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.

University of Louisiana at Lafayette student musicians and their instructors will perform a free evening of music April 26 at the Blue Moon Saloon in Lafayette.

Back-to-back bands will perform, including Pastiche, a Cajun band of community musicians led by former Feufollet fiddler Chris Segura; The Angelle Aces, a UL-Lafayette Cajun band featuring accordion player Roddie Romero; and the Zydeco Ragin’ Steppers, who will play zydeco and swamp pop under the direction of Nathan Williams Jr., of Lil Nathan and the Zydeco Big Timers.

A faculty band will include Segura, Williams, Kevin Wimmer, of the Mamou Playboys, and Kelli Jones-Savoy, of Feufollet and T Monde.

The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at 215 E. Convent St.

Opelousas police meet-greet

The public is invited to a meet-and-greet with Opelousas Police Chief Donald Thompson at 6 p.m. Thursday at Opelousas City Hall.

Thompson and Opelousas police officers will be on hand to meet the public, answer questions and receive input on how the police force may better serve the city, with officers also unveiling their new uniforms.

The city hall municipal building is located at 105 N. Main St. For information, contact Corey Leger at (337) 945-1896.

Area youth camps announced

Acadiana organizations have announced a number of youth camps scheduled for the summer.

The Acadiana Center for the Arts will offer 14 different art-focused camps for children ages six through 15. The first begins May 31, and the last ends July 29. Full schedules are available at

Camp Bon Coeur, a residential camp for children with heart defects, is scheduled June 18-24 at its new location, Rosaryville Spirit Life Center in Ponchatoula. Camp is open to children ages 7-16 who were born with a congenital heart defect. For information or to apply for camp as a camper or staff member, call (337) 233-8437 or email

Vermilionville in Lafayette will host four-week cultural immersion camps for children ages 5-12 during June and July. The camp will focus on Acadian, Creole and Native American cultures along with environmental topics pertinent to the Acadiana area. Camp sessions will be offered in English or French. For information, visit or call Markie Belanger at (337) 233-4077 ext. 199.

Garden tours benefit charities

Avec Souci presents its 46th annual fundraising garden tour, Les Beau Jardin, on May 1.

Attendees will tour five home gardens in Lafayette from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and all proceeds benefit local charities.

Admission is $15 in advance or $20 at the garden gate. If it rains, the event will be rescheduled to May 4 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

For information, visit, visit Avec Souci Garden Tour on Facebook or call (337) 258-6411.

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