June 2019

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Summer is right around the block and Project Front Yard wants to help you choose a summer camp. We partnered with Lafayette Consolidated Government (LCG) Parks and Recreation Department, for our second annual environmental camp. At camp this summer, your child will build a unique interest in composting, wetland plants, STEM, recycling and more! The summer camp will be a four-week long program taking place June 17 – July 19 at Girard Park. For more information contact Skyra Rideuax, Project Front Yard Coordinator, at srideaux@lafayettela.gov.


Upcoming Events

Parish-Wide Pride & Beautification Launch – 6/28

Mark your calendars for the launch that will help strengthen your pride in Lafayette! With a vision of creating a thriving, beautiful and sustainable community, the campaign’s goal is to work collectively with its partners to eliminate chronic blight and the proliferation of litter; to promote and invest in beautification initiatives like public art, tree plantings and beautifying green spaces and to educate the citizenry on the economic, environmental, and social costs of blight and litter. We invite you to be part of our mission to contribute to a high quality of life for Lafayette Parish’s diverse neighborhoods, commercial businesses and education instructions, at 10 am on Friday at Community Foundation of Acadiana.

If it’s Broke Come Fix-It! – 7/27

We all have thought about throwing away items that we can’t use anymore, but now is the time to reconsider. No Waste Lafayette will present a Fix-It Café on Saturday at the Lafayette Public Library from 10 am – 1 pm. The Fix It Café is a pop-up meeting place where community members can gather, bringing items in need of repair to be assessed and worked on by experienced volunteer fixers. Fixers will be on hand to assess and fix bicycles, furniture, ceramics, electronics, small appliances, dull knives, clothing, textiles, and jewelry. Aiming to be low to no waste, the café welcomes you to bring your own favorite coffee mug to enjoy complimentary treats and Rêve coffee. Click here for more information https://www.facebook.com/events/2284150301828517/.

Kids to Parks Day – Late Summer

Enjoy a national day of outdoor play which connects kids and families with adventurous escapades! Kids to Parks Day is organized by CREATE Lafayette and National Park Trust in cooperation with 19 national collaborators. By coordinating a wide range of park activities on a single day, Kids to Parks Day fosters future outdoor enthusiasts to create the next generation of caretakers for local, state, and national parks and public lands. In conjunction with National Kids to Parks Day, hosted on the third Saturday of May, was postponed due to the weather in Lafayette. Be sure to follow CREATE Lafayette on Facebook at createlft for updates and learn more about what you can do to protect and preserve our country’s public lands.


Past Events

Household Hazardous Waste Day – 5/4

Rain or shine, our volunteers were committed to ensure that most of the paint and electronics didn’t end up in the landfill. Held twice a year, LCG’s Household Hazardous Waste Day allows residents a way to properly dispose of household chemicals and electronics. This FREE service is offered to those living within the City of Lafayette or unincorporated areas of the parish. Special thanks to Lafayette Habitat for Humanity ReStore, CGI, Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council, and the Environmental Quality Division of Public Works for being awesome environmental stewards and volunteers. Get all the details, including what’s accepted at http://www.lafayettela.gov/EQ/Pages/Household-Chemical-Day.aspx.

Community House Volunteer Day – 5/24

Lafayette Habitat for Humanity, McComb-Veazey Neighborhood Coterie, and other volunteers have been working on tasks alongside construction staff, crew members, and future homeowners to rejuvenate the Community House. The Community House is a joint project between the City of Lafayette and McComb-Veazey Neighborhood Coterie.  Members in the community are free to use this space to gather for meetings, plan events, or even host family game nights! Unveiling of the home will be on Saturday, July 20th after the McComb-Veazey Neighborhood Coterie annual meeting. For more information about the Community House and volunteer opportunities, click the link to visit Lafayette Habitat for Humanity and McComb-Veazey Neighborhood Coterie on Facebook.

Field Trip to the UL Ecology Center – 5/28

Special thanks to Operations Manager, Andre Daugereaux, for showing us around the UL Ecology Center! In partnership with the University owned PureNative trademark, Ecology Center personnel grow native plants that once populated the coastal prairie.  The ultimate goal of PureNative is to support a native seed industry in Louisiana with seeds from plants adapted to local  conditions. Project Front Yard learned so much about pollinator-friendly native plants and plan to include them in the new Parish-Wide Pride & Beautification project we have in the works. To learn about more native plants and scientific discoveries, visit https://ecology.louisiana.edu/.

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