Kenneth Boudreaux, a city-parish councilman, KNEK Radio 104.7, KRRQ Radio 95.5 and Northgate Mall are sponsoring a back-to-school supply drive over the next two Saturdays.

The drive is being held at Northgate Mall on the Castille Street side.

Donors can drop off school supplies such as paper, pencils, pens, back packs, notebooks, glue sticks and construction paper to help children be prepared for their first school day.

The drive runs from noon until 6 p.m.

Free movie night

Acadiana Outreach Center is hosting free movie nights open to the public beginning at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the mosaic building on the center’s campus.

The movie will be “The Wiz.”

On Aug. 17, the center will feature the first installment of “Gone With the Wind.”

The second installment will be shown Aug. 31.

Women’s luncheon Friday

University of Louisiana at Lafayette baseball coach Tony Robideaux will speak at Friday’s Connections Women’s Networking luncheon.

Robideaux will speak about positive motivation as it applies to women in business.

The meeting will be at noon at Buffet City, which is next to Walmart on Ambassador Caffery Parkway. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m.

For reservations, call (337) 236-8252 by noon Thursday.

Avery Island, Civil War

Shane K. Bernard will speak about Avery Island in the Civil War at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Young-Sanders Center for a study of the Civil War in Franklin.

Bernard, historian and curator to the McIlhenny Company and Avery Island, will present a PowerPoint presentation on events that occurred at Avery Island during the Civil War, a period that found the island important to both the Confederate and Union armies because of its large salt deposits.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

The center is at 701 Teche Drive, Franklin, one block from the St. Mary Parish Courthouse.

Lecture on Evangeline

The Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism at the University of Louisiana continues its free monthly series with “Evangeline: The Heroine and the Myth” at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 9 at Vermilionville’s Performance Center.

Barry Ancelet and Amanda LeFleur will discuss the history behind the heroine in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s epic poem “Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie.”

Evangeline and her story are often considered the first long poem of American literature.

In Your Own Backyard is CCET’s free series, and is open to all ages. Food and drinks are available for purchase.