Ongoing – June: Arts & Helathcare Art Exhibits. The works of Barry Owen will be featured in the Gallery for Reflection and Healing in St. Francis Cabrini Hospital, located on the first floor of the Outpatient Center; the photography of Charles Ward will be on display in the Rapides Regional Gallery between the South Tower Lobby and ER; and the traveling Lilly Oncology Art Exhibit will be on display at the Cabrini Cancer Center for the first two weeks of June. Many of the works on display are available for purchase. Cost: Free. Call: 318-769-7602.
June 6 – August 23: Dorothea Lange’s America, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10a.m.-5p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10a.m.-4p.m. Sat. Intimate photographs of people and land by Dorothea Lange (1895-1965) captured pride and resilience in the face of suffering during the Depression Era through the postwar period. All works are from the collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg and was organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions. Member Preview Reception: Friday June 6, 6-8p.m. Cost: $4 adults, $3 seniors, military and students, $2 youth 4-13 and under 4 free. Call AMoA: 443-3458.
June 6 – August 23: Through the Eyes of Sarah Albritton, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10a.m.-5p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10a.m.-4p.m. Sat. Ruston artist Sarah Albritton paints reconstructed emotional memories using both real and imagined elements situated in a bird’s eye view of north Louisiana rural landscape, confronting the past with blunt reality. Growing up as and African American in north Louisiana during the 1930s and 1940s she has expressed her experiences through various creative pursuits. Member Preview Reception: Friday, June 6, 6-8p.m. Cost: $4 adults, $3 seniors and students, $2 youth 4-13 and under 4 free. Call AMoA: 443-3458.
June 6 –August 23: Artists Among Us—Faculty & Friends, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10a.m.-5p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10a.m.-4p.m. Sat. Inspired by creative resources within our community, this exhibition will feature art faculty from universities in our region as well as selected works from regional organizations that gather artists throughout Central Louisiana to share ideas, information and inspiration. Member Preview Reception: Friday, June 6, 6-8p.m. Cost: $4 adults, $3 seniors, military and students, $2 youth 4-13 and under 4 free. Call AMoA: 443-3458.
June 7: The Muse Photography Workshop with Sean K, Alexandria Museum of Art, 1-5p.m. Call AMoA: 443-3458. www.themuseum.org
June 9 – 13: Art at Street Level, Alexandria Museum of Art. This course, taught by Pat Phillips, will incorporate mixed media techniques with street art/graffiti aesthetics. Campers ages 6-9 meet from 9:00am – noon; ages 10 and up meet from 1:00pm – 4:00pm. Cost: $75 per member child; $100 per non-member child. Call: (318) 443-3458. www.themuseum.org
June 9 – 27: Summer Arts Studio Sessions I and II, 1330 Second St. Sponsored by River Oaks Square Arts Center. Intensive study of many visual art mediums. Call Aubrey Bolen: 473-2670.
June 16 – 20 & 23 – 27: AMoA Summer Art Camp, Alexandria Museum of Art, 9a.m.-Noon ages 6-9, 1-4p.m. ages 10 and up. Campers will learn to think and create like artists in these creative classes by local and regional teaching artists. Cost: $75 per AMoA member child, $100 nonmember child. Call AMoA: 443-3458.
June 20: The Multi-Dimensional Muse: A Photography and Ceramic Sculpture Exhibition Opening, Alexandria Museum of Art, 6:00pm-8:00pm. The Muse combines ceramic sculpture and photography for this celebration of Muse Art. Join us on June 20th for an opening at the Alexandria Museum of Art. Call AMoA: 443-3458. www.themuseum.org
June 21: Family Art Class: Playing in the Shadows, Alexandria Museum of Art, 1-3p.m. Bring the family or just your inner child and discover the magic of shadow puppetry. Participants will experience examples of shadow puppetry from around the world and get a chance to create their own shadow puppets and bring them to life. Cost: Free for AMoA member families, $20 for nonmember families. Call AMoA: 443-3458.
