October 2015 Calendar

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Arts

 

Ongoing-October 31: Paint Pink,  Arts & Healthcare Inc., Cabrini Hospital Gallery, (Cabrini outpatient building, 1st floor across from Radiology) and the Rapides Gallery (South Tower between the ER and the Lobby) for the entire month of October.  All art is for sale with a portion of the proceeds going to continue arts programs in our local cancer centers. Cost: Free.  Call Judy Ginsburgh: 318-769-7602.

 

Ongoing–November 21: Jerry and Pat Carr: Our Fragile Home, Alexandria Museum of Art.  This exhibition by Pat Musick and Jerry Carr portrays the feelings of fragility described by astronauts as they looked down on earth from space.  It is an exhortation to care for our environment, to nurture and sustain our fragile home.  The eight sculptural elements are made up of both fragile and strong elements in order to represent the balance between the strength and fragility of our world.  Our Fragile Home was organized by Pat Musick and Jerry Carr of Camus Incorporated. Cost: Free for AMoA members, $5.00 for non-members. Call AMoA: 318-443-3458.

 

October 14-15: BAS Relief Painting Workshop, River Oaks Art Square, 1330 Second Street. 10:00am-4:00pm. Using acrylic gesso to draw images in relief, students will use different painting and glazes technique to create a completed piece of art. Cost: $40 per person. Call Rachael Dauzat: 318-473-2670.

 

October 16: River Oaks Exhibit Reception, River Oaks Art Square, 1330 Second Street. 5:00pm -7:00pm. Exhibit featuring artists Amy Gilsam, Dennis Parker, Janet Ahrens, Martha Baiton, Marilyn Wellan, Randy Brodnax, and Conner Burns. Cost: Free and open to the public. Call Rachael Dauzat: 318-473-2670.

 

October 16: Fall ArtWalk 2015, Alexandria Downtown Cultural Arts District, 4:00pm -9:00pm. Sponsored by Arts Council of Central Louisiana. A free family oriented arts festival with over 60 participating artists, vendors, and live entertainment acts held in Downtown Alexandria’s Cultural Arts District. Vendors can register online at www.ticket-central.org/events. Cost: Free and open to the public, $25.00 for art vendors, $15.00 for non-profits, and $70.00 for food vendors; $10.00 additional charge for electricity. Call Julie Prevot: 318-484-4474.

 

October 24: AMoA Adult Art Class, Alexandria Museum of Art, 1:00pm-4:00pm.  “Earth without Art is Eh with Nancy Noles” focuses on the aesthetics of nature and the role of organic patterns around us, participants will create wall sculptures or assemblage pieces using organic and fibrous materials. Cost: $25 for members; $35 for non-members. Call AMoA: 318-443-3458.

 

October 24: Van Gogh Gala, River Oaks Art Square, 1330 Second Street. 7:00pm. Fundraiser benefitting River Oaks with a silent auction.  Cost: $50 per person. Call Rachael Dauzat: 318-473-2670.

 

Music

 

October 15: New Frontiers-Abendmusik Alexandria, The Hearn Stage at the Kress Theatre, 6:00pm. Consisting of saxophonist Paul Forsyth and oboist Leah Forsyth, the Three Reeds Duo presents music specially written for their rare combination.  Our program includes music by Natchitoches composer Richard Rose as well as the brand new Three Reeds Suite by Shreveport composer Tom Hundemer. Cost: General admission $10.00, to add appetizer plate, $5.00. Call Jackson Harmeyer: 318-484-4467.

 

October 15: AMoA Acoustic Concert Series, Alexandria Museum of Art, 6:30pm-8:30pm. Live music, food, and fun! Join us on third Thursdays for the Alexandria Museum of Art’s most popular recurring social event. Enjoy lively conversation with friends, connect with art, listen to good local and regional music, all while snacking on tasty food and drink, every third Thursday at AMoA. Cost: Free for AMoA Members; $5.00 for non-members. Call AMoA: 318-443-3458.

 

October 17: Shades of Praise, St. James Episcopal Church, 5:00pm.  The Saint James Episcopal Church Concert Series opens the 2015-2016 season with a Fall Festival and outdoor concert.  The concert will feature Shades Of Praise Interracial Gospel Choir from New Orleans. Bring your lawn chairs, sit back and enjoy the beautiful October weather, have a bowl of gumbo and enjoy the uplifting sound of Shades Of Praise outside St. James on Albert Street between Bolton Avenue and 16th Street. Made possible by a grant from The McCormick-Smith Fund, Inc. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-9845.

