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When it Drains it Pours I am going to tell you a story about a drain. I am also going to tell you upfront that this is absolutely not how I thought this story would go. There is a drain in front of my neighborhood that was so obstructed by mud and debris, you wouldn’t even know it was there unless you were looking for it (or unless I were there to point it out/ complain about it). In our July issue, we dedicated the “Help Me” section to reporting blocked drains. I decided I was going to follow the steps as our reporter Erin Z. Bass had written them, make notes of the entire process and write about it. On Oct. 23, I called LCG. I was informed, incredibly politely, that this drain was actually on Johnston Street and that I would need to report it to the state. I somewhat triumphantly thought, “Ah yes, here’s where the trouble will start.” I called DOTD and left a message. Two hours later my call was returned to get more information about the drain’s specific location. I’m sure you can tell by now from the detailed notes I was keeping that I thought this was going to be quite the process.

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their hands to log each day’s work. But according to LPSS Chief Academic Officer Mark Rabalais, there was a method to the move.

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What to know if you’re called in for jury duty Just like voting, answering the call for jury duty is a civic duty. But what does that duty entail and how are jurors picked in Lafayette Parish? Rather than calling individual jurors in per each court case, Lafayette Parish calls jurors in weekly and places them in a jury pool to sit on cases that week. According to the Lafayette Clerk of Court website, this helps keep down both the costs and the number of people summoned for jury duty. Still, being in that pool doesn’t guarantee you’ll sit on a case. Reasons for dismissing a juror can vary depending on a vast number of issues.

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YOU ARE ELIGIBLE FOR AN EXEMPTION IF: •  You served on a jury in the past two weeks. •  You are over the age of 70 •  Serving would result in an undue hardship

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: •  Jurors in Lafayette Parish are compensated around $28 a day. •  The average case length is two to four days. •  Check your subpoena for a call-in notice, or check-in date. •  No cellphones are allowed in the courthouse.

WHAT DO I TELL MY EMPLOYER? Louisiana Revised Statute 23:965 states that a citizen can not be fired because they’ve missed work for jury duty. It’s best to let your employer know as soon as you receive your summons to allow them to make arrangements around your jury duty schedule just to keep up a good line of communication. If you are a full-time employee with benefits your employer must pay you for up to one day without reduction of sick, personal or emergency leave.

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“Teachers have the opportunity to teach a quality curriculum with fidelity,” Rabalais said. “We don’t want to pull the students in two or three directions. Year one is hard. Our poor ELA teachers are already working their tails off.”

What are the rules for flying drones in Lafayette? ERIN Z. BASS Reporter

Louisiana has its own set of laws when it comes to the use of drones—or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) —in the state, but there are also federal laws for drones that must be followed as well. Drone laws apply to both hobby and commercial users. In most cases, using a drone in the privacy of your own home or backyard is fine, but you still need to register your drone and follow the rules for taking your UAS any further.

Here’s what you need to know to fly your drone in Louisiana: Intentionally crossing a police barrier using a drone is considered to be obstructing an officer. Law enforcement and the fire department also have the power to disable a UAS if they are thought to endanger the public or an officer’s safety.

Drones are prohibited to conduct surveillance of a school, school premises or correctional facilities; this action will get you a fine of up to $2,000 and up to six months of jail time. There are registration and licensing fees for UAS in Louisiana, not to exceed $100. S u r vei l l a nc e by a n u n manned aircraft could constitute criminal trespass under certain circumstances. You must notify airport and air traffic control if f lying within five miles of an airport. UAS are allowed in agricultural commercial operations, but you must obtain a license and take a safety course first. Intentional use of a drone to conduct surveillance of a targeted facility without the owner’s prior written consent is punishable by a fine of up to $500 and imprisonment for six months.

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Rabalais came into the chief academic of ficer role in the spring, when interim LPSS Superintendent Irma Trosclair took over for Donald Aguillard, the outgoing superintendent and newly elected District 9 school board member. As such, he was not in that position when the process to adopt the new curriculum was initiated.

The state piloted the program in 147 classrooms across 10 Louisiana parishes — Assumption, Calcasieu, Jefferson, Madison, Sabine, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, West Baton Rouge and neighboring Vermilion. The feedback from teachers and students was overwhelmingly positive, according to the state’s report on the rollout.

“I came in with Superintendent Trosclair in late May, so I can’t speak how the curriculum was adopted,” Rabalais said. “But the state vets a lot of these curriculums and will put out research on different programs. Some will say this is best for Tier 1 readers, which is when the whole group is 85 percent or more at or close to grade level. Others will be, ‘This is more of a Tier 2,’ which is working to get students up to grade level with a small group. Then there are the Tier 3 programs, which are for very small groups who need more attention to come up to level.” Rabalais said part of the new curriculum involves daily annotations from the teacher, which are kept in a guidebook. That, along with the removal of distracting non-curricular materials from the classroom, has been an adjustment for teachers.

There were, however, some dissenters. Most teachers found the pacing to be ambitious, especially for students reading below grade level. And for teachers of students performing at or above grade level, specifically in honors or advanced placement classes, said the content was not as rigorous as their own plans.

“We’ve been trying to clarify some things back and forth,” he said. “Annotation is part of that. One of the things we will get from that is when there is space to insert enrichment texts or insert scaffolding for struggling readers. But right now, until we have seen a year all the way through. it’s hard to see that.”

“I adjusted something almost daily,” one teacher commented during the pilot program. “Time was an issue with block. Some days we accomplished things quickly and some days were more difficult, more dense lessons, and I was grateful for more time.”

That need for experience with the plan, Rabalais said, only adds to some of the immediate frustrations. Although new to the central office, Rabalais has held several administrative positions within the school system. He previously served as an assistant principal at Ernest Gallet Elementary School, principal of Ridge Elementary School and assistant principal of Southside High School. So he does know the system, the teachers and their abilities.

The Louisiana Guidebooks plan started as a framework in 2013. It was modified in 2014 to add unit-based instruction and again in 2016, being released as the lesson-based Louisiana Guidebooks 2.0.

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The school system changed its English/Language Arts (ELA) curriculum this year, moving to the state’s “Louisiana Guidebook” system. As part of that move, LPSS made it a policy to remove other competing works from the classrooms so as not to “muddy the waters.”

yet,” Rabalais said. “If we run the risk of pulling in too many resources, it will make it more difficult.”

Rabalais, though, said the plan has proven to increase the number of students reading at grade level or above. “We haven’t seen fruits of the work

“Next year, teachers will see when they start to plan out their lessons, with certain students they’ll know where to implement those additional lessons and know when the opportunity will present itself,” he said. “We’re not there yet. We just remind all of our teachers that you are good at what you do and ask them to stay on focus.” One of the things he has observed is the interaction between teachers as they adapt to the new standards of the Louisiana Guidebooks curriculum. “The annotations are nothing more than going through the reading lesson, noting things that need to be covered and identifying how to map out the thought process,” Rabalais said. “We’ve encouraged the leadership teams. The principals and assistant principals, to be part of that process, especially in year one while we are doing all the legwork. Next year, the teachers will use that collected information to tweak the lesson planning to specific students. Right now, I see teachers collaborating, asking ‘What are you going to do with this lesson?’ or sharing things like, ‘I realized last week we can do this.’” While the transition has been a challenge for the teaching staff, Rabalis noted that the idea of a standardized curriculum is so students who have to move from school to school will be able to transition easily into their new surroundings. “The goal is to have everyone on the same page,” he said. “When a student moves from one district to another, they will come into the classroom and be familiar with what is being taught and with the work that is being done.” He also said that, even with the challenges, there has been some positive feedback from LPSS teachers as well, even only three months in. “A lot of the teachers like the way it is laid out,” Rabalais said. “They like that they don’t have to pull out eight or nine different texts. So, knock on wood, most of the feedback so far has been relatively positive.”

