The Bayou State Book Talk series continues at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the South Regional Library with University of Louisiana at Lafayette architecture professor Geoff Gjertson, who will discuss his book “Generating Hope: Stories of the BeauSoleil Louisiana Solar Home.”

Improv performance Saturday

Silverbacks Improv Theatre continues its Lafayette Famous series with local entrepreneur Jeramie “Big K” Kinnerson at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Cité Des Arts, 109 Vine St.

Kinnerson is creator of Kings of Karaoke LA and recently designed an event finder app called “Check My Planner”, which will launch sometime this month.

Also, Kinnerson and Kings of Karaoke LA will share a pre-show DJ set and karaoke special starting at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $5. To reserve a ticket, call (337) 291-1122.

Testing for nursing program

South Louisiana Community College is offering testing sessions starting Jan. 28 for those interested in the associate degree program in nursing.

Students must register and select a testing date at: www.atitesting.com. The cost is $71. For more information, email: studentsuccess@solacc.edu or call (337) 521-6983.

Music lessons offered

Spring music lessons begin this week at the Acadiana Conservatory of Music with private sessions on 18 instruments for all ages and experience levels.

On Jan. 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., musicians may audition for the Acadiana Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Students interested in lessons may register online, at the Acadiana Symphony and Conservatory building, 412 Travis St., or by phone: (337) 232-4277, ext. 2.

Career expo needs volunteers

Local businesses are needed to assist with the Career Connections event Jan. 29 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cajundome Convention Center.

Now in its 16th year, the event allows 4,000 10th graders from Lafayette, Iberia, St. Martin and Vermilion parishes to visit with local companies and learn about different career paths.

Sponsors are needed to help cover event expenses and assist governmental and nonprofit agencies with booth fees. Volunteers are also needed to help staff The Reality Store, where students learn more about life expenses. For details, visit: www.lafayette.org/jobfairs.

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