 

October 20: A Time for Harvest and a Time of Thanksgiving, First Baptist Church of Pineville, 901 Main Street, 7:30pm. Sponsored by Red River Chorale. A concert of sacred music of harvest and thanksgiving.  Tickets are available from www.redriverchorale.com, www.ticket-central.org, Red River Music, or at the door. Cost: $15.00 for adults, $5.00 for students. Call Tina Smith: 318-484-4463.

 

October 22: The Hunts in Concert, Louisiana College, 7:30pm.  With a harmony-laced take on folk-pop that’s both breathtaking and sweetly ethereal, The Hunts are a Virginia-based band made up of seven brothers and sisters who’ve been playing music together almost their entire lives.  Ranging from ages 17 to 25, the seven brothers and sisters collaborate to create a sophisticated sound that blends a fresh sensibility and elements of Americana and indie-inspired folk. Cost: $10.00.  Call: 318-487-7389.

 

October 24: Louisiana International Piano Competition Final Round, Coughlin Saunders Performing Arts Center, 7:30pm. Sponsored by Rapides Symphony Orchestra. Three world-class pianists compete, each performing a concerto with the Rapides Symphony. Cost: adults: $25, senior adults: $15, and students: $10. Call James Owens: 318-484-4469.

 

October 30: 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. Promoting the art of spoken work and self-expression and creating opportunities for poets. Featuring Alexandria native and accomplished slam poet Sha’Condria Sibley. Cost: Free for AMoA members, $5.00 for non-members. Call AMoA: 318-443-3458.

 

November 5: Classics and a Contemporary-Abendmusik Alexandria, The Hearn Stage at the Kress Theatre, 6:00pm. Sponsored by the Arts Council of Central Louisiana. Classical guitarist John De Chiaro treats listeners to inspiring music old and new. Hear classics by Mauro Giuliani and Domenico Scarlatti as well as the world premiere of the Suite for Solo Guitar by Abendmusik Alexandria Director Jackson Harmeyer. Tickets available at http://ticket-central.org. Cost: General admission $10.00; to add appetizer plate $5.00, cash bar. Call Jackson Harmeyer: 318-484-4467.

 

November 7: Rebel State Historic Site Dulcimer Day, 1260 Highway 1221 in Marthaville, 9:00am.  The day’s event will feature workshops for First Time/Beginners, Mountain and Hammered, and Christmas Music Ensemble as well as a Dulcimer contest and open jam session. A limited number of Mountain Dulcimers will be available for loan during the workshops. Cost: $4.00 adults 13 to 61; State Park Annual pass holders and all others free.  Call: 318-472-6255 or 888-677-3600. www.LaStateParks.com

 

Events

 

Ongoing-October 31: The Pumpkin Patch, 2727 Jackson Street, 10:00am – 5:00pm. Sponsored by First United Methodist Church of Alexandria. Families can select their perfect pumpkins while enjoying the ambiance that a patch allows for photo opportunities. All pumpkin sales help support local Alexandria Missions. Call Church Office: 318-443-5696.

 

October 5: End The Stigma, Downtown Alexandria. End the stigma of mental illness. Area businesses in the downtown area along with Volunteers of America will chalk the talk. They will be decorating outside their businesses on the side walk that mental illness is not contagious and you can’t catch it from being kind. Cost: Free. Call Donna Capps: 318-442-8026.

 

October 6: America’s Night Out, Public Safety Complex. Volunteers of America will be at the local public safety complex giving out information about all their programs available for families and children along with local agencies. Cost: Free. Call Donna Capps: 318-442-8026.

 

October 8, 15, 22 and 29: Tai Chi Chih Class, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 9:30am-10:30am. This class is open to anyone who is interested in movement therapy and stress relief.  Each week we will learn several of the 19 movements and one pose.  Dress comfortably and come join us for this moving meditation!  Cost: $50.00.  Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.

 

October 8: Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Seminar, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room, 6:00pm. Please pre-register.  Call: 866-581-3627.

 

October 9, 16, 23, 30: Paint the Town Pink, Rapides Cancer Center and Rapides Regional Medical Center.  RRMC invites you to join in as they celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month by wearing pink every Friday in October!

