Ongoing – July 9: River Oaks Exhibition, River Oaks Square Arts Center, 10a.m.-4p.m. Sponsored by River Oaks and GAEDA. Artwork exhibit featuring work from artists T.J. Black, Leah Moreau Morace, and Father Chad Partain. Cost: Members Free, Adults $2.00, Seniors & Children, $1.00. Call Rachael Dauzat: 318-473-2670.
Ongoing –July 9: George Rodrigue Foundation for the Arts Contest Exhibit, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10a.m.-5p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10a.m.-4p.m. Sat. This exhibition will feature 15 finalists chosen from over 600 entries by Louisiana high schools’ juniors and seniors in the George Rodrigue Foundation Art Contest. This year, the competition is presented in partnership with the Krewe of Orpheus and young artists were invited to create a work of art based on the theme of “Louisiana Celebrates Carnival.” Cost: Visit www.themuseum.org for prices. Call AMoA: 318-443-3458.
Ongoing-August 20: Faculty & Friends: Artists Among Us, Alexandria Museum of Art, Regular Museum hours. Sponsored by Alexandria Museum of Art. Inspired by the creative resources in our community, this annual invitational exhibition showcases faculty, staff, alumni, and some of the arts organizations and arts education institutions in the Central Louisiana region and throughout the state. Cost: Regular Museum admission. Call Megan Valentine: 318-443-3458.
Ongoing- August 20: Changing Landscapes: Jan Beauboeuf Along the Solomon Northup Trail, Alexandria Museum of Art, Regular Museum hours. Sponsored by the Alexandria Museum of Art. This photography exhibition features stunning landscapes by Avoyelles parish artist Jan Beauboeuf along the Northup Trail tracing the path of kidnapped free man of color, Solomon Northup, who lived as a slave in Central Louisiana before his rescue and return to Sarasota, New York. Cost: Regular Museum admission. Call Megan Valentine: 318-443-3458.
Ongoing-August 20: George Rodrigue Foundation for the Arts Contest Exhibit, Alexandria Museum of Art, Regular Museum hour. Sponsored by the Alexandria Museum of Art. This exhibition will feature 15 finalists chosen from over 600 entries by Louisiana high schools’ juniors and seniors in the George Rodrigue Foundation Art Contest. Cost: Regular Museum admission. Cal Megan Valentine: 318-443-3458.
Ongoing-August 20: Purchased Lives: America’s Domestic Slave Trade, Alexandria Museum of Art, Regular Museum hours. Sponsored by Alexandria Museum of Art. This exhibition, originally shown at the Historic New Orleans Collection, examines the individuals involved in the slave trade, considering New Orleans and Louisiana’s role in this era of US history. This exhibit includes period broadsides, paintings, and prints illustrating the domestic slave trade, ship manifests and first-person accounts from slave narratives and oral histories. Cost: Regular Museum admission. Call Megan Valentine: 318-443-3458.
July 11-22: Summer Arts Studio Session 3, River Oaks Art Square, 1:00pm-4:30pm. Sponsored by River Oaks. For children ages 5-13. Exploring the process of layering. Instructors Amy Glison, Caleb Lea and Lindsay Moore. Cost: $245 for 2-week session. Call Aubrey Bolen: 318-473-2670.
July 15: Exhibit Reception, River Oaks Art Square, 5:00pm-7:00pm. Sponsored by River Oaks. Exhibit featuring artwork from resident artists and artists Charles Ward and Shelia White. Cost: Free and open to the public. Call Rachael Dauzat: 318-473-2670.
July 15- August 20: Resident Artist Exhibit with Shelia White & Charles Ward, River Oaks Art Square, 10:00am-4:00pm. Exhibit featuring artwork from Shelia White and Charles Ward and resident artists of River Oaks, Cost: Members Free, non-members $2.00, seniors $1.00. Call Rachael Dauzat: 318-473-2670.
