Ongoing – March: 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 George Long of Abita Springs at the Christus Cabrini Gallery for Reflection and Healing; Works by Audrey Lowe of Forest Hill at the Cabrini Cancer Center; and Works of Ethel Dixon Studio Artists at the Rapides Regional Medical Center Gallery. Additional works will be on display at the OSMS/Cenla Urgent Care Gallery. For more information on the exhibits, visit www.artsandhealthcare.org; or Call: 769-7602.
March 2-June 2: Will Henry Stevens Exhibition, 933 Second Street, Tues.-Fri. 10a.m.-5p.m., Sat. 10a.m.-4p.m. Sponsored byAlexandriaMuseum of Art. Cost: AMoA members free and general admission all others. Call Sara: 443-3458.
March 3: “Birtrude in the Woods” Opening Reception, Arna Bontemps African American Museum, 6:00pm. Larrie King is an artist who finds excitement along the blurred lines of fine art and graphic design. Through dedication to his craft and an infallible optimism he intends to explore new levels of life, both personally and artistically. Cost: Free. Call: 473-4692.
March 3-4: Salute to Spring, Rapides Parish Coliseum Expo Hall, Sat. 10a.m.-5p.m., Sun. 11a.m.-4p.m. Sponsored byRed River Arts and Crafts Guild. Bows, children’s clothing, jewelry, ceramics, doll clothes, iron works, woodcrafts, crochet, paintings, walking canes and much more. Cost: $75 per booth vendors, admission free. Call Rita Brossette: 445-1962.
March 7-31: Youth Art Exhibit, Gallery One Ellleven. Gallery One Ellleven will celebrate Youth Art Month by hosting a Youth Art Exhibit. The exhibit will feature works from students of Northwestern State University and the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts. A reception will be held during Spring Artwalk on March 17th.
March 16: “We Still Live Here: As Nutayunean” Film Screening, Hearn Stage, Kress Theatre, 7p.m. Sponsored by Arts Council ofCentral Louisiana and Capital One Bank. Part of the Southern Circuit of Independent Filmmakers. Cost: $5. Call Roy Rosenthal: 443-4718.
March 23: Exhibit Reception, 1330 Main St., 5-7p.m. Sponsored byRiverOaksSquareArtsCenter. Exhibit featuring artists Rob Jones and Tish Fresh. Cost: Admission free. Call Rachael Dauzat: 473-2670.
March 3: Love and Loss, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, 7:30p.m. Sponsored by Rapides Symphony Orchestra. Love and loss is the connecting theme between three orchestral classics: Wagner’s “Siegfried Idyll”, Richard Strauss’ tone poem “Death and Transfiguration”, and Leonard Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances from West Side Story”. All pieces that showcase the orchestra from its most subtle beauty to its jazziest bombast. Cost: $25 adults, $15 seniors, $10 students. Call James Owens: 442-9709 ext. 2.
March 9: Chanticleer, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, 7:30p.m. Sponsored by Arts Council ofCentral Louisiana. World renowned and multi Grammy wining vocal ensemble, Chanticleer, makesAlexandria the only stop on this tour. Don’t miss it! Buy tickets now as it is sure to sell out! Cost: $25 adults, $18 seniors, $12 students. Call Roy Rosenthal: 443-4718.
March 12: Justin Merritt Band, Vernon Parish Library, 7:00pm. Sponsored by the Vernon Parish Library. Audience is limited to first 100. Cost: Free. Call: (337) 239-2027.
March 16: AMoA Acoustic Concert Series, Alexandria Museum of Art, 6:30-8:30pm. Enjoy live music in a casual coffeehouse atmosphere in our café, where various local and regional musical guests join host, John Wakefield every 3rd Thursday of the month. Call: 443-3458.
March 25: G.F. Handel’s “Messiah”, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, 2:30p.m. Sponsored by St. James Episcopal Church Concert Series. Just in time for Easter, please join the massed forces of the Rapides Symphony Orchestra, guest soloists, Red River Chorale and the Northwestern State University Chamber Choir all under the direction of Symphony Music Director, Joshua Zona, for this beloved masterpiece in its entirety. Cost: Admission free tickets required by calling the church office starting on Feb. 1st. CallSt. James Church Office: 441-2276.
