November 2014 Calendar

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Arts

 

Ongoing – November 22:  James Michalopoulos: Rapt in Color, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10a.m.-5p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10a.m.-4p.m. Sat. Captivated by scenes of New Orleans and landscapes of France, James Michalopoulos evokes the spirit of the subject through beautifully layered, textured and complex color compositions.  Cost:  $4 adults; $3 students/seniors/military; $2 youth 4-13; under 4 free.  Call Megan Valentine:  443-3458.

 

Ongoing – November 22:  27th September Competition Exhibition, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10a.m.-5p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10a.m.-4p.m. Sat.  An annual juried exhibition selected from national and international submissions highlighting contemporary art practices in all media.  Featuring original art created within the past two years, 50 artworks were selected for the exhibition by this year’s artist-juror, James Michalopoulos.  Cost:  $4 adults; $3 students/seniors/military; $2 youth 4-13; under 4 free.  Call Megan Valentine:  443-3458.

 

Ongoing – November 22:  2014 Louisiana Dragon Boat Races™ Photo Exhibition, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10a.m.-5p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10a.m.-4p.m. Sat.  Relive the spirit of the races through photographs taken by local community members capturing the action and excitement of the event!  This year’s races featured more attendees, food, elaborate costumes and entertainment – on and off the water – than ever before.  A Best in Show award will be presented for the top photo in this exhibition.   Cost:  $4 adults; $3 students/seniors/military; $2 youth 4-13; under 4 free.  Call Megan Valentine:  443-3458.

 

Ongoing – November 22:  Louisiana’s Natural Beauty:  George Rodrigue Foundation for the Arts (GRFA) 2014 Scholarship Art Competition Exhibition, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10a.m.-5p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10a.m.-4p.m. Sat.  More than 700 high school students from around Louisiana entered this year’s GRFA Art Competition with the theme “Louisiana’s Natural Beauty.”  View the works of the 16 seniors and 5 juniors that were chosen to represent the state and receive monetary scholarships.  Cost:  $4 adults; $3 students/seniors/military; $2 youth 4-13; under 4 free.  Call Megan Valentine:  443-3458.

 

Ongoing – November 29:  River Oaks Art Exhibit, River Oaks Square Arts Center, 10a.m.-2p.m. Sponsored by G.A.E.D.A. and River Oaks Square Arts Center.  Exhibit featuring artists Larry Thompson, Lynn Sanders and Ben Sally.  Opening Reception on October 17.  Cost:  Regular admission.  Call Rachael Dauzat:  473-2670.

 

November 4, 11, 18 and 25:  Adult Art Class:  Figure Drawing Series with Tony Forrest, Alexandria Museum of Art, 5:30-7:30p.m.  Participants will learn the basics of figure drawing in a 4-session monthly series at AMoA, from Tony Forrest.  Participants must be 21 years or older.  Advanced registration is required before each session.  Space is limited.  Cost:  $120 for AMoA members; $150 for non-members.  Fee includes all 4 sessions and all supplies.  Call Nancy Noles:  443-3458.

 

November 12 – December 1:  The Art of Hospice Exhibition, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10a.m.-5p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10a.m.-4p.m. Sat. The Louisiana-Mississippi Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (LMHPCO) presents Art of Hospice, an exhibition of art that exemplifies the care and dignity hospices provide in their community.  The chosen artworks will travel throughout Louisiana and Mississippi for local celebrations of hospice awareness between September 2014 and December 2015.  Cost:  $4 adults; $3 students/seniors/military; $2 youth 4-13; under 4 free.  Call Megan Valentine:  443-3458.

 

November 15:   Family Art Class:  Tripping, Flipping, Skipping Sculptures, Alexandria Museum of Art, 1-3p.m.  Participants will discuss the figurative aluminum sculptures of James Parlin from the 27th September Competition exhibition and create wire and foil sculptures that appear to be caught in motion.  This class will be full of creative movement and laughter.  Bring the whole family or just your kid at heart and enjoy this wonderful art experience.  Call to sign up.  Free AMoA member families (up to 4); $20 non-member families.  Call Cindy Blair:  443-3458.