June 14: 2014 Rebel State Historic Site Harmonica Contest, Rebel State Historic Site, 7:00pm. Contestants can compete in two divisions: Professional and Amateur. The Professional division will feature previous winners of the annual contest, while all other contestants will compete in the Amateur division. There are five categories, each weighing 20 points each, that contestants will be judged by: (1) timing/meter, (2) technique (method/skill), (3) difficulty of music, (4) stage presence and (5) expression of music (harmony, clarity and tone). Cost: $4.00 (adults 13 to 61); all others & annual pass members Free. Call: (888) 677-3600 or (318) 472-6255.
June 19: Acoustic Concert Series, Alexandria Museum of Art, 6:30-8:30p.m. Live music, food and fun. Enjoy lively conversation with friends, connect with art, listen to music hosted by John Wakefield and snack on tasty food and drink every third Thursday. Cost: Free for AMoA members, $4 for nonmembers. Call AMoA: 443-3458.
June 27: Rhythm & Rhymes: Spoken Word Performing Arts Series, Alexandria Museum of Art, 7:00pm-9:00pm. Musical and spoken word performances, including open mic and featured performers, are presented AMoa, promoting the art of spoken word and self-expression, and creating opportunities for poets. Hosted by Alexandria native and accomplished slam poet Sha’Condria Sibley. Call AMoA: 443-3458. www.themuseum.org
June 2 – 6: Buddy Camp #1, FUMC 2727 Jackson St. Sponsored by First United Methodist Church, Alexandria. Community-wide project that allows children in grades 1st-5th, both with and without developmental challenges, to participate in a week long summer day camp. Cost: Admission free. Call Julie Bacon: 443-5696. www.fumca.org/buddycamp
June 6, 13, 20, 27: Kid Chef Workshop, Dewitt Lifestock Facility 100 Gregg Marshall Drive in Alexandria, 9:00am-1:00pm. Sponsored by the LSUAg Center, classes are open to kids ages 9-13, and will include Fun with Fruits & Veggies, Knife Skills, Food Safety, Germ Cave, Really Cool Casseroles for Kids, Baking 101 and a field trip to the Rice Research Station in Crowley. Cost: $20.00 (individual sessions); $60.00 (all four sessions). Call: (318) 767-3968.
June 7, 14, 21, 28: Marksville Farmers Market, Courthouse Square, 8:00am. Call: (318) 253-8599.
June 7: Atlatl Throwing Contest, Marksville State Historic Site 837 Martin Luther King Dr. Please pre-register. Cost: $4.00 (adults); Free (over 62, under 13). Call: (888) 253-8954.
June 7: Rapides Parish Library Summer Reading Program Kickoff, Rapides Parish Library Main Branch, 10:00am-noon. There will be fun crafts, balloons, face painting, and Curly the Clown will perform magic tricks. T-shirts and canvas book bags will be available for purchase. This event is open to all ages. Cost: Free. Call Faith Johnson: 318-445-2411, ext. 1036.
June 7: Breastfeeding Class, RRMC Medical Terrace Gallery Room, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 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. Please pre-register. Call: 877-801-8441.
June 7: Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, Alexandria Museum of Art, 11a.m.-1p.m. AMoA invites all of its volunteers to a special appreciation luncheon in thanks and recognition for the services they provide throughout the year. Special awards and honors will be presented, including Volunteer of the Year. Cost: Admission free for AMoA volunteers. Call AMoA: 443-3458.
June 7: Alexandria Flea Market Summer Fun, 5412 Masonic Drive, 12:00pm. Join the Alexandria Flea Market and LA103.5 for a live radio broadcast, live music, shopping, food, prizes, snow cones and more! Cost: Free. Call: (318) 441-9900.
June 9: The Morning Widowed Persons Support Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 11:00am. Note the new location across the street from the hospital at 3351 Masonic Drive. 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 9-13 & 23-27: Summer Sensation Dance Camps, Just Dance Studio. Full day themed camp for ages 5-12 featuring jazz, tap, ballet, hip-hop, creative movement, arts & crafts, games, stories, movies and more! Call: (318) 443-1398.
June 10: Lunch & Learn, LSUA and Epps House. Sponsored by the Avoyelles Commission of Tourism. Call: (318) 964-2245.
