Around Acadiana for June 14, 2016 _lowres

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK -- Acadiana Advocate reporters Billy Gunn, from left, Lanie Lee Cook and Richard Burgess photographed January 21, 2016.

Bayou Teche Black Bear fest set for this month

The annual Bayou Teche Black Bear Festival is set for April 15 and April 16 in Franklin.

This year’s festival will feature enhanced educational activities, including a focus on the recent removal of the Louisiana Black Bear from the federal endangered species list.

The festival offers music, food, boat trips on the bayou, fireworks and a 5K run/walk.

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UL-Lafayette concert

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette symphony and choir will give a joint concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Angelle Hall Auditorium.

Highlights will include “Gloria” from Schubert’s Mass No. 6, Brahm’s Schicksalslied and the Schumann Piano Concerto.

The concert is free.

For more information, call the UL-Lafayette School of Music at (337) 482-6012.

Intro Lafayette

The Leadership Institute of Acadiana is accepting applications for Intro Lafayette, a program that offers a preview of the Lafayette community and introductions to local leaders over one-and-half days.

The program runs on April 28 from noon to 5 p.m. and on April 29 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The fee is $195.

Registration is open until April 15.

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Friends of the Humanities

The Friends of the Humanities, which works to strengthen humanities programs at UL-Lafayette, will host a Grillades and Gospel Brunch fundraiser on April 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Le Pavillon on Kaliste Saloom Road.

Tickets are $75 per person.

For information, call (337) 278-1393.

Youngsville Chamber banquet

The Youngsville Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual banquet at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Youngsville Sports Complex Recreation Center on Savoy Road in Youngsville.

The guest speaker is Charles Simon, who recently worked as the economic development director for Pflugerville, Texas.

Tickets are $60 for members and $75 for non-members.

For information and to purchase tickets, visit

UL-Lafayette alumni gala

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette will honor longtime Lafayette real estate agents and Van Eaton & Romero founders Nancy Van Eaton Prince and Gail Romero at its 2016 Spring Gala on Saturday.

The event is scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the UL-Lafayette Alumni Center of East St. Mary Boulevard.

For information and tickets, visit (337) 482-0900.

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