Around Acadiana for June 14, 2016 _lowres

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK -- Acadiana Advocate reporters Billy Gunn, from left, Lanie Lee Cook and Richard Burgess photographed January 21, 2016.

Arts festival to honor New Iberia jazz legend

The Bunk Johnson Jazz, Arts and Heritage Festival takes place Saturday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Steamboat Pavilion in New Iberia.

The free festival will feature music by Roi Anthony/Legit, Sideshow and Krossfyre, Angie Joelle, the Bunk Johnson Brazz Band, Lionel Collin and school bands.

Food, sweets and arts and crafts will be featured for purchase starting at noon until the festival’s close.

Proceeds will benefit the Bunk Johnson Arts Academy for young and aspiring artists.

For more information, including for booth reservations, contact Gilbert “Doc” Thomas at (337) 560-5595 or visit

Safety swag at bicycle fest

Bicylists of all ages are invited to the first Bicycle Safety Festival in Lafayette on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

The free event organized by Bike Lafayette, Lafayette Consolidated Government and Broussard & David, L.L.C. will feature bicycle-safety instruction, bike-helmet fitting and bicycle inspections

Adult- and youth-certified bicycle helmets will be given away to the first 300 attendees, free bike registrations will be offered and free bicycle lights will be available while supplies last.

Attendees who complete a short bicycle safety course will be entered to win a bicycle worth $300.

There will also be free food and refreshments and live music by Zydeco Radio, a bicycle obstacle course for children and a stationary bike race.

Fore more information, visit

Energy pros to meet for shoot

LAGCOE hosts a Fun Shoot on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Maurice.

Hosted by Young Professionals of LAGCOE, the industry networking event costs $50 per shooter and will be held at GOL Shooting Complex.

For more information, visit

Kid fun with eco-friendly twist

The Lafayette Public Library hosts children’s entertainer Farmer Jason at two regional branches on Thursday.

The Emmy Award-winner’s interactive performance includes song and focuses on eco-friendliness in farming and animal and forest interactions.

Farmer Jason will be at the library’s Main Branch downtown from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and at the South Regional Library from 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Luncheon focuses on children

The United Way of Acadiana’s annual Women’s Leadership Council Luncheon is scheduled June 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the River Oaks Catering and Event Center on Kaliste Saloom Road.

Members will celebrate the group’s work providing quality reading materials to area students and explore future options for advancing early childhood education.

Any woman wishing to join the group is invited to attend.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Laura Cassidy, co-founder of Louisiana Key Academy and wife of U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy.

Tickets are $50. Dress is spring chic.

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