Ongoing – June: Central Louisiana Arts & Healthcare Exhibits. Central Louisiana Arts & Healthcare proudly presents our monthly art exhibits at area hospitals and clinics. Exhibits are currently showing: New Works by ArtQuest Studio Artists at the Christus Cabrini Gallery for Reflection and Healing; The Face of Nursing at RRMC—a photographic exhibit at Rapides Regional Medical Center Gallery; and Nature by the Photographers Guild of Central Louisiana at OSMS Gallery. For more information on the exhibits, visit www.artsandhealthcare.org; or Call: 769-7602.
Ongoing – June: Faculty & Friends Invitational and Photographers Guild Exhibits, Alexandria Museum of Art. The Faculty & Friends Invitation will be presented in the 3rd floor galleries, and Photographers Guild on the 1st floor. Call the Museum:(318) 443-3458.
Ongoing-July 3: Faculty and Friends Invitational/the Photographers Guild, Alexandria Museum of Art, Tue.-Fri. 10a.m.-5p.m., Sat. 10a.m.-4p.m. Sponsored by AMoA. Cost: $4 adults, $3 seniors and students and $2 children twelve and under. Call Anne Reid: 443-3458.
Ongoing Wednesdays-July 7: Art in Black & White, Gallery One Ellleven, 111 Third St., Leesville, 6-8p.m. Sponsored by Gallery One Ellleven. Class for beginning level students and anyone who wants to learn more about visual art. As a student of Art in Black & White, you will find patience and understanding from the instructor, as well as vibrant enthusiasm for the subject. There is no such thing as talent; there is only passion. Cost: $60. Contact Ginger Hughes: email@example.com.
Ongoing-July 10: Art Exhibit Featuring Dr. David Holcombe, River Oaks Square Arts Center, Tue.-Fri. 10a.m.-4p.m., Sat. 10a.m.-2p.m. Sponsored by River Oaks Square Arts Center. Cost: $2 adults, $1 students and seniors. Call Rachael Dauzat: 473-2670.
June 2-July 3: Doug Stannard, Joey Governale and Chris King, Gallery One Ellleven, 111 3rd St., Leesville, Wed.-Fri. 11a.m.-4p.m., Sat. 11a.m.-2p.m. Sponsored by Gallery One Ellleven. Reception for artists on June 5, 6p.m. Cost: Admission free. Contact Tony McDonald: firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 2-11: Lilly Oncology on Canvas Exhibition, CHRISTUS Cabrini Cancer Center, 8a.m.-4p.m. Sponsored by Lilly Oncology and Cabrini Cancer Center. Honors the journey of those whose lives have been affected by cancer. Stories told through art and narrative with the wish of providing hope and inspiration to others. Cost: Admission free. Call Janet Bonnette: 466-6074.
June 7-11: AMoA Summer Art Camp, Alexandria Museum of Art, 9:00am-12:00noon. Watercolor Painting with Birdie Rollins for 6-9 year olds, and Collage & Assemblage art with Barry Owen for Kids 10 and up. Call the Museum:(318) 443-3458.
July 5-16: Summer Arts Studio Session III, River Oaks Square Arts Center, 1-4:30p.m. Sponsored by River Oaks Square Arts Center. Open to children ages 5-13. Intensive study of many visual art mediums. Cost: $200 per student for afternoon classes or $330.00 to attend all day. Call Preston Gilchrist: 473-2670.
July 7-31: Photography and Wood Sculpture: Jerry Cook, Karly Scheuneman and Mike LaPorte, Gallery One Ellleven, Third St., Leesville, Wed.-Sat. 11a.m.-4p.m. Sponsored by Gallery One Ellleven. Opening reception July 10, 6 p.m. Cost: Admission free. Contact Tony McDonald: email@example.com.
July 1, 8: R & B Jam with Dynamic Jake, 321 Desoto St., 4:30-6:30p.m. Sponsored by Tipitina’s Music Office Co-Op. Cost: Admission free. Call Aaron Sibley: 442-6463.