March 30: DownTown Rocks, Steps of City Hall, 6p.m. Sponsored by City ofAlexandria Division of Community Services. Live music in a safe, fun environment. Cost: Admission free. Call: 449-5051.
Ongoing Tuesdays: Yoga in the Gallery, on the Red River behind theAlexandriaMuseum of Art, 5:30-6:30p.m. Sponsored by AMoA. We are pleased to announce B. Hedrick as our new Yoga instructor. Yoga Tao is an all-level opportunity incorporating spirit-mind-body techniques. Event made possible by a grant from the Rapides Foundation. Cost: Admission free. Call Jenny Gallent: 443-3458.
Ongoing-June 2: Will Henry Stevens, AlexandriaMuseum of Art, 10a.m.-5p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10a.m.-4p.m. Sat. Cost: Free to AMoA members with regular admission charged for all non-members. Call Natalie Walker: 443-3458.
March 1: Circle of Support, Christus Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room, Noon. Cancer Support Group. Call: 866-581-3627.
March 3: 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
March 3: American Heart Association’s Heart Walk, England Air Park, 9 a.m. Opening ceremonies are at 9 a.m., followed by the annual three-mile Heart Walk at 9:15. Follow the signs and join the Rapides Regional Medical Center team as it participates in this annual event. Survivors can stop by the Rapides Regional Heart Hospital “Survivor Tent” for a heart-healthy breakfast. T. Mack Granger, MD, will serve as Heart Walk chairperson. Call 769-3135.
March 3: 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.
March 3: Jellies Big and Small, TREE House Children’s Museum, 2:00pm. Join us s we discover the hypnotic beauty of these wiggly wonders of the deep. Kids will learn about jellyfish of strange varieties, those that glow and blow and when we’re done we’ll make a jellyfish of our own! www.kidtreehouse.org
March 5: 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 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. Check out our Face Book page: Bereaved Parents of Cenla! Call: 866-581-3627.
March 6: Plants of the Bible Director’s Lecture, Biedenharn Museum and Gardens, 12:00pm & 6:00pm. From the towering Cedars of Lebanon to the tiny crocus, Biedenharn Museum and Gardens’ Executive Director Ralph Calhoun will present a talk on plants of the Bible discussing some of the hundreds of plants mentioned in scripture and a few that are not. Cost: Free. Call: 318-387-5281.
March 9: Dress in Blue Day. Rapides Regional Medical Center encourages the community to wear blue today as part of the Colon Cancer Alliance’s National Dress in Blue Day activities to help commemorate March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., but if detected early, it is highly treatable. Call Rapides Regional Medical Center’s physician referral line at 1-877-801-8441 to find a physician near you.
March 10: TBIPAC Spring BBQ Throw-down & Classic Car Show, Paragon Casino Resort RV Lodge, 9a.m.-3p.m. BBQ contest: $150 entry fee for chicken, ribs, brisket and $25 entry fee for soup/gumbo, anything over rice, margaritas and sauce. Cost: Admission free. Call Amy Sampson: 240-6414.
March 10: 2nd Annual Dancing with Cenla: Entertaining for a Cause, SaiConvention Center, 5:30p.m. Sponsored by Family Playhouse. Local celebrities compete in a dance competition for charity, sit down dinner and silent auction. Cost: TBA. Call Lisa Rozas: 442-6500.
March 11: Blush and Bashful Bridal Affair, Natchitoches Events Center, 1:00pm. Door Prizes, Contests, Bridal Exhibitors Food Samples, Bridal Fashion Show, “Sneak Peak” and Grand Prize Drawing at Natchitoches’ Newest Riverfront Water Garden–Beau Jardin! Call: (318) 238-7500.
March 11: Intro to Zen Practice, Unitarian Fellowship in Alexandria, l2:00pm. A brief overview of Zen practice and instruction on seated meditation will will be presented. An open mind and comfortable clothes for sitting on floor cushions are the only requirements. Anyone who has physical limitations and cannot sit on the floor may use a chair. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 12: 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. 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.
March 12, 16, 30: Sustainable Gardening Workshop, Food Bank of Central Louisiana. Each workshop will focus on a different area of sustainable gardening. March 12th at 10:00am: Spring Planting; March 16th at 3:00pm: Homemade/Organic Fertilizers; March 30th at 10:00am: Organic Gardening on a Budget. Sponsored by the Good Food Project. Cost: Free. Call: 445-2773.
March 12: 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.
