Ongoing-March: Arts & Healthcare, Inc. Exhibit. The Christus Cabrini Gallery (Cabrini Outpatient Center, 1st floor across from Radiology) will feature the art of Vicki Witty. All art is for sale with proceeds going to continue healing arts programs in our local hospitals. Cost: Free. Call: 318-769-7602. www.artsandhealthcare.org
Ongoing-March 24: Art Exhibition, River Oaks Art Square, 10:00pm-4:00pm. Featured artists are Katrina Syszoski, Aubrey Bolen and Lacey John Andrews. Call Rachael Dauzat: 318-473-2670.
Ongoing-June 23: Witness to Wartime: Takuichi Fujii Exhibition, Alexandria Museum of Art. Witness to Wartime: Takuichi Fujii introduces an artist whose work opens a window to historical events, issues, and ideas far greater than the individual. Takuichi Fujii (1891-1964) bore witness to his life in America and, most especially, to his experience during World War II. Fujii left a remarkably comprehensive visual record of this important time in American history, and offers a unique perspective on his generation. This stunning body of work sheds light on events that most Americans did not experience, but whose lessons remain salient today. Call: 318-443-3458. www.themuseum.org
March 17: Youth Art Month Festival, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10:00am-2:00pm. Youth Art Month (YAM) in March is an annual observance to emphasize the value of art and art education for all children and to encourage public support for quality school art programs. YAM provides a forum for acknowledging skills that are not possible in other subjects. Art Education develops self-esteem, appreciation of the work of others, self-expression, cooperation with others, and critical thinking skills. All of these skills are vital to the success of our future leaders–our children. The Alexandria Museum of Art celebrates YAM and supports the creativity of our youth with a festival featuring art from educational FREE interactive art activities, art demonstrations, art and food vendors, quarter games, balloons and more. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458. www.themuseum.org
March 17: The Muse Mad Hatter Tea Party Pop-Up Gallery, Alexandria Museum of Art, 12:00pm-3:00pm. Teen artists between the ages of 13 and 21 are invited to show case their art in this Third Thursday event. Look for fun activities in the pop-up gallery space! This Pop-Up Gallery will feature a Mad Hatter Tea Party, so feel free to dress in your favorite Alice in Wonderland Attire! Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458. www.themuseum.org
March 9: Quatrefoil of Sound, St. James Episcopal Church, 7:30pm New York Polyphony’s growing discography includes two GRAMMY-nominated releases and albums that have topped the “best of” lists of The New Yorker, Gramophone, and BBC Music Magazine. The four men give vibrant, modern voice to repertoire ranging from Gregorian chant to cutting-edge compositions. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-9845.
March 15: AMoA AfterHours Swamp Blues & Jazz Concert, Alexandria Museum of Art, 6:30pm-8:30pm. Professor Porkchop and The Dirty Dishes (Jason Coffield, guitar, sax, vocals; Shawn Stroope, bass; and Danielle Dyer, drums), is a popular fixture on the regional music scene and continues to branch out to wider and larger markets following the release of his CD, “Grits and Graveyards.” Chop’s new CD contains eight original compositions and finds the Professor channeling his many influences, at times evoking a “Randy Newman meets Dr. John” vibe appropriate given his Louisiana roots. Treat yourself to a weeknight out, and come enjoy the show in AMoA’s Third Floor Gallery. Cost: Free for members; $10.00 Non-members. Call: 318-443-3458. themuseum.org
March 17: Rapides Symphony Orchestra Presents Discovered Treasure, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, 7:30pm. Discovered Treasure features three very well-known 19th century composers, but in lesser-known pieces by each. As an added bonus, the Symphony will be kicking off our partnership with Maison Louisiane Catering, who will provide free hors d’oeuvres in the lobby prior to the concert. Cost: $25.00 adults; $15.00 seniors; $10.00 students; $50.00 family of 4. Call: 318-442-9709. rapidessymphony.org
Ongoing-March: New Hope Al-Anon Group, Horseshoe Drive Methodist Church in Alexandria, 7:00pm. The New Hope Al-Anon Group meets each Tuesday and Thursday evening. Al-Anon is a mutual support group for anyone having experienced a problem with someone else’s drinking or addiction. You are free to ask questions or to talk about your situation or just listen. Every meeting is different. Each meeting has the autonomy to be run as its members choose, within guidelines designed to promote Al-Anon unity. Cost: Free.
