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A look ahead: What’s going on in Acadiana this week?

Posted at 12:52 PM, Sep 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-16 13:52:11-04

Here’s a look at some of the events and happenings scheduled across Acadiana this week.

To find more events, you can visit our online calendar here.

On Monday, parents of Sophomores and Juniors at four Lafayette high schools can get some good information about getting ready for college at an event hosted by Gear UP. There will be door prizes, including gift cards, calculators and other technological goodies. There will be info on ACT prep, technology at home and opportunities for the upcoming school year. Space is limited, parents of 10th and 11th graders at Acadiana, Carencro, Lafayette and Northside should sign up today at

Kids in Berwick can create their own Duct Tape pencil bag on Tuesday at the Berwick Branch of the St. Mary Parish Library. The crafting session begins at 3:30 p.m. at the library, located on Fourth Street.

On Wednesday, St. Martin Parish Government will host a presentation for all Parish homeowners whose properties are subject to repetitive flood damage. Gary O’Neal, formerly with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP), will explain the steps a homeowner must adopt in order to obtain assistance from the 2018 Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant Program. Through this program, a homeowner may obtain funding for various flood mitigation measures including home elevations. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Martin Parish Annex Building on West Port Street.

IPAL, along with the Iberia Preservation Alliance and the New Iberia Main Street Program, will present “An Evening at the Essanee” on Thursday. The program will feature IPAL’s own Katelyn Gulotta performing songs of the 40’s and 50’s, along with a few surprise guests, and accompanied by pianist Genie Paille. Tickets are $50 and include wine and hors d’oeuvres at 5:30, followed by the concert at 7:00 pm. Tickets are reserved seating and are available only at the Shadows Visitors Center. Proceeds from this event will help fund the annual Beneath the Balconies program scheduled for this fall.

On Friday, a local business is offering free oil changes in exchange for blood donations. Don’s Automotive Group is partnering with Our Lady of Lourdes to host a blood drive. Don’s will change your oil for free if you donate blood. The drive will be held at the Don’s location at 6902 Johnson Street. OLOL will be onsite and ready to receive donations at 10 a.m. The drive will continue until 4 p.m., and every donor will get a free oil change voucher. For more information, please call 983-0705 or visit