Louisiana congres mondial acadien launches virtual bid
Tune in at 11 a.m. tomorrow, Feb. 4, to join in a global launch of Louisiana’s Congres mondial acadien’s bid to bring the 2014 Acadian reunion to Cajun country. The congres mondial acadien takes place every five years, bringing together the descendents of the Acadians of Nova Scotia, who were deported from their homes by the British in 1755. The first congres mondial acadien took place in 1994 in New Brunswick, Canada. It has subsequently been held in Louisiana in 1999, Nova Scotia in 2004, and this year will take place from August 7 through 23, 2009, on the Acadian Peninsula in New Brunswick. Louisiana is bidding against other Francophone locations to host the 2014 event. To take part in the virtual launch of the bid, you can watch on the big screen at LITE, or click here to watch from your computer. After the 11 a.m. launch, the bid will stay on line. For more information, call Rachelle Dugas, 422-4453, or email her at
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.