Miles Perret Cancer Services is asking residents to donate unwrapped presents to give to cancer victims’ children or siblings for the annual Giving Tree Program.

Those donating choose an ornament on the Giving Tree at the Miles Perret office, 2130 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette, that has a child’s name, wish, age and gender. Gifts should cost $35 or less.

The deadline for dropping off a gift is Wednesday. For information, call the Miles Perret office at (337) 984-1920.

Photographer, artist book

Photographer Philip Gould and artist Robert Dafford will discuss their new book “The Public Art of Robert Dafford” on Thursday at the South Regional Library, 6101 Johnston St., beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Dafford is a muralist based in Lafayette but known across the country and world for his work, which includes over 350 large-scale public paintings.

The book focuses on murals painted along the Ohio and Mississippi river valleys and how the towns and cities around the paintings figure into the works.

The presentation is part of the Bayou State Book Talk series, a collaboration of the Center for Louisiana Studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the library. The talk Thursday is being sponsored by the UL-Lafayette Press.

Iberia Christmas musical

The Iberia Performing Arts League is putting on an original musical show called “A USO Christmas Show” this week.

Performances will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. each day. On Sunday, there will be a matinee performance at 3 p.m.

The shows, which feature local talent, will be held at the league’s newly redecorated art deco facility at 126 Iberia St.

Tickets will cost $10 for each guest, and seating is open.

The show re-creates USO shows presented to American troops in the 1940s and 1950s, with popular Christmas music of the period along with holiday comedy and skits of the era.

For information, call the theater at (337) 364-6114 or visit

Candle-making class set

Vermilionville master artisan Brenda Lalonde will hold a class Tuesday on traditional candle making.

Class size is limited to 10 for the 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. workshop. Participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Cost is $25 per participant.

Lalonde, a fourth-generation seamstress from Cecilia, will demonstrate how to slowly and continually dip thread into melted wax to crate a solid candle.

Students will take home the candle they make and also take home materials to make candles in the future.

For information or to register, contact Vermilionville officials at (337) 233-4077, email vville@bayou or visit

Submit items to Acadiana bureau chief Richard Burgess by email to or by fax to (337) 269-0410.