June 12: Anna Margaret in Concert, Buhlow Fun Park, 5:00pm. This Dance Party and Concert for all ages is a Happy Birthday Bash for Disney Recording Artist Anna Margaret. Dance music begins at 6:30pm with live performances beginning at 8:00pm. Sponsored by Q93 and KRRV. Cost: $6.00 in advance; $10.00 same day. Call: (318) 445-1234.
June 5: First Saturday Cajun Dance, 5290 England Drive, 6:30-10:30p.m. Sponsored by Alexandria Moose Lodge. Cajun dance lessons from 6:30-7p.m. Music provided by Briggs Brown and the Bayou Cajuns. Cost: $10 per person. Call Wayne King: 448-1832.
June 7-11, 14-18 & 21-July 2: LTC Summer Theatre Day Camp, Alexandria Mall Food Court. Don’t miss Lagniappe Theatre Company’s Summer Theatre Camp series for ages 3 through college! Broken down into 1-week sessions by age, the camps cover everything from theatre basics to full scale productions. Cost: $200-$300. Visit www.lagniappetheatre.com. Call: 48-STAGE.
June 20-26: Lagniappe Resident Summer Theatre Camp, Louisiana College Campus, all day. Sponsored by Lagniappe Theatre Company. The first ever stay-over Summer Theatre Camp for the entire state. Grades 8-12 are welcome. Taught by professional actors, directors and technicians. Week culminates in a Broadway-style performance. Cost: $495. Call: 48-STAGE.
Ongoing – July: Summer Safari, Alexandria Zoo, time: TBA. Sponsored by City of Alexandria and FOTAZ. The wildest, week-long summer camp for children kindergarten through 8th grades. Animal encounters, crafts, visits with zoo staff, refreshments and more. Cost: TBA. Call Education Department: 441-6818 or www.thealexandriazoo.com.
Ongoing (every Tuesday and Friday): Yoga in the Gallery, Alexandria Museum of Art, 5:30-6:30p.m. Tuesdays and 8:30-9:30a.m. Fridays. Sponsored by AMoA. Enjoy practicing Yoga with Joan Manuel and Leigh Collins in the serene setting of our 3rd floor gallery. Cost: $80 for 10 classes $60 for AMoA members, $10 for drop-ins. Call: 443-3458.
June 1-30: Summer Day Camp, Martin Community Center, 8a.m.-3:30p.m. Sponsored by City of Alexandria Division of Community Services. Educational and recreational activities, field trips and much more. Ages 6-12 invited. Cost: TBA. Call: 449-5228
June 1-30: Summer Day Camp, Bolton Avenue Community Center, 1-6p.m. Sponsored by City of Alexandria Division of Community Services. Educational and recreational activities, field trips and much more. Ages 6-12 invited. Cost: TBA. Call: 449-5228
June 3: Cenla Coastal Conservation Association Banquet, Convention Hall, 5:30p.m. Sponsored by Cenla Chapter of CCA. Raffles, silent auction, live auction, great food and $10 bottomless cup. Come join your fishing buddies! Cost: $480 corporate tables, $90 couples, $60 adult and $25 youth. Call Robert Alexander: 715-8855.
June 4 – 6: Spice & Music Festival, Downtown Opelousas. The Opelousas Spice & Music Festival, a unique three day celebration showcasing the area’s rich Cajun and Creole culture, will offer an exciting venue for music entertainment, Cajun and Creole foods, arts & crafts and a host of cultural activities. Lawn chairs welcome. Cost: $10 adults; $3 children 12 and under. www.opelousasspiceandmusicfestival.com Call: (337) 948-6263 or 800-424-5442.
June 5-6: CMN Telecast, Cabrini Hospital Outpatient Center. Sponsored by CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital. Telecast to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network at Cabrini Hospital. Money will also benefit children’s healthcare programs throughout Central Louisiana. Donors are encouraged to call. Cost: N/A. Call Jacqueline Wallace: 448-4952.