What Is Louisiana Guidebooks? The Louisiana Guidebooks curriculum is a series of classroom-ready daily lessons designed to ensure all students in grades 3-12 meet the state’s ELA goal. The project began in spring 2013. Teachers have continued to revise and improve upon the original foundation to give teachers statewide an ELA curriculum for whole-class instruction. ELA Guidebooks 2.0 resulted from feedback that teachers wanted help with pacing and

structuring the content of the units in Guidebooks 1.0. In the interest of continuing to gather feedback, the Louisiana Department of Education engaged in a pilot of the guidebooks with 10 school districts across the state to revise the program in 2016. The Lafayette Parish School System implemented the curriculum districtwide at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.

WHAT STUDENTS LIKE ABOUT THE LOUISIANA GUIDEBOOKS CURRICULUM: “I like all the group work and interactive assignments.” “Much easier to read and understand; do the same things so we can understand it.” “I became used to the routine, and I wasn’t feeling as anxious when I was on my way to English class.” “It increased my vocabulary.” “I wasn’t hard to understand the dialogue like other books.” “It helped me expand my writing skills and allowed me to work on it throughout the day.” “We wrote quite a bit, and wrote down vocab words we didn’t know. Improving our writing skills, vocab, and reading.” “The approach to how the concept will be taught (miniature activities, evaluation sessions) were good ways of creating better understanding.” “Reading one book and doing lessons on it I feel is better than reading multiple short stories.” “Every lesson connects back to one main objective. Each lesson is specific about what will be done that day.” “I liked the consistency of knowing what to expect.” “We go into detail and can relate to other pieces of literature. We change a lot of tasks daily to keep it interesting.”

WHAT STUDENTS DON’T LIKE ABOUT THE LOUISIANA GUIDEBOOKS CURRICULUM: “It’s very difficult. We don’t have near enough time that we need to finish the assignments with the little bit of time assigned.” “It’s frustrating because we have to keep stopping and reading other things which leads to forgetting what has happened.” “We would talk about what today would consist of, and then the rest of the day was quiet and independent. I believe lesson should be interactive; not just for the students, but for the teacher as well.” “This lesson was kind of hard to understand, and I didn’t understand the lesson learned from it.” “I don’t like how we do the same thing every single day. I don’t feel like we were learning anything new, or learning anything that will help us on the EOC.” “Most parts of the unit seemed unnecessary. The teacher is not involved enough with the lesson. I felt like PowerPoint was ‘taking over’.” “I don’t like this unit because no one can work at their own pace and it’s like we can’t put in our own opinion.” “The format is somewhat confusing.” “I don’t like that all we do is read and write because it doesn’t feel like we are learning anything.” “I didn’t like having to write all the summaries. I’d rather just talk together as a class about it.” “Too much writing.” “I did not understand the overall theme/ lesson of the stories we read.”

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Mosquito Control and Public Health WHAT IT IS: Originally these were separate taxes for mosquito control and public health. The taxes were combined and the animal shelter added to the tax. WHAT IT WAS PREVIOUSLY: 3.56-millage combined tax when voted in 2015 voter-approved reduction would take it to 2.21.

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QUOTE: President of the Police Association of Lafayette Local #905, David Stanley said, “We go to a college campus to recruit and they want to know the starting pay. Our starting pay is $34,600. They look just at Duson Police Department that does barely any work and think, well I can go work in Duson and make more than that. Carencro is also at $40,000. And that’s just in our parish. We’re actually losing several to McKinney, Austin and Irving, Texas. The State Police have an open order that any Lafayette police officer who comes in, if they pass the background check, they’re hiring them because our guys do so well in the Academy over there. That’s the issues we’re facing.”

WHAT IT IS: A proposed pay raise for police officers entering a job at Lafayette Parish to $40,000 a year. WHAT IT WAS LAST YEAR: $34,000 EXPLANATION: For the past few years, the Lafayette Police Department has had a hard time keeping welltrained officers in the area because of the pay gap between our city and many others. One Texas city has a standing offer of $72,000 a year to recruits trained in Lafayette Parish. According to Police Chief Toby Aguillard, 15 officers left the department last year with another 18 leaving this year. The raise would cost the city $3.8 million dollars per year. As of right now, the 2019-2020 Lafayette Consolidated Government budget goes into effect on November 1.

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I took a morning drive out to Carencro, just off of I-49. I turned into a gun and knife shop, The Rustic Renegade, followed a dirt path past the building into what looked like a back yard. Secretly nestled behind the Rustic Renegade is Lafayette’s only (and first) Tomahawk throwing range - Rustic Range.

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EXPLANATION: Originally separate taxes, today the Public Health, Mosquito Control and Animal Control tax has combined into one “Combined Public Health” tax. With an influx of tax dollars dedicated to the Public Health tax back in 2015, it was proposed that mosquito control and animal control be added to that tax to take a part of the increased revenue. Since the tax began for Lafayette citizens the animal control center has transformed from a city-pound to a shelter that works more as a showroom for those looking to adopt an animal. Animals at the shelter are spayed/neutered, fed and have their shots done before citizens can adopt them.

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erly hold and throw the tomahawk and how to properly stand to assure a safe throw. Surprisingly, the tomahawks aren’t very heavy and are easy to throw. I gripped the handle with both hands, held the tomahawk behind my head and stepped forward. As I let go of the handle, the metal object gracefully cartwheeled toward the target at the other end of the room. I managed to land it at a pretty good target on the first try! Lopez mentioned it takes a few times before a person can get used to the weight and how it feels, but after that, it’s a breeze.

The Rustic Range opened in April 2019 out of a friendly competition between two friends. “The owner of Rustic Renegade purchased a tomahawk for the shop and I was intrigued,” says owner and creator of Rustic Range, Micah Lopez. “We began hacking at anything we didn’t mind breaking just to practice our target throwing.”

There are three types of games teams can play when they come to the Rustic Range. “The first one is Top Ten,” says Lopez. “That’s where each person throws and whoever gets the most points wins.” That’s the most straightforward game. The other two are Twenty-One, similar to the card game and Hawk, “which is the same as Horse in basketball, but we call it Hawk since we’re throwing tomahawks,” he said.

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You’ve heard of Rage Rooms, but tomahawk throwing is a little different. “If you’re looking for something fresh, new and unique, give this a try,” says owner and creator of Rustic Range Micah Lopez. “If you’re tired of the same bar scene or bowling, tomahawk throwing is so new and different, it may be what you’re looking for.”

