Country Mardi Gras comes to town; and other Around Acadiana items for Jan. 26, 2016 _lowres

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK -- Billy Gunn, clockwise from top left, Richard Burgess, Lanie Cook and Marsha Sills

The Lafayette Parish school system will host its annual Fall Frenzy on Nov. 7 to showcase offerings for arts, business, law, language immersion and other special programs.

The event is set from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cajundome Convention Center in Lafayette.

Teachers and students from Schools of Choice academies will be on hand to answer questions.

The application period for entering the lottery for Schools of Choice programs runs from Nov. 7 to Jan. 31.

Applications can be completed online at lafayette

Sweet dough pie festival

Grand Coteau’s annual Sweet Dough Pie Festival is set for Oct. 24 on the grounds of St. Charles Borromeo Church on Church Street.

The festival features food, arts and crafts, a blacksmith demonstration, historical tours and a sweet dough pie contest.

No alcohol or pets are allowed.

Proceeds benefit the Grand Coteau Cultural Foundation.

For more information, visit

Gumbo cook-off

The Realtor Association of Acadiana will host its 25th annual gumbo cook-off from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Parc International in downtown Lafayette.

Tickets are $10.

Kids 5 and under eat free.

There will be music by Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie.

Proceeds benefit Bridge Ministry of Acadiana, Faith House and Rebuilding Together Acadiana.

Health care fundraiser

The Lafayette Community Healthcare Clinic holds its annual Silver Bell Soiree fundraiser from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at River Oaks Catering and Event Center in Lafayette.

The clinic, which providers health care for working low-income residents, is seeking sponsors for the event.

For more information, visit

East Regional Library to open

The East Regional Library on La Neuville near Fabacher Field in the Youngsville/Broussard area is set to open next week.

The public is invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for 3 p.m. Monday.

Tours will be offered after the ceremony, and magician Mitch Richard will perform at 4 p.m.

Acadia Players’ play

The Acadia Players present “Salem’s Daughter” by Craig Sodaro this month at the Acadia Parish Center for the Arts & Culture on West Mill Street in Crowley.

Shows are scheduled Oct. 24, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and students.

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