June 5: Charity Pistol Shoot Competition, RPSO Shooting Range (located off I-49 at Airbase Road), 8:00am. The event will feature a friendly pistol shooting competition between law enforcement and the public in teams of three and individually. Food will be available for purchase. Winners in each category will receive trophy awards. All proceeds benefit Rapides Children’s Advocacy Center and Rapides CASA. Call: 318-442-9229.
June 5, 12, 19 and 26: First Aid with Adult, Infant and Child CPR, Central Louisiana Red Cross Office, 8a.m.-3p.m. Sponsored by Central Louisiana Red Cross. Cost: $30. Call Susan Singleton: 442-6621 ext. 211.
June 5: Breastfeeding Class, 1st Floor Conference Room at Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. This class is taught by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and focuses on the benefits, techniques and concerns of breastfeeding. The father/support partner is welcome. Sponsored by CHRISTUS Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital. Pre-registration required. Cost: $20. Call: 448-6970.
June 5: One Day Breastfeeding Class, Medical Terrace Gallery Room at RRMC, 9:00am – 3:00pm. Intended for women wanting to breastfeed their infants, this 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. Cost: $30 (if not delivering at RWCH). Call: 877-801-8441.
June 7: Bereaved Parents Support Group, Power Center, 6:30pm – 7:30pm. This is an on-going support group for parents and grandparents whose child has died. Educational handouts and pamphlets are available, and each month we will focus on a different topic. This month will be a book review and other helpful tools to survive. Please bring a picture of your child to share with the group. Come at 6:00pm and share fellowship and a brown bag supper. Drinks and cookies provided. This group is sponsored by Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital and meets on the first Monday of every month. Pre-registration is required. Call Jo Hines: (318) 899-3743 or Becky Watkins: (318) 448-6938.
June 8: Patience Quilters, West Side Regional Library, 6:30pm. Patience Quilters meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at West Side Regional Library, located at 5416 Provine Place in Alexandria, off Highway 28 West. The meetings are open to the public. Quilters are invited as well as anyone interested in learning more about quilting. Email: FabricChick2008@aol.com.
June 9 & 17: Safe Sitter Class, 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For boys and girls ages 11 to 13. Learn the basic skills you need 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. Class size is limited; pre-registration is required. Cost: $40. Call: 769-3106.
June 10: Diabetes Group Class, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Trellis Room, 9:00a.m.-Noon. Sponsored by Rapides Regional Medical Center. Program for adults with newly diagnosed diabetes and those needing a refresher course in diabetes management. No physician referral required. Taught by registered dietitian and registered nurse. Space is limited. Cost: Admission free. Call: 887-801-8441 or www.rapidesregional.com.
June 10: ALS Support Group, Rapides Regional Medical Center Medical Terrace Building Gallery Room, 6:00pm – 7:30pm. This monthly support group is designed for ALS patients, their family members, friends and caregivers. The group will meet the second Thursday of each month. Patients who attend will have access to companies which provide services for ALS patients, such as physical therapy or wheelchair repair. Call Duana Trotter: 445-7898 or 308-1950.
June 11-13: Louisiana Corn Festival, Bunkie, Fri. 5p.m.-Midnight, Sat. 10a.m.-Midnight and Sun. 11a.m.-5p.m. Sponsored by Bunkie Chamber of Commerce. Family fun, food, arts and crafts, live music with street dance, large carnival, contests, talent show, parade and softball tournament. Cost: Admission free. Call Phyllis O’Quin: 346-2575.
June 12: Childbirth Class, 1st floor Conference Room at Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 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.
June 12: Family Day: Where Pets & Kids Come Out to Play, Renegade Harley-Davidson, 11:30am. Featuring Sno-Cones, Big Kahuna Water Slide, Face Painting, Pet Adoptions, Tricycle Races, Doggy Costume Contests and plenty of food and drinks! Sponsored by Renegade Harley-Davidson. Cost: Free. Call: 866-751-2720.