March 12: Sweet & Low Diabetes Support Group, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room, 6:00pm. This month our special guest speaker will be Carl Marks, Executive Director, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He will be speaking on Type 1 Diabetes. Everyone is welcome to attend. Call: 866-581-3627. www.cabrini.org.
March 13: 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.
March 14: 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.
March 15: Diabetes Screening Day, Cascade Room at Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital, 7:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.. The American Diabetes Association estimates there are approximately seven million people who have undiagnosed diabetes, and another 79 million who are pre-diabetic. On this day, participants will complete a short questionnaire, have their blood pressure and blood glucose measured, as well as height and weight assessments to calculate their BMI. Educational and nutritional information will also be available. No appointment is necessary. Cost: Free. Call: (318) 769-3445.
March 15: 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.
March 15: 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.
March 15: 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.
March 17: Vernon Spring Artwalk, downtown Leesville. Enjoy live music as you stroll Third Street to view the works of artists who travel from all over the state for this bi-annual event. Gallery One Ellleven will celebrate Youth Art Month with their Youth Exhibit featuring the works of students from Northwestern State University and the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts. Sponsored by the Vernon Parish Arts Council and Vernon Parish Tourism Commission.
March 17: 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.
March 17: 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.
March 17: Obsessive Dragon Art Class, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10am-Noon. In anticipation of AMoA’s annual fundraiser, the Louisiana Dragon Boat Races, families will learn to create dragon-themed images from pieces of recycled materials. Call: 443-3458.
March 17: Hard Hats and High Heels Bash, AlexandriaRiverfrontCenter, 6p.m. Sponsored by Rapides Habitat for Humanity. Featuring New Orleans Show Band Vieux Carre, silent and live auctions, keynote speaker, cash bar and dancing. Cocktails and auction preview begins at 5:30p.m. Cost: $40. Call Connie Cooper: 449-9804.
March 17: Louisiana Corn Festival Queen’s Pageant, 208 Pershing Blvd., Bunkie, 10a.m. Sponsored by Bunkie Chamber of Commerce. Children’s pageant 10a.m. and Miss, Teen Miss, Jr. Miss Divisions 4p.m. Cost: $5. Call Roxana Gauthreaux: 346-2575.
March 19: 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.
March 19: 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.
March 19: 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.
March 20: 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.
March 21: Catahoula, Concordia, LaSalle & Winn Parish Grant Writing Workshop, Centennial Cultural Center (2962 Front St., Olla), 1:00pm. The goal of the workshops is to introduce the Decentralized Arts Funding (DAF) Program, a unique grant opportunity with funds in dedicated to every parish in Louisiana. Workshops will include an overview of the DAF program, as well as basic grant writing techniques and a review of the guidelines. Representatives from the Arts Council and the Louisiana Division of the Arts will be on hand for one-on-one consultation after each workshop. Cost: Free. Call: (318) 484-4471.
March 21: Chronic Pain Seminar, Christus Cabrini Surgery Center Lobby, 6:00pm. Dr. Jeff Rapp will discuss treating chronic pain. Cost: Free. Call: 877-4PAIN50.
March 22: 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.
March 24: Art 4 the Park, West Leesville Elementary School, 7:00am – 1:00pm. Gallery One Ellleven will host Art 4 the Park, a flea market fundraiser to support Magnolia Park in Lee Hills, a subdivision of Leesville. Email: email@example.com.
March 24: Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Seminar, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room, 9 a.m. Please pre-register. Call: 866-581-3627.
March 24-25: Home & Product Show, Rapides Parish Coliseum, Sat. 10a.m.-6p.m., Sun. 12-5p.m. Sponsored by Home Builders Association ofCentral LA. Looking to build or remodel a home, come out to the annual Home and Product Show to see the new trends in the home building industry. If you would like to be a vendor go to www.hbaofcenla.com for more details. Cost: $5 adults, 12 and under free. Call Amy DeSoto: 443-1902.
March 26: 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.
March 26: 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.
March 28: Avoyelles, Grant, Rapides & Vernon Parish Grant Writing Workshop, Rapides Foundation Building, 1:00pm. The goal of the workshops is to introduce the Decentralized Arts Funding (DAF) Program, a unique grant opportunity with funds in dedicated to every parish in Louisiana. Workshops will include an overview of the DAF program, as well as basic grant writing techniques and a review of the guidelines. Representatives from the Arts Council and the Louisiana Division of the Arts will be on hand for one-on-one consultation after each workshop. Cost: Free. Call: (318) 484-4471.
