Ongoing – October: Paint Pink Art Exhibits. During the month of October, Arts & Healthcare, Inc., in conjunction with Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital and Rapides Regional Medical Center, is proud to present their annual Paint Pink Art Exhibit commemorating National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the Cabrini Gallery for Reflection and Healing (located in the Cabrini Outpatient Center on the first floor across from Radiology) and the Rapides Art Gallery (located at Rapides Regional Medical Center in the South Tower between the ER and the South Tower Lobby). The exhibits feature a variety of art by local artists, and proceeds from sales benefit arts programs in our local cancer centers. Cost: Free. Call: (318) 769-7602.
Ongoing – November 22: James Michalopoulos: Rapt in Color, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10a.m.-5p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10a.m.-4p.m. Sat. Captivated by scenes of New Orleans and landscapes of France, James Michalopoulos evokes the spirit of the subject through beautifully layered, textured and complex color compositions. Cost: $4 adults; $3 students/seniors/military; $2 youth 4-13; under 4 free. Call Megan Valentine: 443-3458.
Ongoing – November 22: 27th September Competition Exhibition, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10a.m.-5p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10a.m.-4p.m. Sat. An annual juried exhibition selected from national and international submissions highlighting contemporary art practices in all media. Featuring original art created within the past two years, 50 artworks were selected for the exhibition by this year’s artist-juror, James Michalopoulos. Cost: $4 adults; $3 students/seniors/military; $2 youth 4-13; under 4 free. Call Megan Valentine: 443-3458.
Ongoing – November 22: 2014 Louisiana Dragon Boat Races™ Photo Exhibition, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10a.m.-5p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10a.m.-4p.m. Sat. Relive the spirit of the races through photographs taken by local community members capturing the action and excitement of the event! This year’s races featured more attendees, food, elaborate costumes and entertainment – on and off the water – than ever before. A Best in Show award will be presented for the top photo in this exhibition. Cost: $4 adults; $3 students/seniors/military; $2 youth 4-13; under 4 free. Call Megan Valentine: 443-3458.
Ongoing-October 31: Paint Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness, Christus Gallery for Healing and Reflection (Cabrini Hospital) and Rapides Gallery (Rapides Regional), time: always open. Sponsored by Arts & Healthcare, Inc. Annual art exhibit to commemorate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month featuring local artists. Opening receptions will take place on October 1st. Most of the art is available for purchase. Cost: Admission free. Call Judy Ginsburgh: 769-7602.
October 3: 8th Annual Pink & White Balloon Launch, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Entrance, Noon. Cabrini will release balloons to raise awareness for breast cancer.
October 4, November 1 and December 6: Spanish Language Tour of Exhibitions, Alexandria Museum of Art, 1-2p.m. Take a tour of AMoA’s current exhibitions, all in Spanish, facilitated by Carlos Villaseñor Anaya (bilingual), International Consultant and expert in Cultural Development and Cultural Policy. Cost: Admission free. Call Jenny Gallent: 443-3458.
October 4, November 1: Spanish Language Art Talk, Alexandria Museum of Art, 2-3:30p.m. Have fun talking in Spanish and learning about the art of Spanish speaking cultures. Featuring the works of a different artist every month. 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 Jenny Gallent: 443-3458.
October 7 – November 29: Art Exhibit, River Oaks Square Arts Center, 10a.m.-2p.m. Sponsored by G.A.E.D.A. and River Oaks Square Arts Center. Exhibit featuring artists Larry Thompson, Lynn Sanders and Ben Sally. Opening Reception on October 17. Cost: Regular admission. Call Rachael Dauzat: 473-2670.
October 7, 14, 21 and 28: Adult Art Class: Figure Drawing Series with Tony Forrest, Alexandria Museum of Art, 5:30-7:30p.m. Participants will learn the basics of figure drawing in a 4-session monthly series at AMoA, from Tony Forrest. Participants must be 21 years or older. Advanced registration is required before each session. Space is limited. Cost: $120 for AMoA members; $150 for non-members. Fee includes all 4 sessions and all supplies. Call Nancy Noles: 443-3458.
October 9: James Michalopoulos: Rapt in Color Art Lecture, Alexandria Museum of Art, 6-7:30p.m. Come hear this renowned New Orleans based artist speak on his inspirations and artistic practice and view his works currently on exhibition at AMoA. He released his second book in 2003, published by Cattywompus Press. He has studios and galleries in Burgundy, France and New Orleans, U.S.A. He is the favorite artist of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation and has been commissioned six times to create the official New Orleans Jazz Fest poster. Cost: Admission free. Call Megan Valentine: 443-3458.
