Award-winning, New York-based dancer and choreographer Clare Cook will conduct master classes Tuesday and Wednesday for students in dance programs at three Lafayette public schools.

The classes, for dance students enrolled in the Lafayette Parish Arts Academy, were planned to precede the Clare Cook Dance Theater’s performance this weekend of Stravinsky’s “Firebird.”

Cook and her dancers will concentrate on teaching the themes in “Firebird” in classes Tuesday at Lafayette High from 9:09 a.m. until 10:04 a.m., and from 2:11 p.m. until 2:59 p.m. at L.J. Alleman. A third class will be Wednesday from 1:55 p.m. until 3:45 p.m. at J. Wallace James Elementary.

Cook, founder of the Clare Cook Dance Theater, will be accompanied by dancers in her troupe.

The classes are being sponsored by the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra & Conservatory of Music, which is putting on the production of “Firebird” on Saturday at the Heymann Performing Arts Center.

Bra fitting for cancer survivors

Dillard’s employees will take measurements for breast cancer survivors to make custom bras on Friday at the Elaine M. Junca Women’s Imaging Centre.

The event will be from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the center, located at 5000 Ambassador Caffery Parkway.

Fittings take about 15 minutes. To schedule an appointment, call toll free at 1-877-302-2731. Walk-ins are also welcome.

There is no cost.

For those who cannot attend Friday there will be a second fitting at Dillard’s, located in the Acadiana Mall, on Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information go to

Health fair set for Saturday.

There will be a community health fair, free to the public, at Girard Park on Saturday.

It will run from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., and will feature basic health screenings. Also, United Blood Services will provide cholesterol screenings and a T-shirt to blood donors.

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association will conduct screenings, and SNAP Fitness will provide safe workout information.

Activities for kids will be provided. For more information, call (337) 269-0136

Get rid of those chemicals

Lafayette Parish residents who wish to get rid of chemicals such as paint, chemical cleaners or other poisons found around the house can do so Saturday at Cajun Field in the parking lot off West Congress Street in Lafayette.

The annual event this year will be from 8 a.m. until noon. Participants can enter Cajun Field through parking lot gate 4.

For more information on the types of chemicals to be discarded go to or call (337) 291-8529.

Heave ho for boat parade

The Bayou Vermilion District’s third annual Festival & Boat Parade will be held Sunday to raise funds for and bring awareness to recreational opportunities on the Vermilion River.

Festivities begin at 10 a.m. at Vermilionville with a display of antique putt-putt boats and a sneak peak at filmmaker Charles Richard’s film “In the Mind of the Maker.” The event will include a chat with Richard.

The parade kicks off at 2 p.m. with a memorial ceremony for Griff Blakewood, who was a professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

The parade on the river will take off from Vermilionville and end at the Camellia Bridge launch, where Rhythm Devils will play and Taco Sisters will provide food and drinks. The folks from Bayou Teche Brewing will also be there with beverages.

Bayou Vermilion District will take applications from those who wish to paddle their canoes in the parade. It is first-come, first-served for parade participants.

For more information or to sing up to parade go to or call (377) 233-4077.

SUBMIT ITEMS: to Acadiana Advocate bureau chief Richard Burgess at or fax to (337) 269-0410.