University of Louisiana at Lafayette professor Bob Carriker will speak at Vermilionville on Tuesday on the history and enjoyment of boudin.

He will be joined by boudin makers Patsy Frey and Leroy Doucet of Billy’s and Ray’s Boudin in Opelousas.

Carriker, one of the founders of, has also recently written a book on the subject: “Boudin: A Guide to Louisiana’s Extraordinary Link.”

“The World of Boudin” event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Vermilionville Performance Center at 300 Fisher Road, near the Lafayette Regional Airport.

For information, call (337) 482-1320.

The boudin talk is part of the monthly “Backyard Series” at Vermilionville hosted by ULL’s Center for Louisiana Studies.

Future events in the series include presentations on Mardi Gras masks, natural egg dying and the Civil War in Acadiana.

For information on Vermilionville events, visit

Children’s Mardi Gras

Registration for Eunice’s “Lil’ Children’s Mardi Gras Run” begins at 8 a.m. Monday at Eunice City Hall.

The Mardi Gras run, open to children up to 12 years old, is scheduled for Feb. 10.

The registration fee is $10 for each child until Feb. 6 and $15 per child after that date.

For information, call the Eunice Mayor’s Office at (337) 457-7389.

Tax Credit workshop

The Lafayette Economic Development Authority and Lafayette’s Opportunity Machine are hosting a free symposium Jan. 16 on business tax credits available in Louisiana.

The event is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the LITE center in Lafayette.

Scheduled speakers include former Louisiana Secretary of Economic Development Mike Olivier.

For information, visit

Statehood exhibit

The Acadian Cultural Center is hosing the exhibit “Becoming Louisiana: Path to Statehood” through Feb. 14.

Admission is free.

The cultural center is located at 501 Fisher Road in Lafayette and is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

E-book classes in Iberia

The Iberia Parish Library will offer sessions at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday to explore the library’s free electronic book download service.

The sessions will be held at the Main Library in New Iberia.

For information, call (337) 364-7024.

Upper Lafayette meets

The Upper Lafayette Economic Development Foundation’s next meeting is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Acadian Companies’ auditorium, 2916 North University Ave. in Lafayette.

The meeting will focus on the local business success stories of Ace Plumbing and Breaux’s Mart.

Tickets are $30 each for members and $35 for non-members.

For information, call (337) 769-7649.

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