Ongoing – August 23: Through the Eyes of Sarah Albritton, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10a.m.-5p.m. Tue-Fri., 10a.m.-4p.m. Sat. Growing up as an African American in north Louisiana during the 1930s and 1940s, Sarah Albritton has expressed her experiences through various creative pursuits as a self-trained visual artist, writer, poet, cook, storyteller and restaurant owner. Most of her works are situated in a bird’s-eye view of the rural Louisiana landscape, confronting the past with blunt reality. Cost: Admission free AMoA members and LSUA students with ID; $4 adults; $3 students/seniors/military; $2 for youth 5-13 and 4 and under free. Call Amanda Guillot: 443-3458.
Ongoing – August 23: Dorthea Lange’s America, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10a.m.-5p.m. Tue-Fri., 10a.m.-4p.m. Sat. The exhibition will feature 30 black and white photographs depicting Lange’s personal documentation of Depression-era life and post WWII America. Cost: Admission free AMoA members and LSUA students with ID; $4 adults; $3 students/seniors/military; $2 for youth 5-13 and 4 and under free. Call Amanda Guillot: 443-3458.
Ongoing – August 23: Artists Among Us: Faculty & Friends, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10a.m.-5p.m. Tue-Fri., 10a.m.-4p.m. Sat. Annual exhibition is inspired by the creative resources within our own community, and will feature art faculty from universities in our region, as well as selected works from regional organizations that gather artists working throughout Central Louisiana. Cost: Admission free AMoA members and LSUA students with ID; $4 adults; $3 students/seniors/military; $2 for youth 5-13 and 4 and under free. Call Amanda Guillot: 443-3458.
Ongoing – July: Arts & Healthcare, Inc. Exhibits. The Cabrini Gallery for Reflection and Healing will feature the nature paintings of Ken Carstens. This gallery is located in the Cabrini Outpatient Center on the first floor across from Radiology. The Rapides Art Gallery will feature the paintings of Stephanie Lutfallah. This gallery is located at Rapides Regional Medical Center in the South Tower between the ER and the South Tower Lobby. Cost: Free. Call: 318-769-7602.
July 7 – 11: Summer Art Camp: Impressionable Impressions with Anne Reid, Alexandria Museum of Art, 9a.m.-Noon, ages 6-9, 1-4p.m., ages 10 and up. Various techniques will be used to create inventive printmaking impressions. Various items include foam core, matt board, linoleum, things from nature and other objects. Cost: $75 per member child; $100 per non-member child. Advanced registration required. Call Cindy Blair: 443-3458.
July 12: The Muse: Watercolor Workshop with Anne Reid, Alexandria Museum of Art, 3:30-5:30p.m. Artist Anne Reid will teach participants various watercolor techniques. The Muse is AMoA’s club for teens and young adults ages 14-21. Cost: Admission free for participants age 14-21. Call Cindy Blair: 443-3458.
July 19: Family Art Class: Memory Murals with Sarah Albritton, Alexandria Museum of Art, 1-3p.m. Participants will discover the memory paintings of Sarah Albritton and create their own murals based on memories and dreams. Bring the whole family or just your kid at heart and enjoy this wonderful art experience. Cost: Admission free AMoA member families; $20 non-member families. Call Cindy Blair: 443-3458.
July 19: The Muse: Spoken Word Workshop with UrthEagle, Alexandria Museum of Art, 3:30-5:30p.m. Mosaic Dialect poet, UrthEagle will teach participants how to create and perform original spoken word poetry. Cost: Free for participants age 14-21. Call Cindy Blair: 443-3458.
July 21 – 25: Summer Art Camp: Now Playing: In the Shadows with Cindy Blair, Alexandria Museum of Art, 9a.m.-Noon, ages 6-9, 1-4p.m. ages 10 and up. Campers will learn about the ancient art of shadow puppetry and the modern art of stop-motion animation in this class. They will make shadow puppets from various materials and create stop-motion animation shorts with the characters they create. Cost: $75 per member child; $100 per non-member child. Advanced registration required. Call Cindy Blair: 443-3458.