 

November 24-25:  Holiday Art Camp, Alexandria Museum of Art, 9a.m.-Noon.  Campers ages 6-12 will use a variety of materials, found and recycled, to make a variety of games that will keep them entertained during the holiday!  Call to sign up.  Cost:  $25 AMoA member children; $50 non-member children.  Call Cindy Blair:  443-3458.

 

November 29:  Fleur de Lis Christmas Craft Market, Natchitoches Events Center, 9a.m.-4:30p.m.  Artists and craftsmen from a four state area will feature handcrafted items.  Over 100 booths will showcase jewelry, home décor woodworking, clothing, soaps, birdhouses, jellies and much more.  A Christmas shopper’s delight!  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Cheryl Gianforte:  352-6068.

 

December 2, 9, 16 and 23:  Adult Art Class:  Figure Drawing Series with Tony Forrest, Alexandria Museum of Art, 5:30-7:30p.m.  Participants will learn the basics of figure drawing in a 4-session monthly series at AMoA, from Tony Forrest.  Participants must be 21 years or older.  Advanced registration is required before each session.  Space is limited.  Cost:  $120 for AMoA members; $150 for non-members.  Fee includes all 4 sessions and all supplies.  Call Nancy Noles:  443-3458.

 

December 5:  Art Exhibit, River Oaks Square Arts Center, 5-7p.m. Sponsored by G.A.E.D.A. and River Oaks Square Arts Center. Exhibit featuring artists Steve Martin and Shelly Strange.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Rachael Dauzat:  473-2670.

 

December 5 – February 21:  Crossing Cultures:  Belle Yang, a Story of Immigration, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10a.m.-5p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10a.m.-4p.m. Sat.  Belle Yang is an author, graphic novelist and children’s book illustrator who translates her experiences as a Chinese-American immigrant into bold, powerful artworks. The exhibition features approximately 25 paintings and 8 illustrations that embrace Yang’s Asian heritage.  Cost:  $4 adults; $3 students/seniors/military; $2 youth 4-13; under 4 free.  Call Megan Valentine:  443-3458.

 

December 6:  Annual Porch Sale, River Oaks Square Arts Center, 9a.m.-3p.m.  Great opportunity to purchase unique gifts for Christmas.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Rachael Dauzat:  473-2670.

 

December 6:  Spanish Language Art Talk, Alexandria Museum of Art, 2-3:30p.m.  Have fun talking in Spanish and learning about the art of Spanish speaking cultures.  Featuring the works of a different artist every month.  Conversation, cultural exchange and fun!  Facilitated by Carlos Villaseñor Anaya (bilingual), International Consultant and expert in Cultural Development and Cultural Policy.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Jenny Gallent:  443-3458.

 

Music

 

November 13:  Abendmusik Alexandria:  Young People’s Concert, Hearn Stage, Kress Theatre, 6p.m.  Sponsored by Arts Council of Central Louisiana.  Cost:  $10 admission; $5 appetizer plate; cash bar.  Call Brandy Wills:  455-7702.

 

November 16: Strings and Things: An Afternoon Recital of Pleasant Music, Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Lecompte, 2:30pm.  The concert will feature Julie Dekeyzer, Margaret Waring, Tamera Zona and the Cantu Strings Piano Quartet.  Proceeds to benefit the New Organ Fund. Advance tickets are available at Red River Music. Cost: $15.00 adults; $10.00 students/seniors.

 

November 20:  Acoustic Concert Series, Alexandria Museum of Art, 6:30-8:30p.m.  Featuring a different guest musician each month. Live music, food and fun!  Join us on the third Thursdays for AMoA’s most popular recurring social event.  Enjoy lively conversation with friends, connect with art, listen to music hosted by John Wakefield, and snack on tasty food and drink.  Cost:  Free AMoA members; $4 non-members.  Call Amanda Guillot:  443-3458.