June 12-13: St. Rita Church’s 7th Annual USO Dessert Theatre, St. Rita Holy Family Center, Sat. 7p.m. and Sun. 2p.m. Sponsored by St. Rita Church. Proceeds to benefit St. Rita Child Development Center. Theme: Music from the 50’s and 60’s. Cost: $12 adults and $7 veterans and students. Call Karen Moreau: 445-7141 ext. 17.
June 13: Survivor Day of Renewal, location: TBA, 2-5p.m. Sponsored by CHRISTUS Cabrini Cancer Center. Day of Renewal for cancer survivors and their caregivers. Cost: Admission free but pre-registration required. Call Janet Bonnette: 466-6074.
June 14: MOMS Club Meeting, First United Methodist Church in Alexandria, 10:00 a.m. This is an international, non-profit organization that provides support to stay at home moms in the Alexandria/Pineville area. Children are welcome. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 14: The Morning Widowed Persons Support Group, Power Center, 10am-11:30am. This is an on-going support group for men and women whose spouse has died. This month we will discuss favorite books and movies to help in the grieving process. There will be group sharing time and this group has trained Outreach Volunteers who are available to the newly grieving. Please plan to dine with us after the meeting. Sponsored by Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital. Call Becky Watkins: 448-6938 or Pam Hataway: 448-6970.
June 16: Small Business Sales Tax Seminar, 900 Murray Street in Alexandria, 1:00pm. This seminar aims to help business operators understand sales tax and other important business issues. Sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Revenue. Pre-registration recommended. Cost: Free. Call: (318) 487 5333.
June 17: Parkinson’s Support Group, Power Center, 11:00am. 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. Our special topic will be Movement Therapy, including seated Yoga and Tai Chi. We offer educational handouts and programs plus a chance to share with others. Lunch is provided by Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital. Call Pam Hataway: 448-6970 or Becky Watkins: 448-6938.
June 19: Prepared Childbirth Class, Rapides Regional Medical Center, Medical Terrace, Gallery Room, 2nd floor, 9a.m.-2p.m. Sponsored by Rapides Regional Medical Center. Certified childbirth instructor helps prepare couples for actual delivery. A tour of Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital and light lunch will be provided. Cost: $30 per family, waived if delivering at RW&CH. Call: 887-801-8441 or www.rapidesregional.com.
June 19: Juneteenth Parade, Lecompte, 11a.m. Sponsored by the Town of Lecompte. Cost: Admission free. Call Town Hall: 776-5488.
June 19: Juneteenth Celebration and Bar-B-Q Contest, Lecompte Park, Noon. Sponsored by the Town of Lecompte. No alcoholic beverages. Cost: Admission free. Call Town Hall: 776-5488.
June 21-25: Jane in June Camp, Kent Plantation House, time: TBA. Sponsored by Kent Plantation House. Cost: TBA. Call: 487-5998.
June 21: Cancer Support Group, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Cascade Room, noon. Geneticist Duane Superneau, M.D., will be the guest speaker. Dr. Superneau is the Medical Director of Genetic Services of Lady of the Lake Physician Group at our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge. He will speak on the topic: “Cancer: Is it in You?” 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. Pre-registration required. Call: 769-7200.
June 21: Sibling Class, Rapides Women’s & Children’s Hospital Trellis Room, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. This class is offered to children expecting a little brother or sister. It helps them understand where mom is when the baby is being born and lets them know how important it is to become a big brother or sister. The ideal age for this class is 3-10. Cost: $10 per family (if not delivering at RWCH). Call: 877-801-8441.
June 24: Muscular Dystrophy Support Group, Gallery Room at RRMC, 6:00pm. Meetings include guest speakers and access to staff from the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Call: 800-644-9730.
