Ongoing-January: Arts & Healthcare, Inc. Exhibit. The Christus Cabrini Gallery (Cabrini Outpatient Center, 1st floor across from Radiology) will feature the art of Anthony Riddick. All art is for sale. Cost: Free. Call: 318-769-7602. www.artsandhealthcare.org
January 13: Adult Art Class-Totemic Sculptures, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10:30am-3:30pm. In Connell tradition, participants will create a sculpture of natural and found objects in the style of the totem and/or obelisk. Objectives will focus on how to use materials found in our own environment, construction and personal expression in a three dimensional form. All materials are provided. Registration is required. Cost: $50.00 members; $70.00 non-members. Call: 318-443-3458.
January 26-February 24: Tom Peyton Memorial Arts Festival Exhibit Winners Highlights, Alexandria Museum of Art. This exhibition highlights works from the past 50 years of the Tom Peyton Memorial Arts Festival Exhibit. All works in this exhibition are on loan from the First United Methodist Church in Alexandria, where the Tom Peyton Memorial Arts Festival has been held throughout its history. Cost: Regular admission. Call: 318-443-3458.
January 9: St. Paul’s Cathedral Connection, St. James Episcopal Church, 7:00pm. The St. James Concert Series season continues with an organ concert presented by Mr. Simon Johnson, organist and assistant director of music at London’s famed St. Paul’s Cathedral. Mr. Johnson’s program repertoire will include works by Bach, Franck, Stanford, Elgar and will culminate with the royal Orb and Sceptre Coronation March composed by William Walton for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1953. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-9845.
January 28: Rapides Symphony Orchestra and Avant Chamber Ballet, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, 2:30pm. Rapides Symphony will be joined by the Avant Chamber Ballet, a dance company from Dallas, to perform two of the most famous ballets in the entire repertoire, Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” and Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty.” Cost: $10.00-$25.00. Call: 318-442-9709.
January 6: Kiss the Moon, Kiss the Sun Auditions, Kress Theatre, 10:00am. City Park Players will hold auditions for Kiss the Moon, Kiss the Sun, an emotionally-charged play that explores the relationship between a disabled man, Robert and a young pregnant woman, Holly. Roles available for men and women ages 25-65. Alternate audition date: Monday, January 8th at 6:00pm. The show will run February 22, 23, 24, 25, March 1, 2, 3, 4. Cost: Free. Call: 318-484-4478.
January 20: Arts Council of Cenla Presents Lightwire Theater, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, 7:00pm. Lightwire Theater has been featured as semi-finalists on NBC’s America’s Got Talent and winners of Tru TV’s Fake Off. The group combines theater and technology to bring stories to life in complete darkness and are internationally recognized for their signature brand of electroluminescent artistry. Cost: $15.00 adults; $12.00 seniors 65+; $10.00 students; $40.00 family (2 adults, 2 children). Call: 318-484-4474.
January 25-28: One Act Play Festival, Hearn Stage at Kress Theatre. Sponsored by Spectral Sisters Productions. The five winning plays dealing with the complexity of human relationships, seen from the perspective of very different characters. All shows start at 7:30pm, except on Sunday, when the show starts at 2:30pm. Come be amazed by high quality original theatre in Central Louisiana. Cost: $12.00 adults; $10.00 students.
Ongoing-January: New Hope Al-Anon Group, Horseshoe Drive Methodist Church in Alexandria, 7:00pm. The New Hope Al-Anon Group meets each Tuesday and Thursday evening. Al-Anon is a mutual support group for anyone having experienced a problem with someone else’s drinking or addiction. You are free to ask questions or to talk about your situation or just listen. Every meeting is different. Each meeting has the autonomy to be run as its members choose, within guidelines designed to promote Al-Anon unity. Cost: Free.
January 6 & February 3: First Saturday Breakfast, Pineville Airport at Lake Buhlow, 7:00am-10:00am. Breakfast is cooked up every month as a nonprofit event by the Experimental Aircraft Association for pilots flying-in, and everyone interested in aviation. A spread of hearty vittles—all you want to eat and drink—will give you energy to kick off the day’s events. Consider a trip to enjoy the venue of aircraft clubhouse, deck and lake along with airplane chatter and visiting. Cost: $6.00 donation.
