An exhibit exploring new research on the history of dinosaurs is scheduled to open Oct. 8 at the Lafayette Science Museum in downtown Lafayette.

“Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries” will feature a full-size model skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex, re-creations of prehistoric environments and hundreds of scientifically accurate models of prehistoric animals filling 7,000 square feet of exhibit space, according to information from the museum.

The exhibit is scheduled to run through March 11.

For information, visit http://www.lafayettesciencemuseum.org or call (337) 291-5544.

Film series

The Acadiana Center for the Arts launches the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers next month, a series of films at the downtown ACA that will stretch through April.

The series begins at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7 with “Concrete, Steel and Paint,” a film about a mural arts program in Philadelphia.

For more information, visit http://acadianacenterforthearts.org.

Leadership program

The Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for its 2012 Leadership Lafayette program.

The 10-month course involves field trips, lectures and readings on such issues as education, economic development, government, art and local history.

Twenty-five applicants will be selected.

Applications are available online at http://www.leadershiplafayette.com or at the chamber’s office at 804 E. St. Mary Blvd.

The deadline is 5 p.m. Oct. 28.

LEDA Job fair

The Lafayette Economic Development Authority will host a job fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 17 at the Cajundome Convention Center.

Pre-registration is not required, but job seekers should bring copies of their résumés.

About 100 employers are scheduled to attend, according to information from LEDA.

U.S. 90 closure

The inside westbound lane of U.S. 90 in front of the Le Triomphe Golf and Country Club in Lafayette Parish will be closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday for repairs, according to information from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.

Regular traffic will be able to pass through the construction zone, but oversize loads wider than 12 feet must detour using La. 88, La. 182 and La. 92, according to DOTD.

Culinary fundraiser

The 27th annual Acadiana Culinary Classic fundraiser for Hearts of Hope is scheduled for Oct. 3 at the Cajundome Convention Center.

Hearts of Hope is a nonprofit group that works with children and adult victims of sexual assault.

For more information, visit http://www.theheartsofhope.org.