Ongoing – August: Central Louisiana Arts & Healthcare Exhibits. Central Louisiana Arts & Healthcare proudly presents our monthly art exhibits at area hospitals and clinics. Exhibits currently showing: David Lind of Alexandria will be featured in the CHRISTUS Cabrini Gallery for Reflection and Healing located in the Outpatient Center (1st Floor, across from Radiology); Maria Maneman of Alexandria will be featured in the Cabrini Cancer Center; John Orr of Alexandria will be featured in the Rapides Regional Gallery located between the South Tower Lobby and the ER. For more information on the exhibits, visit www.artsandhealthcare.org; or Call: 769-7602.
September 21-November 24: 25th September Competition Exhibition, 3rd floor, Alexandria Museum of Art, Mon.-Fri., 10a.m.-5p.m., Sat., 10a.m.-4p.m. For more information visit www.themuseum.org. Cost: Free to AMoA members, regular admission for non-members. Call Anne Reid: 443-3458.
September 12: United States Navy Band Country Current, Downtown Amphitheatre, 7p.m. The United States Navy’s premier country and bluegrass band will perform all types of country music from traditional bluegrass and western swing to contemporary pop music. Cost: Admission free. Call: 449-5051.
September 22: Acoustic Concert Series, Café, 1st floor Alexandria Museum of Art, 6:30-8:30p.m. For more information visit www.themuseum.org. Cost: Free to AMoA members, $4 for non-members. Call Anne Reid: 443-3458.
September 29: Rapides Symphony Pops on the River, Downtown Amphitheatre, 7:30p.m. Sponsored by Rapides Symphony Orchestra. Night at the Movies, the sequel. Cost: general seating free; tables of 10, $300. Call James Owens: 484-4469.
September 27 – October 7: Grandmother’s, Inc. Hearn Stage at the Kress Theatre. City Park Players presents Grandmothers, Inc. by L.Barnett Evans & C.V. Rhodes, directed by Theresa Louviere & Ruth Weinzettle. Performances run nightly Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm. Sunday matinees will begin at 2:30pm. Cost: $15.00 adults; $12.00 Seniors; $7.00 Students. Call: (318) 484-4478.
September 6: Circle Of Support, CHRISTUS Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room, Noon. A Surviving Cancer Support Group. Call: 866-581-3627.
September 8, 15, 22 and 29: Alexandria Museum of Art’s Green Market, AMoA parking lot, 9a.m.-1p.m. Sponsored byAlexandriaMuseum of Art. Cost: Admission free. Call Natalie Scott Seeling: 442-6398.
September 8: Breastfeeding Class, RRMC Medical Terrace Gallery Room, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. . Intended for women wanting to breastfeed their infants, this one-day 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. Lunch is included. Call: 877-801-8441. www.rapidesregional.com
September 10: Moms Club of Alexandria Business Meeting, First UnitedMethodistChurch ofAlexandria, 10a.m. Sponsored by the Moms Club ofAlexandria. Join us for our monthly business meeting to find out about all of the exciting things we have coming up for moms in our area. Cost: $20 yearly membership. Call Autumn Johnson: 709-5292.
September 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. There will be group sharing time and this group has trained outreach volunteers who are available to the newly grieving. The Morning Widowed Support Group meets on the second Monday of each month and is sponsored by Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital. For more information, please call 866-581-3627.
September 10: Look Good…Feel Better, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Cascade Room, Noon. 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: 1-800-ACS-2345.
September 10, 17, 24: Yoga Class, Power Center, 4p.m.-5:15p.m. Wear comfortable clothing and bring yoga mat. If you have an eye pillow, blanket, block or strap, that is welcome, too. This class meets every Monday. Call: 866-581-3627.
September 10: Sweet & Low Diabetes Support Group, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Atrium, 6:00pm. This month our special guest speaker will be Sister Ann Brangan, LPC. She will be speaking on the feelings and depression when diabetes is diagnosed. Everyone is welcome to attend. Pre-registration is requested. Call: 866-581-3627.