Come prepared to be outdoors with closedtoed shoes. “It doesn’t take a lot of effort to throw. It’s actually a lot easier than people think,” says Lopez. “A two-handed throw is similar to throwing a soccer ball after it goes out of bounds.” I circled back to a rage room and asked about using the game as a method to get out pent up frustration. “While you can definitely put some back and muscle into your throw after you try that for two or three throws, you’ll get pretty tired. We don’t recommend doing that regularly,” he warned.

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Don’t expect to show up and toss an ax at just anything, however. “Safety is our first and biggest priority,” says Lopez. The range is set up with three lanes, similar to a bowling alley. Each lane is lined with protective fencing and netting and ends with a large wooden bullseye. The throwing area is roped off to outside participants.

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Home Bank announced that Matthew Jeffrey has been named Acadiana Market President. Jeffrey is a seasoned commercial banker who has provided valuable insight to his customers since 2001. He joined Home Bank through the bank’s merger with St. Martin Bank. He is a 1998 graduate of Kansas State University and has also completed the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. Gary Broussard, who previously served as Acadiana Market President, will move into the role of Market Advisor where he will focus on business development, customer relations and credit processes.

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AWARDS Downtown Development Authority announced easier parking options in Downtown Lafayette after the closer of the Buchanan Street Parking Garage. The Vermilion Street parking garage, Parc Auto Du Centre-Ville, will now accept credit card payments and feature simplified parking rates. BBR Creative announced its participation in CreateAthon, a nationwide pro bono program. On Oct. 24-25, BBR Creative shut down regular agency operations to focus the team’s time and talents on three Acadiana-area nonprofit partners for 24 hours straight. The nonprofits were Miles Perret Cancer Services, the Children’s Museum of Acadiana and The Family Tree Information, Education & Counseling Center. South Louisiana Community College announced the election of its own Justin M. Borden to the position of Region II Director of the Louisiana Association of Student Nurses. Borden was elected to the position on Oct. 5, during the Association’s annual state convention.

Carolyn Doerle and Dr. William C. “Kip” Schumacher are the recipients of the 2019 Leaders in Philanthropy Award for Lafayette Parish, presented by Community Foundation of Acadiana and sponsored by Hancock Whitney Bank. Gulf Coast Bank is the sponsor of the Lafayette Parish honoree. Cleco is the recipient of the 2019 Leaders in Philanthropy Award for a Corporation presented by Community Foundation of Acadiana and sponsored by Hancock Whitney Bank. Bill Fontenot, the president and CEO of Cleco Corporate Holdings LLC, accepted the award on Thursday, Nov. 7. In October, Moncus Park received the Overall Best Project Front Yard Effort. This award is given to the individual or group who has best embodied the spirit of Project Front Yard through community beautification efforts. Moncus Park was also awarded $31,000 grant by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restore seven acres of coastal prairie, create five acres of upland hardwood forest habitat and to help eradicate some of our invasive species in our forested ravines.

Lafayette-based law firm Hoyt, Stanford & Wynee, formerly named Hoyt & Stanford, is pleased to name a new partner, Jena Kyle Wynne. She was recently selected by the American Institute of Legal Counsel as one of Louisiana’s 10 Best Attorneys.

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IBERIABANK, the 132-yearold subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation donated $5,000 to the Kathleen Babineaux Blanco Public Policy Center in honor of the late Governor. The Kathleen Babineaux Blanco Public Policy Center, also known as the Blanco Center, was founded in 2018 by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

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Margaret H. Trahan is the recipient of the 2019 Leaders in Philanthropy Community Impact Award presented by Community Foundation of Acadiana and sponsored by Hancock Whitney Bank. Trahan has more than two decades of experience as a nonprofit director and leader throughout Acadiana.

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WAREHOUSE DISTRICT LOFTS

Future is Vague for Buchanan Parking Garage

History: Warehouse District Lofts on South College Road along Coulee Mine was first begun in 2010. After nine years, the development has four phases and is fully complete, offering cuttingedge, contemporary living in the heart of Lafayette. Number of Homes: Twentyfour lofts total with two floor plans to choose from. Amenities: Lafayette General, Girard Park, Heymann Performing Arts Center and the Oil Center are all in the immediate vicinity. Supermarkets, shopping, downtown and plenty of entertainment and dining options are also close by.

Even as construction begins at the old Federal Building site in downtown Lafayette, Lafayette Consolidated Government officials are trying to decide what to do with the Buchanan Street Parking garage. The garage was closed suddenly in October, 2018, after engineers inspecting the facility found it structurally unsound while the city of Lafayette was preparing to purchase it from the parish. LCG spokesperson Kathryn Reaux said there are plans being considered for the site, ranging from a complete demolition and reimagining of the site to renovating the garage and keeping it in use.

Campion Development’s proposal to renovate the parking garage and add seven-story, 93-unit apartment complex on Jefferson Street side of the garage, Community Direction Inc.’s plan to rehabilitate the existing structure plus add a 103-unit, seven-floor residential building with a floor for retail space and floor for office space, and Supple LLC’s idea to repair and renovate the garage in hopes of postponing the parish courthouse’s departure from the downtown area. Reaux said each of the plans comes with its own set of concerns.

Units are constructed of Galvalume on the exterior and roof, which reflects light and heat and is energy efficient. Units are also all electric with no gas.

The four plans include:

“It’s a chicken and egg thing,” she explained. “To move forward, there will be issues with permits, with infrastructure. Sewage will be an issue. So it comes down to having to make an investment in improvements to support whatever plan eventually moves forward.” Previously, Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux said he expected to have a decision to bring before the council by October 31. Reaux, though, was not completely confident in how fast the process would move forward.

Resident Quote: “Warehouse District Lofts is truly a unique product geared for people craving hip, cool and different. It’s a lifestyle change and unlike anything ever built in Lafayette.” - Dimitri Menutis, developer and former resident

Acadia Design Development’s projected 10-story building that would provide residences, a hotel and retail space,

“They said in the fall,” she said. “I haven’t heard anything different. It has been kinda vague. But it should be moving forward in the fall.”

School Districts: Woodvale Elementary, L. J. Alleman Middle and Lafayette High School. UL Lafayette is also 3.6 miles away. Price Range: Warehouse District Lofts sell for for $211,000-$252.000 in today’s market. The Tower Lofts originally sold for $238,800 and the Lester Lofts for $264,000-$275,000, but current prices are down. Style: Classic loft living with three stories and bright colors on the exterior. The Tower floor plan has 1,789 square feet, while the Lester is a bit larger with 2,006 square feet. Each has two bedrooms and two baths with an office. The first floor contains laundry, a two-car garage, bedroom and bath. The second floor has a living area and kitchen and dining, with some units including a half bath on that level. The third floor has a master bedroom and bath with a loft office overlooking the second level. Granite kitchen counters and marble bath countertops, with walk-in closets and true hardwood floors.

More Info: www.warehousedistrictlofts.com

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“There are currently four projects,” Reaux said. “I can’t confirm that one of those is moving ahead of the others. There’s a lot of back end things that have to be considered first. They vary in scale from fixing the garage to rebuilding the entire city block.”

