Ongoing – October: Central Louisiana Arts & Healthcare Exhibits. Central Louisiana Arts & Healthcare proudly presents our monthly art exhibits at area hospitals and clinics. Exhibits are currently showing: Paintings by Students of Artist Rosalind Berg at the Christus Cabrini Gallery for Reflection and Healing; Photography Exhibit by Dr. Jian Hang at the Rapides Regional Medical Center Gallery; and Volume I: Photographs by Michelle Palmer at the OSMS Gallery. For more information on the exhibits, visit www.artsandhealthcare.org; or Call: 769-7602.
October 1-16: Final Weeks of Gallery One Ellleven’s first annual Competition Exhibition, 111 Third St., Leesville, Wed.-Sat. 11a.m.-4p.m. Sponsored by Gallery One Ellleven. Cost: Admission free. Contact: email@example.com.
October 5-November 27: Exhibit Opening, 1330 Main St., Tue.-Fri. 10a.m.-4p.m., Sat. 10a.m.-2p.m. Sponsored by River Oaks Square Arts Center. Exhibit featuring James Borders, Rosalind Berg and students of JoAnne Thompson Acrylic Art Academy Class. Opening Reception: Oct. 15, 5-8p.m. Cost: Opening Reception free, all other times $2 adults, $1 students and seniors. Call Rachael Dauzat: 473-2670.
October 15: Art Walk Opening Reception, Alexandria Museum of Art, 5-8 p.m. Sponsored by AMoA. Thilo Steinschulte Collection, Ruiz Healy Oaxacan Art with gallery talk by Patricla Ruiz Healy and Travis Whitfield: Journey on Down the Road. Exhibit continues through November 30 at regular admission. Cost: Admission free. Call Sara Fuhrer: 443-3458.
October 22: Patricia & Juan Ruiz-Healy Collection of Contemporary Oaxacan Art, Alexandria Museum of Art, 6:00pm – 8:00pm. The Alexandria Museum of Art and the Mexican Consulate in New Orleans will co-sponsor a special reception to celebrate the Patricia & Juan Ruiz-Healy Collection of Contemporary Oaxacan Art. The event will feature a gallery talk at 7pm by art historian and collector, Patricia Ruiz-Healy of San Antonio,TX and Mexico, Mexican music, and catering by Mi Tierra Cocina Mexicana of Forest Hill, LA. Cost: Free. Call: 443-3458.
October 23: Leesville Fall Artwalk, Downtown Leesville Historic District, 5:00pm. The annual Fall Artwalk sponsored by the Vernon Parish Arts Council and Gallery One Ellleven will feature the works of local artists and enjoy an evening of musical entertainment as you stroll the streets of downtown Leesville. Cost: Free. Call: 337-238-0783.
October 23-November 20: Gallery One Ellleven Group Exhibition, 111 Third St., Leesville, Wed.-Sat. 11a.m.-4p.m. Sponsored by Gallery One Ellleven. Opening Reception during Art Walk on Oct. 23, 6p.m. Cost: Admission free. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 30: AMoA Drawing Workshop, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10:00am – 3:00pm. Drawing is the most accessible form of art. All you need is a pencil and paper. This second in a 3-part drawing workshop series taught by Joseph Anthony Pearson, will focus on “Figure”. Cost: $50. Call: 443-3458.
October 8 and 15: Brown Bag Concerts, Alexander Fulton Mini Park, Noon. Sponsored by City of Alexandria Division of Community Services. Oct. 1: Just Us, Oct. 8: John DeChiaro and Oct. 15: DC Sills. Cost: Admission free. Call: 449-5051.
October 8 and 15: DownTown Rocks, Downtown Alexandria and LSUA, 6-8p.m. Sponsored by City of Alexandria. Oct. 8: Little Nathan and the Zydeco Big Timers and Oct. 15: Kenny Bill Stinson. Cost: Admission free. Call: 449-5051.