September 10: Bereaved Parents Support Group, Power Center, 6:30-7:30p.m. This is an ongoing support group for parents, grandparents whose child has died. Bereaved Parents Support Group has trained outreach volunteers who are available to the newly grieving parent or grandparent. Sponsored by Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital and meets on the first Monday of every month. This month’s meeting only was moved to the second Monday due to the Labor Day holiday. Regular schedule resumes in October. Pre-registration is required. Brown bag supper at 6 p.m. Check out our Face Book page: Bereaved Parents of Cenla! Call: 866-581-3627.
September 11: Sibling Class, Christus Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital 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 per family. Please pre-register. Call: 866-581-3627.
September 12: Miracle Jeans Day, area businesses and Rapides Parish Schools, 8a.m.-5p.m. Sponsored by Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network. Miracle Jeans Day gives companies, organizations, and individuals an opportunity to come together in a casual way to support Children’s Miracle Network atCabriniHospital just by wearing jeans to work. It’s a way for employees to help raise funds for their local children’s hospital. Cost: $5 donation. Call Christus Cabrini Foundation: 448-6580.
September 12: Diabetes Group Class, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Medical Terrace Auditorium, 9 a.m. – Noon. Rapides Regional Medical Center is offering this free program 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. Reservations are required. Cost: Free. Call: 769-3106.
September 12: Alzheimer’s Caregiver Seminar, Westside Regional Library, 5:00pm – 9:00pm. This seminar is offered for caregivers and family members of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association. Materials and representatives will be on hand from various vendors. The agenda for the evening will include a presentation from Debbie Hayes, Associate Director for the Alzheimer’s Association, “Know the 10 Signs – Early Detection Matters.” The second speaker, Stephanie Prestridge, Attorney with Lineage Law, LLC, will discuss “Finding the Estate Plan that Fits Your Life.” The final session will be hosted by Christus Cabrini Hospice and will review “What is Hospice and What are the Myths about Hospice?”. Come early and visit these vendors. Please pre-register. Cost: Free. Call: (318) 861-8680.
September 15: Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Seminar, Christus Cabrini Outpatient Center 2nd Floor Board Room, 9 a.m. Please pre-register. Call: 866-581-3627.
September 15: Prepared Childbirth Class (One Day), RRMC Medical Terrace Gallery Room, 9:00am – 2:00pm. This 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. Call: 877-801-8441.
September 15: Childbirth Class, Christus Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital 1st floor Conference Room, 9:30 a.m. – 4 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. Please pre-register. Cost: $30. Call: 866-581-3627.
September 15: A Fall Arts and Crafts Festival, Rapides Exhibition Hall, 10a.m.-4p.m. Sponsored byRed River Arts and Crafts Guild. A variety of crafts and art work. Partnering with the Food Band and will gladly accept donations of canned food or cash. Cost: Admission free. Call Donna Fontenot: 443-1785.
September 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: (318) 769-7200.
September 17: Breathing & Relaxation, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Cascade Room, 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. Please pre-register. Call: 877-801-8441. www.rapidesregional.com.
September 18: Happiest Baby On The Block, Christus Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital 1st floor Conference Room, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. 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. Please pre-register. Call: 866-581-36270.
September 20: Les Fest Jammin’ in the Jungle, Alexandria Zoo, time: TBA. Sponsored by Friends of theAlexandria Zoo (FOTAZ) and the City ofAlexandria. Enjoy a wild evening under the cool shades of the festival plaza. Visit with exotic animals, be entertained with live music and enjoy spirits and delicious food as we remember Les Whitt. Cost: TBA. Call Lee Ann Whitt: 441-6814.
September 20: Parkinson’s Support Group, Power Center, 11:00am-12:30pm. 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. Please pre-register. Call: 866-581-3627.
September 20: Better Breathers Club, Rapides Health and Lifestyles Center, 12:00noon. Rapides Regional Medical Center offers the American Lung Association’s “Better Breathers Club” for patients with chronic lung disease. This is the only Better Breathers Club in Central Louisiana. The meetings will include guest speakers and a chance to ask questions of your own. Lunch is provided. Please pre-register. Call: (318) 769-3776.
