October 2012 Calendar

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Arts

 

Ongoing-October:  Paint Pink Art Exhibit, Christus Cabrini Art Gallery, Outpatient Center, 1st floor andRapidesRegionalArtGallery,SouthTower between the Lobby and ER, time: 24/7.  Sponsored by Arts & Healthcare, Inc.  Both hospital galleries will feature art by local artists dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness.  All art is for sale and proceeds go to continue arts programming in our local cancer centers.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call:  769-7602.  www.artsandhealthcare.org.

 

Ongoing-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.

 

October 4-5:  Pottery Workshop with Conner Burns, 1330 Second St., time:  varies.  Sponsored byRiverOaksSquareArtsCenter and G.A.E.D.A.  Oct. 4, 9a.m. lecture, Oct. 4-5, 10a.m. workshop and Oct. 5, 7p.m. wheel throwing demo and gallery talk.  Cost:  lecture and demo free and workshop:  $100 per person.  Call Rachael Dauzat:  473-2670.

 

October 5:  Exhibit Reception and Art Walk, 1330 Second St., 4-9p.m.  Sponsored byRiverOaksSquareArtsCenter.  Exhibit featuring pottery artist Conner Burns.  Wheel throwing demo and gallery lecture.  Also exhibiting the art of Amy Glisan and Mark Rabalais.  Cost:  admission free.  Call Rachael Dauzat:  473-2670.

 

October 11:  Art Show to benefit the Central Louisiana Homeless Coalition, home of Jim and Frances Hurst, 16th St.,Alexandria, 6-9p.m.  Local artists will display their art for sale to benefit the Central Louisiana Homeless Coalition.  Serves as the opening event for the Homeless Awareness Summit to be held on October 12.  Guest speaker of theSummit, Linda Kaufman, Project Manager for 100k Homes, will be available for a meet-and-greet.  Cost:  admission free.  Call Kendra Gauthier:  443-0500.

 

October 13:  Make Your Own Costume Workshop, 1403 Third St., 9a.m.-Noon.  Sponsored by T.R.E.E. House Children’s Museum.  Registration is required. Call or email at kidstreehouse@bellsouth.net to register.  Children can choose one of three costumes upon registration.  Parental accompaniment is not required.  Cost:  $20 per child.  Call Kara Edwards:  619-9394.

 

October 16:  Southern Circuit of Independent Filmmakers: Encounter with Simone Weil, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, time:  TBA.  Sponsored by the Arts Council of Central Louisiana.  “Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.”  These words provide the entry point to An Encounter with Simone Weil, Julia Haslett’s exploration of moral responsibility against the backdrop of 21st centuryAmerica.  Made possible by a grant from South Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.  Cost:  $5.  Call Roy Rosenthal:  484-4477.

 

October 20:  Adult Art Class: Debris Art, AlexandriaMuseum of Art, 10a.m.-3p.m.  Cost:  free to AMoA members and $20 non-members.  Call Cindy Cooper:  443-3458.

 

October 27:  Van Gogh Gala, 1330 Second St., 7p.m.  Sponsored byRapidesRegionalMedicalCenter.  Fundraiser to benefitRiverOaksSquareArtsCenter.  Cost:  $50 per person; please call for tickets.  Call Rachael Dauzat:  473-2670.

 

Music

 

October 12 & 19:  DownTown Rocks, on the Steps of City Hall, 6-8p.m.  Sponsored by the City ofAlexandria Division of Community Services.  October 12:  Robin and the Bluebirds and October 19:  Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call:  449-5051.

 

October 20:  “British Invasion” Rapides Symphony Orchestra Concert, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, 7:30p.m.  Music by British composers present and past make up this concert featuring cellist Evan Drachman playing Elgar and Gustav Holst’s large-scale astrological exploration, “The Planets.”  Cost:  $25 general, $15 seniors, $10 students and children.  Call James Owens:  442-9709 ext. 2.

 

October 27:  Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center.  Sponsored by the Arts Council of Central Louisiana.  For more than two decades Grammy winning artist Terrance Simien, 8th generation Louisiana Creole, has been shattering the myths about what his indigenous Creole Zydeco music is and is not.  Leading his Zydeco Experience Band, Simien has become one of the most respected artists in root music today.  Cost:  $25 general, $18 seniors 65 and older, $12 students.  Call Roy Rosenthal:  484-4477.

 

October 30: No Tricks, Just Treats—Music for the Spookiest Season, Pineville High School Auditorium, 7:00pm.  Come enjoy a fun, family-friendly event in Central Louisiana and listen to some great music with the Red River Wind Symphony. This concert will feature Halloween music as well as seasonal favorites. Everyone is encouraged to dress in costume! There will be an opportunity for children to trick-or-treat during intermission!  Cost: Free.  Call:  318-487-7328. www.redriverwindsymphony.org.

