November 2016 Calendar

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Arts

Ongoing-November: Arts & Healthcare, Inc. Exhibits. Arts & Healthcare, Inc. will feature artist Judy Wilkerson in the Cabrini Gallery for Reflection and Healing during the month of November. The Cabrini Gallery is located in the Cabrini Outpatient Center (1st floor across from Radiology). The Rapides Gallery (located in the South Tower between the lobby and the ER) will feature the art of Bobette Coughlin. Most art is available for sale. Cost: Free. www.artsandhealthcare.org

Ongoing-November 19: Tierce: Artists of Louisiana Francophone Cultures, 933 Second Street, During Museum Hours. Sponsored by Alexandria Museum of Art. This exhibition will highlight artists from each of the three French speaking cultures of Louisiana. Cost: See website for prices; www.themuseum.org. Call Megan Valentine: 318-443-3458.

Ongoing-November 19: 29th September Competition, An AMoA 4.0 Beta Exhibition, Alexandria Museum of Art, During Museum hours. Sponsored by Alexandria Museum of Art. This exhibition highlights contemporary art practices in all media. Cost: See website for prices; www.themuseum.org. Call Megan Valentine: 318-443-3458.

November 12: Adult Studio Class: Forging Fibers, Paper Making Techniques for Anyone, Alexandria Museum of Art, 1:00pm-4:00pm. Sponsored by Alexandria Museum of Art. Learn traditional yet simple paper making techniques using a variety of ‘rags’ to create a layered composition. Seating limited to 20. Cost: $50.00 for members, $70.00 for non-members. Call Nancy Noles: 318-443-3458.

November 18: Exhibit Reception & Opening, 1330 Second Street, 5:00pm-7:00pm. Sponsored by River Oaks Art Center. Regional miniature exhibit featuring solos exhibiting artist Cyndi Menton. Cost: Free and open to the public. Call Rachael Dauzat: 318-473-2670.

November 18: NUTS! Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, The Hearn Stage, 7:00pm. Sponsored by Arts Council of Central Louisiana. Directed by Penny Lane, Q & A with the director will follow the screening. This film screening is part of the 2016-2017 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. For more information, visit www.ticket-central.org. Cost: Adults $10.00, Students $8.00, Season Passes $50.00. Call Julie Prevot: 318-484-4474.

November 19: Family Class: Illustrate That, 933 Second Street, 1:00pm-3:00pm. Sponsored by Alexandria Museum of Art. Join AMoA Educator Cindy Blair for November’s family class. Families will be inspired by the work of Season Bivens, and learn to create their own storybook illustrations. Cost: Free to AMoA member families, $20 per non-member family (up to 5 members). Call Cindy Blair: 318-443-3458.

November 26: Fleur de Lis Christmas Craft Market, Natchitoches Event Center, 9:00am-4:30pm. Sponsored by Fleur de Lis Arts & Crafts. Artists & craftsmen from a 4 state area will feature handcrafted items. Over 100 booths will showcase jewelry, home décor, woodworking, clothing, soaps, jellies, rosaries and more. A Christmas shoppers delight! Cost: Free and open to the public. Call Cheryl Gianforte: 318-352-6068.

December 3: Annual Christmas Porch Sale, 1330 Second Street, 9:00am-3:00pm. Sponsored by River Oaks Art Center. Artists and craftsmen featuring artwork just in time for Christmas gift giving. Cost: Free and open to the public. Call Rachael Dauzat: 318-473-2670.

Dance

November 12: Parsons Dance, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, 7:00pm. Sponsored by Arts Council of Central Louisiana. Parsons Dance is a New York City based modern dance company, internationally renowned for and performing contemporary American dance of extraordinary artistry that is accessible to diverse audiences. Parsons Dance has been seen on PBS, Bravo, A&E and the Discovery Channel. For more information, visit www.ticket-central.org. Cost: TBA. Call Julie Prevot: 318-484-4474.

