Ongoing – June: Central Louisiana Arts & Healthcare Exhibits. Central Louisiana Arts & Healthcare proudly presents our monthly art exhibits at area hospitals and clinics. Exhibits currently showing: The Lily Oncology Travelling Exhibit will be featured in the Cabrini Cancer Center; Courtney Chandler will be featured in the Christus Cabrini Gallery for Reflection and Healing located in the Outpatient Center (1st Floor); Charles Ward of Alexandria will be featured in the Rapides Regional Gallery located between the South Tower Lobby and ER. For more information on the exhibits, visit www.artsandhealthcare.org; or Call: 769-7602.
Ongoing – August 24: Pulp Icons: Stewart Nachmias, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10a.m.-5p.m. Tues.-Fri., 10a.m.-4p.m. Sat. Cast paper and prints created from deeply carved wood blocks, inked directly to act as molds for hand-dyed paper pulp result in low-relief prints. Amusement parks and circuses depicted in rich color embedded in its dimensional surface highlight excitement and danger of urban life with a sense of humor! Cost: $4 adults; $3 Seniors/students/military; free for LSUA Students and children 4 and younger. Call Alyssa Fridgen: 443-3458.
Ongoing – August 24: Pulp Icons: Stewart Nachmias, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10a.m.-5p.m. Tues.-Fri., 10a.m.-4p.m. Sat. A group exhibition of contemporary Native artists explores created spaces transcending time and place. The illusion of a singular identity is unraveled through contemporary reworkings of weaving, performance, beadwork, storytelling, mythology, and symbolism, infusing both historical and contemporary processes and references. Imaginary space suspended beyond multiple realities highlight a more honest and accurate depiction of self and suggests new models of thinking and engaging with the world. Cost: $4 adults; $3 Seniors/students/military; free for LSUA Students and children 4 and younger. Call Alyssa Fridgen: 443-3458.
June 10, 11, 15: Silk Banner Painting, 10:00am-2:00pm. Arts & Healthcare invites the community to join us in painting thre silk banners. Come enjoy music and refreshments and be a part of the healing properties of creating art. No experience necessary. June 10: Cabrini Cancer Center Lobby; June 11: Rapides Cancer Center Lobby; June 15: Alexandria Mall. Made possible by a grant from the Downtown Alexandria Rotary Club. Cost: Free. Call: (318) 769-7602.
June 10-14: AMoA Summer Art Camp Stop Motion Animation, Alexandria Museum of Art. Instructor Cindy Cooper Blair will help campers become movie makers and learn the magic of animation, using puppets, drawings and other objects to create fun stop motion animation short films. There are two session daily: 9:00-12:00pm (ages 6-9), 1:00-4:00pm (ages 10+). Cost: $75 per week for AMoA members, $100 per week for Non-members. Call: (318) 443-3458. www.themuseum.org.
June 15: Art in the Community: Recycled Art Sculpture, Alexandria Museum of Art, 1:00pm-3:00pm. Create art using recycled and found materials from our community. Families will also see how other local artists create art by recycling. Cost: Free for AMoA members, $20 for Non-members. Call: (318) 443-3458. www.themuseum.org.
June 17-28: Summer Art Studio – Session II, 1330 Second St., time: TBA. Sponsored by RiverOaksSquareArtsCenter. Ages 5-13. Two week intensive studies of visual art mediums. Cost: TBA. Call Aubrey Bolen: 473-2670.
June 28 – August 24: Artists Among Us: Faculty & Friends Exhibition, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10a.m.-5p.m. Tues.-Fri., 10a.m.-4p.m. Sat. Annual exhibition featuring artwork by LSUA Faculty and Staff, The Contemporary Artists’ Guild and Photographers Guild of Alexandria. Opening Reception and Artists’ Panel: Friday, June 28. Cost: $4 adults; $3 Seniors/students/military; free for LSUA Students and children 4 and younger. Call Alyssa Fridgen: 443-3458.
June 28: Super Water Symphony, Finnegan’s Wake, TBA. Shreveport-based music group Super Water Sympathy will perform live as part of their 2013 summer tour. http://superwatersympathy.com/Tour
June –August: Summer Safari Camp & Classes, AlexandriaZooEducationCenter, time: TBA. Sponsored by the City of Alexandria and FOTAZ. Visit www.thealexandriazoo.com for fees and more information. Call Zoo Office: 441-6814.