October 8: A-Town Jazz, Hirsch House, 6:30p.m. Sponsored by Arts Council of Central Louisiana. Featuring Karen Riley-Simmons and Octavia Jackson-Williams. Cost: $20 per person with cash bar. Call Elizabeth: 443-4718.
October 21: Philips, Craig & Dean: Live in Concert, Pentecostals of Alexandria, 7:00pm. Award-winning contemporary Christian vocalists Philips, Craig & Dean will perform live in concert, joined by special guests, Voice Avenue. Come experience chart-topping contemporary Christian music at its best! All proceeds benefit the Rapides Children’s Advocacy Center. Cost: $15. Call: 445-4578.
October 23-24: Celebration of Mind, Body & Faith, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, Sat. 7:30p.m., Sun. 2:30p.m. Sponsored by Red River Chorale, Rapides Symphony, LSUA, CHRISTUS Cabrini Hospital and Diocese of Alexandria. A concert commemorating the 50th anniversary of LSUA, the 60th anniversary of CHRISTUS Cabrini Hospital and the 100th anniversary of the Diocese of Alexandria. Cost: $10 adults, $5 children. Call Red River Chorale: 484-4463.
October 30: Rapides Symphony Orchestra “Shadows & Light” with Melinda Zak, Harpist, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, 7:30p.m. Sponsored by Rapides Symphony Orchestra. Halloween inspired concert. Selections include the spooky “Night of Bald Mountain”, Debussy’s “Scared and Profane Dances” and Tchaikovsky’s fateful Fourth Symphony. Cost: $25 adults, $15 seniors, $10 students. Call: 442-9709 ext 2.
November 5: AMGA Presents The Chee-Weez, Alexandria Convention Center, 9:00pm. The most fun, exciting and talented band in the land will make the drive up from New Orleans to entertain the masses with their wide range of music that spans from classic rock to pop to hip-hop. Reserved tables for 8 are available for $250. A cash bar will be provided. Sponsored by the Alexandria Mardi Gras Association. Cost: $25 in advance; $30 at the door. Call: 452-2860 or 445-0035.
October 7-10: Charlotte Jones’ Humble Boy, Hearn Stage, Kress Theatre, Thur.-Sat. 7:30p.m. Sun. 2:30p.m. Sponsored by LSUA Empty Space Players. Cost: $12 general, $10 seniors 65+, $5 students. Call Richard Gwartney: 427-4469.
October 13 – 16: Chicago The Musical, A.A. Fredericks Auditorium, 7:00pm. The Northwestern State University Department of Theatre and Dance presents the sights, sounds and all that jazz of the world-famous Kander and Ebb musical set in Prohibition-era Chicago. Based on a 1926 play of the same name by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins about actual criminals and crimes she reported on, 6-time Tony award winning Chicago is the six-longest running musical in Broadway history. Appropriate for ages 13+. Cost: $15 adults; $12 seniors, NSU Students admitted Free with valid student ID. Call: 318-357-4483.
October 19: Fall Workshop Recital, 2700 Lee St., 6p.m. Sponsored by Family Playhouse. Students will perform songs and skits. Cost: Admission free. Call Lisa Rozas: 442-6500.
October 21-24 and 27-31: The Woman in Black-A Ghost Play, Hearn Stage, Kress Theatre, Times: call office. Sponsored by City Park Players. Spine-chilling ghost story that has been running continuously for over 20 years in London. Features Frith Harwood and Mark Gillette. Cost: $12 adults, $10 seniors 65 and over, $5 students. Call Jean Holliday: 484-4478.
October 22: Murder at Area 51, Southern Forest Heritage Museum, 7:00pm. Professor Ed Woods is the guest speaker at the annual membership drive for the Longpine chapter of We Are Not Alone (W.E.N.A.) He has information that will blow the lid off of the governments Cover Up of Aliens and Alien Abductions. But aliens and the government are the least of his troubles now. His wife Claudia doesn’t want to be here and his girlfriend wants to help her leave…permanently. Join us and a night of Laughs, Conspiracy Theories and Murder when the Unusual Suspects present “Murder at Area 51”. Costumes are optional but encouraged. Cost: $15. Call Claudia Troll: 748-8404.