December 3: Vicki’s Dance Center Performances, Alexandria Zoo, 10:00am-12:30pm. Sponsored by Vicki’s Dance Centers. Christmas dance performances featuring children ages 2 and up. Fun, family entertainment on the Pavilion. Rain date 12/10/16. Cost: Regular Zoo admission. Call Vicki Armitage: 318-443-2623.

Music

November 3: A-Town Evenings, The Hearn Stage, 7:30pm. Sponsored by Arts Council of Central Louisiana featuring Eric Johanson & special guest vocalist Tiffany Pollack. Featuring New Orleans guitarist Eric Johanson and vocalist Tiffany Pollack. Hear jazz, blues and more in a relaxed setting while enjoying drinks and conversation. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.ticket-central.org. Cost: $15.00 per person. Call Julie Prevot: 318-484-4474.

December 4: Celebrating the Holidays with Jazz, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, 2:30pm. Sponsored by Rapides Symphony Orchestra. Featuring guest Jazz Trumpeter, Allen Vizzutti. Cost: $10.00-$25.00. Call: 318-442-9709.

Theatre

November 10-13 and 17-20: Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, Richard Gwartney Black Box Theatre, LSUA, 7:30pm, 2:30pm. Sponsored by Empty Space Players. Cost: $10.00 General Admission, $5.00 for Students and Seniors. Call Tammy Killian: 318-427-4458.

December 2-3: Christmas Cabaret, Richard Gwartney Black Box Theatre, LSUA, 7:30pm. Sponsored by Empty Space Players. Cost: $20.00 General Admission, $10.00 Students and Seniors. Call Tammy Killian: 318-427-4458.

Events

Ongoing-November 30: National Picture Book Month, All Rapides Parish library locations, During hours of operation. Sponsored by Rapides Parish Library. National picture book month arrives and our youngest customers will get the power to vote for their favorite picture book! Each library will determine the most popular picture books and then you’ll get a chance to cast your vote! Your neighborhood libraries will have other activities planned during the month too! We’ll tally up the votes and see who the winners are! Parents are encouraged to vote too! Cost: Free. Call Suzanne DeKeyzer James: 318-445-2411 x 1060.

Ongoing-November 30: No Shave November. Join Rapides Regional Medical Center as we present our third No Shave November to raise awareness of men’s health issues and to raise money to assist with the transportation needs of Rapides Cancer Center patients. Post a picture of yourself to RRMC’s Facebook page or tag it “#RapidesNoShave.” On Wednesday, November 30th, post another picture with your facial hair. That’s it. RRMC is asking all men who participate to donate $10.00 to the RRMC Auxiliary’s Cancer Fund to help patients of the Rapides Cancer Center. To donate, go to rapidesregional.com, look for the No Shave November banner, and click on a link to the Central Louisiana Community Foundation’s giving page. A link may also be found on Rapides Regional Medical Center’s Facebook page.

November 4: Color Me Happy Adult Coloring, Boyce Branch Library, 4:00pm-6:00pm. We supply the music, the coloring supplies, or for the coloring devotee you can bring your own supplies. What better way to relax and have some fun? Bring a friend and release your inner peace. Cost: Free. Call: 318-793-2182. www.rpl.org

November 5: Breastfeeding Class, RRMC Medical Terrace Gallery Room, 9:00am-3:00pm. Intended for women wanting to breastfeed their infants, this one-day 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. Lunch is included. Please pre-register. Call: 318-769-3445.

