Ongoing-January 11: Art Exhibit, River Oaks Square Arts Center, 10a.m.-4p.m. Tue.-Fri.; 10a.m.-2p.m. Sat. Featuring New Orleans artist Alex Beard, local artist Rhonda R. Curiel and students of John Eskew Training Center. Cost: $2 adults; $1 seniors and children; all members free. Call Rachael Dauzat: 473-2670.
Ongoing – February 22: American Watercolor Society: 146th Annual Traveling Exhibition, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10a.m.-5p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10a.m.-4p.m. Sat. Explore contemporary trends in watercolor paintings of 40 watercolors by artists throughout the world. Cost: $4 adults, $3 seniors/students/military, $2 youth 4-13 and under 4 free. Call Alyssa Fridgen: 443-3458.
Ongoing – February 22: Eric L. Reed: A Still Photo Journey through Film in Central Louisiana, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10a.m.-5p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10a.m.-4p.m. Sat. Documenting the production experience of the first project of Alexis Crew Productions, founded by Actress/Producer Faith Ford and Writer/Director Campion Murphy, the photographs by Pineville-based Eric L. Reed feature many of Central Louisiana’s creative individuals blending in seamlessly into the filmmaking process. Cost: $4 adults, $3 seniors/students/military, $2 youth 4-13 and under 4 free. Call Alyssa Fridgen: 443-3458.
Ongoing – February 22: “Keep the joy of loving in your heart,” Marie Constantin: Photos of Mother Teresa, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10a.m.-5p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10a.m.-4p.m. Sat. Behind the scenes moments of the late Mother Teresa, who devoted her life to caring for the poor. Baton Rouge photographer Marie Constantin was one of two 2professional photographers in the U.S. invited to photograph Mother Teresa while traveling through the U.S. and Calcutta. Cost: $4 adults, $3 seniors/students/military, $2 youth 4-13 and under 4 free. Call Alyssa Fridgen: 443-3458
Ongoing – February 22: Reflections: African-American Life from the Myrna Colley-Lee Collection Exhibition, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10a.m.-5p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10a.m.-4p.m. Sat. 20th Century African American life is reflected in paintings, works on paper, and fabric works by prominent artists such as Elizabeth Catlett, Romare Bearden, Hale Woodruff, James VanDerZee, and Betye Saar from the collection of costume designer and arts patron, Myrna Colley-Lee. Cost: $4 adults, $3 seniors/students/military, $2 youth 4-13 and under 4 free. Call Alyssa Fridgen: 443-3458.
Ongoing – February 22: Our Cenla: The Muse Juried Instagram Exhibition, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10a.m.-5p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10a.m.-4p.m. Sat. This exhibition presented by The Muse, AMoA’s club for teens and young adults, features photographs inspired by images throughout Cenla taken by area youth and shared via Instagram, an online photo-sharing website and mobile application. Cost: $4 adults, $3 seniors/students/military, $2 youth 4-13 and under 4 free. Call Alyssa Fridgen: 443-3458.
January 7 – February 15: Art Exhibit and Reception, River Oaks Square Arts Center, 10a.m.-4p.m. Tues.-Fri., 10a.m.-2p.m. Sat. Sponsored by GEADA and River Oaks Square Arts Center. Exhibit featuring artists Tony Reans, Dr. Peter Milder and Jill Mulkey. Exhibition Reception on January 10th from 5-7p.m. Cost: Reception free. All other times regular admission. Call Rachael Dauzat: 473-1330.
January 11: A little bit of fine art in Spanish…The Art of Salvador Dali, Alexandria Museum of Art, 1p.m. Exhibition Tour; 2-3:30p.m. Spanish Art Talk. Have fun talking in Spanish and learning about the art of Spanish-speaking cultures. Explore the art of Spanish artist, Salvador Dali, facilitated by Carlos Villasenor Anaya (bilingual), International Consultant and expert in Cultural Development and Cultural Policy and Alyssa Fridgen, Curator of Visual Art at the Alexandria Museum of Art. All Spanish-speaking levels welcome. Cost: Admission free. Call Alyssa Fridgen: 443-3458.
January 18: AMoA Family Class: Wonderful Watercolor Wizardry, Alexandria Museum of Art, 1-3p.m. Families and kids of all ages will experience watercolor paintings from the American Watercolor Society Exhibition, and learn some watercolor magic tricks while creating beautiful paintings of their own. Cost: Free for member families and $20 per nonmember families. Call Jenny Gallent: 443-3458.