July 16: Family Studio Class: Pinch Pottery, Alexandria Museum of Art, 1:00pm-5:00pm. Sponsored by the Alexandria Museum of Art. AMoA Educator Cindy Cooper Blair teaches this class involving simple pottery techniques for making embellished pinch pottery molded with common items. Cost: Free for AMoA member families, $20 for non-members. Call Cindy Blair: 318-443-3458.
July 23: Adult Studio Class: Solomon’s Views: Digital Landscape Photography with Sean K., Alexandria Museum of Art, 1:00pm-5:00pm. Join local photographer Sean Kamphouang and walk the path of Solomon Northup for this landscape photography class where participants will go on location to the Northup Trail capturing images that reflect the views Solomon Northup experienced. Each participant will receive an 11×14 digital print of their selected image. Call Nancy Noles: 318-443-3458.
July 25- August 5: Summer Arts Studio Session 4, River Oaks Art Square, 1:00pm-4:30pm. For children ages 5-13, inspired by nature, instructors Caleb Lea, Lindsay Moore and Jenny Holder. Cost: $245 for 2-week session. Call Aubrey Bolen: 318-473-2670.
July 29: 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. Featuring guest poet and Alexandria native and accomplished slam poet, Sha’Condria Sibley. Cost: Free for AMoA members, $5.00 for non-members. Call Cindy Blair: 318-443-3458.
July 21-24: Sister Act the Musical, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, 7:00pm Thursday-Saturday, 2:30pm Sunday. Sponsored by Lagniappe Theatre Company. Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story based on the hit 1992 film. Follow a showgirl hiding in a convent as she helps her fellow sisters and find their voices, and in doing so discovers her own. Cost: $18.00 regular, $15.00 senior, $13.00 student, or groups of 10 or more. Call Lagniappe Theatre: 318-487-8243.
July 28-31: XANADU, Jr., LSUA’s Richard Gwartney Theatre. The hit Broadway musical based on the Movie by the same title that starred Olivia Newton-John & Gene Kelley. Rollerskate into the ’80s with music by Electric Light Orchestra. Showtimes are: Thursday and Friday at 10:00am, 2:00pm and 7:00pm; Saturday at 2:00pm and 7:00pm; Sunday 2:00pm. Cost: $5.00 to $12.00. Call: 318-451-3915. www.LBMproductions.com
Ongoing- July 30: Summer Reading Program: “Get on your mark, get set…READ!” All locations of the Rapides Parish Library, During Hours of operation. Sponsored by the Rapides Parish Library. The 2016 Summer Reading Program continues! Children through age 12 can register at their local library and read for fun incentives, and special scheduled entertainment! Supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council and administered by the Arts Council of Central Louisiana. Cost: Free! Call Rapides Parish Library Youth Services: 318-442-2483×1906.
July 7, 14, 21, 28 & August 4: Refuge Recovery, 1921 Jackson Street, 6:00pm. Refuge Recovery is a non-theistic Buddhist approach to recovering from addiction. Cost: Free. Call Lyndon: 318-229-3811. www.facebook.com/refugerecoverycenla or http://refugerecovery.org
July 8: Clay Class: Discover the Artist in You, Westside Regional Library, 10:00am-2:00pm. Artist/Instructor-guided pottery classes for ages 12 to 15! Learn how to create your own clay pinch pot that will last a thousand years or more. Discover the different methods used to create earthenware pots, bowls and clay containers. Pre-registration is Required! This event is limited to 35 participants. Cost: Free. Call Tammy: 318-442-2483 x 1906. www.rpl.org
July 9: Water Play Day, Alexandria Zoo, 9:00am-3:00pm. Sponsored by City of Alexandria & FOTAZ. Prepare to enter the wet zone! Families can make a splash on this fun-filled wet and wild day with water slides, sprinklers, bubbles and more. Flip flops, crocs, sandals or other shoes must be worn inside the zoo. Kids may wear swimsuits. Don’t forget sunscreen and a towel! Cost: Regular Zoo admission. Call Lee Ann Whitt: 318-441-6810.
