Registration is open for the fourth annual Bayou Vermilion Boat Parade, which is set for Oct. 18.

Participants can register their boats at www.bayou parade or (337) 233-4077.

Bayou Vermilion District has a limited supply of canoes and kayaks available for reservation.

The suggested donation for registration is $10.

The boat parade will leave Vermilionville at 2 p.m. and travel downriver to the boat launch at the Camellia Boulevard bridge, where there will be food, drinks and live music by Cedryl Ballou & the Zydeco Trendsetters.

The boat parade is part of the Bayou Vermilion Festival, which begins at 10 p.m. at Vermilionville.

The event features cooking demonstrations, boat-building presentations, kids’ crafts, bayou tours and music.

After school at AOC

AOC Community Media in downtown Lafayette is offering free after-school media programs for children ages 12 to 18.

The sessions run from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Registration is encouraged because space is limited.

Topics include claymation, interview techniques, video editing and journalism.

The first session begins Sept. 14.

For information or to register, visit

PlantFest on Oct. 3

The Lafayette Parish Master Gardeners group will hold its fourth annual PlantFest from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 3 on Coliseum Road, across from Blackham Coliseum.

There will be talks by gardening experts, a plant swap, a plant clinic and several gardening workshops.

Plants and crafts will be available from more than 100 vendors.

For information, visit

Bayou Teche fundraiser fest

The TECHE Project’s fourth annual Shake Your Trail Feather festival is set for 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 17 at Parc des Ponts in Breaux Bridge.

The event raises money to enhance facilities and access for paddling on the Bayou Teche.

For information, visit

Leadership Lafayette

Applications will be accepted though Oct. 30 for Leadership Lafayette, a 10-month program of lectures, readings, field trips and education sessions to explore community issues.

The 2016 session will run from January through October.

The Leadership Institute of Acadiana accepts 25 participants for the program.

For information, visit

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