October 17: Artwalk, River Oaks Square Arts Center, 4-9p.m. Exhibit featuring artists Larry Thompson, Lynn Sanders and Ben Sally and held in conjunction with the Autumn ArtWalk hosted by the Arts Council of Central Louisiana. Cost: Admission free. Call Rachael Dauzat: 473-2670.
October 17 – November 22: Louisiana’s Natural Beauty: George Rodrigue Foundation for the Arts (GRFA) 2014 Scholarship Art Competition Exhibition, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10a.m.-5p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10a.m.-4p.m. Sat. More than 700 high school students from around Louisiana entered this year’s GRFA Art Competition with the theme “Louisiana’s Natural Beauty.” View the works of the 16 seniors and 5 juniors that were chosen to represent the state and receive monetary scholarships. Cost: $4 adults; $3 students/seniors/military; $2 youth 4-13; under 4 free. Call Megan Valentine: 443-3458.
October 17: Breast Cancer Awareness Ball, Alexandria Convention Hall, 8:00pm-midnight. Come out and ball for the cure! Enjoy a life band, DJ and dinner while helping to raise money for breast cancer research. Formal attire is required; pink is encouraged. Cost: $50.00. E-mail Ciji West: BCABallAlex@gmail.com.
October 18: Family Art Class: Spooky, Crooked Houses, Alexandria Museum of Art, 1-3p.m. Participants will discuss the crooked houses in James Michalopoulos’ paintings and then build their own spooky houses just in time for Halloween! Bring the whole family or just your kid at heart and enjoy this wonderful art experience. Cost: Free AMoA member families (up to 4); $20 non-member families. Call Cindy Blair: 443-3458.
October 31: 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. Promoting the art of spoken word and self-expression and creating opportunities for poets. Featuring Alexandria native and accomplished slam poet Sha’Condria Sibley. Cost: Free AMoA members; $4 non-members. Call Amanda Guillot: 443-3458.
November 1: Van Gogh Gala, River Oaks Square Arts Center, 7p.m. Sponsored by Rapides Regional Medical Center. Fundraiser benefiting River Oaks Square Arts Center, featuring a live art auction and silent auction. Day of the Dead theme; costumes encouraged. Cost: $50 per person. Call Rachael Dauzat: 473-2670.
November 4: Adult Art Class: Figure Drawing Series with Tony Forrest, Alexandria Museum of Art, 5:30-7:30p.m. Participants will learn the basics of figure drawing in a 4-session monthly series at AMoA, from Tony Forrest. Participants must be 21 years or older. Advanced registration is required before each session. Space is limited. Cost: $120 for AMoA members; $150 for non-members. Fee includes all 4 sessions and all supplies. Call Nancy Noles: 443-3458.
October 2: Abendmusik Alexandria: Folk-Tale Faure, Hearn Stage, Kress Theater, 6p.m. Sponsored by the Arts Council of Central Louisiana. Cost: $10 admission; $5 appetizer plate; cash bar. Call Brandy Wills: 455-7702.
October 9: Downtown Rocks, on the steps of City Hall, 6-8p.m. Sponsored by the City of Alexandria Division of Community Services. Featuring Lil’ Nathan and the Zydeco Big Timers. Vendors will be on site catering to concert needs. Cost: Admission free. Call: 449-5051.
October 10-11: Rockathon Music Fest, Paragon Casino Resort Mari Showroom, 7:00pm. The Rockathon Music Fest is a two-day entertainment event that will be filled with great Rock artists of the 1980s and 1990s era. Featuring Trixter, FireHouse, Winger, Steelheart, Lita Ford, Warrant, Dokken, Dee Snider and more! Hosted by Eddie Trunk. Cost: $25 (Friday); $45 (Saturday); $60 (2-Day Festival Pass). Call: 800-WIN-1-WIN.
October 16: Acoustic Concert Series, Alexandria Museum of Art, 6:30-8:30p.m. Featuring a different guest musician each month. Live music, food and fun! Join us on the third Thursdays for 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: Free AMoA members; $4 non-members. Call Amanda Guillot: 443-3458.