 

December 4:  Abendmusik Alexandria:  Popular Inspirations, Hearn Stage, Kress Theater, 6p.m.  Sponsored by Arts Council of Central Louisiana.  Cost:  $10 admission; $5 appetizer plate; cash bar.  Call Brandy Wills:  455-7702.

 

December 7:  A Calvary Christmas, Calvary Baptist Church, 5011 Jackson St., 3p.m. and 6p.m.  Calvary’s annual Christmas production presented by Calvary’s Music Ministry.  Cost:  $5 per person; seating is reserved.  Call Marlene Tompkins:  445-1426.  www.calvarynet.net/christmas

 

December 7:  Holiday Cheer, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, 2:30p.m.  Sponsored by Rapides Symphony Orchestra.  A Cenla holiday tradition with classical selections, holiday favorites and a sing-a-long to put you in the Christmas spirit.  Cost:  $25 adults; $15 seniors; $10 students.  Call James Owens:  484-4469.

 

 

Theatre

 

November 6-16:  “Twice a Slave”, Louisiana College’s Martin Performing Arts Center, 7p.m. Thur.-Sat., 2:30p.m. Sun. Sponsored by theatre louisiana college.  1758 North Carolina, born the son of a white man and a Cherokee, Joseph Willis is a slave.  With a faith molded by tragedy, he finds the courage to forgive and becomes a pioneer of faith who changes the course of Louisiana history.  Cost:  $15 adults; $10 seniors/non-LC students/ children/faculty; $5 LC students.  Call Alana Pate:  487-7495.

 

November 6-16: Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling, Fox Theatre in Marksville (111 S. Washington St.).  Shows will run nightly at 7:00pm Thursday through Saturday, with Sunday matinee performances beginning at 2:00pm. Cost: $12.00.  Call: 318-253-8105.  www.marksvillefox.com/tickets

 

November 6-9: Spectral Sisters One-Act Play Festival, Hearn Stage of the Kress Theatre.  Spectral Sisters Productions presents its 1st One Act Play Festival featuring original plays “The Anointed One” by Jim Weinzettle, “The Classical Spirit” by Bill Griffin, “They” by Doan Moran and “The Manuscript” by David Holcombe.  Performances will run nightly Thursday through Saturday at 7:30pm with the Sunday matinee beginning at 2:30pm.   Cost: $10.00.  www.spectralsisters.com

 

November 8: Spectral Sisters Productions Play Writing Workshop, Kress Theatre lobby, 1:00pm-4:30pm.  Prof. Kenneth Robbins will present a one-day playwriting workshop, open to the public.  Participants should arrive with a character in mind, including name, brief history with emphasis on what the character wants or needs, social position, education, employment, religion, relationship status, etc.  Cost: Free.  www.spectralsisters.com

 

November 13:  City Park Players Reader’s Theater Production of “The Shadow Box”, by Michael Cristofer, Alexandria Museum of Art, 6p.m.  Sponsored by AMoA, City Park Players and CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospice.  In conjunction with the Art of Hospice exhibition and the Louisiana-Mississippi Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, City Park Players will present a reader’s theater production of “The Shadow Box”, by Michael Cristofer, followed by an optional discussion led by CHRISTUS Cabrini Hospice.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Catherine Pears:  443-3458.

 

Events

 

November 6: Humana Medicare HMO Seminar, Courtyard by Marriott in Alexandria, 1:00pm.  The Medicare enrollment period runs from Oct 15th – Dec 7th . All Medicare Recipients need to make decisions about their healthcare during this time. Cost: Free.  Call Time Klein: 337-496-6565.

 

November 6: Lecompte Garden Club Standard Flower Show, Louisiana Garden Club Federation House at 1608 Water Street in Lecompte, 1:30 – 4:30pm.  Cost: Free.  E-mail: gerrycraft1205@att.net.