July 25: Rhythm & Rhymes: Spoken Word Performing Arts Series, Alexandria Museum of Art, 7-9p.m. Musical and spoken word performances, including open mic and featured performers, are presented at AMoA, promoting the art of spoken word and self expression, and creating opportunities for poets. Every last Friday of the month, featuring Alexandria native and accomplished slam poet Sha’Condria Sibley. Cost: Admission free AMoA members; $4 non-members. Call Amanda Guillot: 443-3458.
July 26: Spanish Language Tour of Exhibitions and Art Talk, Alexandria Museum of Art, 1-2p.m. Tour, 2-3:30p.m. Talk. Have fun talking in Spanish and learning about the art of Spanish-speaking cultures. Conversation, cultural exchange and fun! Facilitated by Carlos Villaseñor Anaya (bilingual), International Consultant and expert in Cultural Development and Cultural Policy. Cost: Admission free. Call Amanda Guillot: 443-3458.
July 17: Acoustic Concert Series, Alexandria Museum of Art, 6:30-8:30p.m. Guest Musicians to be announced. Live music, food and fun! Join us on third Thursdays for the AMoA’s most popular recurring social event. Enjoy lively conversation with friends, connect with art, listen to music hosted by John Wakefield, and snack on tasty food and drink. Cost: Admission free AMoA members; $4 non-members. Call Amanda Guillot: 443-3458.
August 2: The Muse Open Mic Night, Alexandria Museum of Art, 6-8p.m. The Muse invites musical and spoken word performers to share their talents, as summer comes to a close. Performers between the ages of 14 and 21 are welcomed. Cost: Admission free. Call Cindy Blair: 443-3458.
July 17-20: The Odd Couple, Lagniappe Theatre Space, 7:00pm & 2:30pm (Sunday only). You’ve seen the movie, you’ve seen the tv show, now come see the hit play live on stage! Cost: $16 (regular); $13 (seniors 55+); $11 (children 12 & under and groups of 10+). Call: 318-48-STAGE.
July 28-August 1: Aladdin and the Magic Lamp, Martin Performing Arts Center at LC, 9:00am. The Summer Players present local playwright Bill Bush’s take on the classic tale of Aladdin and the Lamp. Cost: $9 Adults; $5 Children. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 1-2: Once On This Island, Jr., Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, 7:00pm. A fun musical by Ahrens & Flaherty with a Caribbean flair. Cost: $5.00 General admission; $10 Reserved Orchestra Seating. Call: 318-451-4327. www.LBMproductions.net
August 2 & 9: Red River Dance Nutcracker Auditions, 2700 Lee Street in Alexandria, 9:30am-1:00pm. Auditions are open to everyone ages 6 and up, and will be broken into groups by age and gender. Cost: $5.00. Call: (318) 443-7500.
Ongoing – August 11: YWCA Summer Day Camp, 5912 James St., 7a.m.-5:30p.m., Mon.-Fri. Cost: $105 registration; $85 weekly tuition. Call LeeAnn Borrel: 442-3397.
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.
July 5: Breastfeeding Class, Christus Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room, 9:00am-1:00pm. This class is taught by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and focuses on the benefits, techniques and concerns of breastfeeding. The father/support partner is welcome. Please pre-register. Cost: $20. Call: 866-581-3627.
July 7 and August 4: Kids World, JC Penney Court, 10a.m. Sponsored by Alexandria Mall. Monthly Kids Club featuring a special theme, entertainment and crafts. Cost: Admission free. Call Alexandria Mall: 448-0227. www.alexandriamall.com
July 7: Bereaved Parents Support Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 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. Check out our Facebook page: Bereaved Parents of Cenla. Brown Bag supper begins at 6:00pm. Pre-registration is required. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.
July 8 – 11: Science Camp at T.R.E.E. House, 1403 3rd St., 9a.m.-Noon, Tues.-Fri. Sponsored by Proctor and Gamble. Be a scientist while learning about geology, physics, electricity and more. Must be 4-10 years; all materials and snacks provided. Limited to 30 kids. Cost: $60 members; $70 non-members. Call T.R.E.E. House: 619-9394.
