The Friends of the Lafayette Public Library holds its fall book sale this week with its members-only sale from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Heymann Convention Center Ballroom, 1373 S. College Road.

Memberships will be available for purchase at the door.

The public sale is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and concludes Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Proceeds help supplement funding for the Lafayette Public Library System. Books are priced per inch, with paperbacks 50 cents per inch and hardbacks $1 per inch. Some special books may be priced higher. A silent auction is also on display through Sept. 28 at the South Regional Library, 6101 Johnston St.

Downtown favorites sought

Downtown Lafayette is accepting nominations in four categories to recognize the community’s favorite places, people and things downtown.

Nominations will be accepted through Sept. 23, with voting Oct. 1 through Oct. 23. Winners will be announced Nov. 18. during an awards presentation

To submit nominations, visit

Meet-ups for techies

INNOV8 Acadiana and the Opportunity Machine begin free monthly meet-ups for technology experts and enthusiasts from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the LITE center.

The first meeting will focus on iOS development — the platform used to build applications for Apple products, such as the iPad and iPhone.

For more information, visit

Time for football, finally!

To kick off Ragin’ Cajuns football, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette scheduled several events.

At 11 a.m. Friday, the university celebrates the completion of its renovated and expanded Student Union with a ribbon-cutting. An open house will follow through 2 p.m. and again from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

At 6 p.m. Friday, a reUNION at the U event will celebrate milestones of the union and recognize student leaders and union staff. Tickets for the dinner reception are $30.

At 9 a.m. Saturday, a dedication of the newly renovated quad is planned, followed by a zydeco brunch at the Student Union. Brunch tickets are $12.99 for adults.

The Ragin’ Cajuns play Northwestern State University at 6 p.m. Saturday.

For more information about events and to RSVP or purchase tickets to events, visit

Water visions for river

The Bayou Vermilion Preservation Association holds its second annual Visionary Water Symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday at Vermilionville.

The theme of the symposium is “Bayou Vermilion: Our Working River.” Ernest Girouard, coordinator of the Louisiana Master Farmer program, is symposium chairman. The keynote speaker is Robert Thomas, director of the Center for Environmental Communication at Loyola University. Other speakers include Kevin Norton, Amanda Vincent and Ron Boustany. David Cheramie, CEO of the Bayou Vermilion District, will moderate a panel on tourism opportunities on the river.

Symposium entry is $25 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. On Thursday, a sunset cruise with a light dinner and refreshments will depart Beaver Park at 4:45 p.m. That cost is also $25 per person.

For questions, contact Charlie Wyatt at charleshwyatt@lus

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