Ongoing-September: Arts & Healthcare, Inc. Exhibits. The Christus Cabrini Gallery (Cabrini Outpatient Center, 1st floor across from Radiology) will feature the varied artistic talents of Earnest Green. The Rapides Art Gallery (Rapides Regional Medical Center, South Tower between ER and lobby) will feature graphite drawings of famous people including Elvis, Prince and Drew Brees and some oil paintings. Most art is for sale with a portion of the proceeds going to continue healing arts programs in our local hospitals. Cost: Free. Call: 318-769-7602. www.artsandhealthcare.org
Ongoing-September 22: 30th September Competition Juried Exhibition, Alexandria Museum of Art, Museum hours. The 30th September Competition is an annual juried exhibition highlighting the work of contemporary artists in all media and styles created within the past two years, juried by Mark Tullos. Cost: Regular Museum Admission. Call Megan Valentine: 318-443-3458. www.themuseum.org
September 9: 8th Annual Gallery One Ellleven National Competition, Gallery One Ellleven, 6:30pm. This year’s competition received 108 entries from across Louisiana and four other states, a record for the show. The quality of work was outstanding, and the Juror, Larry King, expressed the difficulty in paring this down to a cohesive exhibit. He will be on hand at the reception to discuss everyone’s work one-on-one with the artists.
September 22: Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Films Presents Pushing Dead, Hearn Stage at the Kress Theatre, 7:00pm. Sponsored by Arts Council of Central Louisiana. “Pushing Dead” follows Dan, a struggling writer who has been HIV-positive for over 20 years. Dropped from his insurance plan, can he take on a bureaucracy or come up with $3,000 each month to buy his meds on his own? Q&A with the filmmaker will follow. Cost: $10.00 adults; $8.00 students. Call Julie Prevot: (318) 484-4474.
October 2: 8th Annual Paint Pink Art Exhibit Opening. An opening reception will be held at the Rapides Gallery (located in the South Tower between the ER and the lobby) at 10:00am and at the Cabrini Gallery (located in the Cabrini Outpatient Center on the 1st Floor across from Radiology) at 1:00pm. The exhibit will feature art work by several dozen local artists and will up until October 29th. All proceeds from the sale of art at this exhibit go to continue art programs at our local Cancer Centers. Cost: Free. Call: 318-769-7602.
September 16: Summer Showcase for Team Maddox, Kress Theatre in Alexandria, 7:00pm. Dance Showcase hosted by Desert Sky Dance Company to benefit 4-year-old Maddox Sasser who has Spastic Quadriplegia Cerebral Palsy. Proceeds will help his family with the costs for a 3-week intensive therapy program in Los Angeles, California. Cost: $15.00.
September 22: Justin Moore in Concert, Paragon Casino Resort Mari Center, 8:00pm. Justin Moore has recorded four studio albums. His last three albums all reached the number one spot on the U.S. country charts, including his most recent, “Kinda Don’t Care,” which he released in the fall of 2016. Moore has gone on to win awards such as the 2011 Inspirational Country Music Award and the Academy of Country Music Award for New Artist of the Year. Cost: $70.00+. Call: 800-946-1946.
September 28: Les Fest, Alexandria Zoo, 6:30pm. Sponsored by City of Alexandria and FOTAZ. Cajun Bluesman Tab Benoit will take the stage for an unforgettable night of superb music. Local restaurants and caters are cooking up a menu featuring savory and sweet options available for purchase. Cost: $30.00. Call Lee Ann Whitt: 318-441-6810.
September 16: Star of the Show Talent Competition, Marksville Fox Theatre, 2:00pm. Cost: 10.00. www.marksvillefox.com
September 8-9: 2017 Orchid Kickoff, Kees Park Community Center. The La Orchid Society presents its annual show and sale. The show will open from 2:00pm to 5:00pm on Friday and from 8:00am until 4:00pm on Saturday.
September 8: Pressure Cooking 101, Rapides Parish Extension Office, 12:00pm-1:00pm. Do you remember your mother or grandmother cooking in her pressure cooker years ago? They have come a long way since then! Join LSU AgCenter’s Nutrition Agent, Quincy Cheek-Vidrine in exploring the latest, greatest technology in pressure cookers. Call Rapides Parish Extension Office: 318-767-3968.