July 9: Breastfeeding Class, Rapides Regional Medical Center Medical Terrace Gallery Room, 9:00am-3:00pm. 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. Call: 318-769-3445.
July 9 & 23: Simplemente Espanol Morning Meeting, Alexandria Museum of Art, 1:00pm-4:00pm. Interested in practicing your Spanish? Join the “Simplemente Espanol Club” for their mornings at the Alexandria Museum of Art to converse in Spanish, and discuss the art. Cost: Free. Call AMoA: 318-443-3458.
July 11: Summer Reading Program Entertainment: The Kinders, Rapides Main Library, 10:00am-11:00am. Brian Kinder is a singer/songwriter along with his wife Terri, performs rollicking goodtime concerts for kids. Their music is fun and invites audience participation. This is a family-friendly event and is guaranteed to have you singing and clapping with our favorites, Echo the Gecko and I Like Being a Kid! Encore performance at 2:00pm at the Gunter Branch Library. Cost: Free. www.rpl.org
July 11: Look Good…Feel Better, Rapides Cancer Center, 11:30am-1:30pm. 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 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: 337-433-5131.
July 12, 19, 26 & August 1: Cenla Meditation Meeting, River Oaks Square Arts Center, 6:30pm. Cenla Meditation (Founded in September 2012) is a non-profit organization for those who want to learn more about meditation and mindful living within our community. All levels welcome! No religious affiliation required. Cost: Free. Call Lyndon: 318-229-3811. www.cenlameditation.org
July 13: Diabetes Group Class, RRMC Medical Terrace Auditorium, 9:00am – Noon. This program designed for adults with newly diagnosed diabetes and for people needing a refresher course in diabetes management. This is a basic diabetes program; therefore no physician referral is required. The program content follows the American Diabetes Association guidelines and uses a variety of teaching methods to enhance learning. Topics include meal planning, monitoring blood sugar, medications, complications, and learning to deal with a chronic disease. The course is taught by Sandy Couvillon, Registered Dietitian, and Amie Starks, Registered Nurse. Space is limited; reservations are required. Call: 318-769-3445. www.rapidesregional.com
July 13: Child Safety Seat Check, RRMC 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 between 15-25 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.
July 14: ALS Support Group, RRMC Medical Terrace Gallery Room, 6:00pm. These support group meetings are open to persons with ALS, their families, caregivers and friends to provide information about ALS and the various resources available. Call: 800-891-3746 ext. 3. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 14: Suicide Survivor Support Group, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Cascade, 6:30pm. This group is open to anyone who needs support and has lost a loved one to suicide. It could include parents, siblings, children, spouse, friends or coworkers. The group meets the second Thursday of each month. Call: 318-312-7970.
July 15: Community Folk Concert, Westside Regional Library, 6:00pm-8:00pm. Folk singer, composer, and guitarist, Cameron Sutphin performs original songs, and folk favorites form Dylan, Seeger, and Joplin. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483. www.rpl.org
July 16: CPR Class, 1831 Tuner Street, 9:00am and 1:00pm. Sponsored by YWCA of Alexandria-Pineville. Cost: $45.00. Call Shelia or Kenneth: 318-445-880.
July 16: Nature’s Simple Pleasures: Adult Social Creativity Event, Johnson Branch Library, 11:30am-12:30pm. Join us as we create a work of art using the bounty that nature provides. Grab a friend or family member and see what you can dream up! R.S.V.P. Encouraged. Cost: Free. Call: 318-776-5153. www.rpl.org
July 20: Free Tools For School, Rapides Main Library, 10:00am-12:00pm. The Main Library hosts a fun-filled program to help children get ready for the new school year. Get a free library card and a free box of school supplies. There will also be entertainment for children and their parent/guardian. Sponsored by Amerigroup. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1020. www.rpl.org
July 20: Weather with Tom Konvicka, Robertson Branch Library, 10:30am-11:30am. The summer weather can be filled dramatic thunderstorms, bright hot sizzling sunny days, and sudden rain showers that produce rainbows! Chief meteorologist, Tom Konvicka from KALB TV explains climate change, and weather patterns. Cost: Free. Call: 318-640-3098. www.rpl.org
July 20: Cenla Women’s Connection Luncheon, Conference Center at the Greens, 12:00pm. Invite your favorite teachers (or students) to join you for lunch this summer! Rebecca Nix, a dynamic Spanish and English high school teacher from Shepherd, Texas will deliver a powerful, inspirational message. Uptown Jazz will provide entertainment. Pre-registration is required. Cost: $16.00. Call: 318-481-7880.
