Ongoing – July: Central Louisiana Arts & Healthcare Exhibits. Central Louisiana Arts & Healthcare proudly presents our monthly art exhibits at area hospitals and clinics. Exhibits are currently showing: Photographs by Michelle Palmer at the Christus Cabrini Gallery for Reflection and Healing; New Works by ArtQuest Studio Artists at the Rapides Regional Medical Center Gallery; and Paintings by Anne Reid at the OSMS Gallery. For more information on the exhibits, visit www.artsandhealthcare.org; or Call: 769-7602.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 16-August 14: Contemporary Artist Guild, Alexandria Museum of Art, Tue.-Fri. 10a.m.-5p.m., Sat. 10a.m.-4p.m. Sponsored by AMoA. Opening reception July 16, 6:30-8:30p.m. Cost: $4 adults, $3 seniors and students and $2 children twelve and under. Call Anne Reid: 443-3458.
July 16-August 14: The Photography of Brookes Defee, Alexandria Museum of Art, Tue.-Fri. 10a.m.-5p.m., Sat. 10a.m.-4p.m. Sponsored by AMoA. Opening reception July 16, 6:30-8:30p.m. Cost: $4 adults, $3 seniors and students and $2 children twelve and under. Call Anne Reid: 443-3458.
July 16-August 21: Art Exhibit, River Oaks Square Arts Center, Tue.-Fri. 10a.m.-4p.m., Sat. 10a.m.-2p.m. Sponsored by River Oaks Square Arts Center. Exhibit featuring resident artists of River Oaks and Alison Delaney. Opening reception July 16, 5-7p.m. Cost: Opening reception free, other times $2 adults, $1 students and seniors. Call Rachael Dauzat: 473-2670.
July 8, 15, 22 and 29: 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.
July 17: Nashville Songwriters of Cenla, 321 Desoto St., 4:30-6:30p.m. Sponsored by Tipitina’s Music Office Co-Op. Cost: Admission free. Call Aaron Sibley: 442-6463.
July 27: USO Celebration: Remembering the Big Band Era, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, 3pm. The Red River Jazz Band recaptures the memories and music from the 1930’s, 1940’s, and 1950’s when Big Bands were popular music entertainment and swing was the style. Free admission is given to all servicemen and servicewomen attending in uniform. Cost: $10 adults; $5 students. Call the Arts Council of Central Louisiana: (318) 443-4718.
July 15-18: See How They Run, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, Thurs.-Sat. 7p.m., Sun. 2:30p.m. Sponsored by Lagniappe Theatre Company. Featuring professional actors, this comedy is a riot! Russian spies, overzealous church ladies, mistaken identity and loads of laughs; it’s like Three’s Company on steroids! Come join the fun. Cost: $10-$15. Call Karen Burns: 48-STAGE.
July 22-24: NSU Summer Dinner Theatre, A.A. Fredericks Auditorium at NSU. The NSU Department of Performing and Creative Arts presents “Marriage Can Be Murder” a murder mystery dinner theatre where the characters also serve as your waitstaff. It’s a fun-filled evening for all ages! Advance reservations are required. Cost: $25. Call: 318-357-4483.
Ongoing – July: Summer Safari, Alexandria Zoo. 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.
Ongoing-August 17: YWCA Summer Day Camp, 5912 James St., 7a.m.-6p.m. Sponsored by YWCA. Camp is packed full of fun activities like indoor and out door games, arts and crafts, swimming, field trips and Friday Finales. Cost: $45 registration, $10 membership, $50 activity fee, $75 per week ($5 discount per child). Call Marle Chapman: 442-3397.
Ongoing–July 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 8: 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.
July 8: 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.
July 9, 16, 23 and 30: 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.
July 9-11: Pandemonium Car Show, Rapides Parish Coliseum. Call B.J. Mills: 792-9391. www.pandemoniumshow.com
July 10, 17, 24, 31: Cane River Green Market, Downtown Natchitoches Riverbank, 8am-12noon. Offering a variety of homegrown and value-added products direct from the producers. Call: 318-866-6246. www.canerivergreenmarket.com.
July 10: Rumble on the Frontier, Fort St. Jean Baptiste, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors will be experience demonstrations and discussions on 18th Century French artillery. Make sure you stay for the firing of the garrison gun. Call: (888) 677-7853.
July 10: 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.
July 10: 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.
July 11: Introduction to Zen Meditation, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1:00-4:00pm. This program will introduce participants to Zen meditation practices and techniques. Regular meditation sessions are held Sunday mornings at 8:30am, and Tuesday evenings at 6:00pm. E-mail: mailto:email@example.com.
July 12-16: Vacation Bible School: Route 254 (What’s Your Destination?), 430 Jackson St., 9a.m.-Noon. Sponsored by Emmanuel Baptist Church. For children born prior to September 30, 2006 through 6th grade, completed. Pre-registration recommended. Cost: Admission free. Call Church Office: 442-7773.
July 12: 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.
July 12: 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.
July 12: Look Good, Feel Better, Trellis Room, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital, 12:00noon. 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 free 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. Call: 1-800-ACS-2345.
July 13: 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.
July 13, August 17 and September 14: Rule the Web! Web design with Paul Barbee, 321 Desoto St., 6-7p.m. Sponsored by Tipitina’s Music Office Co-Op. Cost: Admission free. Call Aaron Sibley: 442-6463.
July 13: Sibling Class, 1st Floor Conference Room at Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital. This class is a fun, interactive class designed specifically for young siblings who are expecting a new baby in the home. Cost: $10 per family. Call: 448-6970.
