The third annual Ride for Autism featured hats of a different sort. The two-day motorcycle poker run held in March included more than 200 helmeted riders, making the trip from Lafayette to Natchez, Miss. Don Royer says the event was a tremendous success, despite less-than-perfect weather. All of the proceeds ' more than $1,200 ' were donated to Project Independence, dedicated to raising awareness and helping families living with autism. This year's honorary grand marshall was sports model Jennifer Scott, who flew in from California thanks to Southwest Airlines. Of course, she fell in love with the Cajun ' and biker ' lifestyle. Party Girl hears she'll be back for the 2007 ride. Riders gathered at the brand-new Iron Horse Motor Sports Bar and Grill in Scott after the event for some cold beer and camaraderie. "Thanks to the citizens of Acadiana for making Jennifer welcome and showing her such an amazing time," says Royer.
Just when you think 307 Downtown can't possibly take on another project or expand further, the club is now featuring "Intimate Evenings with," early and late shows showcasing local performers, complete with seating, meet-and-greet opportunities and no smoking. "Intimate Evenings" kicked off with Dr. John April 1, and both the early and late shows sold out in no time. The early, more intimate, show was limited to 100 fans and featured reserved parking and cocktail service. That's Party Girl's kind of concert. But if you're up for dancing, then the late show was a better bet. 307 Downtown owner Robert Guercio promises more intimate evenings are in the works. Stay tuned!
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Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, April 18, 2014:
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has decided to end its traditional Independence Day spectacular known as Red White & Boom.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
The must have pieces this season
Dave Perkins, LCG Comp Plan honored along with local architects and designers at the 2014 INDesign Awards
Greg Manuel’s Lafayette-based residential development company is taking advantage of exponential industrial growth in Lake Charles.
Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
It’s not how aggressive or conservative you are — it’s planning for risk that matters most.
Thanks to cutting-edge digital technology, more and more consumers are banking on ATMs and mobile phones.
Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
ABiz takes a look back at the most noteworthy moments for the local banking industry over the last year.
Most experts say short-term interest rates will be unchanged through 2014, but long-term rates are inching up.
Largest recruitment event in Acadiana returns May 21 to the Cajundome Convention Center
A lawyer’s ad should only be a starting point, as there is much more to consider when seeking quality representation.
Thanks to the inaugural 2012 INNOV8, a design for lifting heavy objects was brought to market.
The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
New hires, promotions, transfers in Acadiana business
The scion of a landmark Four Corners restaurant climbs back into Lafayette’s culinary scene as franchisee for a popular burger chain.
The Lafayette City-Parish Council on Tuesday will vote on a resolution that if approved would clear the way for a December ballot proposition asking voters to approve a 1-cent sales tax parishwide to help fund the construction of a new terminal at Lafayette Regional Airport.