November 5, 12 & 26: Beginners Knitting Class, Boyce Branch Library, 9:00am-10:00am. Knit one, perl two…Beginning knitting classes for adults who would like to learn how to knit. It’s a relaxing hobby that anyone can master with a little patience. Ms. Lynn breaks down the craft you in this series of classes. Classes are limited to 5 participants; pre-registration is required. Sign up now! Cost: Free. Call: 318-793-2182. www.rpl.org

November 5: What Day Is It?, Robertson Branch Library, 9:00am-6:00pm. From quotes and famous lines guess what day it is we’re celebrating! We’ll give you a wee hint, but you’ll have to research and find out for yourself to win a prize fit for a lord or lady! Cost: Free. Call: 318-640-3098. www.rpl.org

November 5: Author Talks: Curt Iles, Johnson Branch Library, 10:30am-11:30am. Local Louisiana author, Curt Iles is on hand to discuss his book, Christmas Jelly, a collection of delicious stories of Louisiana. Iles will have signed copies of his novels for sale. This event is sponsored by the Lecompte Friends of the Library. Cost: Free. Call: 318-776-5153. www.rpl.org

November 5: Tunica-Biloxi Tribe Story Time, Tunica-Biloxi CERC Library, 11:00am. “Story Time” offers engaging activities highlighting the Tunica-Biloxi culture, including bilingual songs, popular children’s books, finger-play and free-play with puppets and props, rhymes, dances, games, crafts and more. Hosted by LCRP language and cultural lifeways instructors Donna Pierite and Elisabeth Mora. Cost: Free. Call: 318-240-6412.

November 5 & 12: Scouting for Food, Neighborhoods in Alexandria area, Saturday mornings. Sponsored by Louisiana Purchase Council & Boy Scouts of America. Boy and Girl Scouts will place bags on porches on Saturday, November 5 for residents to fill with canned goods and place on their porches. On Saturday, November 12 food will be taken to the Food Bank of Central Louisiana for individuals in need in the area. Cost: Free. Call Shane Cooley: 318-325-4634.

November 7: Bereaved Parents Support Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 6:00pm-7:00pm. Please note our new time! This is an on-going support group for parents and grandparents whose child has died. Bereaved Parents Support Group has trained outreach volunteers who are available to the newly grieving parent or grandparent. Check out our Facebook page: Bereaved Parents of Cenla. This group is sponsored by Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital and meets on the first Monday of every month. Pre-registration is required. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.

November 7: Suicide Loss Support Group, Cabrini Mediplex Kincaid Room, 6:00pm-7:00pm. This is an on-going group for anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide. Facilitator is Lynn Davis-Clark. Please pre-register. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.

November 9: Diabetes Group Class, Rapides Regional Medical Center 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. Please pre-register; space is limited. Call: 318-769-3445.

November 9: Cenla Women’s Connection Luncheon, Conference Center at the Greens, 12:00pm. Presenting Sugar & Spice and Everything Nice featuring Ruth Shoup and Theresa Dunn. Enjoy tasty treats, sweet music and a heartwarming personal story. Reservations required Friday, November 4th. Cost: $16.00. Call 318-481-7880.

November 9: Child Safety Seat Check, Rapides Regional Medical Center Medical Terrace driveway, 2:00pm-5:00pm. A trained child passenger safety educator will take a look at your car seats, make sure they are not under recall, make sure the seat is installed properly and show you how to correctly install the car seat. The car seat check process takes between 15-25 minutes, depending on how many car seats are in the vehicle. The seat checks normally are held the second Wednesday of each month. Cost: Free.

November 9: Community Financial Literacy Workshop, Westside Regional Library, 6:00pm-8:00pm. We’ll help teach you important skills you need to be financially successful! Don’t stress about dinner—we’ll be serving jambalaya and soft drinks! To top it off, all attendees will be entered to win one of (2) $50 Visa Gift Card Pelican Prize Packs! Cost: Free.

November 10: National Sundae Day, Johnson Branch Library, 3:30pm-4:30pm. Use your library card and computer access to solve the clues associated with National Sundae Day! Once you’ve answered the questions with your sources, dig into a super sundae delight! Cost: Free. Call: 318-776-5153. www.rpl.org

November 10: Crayons, Take Me Away, Rapides Main Library, 4:00pm-6:00pm. Who says coloring is for kids? We don’t think so and to prove it, we’re having an adult social gathering where we’ll do some coloring, listen to some music and have a light snack. Unwind after a long day or join us for the fun of it. Stop by and create! Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 ext 1036. www.rpl.org

November 10: Decades of Women, The Holiday Inn Downtown, 6:00pm. Sponsored by YWCA of Alexandria-Pineville. Call YWCA: 318-442-3397.