September 9: Main Movie Mania Presents Pete’s Dragon, Rapides Main Library, 1:00pm-3:00pm. Mr. Meacham, a woodcarver, delights local children with stories of a mysterious dragon that lives deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. His daughter Grace believes these are just tall tales, until she meets Pete, a 10-year-old orphan who says he lives in the woods with a giant, friendly dragon. With help from a young girl named Natalie, Grace sets out to investigate if this fantastic claim can be true. Refreshments will be served. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x1036. www.rpl.org
September 11: Art of Life Series, Rapides Main Library, 10:00am-12:00pm. We explore our creativity in this series, where we create, imagine, and transform ourselves through art. Registration is required, space is limited. Sponsored by Amerigroup. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x1036. www.rpl.org
September 11: Good Mourning Widowed Support Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 11:00am-12:00pm. This is an ongoing 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 those who are newly grieving. The Mourning Widowed Support Group meets on the second Monday of each month. Check our Face Book page: Widows and Widowers of Central La. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.
September 11: Bereaved Parents Support Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 6:00pm-7:00pm. 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. This group is sponsored by Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital and meets on the first Monday of every month. We meet the 2nd Monday this month because of Labor Day. Pre-registration is required. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.
September 11: DIY Fall Leaf Bowl with Shannon, Gunter Branch Library, 6:30pm-8:00pm. Shannon shows you how to create a stunning fall leaf bowl. With Modge Podge and colorful autumn leaves Shannon will show you how to create a container for potpourri, or a great way to add a spark of fall to your table or kitchen counter. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-7259. www.rpl.org
September 12: Pressure Cooking 101, Rapides Parish Extension Office, 5:30pm-7:30pm. Do you remember your mother or grandmother cooking in her pressure cooker years ago? They have come a long way since then! Join LSU AgCenter’s Nutrition Agent, Quincy Cheek-Vidrine in exploring the latest, greatest technology in pressure cookers. Call Rapides Parish Extension Office: 318-767-3968.
September 12: The Vietnam War, a film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick, Alexandria VA Health Care System Auditorium, 6:00pm. In addition to the screening, LPB would also like to record oral histories from Vietnam Veterans that same day. Oral histories from Vietnam War veterans will be gathered in the Serenity Room from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Cost: Free. Call: 225-767-4204 or 800-272-8161 ext 4204.
September 13: Miracle Jeans Day, 8:00am-5:00pm. Sponsored by CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital- Children’s Miracle Network. Miracle Jeans Day gives companies, organizations, schools and individuals an opportunity to come together in a casual way to support the Children’s Miracle Network at Cabrini Hospital just by wearing jeans to work or school. Cost: $5.00. Call CHRISTUS Cabrini Foundation: (318) 448-6580.
September 13: Diabetes Group Class, RRMC Medical Terrace Auditorium, 9:00am-12:00pm. 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: 318-769-4440.
September 13: Child Safety Seat Check, RRMC 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. Cost: Free.
September 13: Estate Planning Seminar, Boyce Branch Library, 4:30pm. Learn why estate planning is an important topic for everyone. Attorney George Fine discusses power of attorney, wills, and trusts. Cost: Free. Call: 318-793-2182. www.rpl.org
September 14-16: Friends of the Johnson Branch Library Annual Book Sale, Johnson Branch Library. Clear some space in your own home library and get ready for the Johnson Branch Annual Book Sale. It’s 3-days of a variety of books for children, adults, and teens. There will be DVDs, CDs, fiction, non-fiction, magazines, and more! Times vary. Cost: Free. Call: 318-776-5153. www.rpl.org
September 14: Old School Game Day, Robertson Branch Library, 12:00pm-2:00pm. Come in anytime between noon and 2:00pm for Old School Games! We’ll have a variety of vintage board games to challenge you. Bring a friend or join others for an afternoon of games! Cost: Free. Call: 318-640-3098. www.rpl.org
September 14: Crayons, Take Me Away, Rapides Main Library, 4:00pm-6:00pm. 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 x1036. www.rpl.org
September 14: Main Book Club Indie Author Talks, Rapides Main Library, 6:00pm-7:30pm. Suzanne DeKeyzer James discusses the fantasy novel “The Gateway” the first in the series. James will discuss the process of writing the story, and then using all her skill sets to producing the artwork, creating the book trailers for the novels, creating the website, and marketing materials for “The Gateway”, and “The Stone Harp” and “The Ballencoo Arch” (in production). Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x1036. www.rpl.org
September 16: Prepared Childbirth Class, RRMC Medical 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. Please pre-register. Call: 318-769-3445.
September 16: Lip Sync Battle, Holiday Inn Downtown, 6:30pm-10:00pm. Sponsored by Montessori Educational Center. Open to the public. Lip Sync Battle puts Cenla’s brightest lip sync contestants against one another in a wig-wearing homage to hits spanning the decades. There will also be a silent and live auction for added fun. Cash bar available. Cost: $40.00. Call Montessori Educational Center: (318) 445-0138.
