Community garden volunteers needed

LAFAYETTE —The Seed to Table garden project needs volunteers of all ages Saturday to help with the planting of a community garden that will serve as a learning experience for youth this summer.

The “Seed to Table Spring Planting Party” will be from 9 a.m. to noon — rain or shine — Saturday in the large field adjacent to Truman Montessori School, 200 Clara St. Volunteers will plant vegetables and melons that will be used as part of the Seed to Table summer youth program that begins in June. As part of the program, young students will harvest vegetables from the garden and learn about nutrition and healthy eating habits while working with mentors in the community.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own garden hand tools, if they have them.

Journalism students win regional honors

LAFAYETTE —The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s student-produced radio program, “Louisiana Focus,” received a first-place Mark of Excellence Award in the Best College Radio Newscast category at the Society of Professional Journalists regional conference April 6 in Oxford, Miss.

The Mark of Excellence competition included schools from Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee with first-place winners entered into SPJ’s national competition.

At the conference, two ULL senior journalism students also were recognized in the competition. Elizabeth Rose, of Lake Charles, won second place in radio news reporting for a story she produced for “Louisiana Focus,” and Zachary LaSalle, of New Iberia, won third place in feature writing for a story published in “The Daily Iberian.”

Library foundation luncheon set April 19

LAFAYETTE — The Lafayette Public Library Foundation will hold its annual awards luncheon and meeting at 11 a.m. April 19 at the City Club at River Ranch.

The event’s guest speaker is Roy W. Frusha, author of “Wrestling With Pigs,” a novel about smugglers, police and corruption on the Cajun Coast.

At the event, the group will honor Susan Hamilton with its Foundation Award, Pam Stroup with its President’s Award and a special memorial will recognize the late J.C. Chargois.

The event also features a book signing and silent auction.

The luncheon is $30 and reservations will be accepted through Friday by calling (337) 261-5781, sending an email to or mailing a check to Lafayette Public Library Foundation, P.O. Box 53024, Lafayette, LA 70505.

Compiled by the Acadiana bureau