This week, Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s are calling all hammer welding women to help finish up the dozen houses Habitat is building in Kaplan. Part of a national campaign dubbed National Women Build Week , the non-profit and the building supply store have designated May 4-10 a week of empowerment for women. “Women Build is an opportunity for women to learn some construction skills then go out on the sites and build as a team,” says Maureen Rich, spokesperson for Lowe’s. “What better week than Mother’s Day week, when mothers and daughters can work side by side and accomplish something as meaningful as building a house.” There will be a broad cross section of women from Acadiana participating. Lowe’s employees, members of the UL AmeriCorps team, the Acadian Home Builders Association Women’s Council, and Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners and representatives from the cities of Abbeville and Kaplan will operate everything from a nail gun to a cat’s paw crowbar. To lend a hand, call the Lafayette Habitat for Humanity at 261-5041, or email
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.