To support Project Front Yard and in advance of Tourism Awareness Week in May, the Iberia Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau is inviting residents to lend a hand at the Highway 14 Gateway Cleanup on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Organizers have gotten commitments from business owners, Covenant and Visitors Bureau, a Girl Scout troop and others to help clean the corridor.

The effort will precede a press tour featuring Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne that will highlight Tourism Awareness Week.

The cleanup will be concentrated on the La. 14 median at U.S. 90.

Volunteers will be treated to a free lunch at the Convention and Visitors Bureau Welcome Center and can register for a chance to win a prize that includes a stay at home location with free local lodgings.

To register or for information, contact Fran Thibodeaux at or call (337) 365-1540.

Cajun jam at Vermilionville

The Community Coffee Co. is presenting this week’s Cajun Jam at Vermilionville on Thursday from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Some of Acadiana’s finest musicians are leading the free jam, which is open to all musicians at all skill levels.

Entry into the jam for spectators and musicians is free.

The event will take place at Vermilionville’s Performance Center.

Library to hold book talk

The St. Mary Parish Library’s Centerville branch will hold a discussion Wednesday on the nonfiction book “Remarkable Louisiana Women” by Bonnye E. Stuart.

The talk will begin at 10 a.m. at the branch, 9340 La. 182, in Centerville.

For information, call (337) 836-1717.

Lil Pookie performs Sunday

Lil Pookie & the Zydeco Sensations will perform in concert at the Performance Center at Vermilionville on Sunday.

Entry is $10 and refreshments will be available in a smoke-free, family-friendly environment.

The dance/concert starts at 1 p.m. and ends at 4 p.m.

Young readers meet Friday

The Book Heads young adult book club will meets at the St. Mary Parish Library Amelia branch at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Book Heads, which is encouraging new membership, will discuss “The Host” by young adult fiction author Stephanie Meyer.

The Amelia branch of the library is located at 625 Lake Palourde Road, east of Morgan City.

Films to be shown, discussed

Vermilionville’s monthly cultural film viewing — Les Vues — will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Performance Center, with a discussion to follow.

The films include “Boucherie,” a short documentary that focuses on musician Alan Lafleur’s semiannual Le Cochon est Roi boucherie at his home in Lafayette.

The second viewing is for “LA Dutch,” a film project that included participation by the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society.

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