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“NORTH POLE” WITH LIGHTS & DECORATIONS

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Developers: Dimitri Menutis & Marion Joffrion

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WE HEART SMALL BUSINESSES

WE HEART SMALL BUSINESSES openings/closing near you

5 OPENINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

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Little Duckies Playschool Unlike other daycare centers, Little Duckie’s Playschool is a place for the young to be with the young at heart. With more toys than a child can dream of, Little Duckies is the perfect place to spend the day or to book that next special event for your own little one. Programs include Lunch Bunch, Mom’s Day Out, Mommy and Me Classes, Open Play and lovely Birthday Parties.

AROUND TOWN

MIDTOWN

SOUTHSIDE

Smallcakes Cupcakery & Creamery is opening a second location in Lafayette Parish. For a preview of what’s coming, stop by their original location in Carencro. Where: 2668 Johnston Street When: Winter 2020

Fire Kutz & Dezignz brings a barbershop to the Acadiana Mall. Fire Kutz brings a fun family atmosphere complete with a billiards table and a big screen PS4. Where: Inside the Acadiana Mall When: November 2019

Jani-king cleaning services arrived in Lafayette with their first local location. Where:105 Chapel Drive When: Open now!

Amazing Lash Studio uses a patented process to give customers natural looking eyelashes. Where: 4243 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy, Suite 105 When: December 2019

Frenchies Modern Nail Care is now open! Here is a look at what you can expect when you stop by this revolutionary nail salon.

“Adopt A Stop” by the Lafayette Consolidated Government and the Lafayette Bar Association. Where:106 Corporate Boulevard When: Open now!

DOWNTOWN

Harmony Park

Downtown WORKshop

Bougie Bar

Located just behind the Children’s Museum of Acadiana this play area is a great addition to downtown Lafayette. Whether you’re stopping just before heading for a walk down Jefferson or spending the day at the Lafayette Science Museum, this new park is sure to thrill any little one looking to play. Pop in on a nice fall day to truly enjoy what Downtown Lafayette has to offer.

Now open, this technologically savvy work spot is the perfect place to hold your next training session, workshop or company get-away. Equipped with televisions, large tables, comfortable chairs, for your every business need. Concerned about Internet bandwidth? LUS Fiber runs through the building and chargers are available for instant phone juice. Rent now for $250 per half-day, $450 per full-day. Discounts are available for non-profits.

We all need a little time to wind down and relax with our friends. The Bougie Bar, now open, is a bookable candle crafting experience centered around the motto, “Wicks. Wax. Wine.” Similar to the Painting with a Twist format, attending a party here means creating something of your very own. A minimum of 10 people is desired per party and parties cost around $40 per person.

Johnson’s Boucanière is renovating its location, adding on a climatecontrolled porch, a new coat of paint and a new monument sign. The restaurant will be open during renovations. Where:1111 Saint John Street When: TBD 2020

Nestle Toll House Café by Chip Get your tastebuds ready! An expansion to the already existing Yobe Frozen Yogurt, this new cafe seeks to add options to an already sweet menu. New brownies, cookies, cookie cakes, breakfast and coffee will be available within the store. With the fall weather finally arriving in Lafayette we can only hope for hot chocolate as well.

Kitchen On Klinton adding covered outdoor dining just in time for the cooler Louisiana weather. Where: 405 E. University Avenue When: End of 2019

UPPER LAFAYETTE

Hungry Howies Pizza. National chain pizza known for its flavored crusts and an insane amount of topping combinations. Where: 601 Bertrand Drive When: Closed now. Beads For Less. Local retailer for all your Mardi Gras needs. Expanding to a new location. Where: 124 Bertrand Drive When: End of 2019 Little Blessings Child Care & Preschool replacing Butterflies Day Care & Preschool. Same building, new owners! Where: 801 Pandora Street When: Remains open under new management!

Spavia Day Spa. High-end spa experience with locally trained employees. Where: 4601 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy When: Open Now! Paul Micheal’s in River Ranch is closing down. The upscale furniture store will be replaced by Caroline & Company. Where: 1800 Kaliste Saloom Road When: Closed after the final sale is complete.

YOUNGSVILLE

CARENCRO Lafayette Jewelers is moving locations. Previously located next to the Potato Place off of Moss Street will be moving to the Sterling Center. Where: 3215 Louisiana Avenue When: November 2019 What: Stirling Shopping Center adding Tesla electric vehicle charging stations for easy availability for charging. Where: 3215 Louisiana Avenue When: End of 2019

OIL CENTER

Waffle House for breakfast on the cheap, a true American “Grand Slam” is adding one more location to their Lafayette holdings. Where: In Connoly Park next to 1-49. When: Fall 2019 What: Carencro’s Great American Cookie Co. & Marble Slab Creamery for warm cookies and cold ice cream treats. Where: 3500 NE Evangeline Thruway, across from Prejean’s. When: Open now!

First Assembly Youngsville Church is adding a new parking lot and lighting, which is a huge improvement upon the gravel that attendees were parking on. Where: 3555 Verot School Road When: TDB Toot Toot’s Kitchen is expanding its current location and adding more to the popular restaurant. New plans include a new bar, more seating and a kid’s corner. Where: 107 Centre Sarcelle Boulevard When: TBD

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Investar Bank adding their fifth branch in Greater Acadiana. Where: 900 E. St. Mary Boulevard When: December 2019

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Smoothie King is adding another addition to the area with a location in Scott. The location will be located next to the new Domino’s. Where: 503 Apollo Road When: Spring 2020 NOVEMBER 2019 • REVEAL • PAGE 11


OUR FAV SPOTS TO DRINK AND DINE

HOW TO EXPLORE YOUR HOMETOWN around town From pop up dinners to free music, this section explores those events that make Acadiana so unique

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A complete list of local cooking classes ERIN Z. BASS

Reporter

There’s nothing better than being able to enjoy a home-cooked meal with friends and family. Especially with Thanksgiving coming up, now is a great time to learn new skills and impress your family with great dishes. There are several places to take a cooking class around town, from Thanksgiving specials to authentic Indian cuisine.

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5826 Johnson St., Lafayette Tops Appliances hosts several cooking classes once a month and can vary from Thanksgiving meals to more ethnic foods.

MEGAN ROMER Reporter

Lafayette’s latest group workout will have you flying high—and it’s free. Acro Laffy is an offshoot of Acro Yoga and was started in 2018 by three friends. Pauline Lefranc, Jared Duhon and Amy Veprauskas hold what they call “Acro Jams” once a week on Sundays. A mix of fitness, acrobatics and yoga skills, the jams require a minimum of three people to participate in three positions: base, flyer and spotter.

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Thai Cooking Classes offer once a month classes based on traditional Thai recipes. Classes sometimes even include a cocktail course. Locations vary. Check facebook for the latest events.

Storied delicatessen with daily Cajun & Creole lunch specials, plus prepared dishes & gourmet items, with wine, liquor and cheese selections. 503 Bertrand Dr., Lafayette

The Kitchenary

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456 Heymann Blvd., Number C, Lafayette

J&J Indian Foods

The Kitchenary offers gourmet cooking classes. A few times a month, you can expand your cooking knowledge with a local chef. The chefs will prepare a different menu for every class, so you’ll always learn something new. There are only 25 people per class, registration is required to reserve a spot. www.thekitchenary.net/cookingclasses.