 

Theatre

 

October 4-7:  CPP Presents:  Grandmothers, Incorporated- the Play, Hearn Stage, Kress Theatre, Thur.-Sat. 7:30p.m., Sun. 2:30p.m.  Sponsored byCityPark Players – Central Louisiana Community Theatre.  Four of the most unlikely female detectives you’ll ever see on stage.   All are widows whose adventures in the world of crime will make you laugh until you get teary eyed.  Cost:  $15 general, $12 seniors 60 and older, $7 students.  Call:  484-4478.

 

October 11-14:  Annie the Musical, Coughlin-Saunders PerformingArtsCenter, Thus.-Sat. 7p.m., Sun. 2:30p.m.  Sponsored by Lagniappe Theatre Company.  Wonderful musical about little orphan Annie.  Huge and talented cast of 70 kids and adults, and one dog.  All ages will enjoy this popular family musical.  Cost:  $10-$15.  Call Karen Burns:  48-STAGE.

 

October 16-December 4:  Drama Classes for all Ages, Lagniappe Theatre location in the Alexandria Mall, time:  varies.  Classes for ages 3 through college aged.  Many of the classes will perform in the Cenla Christmas Spectacular in December.  Go to www.lagniappetheatre.com for a listing of classes.  Cost:  varies.  Call Karen Burns:  48-STAGE.

 

November 10:  ONSTAGE2012 Awards Gala, Convention Hall, 7-11p.m.  Sponsored by City Park Players-Central Louisiana Community Theatre.  Join City Park Players as the casts and crews of the 2012 Shows celebrate the conclusion of the 64th Season.  Snippets of the shows and music by the 2nd Street Band will accompany the festive evening which will feature food, a silent auction and dancing.  Cost:  $50 per person.  Call:  484-4478.

 

Events

 

Ongoing- May 23:  YWCA after School Care, YWCA, behind ASH, 3-6p.m.  Program designed for children ages 4-13.  Time is set aside for counselor assisted homework.  Cost:  $55 for registration/membership and $50 weekly.  Call Marle Chapman:  442-3397.

 

Ongoing-October: My Mammogram Was a Piece-a-Cake!  In recognition of October as national Breast Cancer Awareness Month, every woman who completes a screening mammogram at Rapides Regional Medical Center during October will receive a free “My mammogram was a piece-a-cake!” T-shirt and a coupon for a free cupcake from Piece-A-Cake bakery in Pineville.  Visit: www.rapidesregional.com.

 

Ongoing – October:  Pineville Police Department Citizen Academy, TudorCommunity Center, Tues. and Thurs. 6-8p.m.  Cost:  admission free.  Call Captain Darrin Luneau:  487-6559.

 

October 5:  6th Annual Pink and White Balloon Launch, Christus Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital, Noon.  Sponsored by Christus ST. Frances Cabrini Hospital Women’sLifeCenter.  Please join Cabrini Associates and Community as we launch pink and white balloons to raise awareness about breast cancer.  Cost:  admission free.  Call Diane Kitts:  483-4026.

 

October 5, 12, 19, 26: Paint the Town Pink, Rapides Cancer Center and Rapides Regional Medical Center employees invite you to join them as they celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month by wearing pink every Friday in October.

 

October 5:  Autumn ArtWalk 2012, Cultural Arts District, DowntownAlexandria, 4-9p.m.  Sponsored by the Arts Council ofCentral Louisiana.  ArtWalk’s theme is Steampunk, so come dressed in your best Neo-Victorian garb.  If you are interested in being a vendor or performing, please call ASAP.  Cost:  admission free.  Call Kyle May:  484-4471.

 

October 6: 23rd Annual Walk to Remember, Alexandria Zoo, 9:30 a.m. The Walk to Remember is sponsored by the Healing Hearts community perinatal loss support group, and there is no charge to participate. Call: Denise Cross: (318) 769-7569 or Stephanie Benavides: (318) 448-6970 or (318) 794-3300.

 

October 6: “Know Your Stats”, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Atrium, 9:30am.  A free men’s prostate health event with Drs. Robert Bass, Robert Fontane and Joshua Sleeper speaking on prostate cancer, screenings and treatment options. Please pre-register. Cost: Free. Call: 866-581-3627.