January 6: Breastfeeding Class, RRMC 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. Please pre-register. Call: 318-769-4440.
January 6: Make Your Own Comic, T.R.E.E. House Children’s Museum, 1:00pm. Join us at T.R.E.E. House Children’s Museum as we practice drawing comic strips! Cost: Regular admission. Call: 318-619-9694.
January 7: Epiphany Service and Burning of the Greens, St. Frances Cabrini Church, 6:15pm. The burning of the greens will immediately follow the mass (7:15pm) The blessing of the King Cake will follow at 7:30 with serving of the Queen’s soup to follow. (A small donation is appreciated.) All Krewe Royalty in attendance will be recognized followed by a second line. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-4588.
January 8: For the Love of Food, Rapides Main Library, 5:30pm-7:30pm. Chef Jonathan Drago is back in the Glankler Kitchen with a healthy entrée to kick start our healthy habits for the new Year! Pre-registration is required. This event is sponsored by Healthy Blue. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x1036. www.rpl.org
January 8: Good Mourning Widowed Support Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 11:00am-12:00pm. This is an ongoing 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 those who are newly grieving. The Mourning Widowed Support Group meets on the second Monday of each month. Check our Face Book page: Widows and Widowers of Central La. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.
January 8: DIY Cheers to the New Year Craft, Libuse Branch Library, 6:00pm-7:30pm. Join Shannon for an evening of good cheer as we decorate goblets, wine glasses, or other glassware with thoughts of vacations on the beach, or spring buds and butterflies. Pre-registration is encouraged. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-7259. www.rpl.org
January 8 & February 5: Bereaved Parents Support Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 6:00pm-7:00pm. This is an on-going support group for parents and 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. Check out our Facebook page: CHRISTUS Bereaved Parents of Cenla. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.
January 9: Toddler Time Presents “Madeline”, T.R.E.E. House Children’s Museum, 9:30am. Join us as we read Madeline. Craft to follow. Cost: Regular admission. Call: 318-619-9394.
January 9: MakerSpace Science Camp, Rapides Main Library, 4:00pm-5:30pm. How can you make a few nails, some wire, throw in a battery and create something that will make enough power to run a light bulb or spin the blades of a fan? Come find out! Advance registration is required. Number of participants is limited. Age 10+ Parents are encouraged to stay and participate. Safety will be stressed and parents must sign a release. Pre-Registration is required and space is limited. Sponsored with a grant from Cleco. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x1036. www.rpl.org
January 9: Reading the Classics with Elizabeth, Westside Regional Library, 6:00pm-7:30pm. Adults with an interest in reading the classics will enjoy this program. The books covered will be a variety; from Jane Austen to Emile Zola and everyone in between! In January, we discuss, Anna Karenia by Leo Tolstoy. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483. www.rpl.org
January 10: Diabetes Group Class, RRMC Medical Terrace Auditorium, 9:00am-12:00pm. 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: 318-769-4440.
January 10: 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. Cost: Free.