Ongoing-March: Trusts, Wills & Power of Attorney. This informational and discussion seminar is for individuals with questions regarding wills and successions, how to avoid the strain of private paying for nursing homes, designing an effective estate plan, and how to utilize a trust for asset protection. Schedule: Libuse-March 8th at 6:00pm, Boyce-March 13th at 10:00am, Martin-March 20th at 12:00pm, Westside-March 20th at 9:00am & 5:00pm, Johnson-March 21st at 10:00am, McDonald-March 22nd at 1:00pm, Robertson-March 22nd at 6:00pm, King-March 27th at 5:00pm. Cost: Free. www.rpl.org
March 6: Healing Hearts Perinatal Loss Support Group, Rapides Women’s & Children’s Hospital Trellis Room, 6:00pm. The group helps parents who have lost babies. Call: 318-769-7569.
March 7-9: Wings of Freedom Tour, Natchitoches Regional Airport. Aircraft featured include WWII Vintage Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator, North American B-25 Mitchell and P-51 Mustang. Hours of ground tours and display are: 2:00pm to 4:30pm, Wednesday, March 7th, 10:00am to 4:30pm on Thursday, March 8th and 10:00am to 12:00pm on Friday, March 9th. 30-minute flight experiences are available for purchase and normally scheduled before and after the ground tour times above. Cost: $15.00 Adult Tour; $5.00 Child Tour. Call Hunter Chaney: 800-568-8924.
March 7: Westside 50+ Club, Westside Regional Library, 11:00am-12:30pm. Come workout with friends, play board games, have fun and relax! Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483. www.rpl.org
March 7: How Louisiana Helped Win the War-Louisiana Maneuvers 1941, Hotel Bentley Lobby, 7:00pm-8:00pm. A moderated discussion of the maneuvers in central Louisiana that took place just three months before the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Speakers are: Dr. Patsy K. Barber, Capt. Rick Moran, Ret., Dr. Jerry Sanson, and moderated by Louisiana author, Curt Iles. Cost: Free. Call Tammy DiBartolo: 318-442-2483 x 1906. www.rpl.org
March 8: Crayons Take Me Away, Rapides Main Library, 4:00pm-6:00pm. We’re having an Adults 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 x 1036. www.rpl.org
March 8: YPG of Cenla Spring Crawfish Boil, Oakwing Golf Club, 5:00pm-8:00pm. Meant to serve as the spring season kick-off, attendees will mingle with their peers, promoting the expansion of Cenla and its young professional network. While enjoying HotHeads Crawfish, a cash bar, and the chance to win door prizes, representatives from the group will also discuss upcoming workshops, seminars, and parties they will host throughout the year. Individuals seeking camaraderie and the opportunity to further develop their career and region are encouraged to attend the first of many fun, enlightening events to come. Cost: $10.00 members; $20.00. Call: 318-442-6671. ypgcenla.org
March 8: Cavanaugh Lecture Series A History of Hurricane Naming, Westside Regional Library, 6:00pm-7:00pm. Katrina, Ike, Sandy, Harvey. They’re names we remember, because we associate them with hurricanes, not people. How did these hurricanes get their names? In this talk, Dr. Liz Skilton from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Department of History, Geography & Philosophy discusses her current book project, Tempest: Hurricanes & American Culture. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483 x 1906. www.rpl.org
March 9-11: Visual Artists Business Boot Camp, 2nd Floor Classroom C of the Rapides Foundation Building. This program is taught by lead instructor Gene Meneray, co-founder of The Ella Project, who has presented this program to over 300 artists across Louisiana, and is a former professor of Arts Administration in the Graduate School at the University of New Orleans. This program is funded by The Ella Project and the Louisiana Department of Cultural Development, and facilitated by the Arts Council of Central Louisiana. Space is limited; please pre-register. Cost: $35.00. Call: 318-484-4474.