 

October 6:  Free Bully Prevention Seminar, Rapides Parish Library, 5416 Provine Place, 10-11a.m.  Sponsored by Master Rousseau’s Taekwondo.  Come learn how to recognize bullying, how to avoid bully situations and what to do if you are bullied.  Master Rousseau will be assisted by Bully Prevention Specialist Carolyn Guin, trained in the Olweus Program.  Cost:  admission free.  Call Master Rousseau:  443-8066.

 

October 7:  Breast Cancer Awareness Day, Alexander Fulton Hotel, 3p.m.  Sponsored by Miss Black LouisianaUSA Talented Teen Contestant, Saretta Wilson.  Silent auction, photo booth, information booths and vendor booths.  Proceeds to benefit Breast Cancer Warriors Monique Segura and Jasmine Sewell.  Cost:  $5 general, children 8 and under free.  Call Nakia Nelson:  717-9842.

 

October 8: 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.

 

October 8:  Moms Club of Alexandria Monthly Social, First UnitedMethodistChurch ofAlexandria, 10a.m.  Come and find out about Moms Club by joining us at our monthly social.  We will discuss upcoming Moms Club events as have some food and fun for kids.  Cost:  $20 per year.  Call Hannah Morgan:  790-6302.

 

October 8: Sweet & Low Diabetes Support Group, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Atrium, 6:00pm.  This month our guest speaker will be Ronnie Bolling with Sanofi Aventis. She will be speaking on new innovations in blood glucose monitoring iBG Star Meter.  Everyone is welcome to attend. Pre-registration is requested.  Call: 866-581-3627.

 

October 8-12:  Homeless Awareness and Advocacy Week, Alexandria/Pineville, time: varies.  Member organizations of the Central Louisiana Homeless Coalition will host events to raise awareness and advocacy on behalf of the homeless populations they serve.  Monday:  Hope House of Central Louisiana-women and children,  Tuesday:  Eckerd-homeless and at-risk youth, Wednesday:  Volunteers of America-unsheltered/street homeless, Thursday:  Alexandria VA Medical Center-veterans and Friday:  Homeless Coalition-community involvement to end homelessness.  Cost:  admission free.  Call Kendra Gauthier:  443-0500.

 

October 10: 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.

 

October 11: Polk Street Area Neighborhood Meeting, Alexandria Public Safety Complex Community Room, 6:00pm.  We have invited the SafeAlex representatives to conduct a workshop with our neighbors, teach us how we can form a team and combat physical and moral decay in our neighborhood.  Call Heather Matlock: 318-229-7613.

 

October 12:  Homeless Advocacy and Awareness Summit, ZionHillChurch, 9:30a.m.-12:30p.m.  Each year over 1600 school aged children find themselves without stable housing inCentral Louisiana. Another 200 individuals and families end up in local homeless shelters.  Join us to hear how you can make a difference!  Linda Kaufman, Field Organizer for 100K Homes, will be the keynote speaker.  Lunch will be provided.  For prior ticket purchase, call the Central Louisiana Homeless Coalition or email cenlahomeless@gmail.com  Cost:  $25.  Call Kendra Gauthier or Dwanna Sandifer:  443-0500.

 

October 12: TREE House Play-A-Thon, TREE House Children’s Museum, 6:30-8:30pm.  Children will gather sponsors who will pledge money for time played during the evening fundraiser.  For example, $1 for every 15 minutes played for 30 minutes is a $2 donation.  All proceeds benefit TREE House Children’s Museum.  Call: 619-9394.

 

October 13:  Fall Herb Day and Arts and Crafts Festival, KentPlantation House, 8a.m.-1p.m.  Come browse our selection of fall herbs and flowers and receive expert help in picking out the right plants for your yard.  Also enjoy arts and crafts vendors as well as a huge yard sale. Cost:  admission free.  Call Kent Plantation House:  487-5998.

 

October 13: Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Seminar, Christus Cabrini Outpatient Center 2nd Floor Board Room, 9 a.m. Please pre-register. Call: 866-581-3627.

 

October 13:  Second Saturday Market, AlexandriaMuseum of Art, 9a.m.-1p.m.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Jenny Gallent:  443-3458.

 

October 13:  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

 

October 13:  Taking it 2 the Street, DowntownAlexandria, 10a.m.  Sponsored by Capital One Bank, Sayes Office Supply and The Walker Law Group.  Free walking tour ofAlexandria’s cultural district guided by local media celebrities and features local entertainers all along the route.  Tour begins at Alexandria Museum of Art.  Cost:  admission free.  Call Rich Joyce:  445-1234 ext. 242.

 

October 15: 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.

