News notes

Veterans Outreach Clinic in Church Point
U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins will hold a veterans outreach clinic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Church Point Community Center, 104 E. Darbonne St., Church Point.
This is the first of six outreach clinics planned this year.
Veterans will be encouraged to ask questions and seek assistance regarding a variety of benefits and VA issues.
Representatives will be present to help veterans:
— Sign up for medical benefits;
— File or check the status of a disability claim;
— Apply for residence in a State-run Veterans home;
— Register for job search services, and
— Learn about other available benefits.
Representatives from the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, regional VA & VHA officials, Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs and Louisiana Workforce Commission are expected to be available.
Higgins is expected to attend.

LSUE Performing Arts free concert
LSUE Performing Arts Series and the Student Government Association will present a free concert celebrating Black History Month at 6 p.m. Feb. 27 in the auditorium of the Health Tech Building.
Of Ebony Embers is a music theater work performed by an actor and a pianist. Their program celebrates the work and lives of famous African American poets, painters, muralists, musicians and much more.

Concealed carry class planned
The St Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office is holding a one-day concealed carry class at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 29 at 211 W. Park Ave., Eunice.
The course is $100 dollars and $80 for an additional spouse. The course includes fingerprints, notary or online help, application, classroom, range, and a hot Cajun meal. The course is taught by the certified police training staff of the sheriff’s office with over 70 years of police, military, and civilian training.
Reserve seating by calling the training center at 337-948-7599. If the office is closed leave a message and you are in. The staff will call you back a week prior to confirm. All proceeds go to local charities and the course is non-profit. In the past donations have included Shriners, eye and speech foundations, dyslexia foundations, community health units and youth charities.

OGHS Foundation plans golf tournament
OPELOUSAS — Registration is open for the 14th Annual OGHS Foundation Golf Tournament scheduled April 6 at Farm D’Allie Golf Club in Carencro.
The shotgun start begins at noon. Each four-man team will receive a complimentary registration gift and will be competing for first, second and third place cash awards as well as a Par 3 Poker prize. Special to the tournament this year is a helicopter ball drop, which will take place at 11:45 a.m. for a chance to win $1,000.
Support for the tournament enables the OGHS Foundation to provide scholarships to students in St. Landry Parish. Since 2006, the OGHS foundation has awarded over 100 scholarships to students in the health care field.
Scholarship applications are being accepted until March 27. To apply visit www.opelousasgeneral.com.
For information regarding multi-level sponsor opportunities, registration, or other detailed information, visit www.opelousasgeneral.com.

Season tickets on sale for Players’ Theatre
Eunice Players’ Theatre now has season tickets for their 51st season on sale.
Single tickets are $30 for a single ticket; $100 for a Patron (4 tickets), and $150 for an Angel (6 tickets).
Season ticket holders have access to Players’ reservation line, the three main shows for the season (it does not include the summer workshop), and a ballot and invitation to the next Irving Awards.
The names of Patrons and Angels are included on every main shows’ program.
Season tickets also are available from every board member and at Beaucoup, 114 S. 2nd St., or by calling 337-550-4727.

Adult Mardi Gras registration, pre-registration
The Le Vieux Mardi Gras De Cajuns is scheduled for Feb. 25 with registration at the Northwest Community Center in Eunice from 6 to 8 a.m.
Registration is $40. Registration is required in person, with a valid driver’s license required, must be 18 years of age.
Runners will register the morning of the run at the Northwest Community Center.

St. Landry COA Mardi Gras Dance set
The St. Landry Council On Aging Inc. will have its annual Mardi Gras Dance from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Northwest Community Center in Eunice.
Live music will be provided by Big J & the Zydeco Dog Pound.
The fee is $2 for one 60 years and over, and under 60, the fee is $5. There will be hot gumbo for sale at $5 and King Cake and punch served.
For information, call 337-942-1938.

Youth Retreat at ABC set Feb. 28
“Spring Break Discipleship-Now” is coming to Acadian Baptist Center Feb. 28-March 1 at the ABC campus near Richard.
All youth are invited.
The weekend will be led by the USL Baptist Collegiate Ministry.
The cost is $35 per student/leader. Register now at abccamp.com/youth.

Eunice native to speak about prison camps
John Francois will present a program on Union prison camps during the Civil War at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 29, at the Young-Sanders Center in Franklin.
Francois, a resident of Lafayette and native of Eunice, served in the United States Navy. After his military career ended he taught social studies for the Department of Defense schools at American military bases in Canada, and in Germany.
Francois has written six historical fiction novels. (See www.johnfrancois.com for his complete works).
The lecture is open to the public with no fee for attending. Young-Sanders Center is located one block from the St. Mary Parish Court House at 701 Teche Drive.

Vet organizations seek members
The three veterans organizations in Eunice are looking for new members. American Legion Post 129, VFW Post 8971 and the DAV chapter are welcoming new members.
For more information about joining, call Don Reber, commander of VFW Post 8971 at 337-580-5444; The American Legion Post 129 Commander David Crader at 337-580-4052; and Commander Kenneth Manuel at DAV at 337-305-1801.

