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A Look Ahead: What’s happening in Acadiana this week

Posted at 4:49 PM, Oct 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-14 17:49:40-04

Here are a few of the events planned this coming week in Acadiana.

If you’d like to find more events, visit our community calendar by clicking here.

On MONDAY, the electricity in Erath will be shut off for several hours. Starting at midnight Monday morning, the power will be off so that Entergy can work on a line. The power should be off for several hours, but officials say it should be back on by 2 a.m.

On TUESDAY, Communities Against Domestic Abuse will host a fundraiser at the Grand Marais Courtyard on North Lake Arthur Avenue in Jennings. The event begins at 6 p.m., tickets are $20 at the door. This year, 18 cook teams composed of area businesses and elected officials will be competing in four categories: appetizers, side dishes and salads, entrees and desserts. Dishes include seafood chowder, shrimp ceviche, bloody Mary shrimp shooters, boudin, white beans, pastalaya, apple bread pudding and something called “chocolate chip surprise.”

A candlelight vigil will be held WEDNESDAY in Lafayette’s Girard Park to honor survivors of domestic violence. The vigil begins at 6 p.m. and is hosted by Faith House and Lafayette Parks and Recreation. The public is invited to attend.  If you or someone you know may be affected by domestic violence or abuse, call the free, confidential, 24-hour hotline at 1-888-411-1333, or go to

Candidates for offices in Eunice will be speaking at a political forum on THURSDAY. The event begins at 6 p.m. in the Liberty Center and will feature candidates for local office including mayor, chief of police, aldermen and school board. It will be a moderated session, with candidates given the opportunity to answer questions and respond to other candidates’ answers. The public is invited to submit questions via email at, by phone at 337-457-2565, or fax at 337-546-0278.

The 82nd International Rice Festival Children’s Parade rolls FRIDAY in downtown Crowley. The parade rolls at 1:30 p.m. For more information, including the full Rice Festival schedule, click here.

If you’d like to help save a historic home in Opelousas, volunteers are needed to help with clean-up at La Garconniere. The home was taken over by the state Trust for Historic Preservation and will be saved, after it was earmarked for condemnation and demolition. The project kicks off with a volunteer work day on SATURDAY from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., to clear debris and trim overgrown vegetation. Anyone interested in helping with the transformation can stop by the 300 block of South Court Street. If you prefer working outdoors, please bring pruners, rakes, gloves, etc. For more information about the volunteer clean-up, email or call Jonathan Sebastien 323-252-2447.