 

October 9: Fit for the Cure, Alexandria Dillards, 10:00am-8:00pm. Research shows that 8 out of 10 women are wearing the wrong sized bra. Wearing a bra should not be even slightly uncomfortable.  Women should be professionally fitted for a bra once a year to ensure their bra size has not changed as a result of natural fluctuations in their body. Participate in a Fit for the Cure event and receive a complimentary bra fitting from a Wacoal fit specialist. For every woman that participates, Wacoal will donate $20.00 to Susan G. Komen for breast cancer research and community health programs. Wacoal will donate an additional $2.00 for every Wacoal bra, shapewear piece or b.tempt’d bra purchased at these events. Cost: Free. Cost:  318-445-9992.

 

October 10: Day of Compassion, 2727 Jackson Street, 8:00am-3:00pm. Sponsored by First United Methodist Church. Various service projects are happening throughout Alexandria with a lunch at noon and a blood drive from 1:00pm-3:00pm. Cost: Free. Call Church Office: 318-443-5696.

 

October 10: Second Saturday at the Museum, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10:00am-2:00pm. Arts activities for kids, live music, art exhibitions, and original local art in our gift shop. 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. Cost: Free. Call AMoA: 318-443-3458.

 

October 10: Oktoberfest, WFLA Kolin Lodge #26-119 B.Miller Road in Pinevile, 10:00am. There will be vendors, a chili cook-off, games for kids, hay rides, plate lunches for sale and more!  Call Mary Layssard: 318-443-4249.

 

October 10, 17, 24, 31: Monster Movie Madness, Boyce Branch Library, 11:00am-1:00pm.  Every Saturday for the entire month of October, come in and enjoy a monstrous good time with Ms. Deborah and Ms. Carla. Cost: Free. Call: 318-793-2182. www.rpl.org

 

October 10:  Hearts & Soles–Introduction to Afrikan Drumming and Dance, Alexandria Museum of Art, Noon.  The Sankofa Cultural Collective will present an active workshop on Afrikan Drumming and Dance with Luther Gray and Jamilah Peters-Muhammed of New Orleans’ Bamboula 2000.  Cost: Free.  www.SankofaCC.org

 

October 10: Light for Life Event, Marksville Courthouse, 4:00pm. The Avoyelles Community & Youth Coalition is putting on a Suicide Awareness Event called “Light for Life”. It will start at 4:00pm with an Awareness Walk starting at the Courthouse with entertainment and music to follow. We’ll have booths set up from several agencies in the area for information and resources throughout the evening. We will close the evening with a Candlelight Vigil starting around 6:30pm.

 

October 12: The Good Mourning Widowed 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 is sponsored by Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital.  Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.

 

October 13: Relay for Life Meeting, Red River Bank 2nd Floor Conference Room, 5:30pm. Cost: Free.  www.relayforlife.org.

 

October 14: Diabetes Group Class, RRMC Medical Terrace Auditorium, 9:00am-12:00noon.  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; pre-registration is required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-769-3445.

 

October 14: Child Safety Seat Check, Rapides Regional Medical Center Medical Terrace driveway, 2:00pm-5:00pm. A trained child passenger safety educator will take a look at your car seats, make sure they are not under recall, make sure the seat is installed properly and show you how to correctly install the car seat. The car seat check process takes 15 to 25 minutes, depending on how many car seats are in the vehicle. The seat checks normally are held the second Wednesday of each month. Cost: Free.

 

October 15: 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. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.

 

October 15: Pink Ribbon Club, Christus Cabrini Cancer 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 15: Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Support Group, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room, 6:00pm. Please pre-register. Call: 866-581-3627.

 

October 17: Prepared Childbirth Class, RRMC Medical Terrace Gallery Room, 9:00am – 2:00pm.  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.

 

October 17: Inglewood Harvest Barn Market Fall Fest ’15, 6233 Old Baton Rouge Hwy, 9:00am-1:00pm. Kick off of the Fall Harvest Barn Market and Inglewood CSA Live Music by Patrick Swasey and the “Bunch of Old Guys,” Wagon Ride Farm Tours, Horse Rides, Farmer’s Market and Hot Food. Cost: Free. Call Stephen Reed: 318-442-6398.