March 9: You Rock My World, King Branch Library, 2:00pm-4:00pm. We’re painting rocks and leaving kind and uplifting messages. When finished, you’re welcome to place them in parks, playgrounds, or give one to a neighbor or friend to show how much you care. All supplies provided! Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-3912. www.rpl.org
March 9, 16, 23 & 30: Women’s History Month Film Friday, Boyce Branch Library, 3:00pm-5:00pm. The National Women’s History Month theme is “Nevertheless, She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.” Through film, we examine women’s lives; demonstrate the power of voice, of taking action, and of believing that meaningful and lasting change is possible in our democratic society. Cost: Free. Call: 318-793-2180. www.rpl.org
March 9: National Panic Day, King Branch Library, 5:00pm-6:00pm. Mark your calendars and hang on tight! On this one day of the year where it’s okay to just let it all out! Dr. Sandra Guilliland, assistant professor of Psychology at LSU-Alexandria will be on hand to give you tools to manage stress and anxiety in a fun and humorous way. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-3912. www.rpl.org
March 10: Cenla KidzFest, Alexandria City Park, 9:00am-12:00pm. Rapides Women’s & Children’s Hospital and the Junior League of Alexandria present Cenla KidzFest, an event designed to promote a healthy lifestyle and safety of our youth by offering hands-on, fun activities that both educate and inspire. Cost: Free.
March 10: Main Movie Mania Presents The Nut Job (PG), Rapides Main Library, 1:00pm-3:00pm. After he accidentally destroys the winter food supply of his fellow Liberty Park residents, Surly, a squirrel, is banished to the streets of Oakton. Luckily, Surly finds the town’s nut shop and hatches a plan to plunder its bounty. However, unbeknown to Surly and his ragtag team of animal associates, the nut shop is really a front for mobsters who plan to rob the bank next door. While Surly and his team break in to the shop, the mobsters carry out their own scheme. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1036. www.rpl.org
March 10: Johnny Peers & the Muttville Comix, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, 7:00pm. Sit! Stay! Get ready to howl! Johnny Peers and the Muttville Comix is a slapstick comedy act like no other. A Ringling Brothers Clown Circus graduate, Johnny leads over a dozen dogs through challenging and hilarious tricks as Johnny plays the straight man role in this wonderful show. Cost: $15.00 adults; $12.00 seniors 65+; $10.00 students; $40.00 for a family of 4 (Ticket prices will increase $5.00 at the door). Call: 318-484-4474.
March 12: 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 and is sponsored by CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital. Check our Face Book page: CHRISTUS Widowed and Widowers. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.
March 12: DIY Bottle Cap Magnets With Shannon, Libuse Branch Library, 6:00pm-7:30pm. Looking for a new way to glam up your fridge? Make a statement or just have a cute way to bring a smile to your face. Bottle cap magnets are a great way to upcycle items that would otherwise end up in the landfill. All materials provided. Registration is strongly encouraged to make sure supplies are available for everyone. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-7259. www.rpl.org
March 13: MakerSpace Science Camp with David Sproles, Rapides Main Library, 10:00am-12:00pm. Bling your thing! Did you know you can create an LED light to sparkle and flash on just about anything? We’ll create a PCB board that you can use to light up anything your imagination can dream up. Safety will be stressed and parents must sign a release. Sponsored with a grant from Cleco. Pre-Registration is required and space is limited. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1036. www.rpl.org
March 14-17: Glenmora Friends of the Library Book and Bake Sale, McDonald Branch Library. Slightly used books and fresh baked goods are for sale in this annual event sponsored by the Glenmora Friends of the Library group. All proceeds from the sale go to the McDonald Branch for programming for the children, teens and Adults. Cost: Free. Call: 318-748-4848. www.rpl.org
March 14: 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.
