Ongoing – January: Central Louisiana Arts & Healthcare Exhibits. Central Louisiana Arts & Healthcare proudly presents our monthly art exhibits at area hospitals and clinics. Exhibits are currently showing: Works by students from Ethel Dixon Studios at the Christus Cabrini Gallery for Reflection and Healing; Works by Hannah Whitt at the Cabrini Cancer Center; Photographic Works of David Lind at the Rapides Regional Medical Center Gallery; and Works by Bridie Rollins at the OSMS/Cenla Urgent Care Gallery. For more information on the exhibits, visit www.artsandhealthcare.org; or Call: 769-7602.
Ongoing – February 25: Studio Art Quilt Associates: “Sightlines” Exhibit, 933 Second St., Tues.-Fri. 10a.m.-5p.m. and Sat. 10a.m.-4p.m. Sponsored byAlexandriaMuseum of Art. Cost: Admission free for AMoA members and general admission for all others. Call Sara: 443-3458.
Ongoing – February 25: Geza Brunow: “Event Horizon” Exhibit, 933 Second St., Tues.-Fri. 10a.m.-5p.m. and Sat. 10a.m.-4p.m. Sponsored byAlexandriaMuseum of Art. Cost: Admission free for AMoA members and general admission for all others. Call Sara: 443-3458.
January 12 – February 25: Congolese Pottery and Textiles Exhibit from the African Art Collection at SUNO, 933 Second St., Tues.-Fri. 10a.m.-5p.m. and Sat. 10a.m.-4p.m. Sponsored byAlexandriaMuseum of Art. Cost: Admission free for AMoA members and general admission for all others. Call Sara: 443-3458.
January 13: Exhibit Reception, 1330 Main St., 5-7p.m. Sponsored byRiverOaksSquareArtsCenter. Exhibit featuring artist Lyla Goldstein and The Photographers Guild. Cost: Admission free. Call Rachael Dauzat: 473-2670.
January 14, February 11 and March 10: Second Saturday Market at the Museum, 9a.m.-1p.m. Sponsored byAlexandriaMuseum of Art. To upload the vendor entry form, please go to AMoA’s website and remember the Museum exhibits are always free during Market. Cost: small fee for vendors, admission free all others. Call Sara: 443-3458. www.themuseum.org
Ongoing –March: Ballroom Dance Class, 933 Second St., Tuesdays 6:45-7:45p.m. Sponsored byAlexandriaMuseum of Art. Cost: AMoA members per month for individual: $40, for three months: $105. AMoA members per month per couple: $60, for three months: $165. For non-members per month for individual: $60, for three months: $165. For non-members per month per couple: $80, for three months: $225. Call Catherine Pears: 443-3458.
January 22: Houston Ballet II, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, 2:30p.m. Sponsored by Rapides Symphony Orchestra. In our first performance since joining the RSO and Ballet Alexandria, we present Houston Ballet II with a chamber group from the Symphony. Music from the Baroque to the Beatles will be heard as these world-class young dancers perform. Cost: $25 adults, $15 seniors, $10 students. Call James Owens: 442-9709 ext 2.
January 16: Tiedan Yao, Pianist, St. James Episcopal Church,1620 Murray St., 7p.m. Sponsored bySt. James Episcopal Church Concert Series. Mr. Yao was the third place winner in the 2009 Louisiana International Piano Competition. TheSt. James Episcopal Church Concert Series is sponsored by a grant from The McCormick-Smith Fund, Inc. Cost: Admission free. Call Roy Rosenthal: 445-9845.
January 19,: Museum Afterhours: Acoustic Concert Series, 933 Second St., 6:30-8:30p.m. Sponsored byAlexandriaMuseum of Art. Hosted by John Wakefield. Cost: $4 non-members, free for AMoA members. Call Sara: 443-3458.
January 23: George Heard & the New Heard, Vernon Parish Library, 7:00pm. George Heard & the New Heard will be the third performer in the series on January 23, 2012 at 7 pm. George Heard aka Harmonica Red is a legendary live performer, international recording artist, and producer, who has performed with, toured with, and recorded with some of the true heavyweights of the blues, jazz, country, and rock worlds, including such diverse artists as Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Little Feat, Lee Oskar, WAR, Zachary Richard, Guitar Kelly, Clarence Edwards, Dr. John, Wes “Warm Daddy” Anderson, David Allan Coe, and of course his more than five years with Big Al and the Heavyweights. This concert is part of Musical Odyssey VIII, a series of five free concerts for their 2011-2012 performance schedule. Each performance is limited to an audience of 100. Cost: Free. Call: 800-737-2231.
