Open house set for I-10 widening project

The state Department of Transportation and Development will host an open house on Jan. 6 to outline plans for a proposed project to widen Interstate 10 from I-49 to the Breaux Bridge exit.

The event is set to run from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Lafayette Public Library North Regional Branch, 5101 North University Ave., Carencro.

The proposed project involves adding an additional lane in each direction and building a concrete barrier in the median.

DOTD staff will be on hand to explain the project and accept public input.

Carpentry skills

Vermilionville is offering a woodworking class on mortise and tenon joints on Jan. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon.

The cost is $25 per person.

Pre-registration is required.

For information, visit

ACA auditions

The Acadiana Center for the Arts will host auditions Jan. 18 from 9 a.m. to noon for artist-in-residence Theresa Wasiloski’s dance and movement project “PLAY.”

She is seeking 10 to 12 participants ages 16 and older for a series of performances in the spring.

For information, e-mail

Ballet at the Heymann

Ballet Memphis will present the “The River Project” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Heymann Performing Arts Center in Lafayette.

Tickets range from $20 to $70.

For tickets, call the Heymann Center at (337) 291-5555 or visit

Beginning chess

The Lafayette Public Library is offering a beginners chess class Jan. 7 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the South Regional Library.

The class is open to ages 12 and up and is designed for those who know little or nothing about the game.

For information, visit

Private investigator class

South Louisiana Community College will offer a private investigator training course in January.

The 40-hour course, taught by Ed Roy, prepares students to take the test required to become a state-licensed private investigator.

The course fee is $350, plus another $50 to take the state exam on the last day of class.

To register, call (337) 373-5105.

AARP driver safety class

The St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office will offer AARP’s driver safety course Jan. 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the St. Martin Council on Aging office, 391 Cannery Road, Breaux Bridge.

Participants must be 55 or older.

The cost of the course if $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members.

To register, call (337) 394-2672.


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