June 3-August 2: Swim Lessons, 5912 James St. behind ASH, 8-11a.m. Sponsored by YWCA. All swim classes are taught by certified instructors. Children must be at least 3 years to participate. Cost: $65 level I, $75 levels II-V. Call Katie Vanderlick: 442-3397. www.ywcaalex.org.
June 8: World Oceans Day, Alexandria Zoo, time: TBA. Sponsored by City of Alexandria and FOTAZ. Through themed, water fun activities, visitors learn how our everyday actions impact oceans. Dr. Seuss materials will be given away. Cost: Regular Zoo admission. Call Zoo Office: 441-6814.
June 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. Call Becky Watkins: 448-6938.
June 10, 17, 24: Slips, Trips & Falls, 10:45 a.m. Rapides Senior Citizens Centers have partnered with Rapides Regional Medical Center to provide tips on how to prevent slips, trips and falls during National Safety Month. Rapides Regional will provide guest speakers. June 10: Boyce Senior Center; June 17: Pineville Senior Center; June 24: Wilda Senior Center. RSCC provides health and wellness education and activities to senior citizens in 17 Senior Citizens Centers throughout Rapides ParishCall Rapides Seniors Citizens Centers: (318) 487-1561.
June 11: Go Red for Women Luncheon, AlexandriaRiverfrontCenter, Noon-1p.m. Sponsored by American Heart Association. Cost: Admission free. Call Kourtny Bratton: 794-9621.
June 13: AARP Driver Safety Program, Rapides Regional Medical Center Medical Terrace Auditorium, 8:30am. A one day, four-hour class for those 50 or older will focus on driving safety issues specifically targeted towards seniors. Cost: $12.00 for AARP members; $14:00 non-AARP members. Bring AARP membership card to verify membership. Please pre-register. Call: 877-801-8441.
June 13: Free Legal Clinic, Rapides Parish Main Library, 1:00am – 1:00pm. he Central Louisiana Pro Bono Project, Inc., will present a Free Legal Clinic where local volunteer attorneys will be available to prepare simple or living wills and power of attorneys, both durable and health. Cost: Free. Call Reference Assistant Manager Faith Johnson: 318-445-2411, ext. 1036 or 1030. www.rpl.org.
June 14: March of Dimes Mini-Crop for Kids, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Cascade Room, 3 p.m.-midnight. A scrapbooking crop session is being held with all proceeds benefitting the March of Dimes. Tanya Leuder with Stampin’ Up with host an album making class for an additional fee, with the album included. Cost: $10.00 (kids free).Call Stephanie Kidd: (318) 419-4527 or Denise Cross: (318) 769-7569.
June 15-19: Juneteenth Celebration 2013, CheathamPark, time: all day. Sponsored by Central Louisiana Juneteenth Association. It is a day, a week, marked with celebration, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. 3p.m. on June 15. It’s a time for reflection and rejoicing. Cost: Admission free. Call Carolyn Frazier: 792-6736.
June 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.
June 17: Eat Local Avoyelles, Daisy in Mansura, 6:00pm. Are you interested in eating or selling foods grown and produced in Central Louisiana? John Cotton Dean from the CenLa Local Foods Initiative will be on hand to discuss ways to develop a stronger local foods economy in Avoyelles Parish. Cost: Free. Call: (917) 375-9164.
June 19: Safe Sitter Class, Rapides Regional Medical Center Education Department, 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. Cost: $40.00 per child (includes lunch and supplies). Call: 769-3445.
June 19: Cancer Survivors Group, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room, Noon. The guest speaker will be Kasey Gill, APRN, FNP, OCN and she will be speaking on “Long Term and Late Effects of Treatment in Adults.” Call Miranda: 318-466-6074.
June 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 Becky Watkins: 448-6938.
June 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.
June 20: Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Support Group, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room, 6:00pm. Please pre-register. Call: 866-581-3627.
June 22: Prepared Childbirth Class, Rapides Regional Medical Center Medical Terrace Gallery Room, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. This one-day 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. Please pre-register. Call: 877-801-8441.
June 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 Becky Watkins: 448-6938.
June 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 Becky Watkins: 448-6938.
June 24: Sibling Class, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Cascade Room, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. This free 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. Call: 877-801-8441.