February 2: Vienna Choir Boys, 1620 Murray St., 7p.m. Sponsored by St. James Episcopal Church Concert Series. Cost: Admission free, tickets required. CallChurch Office: 441-2276 after January 3.
January 14-15: Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, Sat.10a.m. and 2p.m. and Sun. 2p.m. Sponsored by Family Playhouse and Our Lady ofPromptSuccorSchool. Cost: $10. Call Tonya Curcio: 449-9073 ext. 210.
February 3-4: Schoolhouse Rock Live Part 2, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, 7:00pm. If you are looking for an energetic, colorful, fast-paced musical with zany, loveable characters that just happens to be educational, then look no further! For, the creators of Schoolhouse Rock Live! have returned with more of your favorite instructional tunes!Like its predecessor, Schoolhouse Rock Live Too! draws its inspiration from the Emmy Award-winning Saturday morning cartoon series, popular in the 1970’s. Far from outmoded, however, Schoolhouse Rock Live Too! is full of modern lyrics, catchy melodies, upbeat dance sections, and witty banter. Lagniappe Theatre will offer 4 school day matinee performances in addition to the 2 public ones. Call today to reserve seats for your school! Cost: $15/adults; $12/Seniors 55&up; $10/children 12 & under or groups of 10+. Call: 318-48-STAGE.
Ongoing – January 28: Smithsonian Institute “Journey Stories” Exhibit, Southern Forest Heritage Museum, time: varies. Lecture series, hot air balloon glow. Check for more details. Cost: Admission free. Call Claudia Troll: 748-8404.
January 2, February 6 and March 5: Moms Club of Alexandria Meeting, First UnitedMethodistChurch ofAlexandria, 10a.m. Sponsored by Moms Club ofAlexandria. Monthly business meeting to supports mothers in the area. All moms and their children are invited. Cost: $20 a year. Call Autumn Johnson: 709-5292.
January 4, February 1: CLBC Community Membership Meeting, locations vary, 12-1p.m. Sponsored byCentral Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition. A nonprofit organization established to promote, protest and support breastfeeding inCentral Louisiana by serving as a resource for mothers, families, health care professionals, organizations and the community at large. Cost: Admission free. Call Erika Carmouche: 451-1929.
January 5: Circle of Support, Christus Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room, Noon. Cancer Support Group. Call: 866-581-3627.
January 6: Epiphany, St. Rita Church, 5:30p.m. Sponsored byAlexandria Mardi Gras Association. The official opening of Mardi Gras in Cenla. Gumbo dinner for a small donation, Service of the Word and Music followed by the Burning of the Greens. Cost: Admission free. For more information: www.alexmardigras.com
January 6: Epiphany Party – Kick-off party for Mardi Gras in Cenla, England Airpark Community Center, 7:30p.m. Sponsored by Alexandria Mardi Gras Association. The band Stormy, from Baton Rouge will perform. Cash bar; no outside drinks allowed. Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at door, $50 reserved tables. Call Jenna Bonner: 443-1200 or 542-9084.
January 7: Breastfeeding Class, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital 1st Floor Conference Room, 9:00am – 1:00pm. This class is taught by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and focuses on the benefits, techniques and concerns of breastfeeding. The father/support partner is welcome. Cost: $20. Call: 866-581-3627.
January 7: One Day Breastfeeding Class, Rapides Regional Medical Center, Medical Terrace, Gallery Room, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Intended for women wanting to breastfeed their infants, this class is taught by lactation educator 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. Call: 877-801-8441. www.rapidesregional.com
January 7: Campfire Cooking Demonstration, Forts Randolph & Buhlow Historic Site, 11:00am – 1:00pm. Campfire cooking is the main element of this program. Food prepared will parallel camp cuisine common in Federal and Confederate encampments, but will also include seasonal vegetables and fruits that may have been available to foraging soldiers. In inclement weather the event can be moved indoors to the Visitor’s Center. This program will offer opportunities to interpret period history, nature, culture, agriculture, commerce, etc. Presentations will be planned to take advantage of seasonal changes. Cost: $4.