“It really is a team effort, and we always say one comes in as a stranger and leaves with lots of new friends,” says Lefranc. “We get to know each other and bond quickly.”

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The market has every brand of instant ramen you could ask for plus produce, frozen items and spices for a variety of Asian influenced food preparation. It also has a great selection of cooking supplies.

Lefranc also explains that a jam is not the same as a class. “It is Acro Yogis sharing skills that they learned,” she says. Classes can be taken in Baton Rouge or New Orleans for those who want to learn more or become certified. How To Give It A Try Acro Laffy’s main meeting spot is the red brick gazebo at the UL Alumni Center across from the Hilliard Museum. The 10 a.m. Sunday jams will continue through the winter, but may move inside to members’ homes when the weather gets cold. So, who should try Acro Laffy? Lefranc says it’s great for those who are active, but also looking to build strength. “Anyone can join,” she says. “Acro relieves stress. Anyone that practices it will often say, ‘I came in with a lot on my mind and forgot all about it at the end.’” For those who think they’re not strong or flexible enough, Lefranc says, “Come and stick to it. You will see improvement within just a few months.” Join the Acro Laffy Facebook group to get updates on workouts and location changes.

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Ingredients: Chicken - 2 pounds Onions - 2 Chilli - 1 Tomatoes- 2 Yogurt - 1/2 cup Salt - 2 teaspoons Pepper - 1 teaspoon Chilli powder - 1 1/2 teaspoons Ginger and garlic paste - 2 teaspoons Lemon juice - 2 teaspoon Small Lemon slice - 3 pieces Water - 2 cups Preparation: • Cut and wash the chicken into small pieces and pat dry • Mix together the salt, yogurt, pepper and lemon juice. Mix with chicken and marinate for a few hours in the refrigerator. • Dice onion • Heat oil in a large pan • Add the onions, ginger and garlic paste and tomato chunks • Cook for 5 minutes and add rest of the spices and salt. Mix well, then add the marinated chicken. • Add water and let it cook for 20 minutes, covered, stirring occasionally. • Remove from heat and garnish with lemon slices. • Serve over basmati rice or nanna, if desired.

Abigale Breaux, Grace Stone and Bernardo Teixeira spend an afternoon at The Tap Room.

Bismillah Groceries and Kitchen Indian prepared foods such as Butter Chicken and Indian spices and ingredients for at-home preparation. 2441 W Congress St., Lafayette The Asian Market

110 Arnould Blvd, Lafayette

Prep time - 35 minutes. Courtesy of Saju Joseph of J&J Indian Foods

It’s no secret we love to eat and drink. It isn’t hard to find friends to share a meal and a cocktail with. Send pictures of you and your friends to info@reveallafayette.com

Stephanie Miller, Samantha Miller and Shade Ortego enjoy cooler temperatures at The Wurst Biergarten.

Specializing in Mediterranean food and grocery items. 1115 Jefferson St., Lafayette

Lemon Chicken Curry

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These guys bounce around to the Lafayette Farmer’s Market, Tops Appliances and the Wurst Biergarten, but can always be found either serving up Indian food or teaching others how to cook it. Check Facebook for the latest events. Check out the recipe for Lemon Chicken Curry that you can try out at home!

All About The Jams

Pumpkin Beers to Celebrate the Season

It’s hard to get through November without being bombarded by pumpkin. Craft brews are no exception. Pumpkin flavors are easy to incorporate into several different types of beer: IPAs, Ales, Stouts and Porters. Seasonal editions are popping up all over grocery stores and bars around town. Give these a try to cure your pumpkin cravings.

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WHERE WE DRINK

The Tap Room

The Wurst Biergarten

The Tap Room in River Ranch has several pumpkin beers available and plan to carry these throughout December. Wasatch Pumpkin Ale is light and spicy with a hint of sweet pumpkin pie, while Crown Valley Imperial Pumpkin Smash is an Imperial Stout that’s thicky and smokey. Be careful, as this stout is a sneaky 10.6% ABV.

Wasatch Brewing also makes the Black O’Lantern Pumpkin Stout, available on tap at The Wurst Biergarten in downtown Lafayette. This stout has a lighter body than traditional stouts, with a smooth, creamy finish and a subtle pumpkin flavor.

Members of the Danny Boudreau Band visited Acadiana for the first time from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia in preparation for their performance at Festivals Acadiens et Creole. Sylvain Doucet, Francois Emonde, Danny Boudreau, Jesse Mea and Justin Doucet take in the culture the night before their performance at the festival at Legends on Bertrand.

La Morenita Meat Market Mexican grocery and lunch counter fresh-made tacos, tortas and posole for lunch. Fresh produce and an impressive meat and bakery counter. 412 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy., Scott Earl’s Cajun Market Small, local grocery store with boudin, cracklins and cajun plate lunches. 510 Verot School Rd., Lafayette

Cafe 20.3

Champagne’s Market

Marcello’s Wine Market

Cafe 20.3 has three pumpkin beers available. If you like a strong pumpkin pie flavor, try the Night Owl Pumpkin Ale made by Elysian Brewing Co. Night Owl offers a similar flavor profile to a pumpkin spice latte. Shipyard Brewing makes Pumpkinhead Ale, a lighter option with a strong cinnamon flavor. If you like red hots, this beer is for you.

Champagne’s Market in the Oil Center carries the most variety of pumpkin beer that we found at a grocery store. Since we were hoping to pick up a local craft brew, we found the AgeOld Pumpkin Stout made by Crooked Letter Brewing Co out of Mississippi. This stout is high in ABV with a smooth, smoky flavor but very subtle pumpkin.

Wick for Brains Pumpkin Ale made by Nebraska Brewing can be found at Marcello’s Wine Market. Marcello’s has a wide variety of pumpkin beer available in singles. This ale has a light body with strong, big pumpkin flavor and a spicy finish.

Rodney Hess, Hailey Garcia and Rusty Frioux talk marketing and company culture at Jefferson Street Pub.

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WE’VE GOT ALL THE DEETS THIS MONTH

If you didn’t get a chance to vote early for the runoff election for governor and mayor-president (early voting runs Nov. 2-9, excluding Sunday), get yourself to the polls! If you somehow managed to miraculously avoid all the TV commercials (not to mention noisy, opinionated conversations coming from every single breakfast table in the state), take a minute and research the candidates. Remember, if you don’t vote, you don’t get to complain! Take a minute, get your sticker and get your civic duty on!

November 19 World Toilet Day

November 13-15 Innovate South Conference

As the saying goes, if you love your freedom, thank a vet! It’s a good rule of thumb all the time, but on Veteran’s Day, make a point of supporting our veterans by donating to a vet’s charity, taking your favorite vet out to dinner or participating in a public Veteran’s Day commemoration. (Note that a good portion of public Veteran’s Day ceremonies take place on the Saturday or Sunday before the official holiday; this includes the ceremony in Carencro and the VFW BBQ cookoff in Youngsville, both held on Nov. 9 this year.)