 

October 17: Pumpkin Treat Bags, Johnson Branch Library, 10:00am-11:00am.  There’s no trick to it when you get “arts and crafts” help from library! Make your own Halloween Treats Bag.  Cost: Free. Call: 318-776-5153. www.rpl.org

 

October 17: Family Art Class, Alexandria Museum of Art, 1:00pm -3:00pm. Bring the whole family or just your kid at heart and enjoy this wonderful art experience. Cost: Free for AMoA member families (up to 4), $20 for non-members. Call Cindy Blair: 318-443-3458.

 

October 17: Third Thursday’s on 3rd, Downtown Alexandria, 6:00pm -9:00pm. Sponsored by the Downtown Merchants and DARE. Food, fun, and entertainment along Third Street in Downtown Alexandria. Cost: Varies. For more information visit www.downtownalexandria.org.

 

October 17: SymPOEsium, Westside Regional Library, 6:00pm-7:30pm.  Join Dr. Bill Robison of Southeastern State University as he delves into the mind of the real Edgar Allen Poe. Widely acknowledged as the innovator in the science fiction genre and the inventor of the modern detective story–real mystery surrounds Poe’s own death–was it murder or a tragic end of a man losing the battle to his inner demons? Find out for yourself!  Cost: Free. Call Tammy DiBartolo: 318-442-2483 x 1906. www.rpl.org

 

October 17: Cemetery Tour, Rapides Cemetery, Pineville, 3:00pm. Sponsored by the City of Pineville and the Historical Association of Cenla. Tours start at 3p.m. with a tour every 15 minutes. Last tour begins at 4:45p.m. Cost: $10. Call Madonna LeBlanc: 318-449-5650 or Bobby Hyson: 318-442-8629.

 

October 17-18: Sacred Heart School’s Annual Fall Fair, 9968 Bayou DeGlaises Road, Moreauville, 5:00pm. Mass on Saturday and Sunday. Sponsored by Parent’s Club. 50th Anniversary of Sacred Heart’s Annual Fair. Enjoy homemade cakes, BINGO, food booths, silent auction, Couchon-de-Lait dinner, (Sunday) music, fried catfish dinner, (Saturday evening) family fun, and games.  Cost: Free. Call Karen Moreau: 318-359-1943.

 

October 18: Sunday Movie Matinee: Major Payne, Rapides Main Library, 2:00pm-4:00pm.  Maj. Benson Payne lives, breathes and sleeps war. But after being honorably discharged, he has no idea how to cope in everyday civilian life. Fortunately, before he completely breaks down, Payne finds his way back into a military capacity at Madison Preparatory School. Whipping these kids into shape might be his toughest battle yet.  Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411. www.rpl.org

 

October 18: Trunk-or-Treat, 2727 Jackson Street, 6:45pm. Sponsored by First United Methodist Church. Children bring a bag and enjoy a safe and fun trunk or treating event. Cost: Free. Call Church Office: 318-443-5696.

 

October 19: 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. Call: 318-769-3445.

 

October 20: Girl Talk, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Cascade Room, 6:00pm-8:00pm. Rapides Regional Medical Center offers this two-hour class designed for girls between the ages of 9 and 13–and their mothers. If mothers can’t attend, aunts and grandmothers are welcome. The class will explain some of the physical and emotional changes that occur to adolescents during puberty. The class is also designed to help parents open the lines of communication with their daughters. Cost: $20 per family. Class size is limited; please pre-register. Call: 318-769-3445.

 

October 21: Cenla Women’s Connection Luncheon, Conference Center at the Greens, 12:00pm.  Program features include “Daddy’s Girl” presented in song and talk by Mary Farmer, and Neighborhood Watch with Kellie Peyton. Please RSVP by Friday, October 16th. Cost $16.00.  Call: 318-481-7880.

 

October 22: H2O-Helping 2 Overcome Homelessness, Emmanuel Baptist Church Parking Lot, 10:00am – Noon. Sponsored by Volunteers of America. H2O is a monthly homeless street outreach that provides instant, on-site services such as housing resources, medical screenings, haircuts and more.  Community partners provide a hot meal, clothing, food, eater, and hygiene kits.  Cost: Free. Call Donna Capps: 318-442-8026.

