Ongoing – January: Central Louisiana Arts & Healthcare Exhibits. Central Louisiana Arts & Healthcare proudly presents our monthly art exhibits at area hospitals and clinics. Exhibits are currently showing: Paintings by Tina Bordelon at the Christus Cabrini Gallery for Reflection and Healing; Paintings by Lacey Johnson at the Rapides Regional Medical Center Gallery; and Impressions by Jack LaFaye at the OSMS Gallery. For more information on the exhibits, visit www.artsandhealthcare.org; or Call: 769-7602.
Ongoing-March 5: Hunt Slonem: On the Bayou, Alexandria Museum of Art, Tue.-Fri., 10a.m.-5p.m., Sat. 10a.m.-4p.m. Sponsored by AMoA. Exhibit showing. Cost: $4 adults, $3students, seniors, military and children 13 and under. Call: 443-3458.
January 5-29: Real Art DeRidder (RAD) Group Exhibit at Gallery One Ellleven, 111 Third St., Leesville, Mon.-Fri. 11a.m.-4p.m., Sat. 11a.m.-2p.m. Sponsored by Gallery One Ellleven. Local and regional artists affiliated with RAD will provide a group exhibition of original art work. Artist reception held Jan. 8 at 6p.m. Cost: Admission free. Contact Tony McDonald: firstname.lastname@example.org. www.galleryoneellleven.org
January 11-February 19: Exhibit Opening, 1330 Main St., Tue-Fri., 10a.m.-4p.m., Sat. 10a.m.-2p.m. Sponsored by River Oaks Square Arts Center. Exhibit featuring Lisa Orr and Kate Murphy. Opening Reception on Jan. 14, 5-7p.m. Cost: Admission free. Call Rachael Dauzat: 473-2670.
January 11: 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.
January 14: Opening Reception, Jacob Lawrence: Toussaint L’Ouverture Series, Alexandria Museum of Art, 6:30-8:30p.m. Sponsored by AMoA. Cost: Admission free. Call: 443-3458.
January 30: Tea and Puppets, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, 3p.m. Sponsored by Arts Council of Central Louisiana. This family friendly event features not only the many talents of Lynn Trefzger, ventriloquist/comedian, but also a tea party in the lobby with puppet crafts by the T.R.E.E. House Museum. Lynn comes with her trunk full of zany characters that have accompanied her to stages throughout the country. Cost: $20 for groups of 5 or $5 per person. Call Elizabeth: 443-4718.
February 4: Black History Month Art Exhibit Opening Reception, Kent Plantation House, time: TBA. Sponsored by Kent Plantation House. Cost: Admission free. Call Alice Scarborough: 487-5998.
January 15-16: Disney’s Aristocats, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, Sat. 10a.m. and 2p.m., Sun. 2p.m. Sponsored by Family Playhouse/OLPS. Musical theatre performance. Cost: $10. Call: 449-9073 ext. 210.
February 3-6 and 10-13: Mrs. Warrens’ Profession, Kress Theatre, Thur.-Sat. 7:30p.m., Sun. 2:30p.m. Sponsored by LSUA Empty Space Players. Cost: $12 general admission, $10 seniors 65+ and $5 students. Call Richard Gwartney: 427-4469.
February 3-7: Schoolhouse Rock Live! Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, Fri.-Sat. 7p.m. and school shows Thur., Fri. and Mon., 10a.m. Sponsored by Lagniappe Theatre Company. The Emmy Award-winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math, science and politics through clever, tuneful songs is not only making a small-screen comeback, instructing a whole new generation to do the “Conjunction Junction,” “Unpack Your Adjectives” and “Do the Circulations,” it’s also lighting up stages everywhere. Cost: $10-15 evening shows and $5 school shows. Call Karen Burns: 48-STAGE.
Ongoing-May: After School Program, Bolton Avenue Community Center, Mon., Tue. and Thur., 3:30-5:30p.m. Sponsored by City of Alexandria Division of Community Services. Activities include homework assistance, recreation, arts and crafts and much more. Cost: Admission free. Call: 449-5228.
Ongoing-May 26: YWCA After School Care, 5912 James St., Time: TBA. Sponsored by YWCA. Participants can expect to have a fun, safe place to go after school. Arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor activities and homework time are all part of the program. Cost: $45 registration, $45 weekly and $10 membership fee. Call Marle Chapman: 442-3397.
