Country Mardi Gras comes to town; and other Around Acadiana items for Jan. 26, 2016 _lowres

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK -- Billy Gunn, clockwise from top left, Richard Burgess, Lanie Cook and Marsha Sills

The Southern Screen Film Festival will begin Thursday and run through Sunday across several venues in Lafayette.

Festival passes for the entire event are $40, day passes are $10 and single event tickets will cost $5.

Attendees can view screenings, listen to panels, and take part in workshops. Southern Screen officials said the festival “moves beyond the traditional film festival and works to open up the community to the widespread possibilities of storytelling,” according to the website.

Venues where the workshops will be held and films viewed will be spread out: The Acadiana Center for the Arts on West Vermilion Street; The LITE Center on Cajundome Boulevard; Jefferson Street Pub; Warehouse 535 on Garfield Street; and Feed & Seed on North Grant Street.

Hospital fundraiser

Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Lafayette, along with the March of Dimes, will begin fundraising this week for the 2016 March of Babies.

The effort, which coincides with the release of the March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card for 2015, will begin with a 10 a.m. Tuesday kickoff in the Aquarium Lobby at Women’s & Children’s.

Sit and Knit

The Parkview Branch Library at 500 Grand Pre Blvd. in New Iberia is hosting a session for knitters at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

High school students to adults are invited to the sessions, which organizers say relieves stress and is a relaxing pastime. New members are welcome.

For information, call the library at (337) 364-7480.

Abbeville Library book sale

The Abbeville Library continues it book sale Thursday through Friday at 405 E. St. Victor St.

Paperback books cost a dime. For a quarter, patrons can purchase hardcover books, audio books, VHS videos and DVDs. There also will be a bake sale.

The library will begin sales at 9 a.m. each day.

Versailles gardener talk

Alain Baraton, gardener-in-chief of the park at the Palace of Versailles, will talk to a luncheon crowd Tuesday at the Lafayette Petroleum Club.

Admission is $32. Tickets and a copy of Baraton’s latest book — “The Gardener of Versailles: My Life in the World’s Grandest Garden” — can be purchased by logging onto conference-with-alain-baraton.eventbrite.com.

Preregistration is required.

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