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.

Friends of the Lafayette Library is holding its book sale for the public Thursday through Saturday at the Heymann Convention Center Ballroom, 1373 S. College Road. The hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Friends of the Lafayette Library members will have an opportunity to buy books before the Thursday opening by attending Friends Night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Books will be priced by the inch — 50 cents per inch on paperbacks and $1 an inch for hardbacks. Some books will be priced higher.

For information on how to become a friend of the Lafayette Library, visit or call (337) 501-9209.

Opera house to perform

L’Opéra de Lafayette et Lagniappe will present “An Afternoon of Romantic Music” on Saturday at Asbury Methodist Church and in the auditorium of the South Regional Library on Sunday.

The Saturday showing will start at 4 p.m. at the church, 101 Live Oak Blvd., and the Sunday show will start at 4 p.m. at the library, 6101 Johnston St.

The show will feature local opera sopranos Sasha Massey, Brittany Luberda and Stacy Shumaker. Miguel Ochoa will perform as bass-baritone. Featured accompanists are pianist Hannah Mayo and Sue S. Turner, cellist Susan Morton and violinist Ning-Ghian Chu.

Southwest Black Rodeo set

The eighth annual Southwest Black Rodeo will be at the Cajundome on Saturday, with tailgating starting at 3:30 p.m. and ending before the rodeo starts at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15.50 to $21.50 and will enable access to the rodeo and to tailgating.

The event is sponsored by The Real Cowboy Association. Featured musical guests are Jody Watley and Shalamar, Lil’ Nathan and The Zydeco Big Timers, and Ms. Jody, who sings Southern soul and blues.

‘Debris Drop’ Saturday

Lafayette Consolidated Government’s “Debris Drop” will be from 7:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Residents of the city of Lafayette and unincorporated areas of Lafayette Parish are asked to bring discarded trash such as old tires, wood and scrap metal along with old clothes, bicycles and steel mounting poles for basketball backboards.

Small items must be boxed or bagged. Only residents of Lafayette and unincorporated areas of the parish can take part. Dropoffs can be made at one of five Lafayette parks: Beaver Park off Surrey Street; Plantation Park off Kaliste Saloom Road near Plantation Elementary School; Moore Park off North University Avenue; Neyland Park off Eraste Landry Road; and Brown Park off East Pont des Mouton Road.

Bach Lunch set for Friday

Weather permitting, Rocky and the Grasshoppers will perform at their first Bach Lunch appearance Friday in downtown Lafayette.

The six-piece band will play ’50s rock, jump blues and swamp pop from noon to 1 p.m. in Parc Sans Souci.

Lunches can be purchased starting at 11:15 a.m. near the bandstand: Bailey’s Seafood & Grill, Poupart’s Bakery and Roly Poly.

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