Ongoing-March 2011: Dance Fitness, Frank O. Hunter Park Gym, weekly, Mon. and Wed., 12:00-12:45p.m. Sponsored by City of Alexandria Division of Community Services. Physical fitness with a “twist.” Dance pounds, inches and stress away while enjoying every minute! Program is designed to merge low-stress popular dance steps like the “Cha’-Cha” and dance routines like the “Bus Stop” with conventional exercise movements to help accomplish the benefits associated with regular, moderate physical activity. Cost: $10 registration fee. Call: 449-5108.
January 6: On the Bayou, Alexandria Museum of Art, time: TBA. Sponsored by AMoA. A Cajun-style celebration with food and music featuring NY artist, Hunt Slonem. Cost: TBA. Call: 443-3458.
January 6, 12, 14, 18, 20, 21, 26, 28: Senior Lifestyles and Injury Prevention Training, Rapides Parish Senior Citizens’ Center, 10:30am. Rapides Regional Medical Center teams up with Rapides Senior Citizens Centers to offer on-site health screenings and injury-prevention classes including fall prevention, home safety, motor-vehicle safety and pedestrian safety. January 6-Ball; January 12-Union Hill; January 14-Bolton Ave.; January 18-Wilda; January 20-Boyce; January 21-Clifton Choctaw; January 26-Cheneyville; January 28-Deville. Call Rapides Senior Citizens’ Centers: 487-1561 or Rapides Regional Medical Center: 769-3512.
January 7: Epiphany, St. Rita Church Family Activity Building, 5p.m. Sponsored by Alexandria Mardi Gras Association. 5p.m. Gumbo dinner held in the Activity Building and 6:30p.m. Service of the Word and music at St. Rita Church followed by the burning of the greens. Cost: $5 donation. Call Zina Ford: 445-0035 or Shirley Sayes: 442-5707. www.alexmardigras.com
January 7: Epiphany Party, England Air Park, 7:30p.m. Sponsored by the Alexandria Mardi Gras Association. Musical entertainment provided by Magnolia. Cash bar. Cost: $30 reserved tables, $15 at door or $10 advanced tickets. Call Zina Ford: 445-0035 or Rachal Cathy: 613-8411. www.alexmardigras.com
January 8: Breastfeeding Class, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital 1st Floor Conference Room, 9:00am – 1:00pm. 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. Cost: $20. Call: 448-6970.
January 8: 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.
January 8: Second Saturday Market at the Museum, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10a.m.-1p.m. Sponsored by AMoA. Local art, food, music, specialty products and children’s activity. Cost: Admission free. Call: 443-3458.
January 8: Forensic Science, TREE House Children’s Museum, 2:00pm. Case of the Kidnapped Cookies! Cost: $4.00 (Under 2 Free). Call: (318) 619-9394.
January 10: MOMS Club, Becomers Room at First United Methodist Church of Alexandria, 10a.m. Sponsored by MOMS Club of Alexandria Area, LA. A support group for stay at home moms. Club meets second Monday of every month and has various activities throughout each month for moms and children. Cost: $20 yearly membership dues. Call Laura Bordelon: 640-0462.
January 10: The Morning Widowed Persons Support Group, Power Center, 10:00am-11:30am. This is an on-going support group for men and women whose spouse has died. This month our focus will be New Year’s resolutions that really work. 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.
January 10: Look Good, Feel Better, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Trellis Room, 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. Cost: Free. Call: 769-7200 or 1-800-ACS-2345.
January 11: Sibling Class, Christus Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital 1st Floor Conference Room, 6:00pm – 8:00pm. This class is a fun, interactive class designed specifically for young siblings who are expecting a new baby in the home. Cost: $10. Call: 448-6970.
January 12: Diabetes Group Class, Rapides Regional Medical Center Medical Terrace, 9:00am – Noon. This program is designed for adults with newly diagnosed diabetes and for people needing a refresher course in diabetes management. This is a basic diabetes program therefore no physician referral is required. The program content follows the American Diabetes Association guidelines and uses a variety of teaching methods to enhance learning. Topics include meal planning, monitoring blood sugar, medications, complications, and learning to deal with a chronic disease. The course is taught by Sandy Couvillon, Registered Dietitian and Amie Starks, Registered Nurse. Cost: Free. Pre-registration required. Call: 769-3106.
January 12: Cenla Homeless Coalition Membership Meeting, Emmanuel Baptist Church, 11a.m. Sponsored by Central Louisiana Coalition to Prevent Homelessness. Open to the public for anyone who wants to become involved or become a member of the Homeless Coalition. Cost: Admission free. Call Kendra Gauthier: 443-0500.