November 10: Suicide Survivor Support Group, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Cascade Room, 6:30pm. This group is open to anyone who needs support and has lost a loved one to suicide. It could include parents, siblings, children, spouse, friends or coworkers. The group meets the second Thursday of each month. Cost: Free. Call: 318-312-7970.

November 11: Minecraft Parent’s Night Out, T.R.E.E. House Children’s Museum, 6:00pm-9:00pm. Re-registration required, must register by November 9th. Cost: $20.00. Call Marissa Sonnier: 318-619-9394.

November 12: Cane River Creole National Historical Park Fall Bike Ride, Oakland Plantation, 9:00am. Join us for a healthy way to learn about the special history along Cane River. We will bike from Oakland Plantation to Cherokee Plantation. The park will provide bikes, helmets and water. Reservations are required. Call Ranger Tim: 318-356-8441.

November 12: Prepared Childbirth Class, RRMC Medical Terrace Gallery Room, 9:00am-2:00pm. 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. Please pre-register. Call: 318-769-3445.

November 12: Gobble-Gobble Turkey Time, Robertson Branch Library, 10:00am-11:00am. Fall into a fabulously festive season and get the kids into theThanksgiving spirit! We create adorable turkey crafts to get everyone into the holiday season. All supplies are provided and we encourage you to pre-register to assure there are plenty of supplies on hand for everyone. Cost: Free. Call: 318-640-3098. www.rpl.org

November 12: Retirement & Taxes: What You Need To Know, Robertson Branch Library, 1:00pm-2:30pm. Financial representative Jean Holliday will be on hand to talk about retirement and discuss the tax requirements that come with it. Cost: Free. Call: 318-640-3098. www.rpl.org

November 12: The Muse Luminary Workshop, Alexandria Museum of Art, 2:00pm-4:00pm. Teens will create fanciful Holiday themed luminaries for Winter Fete by casting objects in packing tape for the Winter Fete Illuminated Procession. Instructed by Cindy Blair. Class is limited to 20 participants. Call: 318-443-3458.

November 12: Expand Your Mind & Talent: Cinnamon/Applesauce Christmas Ornaments, Martin Branch Library, 2:30pm-4:00pm. With just cinnamon and applesauce, we create Christmas ornaments that will ring in the season with the tantalizing aroma of Christmas! Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-7575. www.rpl.org

November 14: Master Craft Holiday Table Creations, Rapides Main Library, 10:30am-12:00pm. Adults come make a beautiful centerpiece for your holiday table decorations. Space is limited. Don’t miss out; pre-registration is required. Cost: Free. Call Faith Johnson: 318-445-2411 x1036. www.rpl.org

November 14: The Good Mourning Widowed 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 Mourning Widowed Support Group meets on the second Monday of each month and is sponsored by Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital. Check out our Facebook page: Widows and Widowers of Central La. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.

November 14: Look Good…Feel Better, Rapides Cancer Center, 11:30am-1:30pm. 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: 337-433-5131.

November 14: Breathing & Relaxation Class, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Cascade Room, 6:30pm-8:30pm. 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: 318-769-3445.

November 14: Zumba!, Gunter Branch Library, 6:30pm-7:30pm. Stephanie Waterman arrives with the fun fluid moves of Zumba! The dance fitness routine is a great way to get your aerobic exercise and it feels just like dancing! Wear comfortable clothing and comfortable shoes. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-7259. www.rpl.org

November 15: America Recycles: Keep Cenla Beautiful, Alexandria Zoo. Save the date for an educational recycling day. “In the end, We will Conserve only what we love, We will love only what we Understand, ,And We will understand only what we are taught.” -Baba Dioum, African Ecologist. E-mail Mary Ann Reddoch: healthyplanet71409@yahoo.com. www.kab.org