This conference brings together entrepreneurs, business owners, creatives and movers and shakers from across the Gulf South for three days of innovation, collaboration, networking and learning, all in a fun environment held at venues around the city. Speakers include tech visionaries, angel investors and world-class marketing gurus and plenty of hands-on, interactive time is factored in.

TEN THINGS YOU SHOULD BE WATCHING

November 24-25 Broussard Community Fair We’re in an era of big, fancy festivals here in Acadiana, but the Broussard Community Fair, an event that’s been going on for over 75 years, is the sort of good-ol’-fashioned-little-family-friendlychurchyard gathering that hearkens to a simpler time. Expect games, rides, a fun run, tons of delicious food, raffles, crafts… all that good stuff. The fair is hosted by Sacred Heart of Jesus and held on the grounds of St. Cecilia School and raises funds for both entities.

November 28 Thanksgiving

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What you might not know about LARC HOW CAN I SUPPORT LARC?

MEGAN ROMER Reporter

Established over 60 years ago, LARC is one of Lafayette’s longest-operating non-profits. LARC is “dedicated to helping those dealing with developmental and intellectual disabilities,” but what does that mean? Well, a whole lot. LARC offers everything from vocational training to home health assistance, housing options to employment services, support groups for family members to broad community advocacy for the full inclusion of people with disabilities. Among their specific programs is a day program, the Lemarie Lifestyle Center, where people who aren’t able to work at traditional jobs (or, often, stay home alone) can spend the day learning new things, doing arts and crafts, playing music, gardening, and most importantly, making friends and building strong social connections - a far cry from the isolated lives that intellectually disabled people in generations past had to live. The day program includes the St. Anne’s Knights of Columbus Cafeteria, which feeds over 150 people daily (and

employs a half-dozen individuals with disabilities to prepare and serve food). Other vocational options provided by LARC include a mobile janitorial crew, where people can earn wages while performing safe, supervised work; a Mardi Gras beads resale store, where people can do all of the jobs required in a retail environment, from sorting and bagging beads to running a cash register; and a Supported Employment Services program, where LARC staff works directly with employers to match prospective employees with competitive jobs at which they can excel. One of LARC’s biggest programs is one which people don’t always associate with LARC: Acadian Village, a recreated historical rural Cajun community. The living museum is open throughout the year, with all funds going to support LARC’s programs, but its biggest fundraiser is Noel Acadien au Village, a Christmas festival featuring carnival rides, Santa photos, a Christmas market and a massive light display featuring upwards of a half-million Christmas lights.

Donate Mardi Gras beads! We’ve all got a box (or five) tucked away somewhere. Drop them off at Acadian Village or any Goodwill store in Acadiana.

Give a talk at Lemarie Lifestyle Center! Community members are invited to talk about their area of expertise, be they a firefighter or nurse or poet. Sign up at lafayettelarc.org

Hire a work crew or an employee! Whether your office needs a regular cleaning crew or you’re seeking an employee, LARC wants to talk to you. Call 337-984-6110 to discuss options.

Get the deep fryer (and the fire extinguisher) ready; Turkey Day’s a-comin’! With a feisty political season barely in the rearview, you’ll have plenty to argue about with your cousins, but fear not: the Saints are playing at the Falcons at 7:20, so unless you’re related to a Falcons fan (as if we’d invite those people to family gatherings), you’ll be able to come together as a united front as the evening wears on. The later game time means that halftime will be hitting just as your stomach makes room for your third round of pie. Perfect. XNLV379239

Go ahead, laugh. I’ll give you a minute. Done? Okay, let’s get serious! This United Nations-declared worldwide observation raises awareness and seeks to inspire people to take action against the global sanitation crisis. 4.2 billion people (that’s way more than half of the global population) don’t have access to safe sanitation, and the lack thereof kills more than 400,000 people each year. The biggest problem? None of us like to talk about it! Bodily waste isn’t cute like puppies or babies, so it’s easy to avoid tackling. Keep an eye out on this day for ways you can help.

November 11 Veteran’s Day

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November 16 Election Day

WHERE & HOW TO GIVE BACK

November 30 Small Business Saturday We all know about Black Friday, and in the modern era, Cyber Monday has become a juggernaut all its own, but tucked between the two is a day that’s less-well-known but perhaps even more valuable, at least at a community level. Swing into your favorite local business to get your Christmas shopping started and you’ll be helping one of your fellow community members stay afloat while also, let’s face it, probably getting some more interesting and highquality gifts than you’ll find at your mega-retail favorite.

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December 2-6 SLCC Finals

November 30 Noel Acadien au Village Opens Elsewhere in this issue, you can learn a bit about LARC, a Lafayette nonprofit that offers a wide variety of services for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Their main fundraiser is an old-fashioned Christmas extravaganza held at the recreated historic Acadian Village. Take your kids to sip cocoa and meet Santa, go with your sweetie to stroll among the twinkling lights or round up a group of friends to go ride the carnival rides and eat funnel cake - it’s tons of fun and benefits a great cause.

December 1 First Sunday of Advent Slow your roll, Christmas fiends: though shop windows and Hallmark Channel would have you believe differently, it’s not Christmastide yet! Advent is the liturgical season that precedes Christmas, and if you attend a church that follows a traditional calendar, you can probably expect at least one or two gentle (or not-so-gentle) reminders from the pulpit that this season of expectant waiting is one worth celebrating, too. If you’re not into all the candle-lighting and Advent hymns, just try to remember to pull out the Advent calendar so you don’t accidentally get stuck giving your kid five chocolates on Friday when you finally remember.

Anyone who attended college remembers the stress of finals week (especially if it’s your first one) and all gestures of kindness are appreciated. And by kindness, of course I mean... food. All gestures of food are appreciated. Have you been meaning to bake cookies or drop off a casserole or a tub of gumbo for your favorite community college student? This is the week to do it. Save them the trouble of cooking and let them focus on studying and nailing those exams so they can relax and enjoy the holidays with the rest of us.

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Instagramable Moments from across Acadiana Dr. C talks about his band’s upcoming album and passion project MEGAN ROMER Reporter

Ryan Cazares is known as Dr. C. to both his fans and to his patients: he heads up the local hard rock outfit Dr. C. and the Gris Gris and is also an optometrist in private practice at Scott Eye Care. We caught up with him for a quick chat about his music and his community project, the M.I.Brary.

So you’re a local boy? Yep! I’m from Scott.

How long have you been playing music? I started in middle school playing the trumpet in the school band, but I picked up the electric guitar in high school, so I’ve been playing that for about 20 years. You head up Dr. C. and the Gris Gris. Anything new on the way from y’all? Yes! We put out our debut record in 2018 and we’re just about to follow it up with our second record; that’ll come out early next year. It’s my 6th recorded album, but it’s the second one for this band. It’s a whole album of covers.

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ably going to be “When the Levee Breaks” [originally written by Memphis Minnie and Kansas Joe McCoy in 1929; reworked into a rock anthem by Led Zeppelin in 1971]. We put some New Orleans sounds in there, some Lafayette… just trying to put that Louisiana spin to it. We get floods down here, so we took that classic song and really made it a local one. Another interesting one is “Kiss From a Rose” - we’ve got a bunch of local artists on that track. Hunter deBlanc, Esther Tyree, [Sweet Cecilia’s] Laura Huval… it’s another real local spin.