June 26: Target Good Health, It’s Worth the Climb, Alexandria Indoor Climbing Experience/Indoor Shooting Range, 9:00am – 2:00pm. The event will focus on men’s health and the importance of prostate and colon cancer screenings and awareness. Men between the ages of 30 and 60 are encouraged to participate. Sponsored by The Region VI Tobacco Prevention & Cancer Control Coalition. Call Cenla AHEC: (318) 443-2855.
June 28: Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group, Power Center, 11:00am. 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. Call Pam Hataway: 448-6970 or Becky Watkins: 448-6938.
June 28: Alzheimer’s Activity Group, Power Center, 11:00am. The staff from Kingsley Place will offer appropriate activities for those with Alzheimer’s disease with a fun, hands-on approach. 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 Pam Hataway: 448-6970 or Becky Watkins: 448-6938.
July 2: Rock the Red for the 4th of July, Downtown Amphitheatre, 7:30p.m. Sponsored by the City of Alexandria. Concert featuring Cowboy Mouth. Cost: Admission free. Call: 449-5051.
July 3: Fireworks Over Buhlow, Lake Buhlow, gates open 5p.m. show starts at 6p.m. Sponsored by the City of Pineville. Concessions available by the Pineville High School Band Parent Club. Chairs and blankets welcomed. Please no ice chests. Cost: Admission free. Call Madonna LeBlanc: 445-3439 or 449-5650.
July 6-30: YWCA Swim Lessons, 5912 James St., mornings. Sponsored by YWCA. Swim classes are taught in accordance with regulations set forth by the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Program. The program is taught and supervised by certified swim instructors and lifeguards. Cost: $65 level I, $75 levels II and up. Call Marle Chapman: 442-3397.
July 9: Camp Kent House, Kent Plantation House, 9a.m.-5p.m. Sponsored by Kent Plantation House. “Life on a 19th Century Farm” Each Friday will focus on different farm related activities. Reservations required. Cost: $25 per camper per day. Call Alice Scarborough: 487-5998.
June 5: Boys & Girls Clubs of Cenla Bass Tournament, Red River-Midway Marina, Daylight – 3:00pm. Catch and Release Tournament to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Louisiana featuring a guaranteed $5,000 1st place prize. Free food for all participants and door prizes will be awarded to participating fishermen. Cost: $150 per boat; $10 Big Bass. Call: 318-445-4561 or 318-447-0102.
June 5: We Walk Fitness, A.S.H. Stadium, 9a.m. Sponsored by We Walk Fitness. A program that takes the hard work out of exercising. First Saturday of every month. Cost: $25 registration. Call Jolynn Shaw: 308-7122 or www.wewalkfitness.websiteworks.com.
June 11-13: State Baseball Tourney, Ward 9 Softball Complex. Sponsored by USSSA Baseball. Call Frank Griffen: 729-6164.
June 12-13 and 19-20: United States Fast-pitch Association, Alexandria Youth Complex. Sponsored by United States Fast-pitch Association. Call D.D. Edwards: 715-2256.
June 18-20: Summer Invitational Swim Meet, Alexandria Aquatic & Racquet Club. Sponsored by City of Alexandria Swim Team (COAST). Call Wally Fall: 443-3688.
June 25-27: 16-18 State Softball Tournament, Alexandria Youth Complex. Sponsored by United States Fast-pitch Association. Call Bobby Hair: 949-1853.
July 1-4: Dixie Youth Baseball State Pitching Machine Tournament, Johnny Downs Sports Complex. Sponsored by Dixie Youth Baseball. Call Mark Dinnat: 419-0438.
July 2-4: USSSA State Softball Tournament, Johnny Downs Sports Complex and Alexandria Youth Complex. Sponsored by USSSA Softball. Call Bobby Hair: 949-1853.
July 9-11: Pandemonium Car Show, Rapides Parish Coliseum. Call B.J. Mills: 792-9391. www.pandemoniumshow.com.