June 10, 17, 24: Boyce Branch Library Summer Reading Circles, Boyce Branch Library. Group participants will be read to and will have the opportunity to read aloud, as well. There will be door prizes, and refreshments will be served. Rewards will be given to those volunteering to read aloud. K-3 grades: 11:00am; 4-6 grades: 1:00pm; 7-12 grades: 3:00pm. Cost: Free. Call: 318-793-2182.
June 12: Partners in Literacy 19th Annual Corporate Spelling Bee, Pineville Community Center, 6p.m. Sponsored by Volunteers of America. Corporate teams compete against each other in this annual spelling bee. Proceeds are used to provide free tutoring for adult students learning to read or learning English as a second language. Cost: Free general admission, $500 per team. Call Sandra Lewis: 442-8026.
June 13: Go Red for Women Luncheon, Alexandria Riverfront Center, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The American Heart Association’s annual Go Red for Women Luncheon encourages women to take charge of their heart health by making it a top priority so they may live stronger, longer lives. Cost: $100. Call: 1-800-257-6941, ext. 6172.
June 13-15: Louisiana Corn Festival, 208 Pershing Ave in Bunkie. Featuring live music, queen presentation, cooking competition and lots and lots of corn! Call: (318) 346-2575.
June 13: Fizz, Boom, Read and Spray, Boyce Branch Library, 2:00pm-4:00pm. Participants will experiment with various oils and scents to discover which combinations create wearable perfumes and colognes. Each participant will take home their creation, labeled with his or her own design. Please pre-register. Call: 318-793-2182.
June 13: Jabberwock, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, 7-10p.m. Sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta. Cost: $20. Call Detra Gaulden: 613-1571.
June 14: Second Saturday Market, Alexandria Museum of Art, 9a.m.-1p.m. Admission is free every second Saturday to AMoA. Arts activities for kids, live music, exhibition tours, local produce, and original local art. There’s always something new to explore. All one-of-a-kind works of art are tax free in the Downtown Cultural Arts District. Cost: Admission free. Call AMoA: 443-3458.
June 14: Taking It 2 the Street, 933 Main St., 10a.m. Sponsored by Bayou Dawgs, Sayes Office Supply, Greg Walker Law.com; a cooperative effort funded by the Greater Alexandria Economic Development Authority. This family friendly walking tour of Alexandria’s Downtown Cultural Arts District starts at AMoA and is guided by local media celebrities. The tour stops at scenic locations along the route to be entertained by local street performers. Cost: Admission free. Call Rich Joyce: 445-1234 ext. 242.
June 14: NAUW Ebony Pageant, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, 7p.m. Sponsored by National Association of University Women. Cost: $5. Call Frankie Early: 443-4188.
June 16: 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 16-20: Showstoppers Summer Drama Camp, Lagniappe Theatre, 1:00pm-5:00pm. A high energy class for elementary aged students. Focused on developing beginning acting skills and having fun with your imagination. This class will bring out the creative force within your child. The campers will perform at the end of the week. Cost: $150. Call: (318) 48-STAGE.
June 18: Safe Sitter Class, RRMC Education Department, 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Boys and girls, ages 11 to 13, can learn the basic skills needed 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. Tuition includes lunch and supplies. Class size is limited; please pre-register. Cost: $45. Call: (318) 769-3445.
June 19: Parkinson’s Support Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 11:00am-12:30pm. Note the new location across the street from the hospital at 3351 Masonic Drive. 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 19: 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.
June 19: Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Support Group, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room, 6:00pm. Please pre-register. Call: 866-581-3627.
June 21: Prepared Childbirth Class, Rapides Regional 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.
June 23 – 27: Jane in June Camp, Kent Plantation House, 9a.m.-3:30p.m. Camp for young ladies ages 8-12 emphasizes the role a young lady played in the early 1800s. With crafts such as sewing, painting, gardening and more, your child will learn there was much a lady was responsible for in this time. Daily tea parties with lessons in table setting, serving and etiquette will be held every afternoon. Lunch is a formal affair where she will learn proper table conversation and more. Cost: $200 per camper. Call Kent Plantation House Office: 487-5998.
