Ongoing-January: Arts & Healthcare, Inc. Exhibit. The CHRISTUS Cabrini Gallery (Cabrini Outpatient Center, 1st floor across from Radiology) will feature work by Barbara Clover. Most art is for sale with a portion of the proceeds going to Arts & Healthcare programs. Cost: Free. www.artsandhealthcare.org
Ongoing-February 9: 5x5x5 Exhibition, River Oaks Square Arts Center. Featuring works by artists from all over the United States, Also Featuring Artists Barry Owen and Individual from Rapides ARC, Pecan Grove Training Center and Evergreen Life Services in Our Outreach Ceramic Program. Call: 318-473-2670.
Ongoing-February 16: Hari & Deepti “Light by the Forest”, Alexandria Museum of Art. AMoA officially connects its galleries to its luminary endeavors through this exhibition of internationally renowned husband-and-wife artists Hari and Deepti, who create cut paper shadow boxes which tell stories. Hari & Deepti will travel from India to Alexandria as artists in residence at AMoA. Their works delve into fantastic and imaginative subjects, exploring fairy tales and more with intricate designs and lights. The exhibition will also include a special feature, an installation made out of cut paper which will invite visitors to explore the work even more deeply as they walk through the artists’ creation! Call: 318-443-3458. www.themuseum.org
January 8: “This Is Modern Art” Screening, Alexandria Museum of Art, 5:30pm. Originally broadcast in 1999, “This Is Modern Art” was a six-part TV series written and presented by the English art critic Matthew Collings. The series won several awards including a BAFTA. It became popular both because of its sometimes jokey and sometimes thoughtful explanations of the work and attitude of a new wave of artists that had recently been publicized in the British mass media. As a continued exploration into the art and artists who were contemporaries and influences to the artists in the AMoA permanent collection, we will screen part two of this documentary series. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458. www.themuseum.org
January 15: The Science of Art. The Art of Science. Between the Folds., Alexandria Museum of Art, 5:30pm. In connection with Hari & Deepti: Light by the Forest, we will screen a short Balinese Shadow Puppet show which was a source of inspiration for the artists in the Winter exhibition. We will also venture into other types of paper art with the award winning documentary, Between the Folds, about artists and scientists who have devoted their lives to origami and reinterpreting the medium of paper. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458. www.themuseum.org
February 7: AMoA AfterHours Renegade Tour with Tony, Alexandria Museum of Art, 6:00pm. Join us for our popular adult museum tour series featuring an unorthodox approach to visiting an art museum. Artist Tony McDonald, director of Gallery One Ellleven in Leesville, will be your guide through the galleries! Tony McDonald received his Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in painting and drawing from LSU in 1976. McDonald’s paintings and sculptures have been exhibited at the Alexandria Museum of Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, and numerous other galleries across the South. His most recent body of work continues his exploration of dream and myth imagery. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458. www.themuseum.org
January 27: Rapides Symphony Orchestra “Rare and Well Done”, St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, 2:30pm. RSO is joined by piano soloist Nanette Kaplan Solomon to present some rarely heard works alongside some more well known pieces in different settings. The concert includes works by Poulenc, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Wagner. Call: 318-442-9709.
January 27: Greater Vision in Concert, LC’s Guinn Auditorium, 3:00pm. Greater Vision has inspired audiences with their rich vocal blend and their effective ability to communicate the message of the gospel through song since 1990. Enjoy the concert in the newly remodeled Guinn Auditorium on LC’s campus in Pineville. Artist’s Circle Reserved Seat tickets are available for online purchase only at www.lacollege.edu/give Cost: $10.00 General Admission; $20.00 Artist’s Circle. Call: 800-487-7400.
January 25: Lightwire Theatre’s “The Ugly Duckling”, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, 7:00pm. Lightwire Theater is an award-winning company that produces glow-in-the-dark shows meant to entertain audiences of all ages. Their rendition of “The Ugly Duckling” is a classic story given an original and illuminated twist. A dazzling and high-tech production, the performance includes sets, costumes, puppets and props that light up in the dark through the innovative use of electroluminescent (EL) wires. Cost: $18.00 adults; $15.00 seniors (65+); $10.00 students/children (ages 3 to 18); $45.00 family (2 adults and 2 children). Call: 318-484-4474.