November 15: Adults Fun Zone, King Branch Library, 12:00pm-1:30pm. Get into your summer experience with your neighborhood library! We’ll enjoy board games (new and familiar favs!) Something new every time we meet! BINGO, movies, trivia games and more. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-3912. www.rpl.org

November 15: Forever Young Crafts: Upcycled Christmas Trees, Martin Branch Library, 2:30pm-4:00pm. We create with a recycled book a Christmas Tree centerpiece. With a few simple folds create a Christmas tree you can embellish and call your own! Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-7575. www.rpl.org

November 15: Talent Consortium: Indie Authors/Writers/Poets/Designers Edition, Rapides Main Library, 5:30pm-6:30pm. The library is hosting the first of many networking opportunities connecting talented individuals toward the goal of preparing their work for publication. Artist or illustrator looking for designing projects? Writer looking for a proof-reader? Need help with research? The Talent Consortium is the place to start! The first edition will gather interested authors, writers, designers, researchers, artists for discussions and networking opportunities. Other editions will focus on other artistic media. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1036. www.rpl.org

November 15: Hope House Wine Tasting Event, Schnack’s Fine Jewelry, 6:00pm. Sponsored by Hope House of Central Louisiana and Schnack’s Fine Jewelry. Cost: $100. Call Schnack’s Fine Jewelry: 318-445-1446.

November 17: Colorectal Cancer Education and Screening, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Cascade Room, 7:30am-9:00am. This event is open to the public and will give attendees a chance to learn more about the risk factors, signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer. Information will be provided by a dietitian, registered nurse and oncological trained surgeon. Plus, free screening kits will be given to attendees who are uninsured and who fall within the recommended screening age. Breakfast will be provided. Please pre-register. Cost: Free. Call: 318-769-3445.

November 17: Great American Smokeout, RRMC Main Lobby, 10:00am-1:00pm. Join Rapides Regional Medical Center as we encourage smoking cessation. Visit the information table and talk to registered nurses about resources available to quit smoking.

November 17: 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. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.

November 17: Create Sparkly Crystal Ornaments, Johnson Branch Library, 3:30pm-4:30pm. We’ll dazzle you with chemistry and create stellar decorations using a Borax solution. It is a perfect union of science and sparkle! Cost: Free. Call: 318-776-5153. www.rpl.org

November 17: 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: 337-234-0088.

November 19: CPR Class, 1831 Turner Street, 9:00am. Sponsored by YWCA of Alexandria-Pineville. Cost: See website, www.ywcaalex.org. Call YWCA: 445-8880.

November 19: Neal Bertrand Presents: Dad’s War Photos, Johnson Branch Library, 10:30am-4:30pm. Author Neal Bertrand discusses his latest book, Dad’s War Photos: Adventure in the South Pacific. While stationed in the South Pacific during WWII, Curtis Bertrand took photographs everywhere he went, leaving a picture “breadcrumb trail” of over 600 photographs. Included are portions of his battalion’s official military record or “journal” which add the adventure to the photos. The pictures, the captions he wrote on the back and the journal all helped Bertrand trace his father’s steps from home, to boot camp, to war and back home. Cost: Free. Call: 318-776-5153. www.rpl.org

November 19: Family Class: Print Making Like Pavy, Alexandria Museum of Art, 1:00pm-3:00pm. Join AMOA Educator Cindy Blair for Novembers Family Class. Families will be inspired by the work of Francis Pavy, and learn to create their own multi-layered, prints, using printmaking techniques inspired by Pavy. Cost: Free (AMoA Members); $20.00 (Non-member Family of up to 5). Call: 318-443-3458.

November 19: Main Movie Mania: Finding Dory, Rapides Main Library, 1:00pm-3:00pm. Join us to watch the newly released movie Finding Dory. This is the sequel to Pixar’s 2013 smash hit Finding Nemo. Don’t miss out on the fun. Snacks and drinks provided. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411. www.rpl.org

November 19: The Muse Printmaking Workshop, Alexandria Museum of Art, 3:00pm-5:00pm. Participants will learn printmaking techniques and create colorful artwork inspired by artists, Frances Pavy. Instructed by Cindy Blair. Open to ages 13 to 21. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458.