November 3 – 6 & 10 – 16: The Lion In Winter, Northwestern State University Theatre West, 7:30pm. James Goldman’s historical play depicts the interpersonal relationships among members of the English royal family on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day of the year 1183. The play explores themes of dysfunctional family, political maneuvering, war and peace, as well as aging, death, inheritance, and posterity. As the principle characters plot, scheme, conspire, and counter-plot between each other, the deep seated emotional ties between them get played out in the political arena, such that sibling rivalry and marital jealousy translate into civil war, treason, and perhaps even murder among the members of a royal nuclear family. Appropriate for ages 13+. Cost: $15 adults; $12 seniors; NSU students admitted Free with valid ID. Call: 318-357-4483.
Ongoing-December: The Bentley Exhibit, Louisiana History Museum, 503 Washington St., Tue.-Sat. 10a.m.-4p.m. Sponsored by the Louisiana History Museum. Artifacts and photographs of the Bentley Hotel from 1908 to 1960s. Cost: Admission free. Call Dale Genius: 487-8556. www.louisianahistorymuseum.org
Ongoing-May: YWCA After School Care, YWCA of Alexandria-Pineville, time: TBA. Sponsored by YWCA. The After School Program is a safe, fun place to go after school. Time is set aside for homework with a counselor in room to help. Limited enrollment. Cost: $45 registration, $10 membership, $45 per week. Call Marle Chapman: 442-3397.
Ongoing-May 2011: After School Program, Bolton Avenue Community Center, Mon., Tue., and Thur. 3:30-5:30p.m. Sponsored by City of Alexandria Division of Community Services. Activities include homework assistance, recreation, games and much more. Cost: Admission free. Call: 449-5228.
October 8-9, 15-16, 22-13 and 29-30: Terror in the Park – A Real Haunted House, Buhlow Fun Park, 7-10p.m. Sponsored by Buhlow Fun Park. Cost: $10 per person. Call: 442-5110.
October 9: Fall Herb Day, Kent Plantation House, 8a.m.-12p.m. Sponsored by Kent Plantation House. Cost: Admission free. Call Alice Scarborough: 487-5998.
October 9: Experimental Aircraft Association Fall Fly-In and Aircraft Display, Pineville Municipal Airport, 8:00am – 4:00pm. The public is invited to our Annual Fall Fly-In Event to watch aircraft take off and land, talk to pilots and see many different types of personal aircraft on display, including modern and classic airplanes along with home-built aircraft and seaplanes. Cost: Free. Call Richard Hare: (318) 487-9716.
October 9: One Day Breastfeeding Class, Medical Terrace Gallery Room at RRMC, 9:00am – 3:00pm. Intended for women wanting to breastfeed their infants, this class is taught by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and focuses on advantages, preparation and troubleshooting techniques. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for your baby. Research shows that learning about breastfeeding prenatally enhances your breastfeeding experience. The support partner/father is welcome to attend. Cost: $30 (if not delivering at RWCH). Call: 877-801-8441.
October 9: Second Saturday Art Market, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10a.m.-3p.m. Sponsored by AMOA. Fine arts and crafts, music, food vendors, specialty foods and products, quality fresh produce and more. Cost: Admission free. Call Sara Fuhrer: 443-3458.
October 9 and 23: CPR and First Aid Course, American Red Cross Office, 8a.m.-3p.m. Sponsored by Rapides Regional Medical Center. Teaches lay responders the knowledge and skills necessary to give care in emergency, help sustain life and minimize consequences of injury or sudden illness until medical help arrives. Cost: $30. Call Trent Murphy: 442-6621.
October 10: Threads 2010, Alexandria Riverfront Center, 5p.m. hors d’oeuvres, 6p.m. fashion show. Sponsored by CHRISTUS Cabrini Cancer Center. A fashion show fundraiser for the Cabrini Cancer Center Patient Assistance Fund. Join us for a special 10 year anniversary celebration. $25 per person, $350 for a Patron Table of 8. Call Janet Bonnette: 466-6074.