January 31-February 10: CPP Presents “Jeeves in Bloom”, Hearn Stage at Kress Theatre. Directed by Mike White and Alana Pate, “Jeeves in Bloom” centers around Bertie Wooster and his unflappable valet, Jeeves. The peaceful English countryside may never be the same after Bertie and Jeeves pay a visit. Performances begin nightly Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm, and Sunday afternoons at 2:30pm. Cost: $5.00-$15.00. Call: 318-484-4478.
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.
Ongoing-January: balance Meetings. balance – A group of people working on individual goals with emphasis on substance and alcohol abuse prevention meets each Monday and Thursday at 5:30pm and Wednesday at 12:00pm. Meetings take place each Monday and Wednesday at the CLASS Office, located at 1785 Jackson Street in Alexandria. Thursday meetings are held at the King Branch library, 1115 Broadway Avenue. Call: 318-442-1010.
January 7: 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
January 8: Healing Hearts Perinatal Loss Support Group, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Trellis Room, 6:00pm. The group helps parents who have lost babies. Call: 318-769-7569.
January 9: Diabetes Group Class, Rapides Regional Medical Center Medical Terrace Auditorium, 9:00am-12:00pm. RRMC is offering a program designed for adults with newly diagnosed diabetes and for people needing a refresher course in diabetes management. This is a basic diabetes program; 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 Chrystal Meginley, Registered Dietitian, and Amie Starks, Registered Nurse. Space is limited; please pre-register. Cost: Free. Call: 318-769-4440.
January 9: 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 9: Felt Owls, Martin Branch Library, 4:00pm-5:00pm. Children are invited to come create an owl using felt and a pinecone. Supplies furnished. Registration by phone required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-7575. www.rpl.org
January 10: Zentangle, Westside Regional Library, 10:00am-11:00am. Join us for this drawing class. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483. www.rpl.org
January 10: Intro to 3D Printing Via Planting Seeds in Groot Planter, Johnson Branch Library, 3:00pm-4:00pm. Plant seeds in planters printed in our 3D Printer at Main Library. Educate kids about 3D Printing and its possibilities. Cost: Free. Call: 318-776-5153. www.rpl.org
January 10: Crayons Take Me Away, Rapides Main Library, 4:00pm-5:30pm. Come to relax and do some adult coloring. Registration by phone required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1036. www.rpl.org
January 11: Children’s Storyhour Craft, Westside Regional Library, 10:30am. Creating Chinese New Year’s Dragon Puppets. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483. www.rpl.org
January 11: Painting Class, Westside Regional Library, 4:00pm-6:00pm. Be artistic! Come learn to paint with our instructor. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483. www.rpl.org
January 11: Kidz Power Hour, Libuse Branch Library, 5:00pm-6:00pm. An hour of fun, games and books for kids ages 6 to 10. Join Mrs. Pam for lots of surprises! Registration by phone preferred. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-7259. www.rpl.org
January 12: 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 12: AMoA January Stitch In, Alexandria Museum of Art, 1:00pm-3:00pm. The Alexandria Museum of Art is partnering with our favorite knitting group, The Red River Stitchers to host a series of monthly stich-ins During the stitch ins, participants can learn to create scarves, hats and plastic mats for the homeless. Beginners are welcomed! We can provide yarn and a limited supply of knitting needles and crochet hooks, on a first come first serve basis. If you would like to purchase your own needles and hooks, and you are making a matt, please purchase a Size Q hook. If you are a beginning knitter purchase needles larger than size 7. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458. www.themuseum.org
January 12: Main Movie Mania, Rapides Main Library, 1:00pm-3:00pm. Join us to watch Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (PG-13). Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1036. www.rpl.org
January 14: Art is Life!, Rapides Main Library, 10:00am-12:00pm. Adults, join us as we paint with acrylic on canvas. Registration by phone required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1036. www.rpl.org
January 14: 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 and is sponsored by CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital. Check our Face Book page: CHRISTUS Widowed and Widowers. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.
January 14: King’s Dreamers, Martin Luther King Jr. Branch Library, 4:00pm-5:00pm. Teens join us in making their own picture frame for their favorite picture and quote of Martin Luther King, Jr. We’ll then discuss why they chose the quote and what it means to them. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-3912. www.rpl.org
January 14: Veterans Support, Martin Luther King Jr. Branch Library, 5:00pm-7:00pm. Led by Anthony Eli, veterans come together to find ways to live their best life after service. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-3912. www.rpl.org
January 14: Pour Painting with Deb, Libuse Branch Library, 6:00pm-7:00pm. Exercise in pouring acrylic paint applied to canvas. Registration by phone required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-7259. www.rpl.org
January 14: 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: 318-769-4440.
