The Acadiana Republican Women will welcome Louisiana first lady Supriya Jindal at its Sept. 20 luncheon at The River Oaks, 520 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette.

Supriya Jindal is the youngest first lady in the nation and the only first lady in the country who holds a degree in engineering.

The luncheon begins at 11 a.m. and costs $20. Guests are welcome but reservations are a must.

For information, call Rosemary Smith at (337) 988-2343 or email her at

Music and politics

In the next installment of The Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism’s “In Your Own Backyard” series, Kevin Fontenot, of Tulane University, will lead a discussion on the interplay between music and politics in Louisiana’s history.

Fontenot teaches Louisiana and U.S. history at Tulane University’s School of Continuing Education. Fontenot’s dissertation is a biographical study of the life of Jimmie H. Davis, Louisiana governor and country music star.

The event will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Vermilionville Performance Center, 300 Fisher Road.

The event is free and open to all ages. Food and drinks are available for purchase.

For information, call (337) 482-1320.

Dog Hill Stompers

A new season of Music & Market begins with the Dog Hill Stompers at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Opelousas Farmer’s Market Pavilion.

The events, which continue every Friday through Oct. 28, feature Louisiana music artists as well as homegrown vegetables from local farmers.

Okra will be the featured vegetable Friday.

Tony Chachere’s Creole Foods will give the first 100 attendees a can of seasoning.

Farmers interested in vending opportunities should contact the St. Landry Parish County Ag Extension Office at (337) 948-0561.

Art and craft vendors interested in booth space should contact the Opelousas Office of Tourism at (337) 948-6263.

To see the complete fall schedule, visit

Native American event

The Vermilionville Living History and Folklife Park will offer free admission to join in celebrating Native American Culture Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Representatives from many of Louisiana’s Native American tribes will be on hand throughout the village to celebrate their cultures through craft demonstrations, food, music, dance and cultural exchange.

Talks on various Native American topics will be held throughout the day.

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