 

November 7:  24th Annual All Souls Memorial Service, Historic Cemetery on the grounds of Central Louisiana State Hospital, 10a.m.  Refreshments at the Rose Cottage following the service.  Refreshments provided by Compassionate Care Hospice of Alexandria and C.L.S.H. Cemetery Preservation Committee.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Chaplain Emitte Belgard:  640-6361 or The Extra Mile:  484-6575.

 

November 7, 8, 9, 14 & December 6:  P.A.W.S. Adoption Events.  P.A.W.S. will have all kind of dogs that are up for adoption. Come and meet the P.A.W.S. as well as the people that work so hard to save these animals.  November 7th-9th: Louisiana Pecan Festival. 8th: Inglewood Farms. 14th: Westside Library. December 6th: Alexandria Mall.  Call: (318) 201- PAWS. www.pawscla.org

 

November 8:  21st Annual Sugar Day Festival, Kent Plantation House, 9a.m.-5p.m.  Watch history come alive as you see how sugar was made in the mid 19th century.  Watch a real blacksmith work the forge and basket weavers, wood carvers, candle and soap makers as they show how the daily items were made instead of purchased.  Live music all day as well as a variety of handcrafted items for sale.  Food vendors and kids activities, including face painting, crafts, petting zoo, pony rides and more.  All kids’ activities are free.  Free house tours.  Come enjoy a beautiful fall day on the plantation.  Cost:  $5 adults; $3 4-12; free under 4.  Call Kent Plantation House:  487-5998.

 

November 8:  Second Saturdays at the Museum, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10a.m.-2p.m.  Featuring arts activities for families, live music, exhibition tours, Community Table and original local art.  There’s always something new to explore.  All one-of-a-kind works of art sold in the downtown Cultural Arts District are tax-free.  Support local arts at this fun community event!  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Jenny Gallent:  443-3458.

 

November 10: The Morning Widowed Persons Support Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 11:00am.  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 issponsored by Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital.  Call Becky Watkins: 448-6938.

 

November 10: Look Good…Feel Better, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Garden 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 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. Cost: Free. Call: 1-800-ACS-2345.

 

November 11: Type 1 Diabetes Support Group, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Trellis Room, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.  A new support group for Type 1 Diabetes patients and their families is being held the second Tuesday of each month. Each class will offer 30 minutes of education and 30 minutes of question and answer and discussion.  Call: (318) 769-3109.

 

November 11: Sibling Class, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s 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: $10.00 per family.  Call: 866-581-3627.

 

November 12: Diabetes Group Class, RRMC Medical Terrace Auditorium, 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.  Space is limited; please pre-register. Cost: Free.  Call: (318) 769-3106.

 

November 12: Cenla Women’s Connection Luncheon, Conference Center at the Greens, Noon.  Program features “I Can Do It Myself” presented by Dorothy Stall.  And also, “Our Favorite Things” – a silent auction and bake sale.  Admission includes salad, entrée, dessert, coffee/tea, and features.  Please RSVP.  Cost: $16.00.  Call: 318-481-7880.

 

November 13: Diabetes Head to Toe Clinic, Rapides Wound Healing Center, 7:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.  Rapides Regional Medical Center and Rapides Wound Healing Center offer a special “Head to Toe” clinic for people with diabetes. Eye screenings, foot exams, blood pressure, hemoglobin A1c tests and nutrition education will be offered to individuals diagnosed with diabetes. Appointments are required; space is limited.  Cost: Free.  Call: (318) 769-3445.

 

November 13: Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Seminar, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room, 9:00am. Please pre-register.  Call: 866-581-3627.

 

November 13: Hospitality Job Fair, Central Louisiana Business Incubator, 4:00pm – 7:00pm.  Persons interested in a career in the hospitality industry can meet with area hoteliers to discuss hiring opportunity in housekeeping, front desk, maintenance, food service and breakfast host positions.  Attendees are encouraged to bring resumes and references.  Cost: Free. Call Shanna Worth: (318) 446-5138.