June 25-28: Superhero Science Camp, T.R.E.E. House Children’s Museum, 9a.m.-Noon. The camp will be all about superheroes and science. Each day we will focus on a different superhero and a science topic that the superhero is associated with. We will discuss Batman and the biology of bats, Spiderman and insects/arachnids, Ironman and robotics and the Incredible Hulk and chemical reactions. Cost: $10 deposit, $60 members, $70 non-members. Call T.R.E.E. House Children’s Museum: 619-9394.
June 27: MDA’s Cenla Executive Lock-Up, Texas Roadhouse, 11a.m.-2p.m. Sponsored by Muscular Dystrophy Association. Local community leaders are nominated and will be “arrested” and put behind bars as their friends and business associates will post “bail” to get them released. It’s all part of a fun and philanthropic effort to raise money for MDA and the people it serves in Cenla. Cost: Donations requested for participants bail. Call Christina Griffin: 388-3221.
June 27: Muscular Dystrophy Support Group, Rapides Regional Medical Center Medical Terrace Gallery Room, 6p.m. Meetings include guest speakers and access to staff from the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Call: (800) 644-9730.
June 29: Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Seminar, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room, 9am. Please pre-register. Call: 866-581-3627.
July 1-August 15: YMCA of Central Louisiana Summer Day Camp, City Park YMCA, 1801 Sylvester Street, 7a.m.-6p.m. A summer full of fun! Children will enjoy basketball, swimming, arts and crafts, off-site field trips and much more. Financial assistance available. Cost: $45 registration fee per child; $65 per week 1st child; $60 per week 2nd child; $55 per week 3rd child. Call Courtney Paige: 449-4686.
July 1: Kids World, JC Penney Court, Alexandria Mall, 10a.m. Children’s activity club featuring free fun and educational experiences for kids 12 and under. Cost: Free. Call Missy McKnight: 619-2754.
July 2: Family Fun Movie Night, Center Court, Alexandria Mall, 6p.m. Family friendly movies. July’s featured film will be Tangled. Cost: Admission free. Call Missy McKnight: 619-2754.
July 4: Avoyelles Arts & Music Fest, downtown Marksville, 10:00am-8:00pm. This year’s festival again features a stellar line-up of entertainment, arts, crafts and food vendors, IBCA-sanctioned BBQ Cook Off and fun and games for the kids. Cost: Free. Call: Allsion Ravare-Augustine: (318) 264-9392 or Van Roy: (318) 240-3495.
Ongoing-June: YMCA Group and Individual Swim Lessons, 1801 Turner Street, time: TBA. Sponsored by YMCA of Central Louisiana. Group swim lessons are held for 35 minutes and individual sessions are for 30 minutes. Sessions are held twice per week for four weeks. Visit www.ymcacenla.com for additional summer aquatics programs. Cost: group lessons: $65 members, $75 non-members, individual lessons: $15 members, $20 non-members. Call YMCA: 445-8261.
June 4, 11, 18, 25 & July 2: Yoga in the Gallery, 3rd floor Gallery, AMoA, 5:30-6:30p.m. Sponsored by AlexandriaMuseum of Art. Yoga instructor, b. Hedrick is an ascetic Taoist yogi with 14 years of yoga practice. Yoga Tao is for all levels incorporating spirit-mind-body techniques. Made possible by a grant from Rapides Foundation. Cost: Admission free. Call AMoA: 443-3458.
June 9: Indian Creek Recreation Triathlon, Indian Creek Recreation Area, Woodworth, 6a.m. check-in, 7a.m. race starts. Sponsored by YMCA of Central Louisiana. Awards given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall male and female winners as well as age group awards. Online registration at www.imathlete.com/IndianCreekTriathlon. Cost: $75 individual, $150 relay, $10 late fee, $10 non-USAT members and $10 active Military discount. Call YMCA: 487-4722 or 445-8261.
June 29: Cenla Derby Dames vs. Crescent City Derby Devils, Rapides Parish Coliseum Exhibition Hall, 6p.m. doors open, 7p.m. bout begins. Alexandria’s Cenla Derby Dames takes on Crescent City Derby Devils from New Orleans at the third home bout of the season. Tickets can be purchased in advance from any of the skaters or you can pay at the door. Cost: $12 adults at door, $10 adult’s advance, $7 kids at door, $5 kid’s advance and under 5 free. Call Timberly Deville: 794-3848. www.cenladerbydames.com