September 17: Grillin & Chillin, Spirits Food & Friends, 3:00pm-6:00pm. The event will feature gourmet burgers, silent auction and plenty of chillin out on the patio. Only 200 tickets will be sold, so get yours early! Proceeds to benefit the Central Louisiana Homeless Coalition. Cost: $50.00. Call: 318-443-0500. www.cenlahomeless.org
September 18: Breathing and Relaxation, 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. Please pre-register. Call: 318-769-4440.
September 19: Healthy Family Meals with Pressure Cookers, Grant Parish Courthouse Police Jury Meeting Room, 11:00am. Do you remember your mother or grandmother cooking in her pressure cooker years ago? They have come a long way since then! Join LSU AgCenter’s Nutrition Agent, Quincy Cheek-Vidrine in exploring the latest, greatest technology in pressure cookers. Seating is limited. Pre-registration is required and includes food tasting. Cost: $6.00. Call: 318-627-3675.
September 19: Master Craft Series Plaster of Paris Flowers, Rapides Main Library, 1:00pm-3:00pm. Using silk flowers and an inexpensive art medium, plaster of Paris, we transform the ordinary into the extraordinary! No two plaster flowers will be the same. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x1036. www.rpl.org
September 19: DIY Earring Holder Craft, Martin Branch Library, 2:30pm-4:00pm. We’ll take ordinary craft sticks and create a way to keep your earrings together and organized. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-7575. www.rpl.org
September 20: Cenla Women’s Connection Luncheon, Conference Center at the Greens, 12:00pm. Dawn Reeves will present “Confessions of a Drama Queen”. Admission includes a delicious lunch and an inspirational message. Please pre-register by Friday, September 15th. Cost: $16.00. Call: 318-481-7880 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 21: Homeschool Art Class, Gunter Branch Library, 9:00am-10:00am. Express your inner joy with all the colors of the world! Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-7259. www.rpl.org
September 21: As Young As You Feel Day, Rapides Main Library, 10:00am-12:30pm. Participants age 50 and up will have a wonderful time playing games of the past and present. Do not miss out on the fun! A light lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is required. Sponsored by Amerigroup. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x1036. www.rpl.org
September 21: Parkinson’s Support Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 11:00am-12:30pm. This group meets monthly 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. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.
September 21: Book Tasting Event, King Branch Library, 4:00pm. Judge for yourself – worth the read or should you pass it up for something you can sink your teeth in to? “Not quite rock star, but it was close!” We’re sampling books join us for a bite! “It was sweet, ripe, and juicy and kept me turning pages until the very end!” Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-3912. www.rpl.org
September 21- 23: Fresh Fire Fall Revival, 4510 3rd Street, 7:00pm. Sponsored by Calvary Tabernacle of Alexandria. Join Pastor John Russell, Minister Myron Wydeman, Jr. from Atlanta and other special guests. Be prepared to praise and worship the Lord. Cost: Free. Call: (318) 443-5959.
September 22: Mangia Italiano! Spaghetti Cook-Off, King Branch Library, 4:30pm-5:30pm. Whether it’s Spaghetti Carbonara or traditional Spaghetti with meatballs in a sweet basil tomato sauce—w \e want you to prepare your best Spaghetti dish and share and swap recipes! Judges will name the winner and a prize awarded. Cost: Free. Call: 318-748-4848. www.rpl.org
September 23: Pete’s Dragon Movie Matinee, Robertson Branch Library, 1:00pm-2:45pm. Mr. Meacham, a woodcarver, delights local children with stories of a mysterious dragon that lives deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. His daughter Grace believes these are just tall tales, until she meets Pete, a 10-year-old orphan who says he lives in the woods with a giant, friendly dragon. With help from a young girl named Natalie, Grace sets out to investigate if this fantastic claim can be true. Cost: Free. Call: 318-640-3098. www.rpl.org
September 23: Saturday Movie Matinee Captain Underpants, The First Epic, King Branch Library, 2:00pm. George and Harold are two overly imaginative pranksters who spend hours in a tree house creating comic books. When their mean principal threatens to separate them into different classes, the boys accidentally hypnotize him into thinking he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-3912. www.rpl.org
September 25: Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 11:00am-1:00pm. 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. The group meets on the fourth Monday of each month. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.
September 25: Alzheimer’s Activity Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 11:00am-12:30pm. The staff from Brookdale will offer appropriate activities with a fun, hands-on approach for those with Alzheimer’s disease. 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. The group meets on the fourth Monday of each month. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.