November 21: Indian Tipi: Thanksgiving is Not Just Turkeys, Robertson Branch Library, 10:00am-11:00am. Native Americans were an important part of the earliest Thanksgiving celebrations. Come and create an Indian Tipi to add to your holiday decorations. Cost: Free. Call: 318-640-3098. www.rpl.org

November 21: Cancer Survivor’s Support Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 11:00am. This group meets on the third Monday of each month and is open to who has been diagnosed with cancer and their family/caregiver. We offer educational handouts and programs plus a chance to share your story with others. Sponsored by Christus St. Frances Cabrini. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938 or Debbie Guy: 318-466-6074.

November 21: Pancake Cooking Class, King Branch Library, 2:00pm-3:00pm. Pancakes anyone? Children, teens and tweens are invited to participate in a fun yummy cooking class. We’ll stir up some quick, easy and delicious. All materials are provided. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-3912. www.rpl.org

November 22: Teen Craft: Kawaii Paper Craft, Gunter Branch Library, 2:00pm-3:30pm. Cuteness Squared! We learn to make super kawaii (or “cute” in Japanese) cubees and other folding paper crafts. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-7259. www.rpl.org

November 22: Nature’s Treasures: A Wreath of Time, Johnson Branch Library, 2:00pm-3:30pm. We enjoy the beautiful colors of autumn and create a wreath from nature’s glorious treasures! Cost: Free. Call: 318-776-5153. www.rpl.org

November 23: Turkey Bowl, Four Seasons Bowling Center, 11:00am-8:00pm. Sponsored by Central Louisiana Homeless Coalition. Join the Four Seasons Bowling Center as we give back to our community by helping the Homeless Coalition. Bring in a blanket or coat and get a free game of bowling. Shoe rental is not included. Come hungry because 20% of food sales go to the Homeless Coalition. Call Brandy Wills: 662-588-0478.

November 24: HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

November 27: Butterfly Tree Memorial Service, Alexandria Zoo Butterfly Garden, 2:00pm-3:00pm. This event is for the entire family in honor of children of any age who have died too soon. Come and join us for a special service and bring a butterfly ornament with your child’s name, picture, dates and anything you want to say. Be sure the ornament is waterproof because the tree stays up until January. You will have a chance to say your child or grandchild’s name before you place the ornament on the tree. This event is sponsored by Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital and Bereaved Parents Support Group. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.

November 28: The Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 11:00am – 12:30pm. 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: 318-448-6938.

November 28: The Alzheimer’s Activity Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 11:00am – 12:30pm. The activity group will be offered for those with Alzheimer’s disease. The staff from Brookdale 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: 318-448-6938.

November 29: Tupperware BINGO, Westside Regional Library, 5:30pm-7:30pm. We’re having a Tupperware BINGO night and you’re invited! We’ll have an evening of BINGO games, with a variety of BINGO plays like layer cake, frame-up and more! All the prizes will be Tupperware! There will be refreshments for our BINGO players. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483. www.rpl.org

November 29: Healing Hearts Christmas Memorial Tree Decoration, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Atrium, 6:00pm. A memorial tree sponsored by the Healing Hearts Perinatal Loss Support Group. Participants will have the opportunity to make two ornaments, one to decorate the Memory Tree, and one to bring home. Call: 318-769-7569.

December 1: Transitions: A Grief Support Group, Westside Regional Library, 10:30am. Sponsored by St. Joseph Hospice. Cost: Free. Call: 318-561-0100.

December 1-3: Winterfete, Downtown Alexandria, Sponsored by the City of Alexandria. Enjoy school groups, dance troupes, and community choirs perform as the Mayor lights Downtown Alexandria for the Christmas season on December 1st, also ice skating, fireworks, snow, music and much more! The1st is the 1st Night of the 12 Nights of Christmas. Cost: Free. Call Division of Community Services: 318-449-5225.