July 14: Chef John Folse TV Taping, Our group will be the studio audience while Chef John Folse entertains us during the taping of his TV series. This season is the companion to Chef Folse’s “After the Hunt” cookbook. The series’ focus is on the history of hunting, use of wild game, sportsmen & the sport of hunting. Cost: $100. Call Nancy Richards: 443-9038. www.cenlatravel.com.
July 15: 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. 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.
July 15: Southern Living Idea House and Luncheon overlooking Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana Northshore. Sponsored by Cenla Travel. Cost: $130 per person. Call Nancy Richards: 443-9038. www.cenlatravel.com
July 16: I Love Sinatra!, Alexandria Golf & Country Club, 7:00pm. Take a step back in time with the music of Old Blue Eyes, as performed by renowned singer Dave Hamm while enjoying a delicious dinner at the beautiful Alexandria Golf & Country Club. Dinner is included in the price of admission; a cash bar featuring $5 martini specials will also be available. Cost: $40. Call: 442-2806.
July 17: 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.
July 19-22: Junior Golf Camp, Links on the Bayou, 8:30am-11am. This fun-filled summer day camp includes hands-on lessons, teaching of golf etiquette, snacks & drinks each day. Cost: $100. Call: 473-1331.
July 19-23: Summer Genealogy and History Camp, Alexandria Genealogical Library, 9:00am – 12:00noon. This camp is open to boys and girls who have completed 6th grade to 15 years, and is limited to 15 campers. Purpose of the Camp is to acquaint the participants with proper genealogical and historical research. Campers will fill out family group sheets for themselves, their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. Proper documentation of these sources will be discussed. Campers will be given instruction on the use of computers in genealogical research and the role that the Internet plays. Cost: $10. Call: (318) 487-8556.
July 19: Cancer Support Group, Cascade Room at Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Noon. 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 is requested. Call: 769-7200.
July 21: 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 (includes lunch and supplies). Call 769-3106.
July 22: Muscular Dystrophy Support Group, Gallery Room, Medical Terrace at Rapides Regional Medical Center, 6 p.m. Meetings include guest speakers and access to staff from the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Call (800) 644-9730.
July 24: 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.
July 26: 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.
July 26: 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 26: Breathing and Relaxation, Rapides Regional Medical Center, Gallery Room, Medical Terrace, 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. 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. Cost: $15 (Waived if delivering at Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital). Call: 877-801-8441 or register online at rapidesregional.com.
July 27: Happiest Baby on the Block, 1st floor Conference Room at Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital, 6:00p.m. – 8:00p.m. This program was created by Dr. Harvey Karp and is designed to teach parents simple, effective and fun techniques to quickly soothe their babies’ cries and help them to sleep a little longer. Cost: $30.
July 31: Did Your Grandma Lye?, Fort St. Jean Baptiste, 10 a.m. Participate in old-time soap making and washing laundry. Cost: TBA. Call: (888) 677-7823.
July 31-August 1: 2010 Central Cerebral Palsy of LA Telethon, Alexander Fulton Hotel, Sat. Noon-10p.m., Sun. Noon-6p.m. Sponsored by Cerebral Palsy of Louisiana. Televised live on KLAX. Drop $25 in fish bowl and receive a t-shirt. Volunteers needed! Come out and help a great cause. Cost: Admission free. Call Angie Voiles: 337-322-7500.
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 15-October 15: Back to School Special, 1718 Kegleman Blvd., time: varies. Sponsored by Master Rousseau’s Taekwondo. Beginner classes for children Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:20-7:05p.m. and Saturdays 10:30-11:15a.m. Adult beginner classes Thursdays 8p.m. and Saturdays Noon. Cost: $99 for nine weeks of instruction with uniform included. Call Carol Rousseau: 443-8066.
July 16-21: Dixie Softball Angels State Tournament, Johnny Downs Sports Complex. Sponsored by Alexandria Dixie Softball. Call D.D. Edwards: 715-2256.
July 16-21: Dixie Softball DEBS State Tournament, Johnny Downs Sports Complex. Sponsored by Alexandria Dixie Softball. Call D.D. Edwards: 715-2256.
July 16-22: Little League State Baseball Tournament, Alexandria Youth Complex. Sponsored by Louisiana Little League. Call Michael Marler: 308-0005.
July 16-22: Little League State Softball Tournament, Alexandria Youth Complex. Sponsored by Louisiana Little League. Call Michael Marler: 308-0005.
July 18: Bowling to Benefit a Good Cause, Tiger Lanes Bowling Center, 6:00pm. Tiger Lanes at England Airpark will host a benefit bowling tournament, with the proceeds benefiting Faron Parker, a 39-year-old Cenla resident battling lung cancer. The event will also feature a raffle for various gifts and prizes. Any and all additional donations are both welcome and appreciated. Cost: $20 minimum donation. Call Sharon or Mary: 443-7261.
July 29-August 4: Little League Senior League Regional Softball Tournament, Louisiana College Softball Field. Sponsored by Louisiana Little League. Call Michael Marler: 308-0005.
July 31: 5th Annual Hacker’s Cup, Alexandria Golf & Country Club, 8:00am. The 5th Annual Hacker’s Cup Golf Tournament to benefit the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research will host a 4-man scramble golf tournament, luncheon and awards ceremony at the Alexandria Golf and Country Club. That evening, Team Fox will host an after party featuring live music by Daniel Smalley at Spirits Food & Friends. Cost: $400 (Team of 4). Call Dustin: 709-6261.
July 30-August 1: Arrowhead Junior Golf Association Louisiana Championship, Links on the Bayou. Sponsored by Arrowhead Junior Golf Association. Call Paul McDowel: 850-650-6331.
July 30-August 4: Dixie Softball, Inc. BELLES World Series, Ward 9 Sportsplex. Sponsored by Pineville Youth Baseball Association and Louisiana Dixie Softball. Call Jay Slayter: 419-1517.