January 15: Magazine Wall Art, Robertson Branch Library, 3:00pm-4:30pm. Teens, come upcycle old magazines into wall art! Registration by phone required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-640-3098. www.rpl.org
January 15: Rock Candy, J.W. McDonald Memorial Branch Library, 3:30pm-5:00pm. We’ll make edible rock candy from scratch. Cost: Free. Call: 318-748-4848. www.rpl.org
January 15: Making It Work, Rapides Regional Medical Center Gallery Room, 6:00pm-8:00pm. A breastfeeding class for working moms, this class is designed to support working mothers who want to continue breastfeeding and need to know how to fit it into their daily schedule. The class will focus on management of milk supply and offer strategies to sustain pumping. Other topics include types of pumps, storage and handling of milk and strategies to prevent problems. Please pre-register. Call: 318-769-4440.
January 16: Cenla Women’s Connection Luncheon, Conference Center at the Greens, 12:00pm. Dr. Naima Bush will present “Beyond The Broken Road”. Dr. Bush is a recording artist with a PhD in education from the Ohio State University. Invite your friends and join us for a delicious lunch and an inspirational message. Please RSVP by Friday, January 11th. Cost: $16.00. Call: 318-481-7880 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 16: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Storytime, Martin Branch Library, 3:30pm-4:30pm. Children are invited to Martin Library during our regular storytime hour to learn more about why we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and participate in a craft. Supplies furnished. Registration by phone required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-7575. www.rpl.org
January 17: Parkinson’s Support Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 11:00am-12:30pm. The Parkinson’s support group meets on the 3rd 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.
January 18: Master Gardening Series, Rapides Main Library, 9:00am-10:30pm. Gardening series dedicated to answering your questions about plants! Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1036. www.rpl.org
January 18: I Have a Dream, Martin Luther King Jr. Branch Library, 3:30pm-4:30pm. We will discuss the importance of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the day we celebrate him. We will also discuss our dreams for our community and our world while making our own dream cloud. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-3912. www.rpl.org
January 18: Escape Room, Westside Regional Library, 4:00pm-6:00pm. Calling All Teens! Come experience Westside’s Escape Room. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483. www.rpl.org
January 18: Family Fun Night, Libuse Branch Library, 5:00pm-6:30pm. Family fun and games for every age. We will be having a “Book Swap”. Bring your outgrown, gently used books and swap out with your new friends. Registration by phone required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-7259. www.rpl.org
January 19: Health Fair, Westside Regional Library, 10:00am-3:00pm. A variety of Health Care professionals will offer encouragement and information on healthy living. We will have information on blood pressure, diet, exercise, tobacco-free living, and diabetes awareness. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483. www.rpl.org
January 19: Martin Luther King, Jr. Observation, Boyce Branch Library, 11:00am-12:00pm. In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the library will feature displays for adults and children of books and materials about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. The adult display will include copies of “Letter From Birmingham City Jail”. Cost: Free. Call: 318-793-2182. www.rpl.org
January 22: Genealogy Class, Robertson Branch Library, 5:00pm-6:30pm. Learn how to use Ancestry.com and other resources to find information about your ancestors. Registration by phone required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-640-3098. www.rpl.org
January 24: Celebrate Stan Lee and Marvel with the SuperHero Teens, Johnson Branch Library, 3:00pm-4:00pm. Celebrate Stan Lee’s Marvel-ous legacy of comic and graphic novel characters with the SuperHero Teens at Johnson. We’ll have a Teens and Tweens viewing of the Black Panther, enjoy some snacks, and vote on our favorite Marvel Characters. Come as you are or as your favorite character. Cost: Free. Call: 318-776-5153. www.rpl.org
January 24: MakerSpace, Libuse Branch Library, 4:00pm-5:30pm. Ages 10+. Wire to wire? Short circuits? What will we do next? Come out and learn different makerspace and engineering techniques. You can take home your project. Registration by phone required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-7259. www.rpl.org
January 25: Snowman Name Signs, Martin Luther King Jr. Branch Library, 3:30pm-4:30pm. Kids will make their own Snowman Name Sign! This activity will help them with learning motor skills and shapes, as well as the alphabet. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-3912. www.rpl.org
January 26: High Tea, J.W. McDonald Memorial Branch Library, 10:00am-11:00am. Enjoy the healthy and refreshing taste of various tea blends. Tea biscuits will complement the experience. January is Hot Tea Month! Cost: Free. Call: 318-748-4848. www.rpl.org