June 23-27: Showstoppers Summer Drama Camp, Lagniappe Theatre, 9:00am-1:00pm & 2:00pm-6:00pm. Offering two sessions of incredible dance training from Broadway Choreographer Linda Leonard. Your child’s skills will improve by leaps and bounds after this week of wonderful song and dance. Ending with a performance in the new Lagniappe Theatre Second Stage in the Alexandria Mall. Two sessions available. Morning session for ages 11-14 and an afternoon session for ages 15-College. Cost: $150. Call: (318) 48-STAGE.
June 23: The Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Note the new location across the street from the hospital at 3351 Masonic Drive. 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 23: The Alzheimer’s Activity Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Note the new location across the street from the hospital at 3351 Masonic Drive. 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 23: 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.
June 26: H2O – Helping 2 Overcome Homelessness, Emmanuel Baptist Church parking lot, 10a.m.-1p.m. Sponsored by Volunteers of America. Volunteers of America Homeless Outreach Program along with other community partners provide instant, on-site services to the homeless or imminently homeless population. Food, clothing, housing options, haircuts and medical screenings are available at no charge. Cost: Admission free. Call Tracey Colson Antee: 442-8026.
June 26: Muscular Dystrophy Support Group, Rapides Regional Medical Center Medical Terrace Gallery Room, 6 p.m. Meetings include guest speakers and access to staff from the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Call: (800) 644-9730.
June 26: Make-A-Wish New Volunteer Training, Natchitoches, LA, 7-8:30p.m. Do you want to make a difference in a child’s life? Come help make wishes come true for children in Louisiana and you can share the power of a wish. All ages welcome, but must be 21 or over to grant wishes. Call Jackie Heroman: 504-846-9474.
June 28: Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Seminar, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room, 9 a.m. Please pre-register. Call: 866-581-3627.
July 4-5: Red, White and Blue Festival, Clinton American Legion Hall, 8:00am. A two-day event of fun and family festivities in East Feliciana Parish. Besides the above events, other activities include an Classic/antique car/truck show, Golf Cart Parade, Karaoke Singing Contest, 5-K Run-Walk, Kids games and amusements and lots of food vendors.
July 4: Avoyelles Arts and Music Fest, 109 Tunica Drive East in Marksville, 11:00am – 8:00pm. Louisiana’s July 4th Destination Festival will feature live music, food, BBQ Cook-Off, arts & crafts and fun for all ages! 4th of July Parade rolls at 6:00pm. Cost: Free. Call: (318) 264-9392.
June 7: Kisatchie National Forest Young Fishing Derbies. Children need to bring a fishing pole and a desire to catch some fish. Prizes will be given to all participants. Age requirements vary from district to district. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Anderson Pond, 6:30am; Fullerton Lake Recreation Area, 7:00am; Stuart Lake, 7:30am; Bombing Range Pond, 7:30am. Pre-registration is required. Cost: Free. Call: (318) 473-7160.
June 10, 17, 24 & July 1: Yoga in the Gallery, Alexandria Museum of Art, 5:30pm. Yoga is offered free of charge every Tuesday at Alexandria Museum of Art, thanks to a grant from the Rapides Foundation. Yoga instructor, b. Hedrick is an ascetic Taoist yogi with fourteen years of yoga practice. Yoga Tao is for all experience levels, incorporating spirit-mind-body techniques. Cost: Free. Call: (318) 443-3458. www.themuseum.org
June 10, 17, 24 & July 1: Run GDN, Spirits Food & Friends, 6:00pm. Every Tuesday at 6PM (Rain or Shine) meet on the patio at Spirits Food and Friends located at 1200 Texas Avenue. Go for a run and rejoin for food and drinks. It can be whatever you want it to be! If you want to show up every week and sign in to let us know you’re here, that is great, and we will track your participation and reward you with a FREE PINT every 6 runs! All paces are welcome. E-mail Heather: firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 14: Love Your Kidneys 5K & 1 Miles Fun Run/Walk, Downtown Alexandria, 8:00am. Chip timing and awards for 5K Run participants in Male and Female Divisions: Overall Finishers, Overall Teen, Overall Master, Overall Grand Master, Overall Senior and 1st to 3rd place awards in each age group. Call: (800) 462-3694. www.kidneyla.org
June 21: Margaret Plauche Memorial Golf Tournament, Tamahka Trails. Call: (318) 717-2244.