January 11: Crayons, Take Me Away, Rapides Main Library, 4:00pm-6:00pm. We’re having an adult social gathering where we’ll do some coloring, listen to some music and have a light snack. Unwind after a long day or join us for the fun of it. Stop by and create! Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x1036. www.rpl.org
January 13: Main Movie Mania Presents Star Wars the Force Awakens, Rapides Main Library, 1:00pm-3:00pm. Thirty years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, the galaxy faces a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren and the First Order. When a defector named Finn crash-lands on a desert planet, he meets Rey, a tough scavenger whose droid contains a top-secret map. Together, the young duo joins forces with Han Solo to make sure the Resistance receives the intelligence concerning the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker, the last of the Jedi Knights. Rated PG-13. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x1036. www.rpl.org
January 13: Movie Matinee Presents “Inside Out”, Robertson Branch Library, 2:00pm-4:00pm. Riley is a happy, hockey-loving 11-year-old Midwestern girl, but her world turns upside-down when she and her parents move to San Francisco. Riley’s emotions — led by Joy — try to guide her through this difficult, life-changing event. However, the stress of the move brings Sadness to the forefront. When Joy and Sadness are inadvertently swept into the far reaches of Riley’s mind, the only emotions left in Headquarters are Anger, Fear and Disgust. Rated PG. Cost: Free. Call: 318-640-3098. www.rpl.org
January 16: Glue Snowflake Window “Clings”, Martin Branch Library, 2:30pm-4:00pm. With just a few supplies, some wintry mix of imagination we’ll create glittery glue snowflakes that we can place on windows. Registration is strongly encouraged to ensure enough supplies are available. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-7575. www.rpl.org
January 16: I Have A Dream, Westside Regional Library, 4:00pm-5:00pm. Learn about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life through art and educational activities. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483. www.rpl.org
January 17: Central Louisiana Democratic Women’s Meeting, Holiday Inn Downtown, 11:30am-1:00pm. Representative Jeff Hall will be the guest speaker. All registered Democrat and Independent women are invited. Cost: $12.00 (optional lunch).
January 17: Cenla Women’s Connection Luncheon, Conference Center at the Greens, 12:00pm. Robin Reese will present “How To Be Secure in an Unsecured World”. Admission includes a delicious lunch and an inspirational message. Please RSVP by Friday, Friday, January 12th. Call: 318-481-7880.
January 18: Parkinson’s Support Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 11:00am-12:30pm. This group meets monthly 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. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.
January 18: Teen Tower Challenge, Westside Regional Library, 3:00pm-4:00pm. With dry spaghetti and marshmallows – work as a team or individually, to build the tallest tower. Work the plans out carefully with laws of physics and rules of construction. Who will be left standing? Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483. www.rpl.org
January 18: Happy Birthday Winnie the Pooh, King Branch Library, 4:00pm-5:00pm. Let’s get happy for our favorite silly old Pooh bear! Come in learn about the author and creator of Winnie the Pooh and his pals. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-3912. www.rpl.org
January 18: Cupcakes and Snowflakes, King Branch Library, 4:30pm-5:30pm. There is more variety of cupcakes than our taste buds can even dream of! There are no two snowflakes alike in the universe–what happens when we put these two together? We learn about our own uniqueness and maybe we’ll learn what makes of the same! Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-3912. www.rpl.org
January 19: Gardening Q & A, Rapides Main Library, 9:00am-10:30am. The Good Food Project is back in the MakerSpace lab. From Asters to Zenobia, we’ll answer your gardening questions! You won’t want to miss it. Registration is required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x1036. www.rpl.org
January 19: National Popcorn Day, Martin Branch Library, 3:00pm-4:30pm. What goes with popcorn? A movie of course! We’ll be celebrating the salty, buttery crunchy deliciousness of popcorn and enjoying the classic 1971 movie, Brian’s Song. Rated G. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-7575. www.rpl.org
January 19: Raining Rainbows, King Branch Library, 4:00pm-5:00pm. A colorful science lesson will involve making rain clouds with a few household ingredients. We’ll learn about induction, and how clouds create a rain shower. We’ll read a story book about rain and clouds and have other information you can take home to create your own colorful rain clouds. Registration is required to ensure enough supplies are available. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-3912. www.rpl.org
January 20: Prepared Childbirth Class, RRMC Medical 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. Please pre-register. Call: 318-769-4440.
January 20: Feed the Birds, Hineston Branch Library, 9:00am-12:00pm. Come in and join the fun as we create pine cone bird feeders. All supplies will be available to work with. During the winter, it’s a bit harder for our wintering birds to forage for food–so we’ll be using bird seed, peanut butter and cooking lard that birds like to nibble to keep their energy up. Cost: Free. Call: 318-793-8461. www.rpl.org
January 20: CPR Class, YWCA 1831 Turner Street, 9:15am. As a service to the community, the YWCA will now provide a regularly scheduled American Heart Association CPR Certification Classes for both Healthcare Workers and the general public. The BLS for Healthcare Providers course will be held from 9:15 to 12:30. The Heartsaver class for the general public wishing to be certified will be held from 1:00 to 4:00. Cost: $10.00-$67.00. Call: 318-445-8880.
