Summer reading kickoff event set Friday

The Lafayette Public Library’s annual summer reading program kicks off at 10 a.m. Friday with events scheduled through 3 p.m. at the South Regional Library, 6101 Johnston St.

The free event is an opportunity for children, teens and adults to sign up for one of the library’s summer reading programs and earn prizes for reading books this summer. The event also features family activities, such as crafts, face painting, a fun jump, a petting zoo and performances.

For more information, visit the library’s website:

Celebration of Creole culture slated Sunday

Vermilionville celebrates its annual Creole Culture Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The free event is an opportunity for the public to learn more about the history and evolution of the Creole community. Featured events include storytelling, cooking and craft demonstrations and an exhibit of inventions and work by Clementine Hunter. Live music also will be provided by Mary Jane Broussard & Sweet La La, Donna Angelle & Her Zydeco Posse and The New Church’s gospel choir. Grammy award-winner Chubby Carrier will lead a Creole jam session in the village.

During the event, Rebecca Henry, a folk artist and cultural activist, will receive the Richard J. Catalon Sr. Creole Heritage award in recognition of her lifetime contributions to the preservation of the Creole culture.

For more information about the program, visit

Compiled by the Acadiana bureau