 

October 17: FCA Leadership 101 Conference, Granberry Auditorium at Louisiana College, 9:00am – 1:00pm.  Come learn about career planning, setting goals, resume and interviewing, ethics and morals, teamwork and much more! Open to 11th & 12th Grade Students only.  Cost: $6 (includes lunch).

 

October 17: CenLa Women’s Connection Luncheon, Conference Center on the Greens, 12:00noon.  Featuring Myrna Dozier from San Antonio, TX presenting on “Life is Like a Hot Air Balloon”.  Special feature: Operation Christmas Child.  Registration includes lunch, feature and speaker.  Cost: $16.  Call: 442-6237.

 

October 18: AARP Driver Safety Program, Rapides Regional Medical Terrace Auditorium, 8:30am. A one day, four-hour class designed for drivers over 50. Cost: $12 AARP members; $14 non-AARP members. Bring a check or money order payable to AARP to cover the cost of the course and your AARP membership card to verify your AARP membership number.  Call Rapides Community Education Department: (318) 769-3106.

 

October 18: 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.

 

October 18: 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.

 

October 18: 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.  This month will feature Susan Komen Race for the Cure Survivor Packet pick up.   Call: 866-581-3627.

 

October 18: Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Support Group, Louisiana Athletic Club Conference Room, 6:00pm. Please pre-register. Call: 866-581-3627.

 

October 20: 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.

 

October 20:  Susan G. Komen Cenla Race for the Cure, DowntownAlexandria, 7:30a.m.  Sponsored by Christus ST. Frances Cabrini Hospital and Hixson Ford.  Please join cancer survivors and their families as we walk together to raise funds for breast cancer awareness.  75% of funds raised remain in our local community and 25% of funds go to cancer research.  Call AngieRoberts:  466-6070.

 

October 20: Jena Fall Fest Antique Show, Jena Fairgrounds off Hwy 84, 9:00am.  The Fall Fest will feature a day of entertainment – Tractor Pulls, Antique tractors, car/trucks, hit & miss motors, and all type of heritage displays.  Games for all ages, Kids tractor pull, Kids barrel race, grass sack race, women skillet toss and much more.  Live music all day with group jam sessions.  Arts & Crafts booths.   Don’t miss out! Cost: Free. Call: 318-992-2206.

 

October 20: 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.

 

October 20:  Laughter is the Best Medicine Comedy Club Fundraiser, Spirits,1260-H Texas Ave., 6p.m. or 8:30p.m.  Sponsored by Arts & Healthcare, Inc. and Spirits.  Comedy Club featuring professional comic andAlexandria native, Christee Gabour Atwood.  Limited seating, two shows, cash bar.  Purchase tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/event257856 or at Spirits.  Advance ticket purchase recommended.  Cost:  $50- includes dinner and comedy show.  Call:  769-7602.

 

October 20:  4th Annual Zombie Walk of Alexandria, Desoto St., DowntownAlexandria, 6:30p.m.  Sponsored by Cenla Zombies Association. A slow-paced, police escorted walk.  Proceeds from t-shirt sales to benefit The Muscular Dystrophy Association.  Food and drink concessions available from local restaurants.  Zombie Costume contest and live entertainment.  Family friendly, smoke free event.  Cost:  admission free.  Call Duana Trotter:  308-1950.

 

October 22-23: United Way Book Fair, Rapides Regional Medical Center South Tower Lobby. Employees of Rapides Regional will hold their annual book fair to benefit the United Way. The hours on Monday, Oct. 22 are from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and from 6:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

 

October 22: 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.

 

October 22: 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.

 

October 22: Sibling Class, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Cascade 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. Registration is required. Cost: Free. Call: 877-801-8441.

 

October 25-27: 9th Annual A Very Merry Market, Alexandria Riverfront Center, time varies.  Sponsored by the Junior League of Alexandria.  Events include preview party, character breakfast and cookie events and general shopping featuring over 80 booths with vendors from across the country.  Cost:  $5 general shopping (Preview Party and Character Event tickets sold separately).  Call the Junior League Office: (318) 443-6975.  www.jlalex.com

 

October 25: Free Legal Advice Clinic, Rapides Parish Main Library, 11:00am – 1:00pm.  The Central Louisiana Pro Bono Project, Inc., will present a Free Legal Advice Clinic during which local volunteer attorneys will be available to prepare simple or living wills and power of attorneys, both durable and health.   They’ll also be on hand to give free legal advice on most civil matters. Please pre-register.  Call Reference Assistant Manager Faith Johnson: 318-445-2411, extension 1030 or 1036.