 

October 22: Rapides Parish Library Turns 50!, Rapides Main Library, 2:00pm-4:00pm.  The public is invited to join the staff and administration of the Rapides Parish Main Library to celebrate half a century of service to the Rapides Parish Community. Brief remarks and refreshments follow.  Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1060. www.rpl.org

 

October 22: Muscular Dystrophy Support Group, RRMC Medical Terrace Gallery Room, 6:00pm.  Meetings include guest speakers and access to staff from the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Call: 337-234-0088.

 

October 23: What’s Cookin’? Cookbook Club, Boyce Branch Library, 11:00am-12:00pm.  Calling enthusiastic foodies, cooks, cookbook readers and writers to explore a gastronomic romp through a selected cookbook. We’ll explore everything from soup to nuts! Cost: Free. Call: 318-793-2182. www.rpl.org

 

October 23: Costume Party Parent’s Night Out, T.R.E.E. House Children’s Museum, 6:00pm -9:00pm. Must be 4 years of age or older to participate. No scary costumes, please! Cost: $20 per person. Call Marissa Sonnier: 318-619-9394.

 

October 23: Tales Along the Bayou, Kent Plantation House, 6:00pm -8:30:00pm. Sponsored by the Rapides Parish Library. Get set for another thrilling and chilling year of Tales Along the Bayou! The evening gets underway at 6p.m. with spooky takes and music for younger children. Then at 7:30pm, older children will gather for another storyteller to listen to scary stories. Cost: Free. Call Karla Kirby: 318-442-2483 x 1904.

 

October 24: Louisiana Fall Gubernatorial Primary Election, 7:00am-8:00pm.  Early voting is October 10-17 (except Sunday and holidays) from 8:30am to 6:00pm. www.geauxvote.com

 

October 24:  Making Wearable Art–Bamboo Jewelry Crafting, Rapides Parish Main Library, Noon.  The Sankofa Cultural Collective will present a hands-on workshop with master craftsman Lavalais of Bamboozle Jewelry.  Cost: Free.  www.SankofaCC.org

 

October 24: VIP Victorian Mummy Unwrapping Party, Alexandria Museum of Art, 6:00pm.  Join our Egyptologist curator Megan in a fun and educational event inspired by Halloween and her passion in Egyptian funerary practices!  We will unwrap a lifelike mummy in the style of a mummy unwrapping party, learning about the funerary practices and beliefs of the ancient Egyptians.  You might even get to take home an Egyptian amulet!  Come in your best Victorian attire if you wish to be fully immersed in the experience.  Call AMoA: 318-443-3458.

 

October 26: The Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 11:00am – 12:30pm.  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: 318-448-6938.

 

October 26: The Alzheimer’s Activity Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 11:00am – 12:30pm.  The activity group will be offered for those with Alzheimer’s disease.  The staff from Brookdale 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: 318-448-6938.

 

October 27: Make A Difference Day, Christus St. Frances Cabrini Women’s and Children’s Hospital, 9:00am-1:00pm. Sponsored by The Town Talk. Free health screenings provided to the community. Cost: Free. Call Christus Cabrini Foundation: 318-448-6580.

 

October 29: Pro Bono Legal Advice Clinic, Rapides Main Library, 10:00am-4:00pm.  Presented by the Central Louisiana Pro Bono Project, Inc. Pre-register to have your simple or living wills, durable and/or health power of attorneys prepared. Free legal advice on most civil matters.  Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1036 or x1030. www.rpl.org

 

October 29: Fall Family Festival, Kees Park, Hwy 28 East Pineville, 6:00pm -8:00pm. Sponsored by the City of Pineville. Cost: Free and open to public. Call Madonna LeBlanc: 318-449-5660.

 

October 30: Pumpkin Carving Contest, Rapides Regional Medical Center, 10:00am-3:00pm. Rapides Regional employees will display their creativity during the hospital’s annual Pumpkin Carving Contest. Come out and see the winning, and not-so-winning, displays. The pumpkins will be on display in the hallway across from The Gift Shop in the main hospital. Cost: Free.

 

October 30: TAG Autumn Party, Rapides Main Library, 3:00pm-5:00pm.  Enjoy carnival games, X-Box One Games, candy hunt, pumpkin decorating contest and more! Permission slip signed by parent/guardian is required. Space is limited and you must preregister.  Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1036 or x1030. www.rpl.org

 

October 30-31: Redemption House 2015, Life Point Community Church in Mansura, 5:00pm-9:00pm. Join Life Point Church for a Christian alternative to the classic haunted house, located at 1526 L’eglisy Street in Mansura. For ages 10+ only. Cost: $2.00.  Call: 318-253-2477.