July 21: Handle with Care: American Flag Appreciation, Johnson Branch Library, 1:00pm-2:00pm. Lecompte Friends of the Library member, Ms. Mable Foster and Mr. Pete Perkins proudly present the care of our American Flag. The U.S. flag is not just a colorful piece of cloth-it is much more than that! It is a symbol of vigilance, courage and perseverance. It represents all the sacrifices made by many men and women to keep us free. R.S.V.P. Encouraged. Cost: Free. Call: 318-776-5153. www.rpl.org
July 21: 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.
July 23: 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. Please pre-register. Call: 318-769-3445.
July 25: Summer Reading Entertainment: Nathan Roberts Music & Magic, Rapides Main Library, 10:00am-11:00am. Nathan J. Roberts shares his music, comedy, and illusions with kids presenting special programs on reading, drug and alcohol abuse, and better self-esteem. Cost: Free. www.rpl.org
July 25: RPSO K9 Unit Demonstration, Martin Branch Library, 10:00am-11:00am. It’s not just men and women that are police officers. There are special canines that work tirelessly alongside their human partners locating missing people and stopping crimes. Come and see members of the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit demonstrate how this special team finds their target! There will be an encore demonstration at the Robertson Branch Library at 1:00pm. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-7575. www.rpl.org
July 25: Breathing and Relaxation, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Cascade Room, 6:30pm-8:30pm. Taught by a certified childbirth instructor, this class will be an in-depth opportunity to practice breathing and relaxation techniques and other comfort measures for labor and delivery. The support partner/father is encouraged to attend. Bring pillows to class. Call: 318-769-3445.
July 26: Book Buzz: New Books for Adults, Westside Regional Library, 6:00pm-7:00pm. Sharon Parker, Penguin Random House representative will be on hand to talk about the upcoming booklist for 2016-17. Pre-registration is Required! This event is limited to 45 participants. Cost: Free. Call Tammy: 318-442-2483 ext 1906. www.rpl.org
July 28: Miracle Treat Day at Dairy Queen, Alexandria, Pineville and Ball Dairy Queens. All day. Sponsored by Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital-Children’s Miracle Network. For every blizzard treat sold at Dairy Queen locations on Miracle Treat Day, $1.00 will be donated to the Children’s Network.
Ongoing-July: 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.
July 11-August 5: YWCA Swim Lessons, 5912 James Street, time varies. Sponsored by YWCA of Alexandria-Pineville. Cost: $70 for Level 1, $80 for Levels 2 & up. Call Marle Chapman: 318-442-3397.
July 12: Taichi for Me, Please, Johnson Branch Library, 10:00am-11:00am. Martial Arts: More Than Kicks and Punches! Come learn the rudimentary moves of Tai Chi from Sifu Chuck Perry, Master Instructor from Alexandria Kung Fu Academy. R.S.V.P. Encouraged. Cost: Free. Call: Call 318-776-5153. www.rpl.org
July 13, 20, 27 & August 3: 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.
July 18: Zumba Fitness, Rapides Main Library, 11:00am-12:00pm. Dance to great music, great people and burn a ton of calories without even realizing it! Learn the basic moves of Zumba! Space is limited, so we encourage you to call and reserve your spot. Wear comfortable loose-fitting clothing. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1020. www.rpl.org
July 20: Chair Aerobics, Martin Branch Library, 10:30am-11:30am. Are you stuck behind a desk? Do you have limited mobility? Then chair aerobics is for you! Come try out a low-impact way of exercising. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-7575. www.rpl.org