 

November 14-15: Helping Hands Annual Arts & Crafts Show, Helping Hands Ministry Thrift Store, 1106 Wall Street in Lecompte, 8:00am – 4:00pm.  Visitors may shop from booths of original art, handmade items, or gently used treasures.  Food vendors offer snacks to refuel patrons as they stroll through the displays stopping to watch artists making their wares.  Author Bonita Bandaries will sign copies of her book, A Promise Kept, and the Spanish translation Una Promesa Cumplida, sell her handcrafted photo cards and specialty inspiration jewelry.

 

November 14:  National Breast Cancer Fit Event, Dillard’s Department Store, Alexandria Mall, 10a.m.-8p.m.  Sponsored by Dillard’s Department Store.  For every bra fitting purchased today, Dillard’s will donate $2 for every regular priced bra or shapewear item.  Appointments preferred and presale is available.  Refreshments will be served.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Dillard’s Lingerie Department:  445-9992 ext. 5200.

 

November 14: Hope House Wine Tasting Event, The Cottage Restaurant/Schnack’s Fine Jewelry, 6:00pm.  The event features Riedel Vinum Tasting Set compliments of Schnack’s Fine Jewelry, with all proceeds benefitting the Hope House.  Tasting will be held at the Cottage with reception to follow across the parking lot at Schnack’s.  Seating is limited.  Cost: $100 per person.  Call: 318-445-1446.

 

November 15: Prepared Childbirth Class, Rapides Regional Medical Center Terrace Gallery Room, 9:00am-2:30pm.  This one-day 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.

 

November 15: Childbirth Class, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s 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: $30.00 Call: 866-581-3627.

 

November 17: 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.

 

November 17: Breathing and Relaxation, Rapides Women’s and Children’s 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: 318-769-4440.

 

November 18: Happiest Baby on the Block, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s 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: $30.00.  Call: 866-581-36270.

 

November 19: La Leche League Meeting, Rapides Westside Regional Library Branch, 10am. La Leche League meetings emphasize the joys of breastfeeding while they inform and encourage mothers who wish to nurse their babies. Mother-to-mother support is at the heart of La Leche League: getting to know other women who have breastfed their babies can be helpful and reassuring. All mothers and mothers-to-be are welcome. Babies and children are welcome too! Cost: Free. Call Meghan: (318) 769-9386.

 

November 20:  H20 – Helping 2 Overcome Homelessness, Emmanuel Baptist Church Parking Lot, 10a.m.-Noon.  Volunteers of America Homeless Outreach Program along with other community partners provide instant, on-site services to the homeless or imminently homeless population.  Food, clothing, housing options, haircuts and medical screenings are available at no charge.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Tracey Antee:  442-8026.

 

November 20: Parkinson’s Support Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 11:00am-12:30pm.  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. Please pre-register. Call Becky Watkins: 448-6938.

 

November 20: Better Breathers Club, Rapides Health and Lifestyles Center, 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.

 

November 20: Pink Ribbon Club, Christus Cabrini Women’s Life Center, 5:30pm. This breast cancer support group is for education, advocacy and support of breast cancer patients and survivors. Wesley Watkins, an independent agent representing various insurance products.  He will be speaking on the new Louisiana requirement for insurance to cover lymphedema treatment. He will present the information along with a Q&A regarding healthcare reform rules, policies, etc. specific to breast cancer patients.  Call: 866-581-3627.

 

November 20: Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Support Group, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room, 6:00pm. Please pre-register. Call: 866-581-3627.

 

November 22-23:  Christmas Extravaganza, Kees Park, 2450 Hwy 28 E, Pineville, 9a.m.-5p.m. Sat., 11a.m.-4p.m. Sun.  Sponsored by Red River Arts & Crafts Guild.  Unique one of a kind Christmas gifts for everyone on your list.  Paintings, woodwork, pencil art, jewelry, woodcarving, stained glass, photography, purses, jams and jellies and much more!  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Donna:  443-1785.

