The Performing Arts Society of Acadiana’s singer-songwriter series will debut Aug. 5 with songwriters Keith Sykes and Richard Leigh.

Sykes and Leigh have worked with a list of performers that includes Marcia Ball, Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Conway Twitty, the Dixie Chicks and Ricky Skaggs.

The two songwriters will also lead workshops Aug. 6.

The series continues Dec. 1 with Sykes and Jerry Jeff Walker and May 11 with Leigh and Guy Clark.

The singer-songwriter series will be held at the Acadiana Center for the Arts downtown.

Tickets for the series are on sale at ACA.

To register for the songwriting workshops, call PASA at (337) 237-2787, ext. 201.

The cost of the workshop is $100 per person per workshop. Space is limited.

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Upper Lafayette meets

The Upper Lafayette Economic Development Authority will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Oakbourne Country Club on Simcoe Street in Lafayette.

Scheduled to speak are Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, who is running for lieutenant governor, and St. Landry Parish President Don Menard, who is running for House District 39.

Tickets are $25 per person.


New emergency center

The city of Scott will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday for the city’s new emergency services building, which will house the police and fire departments.

The public is invited to attend.

The grand opening and reception will be held at the new building, which is located at 129 Lions Club Road in Scott.

Eola Road closure

Eola Road at its intersection with U.S. 90 will be closed from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday while crews install new drainage structures, according to a news release from the state Department of Transportation and Development.

Traffic on U.S. 90 will not be affected, according to DOTD.

Centanni joins chamber

The Chamber SWLA, part of the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance, has named Marie DesOrmeaux Centanni as vice president of public policy, the group announced Monday.

Centanni, a native of Abbeville, will represent the southwest Louisiana business community in Washington, D.C., and at the state Legislature in Baton Rouge, according to a news release from the chamber.

Centanni owns a legislative and media relations company and recently worked as press secretary for former Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco.