There are quite a few ways you can get out and about in safe way this week in Lafayette! For starters, the ever-popular gleaux ride returns to Lafayette with a short ride around downtown – plus a giveaway. Saturday is looking stacked as well, with a hands-on decorating class and two opportunities to see live music: one online, and one offline. One show will benefit pediatric cancer patients and their families during this very difficult time. And next week offers an online virtual meetup with the United Way of Acadiana.
7/30: Gleaux Ride: Want to socialize while still social distancing? Light up your bikes this Thursday evening! BikeLafayette and the 705 will host this phosphorescent evening ride through through the streets of Lafayette. Cyclists will meet at the CGI parking lot on CajunDome Boulevard at 7:45 p.m., where attendees will attach lights to their bikes before the seven-and-a-half-mile ride. No lights? No issue. There will be a prize pull, and four attendees will win a set of bike wheel lights. Group photo to follow at the Hideaway.
8/1: Sweet Summertime Cookie Class: Summer is almost over, so take in the last few weeks of the season by celebrating with a summertime cookie class! A Baker’s Choice’s Sweet Summertime Cookie Class is for beginner and intermediate level bakers and decorators ages 12 and up. Instructor Rachel Noel will lead the class in learning the basics of using icing to line and flood cookies in a professional manner. Bakers will learn about the differences in consistencies, and the proper techniques, such as airbrushing and hand-painting, to create beautiful designs at home with fine layering and detail work. Each student will take home a class packet with recipes, and the eight cookies they decorated. This class is $45, and tickets can be purchased at rachelnoelsugarartclasses.com
8/1: Wayne Toups Livestream: We all miss big, live concerts from local acts. This Saturday, one of Lafayette’s biggest concert draws and enduring acts, Wayne Toups, will livestream a special performance from Rock’n’Bowl! A portion of the proceeds will go toward Sky High for Kids, which funds research for pediatric cancer. and provides community resources for those affected. This will be streamed via Facebook Live the night of the show, starting at 7:30 p.m., and can be streamed at facebook.com/rocknbowllafayette
8/1: Corey Ledet at Hideaway on Lee: Texas native Corey Ledet will perform his own take on Creole music for a free-admission, all-ages set! Ledet credits his style to his influences: Clifton Chenier, John Delafose and Boozoo Chavis. A drummer by nature, Ledet gravitated toward the accordion and Zydeco music. From there, Ledet adapted to playing all types of accordions, such as the single-note, the triple-note, and the piano key variations. Gathering myriad influences and life experiences into his work, Ledet’s prowess is strong and unique. The show runs from 8 p.m.- 10 p.m.
8/5: Nonprofit Virtual Meetup: Introduction to the Volunteer Center: Next Wednesday, United Way of Acadiana will debut its new volunteer platform, which aims to revolutionize the way Acadiana nonprofits recruit volunteers. From 12 p.m.-1 p.m., the software launch and webinar will show how nonprofits can utilize the platform to benefit our communities. This is a free event, but please register here.