January 31: Black History Month Art Exhibit Opening Reception, Kent Plantation House 4-6p.m. This exhibit features three local artists and will depict the history and culture of Louisiana. All art work is available for purchase and artists will be on hand to answer any questions. Light refreshments will be provided. Cost: Admission free. Call Kent Plantation House: 487-5998.
January 16: Live Acoustic Concert Series, Alexandria Museum of Art, 6:30-8:30p.m. Come out and enjoy live music and food in a casual coffee house atmosphere in our café where various local and regional musical guests join host John Wakefield. Cost: Free for members, $4 nonmember adults and $3 for students/seniors/military. Call Anne Reid: 443-3458.
January 26: Stained Glass & Strings, St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, 2:30p.m. Sponsored by Rapides Symphony Orchestra. Loredana Lentini, Pianist. Pärt – Fratres, Bach – Piano Concerto in A Major and Tchaikovsky – Serenade for Strings in C Major, op.48. Cost: $25 adults, $15 seniors and $10 students. Call James Owens: 484-4469.
January 30-31 & February 1-2: PHS Presents The Sound of Music, Pineville High School Theatre, 7:00pm. Let’s start at the very beginning… the award-winning Pineville High Theatre Department is set to come alive with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music as the treasured musical takes the stage. The musical is considered one of the masterpieces of modern musical theatre and is the last collaboration of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Tickets are expected to become scarce, so reserve your seats today! Cost: Adults $15.00, Seniors $12.00, Students $10.00, Children (under 6) $5.00. Some tickets discounted with advance purchase at PinevilleHigh.Tix.com.
January 6: Bereaved Parents Support Group, Power Center, 6:30pm-7:30pm. This is an on-going 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. This group is sponsored by Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital and meets on the first Monday of every month. Find us on Facebook. Pre-registration is required. Optional Brown Bag Supper begins at 6:00pm. Call Becky Watkins: 448-6938.
January 7: Healing Hearts Perinatal Loss Support Group, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Trellis Room, 6 p.m. The group helps parents who have lost babies. Call: 769-7569.
January 8: Diabetes Group Class, RRMC Medical Terrace Auditorium, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Rapides Regional Medical Center is offering a 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. Space is limited, please pre-register. Cost: Free. Call: (318) 769-3106.
January 9: Rapides Parish Main Library New Book Club, Rapides Parish Library Main Branch, 6:30-8:00p.m. Do you like to read and discuss new books? Now is your chance! The group will be reading and discussing The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls. Call Monique: 318-445-2411. www.rpl.org
January 11: Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Seminar, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room, 9am. Please pre-register. Call: 866-581-3627.
January 13: The Morning Widowed Persons Support Group, Power Center, 11:00am. 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.
January 13: 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. Call: 800-ACS-2345.
January 14: Sibling Class, Rapides 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. Please pre-register. Cost: $10 per family. Call: 866-581-3627.
January 16: 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.
January 16: Better Breathers Club, Rapides Health and Lifestyles Center, Noon. 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.
January 16: Pink Ribbon Club, Christus Cabrini Women’s Life Center, 5:30pm. This breast cancer support group is for education, advocacy and support of breast cancer patients and survivors. Call: 866-581-3627.
January 16: Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Support Group, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room, 6:00pm. Please pre-register. Call: 866-581-3627.
January 17: Arbor Day, LSUA Campus, Noon. The public is invited to attend the Arbor Day activities on the campus of LSUA as we gather near the Mulder Oak located near HWY 71. Cost: Admission free. Call Sarah Black: 427-4407.
January 18: Childbirth Class: 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. Call: 866-581-3627.
January 19: Wreath Placing Ceremony, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Murray St., 4:30p.m. Sponsored by the Local Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. The march will begin at the corner of Washington Street and MLK Drive and ends at the MLK Memorial on Murray St. Cost: Admission free. Call Jeffery Franklin: 473-9905.
January 20: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast, Alexandria Convention Hall, 6:30a.m. Sponsored by City-Wide Interdenominational Crusade. Keynote speaker for the Breakfast will be Assistant District Attorney Monique Y. Metoyer. Cost: Admission free. Call Reverend Joseph Martin, Jr.: 289-0185.
January 20: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade, Bolton Ave., 10a.m. Sponsored by City-Wide Interdenominational Crusade. The parade will begin on Bolton Ave. in front of Save-A-Lot Center, proceed to Jackson St. and end on Second St. in front of the Riverfront Center. Cost: Admission free. Call Reverend S.Y. Brady: 445-1977.