July 8: Sibling Class, 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. Please pre-register. Cost: $10 per family. Call: 866-581-3627.
July 9: Diabetes Group Class, RRMC Medical Terrace Auditorium, 9:00am-noon. This program is 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; reservations are required. Cost: Free. Call: (318) 769-3106.
July 10 & 17: 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.
July 10: Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Seminar, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room, 9 a.m. Please pre-register. Call: 866-581-3627.
July 11 and August 8: Family Movie Night, Alexandria Mall Center Court, 6p.m. Family friendly movie showing on the big screen. Free Chick-Fil-A kids meal with adult meal purchase. Cost: Admission free. Call Alexandria Mall: 448-0227. www.alexandriamall.com
July 12 and August 9: Second Saturday Market, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10a.m.-2p.m. Featuring arts activities for families, 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 sold in the downtown Cultural Arts District are tax-free. Support local artists, farmers and gardeners at this fun community event. Cost: Admission free. Call Jenny Gallent: 443-3458.
July 12: 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.
July 14: The Morning Widowed Persons Support Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 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 issponsored by Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital. Call Becky Watkins: 448-6938.
July 14: Look Good…Feel Better, in 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: 800-ACS-2345.
July 16: Sudden Impact Teen Driving Program, Rapides Regional Medical Center, 8:30am-1:30pm. This program is designed to educate teens about the dangers of impaired driving, distracted driving and driving unrestrained. Registration is limited to 30 high school students; lunch is provided. Price: Free. Call: (318) 769-4027.
July 16: CenLa Women’s Connection Luncheon, Conference Center on the Greens, Noon. Program features “The Do’s and Don’ts of Beauty and Skin Care” presented by Paula Abbott. Join us and learn how this Texas cowgirl got her “Extreme Makeover”. Registration includes salad, entrée, dessert, coffee/tea, and feature. Cost: $16. Call: 318-481-7880.
July 17-19: “Fizz, Boom, Read, & Say it on a Tee-Shirt” Event, Boyce Branch Library. In connection with the Rapides Parish Library Summer Reading Program, the Friends of the Boyce Branch Library will host “Fizz, Boom, Read, and Say it on a Tee-Shirt” event. Thursday and Saturday, the event will begin at 10:00 a.m., and 2:00 p.m. on Friday. Learn about copyright laws, clothing care, how iron-ons are created, and more. Each participant will be allowed to keep the tee-shirt they design. Pre-registration is required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-793-2182.
July 17: Parkinson’s Support Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 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.
July 17: Better Breathers Club, Rapides Health & Lifestyle 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. Cost: Free. Call: (318) 769-3776.
July 17: 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.
July 17: Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Support Group, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room, 6:00pm. Please pre-register. Call: 866-581-3627.
July 19: 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.
July 19: Childbirth Class, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital 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. Please pre-register. Cost: $30. Call: 866-581-3627.
July 21: 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.
July 21: 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. Please pre-register. Call: 318-769-4440.
July 22 – 25: Get Set to be a Vet Camp at T.R.E.E. House, 1403 3rd St., 9a.m.-Noon, Tues.-Fri. Sponsored by Proctor and Gamble. Learn about caring for awesome animals. Must be 4-10 years; all materials and snacks provided. Space limited to 30 kids. Cost: $60 members; $70 non-members. Call T.R.E.E. House: 619-9394.
July 24: H20 – Helping 2 Overcome Homelessness, Emmanuel Baptist Church Parking Lot, 10a.m.-1p.m. Sponsored by Volunteers of America. A free event for the homeless or imminently homeless offering instant on-site services to the homeless community on their turf and terms. Free hygiene items, clothing, food, haircuts, medical screenings and more. Cost: Admission free. Call Tracey Antee: 442-8026 ext. 536.
July 24: Back to School Bingo Bash, Alexandria Convention Hall, 4-6p.m. Sponsored by the City of Alexandria Division of Community Services. Students grades K-12 are invited to play bingo for prizes ranging from school supplies to sporting equipment. Refreshments provided by Exchange Club of Alexandria. Cost: $2 per child. Call: 449-5051.