January 26: Vintage Theatre, Westside Regional Library, 1:00pm-3:00pm. Join us for a screening of the film “Duck Soup”. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483. www.rpl.org
January 28: 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 28: Alzheimer’s Activity Group, Cabrini Mediplex, 11:00am-12:30pm. The staff from Brookdale Assisted Living 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 28: MakerSpace, Martin Luther King Jr. Branch Library, 3:30pm-5:00pm. Ages 10+. Wire to wire? Short circuits? What will we do next? Come out and learn different makerspace and engineering techniques. You can take home your project. Registration by phone required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-3912. www.rpl.org
January 28: Art is Life!, Rapides Main Library, 5:30pm-7:30pm. Adults, join us as we paint with acrylic on canvas. Registration by phone required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1036. www.rpl.org
January 29: Homemade Bath Bombs, Johnson Branch Library, 10:30am-11:30am. We’ll provide everything you need to create your own bath bombs, complete with essential oils and beneficial minerals that will give you a fizzy experience that is a treat for the senses. Cost: Free. Call: 318-776-5153. www.rpl.org
January 29-30: MakerSpace, Rapides Main Library, 4:00pm-5:30pm. Join David Sproles to build a Sound Maker, an integrated circuit using a full size solderless breadboard! Registration by phone required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1036. www.rpl.org
February 2: First Saturday Fly-In Breakfast, Pineville Airport at Lake Buhlow, 7:00am-10:00am. Hearty vittles, all you want to eat and drink energy to kick off a day’s events. Enjoy the venue of various aircraft clubhouse, deck, and lake, along with airplane chatter, and camaraderie. Sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association. Cost: $6.00.
February 9: 6th Annual Creative Con, Best Western of Alexandria, 9:00am-5:00pm. The Rapides Parish Library’s Creative Con is celebrating its sixth year of inspiring kids and adults to explore their creative side. If you are a big fan of sci-fi/fantasy books, TV series, Maker Space, magic, art, video games, cosplay, acting, writing, robotics, 3D models and design, or any other type of creative medium, Creative Con is for you! There will be something for everyone to do and see, from speakers and discussion panels to costumes for both kids and adults. This day is all about making sure everyone feels at home with their creativity. Call Susan Baker: 318-442-2483 x 1906. www.creativecon.info
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 9, 16, 23, 30 & February 6: Tai Chi Chih Class, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 9:30am-10:30am. This class is for anyone interested in learning Tai Chi Chih. Former students are welcome and encouraged to attend. This class is open to any fitness level. Come find out how to move the chi and experience meditation in motion. Each week will build on the week before until everyone learns the 19 movements and one pose. Dress is casual. Please pre-register. Cost: Free. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.
January 11-12: Monster Truck Winter Nationals, Rapides Parish Coliseum, 7:30pm. Featuring the biggest and baddest monster truck lineup ever, including: 2 Time World Champ Equalizer, Red Solo-The Party Truck, Buckshot, Venom, King Krunch, the Louisiana debut of Tantrum, and Sgt. Smash-the World’s Largest Monster Truck! It will be two nights of destruction you will never forget! Plus, the BMX – X Games Champion Cycle Team will be on hand to do all of their high-flying tricks. See eight of the best in the world do their death-defying tricks!
January 12, 19, 26 & February 2: Saturday Morning Qi Gong, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10:30am. The Alexandria Museum of Art and Rapides Regional Medical Center have partnered to present Healthy Living @AMoA. Paul Nettles of The Levee Tai Chi School leads a class in Qi Gong, which is an ancient system of coordinated body postures and movements combined with deep breathing and meditation. It is used to stimulate good health, spirituality, and a state of calm mindfulness. Call: 318-443-3458.
January 12: Kids Yoga, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10:30am.. The Alexandria Museum of Art and Rapides Regional Medical Center have partnered to present Healthy Living @AMoA. On the second Saturday of each month, Shannon Brewer of Lux Studios–Lotus Vibes present free Kids Yoga class at the Museum. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458.
January 28, February 4, 11: Today’s Square Dance Lessons, First United Methodist Church in Pineville, 6:30pm-8:00pm. Make 2019 the year of fun, laughter, and fitness while enjoying a variety of music! Both singles and couples of all ages are welcome! Twin City Twirler’s club is sponsoring lessons. Don’t stay home. Treat yourself to fun! No experience is needed but casual attire and comfortable shoes are needed. Cost: Free (first 3 lessons); $10.00 per month. Call Darian Rachal: 318-209-3614 or Dorinda Keith: 318-308-2260.