Special summer programming at the Lafayette Public Library continues this week with a petting zoo and superhero training camp for kids.

Children 3 and older are invited Tuesday to Zoo-Zoom: The Little Zoo on Wheels, where children will get close-up views of exotic and native Louisiana animals. The event is from 10 a.m. to noon at the North Regional Library, 5101 N. University Ave., Carencro, and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the East Regional Library, 215 La Neuville Road, Youngsville.

Children ages 7 to 12 can train to become a superhero from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Jefferson Street Branch, 538 Jefferson St., downtown Lafayette.

‘Ageless’ expo scheduled

Area residents 55 and older and their friends and family are invited to the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office’s annual Ageless Expo on Thursday at the Cade Community Center, 1688 Smede Highway.

Vendors representing a variety of agencies, products and services will be on-site from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch will be served, and there will be entertainment and door prizes. For more information, call Lt. Alison Boudreaux at (337) 394-2606.

Workshop for the homeless

The Bag Mat Ministry meets from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Lafayette to make sleeping mats for the homeless from recycled plastic shopping bags.

Attendees are welcome to stay for any suitable timeframe, whether it’s just for an hour or for the entire event. The workshop takes place at Grace Presbyterian Church, 518 Roselawn Blvd.

For information, contact Mats4Homeless@gmail.com or visit Bag Mat Ministry on Facebook.

Barbecue for brain injury

A barbecue benefits brain injury awareness from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday during Smoky Breaux’s BBQ in the Parc State Championship at Parc Hardy in Breaux Bridge.

Food, drinks, crafts, fun and face-painting will be available for purchase, and live music will be on-site all day while attendees taste some of Louisiana’s best barbecue. Proceeds benefit the Brain Injury Association of Louisiana.

For more information on the event or to join the competition or become a sponsor, visit bbq4tbi.org.

Kids’ history camp

Registration continues this week for the Shadows-on-the-Teche Children’s History Camp, which is scheduled June 15-19.

Campers age 6 to 11 will participate in an assortment of creative activities that explore the natural environment and Southern living across multiple historic eras, from the earliest settlement of New Iberia to modern times. Admission is $125 and covers supplies and snacks each day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To register, contact Catherine Schramm, Shadows education curator, at (337) 369-6446 or cschramm@savingplaces.org.

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