January 20: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Noon-Day Celebration, Alexandria Riverfront Center, Noon. Sponsored by City-Wide Interdenominational Crusade. Cost: Admission free. Call Reverend Joseph Martin, Jr.: 289-0185.
January 20: Cancer Support Group Annual Christmas Party, Rapides Cancer Center Lobby, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. All current patients, caregivers and cancer survivors are invited to attend. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided. Call: 769-7200 or 769-7258.
January 22: Cenla Women’s Connection Luncheon, Conference Center at the Greens, 12:00noon. “When Your Road Map Gives You Nothing But Detours” featuring Susie Brunet. Cost: $16.00. Please register by January 17th; complimentary childcare available by request. Call: 445-2154.
January 23 – 26: 4th Annual Mardi Gras Cluster Dog Show, Alexandria Riverfront Center. The 4th Annual Mardi Gras Cluster Dog Show held jointly by the Baton Rouge Kennel Club and the Alexandria Kennel Club will welcome three new breeds this year that have been approved by the American Kennel Club. The Chinook (working group), Rat Terrier (terrier group), and the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno (hound group). Last year, over 3,600 dogs were in attendance over the four days and this year promises to be just as big. The show will be held under the rules of the American Kennel Club and will be supervised by Jack Onofrio Dog Shows, Inc. 189 breeds of dogs will be represented this year each hoping to win the coveted “best in show” title. Only dogs registered for the show will be permitted inside the convention center and no strollers will be allowed. ww.alexandriakennelclub.org
January 23: Muscular Dystrophy Association Christmas Party, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Cascade Room, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. MDA Patients and family members are invited to its Christmas party. Call: (800) 644-9730.
January 25: Prepared Childbirth Class, Rapides Regional Medical Medical Center 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. Call: 318-769-4440.
January 25: Christus Cabrini Winter Ball, Paragon Casino Resort, 7p.m. Sponsored by Christus Cabrini Foundation. 33rd Winter Ball. Entertainment will be a legends tribute to Elvis, Fats Domino and Tina Turner. Proceeds will enable Cabrini Hospital to provide a Critical Care Education and Simulation Lab for hands-on-training for nurses of all experience levels. Cost: $3,500 gold table of 10, $3,000 silver table of 10, $2,000 patron table of 10 or $175 individual ticket. Call Theresa Slater: 448-6580.
January 26: Krewe of Cyllenius Mardi Gras Parade, Marksville, 2:00pm. The Members of the Rotary Club of Avoyelles are pleased to announce the ninth annual Krewe of Cyllenius Mardi Gras Parade. This event is being held to provide a source of family entertainment for all in Avoyelles Parish and Central Louisiana, and to showcase Avoyelles’ French heritage and some of the traditions associated with the “Cajun” Culture. There is no entry fee, however, all entrants must be pre-registered. The deadline for entries is January 20th. Call Allison Ravare-Augustine: 318-264-9392.
January 27: 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.
January 27: 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.
January 27: MLK Luncheon, Brumfield Caffey Annex, LSUA Campus, Noon. Annual MLK Luncheon catered by Outback with all proceeds to go to minority scholarships at LSUA. Cost: Admission free. Call Sarah Black: 427-4407.
January 27: Breathing and 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. Call: 318-769-4440.
January 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30: Hatha Yoga, Power Center, 4:00pm-5:15pm.Wear comfortable clothing and bring yoga mat. Classes meet every Monady and Thursday. These classes are sponsored by Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.
January 7, 14, 21 and 28: Yoga in the Gallery, Alexandria Museum of Art, 5:30p.m. Yoga is offered free of charge every Tuesday, thanks to a grant from the Rapides Foundation. Yoga Instructor, b. Hedrick is an ascetic Taoist yogi with 14 years of yoga practice. Yoga Tao is for all experience levels, incorporating spirit-mind-body techniques. Cost: Admission free. Call Jenny Gallent: 443-3458.
January 27: Kisatchie Fly Fishers, Rapides Westside Library, 6:30pm-8:00pm. This group meets on the fourth Monday of each month and is open to the public. We offer guest speakers and instruction. Topics include fly fishing, fly tying, kayaking, biology, outdoor safety, coastal restoration, and much more. Call Glen Cormier: 793-5855. www.kisatchiefly.org