March 14: 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.
March 15: 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. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. Sponsored by Healthy Blue. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1036. www.rpl.org
March 15: 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.
March 15: “Egg”citing Aprons for Easter, Robertson Branch Library, 3:00pm-4:30pm. It’s nearly time to get ready for the Easter holiday dinner, get prepared with making and decorating your own apron so you can help get ready for Easter! Preregistration is required, and space is limited. Cost: Free. Call: 318-640-3098. www.rpl.org
March 15: Easter Window Ornaments, Johnson Branch Library, 3:30pm-4:30pm. We’ll be crafting with cute foam shapes, googly eyes and decorating these fun window ornaments for Easter. Pink Bunnies, Colorful Easter Eggs, and other favorites to put together and hang on your Easter wreath or to dress up your windows. All supplies are provided! Cost: Free. Call: 318-776-5153. www.rpl.org
March 15: Alexandria Fire Prevention Department and the Smoke House, King Branch Library, 4:00pm-5:30pm. The single-most effective strategy for reducing loss of life and property is to know what to do in the event of a house fire. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-3912. www.rpl.org
March 16: Gardening Q&A, Rapides Main Library, 9:00am-10:30pm. The Good Food Project is back in the MakerSpace lab. From Asters to Zinnias, we’ll answer your gardening questions! You won’t want to miss it. Registration is required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1036. www.rpl.org
March 17: 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: 318-769-4440.
March 17: Movie Matinee Despicable Me 3, King Branch Library, 1:00pm-3:00pm. The minions hope Gru will return to a life of villainy but it doesn’t look good for being bad. Find out what happens in this third installment! Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-3913. www.rpl.org
March 17: 37th CHRISTUS Cabrini Foundation Annual Ball, Alexandria Riverfront Center, 7:00pm. The 37th CHRISTUS Cabrini Foundation Annual Ball will include entertainment by Three Thirty Seven Band and proceeds will benefit CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital’s new intensive care unit. Table sponsorships are available. Cost: $200 per person. Call: 318-448-6580.
March 19: 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.
March 20: Master Crafter Series Origami, Rapides Main Library, 12:00pm-2:00pm. If you remember folding “footballs” for finger football, or “fortune tellers” as a kid, that’s origami! Come and learn more about the ancient art of paper folding. Sponsored by Healthy Blue. Registration is required, space is limited. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1036. www.rpl.org
March 20: Journalers Unite, Westside Regional Library, 6:00pm-7:00pm. Come in and learn about the various journaling styles and get some writing done. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483. www.rpl.org
March 20: Beginning Genealogy Class, Robertson Branch Library, 6:00pm. Do you know what country your ancestors were from? Were they Irish, Italian, English, German or French? Perhaps they came from South America or from an island like Jamaica or the Philippines? Find out as you begin to use Ancestry.com (Library edition) and journey into the fascinating world of discovering your beginnings. Class is limited; please pre-register. Cost: Free. Call: 318-640-3098. www.rpl.org
March 21: Diabetes Sound the Alert Lunch and Learn, Rapides Women’s & Children’s Hospital Cascade Room, 11:45am-1:00pm. Approximately seven million Americans have diabetes and don’t know it. Rapides Regional Medical Center’s Education Department will hold a screening and informational diabetes event. Blood pressure and glucose screenings will be available for those at-risk of diabetes, and there will be to-go lunches following the event. Please pre-register. Cost: Free. Call: 318-769-4440.
March 21: Cenla Women’s Connection Luncheon, Conference Center at the Greens, 12:00pm. Elaine Vatalaro will present “Humpty Dumpty & Me”. Special feature will be our “Clothes/Accessory Exchange”. Trade in a “gently used” outfit and/or accessory and take home a “new” one. Invite your friends and join us for a delicious lunch and an inspirational message. Please RSVP By Friday, March 16th. Call: 318-481-7880.