December 2: Candyland Christmas: Gumdrop Mountains, 1403 Third Street, 6:00pm-8:00pm. Sponsored by T.R.E.E. House Children’s Museum. Join us to decorate cookies, make Christmas crafts, play games, write a letter to Santa and play in the museum. The 2nd Night of the 12 Nights of Christmas. Cost: $4.00. Call Kara Edwards: 318-619-9394.

December 2-3, 9-10, & 16-23: Holiday Light Safari, Alexandria Zoo, 5:30pm-8:00pm. Sponsored by City of Alexandria and Friends of the Alexandria Zoo. See the zoo in a different light this holiday season. Create wonderful holiday memories while strolling through the zoo, glistening with hundreds of thousands of lights and “wild animal theme” light displays. Also features train rides, Santa, activities for children, entertainment on select evenings and photo ops. The 18th is the 12th night of the 12 Nights of Christmas. Cost: $7. Call Lee Ann Whitt: 441-6810.

December 4: Christmas in Cenla, Pineville High School, 6:30pm. Sponsored by First Baptist Church of Pineville, Kingsville Baptist Church and Alpine First Baptist Church. Enjoy community choirs from surrounding churches perform. The 3rd Night of the 12 Nights of Christmas. Cost: Free. Call Chris Turner: 290-4176.

December 3-4: Gem and Mineral Show, W. LA Forestry Festival Hall, Nolan Trace Hwy 8 W in Leesville, Saturday, 9:00am-5:00pm, and Sunday 10:00am-4:00pm. Sponsored by The Central Louisiana Gem and Mineral Society. Dealers from Louisiana and throughout the South will exhibit and sell gemstones, cabochons, minerals, artifacts and fossils, as well as demonstrate gemstone cutting, cabochon cutting, beading, arrowhead knapping and wire wrapping. Cost: $2.00 donation is requested, children 12 and under free. Call Adam Valin or Bridget and Jim Marler: 337-585-3693 or 318-443-5184.

Sports

Ongoing-November: Yoga Classes, Cabrini Mediplex Yoga RX Room, 4:00pm-5:15pm. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. Come make new friends, get flexible and enjoy the health benefits of Yoga! These classes meet every Monday and Thursday. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.

November 9, 16, 23, 30 & December 7: 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: 318-448-6938.

November 11-12: The First Tee Open House and Tournament, Timber Trails Family Golf Center. The Open House event will feature special activities planned for educators and volunteers as well as for the youth. The mission of The First Tee – Central Louisiana is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life enhancing values and provide healthy choices through the game of golf. Call Mary Ann Reddoch: 318-277-0545.

November 12: LSUA Men’s Basketball vs Southern-New Orleans, LSUA Campus, 3:00pm. Call Larry Cordaro: 318-619-2968.

November 12: Girls on the Run Central Louisiana 5K, Downtown Alexandria/Fulton Mini-Park, 8:00am. Sponsored by YWCA of Alexandria-Pineville. Call Ali Taylor: 318-442-3397.

November 12: 4th Annual Running Inglewood 5K, 6233 Old Baton Rouge Hwy., 9:00am-1:00pm. Sponsored by Inglewood Farm. Enjoy a 5K run around the beautiful and historic Inglewood Plantation. All proceeds of the run will help to feed families in need. Kid’s fun run and activities, horse & wagon rides and live music. Full farmers’ market and hot food! Cost: Admission free to market, minimal registration fee. Call Stephen Reed: 318-442-6398.

November 15: LSUA Men’s Basketball vs Dillard, LSUA Campus, 7:00pm. Call Larry Cordaro: 318-619-2968.

November 29: LSUA Men’s Basketball vs Xavier, LSUA Campus, 7:00pm. Call Larry Cordaro: 318-619-2968.

December 14: LSUA Men’s Basketball vs LSUS, LSUA Campus, 7:00pm. Call Larry Cordaro: 318-619-2968.