January 9: The Morning Widowed Persons Support Group, Power Center, 10:00am-11:30am. This is an on-going support group for men and women whose spouse has died. This month our focus: New Year’s Resolutions That Really Work. There will be group sharing time and this group has trained outreach volunteers who are available to the newly grieving. The Morning Widowed Support Group meets on the second Monday of each month and is sponsored by Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital. For more information, please call 866-581-3627.
January 9: Look Good…Feel Better, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Cascade Room, Noon. Cancer can rob a woman of her energy, appetite and strength. But it doesn’t have to take away her self-confidence. Look Good…Feel Better is a free program led by a trained volunteer cosmetologist who teaches beauty techniques to female cancer patients in active therapy. In order to provide complimentary cosmetics, advance registration is required. Please identify what color makeup kit you will need: light, medium, dark or extra dark. Call: 1-800-ACS-2345.
January 9: Sweet & Low Diabetes Support Group, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room, 6:00pm. This month our special guest speaker will be Susan Holden, Diabetes Advocate with the State of Louisiana. She works in dealing with managing diabetes in schools for children and how to manage diabetes in the workplace. Everyone is welcome to attend. Call: 866-581-3627. www.cabrini.org.
January 9: Bereaved Parents Support Group, Power Center, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. This is an on-going support group for parents, grandparents whose child has died. Bereaved Parents Support Group has trained outreach volunteers who are available to the newly grieving parent or grandparent. This month our focus is: Starting The New Year When You Don’t Feel Like It. This group is sponsored by Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital and meets on the first Monday of every month unless it is a holiday. Pre-registration is required. Brown bag supper at 6 p.m. Call: 866-581-3627.
January 10: Sibling Class, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital 1st Floor Conference Room, 6:00pm – 8:00pm. This class is a fun, interactive class designed specifically for young siblings who are expecting a new baby in the home. Cost: $10 per family. Call: 866-581-3627.
January 11: Diabetes Group Class, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Medical Terrace Auditorium, 9 a.m. – Noon. Rapides Regional Medical Center is offering this free program 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. Reservations are required. Cost: free. Call: 769-3106.
January 12: CLIMB, 4:00pm – 5:30pm. This is a program for children who have a parent or primary caregiver going through cancer. Christus Cabrini Cancer Center offers a six-week series of 90-minute group sessions where children talk and complete activities by specially trained facilitators. The goal is to help children identify and express the complex feelings they may experience during this difficult time. Call Janet Bonnette: 318-466-6074.
January 14: Old Time Woodworking Demonstration, Forts Randolph & Buhlow Historic Site, 10:00am – 3:00pm. Wooden handled tools featured prominently in the construction of Bailey’s Dam, as well as Forts Randolph and Buhlow. A craftsman will demonstrate the use of some of the tools employed to fulfill that need. Shaving horse, froe, drawknife, chisel and adz will be demonstrated. The craftsman may also fabricate wooden cooking ladles and spoons with these tools. Cost: $4.
January 14: Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Performance and Character Dinner, Coughlin-SaundersPerformingArtsCenter, 2p.m. Sponsored by Family Playhouse, Our Lady ofPromptSuccorSchool and Subway. Event includes show, dinner with Aurora provided by Subway and a 5×7 photo of you and Aurora. Cost: $20 per person. Call Lisa Rozas: 442-6500.
January 16: Cancer Support Group, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Cascade Room, 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. A light meal will be served. Please pre-register. Call: (318) 769-7200.
January 16: Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Support Group, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Atrium, 6 p.m. This month’s topic will be on applied theater. This group is open to anyone affected by autistic disorder, Asperger Syndrome, or pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified. Call: 866-581-3627.
January 17: Happiest Baby On The Block, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital 1st Floor Conference Room, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. The program was created by Dr. Harvey Karp and is designed to teach parents simple, effective and fun techniques to quickly soothe their babies’ cries and help them to sleep a little longer. Cost: $30. Call: 866-581-36270.
January 19: Parkinson’s Support Group, Power Center, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. This group meets on the third Thursday of each month and is open to anyone who has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and their family/caregiver. We offer educational handouts and programs plus a chance to share with others. Lunch is provided by Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital. Call: 866-581-3627.
January 19: Better Breathers Club, Rapides Health and Lifestyles Center, 724 Scott Street, Noon. Rapides Regional Medical Center offers the American Lung Association’s “Better Breathers Club” for patients with chronic lung disease. This is the only Better Breathers Club in Central Louisiana. The meetings will include guest speakers and a chance to ask questions of your own. Lunch is provided. Please pre-register. Call: (318) 769-3776.
