Where’s the Fair??

Posted October 2014

October 2014 CoverFifty-four years ago, with only two large rented tents, a small carnival that was willing to take a lot of financial risk, and a host of willing helpers, work began on the first Rapides Fair.  A sage grass pasture just west of Alexandria, which is the current site of the Coliseum and Louisiana National Guard Armory, was the first site of the Rapides Fair.  After spending 53 years at its original site, the Rapides Fair has move to its new permanent location.  The fair ground is located on Highway 71 South, adjacent to the Mega Shelter.

 

Several years ago, the Rapides Fair Association purchased 25 acres with the intention of developing the property to meet the needs of the Fair Association. [...]

Van Gogh Gala: Celebrating the Arts for a Great Cause

Posted October 2014

It’s that time again, and River Oaks will be hosting their largest annual fund raiser—the Van Gogh Gala. With the event taking place on November 1st, the theme this year will once again be Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. After the tremendous success of last year’s costume contest, attendees of this […]

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The Common Cold of the Soul

Posted October 2014

I am constantly amazed at two things about human nature.  First, how wonderful people can be.  They seem to know who they are what their purpose in life is all about.  There are so many people in this world who will never make the history book, but they will go out of their way to […]

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RSO Opens 48th Season

Posted October 2014

It is appropriate that the first concert of our 48th season falls on All Saints Day.   The three composers who are represented on our “True Classics” concert are certainly three of the “saints” of classical music–Beethoven, Dvorak and Brahms.   Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture that opens the concert was written for a play about the Roman […]

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Public Health and the Built Environment

Posted October 2014

The relationship between the “built environment” and health outcomes has become a hot topic.  Research, some which comes from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, has confirmed that the best approach to improving health involves a dual approach:  Education directed toward behavior modification, and environmental policies that promote enhancement of a healthy built […]

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Lending Trends

Posted October 2014

There was some timely information in the September 15, 2014 Wall Street Journal about current trends in borrowing/lending money. Rates on consumer loans are coming down because of more competition. Online lenders are starting to make new car loans at very low—0% to 2%—rates. Fixed rate private student loans can be cheaper than federal student […]

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6th Annual Zombie Walk of Alexandria

Posted October 2014

It’s October and that means, falling leaves, pumpkins, Halloween and Zombie Walk!  Saturday, October 18th, 2014 will be the 6th Annual Zombie Walk of Alexandria, presented to you by The Cenla Zombies Association.  Zombie Walks take place in urban centers and have become popular in large cities.  Wikipedia defines a zombie walk as an organized […]

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