October 11: MOM’s Club Meeting, First United Methodist Church in Alexandria, 10:00am. This is an international, non-profit organization that provides support to stay at home moms in the Alexandria/Pineville area. Children are welcome. Contact: email@example.com.
October 12: Patience Quilters, West Side Regional Library, 6:30pm. Patience Quilters meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at West Side Regional Library, located at 5416 Provine Place in Alexandria, off Highway 28 West. The meetings are open to the public. Quilters are invited as well as anyone interested in learning more about quilting. Email: FabricChick2008@aol.com.
October 13: Work Pays Job Fair, Emmanuel Baptist Church, 9:30a.m.-12:30p.m. Sponsored by MPP and LWC. Open to people with disabilities and public. Bring resume’, references and be ready for job interview opportunities. Looking for employers who would like to participate. Cost: Admission free. Call Diana DeWeese: 487-5281. www.Work-Pays.org
October 14: Diabetes Group Class, Rapides Regional Medical Center Medical Terrace, 9:00am – Noon. This program is designed for adults with newly diagnosed diabetes and for people needing a refresher course in diabetes management. This is a basic diabetes program therefore no physician referral is required. The program content follows the American Diabetes Association guidelines and uses a variety of teaching methods to enhance learning. Topics include meal planning, monitoring blood sugar, medications, complications, and learning to deal with a chronic disease. The course is taught by Sandy Couvillon, Registered Dietitian and Amie Starks, Registered Nurse. Cost: Free. Pre-registration required. Call: 769-3106.
October 14: ALS Support Group, Rapides Regional Medical Center Medical Terrace Building Gallery Room, 6:00pm – 7:30pm. This monthly support group is designed for ALS patients, their family members, friends and caregivers. The group will meet the second Thursday of each month. Patients who attend will have access to companies which provide services for ALS patients, such as physical therapy or wheelchair repair. Call Duana Trotter: 445-7898 or 308-1950.
October 15: Downtown Art Walk, Downtown Alexandria, 5-8p.m. Sponsored by Arts Council of Central Louisiana, City of Alexandria and AMoA. Held in conjunction with DownTown Rocks and featuring local and regional artists displaying and selling their works. Visit AMoA and River Oaks for their opening exhibits. Cost: Admission free. Call Elizabeth: 443-4718.
October 15: Tales along the Bayou – Ghost Stories at the Kent House, Kent Plantation House, time: TBA. Sponsored by Kent Plantation House and the Rapides Parish Library. Cost: Admission free. Call: 487-5998.
October 15-17: LSUA 50th Anniversary Generals Debate Tournament, LSUA Campus, time: TBA. Sponsored by LSUA Forensics Team and Arts, English and Humanities Department. Cost: Admission free. Call Kevin Ells: 473-6489.
October 16: Susan G. Komen “Race for the Cure,” Alexandria Riverfront Center, 7 a.m.-10:30 a.m.. Join Rapides Regional Medical Center employees as they participate in Alexandria’s first Susan G. Komen “Race for the Cure.” This fundraiser benefits breast cancer research, education, treatment and support for breast cancer patients and their families. Registration will be held from 7 a.m.-8:30 a.m. A survivor ceremony will be held at 8 a.m. The Kids for the Cure 1 Mile Fun Run begins at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K Run/Walk begins at 9 a.m. Closing ceremonies will be held at the Diamond Grill at 10 a.m. Call: 441-4076. www.komennecla.org.
October 16: CPR and First Aid Course, American Red Cross Office, 8a.m.-3p.m. Sponsored by CHRISTUS St. Francis Cabrini Hospital. Teaches lay responders the knowledge and skills necessary to give care in emergency, help sustain life and minimize consequences of injury or sudden illness until medical help arrives. Cost: $30. Call Trent Murphy: 442-6621.