July 24: 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.
July 26: Dulcimer Enthusiast Event and Workshop, Rebel State Historic Site, 9:00am. If you play the dulcimer and would like to have some fun and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow “dulci-musicians,” Rebel State Historic Site is looking for you! Peggy Carter, a dulcimer teacher and musician for over 25 years of Houston, TX, will be teaching four workshops: First Time/Beginner, Mountain Dulcimer, Hammered Dulcimer and Mixed Instrument. In addition to the workshops, there will be a Mountain dulcimer contest at 3:30 p.m. and a Hammered dulcimer contest at 4:15 p.m. A concert featuring Mrs. Carter will follow at 5:15 p.m. The contests’ awards will be presented at 5:45 p.m., with an open jam session after. There also will be informal jamming on the site grounds throughout the day. Cost: $4.00 (ages 13 to 61). Call Sandy Neal: 888.677.3600. www.LaStateParks.com
July 26: Rapides Library Carnival, Rapides Library Main Branch, 10:00am-1:00pm. The carnival will feature games, food, prizes, animal balloons, cartoon characters, Curly the Clown, and much more. All games and activities require tickets. Tickets may be purchased for .50 each, 3/$1.00, or 15/$5.00. Most games will require 1-2 tickets, each. All proceeds will be given to the Rapides Parish Homeless Education Program to assist in buying uniforms and school supplies for homeless children. Call Faith: 318-445-2411, ext. 1036 or 1030. www.rpl.org
July 27: 11th Annual La Cuisine de la Louisiane, Paragon Casino Resort Mari Showroom, 5:30pm. Enjoy a culinary extravaganza featuring live entertainment, free tastings and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Avoyelles Society for the Developmentally Disabled, American Red Cross-Cenla Chapter and the Faith House in Lafayette. Cost: $35. Call: 318-253-6955 or 318-442-6621 or 337-267-9422.
July 28: The Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 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.
July 28: The Alzheimer’s Activity Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 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.
August 4 – September 12: Volunteers of America Teen Outreach Program, 3704 Coliseum Dr., 8a.m.-4p.m. A youth development program that runs the same length as the school year for teens 12-17 in Rapides Parish. Fun club meetings once a week with snacks, community events, volunteering and learning great skills for teens. The program is available for any teen wanting to develop their skills, have a great time with friends in a fun, safe, positive environment. Cost: Admission free. Call Latessa Mathews: 442-8026 ext. 513.
August 5 – 8: Junior Engineers Camp at T.R.E.E. House, 1403 3rd St., 9a.m.-Noon, Tues.-Fri. Sponsored by Proctor and Gamble. Learn about trains and help build a model railroad. Must be 7-12 years. Spaces limited to 8 kids. Cost: $60 members; $70 non-members. Call T.R.E.E. House: 619-9394.
August 9: Back to School Saturday with Teen Vogue, Alexandria Mall, 1-3p.m. Back to school goody bags for the first 200, spin the prize wheel, fashion show, Dora and Diego character greetings and more. Cost: Admission free. Call Alexandria Mall: 448-0227.
July 7, 14, 21, 28: Yoga Class, Cabrini Mediplex Yoga Rx Room, 4:00pm-5:15pm. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. This class is on-going and meets every Monday. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.
July 8, 15, 22, 29 and August 5: Yoga in the Gallery, Alexandria Museum of Art, 5:30-6:30p.m. Yoga is offered free of charge every Tuesday at AMoA, 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: Admission free. Call Jenny Gallent: 443-3458.
July 8, 15, 22, 29: Run GDN, Spirits Food & Friends, 6:00pm. Every Tuesday—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: email@example.com.
July 26: Hacker’s Cup 2014, Alexandria Golf and Country Club, 7:00am. The 9th Annual Hacker’s Cup tournament to benefit Team Fox, the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research features lunch, beverages, range balls, t-shirt and cart. After party at Brocato’s featuring live music by Daniel Smalley. Cost: $400 (4-Man Scramble Team). Call Dustin: (318) 792-0260.