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.

The Lafayette Public Library offers a special presentation on the history of the Louisiana Orphan Train Riders from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the East Regional branch in Youngsville, 215 La Neuville Road.

The downtown Lafayette branch is offering the Lego Mindstorms Obstacle Course, where participants will build a robot that navigates the course from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday. The library is at 301 W. Congress St.

Quilters are invited to the North Regional Library at 5101 N. University Ave. in Carencro from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, when Quilters’ Guild Acadienne will demonstrate quilting with half-square triangles. Participants will then experiment on their own and take home a packet of material and instructions on how to continue. Preregistration is required.

Cajun Catholics feast

Ragin’ Cajun Catholics hold their 32nd annual Boilin’ Bash fundraiser from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Blackham Coliseum in Lafayette.

The event features live entertainment by the Pine Leaf Boys, and state Sen. Fred Mills will serve as the emcee. Guests will be served a dinner of boiled shrimp and select fried catfish, gumbo and local craft beers and will be entered to win a $10,000 raffle grand prize. There also will be live and silent auctions.

General admission tickets are $100 per guest. Reservations are $1,000 for a table of eight.

Tickets may be purchased at

Artists sought for competition

Artists are invited to submit their work to the Southern Gardenia Artists 2016 Art Show Competition.

Oil, acrylic, watercolor and other media — including colored pencil and pastel — will be accepted for the show, which will be held at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Lafayette.

Best of Show winner will be awarded $200. First-place winners in each of the four categories will be awarded $100. Hanging dates are March 30; April 1, 5, 7 and 9. Fees are $20 per piece.

A reception and award ceremony will be held at Barnes and Noble at 10 a.m on April 30.

Softball tourney backs ‘blue’

Louisiana Law Enforcement Support will hold its Back the Blue softball tournament March 12 at Scott Park on Blanche Street in Scott.

Fun jumps, face-painting, concessions and music will be at the family-friendly event.

Registrants ages 13 and older pay $5 for entry; children ages 5 to 12 pay $2; and children under 5 may enter free.

For more information, call (337) 212-3963 or email or

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