March 31: Hodges Gardens Spring Fling, Hodges Gardens Park. The Friends of Hodges Gardens will hold their annual Spring Fling, featuring live music at the Lakefront Stage and visit with artists while strolling through the park. Other events include an antique car show, 5K and “the Loop” runs, food and beverage vendors, and children’s activities. Call: (318) 586-7002.
March 31: Arts & Healthcare 6th Annual Follies & Art Exhibit, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, 6:30p.m. Sponsored by Central Louisiana Arts & Healthcare, BancorpSouth and National Arts Program Foundation ofMalvern,PA. Signature event features local doctors and healthcare professionals performing onstage and presenting art in an exhibit. Master of Ceremonies is Dr. Quinn Peeper, OB/GYN and concert pianist fromNew Orleans. Cost: $10 general admission or $50 patrons to include reserved seat and reception. Call Judy Ginsburgh: 769-7602. www.artsandhealthcare.org
March 31: Natchitoches Master Gardeners 6th Annual Garden Symposium, Natchitoches Events Center. Pre-register by sending information and registration fee to: Ruth Anderson, P.O. Box 1358, Natchitoches, LA 71457. Cost: $30. Call: 318-354-2102.
April 1-May 15: Becoming Louisiana: The Path to Statehood, Kent Plantation House, time: TBA. Sponsored by Louisiana Bicentennial Commission and Kent Plantation House. Traveling exhibit telling the story of Louisiana’s path to statehood, honoring the 200th anniversary of Louisiana Statehood. Cost: Admission free. Call: 487-5998.
April 3: Community Wide Youth Job Fair,AlexandriaRiverfrontCenter, 3-6p.m. Sponsored by City ofAlexandria, Rapides Business and Career Solutions, Cenla Chamber of Commerce and other community partners. Young adults ages 16-25 can connect with local businesses, colleges and military personnel as they prepare to enter the workforce. Cost: Admission free. Call Frances Tennie: 767-6046.
April 7: HDQ Unity Park Easter Hunt, HDQUnityPark, 10a.m.-Noon. Sponsored byHorseshoeGardens, Deerfield and Quail Ridge NeighborhoodAlliance. Prizes will be given to children ages 1-13. Cost: Admission free. Call Lula Johnson: 487-4514.
April 7: Arthropods with Dr. Stumpf, 1403 3rd St., 2p.m. Sponsored by T.R.E.E. Children’s Museum. Cost: $4 per person; children under 2 free. Call Kara Edwards: 619-9394.
March 1, 5: 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.
March 6, 13, 20, 27: Yoga In The Gallery, Alexandria Museum of Art, 5:30-6:30pm. Yoga Tao with b. Hendrick every Tuesday. Sponsored by The Rapides Foundation. Cost: Free. Call: 443-3458.
March 10: 3rd Annual ALBC/LSUA Scholarship Bass Tournament, Colfax, Red River Waterway Commission Park site, 5a.m.-4p.m. Sponsored by Association of Louisiana Bass Clubs (ALBC) and LSUA. Standard team bass tournament to generate funds for an annual student scholarship for either of a Criminal Justice or Biological Sciences student beginning at least their 3rd year of study in the program. Cost: $150 for two person team/boat. Call Larry Williams: 473-6540 or 729-6341.
March 24: Freedom 5k Fundraiser For Operation Homefront-Louisiana, England Airpark, 7:30am. All proceeds will benefit Operation Homefront-Louisiana, a non-profit organization that provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors. Cost: $25 for 5k; $15 for 1 Mile. Call Kyle Liotta: (318) 466-2799 or Laura Roach: (318) 466-2854.
March 24: Cenla Derby Dames vs. Bayou Outlaw Roller Girls, Rapides Parish Coliseum, 7p.m. Sponsored by Cenla Derby Dames. 2012 season opener forAlexandria’s original women’s roller derby team. The Dames last played the Outlaws in July 2011 and came away with a winning score of 104-88. This is sure to be an interesting rematch. Get your tickets from any Dame or from the coliseum box office. Call for sponsorship opportunities. Cost: $10.00 adults, $5.00 children 6-12, under 6 free. Call Ariana Saucier: 794-0047.