Neighborhood organizations with visions for a revitalized gateway into Lafayette will host pop-up street event “Better Block Four Corners” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Cameron Street and University Avenue.
Led by TownFolk Inc., Bridge Ministry and the LaPlace Neighborhood Coterie, the community-led effort is intended to illustrate how minor changes to the street layout could improve quality of life for the neighborhood.
The 1500 block of Cameron Street toward its intersection with University Avenue will be reduced to a two-lane boulevard with bicycle lanes. A pop-up park will be created at unused property on the street corner, and artists, businesses and vendors will sell goods.
Cajun ‘love story’ to debut
A documentary film exploring the history, tradition and artistry of handspun and hand-woven Acadiana brown cotton blankets and the Cajun women who made them will premiere from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Vermilionville in Lafayette.
Filmmakers Sharon Gordon Donnan and Suzanne Chaillot Breaux will participate in a Q&A session following the showing of “Coton jaune/Acadian Brown Cotton: A Cajun Love Story,” which tells the stories of women who created these heirlooms while dealing with the rigors of rural life. Filmmaker Pat Mire will preface the film’s screening with a presentation on the arrival of the first Acadians to Louisiana and women’s roles in keeping the culture alive.
Musicians Yvette Landry and Richard Comeaux will play during a reception following the premiere. Admission is $5. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
The film will be shown a second time at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center in Eunice.
Energy savings workshop
Area residents who want to know more about increasing energy efficiency are invited to a free workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Saturday at Lafayette’s South Regional Library, 6101 Johnston Street.
The League of Women Voters of Lafayette and Lafayette Utilities System are co-sponsoring “Smart Changes, Huge Savings: Energy Efficiency Workshop 2015 for Residents and Small Businesses,” which is a three-panel workshop presented as part of Lafayette’s comprehensive plan, PlanLafayette.
Experts will advise attendees on cost savings associated with lighting improvements, energy audits, smart meters, appliances, insulation, maintenance and energy efficiency improvements.
For information, call (337) 288-7047 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Author to sign book on artist
Previously unseen works by Louisiana folk artist Clementine Hunter are the subject of a new book, whose author will be at the Bayou Teche Museum in New Iberia from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday for a book signing.
For information, call the museum at (337) 606-5977.
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