You were the originator of the idea behind the musical instrument library [he M.I.Brary, now part of Lafayette Public Library System]. Where did that idea come from? I’d heard about the 24-Hour Citizenship Project and was really curious about it. The 2nd annual event was coming up and there was a preliminary meetup event about it at the Jefferson Street Pub, and I was just planning to go and see what it was all about. About two hours before the event, it just sort of popped into my head, this idea of a musical instrument rental library, and from there, it evolved. I knew I wanted to bring an idea that was either about music or healthcare, but wasn’t sure what it would be…

And the idea just burst into your brain? It kinda did, yeah!

Are you still involved in the day-to-day of the M.I.Brary? Yeah, I do a lot of the musical instrument intake - sorting them out, getting them ready to play - but the library has actually hired a parttime person who’s responsible for upkeep.

Can people donate instruments? What about money? Yes, for sure! If people want to donate, they can go to the Dr. C Facebook page and send a message, or just visit the M.I.Brary itself (it’s located at the Willow Street Library Branch). And honestly, a lot of people just come find me at work, over at Scott Eye Care. Right now, we don’t have the resources to handle instruments with mouthpieces, but anything with strings, drums, keyboards… we have fiddles, accordions, a banjo, all kinds of stuff. If you’ve ever wanted to try an instrument, go do it! You can take them home and give it a shot.

HIS FAVORITES Favorite gig you’ve ever played? Festival International! It was huge for me. Favorite lunch spot in Lafayette? Taco Sisters! That brisket… it is sooooo good. Favorite local band? Lost Bayou Ramblers, Smoov Ras and the Reflection. Neither of them play rock - I’m into all kinds of music. Say it’s Saturday night and you don’t have a gig. What are you doing? Either getting together with friends and getting something going or checking out other local bands. Favorite road trip? I’m really into sports, so if I’m taking a road trip, it’s probably to catch a Pelicans or Saints game in New Orleans.

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YOUR GUIDE TO LOCAL LIFE resource guide

This month’s resource guide is all about hunting

LICENCE AND RESTRICTIONS: Fees: Basic - $15, Big Game - $14, Duck $5.50, Senior Hunting - $5, Sportsman’s Paradise $100, Resident Lifetime Hunting - $500. If Lost: $2 replacement fee

Acreneaux Ford Salutes Those Who Serve

Who requires a license? Any citizen over the age of 16, but under the age of 79, requires a license. Do I need to renew? You must renew your license yearly. Need to know: You must complete the LDWF-approved hunter education course if you were born before 1969 unless accompanied by a certified person. Discounts: When getting your license be sure to ask about military, student, disability and lifetime license discounts.

A look at season dates, possessions and limits

Military and First Responders

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Louisiana isn’t called Sportsman’s Paradise for nothing. With the plethora of wildlife and natural hunting grounds surrounding our area, it’s easy to see why outdoorsmen travel from across the country to take part in what Acadiana has to offer. We’ve compiled a handy guide for anyone interested in learning how, what and where to hunt in the Acadiana area.

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Oct. 19 - Dec. 9: Lafayette (west of I-49 and north of I-10)

Season - Year-round Limit - 1 Per year

Oct. 19 - Dec. 1: St. Mary, Iberia (south of LA 14 and west of US)

RACCOON AND POSSUM

Nov. 16-17; Nov. 29 - Dec 1: St. Martin, Iberia, St. Mary (east of the West Atchafalaya Basin Protection Levee and west of the East Atchafalaya Basin Protection Levee) Nov. 16 - Dec. 6: Lafayette (north of I-10 and east of I-49), St. Martin (north of I-10)

QUAIL Season - Nov. 16 - Feb. 29 Daily bag limit - 10 Possession limit - 30

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RABBIT Season - Oct. 5 - Feb. 29 Daily bag limit - 8 Possession limit - 24

SQUIRREL Season - Oct. 5 - Feb. 29 Daily bag limit - 8 Possession limit - 24

Season - Year Round Limit - 2 Raccoons and 2 Possums per day

NUTRIA Season - Sept. 1 - Feb. 29 Limit - 5 per day

CROWS, BLACKBIRDS, COWBIRDS AND GRACKLES Season - Sept. 1 - Jan. 1 Limit - No limit. Pheasant Season - Nov. 16 - Feb. 29 Limit - No limit

DUCK Season - Nov. 23 - Dec. 8, Dec. 14 - Jan. 26 for East Zone; Nov. 9 Dec. 8, Dec. 21 - Jan. 19 for the Coastal Zone Limit - 6

NEED GEAR? Big box stores aren’t the only places in Acadiana you can purchase hunting gear.

Buckfins-N-Feathers Where: 623 Albertson Parkway Broussard, LA 70518 Store Hours: Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. September 1 – January 15 Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Phone: 337-837-6100

The Rustic Renegade Where: 2842 Northeast Evangeline Throughway Store Hours: Tuesday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Closed Sundays and Mondays Phone: 337-357-1168

Lafayette Shooters Where: 3520 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy Store Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Phone: 337-988-1193

Dave’s Gun Shop Where: 924 Kaliste Saloom Road, Ste. B Store Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Closed Sunday Phone: 337-232-6791

DOVE Season - Sept. 7-15, Oct. 12 - Nov. 17, Dec. 19 - Jan. 31 Limit - 15

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USE THIS PAGE TO PLAN YOUR MONTH

3 events for your calendar this November 1

Southern Screen Film Festival

Nov. 7 - 10, Acadiana Center for the Arts, Downtown Lafayette, www.southernscreen.org Why you should go: The festival features more than 60 films plus an array of workshops, panels, parties and live performances aimed and highlighting and strengthening the local film scene. What’s new this year: The annual Hometown Premiere features “Lost Bayou,” a film by Brian C. Miller Richard. With its world premiere at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, this hauntingly evocative Southern Gothic mystery follows a struggling addict’s venture into the Louisiana swampland to reconnect with her faith healer father, only to discover he is hiding a troubling secret aboard his houseboat. Who it’s great for: The annual cinematic festival returns to Downtown Lafayette this November to welcome cinephiles and movie buffs from both around the region and beyond to experience what local filmmakers have to offer the industry.

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USE THIS PAGE TO PLAN YOUR MONTH october events Social-Emotional Learning through the Arts Where: Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W. Vermilion St., Lafayette. When: Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. Details: Jamie Hipp, Ph.D., presents this workshop for teachers of grades K–12 that helps them focus on social-emotional teaching, students’ communication, focus and behavioral improvements. Arts-based teaching naturally encourages social-emotional skill development. During this highly experiential workshop, participants will actively engage in arts-integrated mini-lessons, transitions and “brain breaks” that foster social-emotional learning.

Cochon de Lait Where: Vermilionville, 300 Fisher Rd., Lafayette. When: Sunday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Details: Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the traditions and history surrounding a traditional Cochon de Lait in a festive atmosphere. Admission is $5, which includes tastings. Artisan Jay Steiner will serve as the emcee for the day amidst a plethora of activities including cooking demonstrations, soap making, beer tastings, live music and more.

