award. The Lafayette Science Museum will be presented with the Foundation Award.

ULL grants fundraiser

The Friends of the Humanities Grillades and Gospel fundraiser is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Le Pavillon, 1913 Kaliste Saloom Road, in Lafayette.

Tickets are $75 a person and include brunch and entertainment from the Progressive Inspirational Choir of Progressive Baptist Church.

Proceeds go into a fund for the competitive grants program among humanities faculty at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The grants fund programs in history, English, modern languages, architecture, visual arts, performing arts and music.

For information, email or call (337) 278-1393.

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