Archive for April, 2015

Inaugural Mug Show, Summer Arts Studio, and Men Who Cook at River Oaks

Posted April 2015

Spring time is more than just time for cleaning at River Oaks–while the Bolton Home received a new paint job and the grounds have been tidied up for the spring activities, Executive Director Rachael Dauzat and Artistic Director Aubrey Bolen and their team have been busy preparing a national mug show, one of the two […]

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Measles: A Recurrent Threat

Posted April 2015

A recent measles outbreak, radiating throughout the U.S. from an imported case at Disney World in Anaheim, California, has captivated national attention.  As of February, 2015, there had been over 140 recorded cases, with the potential of rising considerably higher.  Although the beginning of this outbreak originated from the “Magic Kingdom”, past outbreaks began in […]

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MayFest Set for May 1st and 2nd

Posted April 2015

Music, art, crafts, food and more will be featured during the 40th Annual MayFest Arts & Crafts Festival, set for Friday and Saturday, May 1st and 2nd in the Downtown Leesville Historic District.  Sponsored by the Vernon Parish Tourism Commission, the festival has been a favorite among Vernon Parish residents and visitors alike for decades, […]

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Ready. Set. Fête.

Posted April 2015

Last year, our focus in Community Services was to help AlexRiverFete grow and gain partners who were excited about helping this Downtown festival bring people together from across Central Louisiana and beyond. Those partnerships made for a very successful festival.  This year, we look forward to an even better festival. Mark your calendars for April […]

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Alexandria Garden Club Presents a Tour of Gardens

Posted April 2015

The Alexandria Garden Club will present “A Tour of Gardens” on Sunday, April 26th from 1:00pm to 5:00 pm. This first time event offers a progressive tour in five different neighborhoods, visiting these five beautiful and decidedly different home gardens: • The lovely gardens at the Victorian home of Lea and Michael Miguez, at 2817 […]

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U.S. Air Force Musicians Coming to Alexandria

Posted April 2015

The Arts Council of Central Louisiana and Alexandria Pineville Convention and Visitors Bureau present the United States Air Force Band of the West Concert Band and Vocalists at the Alexandria Riverfront Amphitheater on Thursday, April 16th at 6:00pm.  The performance is family-friendly and open to the public.  Free tickets are available online at http://USAFAlexandria.eventbrite.com or […]

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Creole Culture Is Alive and Well

Posted April 2015

Creole Culture is very much alive and well!  People and many surviving treasures are witnesses to that fact.   Out of the oldest French settlement came a loving relationship between a Frenchman—Claude Thomas Pierre Metoyer—and a successful and beautiful former slave—Marie Thereze Coincoin. Today their descendants live across the globe making many great community contributions […]

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Baked Rice Dressing and Pork Chop Rice Casserole

Posted April 2015

With “Cochon de Lait Festival” celebrating its 41st annual celebration, I have selected a couple of recipes featuring the food focus of this Mansura (Cochon de Lait Capitale of the World) event—pork—for this issue.  At the Mother’s Day weekend fest, you will find the delicacy prepared in a variety of ways.  The first recipe featured […]

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POTUS Tax Reform: Give and Take

Posted April 2015

The February 13th Kiplinger Tax Letter highlighted our president’s tax plan. Some good, some bad, and most won’t see the light of day. Items that may find bipartisan support include increasing the ceiling on expensing assets in small businesses. Currently, the cap is $25,000 and, according to Kiplinger, the president would propose increasing the ceiling […]

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A Slice of Eternity

Posted April 2015

In a sense, the message that comes out of the Judeo-Christian tradition is not very attractive.  Fr. Richard Rohr asks, “How do you sell emptiness, vulnerability and non-success?”  The Old Testament is full of laments from the people who were captured by their enemies and taken into exile.  And the New Testament points to death […]

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