Lafayette firefighters to honor 9/11 heroes

Lafayette firefighters will host a memorial stair climbing event on Saturday at the Chase Towers at 600 Jefferson St. in memory of the hundreds of firefighters who lost their lives Sept. 11, 2001.

The public is invited to watch for free or to participate in the climb for a registration fee of $25. Each climber will receive a T-shirt. The event starts at 9:11 a.m.

Registered teams of one to six people will climb the equivalent of 110 stories at Chase Towers as a tribute to the 343 New York firefighters who died in the 110-story twin towers of the World Trade Center almost 12 years ago. The stairs may be climbed as a team or a relay of team members.

To register and pay the fee, go to

There will be a jambalaya cookoff, raffle, door prizes, silent auction, activities for children and more.

Volunteers need to plant

Three coastal preservation groups are calling for volunteers to help plant vegetation west of Vermilion Bay at Coles Bayou on Friday in an all-day exercise to help save the coast.

The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, the Rainey Alliance and the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority want to plant nearly 8,000 plants from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. that will help serve as habitat for aquatic wildlife and migratory birds.

Volunteers must be in good physical shape and must register at

Those wanting more information can go to the website or call (888) 522-6278.

Latin fest a go for Thursday

The Association Cultural Latino Acadiana is planning a bigger, better fete this year at the 2013 Latin Music Festival” at Parc International in downtown Lafayette.

The event, which is free to the public and will be filled with music, dancing, children’s activities and art, will run from noon to 10 p.m. Oct. 5.

Other activities include dance classes, folklore dances and art work sales, where some will accept credit cards but cash is preferred.

Bands include Rio Luminoso, Mariachis Jalilsco and Vivaz, which will play music representing Brazil, the Caribbean, Honduras and Mexico.

For more information, call (337) 944-0011, or go to the ACLA’s Facebook page. Information also can be found by logging onto or email

Advocate nominees sought

Applications are available for the Lafayette City-Parish President’s Awareness Committee for Citizens with Disabilities Annual Awards.

The awards recognize people and organizations that have improved the lives of the disabled.

The deadline to nominate is Sept. 13. The awards ceremony is scheduled for Oct. 17.

Up to 11 awards will be given, including: Distinguished Merit Award, Media Award and Volunteer of the Year Award. More information can be found online at

All local winners are nominated for a statewide award at a ceremony on Nov. 6 in Baton Rouge.

‘Plant Day’ scheduled Friday

The American Heart Association and Bridge Ministries, two partners in the Healthy Living Club, will hold their teaching garden program, “Plant Day,” on Friday.

The event, in which 60 children are registered to attend, is part of an after-school program funded by a grant from the BlueCross BlueShield of Louisiana Foundation and the Kiwanis Club of Lafayette Foundation.

The gardening program runs from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Bridge Ministry at 512 N. University Ave. in Lafayette.

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