 

November 22:  TBIPAC BBQ Throwdown & Trade Days, Paragon Casino Resort and RV Park, 10a.m.-4p.m.  Cruisin’ Southern Style Classic Car Show in valet parking lot behind McDonald’s.  Christmas Extravaganza inside Mari Center/Casino. Cost:  $175 to compete in all three meat categories; $25 ancillary categories; $40 booth set up.  Call Amy Sampson:  240-6414.

 

November 22:  Santa is Coming to Town!  Alexandria Mall, 9:30a.m.  Santa, Rudolph and a cast of costumed characters are on the way to spend a morning with you.   Tickets can be pre-purchased at the Mall office from Nov. 3-21: 8a.m.-5p.m., Mon.-Fri.  Cost:  $2, benefits the Salvation Army.  Call:  448-0227.

 

November 23:  P.A.W.S. Thanksgiving Pageant, Main Street Community Center in Pineville, 11:00am-4:00pm.  We will have all kind of dogs that are up for adoption. Come and meet the P.A.W.S. as well as the people that work so hard to save these animals. Cost: Free.  Call: (318) 201- PAWS.  www.pawscla.org

 

November 24: The Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 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 Becky Watkins: 448-6938.

 

November 24: The Alzheimer’s Activity Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 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 Becky Watkins: 448-6938.

 

November 24: Healing Hearts Christmas Memorial Tree, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Atrium, 6pm. A memorial tree sponsored by the Healing Hearts Perinatal Loss Support Group. Participants will decorate the Memory Tree. Call: 769-7569.

 

November 25: Safe Sitter Class, RRMC Education Department, 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Boys and girls, ages 11 to 13, can learn the basic skills needed to be a safe and successful babysitter. This medically-accurate, hands-on class teaches sitters how to entertain children and keep them safe, how to perform basic child-care skills, how to call for emergency help, what to do when a child chokes, how to keep themselves safe and how to start a successful babysitting business.  The class includes lunch and supplies. Class size is limited; please pre-register.  Cost: $45 per child. Call: (318) 769-3445.

 

November 30: 9th Annual Butterfly Tree Memorial Service, Alexandria Zoo, 3:00pm. This service is open to anyone in the community whose child or grandchild has died. It is a celebration of New Life as we bring our Butterfly Tree Ornaments and decorate a Christmas tree in the Butterfly Garden. Please bring an ornament with your child’s picture, dates or any other information (poems, readings, etc.) and come say the name and place the ornament on the tree. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.

 

November 30:  Frosted:  An Evening of Sweets and Treats, Atwood’s Bakery, 1125 MacArthur Dr., 4-7p.m.  Children can decorate their own gingerbread, while adults shop and sample the Atwood’s Christmas Market.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Jennifer Atwood:  445-9561.

 

December 4:  Holiday Magic Downtown, Alexander Fulton Mini Park, 5p.m.  Sponsored by the City of Alexandria Division of Community Services.  School groups, dance troupes, and Community Choirs perform as the mayor lights the park for the Christmas season.  1st Night of the 12 Nights of Christmas.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call:  449-5051.

 

December 5:  Candyland Christmas, T.R.E.E. House Children’s Museum, 1403 Third St., 5-8p.m.  Sponsored by T.R.E.E. House Children’s Museum.  Kids and families can make candy sculptures, decorate cookies, make ornaments and talk to Santa on the HAM radio.  The 2nd Night of the 12 Nights of Christmas.  Cost:  $4 per person.  Call T.R.E.E. House:  619-9394.

 

December 5, 6:  Holiday Light Safari, Alexandria Zoo, 5:30-8p.m.  Sponsored by City of Alexandria and FOTAZ.  Celebrate the holiday season with dazzling light displays and festive activities as you stroll through the Zoo, aglow with thousands of lights.  Visits with Santa and music on select evenings.  Train rides, Gift Shop and concessions available. Also December 12, 13, 19-23 and 26-28. The 19th is the 11th Night of the 12 Nights of Christmas.  On that evening Matthew Davidson Band will perform from 6-7:30p.m.  Cost:  $6 per person.  Call Zoo Office:  441-6810.