October 16: Prepared Childbirth Class, Rapides Regional Medical Center, Medical Terrace, Gallery Room, 2nd floor, 9a.m.-2p.m. Sponsored by Rapides Regional Medical Center. Certified childbirth instructor helps prepare couples for actual delivery. A tour of Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital and light lunch will be provided. Cost: $30 per family, waived if delivering at RW&CH. Call: 887-801-8441 or www.rapidesregional.com.
October 18: Cancer Support Group, Rapides Cancer Center, Noon. If you or someone you know has cancer, or you are a caretaker of someone with cancer, please join this group on the third Monday of each month. Sanat Sanghani, M.D., Rapides Cancer Center’s radiation oncologist will provide a demonstration of image-guided radiation treatment using a pumpkin and a coffee bean. A light meal will be served. Call: 769-7200.
October 18: Sibling Class, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Cascade Room, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. This class is offered to children expecting a little brother or sister. It helps them understand where mom is when the baby is being born and lets them know how important it is to become a big brother or sister. The ideal age for this class is 3-10. Cost: $10 per family (waived if delivering at Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital). Call: 877-801-8441.
October 20: 2010 Annual Bosses’ Day Luncheon, Country Inn & Suites Convention Center, 11:30am – 1:00pm. The “2010 Executive of the Year” will be named at LaPine Chapter – IAAP’s Annual Bosses’ Day Luncheon at the Country Inn & Suites Convention Center in Pineville. Special Guest Speaker for the luncheon will be Scot Loyd of Louisiana College who will present on “Leveraging Leadership – Making a Difference by Motivating Others”. Cost: $20. Call: 448-4952.
October 21-23: A Very Merry Market, Alexandria Riverfront Center, time: varies. Sponsored by the Junior League of Alexandria. Oct. 21, preview party from 4-10p.m. Oct. 22, open from 9a.m.-8p.m. Oct. 23, open 9a.m.-6p.m. with McDonald’s Character Breakfast: 8:30a.m., 9:30a.m. and 10:30a.m. Little Cakes with Characters: 2p.m. and 3p.m. Cost: $40 preview party, $10 character events, $5 general admission. Call Kirsten Hebert: 443-6975.
October 21: Muscular Dystrophy Support Group, Rapides Regional Medical Center Medical Terrace Gallery Room, 6 p.m. Meetings include guest speakers and access to staff from the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Call: (800) 644-9730.
October 22: Southern Circuit of Independent Filmmakers: Mississippi Damned, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, 7p.m. Sponsored by Arts Council of Central Louisiana. Based on a true story, three poor black kids in rural Mississippi reap the consequences of their family’s cycle of abuse, addiction and violence. They independently struggle to escape their circumstances and must decide whether to confront what’s plagued their family for generations or succumb to the same crippling fate. Cost: $5. Call Elizabeth: 443-4718.
October 23: Long Leaf Legends & Love, Southern Forest Heritage Museum, Longleaf, time: TBA. Sponsored by Southern Forest Heritage Museum. Long Leaf Area 51- We are not alone. The invasion of the sawmill complex by extra-terrestrials will happen at our annual Halloween event. Cost: $5 admission and $5 gumbo supper. Call Claudia Troll: 447-7720.
October 23: 2nd Annual Zombie Walk of Alexandria, Downtown Alexandria, 6:30p.m. Sponsored by Zombie Walk of Alexandria. Gather at Tamp and Grind, dress as a zombie and help us in our attempt at the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of zombies. TREE House Museum will host zombie friendly crafts and a portion of the t-shirt sale proceeds will benefit the Arts Council of Central Louisiana. Cost: Admission free. Call Duana Trotter: 308-1950.
October 26: Josiah Chambers and Oakland Plaantation: 1825-1960, Alexandria Museum of Art, 6:30pm. Dr. Patsy Barber will serve as the featured speaker for this event as a part of the 50 year celebration of LSUA. The Oakland Plantaion site is the current home of LSUA. Light refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Friends of the James C. Bolton Library at LSUA. Cost: Free. Call Jenny Royer: 318-445-3456.