March 22: Friendship House and Community Service, King Branch Library, 10:00am-11:00am. Faye Simpson visits the King Branch with information on Friendship House and its senior Adults caring day services. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-3912. www.rpl.org
March 22: Beans and Books, Westside Regional Library, 6:00pm. There is nothing better than a good book, a nice cup of coffee and some friendly conversation about the books we love. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483. www.rpl.org
March 23: Teens Games Day, McDonald Branch Library, 4:00pm-5:30pm. “Wii” are getting together for video games, board games and good friendly competition! More fun than a Barrel of Monkeys (that’s a game, too!) Light refreshments served. Cost: Free. Call: 318-748-4848. www.rpl.org
March 23: Screening of Purple Dreams, Hearn Stage at the Kress Theatre, 7:00pm. Black youth stereotypes are turned upside down in the feature documentary film Purple Dreams. A two and a half year journey serves as an inspirational window into the lives of inner-city, at-risk students who succeed at their passion while embracing the transformative power of their arts education. This film is part of the 2017 – 2018 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. A Q & A with the filmmaker will follow the screening. Sponsored by the Arts Council of Central Louisiana. Cost: $10.00 adults; $8.00 students. Call: 318-484-4474.
March 24: Easter Storytime with Anita Watson and Pictures with the Easter Bunny, King Branch Library, 11:00am. This program is for children of all ages and their caregivers. Ms. Watson tells “egg”citing and “eggs”traordinary tales! We’ll have treats, a craft project and a visit from the Easter Bunny too! Come hunt for Easter Eggs and get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-3912. www.rpl.org
March 24: Vintage Theatre Presents North by Northwest, Westside Regional Library, 1:00pm-3:30pm. Classic Alfred Hitchcock suspense! Starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason. Grab a movie-lover and come and watch the movie with us. See if you spot Hitch making a surprise walk-on cameo. Refreshments served. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483. www.rpl.org
March 26-April 7: Easter Egg Treasure Hunt, Libuse Branch Library, 9:00am-6:00pm. While you’re looking for great books to take home, try and find the paper eggs the Easter Bunny has hidden throughout the library. When you find them, turn your eggs in at the check-out desk and the librarians will give you a prize! One prize per visit to the library. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-7259. www.rpl.org
March 26: 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.
March 26: 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.
March 27-31: Literary Easter Scavenger Hunt, Boyce Branch Library. How well do you know your neighborhood library? Take the challenge – draw a clue from the basket, find the item in the library, answer the question by writing your answer on the back of the challenge slip. Turn your answer into the librarians at the check-out – if you’re right, you draw an Easter egg prize from the basket! Cost: Free. Call: 318-793-2180. www.rpl.org
March 27: Come Write In, Rapides Main Library, 5:30pm. We continue begin to discover and develop our voice and begin delving into our “Right to Write” exercises and discuss next steps and future plans. Bring your writing projects or ideas and release the artist inside us all! Bring a writing/reading friend with you! Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1036. www.rpl.org
March 28: Doctors Day, Rapides Regional Medical Center. Join Rapides Regional Medical Center as it salutes its medical staff for National Doctors’ Day. In 1990, President George H. Bush signed legislation designating March 30th as “National Doctor’s Day,” but RRMC is celebrating our Medical Staff on March 28th. Go to our Facebook page to leave a note of thanks to your favorite doctor. Call Rapides Regional Medical Center’s physician referral line to find a physician near you. Cost: Free. Call: 877-801-8441.
