AOC Community Media is hosting a free social Tuesday night to bring together creative people in the area to hang out and make connections.

For the first “Neighbors & Notions,” wine and appetizers will be served starting at 7 p.m. at AOC’s Jefferson Street facility in the Rosa Parks Transportation Center.

Find “AOC Community Media” on Facebook to RSVP.

Theater shooting benefit

Proceeds from a Wednesday night concert will benefit a Lafayette woman injured in last month’s shooting at The Grand 16 Theatre.

The LOVE for LAFFY concert lineup includes Pine Leaf Boys, Ray Boudreaux, The Vettes, Alex Smith, Gabe Broussard, Hunter DeBlanc, LillyBrave, Social Circle and Quiet District. All money raised will go toward a support fund set up by Red Lerille’s Health and Racquet Club to help defray medical costs accrued by one of its employees in the shooting.

The event begins at 5 p.m. at Warehouse 535 on Garfield Street in Lafayette. Tickets are $25. Advance ticket purchases can be made at

New exhibits at art museum

The public is invited to an opening reception Friday to celebrate new exhibits on display at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum in Lafayette.

Accompanied by an ongoing display of works by University of Louisiana at Lafayette faculty members from the College of the Arts, the two new fall exhibitions will focus on the West: “Imprinting the West: Manifest Destiny, Real and Imagined,” which features hand-colored engravings and lithographs, and “Art Under the Big Sky,” which features a collection of artwork from the Yellowstone Art Museum’s permanent collection.

The reception is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Both exhibits will be featured until Jan. 2.

St. Mary 5K fun run, walk

The 100 Black Men of St. Mary Parish on Saturday hosts its 18th annual Marcus Jones 5K Fun Run and Walk to raise scholarship money for St. Mary Parish high school seniors.

The event begins at 8 a.m. on Everette Street at the Morgan City seawall. The first man and the first woman to cross the finish line will win $300 each. Runners and walkers may preregister by calling (985) 312-2154 or visiting Late registration begins the day of the event in front of Morgan City Hall at First and Everette streets.

Proceeds from the event fund scholarships for one graduating senior from St. Mary, Franklin, Centerville, Patterson, Berwick and Morgan City high schools.

Genealogy 101 workshop

The Lafayette Genealogical Society hosts a workshop and roundtable on Saturday morning for beginners interested in learning how to trace their ancestry.

Held at the Lafayette Public Library’s main branch on West Congress Street, the 9:30 a.m. meeting will focus on how to find one’s ancestors in ship manifests or naturalization records. For more information, find the group on Facebook or visit

WWII priest memorial Mass

The annual memorial Mass in remembrance of the Rev. Joseph Verbis Lafleur will be celebrated on Monday, Sept. 7, at St. Landry Catholic Church in Opelousas.

Lafleur, a Ville Platte native who grew up in Opelousas, was a World War II Army Air Corps chaplain who died as one of hundreds of prisoners of war while aboard a Japanese cargo ship sunk by U.S. torpedoes.

The 6:30 p.m. Mass commemorates the 71st anniversary of Lafleur’s death. His life is celebrated each year at the same church where Lafleur — remembered as a war hero who was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and the Distinguished Service Cross for his bravery during battle — performed his first Mass.