 

October 25:  Trick-or-Treat Street, LSUA Campus, 5-7p.m.  Sponsored by LSUA Student Life.  Tickets may be purchased in advance starting October 1 at LSUA office of Auxiliary Services located on the second floor of theStudentCenter.  Tickets also available at door.  Cost:  $3 per person.  Call Kyra Turner:  427-4403.

 

October 25: 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.

 

October 26:  Tales Along the Bayou- Ghost Stories at Kent Plantation House, 6-8p.m.  Sponsored by Rapides Parish Library.  Come enjoy Tales along the Bayou with stories for younger children at 6p.m. and slightly scarier stories at 7p.m.  Bring your blankets and chairs and get there early for the best seats.  Food available for purchase or you can bring your own.  Cost:  admission free.  Call Kent Plantation House:  487-5998.

 

October 27:  1850’s Funeral Reenactment, Kent Plantation House, 4-6p.m.  Come observe a funeral from the 1850’s as we mourn one of the sons of the original builder.  See the coffin laid out in the parlor as the house is dressed for mourning in the 1850’s style.  Repast to follow.  Cost:  $5 general, children 6 and under free.  Call Kent Plantation House:  487-5998.

 

October 29-31:  Zoo Boo, Alexandria Zoo.  Sponsored by FOTAZ, City ofAlexandria and local businesses.  Halloween fun for all ages!  Trick-or-Treat trail for all kids 12 and younger; scary trail for those who dare.  Treat bags provided.  Musical entertainment. Cost:  $6 per person.  Call Zoo Office:  441-6810.

 

October 31: Pumpkin Carving Contest, Rapides Regional Medical Center, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Rapides Regional employees will display their creativity during the hospital’s annual Pumpkin Carving Contest. Come out and see the winning, and not-so-winning, displays. The pumpkins will be on display in the hallway across from The Gift Shop in the main hospital.

 

October 31:  Fall Family Festival, KeesPark, Hwy 28 East, 6-8p.m.  Sponsored by City ofPineville.  Cost:  admission free.  Call Madonna LeBlanc:  449-5660.

 

October 31:  Mall-o-Ween, Alexandria Mall, 5-7p.m.  Kids come in costume to enjoy a family friendly movie on the big screen plus candy and treats from participating mall retailers.  Cost:  admission free for children 12 and younger.  Call Missy McKnight:  448-0227 ext. 0.

 

November 9:  Story Time and Book Signing: “Steamduck Learns to Fly”,1403 Third St., 11a.m.  Sponsored by T.R.E.E. House Children’s Museum.  Meet the author and illustrator of this fantastic steampunk themed book for kids.  Escape into this delightful story as it is told; get your own signed copy and a Steamduck t-shirt too!  Cost:  $4 per person, children 2 and younger free.  Call Kara Edwards:  619-9394.

 

November 9-10:  LifeShare 24 Hour Blood Drive, 2051 North Mall Drive, Noon-Noon.  Sponsored by LifeShare Blood Centers.  24 hour event complete with prizes and give-a-ways for donors. The need for blood never sleeps and during this event, neither do we!  Cost:  admission free.  Call Lisa Hickman:  445-7439.

 

November 9:  LSUA Foundation Scholarship Gala, Alexandria Riverfront Center, 6:30p.m.  Sponsored by LSUA Foundation.  This 3rd annual event raises money for the Scholarship Program for deserving students at LSUA.  The black tie affair will include dinner, cocktails, speaker John Barry, author of Rising Tide and the big band sounds of Bulletproof Brass Band fromDallas,TX.  Cost:  $100 per person or table sponsorships available.  Call:  Melinda F. Anderson:  619-2916.

 

November 10: Sugar Day Festival, KentPlantation House, 9a.m.-5p.m.  Come out and enjoy arts and crafts vendors, children’s activities, demonstrations of life in the 1800’s, live music and much more.  There will be complimentary tours of the house and food available for purchase.  Cost: $5 general, children 6 and younger free.  Call:  487-5998.

 

November 10:  MDA’s Cenla Muscle Walk, Louisiana Athletic Club, 9:30-11:30a.m.  Sponsored by Muscular Dystrophy Association.  The walk is family-oriented and anyone can join, including children, adults, grandparents, students, corporate teams and more.  Held to pay tribute and raise funds for children and adults served by MDA.  Cost:  admission free, but fundraising goal is $74 per person on a team.  Call Christina Griffin:  388-3252.

 

 

Sports

 

October 9, 16, 23 and 29:  Yoga in the Gallery, AlexandriaMuseum of Art, 5:30-6:30p.m.  Made possible by a grant from the Rapides Foundation.  Cost:  admission free.  Call Jenny Gallent:  443-3458.