October 21: Red River Chorale presents “Celebrating America”, Emmanuel Baptist Church, 7:30pm. Music of American composers and a musical salute to our country’s military. All active or veteran members of any military service or state National Guard are invited to attend this concert free as guests of the Chorale. Cost: $15 Adults; $5 Students. Call: (318) 484-4463. www.redriverchorale.com
November 1: True Classics, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, 7:30p.m. Sponsored by Rapides Symphony Orchestra. Madeleine Kabat, Cello Soloist. Beethoven – Coriolan Overture, Dvorak – Cello Concerto in B Minor and Brahms – Symphony No. 1 in C Minor.
Cost: $25 adults; $15 seniors; $10 students. Call James Owens: 484-4469.
November 6-16: “Twice a Slave”, Louisiana College’s Martin Performing Arts Center, 7p.m. Thur.-Sat., 2:30p.m. Sun. Sponsored by theatre louisiana college. 1758 North Carolina, born the son of a white man and a Cherokee, Joseph Willis is a slave. With a faith molded by tragedy, he finds the courage to forgive and becomes a pioneer of faith who changes the course of Louisiana history. Cost: $15 adults; $10 seniors/non-LC students/ children/faculty; $5 LC students. Call Alana Pate: 487-7495.
Ongoing-October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month Mammogram Screenings. 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 Mason jar tumbler and a coupon for a free cupcake from Piece-A-Cake bakery in Pineville. www.rapidesregional.com
Ongoing – May 21: YWCA after School Program, 5912 James St., Alexandria, 2-5:30p.m. Cost: $60 registration fee; $50 weekly tuition. Call LeeAnn Borrel: 442-3397.
October 2: AARP Driver Safety Program, RRMC Medical Terrace Auditorium, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. This one day, four-hour class is specially geared to drivers age 50 or older. Please pre-register. 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. Cost: $15 (AARP members); $20 (non-members). Call: 877-801-8441.
October 3: 8th Annual Pink and White Balloon Launch, Christus Cabrini Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Noon. Sponsored by Christus Cabrini Women’s Life Center. Cabrini Associates and Community launch pink and white balloons to raise awareness of breast cancer. All survivors are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served and door prize drawing for survivors. Cost: Admission free. Call Diane Kitts: 483-4026.
October 3-4: Lecompte Pie Festival, Old Lecompte High School, 2204 St. Charles St., 4-10p.m. Fri., 9a.m.-10p.m. Sat. Sponsored by Town of Lecompte. Food and craft vendors, amusement rides, contests and entertainment. Call Town Hall: 776-5488.
October 4: Fall Herb Day and Crafts Festival, Kent Plantation House, 8a.m.-1p.m. Come browse our selection of quality herbs and flowers to find the perfect plants for your space, chat with local experts about which plants will work best and how to use and store fresh herbs. After you purchase your plants browse through the local artists set up on the grounds selling all kinds of arts and crafts. All are locally made and one of a kind. Lunch for sale, so make a day of it! Cost: Admission free. Call Kent Plantation House: 487-5998.
October 4: UMW Fall Festival, First United Methodist Church-Pineville, 9:00am-1:00pm. The Fall Festival features thirty booths of handmade and homemade arts & crafts for sale, along with a BBQ lunch, food booths and the pumpkin patch. Proceeds benefit the United Methodist Women’s Circles. Cost: Free. Call: (318) 640-1050.
October 4: 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. Please pre-register. Call: 318-769-4440.
October 4: 25th Annual Walk to Remember, Alexandria Zoo, 9:30am. The Walk to Remember is sponsored by the Healing Hearts Community Perinatal Loss Support Group. Cost: Free. Call Denise Cross: (318) 769-7569.
October 4: “Ride It to Win It” Poker Run benefitting Evergreen Life Services of Central Louisiana, Renegade Harley-Davidson, 10a.m.-2p.m. Sponsored by Renegade Harley-Davidson and Evergreen Life Services of Central LA. Free hamburgers/hotdogs provided for Bikers along with refreshments at each of the five stops. Everyone is invited to support Evergreen Life Services Differently Abled Athletes Bake Sale, Silent Auction and Raffle at Renegade Harley-Davidson. Call to pre-register. Cost: $20 per bike; $5 per passenger. Call Jan “Cookie” Nichols: 445-4470.
October 4: Our Lady of Prompt Succor Fall Festival “OPLS, Out of this World”, 420 21st Street, Alexandria, 9a.m.-4p.m. Call Liz Lowry: 290-9349.