January 22: Art of Life Series, Rapides Main Library, 10:00am-12:00pm. We explore our creativity in this series, where we create, imagine, and transform ourselves through art. Registration is required, space is limited. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x1036. www.rpl.org
January 22: Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 11:00am-1:00pm. 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. The group meets on the fourth Monday of each month. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.
January 22: Alzheimer’s Activity Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 11:00am-12:30pm. The staff from Brookdale will offer appropriate activities with a fun, hands-on approach for those with Alzheimer’s disease. 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. The group meets on the fourth Monday of each month. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.
January 22: 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. Please pre-register. Call: 318-769-4440.
January 23: Master Crafter Series Bead Art, Rapides Main Library, 12:00pm-2:00pm. With all our extra strings of beads from parties and parades, we create bead art that will surely be a fun and crafty way to upcycle! Registration is required, space is limited. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x1036. www.rpl.org
January 25: Winter Creamer Critters, Robertson Branch Library, 5:00pm-6:30pm. After the pumpkin spice and hazelnut creamer bottles are empty, up-cycle them and make a snowman, penguin, or whatever you can imagine! We’ll have all the supplies to craft your critter. You’re encouraged to call to preregister to make sure there are supplies for everyone. Cost: Free. Call: 318-640-3098. www.rpl.org
January 29: Art of Life Series, Rapides Main Library, 10:00am-12:00pm. We explore our creativity in this series, where we create, imagine, and transform ourselves through art. Registration is required, space is limited. This event is sponsored by Healthy Blue. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x1036. www.rpl.org
Ongoing-January: Yoga Class, Cabrini Mediplex Yoga Rx Room, 4:00pm-5:00pm. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. Come make new friends, get flexible and enjoy the health benefits of Yoga! Classes are on-going and meet every Monday, Wednesday or Thursday. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.
January 6, 13, 20, 27 & February 3: Saturday Qi Gong, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10:30am. Originating in ancient China roughly four thousand years ago, Qi Gong or Qigong (pronounced Chee Gong, literally “Life Energy Cultivation”) is an ancient system of coordinated body postures and movements combined with deep breathing and meditation. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458.
January 9, 16, 23 & 30: Yoga in the Gallery, Alexandria Museum of Art, 5:45pm. Yoga instructor, b. Hedrick is an ascetic Taoist yogi with fourteen years of yoga practice. Yoga Tao is for all experience levels, incorporating spirit-mind-body techniques. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458.
January 10 & 17: Classic Tai Chi, Rapides Main Library, 10:00am-11:00am. Come and find your Zen! We’ll learn the quiet physical and mental exercises. Pre-registration is required. This event is sponsored by Healthy Blue. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x1036. www.rpl.org
January 19-20: 52nd Annual Amicus Club PRCA Rodeo, Rapides Parish Coliseum. The rodeo will begin nightly at 7:30pm with a Saturday matinee at 2:00pm. Benefits St. Mary’s & OLS Group Homes. Children 12 & under admitted free with coupon and paying adult. Cost: $20.00+. Call: 318-442-9581.
January 20: 2nd Cenla Fly Fishing & Light Tackle Festival, Kees Park Civic Center, 8:30am-3:30pm. The festival includes seminars on fly fishing, crappie fishing, marsh fishing, bass fishing along with casting clinics, fly tying and jig making demonstrations, exhibitors and more. There’s also a raffle of fishing items to benefit the Food Bank of Central Louisiana. Hosted by the Kisatchie Fly Fishers. Cost: Free. Call Glen Cormier: 318-793-5855. www.kisatchiefly.org
January 24: Harlem Globetrotters, Rapides Parish Coliseum, 7:00pm. The Globetrotters will face a revamped Washington Generals team which recently launched a more competitive profile, making an appearance in The Basketball Tournament over the summer. The tournament-tested team is looking to snap a 47-year losing streak against their world famous rivals during their 2018 tour. After the game, Globetrotter stars will sign autographs and take photos with fans. Cost: $18.00 + up. Call: 318-442-9581.