March 28: Eggstravaganza, Rapides Main Library, 10:00am. The annual Easter hat parade and Easter egg hunt. We’ll start off in the children’s room at the Main Library then take the parade outside to finish with a great Easter egg hunt in the Huie-Dellmon House Garden! Space is limited to 120 children, so call and reserve your spot now! Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483 x 1904. www.rpl.org
March 28: Easter Egg Hunt, Martin Branch Library, 3:00pm-4:00pm. The Easter Bunny has hidden eggs throughout the library and it’s up to you to find them. If you do you get to keep the egg and what’s inside! One egg per visit so there will be enough for all the children to find. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-7575. www.rpl.org
March 28: Louisiana National Guard Youth Challenge Program with Marco Molina, King Branch Library, 5:00pm. The Youth Challenge Program (YCP) is an alternative educational program which offers adolescents an opportunity to change their future. Led by professionals who emphasize discipline and education combined with core academics, and life skills young people from all walks of life can become productive and accomplished young men and women in their chosen field. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-3912. www.rpl.org
March 29: Easter Egg Hunt, Westside Regional Library, 3:00pm-5:00pm. The Easter Bunny has hidden eggs throughout the library and it’s up to you to find them. If you do you get to keep the egg and what’s inside! Parents will also get the chance to take pictures of your little ones with the Easter Bunny. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483. www.rpl.org
March 29: Dyeing Easter Eggs, Johnson Branch Library, 3:30pm-4:30pm. Why let the Easter Bunny have all the fun of dyeing and decorating eggs! Come and have colorful fun dyeing your own eggs and decorating them! You can keep them for your own, or share with a friend. All supplies provided. Cost: Free. Call: 318-776-5153. www.rpl.org
March 29: Easter Delights Cook-Off, McDonald Branch Library, 4:00pm-5:30pm. Bring your favorite family Easter appetizers. It can be sweet or savory, hot or cold we’ll sample them all and swap recipes. Find new favorites or compare traditional family dishes to find out just our tastes evolve. Cost: Free. Call: 318-748-4848. www.rpl.org
March 31: Alexandria Citywide Easter Egg Hunt, Alexandria City Park, 10:00am. Kids ages 4-12 can join the Easter bunny in a hunt for 10,000 Easter Eggs filled with candy and toys! There will also be 6 Golden Eggs filled with a special surprise! Don’t forget to bring your own basket! Sponsored by the City of Alexandria Division of Community Services. Cost: Free. Call: 318-449-5225.
March 31: King’s Diaper Derby, King Branch Library, 10:00am-11:30am. Pace is set and the tension is high! Who will be the first to cross the finish line? If you have a child who is crawling in diapers–you’ve no doubt been amazed how fast they can get around. Let’s see just how fast your little tyke is. This contest is for babies under 15 months old, can sport a diaper, and is dedicated to the sport of Diaper Derby! Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-3912. www.rpl.org
April 2: 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. Pre-registration is required. Check out our Facebook page: CHRISTUS Bereaved Parents of Cenla. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.
Ongoing-March: 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.
March 6, 13, 20, 27 & April 3: Yoga in the Gallery, Alexandria Museum of Art, 5:45pm. 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: Free. Call: 318-443-3458.
March 8, 15, 22, 29: Tai Chi Chih Class, Cabrini Mediplex Yoga Rx Room, 9:30am-10:30am. Come learn meditation in motion. Cost: Free. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.
March 10: 20th Annual Red River Run 10K, Big Island Park in Alexandria, 8:00am. The 20th Annual Red River Run 10K will be held on 3/10/18 at Big Island Park and will be the host site for the RRCA La State 10K Championship this year. We will also feature a Run with your Dog 1-Mile event so runners with their favorite dog can come together and be social. Signup is https://runsignup.com/Race/LA/Alexandria/RedRiverRun10k so come out and enjoy the festivities with music, food and running. Call Spencer Martin: 318-880-6523.
March 10, 17, 24, 31 & April 7: Saturday Morning Qi Gong, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10:30am. Originating in ancient China roughly four thousand years ago, Qi Gong or Qigong (pronounced Chee Gong, literally “Life Energy Cultivation”) is an ancient system of coordinated body postures and movements combined with deep breathing and meditation. It is a powerful tool used to stimulate good health, spirituality, and a state of calm mindfulness. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458.
March 13: Get Your Yoga On, King Branch Library, 4:30pm-5:30pm. Darlene Firment, Personal Fitness Trainer and Yoga instructor, will be ready to help you find higher awareness and fulfillment through the variety of methods of Yoga. Wear loose fitting garments that will not bind or keep you from stretching during the class. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-3912. www.rpl.org