October 6: 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. Pre-registration is required. Brown bag supper starts at 6:00pm. Call Becky Watkins: 448-6938.
October 6: Survivors of Suicide (SOS), Cabrini Mediplex, 6:30pm – 7:30pm. This new group will be an on-going support group for anyone who has been impacted by suicide in their family or friend group. A suicide death is unlike any other and the issues are unique. There will be an educational component with handouts. This group will be facilitated by Dr. Lee Weems. Pre-registration is required. Call Becky Watkins: 448-6938.
October 8: 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; please pre-register. Cost: Free. Call: (318) 769-3106.
October 8-12: Rapides Parish Fair, State Evacuation Shelter, HWY 71 South, 10a.m.-10p.m. Sponsored by Rapides Parish Fair Association and LSU AgCenter. Join us for the annual Parish Fair held at our new location. Cost: Exhibit Hall free; Carnival tickets may be purchased at fair gate. Call Quincy L. Cheek: 767-3968.
October 8-10: Faith Life Church Fall Camp Meeting, Faith Life Church, 7:00pm. Nightly speakers include Paul Bradford, Kay “Boogie” Bedgood and Dustin Cameron. Worship led by Gary and Debbie Bailey. Cost: Free.
October 10: Fit for the Cure, Dillard’s Department Store, Alexandria Mall, 10a.m.-8p.m. Sponsored by Wacoal. For every bra fitting, Wacoal will donate $2 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. In addition, for every Wacoal purchase, Wacoal will donate another $2 for each piece sold that day. Customers will be eligible to register for a prize. The winner will be announced at the end of the day. Appointments preferred. Cost: Admission free. Call Dillard’s Lingerie Department: 445-9992 ext. 5200.
October 11: Second Saturday at the Museum, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10a.m.-2p.m. Featuring arts activities for families, live music, exhibition tours, Community Table 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 arts at this fun community event! Cost: Admission free. Call Jenny Gallent: 443-3458.
October 11: Friendship House Adult Day Services Annual Pig Roast, Alexandria Riverfront Center, 6p.m. Sponsored by Friendship House. Cost: $45. Call Faye Simpson: 473-9504.
October 13: 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.
October 16: 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.
October 16: United Way Wild Cook- Off, Third St., Downtown Alexandria, 5-8p.m. 14th Annual United Way Wild Cook- Off. Come out and enjoy music and drinks while sampling great BBQ, Ribs, and Cajun and Wild Game dishes. Each category will have a winner decided by our panel of judges and also have a People’s Choice Award voted on by the tips each team receives from the community. Cost: Admission free. Call Abby Flynn: 443-7203 ext. 3.
October 16: Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Support Group, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room, 6:00pm. Please pre-register. Call: 866-581-3627.
October 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.
October 17: Autumn Art Walk, Downtown Alexandria, 4-9p.m. Sponsored by the Arts Council of Central Louisiana. Call Brandy Wills: 455-7702.
October 18: Prepared Childbirth Class, Rapides Regional Medical Center Terrace Gallery Room, 9:00am-2:30pm. 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: 877-801-8441.
October 18: Miss Black Louisiana USA Scholarship Pageant, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, 7p.m. Competition and Crowning Ceremony of the 2015 Miss Black Louisiana USA Princess, Junior Miss, Talented Teen and Miss Black Louisiana. Cost: $10 for 13 and older; $5 for 5-12; 4 and under free. Call Nakia Wilson-Nelson: 225-317-9274.
October 18: 6th Annual Zombie Walk of Alexandria, Downtown Alexandria, 5-9p.m. Sponsored by Cenla Zombie Association. Smoke free, alcohol free, family-friendly event. Food vendors, music, t-shirts for purchase and costume contests. Proceeds benefit Friendship House of Alexandria. The slow paced, APD escorted walk through downtown begins at 6:30p.m. Cost: Admission free; small fee to participate in costume contest. Call Duana Juneau: 308-1950.
October 20: 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 20: Sibling Class, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Cascade Room, 6:30pm-8:00pm. 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 21: Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Seminar, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room, 9:00am. Please pre-register. Call: 866-581-3627.
October 21: Project Holiday Cheer, Alexandria Mall Center Court, 10a.m.-1p.m. Sponsored by Central Louisiana Attractions Association. Send tidings of joy & cheer to troops. Christmas cards will be provided for your holiday wishes and sent to troops stationed overseas. Cost: Admission free. Call: 448-0227.