Rendez-Vous De Cajuns at Liberty
The Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler Au Rendez-Vous De Cajuns is scheduled at the Liberty every from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday with live entertainment.
February schedule includes:
Feb. 22: Samedi Gras, with Jambalaya Cajun Band, with an appearance by the Basile Mardi Gras Association.
Feb. 29: Wallace Trahan & Rice N Gravy.
The Liberty opens at 4 p.m. the show begins at 6 p.m.
The Liberty performance admission is $5 at the door.

Highland ‘Proud to Be A Bobcat’ yard sign fundraiser set
Highland Elementary is currently having a school-wide fundraiser “Proud to Be a Bobcat” Yard signs.
The cost is $15 per sign, and to purchase, contact any Highland Elementary faculty or student or come by the school.

35th annual Beef Cook-off set March 7
The 35th Annual St. Landry Parish Cattlemen’s Association Beef Cookoff is scheduled for March 7 at the St. Landry Parish Ag Arena behind Yambilee Building in Opelousas.
There will be many beef categories, a trail ride, live music, and more.
A portion of the proceeds will go to the Opelousas Lions Club.
For information, and more details, call: Jay Guidry 337-351-1763 or Daniel Lyons at 337-945-0364, or 337-684-6751.

St. Mathilda Fish dinner fundraiser
St. Mathilda KPC Ladies Auxiliary will have a Fried Fish dinners on sale from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Ash Feb. 26.
Pickup is at the Bishop Ceaser Center. A donation of $8 will be accepted.
For tickets, or information, call, 337-305-0876 or 337-212-6998.

Mt. Olive Cemetery volunteers needed
Families of the Mount Olive Cemetery, located at 1199 E. Ardoin (on Old Crowley Road), are in dire need of volunteers for lawn maintenance, grass mowing, and up keep of the cemetery. It is a public cemetery, established many years ago.
Family members of families buried at this cemetery are asked to help in the upkeep.
Interested people should contact Tank Minor at 337-466-5035, Ron Whaley at 337-550-9628, or Gerald Melancon at 337-896-3231.

St. Louis Cemetery asking for donations
The St. Louis Cemetery, located at the corner of St. Louis Road and Sittig in Eunice is seeking donations for the upkeep and maintenance of the cemetery. The cemetery strictly operates by donations and volunteers. The cemetery is not a private one.
Families who wish to donate are asked to send to Keith Lavergne, cemetery manager, at St. Louis Cemetery, P.O. Box 325, Eunice, LA 70535.
For details, questions, call: 337-305-0328 or 337-580-0340. Email address is: stlouiscemetery@gmail.com.

Prairie Acadian Cultural Center to exhibit Soileau’s art        
The Prairie Acadian Cultural Center of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve is presenting an art exhibit featuring the work of Acadian artist Seaux N. Seau (Geraldine ) Soileau. 
“Seaux N. Seau’s Perspective” will be on view Feb. 15 through April 29.
Admission to the exhibit and to the center is free. 
The center is located at 250 Park Ave. in Eunice. For more information, call 337-457-8499 or visit www.nps.gov/jela.
 Soileau was raised on the bank of Bayou Teche and learned to paint looking over her father’s shoulder. Her nickname “Seaux N. Seau” came from her love of sewing. Soileau enjoys capturing Cajun and Creole culture in folk art, often inspired by stories her parents and grandparents told her as a child.
The center is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and on Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The center is closed on all federal holidays but open on Mardi Gras. Admission to the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center is free and all activities and demonstrations are free and open to the public.

Hour of Prayer at New Zion Baptist Church
The New Zion Missionary Baptist Church invites the public to an Hour of Power Prayer every Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at the J.G. Frank, Senior Christian Life Center, located at 251 Nimitz in Eunice.
On the third Thursday of each month, senior citizens are invited to fellowship with a meal immediately following the prayer service.
Details, information, call: 337-212-8828.

Free hearing aids, amplified phones
Free amplified telephones and hearing aids are available to Louisiana residents. The program is funded by a state agency, Louisiana Commission for the Deaf.
Call Stacy at Affiliated Blind of Louisiana for more information on how to qualify at 337-234-6492.

DAV volunteer drivers needed
The DAV (Disabled American Veterans) is in dire need of volunteer drivers to drive veterans from Eunice to Alexandria.
Those interested, and one does Not have to be a veteran, are asked to call Miguel Pousson at 337-396-6392 for more information and details.

Free child car seat installation
Free installation of child car safety seats is being offered from 4 to 6 p.m. every Monday at Word Ministries, 1960 W. Laurel Ave., Eunice.
The seats will be installed by a nationally certified technicians.

VFW bingo held Thursdays, Sundays
The VFW Post 8971 holds bingo for the public at 7 p.m. every Thursday and Sunday at the VFW Hall located on U.S. 190 East. All proceeds from Bingo games goes back to the community.

Funeral honor guard for vets needs help
A foundation has been set for the St Landry Parish Veteran Funeral Honor Guard and now it needs donations to become a reality, according to Lincoln “Link” Savoie, coordinator.
Donations can be made to American Legion Post 514, In care of Veterans Funeral Honor Guard, P.O. Box 1145, Opelousas, LA, 70571.

Eunice Today

465 Aymond St.
Eunice, LA 70535
Phone: 337-457-3061
Fax: 337-457-3122