The Vermilionville historical park in Lafayette will offer music, art, food, boat tours, crafts and folklife demonstrations as part of Acadian Culture Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 9.

Admission is free.

This year’s event will honor recently retired University of Louisiana at Lafayette professor Barry Jean Ancelet.

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Arts fundraiser

Cité des Arts, a downtown arts center, will hold a poker tournament fundraiser from noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 12.

Tickets are $60 in advance and $80 the day of the event.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

For information, visit

Hunter safety courses

The St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office will offer hunter safety classes, which are required to obtain a hunting license for anyone born after Sept. 1, 1969.

The course takes two days, and three two-day sessions are planned — Aug. 29 and Aug. 30, Sept. 12 and Sept. 13, and Oct. 3 and Oct. 4.

Space is limited. To register, visit and click on “Hunter Education” on the home page.

Benefit brunch

Charley G’s restaurant in Lafayette will host a benefit brunch for Catholic Services of Acadiana from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 2.

The buffet-style meal will include duck and andouille gumbo, crab cakes, grits and grillades, and white chocolate bread pudding.

Seating is limited, and tickets must be purchased in advance.

For information, visit

Health screenings

The St. Martin Hospital in Breaux Bridge is offering free mammograms.

Patient eligibility is dependant on age, financial status and insurance coverage.

A doctor’s order is required, but the hospital can provide assistance for anyone who does not have a physician.

For information, call (337) 507-1209.

The screenings are supported by a $74,988 grant from the Susan G. Komen foundation.

Leprosy talk

The Jeanerette Museum will present a talk on the history of leprosy treatment at the public hospital in Carville by University of Louisiana at Lafayette professor Claire Manes, whose grandfather was a patient at the hospital.

Manes is the author of “Out of the Shadow of Leprosy: the Carville Letters and Stories of the Landry Family.”

The event is set for 6 p.m. Aug. 26.

The museum is located at 500 E. Main St. in Jeanerette.

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