October 23-25: Zoo Boo, Alexandria Zoo, 6-8:30p.m. Sponsored by City of Alexandria and FOTAZ. Experience three nights of spooktacular, scare-free Halloween fun for kids 12 and younger. Enjoy sweets and treats along the traditional Trick-or-Treat Trail through the Zoo with a stop at Festival Plaza to enjoy Halloween activities for kids. Treat bags provided. Cost: $6 per person; cash only. Call Zoo Office: 441-6810.
October 23: Muscular Dystrophy Support Group, Rapides Regional Medical Center Medical Terrace Gallery Room, 6:00pm. Meetings include guest speakers and access to staff from the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Call: (800) 644-9730.
October 23-25: Louisiana Early Childhood Association Conference, Sai Convention Center. The LAECA will sponsor its 48th Annual State Conference to “Open the Doors to Possibilities” to emphasize the wonder, problem solving skills, imagination, cooperation, joy, creative thinking, and flexibility that are necessary to develop each young child’s potential. The conference is open to anyone who has the best interests of children in mind. Call Mary Lou Maples: 318-443-1562. www.LAECA.org
October 23: H20 – Helping 2 Overcome Homelessness, Emmanuel Baptist Church Parking Lot, 10a.m.-Noon. 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 Antee: 442-8026.
October 25: Inglewood Pumpkin Pick, Inglewood Harvest Barn Market, 6233 Old Baton Rouge Hwy, Alexandria, 9a.m.-1p.m. Guided Pumpkin Pick in pumpkin patch, live music and entertainment, food, vendors and kids’ activities. Cost: Admission free. Call Stephen Reed: 442-6398.
October 27: 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.
October 27: 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.
October 31: Mall-O-Ween, Alexandria Mall, time: TBA. Sponsored by Spirit Halloween at Alexandria Mall. Costumes, treats and candy galore! Participating mall stores while supplies last. Free treats for 12 and under. Cost: Admission free. Call: 448-0227.
November 1: Special Needs Through the Life Span Conference, Christus Cabrini Pediatric Therapy Center. The Central Louisiana Down Syndrome Association and Louisiana Autism Society will be hosting a one day informational conference for families and professionals who are affected by or work with individuals with special needs. Call Pat Giamanco: 800-955-3760.
November 1: Thrift or Treat, Alexandria Flea Market, 2:00pm-4:00pm. Alexandria Flea Market vendors will the 2nd Thrift or Treat event, which will be a chance for children to dress in their costumes to collect treats from vendors in a completely safe environment. Cost: Free. Call: (318) 441-9900.
November 1: LSUA Foundation Gala, location: TBA, 6:30p.m. Sponsored by LSUA Foundation. The 5th Annual LSUA Foundation Gala is a black tie/formal affair and will be an evening of big band music featuring the Jimmy Maxwell Orchestra from New Orleans, full bar and dinner included! We are raising money for LSUA. Reservations required. Cost: $100 per person; sponsored tables are available. Call Melinda F. Anderson: 619-2916.
November 7: 24th Annual All Souls Memorial Service, Historic Cemetery on the grounds of Central Louisiana State Hospital, 10a.m. Refreshments at the Rose Cottage following the service. Refreshments provided by Compassionate Care Hospice of Alexandria and C.L.S.H. Cemetery Preservation Committee. Cost: Admission free. Call Chaplain Emitte Belgard: 640-6361 or The Extra Mile: 484-6575.
October 2-30: Yoga Classes, Cabrini Mediplex Yoga Room, 4:00pm – 5:15pm. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. These classes are on-going and meet every Monday and Thursday. This class is sponsored by Christus St Frances Cabrini Hospital. Call Watkins: 448-6938.
October 3: AFA Scholarship and 4-Man Scramble, Alexandria Golf and Country Club, Noon. Sponsored by LSUA Alumni and Friends. Cost: $400 per team. $150 for a hole sponsorship. Call Melinda Anderson: 619-2916.
October 7 – December 30(Tuesdays): Yoga in the Gallery, Alexandria Museum of Art, 5:30-6:30p.m. Yoga is offered free of charge every Tuesday at AMoA. 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.
October 7, 14, 21, 28 & November 3: Run GDN, Spirits Food & Friends, 6:30pm. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.