 

December 6:  An Old Fashioned Christmas, Kent Plantation House, 4-6p.m.  Sponsored by Kent Plantation House.  Christmas arts and crafts, help decorate Kent House’s tree, story- telling, vintage music and dance, visit with Papa Noel and hot chocolate and cookies.  The 3rd Night of the 12 Nights of Christmas.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Kent House:  487-5998.

 

December 7:  Live Nativity, First United Methodist Church of Alexandria, 6-8p.m.  Sponsored by First United Methodist Church of Alexandria.  Drive through the live nativity to experience a re-enactment of the Christmas story, complete with live animals, carols and candlelight.  The 4th Night of the 12 Nights of Christmas.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Church Office:  443-5696.

 

December  8 and 15:  Pet Nights with Santa, Alexandria Mall JC Penney Court, 5-7p.m.  Pet owners and their furry friends are invited to pose for a photo with Santa.  Cost:  Regular portrait fees apply.  Call:  448-0227.

 

December 8:  Holiday in the Heart of Alexandria Mall, Alexandria Mall Center Court, 6p.m.  Sponsored by Alexandria Mall.  Live theatre cast and musical performance presented by Lagniappe Theatre Co.  Light refreshments and a visit from Santa.  The 5th Night of the 12 Nights of Christmas.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call:  448-0227.

 

Sports

 

Ongoing – December 30(Tuesdays):  Yoga in the Gallery, Alexandria Museum of Art, 5:30-6:30p.m.  Yoga is offered free of charge every Tuesday at AMoA.  Yoga instructor, b. Hedrick is an ascetic Taoist yogi with fourteen years of yoga practice.  Yoga Tao is for all experience levels, incorporating spirit-mind-body techniques.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Jenny Gallent:  443-3458.

 

November 4, 11, 18, 25 & December 2: Run GDN, Spirits Food & Friends, 6:30pm.  Every Tuesday—rain or shine—meet on the patio at Spirits Food and Friends located at 1200 Texas Avenue.  Go for a run and rejoin for food and drinks.  It can be whatever you want it to be! If you want to show up every week and sign in to let us know you’re here, that is great, and we will track your participation and reward you with a free pint every 6 runs!  All paces are welcome.  E-mail Heather: heatherwillifordkrs@yahoo.com.

 

November 6-24: Yoga Classes, Cabrini Mediplex Yoga RX Room, 4:00pm – 5:15pm.  Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat.  These classes are on-going and meet every Monday and Thursday.  Call Becky Watkins: 448-6938.

 

November 12, 19 & 26: Wake Up Yoga Class, Cabrini Mediplex Yoga RX Room, 9:30am-10:30am. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a Yoga mat.  This is an on-going class and meets every Wednesday.  Call Becky Watkins: 448-6938.

 

November 16: Dash for Diabetes, Pineville Sports Complex, 2:00pm.  This is a family  5K/1 mile run/walk for people of all ages to raise awareness of diabetes and to promote the vision of the American Diabetes Association of a life free of diabetes and all of its burdens.  There will be vendors set up to discuss resources in our community that can assist with the journey of living with diabetes. Participants will receive a T-shirt. All money raised will go directly to the American Diabetes Association.  Cost: $25.  www.imathlete.com/events/dashfordiabetes2014

 

November 22:  Running Inglewood, Inglewood Farm, 6233 Old Baton Rouge Hwy, Alexandria, 9a.m.-1p.m.  Sponsored by American Heart Association and Inglewood Farm.  Run to support American Heart Association, traditional farmers market with artisan goods, organic produce and grass-fed meats.  Live music and hay rides for kids.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Stephen Reed:  442-6398.