September 20: Pink Ribbon Club, Christus Cabrini Women’s Life Center, 5:30 p.m. This breast cancer support group is for education, advocacy and support of breast cancer patients and survivors. Call: 866-581-3627.
September 20: Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Support Group, Louisiana Athletic Club Conference Room, 6:00pm. Please pre-register. Call: 866-581-3627
September 21: Wine and Cheese Fundraiser, 1403 Third St., 5-7p.m. Sponsored by T.R.E.E. House Children’s Museum. Cost: Admission free. Call Shelly Moore: 619-9394.
September 22: Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Downtown Alexandria Amphitheater Pavillion, 8:00am. Families of all ages are welcome. T-shirts will be presented to each individual registered attendee who donates/collects $100 for the event. Vendor booths and refreshments will be open for the participants. Cost: Free. Call: (318) 861-8680. www.alz.org/walk
September 22: Les Fest, Alexandria Zoo, 10a.m.-4p.m. Sponsored by Friends of theAlexandria Zoo (FOTAZ),Alexandria Zoo and the City ofAlexandria. See what’s happening at the zoo. A free day of music, entertainment, animals and fun in remembrance of former Zoo Director Les Whitt. Concessions, gift shop and train available. Cost: Admission free. Call Lee Ann Whitt: 441-6814.
September 24: The Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group, Power Center, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 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. The Alzheimer Support Group meets on the fourth Monday of each month. Call: 866-581-3627.
September 24: The Alzheimer’s Activity Group, Power Center, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The activity group will be offered for those with Alzheimer’s disease. The staff from Emeritus Senior Living will offer appropriate activities with a fun, hands-on approach. 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 by Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital. Call: 866-581-3627.
September 26: Archaeology Day, Kent Plantation House, 9a.m.-Noon. Come spend the morning learning all aboutCentral Louisiana’s early ancestors, how they lived, worked and played. Open to all school and church groups with reservations. Cost: Admission free. Call Kent Plantation House: 487-5998.
September 27: Muscular Dystrophy Support Group, RRMC Medical Terrace Gallery Room, 6:00pm. Meetings include guest speakers and access to staff from the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Call: (800) 644-9730.
September 29: Threads, AlexandriaRiverfrontCenter, 5p.m. Sponsored byCHRISTUSCabriniCancerCenter. Join us for a special fashion show featuring survivors as models. Proceeds benefit the Patient Assistance Fund atCHRISTUSCabriniCancerCenter. Hors d’oeuvres at 5p.m. Fashion show at 6p.m. Cost: $25 per person, $350 table of eight. CallCabriniCancerCenter: 448-6917.
October 7: Breast Cancer Awareness Day, Alexander Fulton Hotel, 4:00pm. This is a community service event which Saretta Wilson created as one of her requirements for the Miss Black Louisiana USA Pageant. Saretta is a member of the Greater St Lawrence B.C., Rev. Roy L. Lott, Sr., Pastor,a nd is a Junior at Peabody Magnet High School, where she is active in cheerleading, Beta, ROTC, and choir. Call Nakia Nelson: (318) 717-9842.
September 11, 18 and 25: Overlook Gallery, 3rd floor, Alexandria Museum of Art, 5:30-6:30p.m. Sponsored by a grant from Rapides Foundation and AMoA. Yoga Tao instructed by b. Hedrick. Yoga Tao is an asana and pranayama practice directed by the natural flow of yin and yang energies. Cost: Admission free. Call Jenny Gallent: 443-3458.
September 15: Le Tour de Bayou, KentPlantation House, 6a.m. Cycling event consisting of 25, 66 and 100 mile rides as well as a 2 mile family fun ride and a 5k fun run. Register at www.bikereg.com or come by the office for a registration form. Cost: $50 for 25, 66 or 100 mile, $15 for family fun ride and $25 for 5k run. Call Kent Plantation House: 487-5998.