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

Businesses, civic clubs, faith groups and other nonprofit organizations, and government officials are invited to a Taking Action session Thursday.

The purpose of this Taking Action session is to determine how businesses, agencies and organizations can improve health factors in Acadiana while creating a positive economic impact.

The session is scheduled from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at River Oaks Catering Center in Lafayette.

The Louisiana Healthy Communities Coalition of Acadiana will host the interactive session. Scheduled to talk is Dr. Tina Stefanski, administrator and medical director for the Region 4 Louisiana Office of Public Health.

The event is free. Membership to the coalition also is free, and includes a monthly newsletter, monthly meetings, webinar access and other resources.

For more information about Thursday’s session, go to

Comedy this week

“All in the Timing” continues its run this week at Theatre 810 in downtown Lafayette.

The series of one-act plays written by David Ives will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday with a matinee performance at 3 p.m. Sunday. The theater is located at 810 Jefferson St. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online at

Winner of the John Gassner Playwriting Award, “All in the Timing” features 12 actors performing in the one-act plays.

Opelousas center honored

The Association for Addiction Professionals recently recognized New Beginnings Adolescent Recovery Center in Opelousas as its 2015 Organizational Achievement Award winner.

The award recognizes the center’s level of care, support and commitment to professionals and staff.

New Beginnings treats troubled teens from across the country who are struggling with drug abuse.

Veterans Day program

Fountain Memorial Funeral Home & Cemetery in Lafayette will hold its annual Veterans Day program at 9 a.m. Nov. 11.

The service will be in the cemetery’s veterans section and will feature the Acadiana Veterans Honor Guard.

Other guests include St. Paul Assembly No. 3 Knights of Peter Claver 4th Degree, Assembly 3852 and the Crowley Knights of Columbus.

Bring lawn chairs as the service lasts about one hour.

The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the funeral home.

For more information, call (337) 981-7098.

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