The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Center for Louisiana Studies on Tuesday starts “The Backyard Series” with a free lecture on Acadiana’s role in the Civil War.

“The Civil War in Acadiana” is from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Vermilionville Performance Center, 300 Fisher Road, Lafayette.

Henry O. Robertson, a history professor at Louisiana College in Pineville, will discuss how the war affected south Louisiana and its Acadian population. The series is open to the public.

New Iberia sets rally

The Voices of Innocent Victims Empowered support group, VOICE, will hold its 10th annual victims’ rally at 6 p.m. April 22 on the steps of New Iberia City Hall with this year’s event dedicated to police Sgt. Rick Riggenbach.

Riggenbach, a Chitimacha tribal police officer, was killed in the line of duty in January.

Guests include New Iberia Mayor Hilda Curry, 16th Judicial District Attorney Phil Haney and Chitimacha Tribal Police Chief Blaise Smith.

The event is free. City Hall is at 457 E. Main St. If there is inclement weather, the rally will be moved to the Steamboat Warehouse Pavilion at 525 N. Main St.

Press club to host Innov8

The Acadiana Press Club will host members of the Innov8 team at the club’s monthly meeting April 22 in the Ardoin Building at South Louisiana Community College in Lafayette.

Innov8, a project of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, is an eight-day festival of innovation and creativity that runs April 19 to April 26. Information on Innov8 can be found at

Guests will be Chris Allain, CEO of Vidox; Gerd Wuestemann, executive director of Acadiana Center for the Arts; and Pete Prados, chief idea officer of Inventure Works.

The lunch forum and membership in the Acadiana Press Club are open to journalists, media professionals and the general public.

Cajun Hot Sauce Festival

This year’s Cajun Hot Sauce Festival will run Friday through Sunday at the SugArena on the Acadiana Fairgrounds at 713 Northwest Bypass on La. 3212 in New Iberia.

The festival will include a hot sauce competition, a jambalaya cook-off, carnival rides, dance and talent contests, live entertainment, food courts and crafts.

For a complete schedule, call (337) 365-7539 or go to the festival’s facebook page at

Youth training slated

“Keeping Youth Trained and Educated,” a tuition-free program for eligible students ages 16 to 21, is accepting applications through Friday for its 2013 spring session, which begins April 22, at South Louisiana Community College in Lafayette.

Participants receive help in earning a high school general equivalency degree and career readiness training. Applicants must be out of school.

To apply, contact Chanda Moffett at the Lafayette Business and Career Solution Center, 706 E. Vermilion St., Lafayette, or at (337) 262-5514. Applicants will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Submit items or fax to (337) Acadiana Bureau Chief Richard Burgess at rburgess@the