The Current Presents: An Evening with Chuck Marohn Where: LITE Center, 537 Cajundome Blvd. When: Monday, Nov. 18, from 6 - 8 p.m. Details: Join The Current for an evening with noted city thinker Chuck Marohn who will highlight parts of his new book, “Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity” emphasizing his message of using incremental, market-driven change to build great cities. This event is part talk, part conversation and part stimulant for change.

Healing House-Hope for Grieving Children Fall Open House Where: Randon’s Place at Healing House, 160 South Beadle Rd., Lafayette When: Thursday, Nov. 21 from 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Details: Healing House staff will be on hand to answer any questions about services, provide needed resources and educate guests on the structure of the agency’s grief support group programs and community outreach.

Merry Wives of Windsor presented by Acting Up in Acadiana Where: Acadiana Center for the Arts, Downtown Lafayette When: Thursday - Saturday, Nov. 21 -23 from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Details: Acting Up (in Acadiana) presents Shakespeare’s merry comedy of marriage, wealth, jealousy and lies. Sir John Falstaff plans to hustle his way to a comfortable retirement by seducing the wives of two wealthy men. But it’s the women of Windsor who pull the strings in this story.

Les Vues Film Series: Rumble Where: Vermilionville, 300 Fisher Rd., Lafayette. When: Monday, Nov. 25 at 6:30 p.m. Details: Les Vues is curated by filmmakers and enthusiasts, statewide, with films ranging from features to documentaries focusing on various aspects of culture. Following the screenings, a curator conducts an open discussion with the audience. This month’s film will be “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World,” which is a feature documentary about the role of Native Americans in popular music history.

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Broussard Community Fair

Downtown Alive! Season Finale

Where: Community Fairgrounds, 302 W. Main St., Broussard. When: Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 23 - 24 at 6 p.m. Details: The Broussard Community Fair has been a family event for over 75 years. The fair is held annually on the Saturday and Sunday before Thanksgiving and features great food, carnival rides, games, prizes, crafts, sweets and more.

Where: Parcs International & Sans Souci When: Friday at 5 p.m. Details: Lafayette’s longest running outdoor concert series features local and regional artists, food, drinks and more. The final show will feature Royal Teeth + Jelly Toast.

FREE ADMISSION Native American Culture Day Where: Vermilionville, 300 Fisher Rd., Lafayette When: Saturday, Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Details: Representatives from many of Louisiana’s Native American tribes and tribal communities will be sharing their living culture through crafts, music, dance, storytelling and other cultural exchange.

Healing Traditions in Acadiana Where: Vermilionville Performance Center, 300 Fisher Rd., Lafayette. When: Saturday, Nov. 16 at 11 a.m. Details: Healing Traditions in Acadiana is a quarterly lecture series with the Lafayette Parish Master Gardeners. The series serves as an introduction to the healing traditions of the Cajun and Creole people of the area and the need to preserve medicinal plants and their uses. This event is free and open to the public; donations are encouraged.

Movies in the Parc: Kung Fu Panda Where: Parc International, Downtown Lafayette. When: Saturday, Nov. 16 from 4 - 7 p.m. Details: All are invited to join Downtown Lafayette and Lafayette Kiwanis for a night of family-friendly fun with activities for the kids and delicious food and beverages from vendors. Kung Fu Panda will close out the Fall season of Movies in the Parc, presented by Lafayette Kiwanis.

Country Christmas Where: Sugar Mill Pond Town Center, Youngsville When: Sunday, Nov. 24 from 1 - 3 p.m. Details: Ring in the holiday season with free photos with Santa printed onsite, train rides, fun jumps, live music, arts and crafts, and of course a traditional favorite – roasted marshmallows.

Christmas in Scott Where: City Hall, Scott. 125 Lions Club St. When: Sunday, Dec. 1 from 3 - 6 p.m. Details: Farmer’s Market opens for shopping. Come and join us for the official lighting of our Christmas tree and a visit/photo op with Santa Claus. This is the perfect event to put you in the Christmas Spirit and enjoy great entertainment.

Broussard Lighting of the Tree Where: Broussard City Hall, Broussard When: Wednesday, Dec. 4 from 5:30 - 8 p.m. Details: Come out and celebrate the kickoff of the Christmas season in Broussard at our annual “Lighting of the Tree” celebration.

MUSIC & MORE Trivia Night

Concerts at Couret - Horace Trahan Where: Couret Farms, 505 W. Pont Des Mouton Ste. 1-B, Lafayette When: Saturday, Nov. 9, from 6 - 9 p.m. Details: Grab your family, friends, lawn chairs and blankets and head over to the north side of town to experience free live entertainment and explore the sights of this beloved neighborhood. No outside food or beverages are allowed. Food and beverages will be for sale on-site during the event.

2nd Saturday ArtWalk Where: Downtown Lafayette When: Saturday, Nov. 9 Details: ArtWalk returns to Downtown Lafayette for the fall season. Cool off with a night-time stroll down Jefferson Street and the surrounding streets and experience the best of Lafayette’s many talented artists.

Blue Monday Concert Series Where: Rock ‘n’ Bowl, 905 Jefferson St. When: Monday, Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. Details: Enjoy an evening of live music featuring Blues stylings from local musicians. Proceeds go directly to provide baseline life care services to aging/retired musicians in the Acadiana area. Admission: $10

Randy Jackson Where: The Grouse Room, 1919 Kaliste Saloom Rd. When: Friday, Nov. 15 at 9 p.m. Details: Randy Jackson was born and raised in New Orleans. He started playing piano and guitar at age 5. His earliest influences were Les Paul and Mary Ford, The Beatles, The Allman Brothers, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, The Moody Blues and Led Zeppelin. In 1975, he met drummer Guy Gelso and formed “Zebra” in 1975. Admission: $15.

Sugar Jam: GTO Party Band Where: Sugar Mill Pond Town Center in Youngsville When: Saturday, Nov. 16 from 6 - 9 p.m. Details: Gather your family and friends to experience live entertainment and explore the sights of Sugar Mill Pond. It’s family-friendly and free to the public.

The Color Purple Where: Heymann Center, 1373 S. College Rd. When: Sunday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. Details: With a soul-raising, Grammy-winning score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, “The Color Purple” gives an exhilarating new spirit to this Pulitzer Prizewinning story. Don’t miss this stunning re-imagining of an epic story about a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South.

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Bas Clas & The Gasoline Lollipops Where: Blue Moon Saloon, 215 E. Convent St. When: Friday, Nov. 22 at 10 p.m. Details: Bas Clas is a rock and roll band originally formed in Lafayette in 1976. The name is derived from a Cajun insult/expression meaning “low class.” Gasoline Lollipops stitch scraps of American roots music to patches of their own tattered hearts to form an all-new tapestry of bleeding rock n’ roll.

Where: Dat Dog, 201 Jefferson St., Lafayette When: Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Details: Come out to Dat Dog and bring a team to flaunt your useless knowledge where you could win some cash prizes at this family-friendly trivia night.

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