Whitney Plantation curator Ibrahima Seck will present a lecture about the plantation, which is the country’s first and only museum focused solely on slavery, at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

The lecture will be held in Room 112 of James Oliver Hall. Seck’s lecture will be followed by a book signing of his latest publication, “Bouki Fait Gombo: A History of the Slave Population of Habitation Hayden 1750-1860.” The plantation museum was opened to the public in December by new owner John Cummings.

The museum was recently featured on National Public Radio and in this past weekend’s edition of The New York Times Magazine.

Tuesday’s presentation is sponsored by the UL-Lafayette Department of History and College of Liberal Arts.

Students to share talents

The Lafayette Parish School System’s talented program presents “ELEMENTS,” a multi-disciplinary arts festival that begins Wednesday and continues through March 14 at Cité des Arts in downtown Lafayette.

The arts festival is a showcase of the creative works of Lafayette Parish School System students in visual arts, music and theater.

All of the performances and large visual arts exhibits will be at Cité, 109 Vine St. One visual arts exhibit is also on display at Cajun Spice Gallery, 505 Jefferson St.

The events are open to the public, though a $5 donation is suggested. To view a full schedule, visit the school system’s website at: www.lpssonline.com.

Free musical performances

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette New Music Ensemble will perform a free concert Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Hilliard University Art Museum.

The ensemble performs works by contemporary classical composers.

Another free performance begins at 3 p.m. Sunday with the White Oak Trio at Angelle Hall on the UL-Lafayette campus.

The Texas-based trio features violinist Steven McMillan, pianist Meryl Ettelson and cellist Martha Lisle.

Genealogy workshop

The Lafayette Genealogical Society will meet at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the South Regional Library for a Genealogy 101 workshop.

Participants can learn how to begin a genealogy search. The workshops are held the first Saturday of the month.

Petanque tourney March 14

Lafayette’s 7th annual international petanque tournament will be held at 9 a.m. March 14 at Girard Park.

The French lawn bowling game will be held on the hard-packed courts located on the north end of Girard Park, near the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Alumni House.

All skill levels are welcome and equipment is provided. Basic instruction on the game will also be provided on the day of the event.

Two-player teams will be randomly paired. Pre-registration is $15 per person and available on Eventbrite.

For more information about the event organizers, La Boule Cadienne de Lafayette, visit parcgirard.com.

Sporting clay fundraiser

Registration for a sporting clay fundraiser to benefit 232-HELP is now underway.

The event “Pull for 232-HELP” is scheduled Saturday, April 18, at the Wilderness Gun Club, 7 Teurlings Drive. The event also features auction items and live music by Sassafras Jubilee. Breakfast and lunch are provided.

For more information, contact Chris Roy at (337) 205-6013 or by email at chris@232-help.org.

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