October 27: AARP Driver Safety Program, Rapides Regional Medical Center Medical Terrace Auditorium, 8:30am.The four-hour class is designed for those 50 or older. Valet parking is available at the hospital’s main entrance. Cost: $12 for AARP members; $14 for non-AARP members. Bring your AARP membership card to verify your AARP membership number. Call Rapides Regional Medical Center’s Community Education Department: 769-3106.
October 28: 2010 Central Louisiana Society for Human Resource Management Annual Seminar, Pineville Convention Center at Country Inn & Suites, 9:00am. This year’s event will featured presenter is Dr. Bob Nelson, nationally-known author and motivational speaker. Registration will begin at 8:00am. Cost: $75 for non-CLSHRM members. Call Sara Stokes: 318-769-3103 or Shannon Tassin: 318-487-7151; or Melissa Strother: 318-445-1314.
October 28: LSUA Trick or Treat Street, LSUA Campus, 5-7p.m. Sponsored by LSUA Student Organization. Cost: $3. Call Student Services: 473-6545.
October 28-30: Zoo Boo, Alexandria Zoo, 6:30-9p.m. Sponsored by FOTAZ and the City of Alexandria. Magical Halloween adventure through the zoo where characters and scenery come to life. Trick-or-treating for 12 and younger. Optional scary trail or storybook trail for the little ones. Fun for all ages. Cost: TBA. Call LeeAnn Whitt: 441-6810.
October 29: LSUA Alumni & Friends Scholarship Golf Scramble and Social, Oakland Plantation Golf Course at LSUA, time: TBA. Sponsored by LSUA Alumni and Friends Association. 3-man scramble golf tournament and evening social for non-golfers. Cost: $150 for 3-man team, social admission free. Call Mary B. McCampbell: 619-2917.
October 30-31: St. Rita Fall Fair, St. Rita Church Grounds, Sat. 10a.m.-9p.m., Sun. 9a.m.-3p.m. Sponsored by St. Rita Church’s Special Events Commission. Bake off contest, jambalaya contest, games, white elephant, silent auction, bingo, haunted house, trick-or-treating and Sunday dinner. Call for specific times of events. Cost: $5 Saturday’s jambalaya, $6 Sunday Dinner, .50 games. Call Karen Moreau: 445-7141ext. 17.
October 31: Halloween Trick-or-Treat 2010, 5:00pm – 8:00pm. The City of Alexandria has designated its official “Trick or Treat” times for 2010. Motorists are advised to use extra caution on the roadways during these times. Always remember to only trick or treat at the homes of people you know, walk in well-lit sidewalk areas, never allow children to trick or treat alone and never allow children to consume unwrapped, open or suspicious candy. Have a save and happy Halloween!
October 9-10: Sweep the Swamp Soccer Tournament, Johnny Downs Sports Complex. Sponsored by Crossroads Soccer Association. Contact Rebecca Lee-Poklemba: 473-1203. www.crossroads-soccer.com
October 9: Eddies BBQ Race for Da Ribs, Kincaid Lake Pavilion, 8a.m. Sponsored by Eddies BBQ and St. Mary’s Residential Training School. 10K Trail Run on single track trails that are well groomed and have a beautiful view of Kincaid Lake. The 1 Mile Walk/Run will follow the 10K. St. Mary’s Residential Training School is the beneficiary of the event. Call Dan Ahrens: 613-5303 or Bobbi Hess: 445-6443.
October 16: Komen Alexandria Race for the Cure, Downtown Alexandria, 8:30a.m.One mile fun run/walk and 9a.m. 5K run/walk. Sponsored by Susan G. Komen Northeast Central Louisiana Affiliate. Largest series of 5K run/fitness walks in the world. These events raise significant funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrate survivors and honor those that lost their fight with the disease. Cost: www.komennecla.org. Call Elizabeth Cassano: 449-9735.