Several events are scheduled in February and March for the ongoing community reading initiative Lafayette Reads Together.

The initiative draws on themes from author Joshua Davis’ “Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream.”

The book tells the story four students from an underfunded public high school who won a national robotics competition.

Davis will speak and answer questions at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the downtown branch of the Lafayette Public Library.

On Saturday, local businesses and school groups will give a robotics demonstration at 1 p.m. at the downtown library.

A community book discussion is set for 6 p.m. March 17 at the downtown library, and a second book discussion is set for 1 p.m. March 24 at Northside High School.

For information, visit

Juvenile crime forum

A town hall on Lafayette crime will be held Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Clifton Chenier Center Auditorium on Willow Street in Lafayette.

The event, titled “Crime Reduction and Juveniles,” is organized by Lafayette City-Parish Councilman Kenneth Boudreaux and the 360 Collective, a local community organization.

For information, call (337) 291-8800.

Symphony fundraiser

The Acadiana Symphony Women’s League annual Mad Hatter’s Luncheon and Style Show is set for 11 a.m. Feb. 29 at the Doubletree Lafayette.

Doors open at 10:30 a.m.

For information or to donate an item to be auctioned at the event, call (337) 232-4277.

Healing traditions

University of Louisiana at Lafayette cultural anthropologist Ray Brassieur will give a free presentation on traditional healing practices at 6 p.m. April 13 at the Jeanerette Museum.

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Library book sale

The Friends of the Lafayette Public Library book sale fundraiser is set for March 16 through March 19 at the Heymann Convention Center Ballroom on College Road.

March 16 is for Friends members only, but the sale is open to the general public March 17 though March 19.

For information, visit Friends.

L ions Club fundraiser

The Lafayette Lions Club will hold its 31st annual benefit golf tournament on May 14 at The Wetlands Golf Course in Lafayette.

Proceeds support the Lions Club’s work providing eye care for residents who cannot afford it.

The fee is $480 per team or $120 per player.

For i nformation, call (337) 654-8968 or (337) 962-0356.

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