Can education affect patient outcomes? That’s what researchers with the Cancer Center of Acadiana at Lafayette General Medical Center will study in a clinical trial focusing on men and women, 18 and older, who have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer.

The research will evaluate the impact of support and education offered by health care providers to certain patients after they were treated with the Bayer product Regorafenib.

To participate in the clinical trial or other trials at Lafayette General Medical Center, call (337) 289-8658 or visit

Activists planning protests

Community activists calling for an end to police brutality will meet in Lafayette on Thursday to continue planning a week of events in New Iberia.

United around the death of New Iberia 22-year-old Victor White III, who deputies said shot himself in the back while he was handcuffed in the back of a police car, the group is planning the events leading up to an October march to New Iberia City Hall held in tandem with the 19th National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality.

The meeting will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Imani Temple, 201 E. Willow St.

Blood donation marathon

Blood donors will be rewarded with restaurant coupons and entered in drawings for donating blood on Thursday or Friday during United Blood Services’ annual Race Against the Clock Marathon Blood Drive Event.

The event is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Thursday and from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday at the UBS donor center at 1503 Bertrand Drive, Lafayette.

Donors will be rewarded with area restaurant coupons and a T-shirt and will be entered in a grand-prize drawing for more than 120 items, including an Apple Watch, Garth Brooks concert tickets or hundreds of dollars in Visa gift cards, along with becoming a finalist for a $6,000 vacation giveaway.

Schedule a donation appointment at and use the sponsor code “24.”

Bastille Day events

A Bastille Day Celebration will be held at the Lafayette Farmers and Artisans Market at the Horse Farm from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday.

Alliance Française de Lafayette hosts the event, which begins with a conversation circle for French speakers of all levels at 8 a.m. and continues from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. with a Cajun music jam. Gallery Acadie will host a 10 a.m. cooking demonstration, and at 11 a.m., members of the local Pétanque Club will offer lessons and demonstrate the sport.

Bastille Day is the French national holiday that commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with the storming of the Bastille.

Insects celebrated at park

Rain or shine, the fifth annual Insect Day at the Arboretum will happen from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Louisiana State Arboretum at Ville Platte’s Chicot State Park.

The event explores insects with displays of live and preserved insect specimens and up-close, hands-on exhibits with live insects.

Experts will be on hand in the evening to identify and answer questions about nocturnal insects attracted to various light stations at the arboretum.

For more information, visit

Free gun course for women

Women over the age of 20 who are also University of Louisiana at Lafayette students can attend a free concealed handgun permit class from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in Opelousas.

Family members who attend the same nine-hour class with the UL-Lafayette student can receive a $25 discount. Additional classes will be held July 18 and 25.

For information, contact Suzanne Christie at (337) 308-5495 or email

Hunter education courses

The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office will host two hunter education classes this month.

The 10-hour course at the Patterson Civic Center spans July 13-15 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Another course will be held July 18 beginning at 8 a.m. Field day for the two courses will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 25 at the Bayou Vista Community Center.

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Submit items to Acadiana bureau chief Richard Burgess at rburgess@ or fax to (337) 269-0410.