January 19: Pink Ribbon Club, Christus Cabrini Women’s Life Center, 5:30 p.m. This breast cancer support group is for education, advocacy and support of breast cancer patients and survivors. Call: 866-581-3627.
January 20-22: Scrappin’ for Babies, Kees Park Community Center, Pineville. Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital is hosting a three-day, scrapbooking event to benefit the March of Dimes. This special event will be filled with scrapbooking fun, food, door prizes and a few surprises. Vendors will be present to discuss the newest scrapbooking techniques. The scrapbooker who brings in the most donations will receive a prize. The event runs Friday, Jan. 20 from 3 p.m.-midnight, on Saturday Jan. 21 from 9 a.m.-11 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 22 from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Cost: $110 or $50/day; includes guaranteed table space, all meals and chance for door prizes. Call Stephanie Kidd: (318) 792-6982 or Denise Cross: (318) 769-7569.
January 21: Prepared Childbirth Class (One Day), RRMC Medical Terrace Gallery Room, 9:00am – 2:00pm. This class, taught by a certified childbirth instructor, prepares couples for the actual delivery. Topics include stages of labor and delivery, when to go to the hospital, pain management, assisted delivery, Cesarean birth as well as a tour of Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital. A light lunch will be provided. Call: 877-801-8441.
January 21: Childbirth Class, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital 1st Floor Conference Room, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. This class is designed especially for expecting couples from early pregnancy through the delivery process. All classes are taught by certified childbirth educators. Cost: $30. Call: 866-581-3627. www.cabrini.org.
January 21: Fishin’ for Your Supper, Forts Randolph & Buhlow Historic Site, 10:00am – 3:00pm. Civil War soldiers on both sides supplemented issued rations with meat, vegetables and fruits foraged from nearby farms and gardens. It was also common for those camped near bodies of water to improve their diet with fish. An instructor, dressed in period clothing, will demonstrate how a simple pole is assembled and used. If weather permits, participants can follow the instructor to the banks of Pierson lake to look for bait and test the rig. Cost: $4.
January 23: The Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group, Power Center, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. This group is designed for Caregivers and/or family members of those diagnosed with Alzheimer/Dementia. We offer educational handouts, sharing time, and lunch is provided by Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital. The Alzheimer Support Group meets on the fourth Monday of each month. Call: 866-581-3627.
January 23: The Alzheimer’s Activity Group, Power Center, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The activity group will be offered for those with Alzheimer’s disease. The staff from Emeritus Senior Living will offer appropriate activities with a fun, hands-on approach. This group meets on the fourth Monday of the month in conjunction with the Caregivers Support Group. The caregiver must attend the Caregivers Group and stay on campus during this group time. Lunch is provided by Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital. Call: 866-581-3627.
January 23: Breathing & Relaxation (Comfort Techniques for Labor), Rapides Regional Medical Center, Cascade Room, 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Taught by a certified childbirth instructor, this class will be an in-depth opportunity to practice breathing and relaxation techniques and other comfort measures for labor and delivery. The support partner/father is encouraged to attend. Bring pillows to class. Call: 877-801-8441. www.rapidesregional.com.
January 26: Muscular Dystrophy Support Group, RRMC Medical Terrace Gallery Room, 6:00pm. Meetings include guest speakers and access to staff from the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Call: (800) 644-9730.
Ongoing – March: Yoga in the Gallery, 933 Second St., Tues. 5:30-6:30p.m. and Thurs. 12-1p.m. Sponsored byAlexandriaMuseum of Art. Meet on the third floor in the Overlook Gallery twice a week. Yoga’s quiet, precise movements draw focus away from busy, chaotic days and toward reduced stress levels. Cost: 10 sessions for $60 for AMoA members, $80 for non-members or $10 drop-in rate. Call Jenny Gallant: 443-3458.
January 5, 9: Yoga Class, Power Center, 4:00pm – 5:15pm. Come join us and de-stress your life! Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. If you have other props, bring them too. Call: 1-866-581-3627. Visit: www.cabrini.org.
January 20-21: Amicus Club PRCA Rodeo 50th, Rapides Parish Coliseum, Fri. 7:30p.m., Sat. 2p.m. and 7:30p.m. Proceeds to benefit mentally handicapped and autistic children at St. Mary’s Residential Training Facility. Cost: $12 adults with children 12 and under free with coupon. Call Ann Brewer: 452-2863 or Frank Close: 448-8987.