September 25: Art of Life Series, Rapides Main Library, 5:30pm-7:30pm. We explore our creativity in this series, where we create, imagine, and transform ourselves through art. Registration is required, space is limited. Sponsored by Amerigroup. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x1036. www.rpl.org
September 25: Healthy Lifestyles with Quincy Cheek Vidrine, Gunter Branch Library, 6:30pm-8:00pm. Healthy living has become a daily concern for most everyone. Join Quincy Cheek Vidrine from the LSU Ag Center as we explore health and wellness in your personal life as well as your home, club, community, country and world from administering basic first aid, to fitness and nutrition, to sports. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-7259. www.rpl.org
September 26: Come Write In, Rapides Main Library, 5:30pm-7:30pm. Members get together to discuss what they’re working on, their recent successes and participate in an exercise called “Wish you were here!” Selected postcard images from different locales (real and imaginary) get the creative writing juices flowing. Bring a writing/reading friend with you! Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x1036. www.rpl.org
September 29: 4th Annual An Evening at Auburn, Auburn Antebellum Home in Natchez, 5:00pm-7:00pm. This fundraiser for the volunteer nonprofit Auburn Antebellum Home will feature a calliope concert with Burnley Cook. Mint Juleps and finger food will be served. Cost: $20.00.
October 1: First Saturday Breakfast, Pineville Airport at Lake Buhlow, 7:00am-10:00am. Breakfast is cooked up every month as a nonprofit event by the Experimental Aircraft Association for pilots flying-in, and everyone interested in aviation. A spread of hearty vittles—all you want to eat and drink—will give you energy to kick off the day’s events. Consider a trip to enjoy the venue of aircraft clubhouse, deck and lake along with airplane chatter and visiting. Cost: $6.00 donation.
October 7: Oktoberfest, WFLA Kolin Lodge in Pineville, 10:00am-4:00pm. Celebrate German culture and experience a demonstration with the RPSO D.A.R.E K-9 unit. Vendor booths are available for $25.00. The WFLA Kolin Lodge is located at 119 Booner Miller Road in Pinville. Cost: Free.
Ongoing-September: Yoga Class, Cabrini Mediplex Yoga Rx Room, 4:00pm-5:00pm. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. Come make new friends, get flexible and enjoy the health benefits of Yoga! Classes are on-going and meet every Monday, Wednesday or Thursday. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.
September 9: Great Strides Alexandria, Holy Savior Menard High School, 9:00am. Great Strides Alexandria is part of a national effort to fight cystic fibrosis, a rare, genetic disease that progressively limits the ability to breathe and causes premature death. Walkers in Alexandria will join 250,000 people across the country in Great Strides walks being held in 450 cities. Roy O. Martin Foundation is the presenting sponsor for this year’s Great Strides Alexandria, which will include a jambalaya cook-off, children’s activities, games, prizes and more. Call: 225-769-9994. E-mail: email@example.com.
September 10: Living On A Spare Youth Rally, Four Seasons Bowling Center, 1:00pm-4:30pm. All 7th to12th grade students from Central Louisiana are invited to attend the Living On A Spare Youth Rally. The Four Seasons Bowling Center will provide students with many unique opportunities during the event, including bowling, 1 game of laser tag, t-shirt, rock wall, nondenominational devotional and a special performance by Josh Blakesley. Cost: $25.00. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 12, 19, 26 and October 3: Yoga in the Gallery, Alexandria Museum of Art, 5:45pm. Sponsored by Alexandria Museum of Art. Cost: Free. Call AMoA: 318-443-3458.
September 16: Le Tour de Bayou, Kent Plantation House, 6:30am. Le Tour de Bayou cycling event benefits the Kent Plantation House, and Rapides Regional Medical Center is a sponsor. Bike 101, 69, 40, 25 or 10 miles. All events begin and end at the Kent House. The event kicks off with the Blessing of the Bikes. Entry fee includes the ride, event T-shirt, swag bag and post-ride meal for cyclists. Registration is open on www.bikereg.com or at the Kent House office. Cost: $50.00 longer bike rides; $30.00 shorter course. www.letourdebayou.com
September 16: LSUA 5K, LSUA Campus, 9:30am. Sponsored by LSUA Men’s Basketball. Cost: $30.00. Call Daniel Roy: 337-356-2732.
September 23: Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Kent Plantation House, 9:00am. Registration begins at 9:00am with the Opening Ceremony kicking off at 9:45am. Sign up as an individual or as a team. www.ALZ.org
October 7: 8th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Cenla, Downtown Alexandria, 6:30am. This year, race day will include a Survivor Celebration, Team Tailgate, Kids Korner, and much more. The races will kick off at 8:30am, with the 5K Fun Run/Walk starting at 8:30am, and the 1-mile Fun Run/Walk to follow. After the race, there will be an award ceremony. Call Styphanie Duplissey: 337-993-5745.