 

October 31: Awesome Halloween Slime, Johnson Branch Library, 10:00am-11:00am.  We’re opening up our bag of tricks to create a fun and slimy mix! Find out how to make your own awesome slime with regular household items.  Cost: Free. Call: 318-776-5153. www.rpl.org

 

October 31: Halloween Treats, Boyce Branch Library, 11:00am-1:00pm.  Come dressed in your best most fantastical costume ever and when you visit the library – you’ll get a candy treat!  Cost: Free. Call: 318-793-2182. www.rpl.org

 

October 31: Thrift or Treat, Alexandria Flea Market, 2:00pm-4:00pm.  The 3rd Annual Thrift or Treat is an enjoyable and exciting event for the whole family! Come out and shop with our vendors while the little ones dressed in their Halloween costumes can collect treats in a completely safe and fun environment.  Cost: Free. Call: 318-441-9900.

 

November 7: Friendship House Pig Roast, Alexandria Riverfront Center, 6p.m. Sponsored by Friendship House Adult Day Services. Cost: $45 individual tickets, table sponsorships available. Call Faye Simpson: 473-9504.

 

November 7: Train Day, T.R.E.E. House Children’s Museum, 10a.m.-12p.m. Come and see a variety of different scales and layouts at the T.R.E.E. House! Cost: $4 per person, children 2 & under get in free.  Call Marissa Sonnier: 619-9394.

 

Sports

 

Ongoing-October: Yoga Classes, Cabrini Mediplex Yoga RX Room, 4:00pm – 5:15pm.  Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat.  These classes meet every Monday and Thursday.  Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.

 

October 6, 13, 20, 27 and November 3: Yoga in the Gallery, Alexandria Museum of Art, 5:30pm. Yoga is offered every Tuesday at the AMoA thanks to a generous 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 AMoA: 318-443-3458.

 

October 7, 14, 21 & 28: Wake Up Yoga Class, Cabrini Mediplex Yoga RX Room, 9:30am-10:30am. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a Yoga mat.  This is an on-going class and meets every Wednesday.  Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.

 

October 17: Relay for Life Kickball Tournament, Alexandria Youth Sports Complex, 8:00am. Teams of 10 players ages 16+ will come together for a kickball tournament to benefit Relay for Life.  Cost: $10.00 per player. E-mail: kristin.franks@cancer.org. www.relayforlife.org/RapidesParishKickballLA

 

October 24: Komen Cenla Race for the Cure, Downtown Alexandria. 6:30am Survivor Breakfast; 7:15am Survivors Line up at Diamond Grill; 7:30am Opening Ceremony; 8:30am 5k starts; 9:00am 1 Mile Fun Run starts; and 10:00am Closing Ceremonies. Funds raised go to Central Louisiana breast health programs. Register online at www.komencenla.org. Cost: Competitive 5k $40; Recreational 5k $35; 1 Mile Fun Run $35; Sleep in for the Cure $35. Call 337-993-5745 for additional information.

 

October 26: Natchitoches Regional Medical Center Annual Fall Scramble, Alexandria Golf & Country Club, 11:00am-5:00pm.  The Natchitoches Regional Medical Center Foundation and C. D. Morgan & Associates invites the general public to enjoy a relaxing day of golf at their Annual Fall Scramble.  Featured contests include Closest to Hole, Longest Drive, and more.  Prizes, refreshments, live entertainment will conclude this very special event.  Proceeds go to fund nursing scholarships and community wellness grants. The 2015 Tournament will be an exclusive event, limited to only 72 players (18 teams).  Call: 318-214-4558.

 

November 3: RunSafe 5k Fun Run, Spirits Parking Lot, 6:00pm. Sponsored by Run Wild and the Garden District Run. A fun run promoting November as National Run Safety Month. Run Wild is teaming up with the Garden District Run Group to encourage visibility and reflectivity. Runners are encouraged to wear bright colors, blinking lights, and reflective pieces. Prizes go to the most reflective runners! Cost: Free. Call Ali: 318-445-9735 or ali@runwild.us.