Officers with the Opelousas Police Department will hold its “National Night Out — Party With OPD” from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Opelousas City Park Civic Center.

The social event is free and gives residents the opportunity to meet police and ask questions or raise issues.

Food will be served.

Mid week market moves

The Lafayette Farmers and Artisans Market at the Horse Farm moves its midweek market to Parc Sans Souci on Wednesday and will remain in the new location through November.

From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. each Wednesday during the months of August, September, October and November, the midweek market will offer seasonal, farm-based products and creations from local producers, artists and vendors.

The Saturday market at the Horse Farm on Johnston Street continues as usual from 8 a.m. to noon.

Waterfowl to be on display

The U.S. Corps of Engineers and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are holding a Wood Stork & Wading Bird event from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The event, free to the public, will be held at the Sherburne Wildlife Management Area Complex, north of Ramah.

The wood stork is the only stork native to North America. Standing 2 to 4 feet tall with a 66-inch wingspan, the stork is considered an accurate indicator of the condition of Louisiana’s wetlands.

Only a few thousand wood storks remain.

Bird watchers, photographers and other members of the public are invited. Organizers say those who arrive early have the greatest opportunity to view the birds.

Free haircuts, supplies

The “Kuts for Kids” and “Stuff a Backpack” back-to-school drives will be held Saturday at the Lafayette campus of Blue Cliff College, located on James Comeaux Road.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Up to 300 kids ages 5 to 14, who come from financially strapped families, will get a free haircut and a backpack loaded with school supplies.

The program, started in 2003 and sponsored by Cox Communications and 100 Black Men of Greater Lafayette, needs more financial help. Those who want to contribute can make checks out to 100 Black Men of Greater Lafayette, a nonprofit organization.

Adult education classes

South Louisiana Community College’s Adult Education Program next week will open up enrollment for new students at the Abbeville and Crowley campuses.

The Gulf Area Campus in Abbeville will begin enrollment at 8:30 a.m. Monday. On Aug. 12, the Acadian Campus in Crowley will start enrollment at 8:30 a.m.

Prospective students must bring picture identification and a Social Security card to register.

For information, call the Abbeville campus at (337) 892-2360 or the Crowley site at (337) 788-8114.

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