January 13: 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.
January 15 – 16: Cenla Cat Fanciers Cat Show, Rapides Parish Coliseum Exhibition Hall. Cost: $5.00 (12 & up); $4.00 (children & seniors).
January 15: Childbirth Class, Christus Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital 1st Floor Conference Room, 9:30am – 4:00pm. 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.
January 17: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration, Prayer Breakfast, 6:45a.m., Parade, 9a.m., Bolton Ave. and concludes at Alexandria Convention Hall, downtown. Program featuring music, speakers and a rally, Noon. Sponsored by Citywide Revival Committee. Cost: Admission free. Call: 443-8715.
January 17: Cancer Support Group, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Cascade Room, 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. Please pre-register. Call: 769-7200.
January 18: Happiest Baby On The Block, Christus Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital 1st Floor Conference Room, 6:00pm – 8:00pm. The 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.
January 20: 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. If you would like, please bring a special dessert or salad for our holiday celebration. Call Pam Hataway: 448-6970 or Becky Watkins: 448-6938.
January 20: Movie Matinee, Bolton Avenue Community Center, 1:30-3p.m. Sponsored by the City of Alexandria Division of Community Services. The featured film for January will be Inception – staring Leonard DiCaprio Cost: Free. Call: 449-5108.
January 22: 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.
January 24: 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. If you would like, please bring a special dessert or salad for our holiday celebration. Call Pam Hataway: 448-6970 or Becky Watkins: 448-6938.
January 24: 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.
January 24: Breathing & Relaxation (Comfort Techniques for Labor), Rapides Regional Medical Center Gallery 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. Cost: $15 (if not delivering at Rapides). Call: 877-801-8441.
January 27: Strengthening & Unifying Our Community by Valuing our Diversity, Alexandria City Hall, 11:00 – 4:30. Participants will learn basic definitions and perspectives along with a brief overview of the dimensions of diversity, including class, culture, race, and ethnicity. The workshop will provide handouts and make participants aware of resources that will add value to both their personal and work lives. Each participant will receive a certificate of completion. Lunch will be provided. Cost: Free. E-mail Joe Page: email@example.com or call Katie Vanderlick: (318) 442-3397.
January 27-30: Mardi Gras Cluster Dog Show, Rapides Parish Coliseum. Sponsored by Alexandria Kennel Club and Baton Rouge Kennel Club. Call Vickie Gardner: 640-9656.
January 27: Muscular Dystrophy Support Group, Rapides Regional Medical Center Medical Terrace Gallery Room, 6:00pm. Meetings include guest speakers and access to staff from the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Call: (800) 644-9730.
January 29: Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Seminar, Christus Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital 1st Floor Conference Room, 9:00am. Pre-registration encouraged. Call: (318) 448-4900.
January 29: Saturday Nite Talent Show, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, 6-8p.m. Sponsored by City of Alexandria Division of Community Services. The event is an opportunity for teens to showcase their talent. Cost: Admission free. Call: 449-5228.
January 1-March 30: New Year’s Special, 1718 Kegleman Blvd. Sponsored by Master Rousseau’s Taekwondo. Beginner classes for children on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:20-7:05p.m. and Saturdays from 10:30-11:15a.m. Adult beginner classes on Thursdays at 8p.m. and Saturday s at Noon. Cost: $99 for 9 weeks with uniform included. Call Master Rousseau: 443-8066.
January 8: Roller Derby Bout CDD vs. RSRD, Baton Rouge, 7p.m. Sponsored by Cenla Derby Dames. For event details and full schedules visit www.cenladervydames.com. Cost: TBA. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 22: Safety Day, Kegleman Blvd., 10-11:30a.m. and 1-2:30p.m. Sponsored by Master Rousseau’s Taekwondo. Morning session will be for kids’ safety and the afternoon will be a self defense class for adults. Cost: Admission free. Call Master Rousseau: 443-8066.
January 21-22: Amicus Club PRCA Rodeo, Rapides Parish Coliseum, Fri. 7:30p.m., Sat. 2p.m. and 7:30p.m. Sponsored by Amicus Club of Alexandria. Proceeds benefit mentally challenged and autistic children at St. Mary’s Training Facility. Cost: $10 adults, children under 12 free with coupon. Call Ann Brewer: 445-0580 or Frank Close: