February 2019 Calendar-at-a-Glance

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Art

 

Ongoing-February: Arts & Healthcare, Inc. Exhibit.  The CHRISTUS Cabrini Gallery (Cabrini Outpatient Center, 1st floor across from Radiology) will feature art by Karen Faulk. Most art is for sale with a portion of the proceeds going to Arts & Healthcare programs. Cost: Free. www.artsandhealthcare.org

 

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

 

February 9: Forging Fibers: Paper Making Workshop for Adults, Alexandria Museum of Art, 1:00pm-4:00pm. Learn traditional yet simple paper making techniques using a variety of textures and ‘rags’ to create a layered composition. Objectives will focus on proper preparation of materials, applications and drying techniques that will provide participants the knowledge to create more works on their own. Cost: $35.00 (AMoA members); $50.00 (non-members). Call: 318-443-3458. www.themuseum.org

 

February 14: Andrew Pollack Glass Workshop 1, River Oaks Square Arts Center, 1:00pm-4:00pm. Join us for some torch time as we offer an intro into flame worked glass-blowing and sculpting on a torch with acclaimed NOLA glass artist, Andrew Jackson Pollack.  Pollack Glass Studio & Gallery on Magazine Street, New Orleans features the work of Andrew Pollack and a number of other Contemporary Glass Artists, currently representing  20 local, New Orleans, glass artists along with numerous international glass artists, jewelers, and more. Pollack Glass Studio hosts workshops in a variety of glass-working techniques. Cost: $50.00. Call: 318-473-2670.

 

February 15-March 30: River Oaks 35th Anniversary Exhibitions, River Oaks Arts Center.  Featuring “Feathers & Fins” by Andrew Jackson Pollack; “What WOOD We Imagine” by Janet Ahrens & Tish Fresh; “Color of Hope” by  Carla Guillory, Penny Abraham & Artists from Hope House; and recent works by JoAnne K. Thompson & Student Artists from Matthews Memorial. An opening reception for all four shows is slated for February 15th from 5:00pm-7:00pm. Cost: Free (Opening Reception). Call: 318-473-2670.

 

February 15: Andrew Pollack Glass Workshop 2, River Oaks Square Arts Center, 10:00am-1:00pm. Join us for some torch time as we offer an intro into flame worked glass-blowing and sculpting on a torch with acclaimed NOLA glass artist, Andrew Jackson Pollack.  Pollack Glass Studio & Gallery on Magazine Street, New Orleans features the work of Andrew Pollack and a number of other Contemporary Glass Artists, currently representing  20 local, New Orleans, glass artists along with numerous international glass artists, jewelers, and more. Pollack Glass Studio hosts workshops in a variety of glass-working techniques. Cost: $50.00. Call: 318-473-2670.

 

Music

 

February 15: Metamorfosis Presents “In love with the Classics”, Nugent Music Academy (192 Pinegrove Drive in Pineville), 6:00pm & 8:00pm.  Join Metamorfosis and Nugent Music for a Romantic evening of music featuring romantic classics from Faure, Elvis, Paganini, Nat King Cole, Amy Beach, Debussy, Sinatra, the Temptations, and many more. Admission includes live music, finger foods and drinks. Cost: $10.00.  Call: 318-473-9999.

 

February 15: Rhythm & Rhymes Spoken Word Open Mic w/ “iCON” Sibley, Alexandria Museum of Art, 7:00pm-9:00pm.  AMoA’s Spoken Word Open Mic and Performing Arts series, with the one-and-only Slam Superstar Sha’Condria iCon Sibley, returns to the galleries for one night only. Enjoy live poetry and musical performances, and enjoy some refreshments too! Cost: $10.00 general admission; AMoA Members Free. Call: 318-443-3458. www.themuseum.org

 

February 24: Octet Obbligati-Voces8, St. James Episcopal Church, 7:00pm.  Making their Louisiana debut, the British vocal ensemble VOCES8 comes to Alexandria to perform a concert of sacred and secular works as part of the St. James Concert Series. Sponsored by The McCormick-Smith Fund, Inc. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-9845.

 

February 27: An Evening of Spirituals, St. Matthew Baptist Church in Boyce, 6:30pm.  The St. Matthew Baptist Church Worship and Arts Ministry presents the Alcorn State University Concert Choir, the ASU Men’s Chorale and STMBC Praise Dancers for an Evening of Spirituals in honor of Black History Month.  Call: 318-445-8634.

 

Theatre

 

Ongoing-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.

 

February 15-17: OLPS Presents “Mary Poppins, Jr.”, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center. Our Lady of Prompt Succor will present the beloved Disney story as originally produced for the stage by Cameron Mackintosh.  Performances will begin nightly Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm with a Sunday matinee set for 2:30pm. Call: 318-487-1862.

 

February 22: Aquila Theatre’s Frankenstein, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, 7:00pm.  The Arts Council is proud to present Aquila Theatre performing the classic Frankenstein by Aquila Theatre, based in New York City.  Aquila Theatre’s production of this timeless classic will be bold and thrilling–while paying homage to the original, frightening writing of Mary Shelley. Cost: $20.00 Adults; $15.00 Seniors (65+); $10.00 Students/Children (ages 3 & up); $50.00 Family Package (2 adults, 2 children). Call: 318-443-4718.

 

February 24: Wardrobes and Rings, Martin Performing Arts Center at Louisiana College, 3:00pm.  In “Wardrobes and Rings,” Lewis and Tolkien, as portrayed by British actors David Payne and Gordon Tett, meet for one last visit, tempered by thawing humor, confession, and reconciliation. Payne gives a performance closer to surviving voice recordings from his real-life counterpart, but Tett is the more egocentric and irascible Tolkien. Cost: $10.00. Call: 800-487-7400.

 

Events

 

Ongoing-February: 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-February: balance Meetings. balance – A group of people working on individual goals with emphasis on substance and alcohol abuse prevention meets each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30pm and Wednesday at 12:00pm.  Meetings take place each Monday and Wednesday at the CLASS Office, 1785 Jackson Street in Alexandria. Tuesday meetings are held at the Rapides Parish Main Library, 411 Washington Street in downtown Alexandria. Thursday meetings are held at the King Branch library, 1115 Broadway Avenue in Alexandria.  Call: 318-442-1010.

 

February 8: Valentine’s Day Movie and Cards, Boyce Branch Library, 3:30pm-4:30pm. Watch romantic movies and make some handmade Valentine cards. We provide the supplies, you provide the creativity! Cost: Free. Call: 318-793-2182. www.rpl.org

 

February 8: Valentine’s Day Foam Heart Fish, Martin Luther King Jr. Branch Library, 4:00pm-5:00pm. Come make a Valentine’s craft that can be used to spread good will and love. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-7259. www.rpl.org

 

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

 

February 9, 16, 23: Black History Month Appreciation Documentary, Boyce Branch Library, 10:30am. To commemorate Black History Month, Boyce Branch is proud to present a series of award-winning documentary films highlighting important figures and leaders in the African American community. Join us for these documentaries, and learn about important events and people in American history. Cost: Free. Call: 318-793-2182. www.rpl.org

 

February 9: AMoA February 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

 

February 9: Main Movie Mania, Rapides Main Library, 1:00pm-3:00pm. Join us to watch Groundhog Day (PG). Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1036. www.rpl.org

 

February 9: Teen Cardboard Photo Frame Craft, Martin Branch Library, 3:00pm-4:00pm. Teens are invited to come to Martin Library and create a multipicture photo frame of sorts using cardboard and clothespins for Valentine’s Day. Registration by phone required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-7575. www.rpl.org

 

February 9: The Muse Victorian Murder Mystery Party, Alexandria Museum of Art, 6:00pm-9:00pm. Join us for a night of Victorian intrigue and probably a few laughs. The Muse is hosting their very first Victorian Murder Mystery Party. Feel free to dress in your favorite period costume or Steam Punk attire or come as you are and enjoy the show, the party and the refreshments! Cost: Free (ages 13 to 21). Call: 318-443-3458. www.themuseum.org

 

February 11: Daytime Adult String Craft, Libuse Branch Library, 10:00am-12:00pm. Create a beautiful and unique work of art with string art. Registration by phone required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-7259. www.rpl.org

 

February 11: 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.

 

February 11: Veteran’s Support, Martin Luther King Jr. Branch Library, 5:00pm-8:00pm. Lead by Anthony Eli, veterans come together to find ways to live their best life after service. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-7259. www.rpl.org

 

February 12: Doily Wreath Adult Craft, Martin Branch Library, 2:30pm-4:00pm. Adults are invited to come to Martin Library and create a wreath using paper doilies and a foam wreath form. Registration by phone required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-7575. www.rpl.org

 

February 12: Teen Valentine Vision Board, Robertson Branch Library, 3:00pm-5:00pm. Make a board of things you love for Valentine’s Day. Please register by February 8th to ensure adequate supplies. Cost: Free. Call: 318-640-3098. www.rpl.org

 

February 12: Genealogy Class, Robertson Branch Library, 6:00pm-7:30pm. 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

 

February 12, 19, 26: Cenla Meditation Group, River Oaks Square Arts Center, 6:30pm-7:30pm.  The group will meet on the 2nd floor of the Annex Building. Enter from the 2nd Street side of the building. Please press the doorbell if the door is locked. Beginners are welcome. Cost: Free; Donations welcome.

 

February 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. Cost: Free.

 

February 13: DIY Paper Spinners Children’s Craft, Martin Branch Library, 4:00pm-5:00pm. Children are invited to come to Martin Library and create a paper spinner.  Registration by phone required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-7575. www.rpl.org

 

February 13: Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, Hearn Stage at Kress Theatre, 7:00pm. “Don’t Get Trouble in Your Mind: The Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Story” is a documentary portrait of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, an African-American string band from Raleigh, North Carolina, and their mentor, fiddler Joe Thompson (1919—2012). The film captures how three musicians from the hip-hop generation embraced a 19th Century genre and took it to new heights, and the untold story of how blacks and whites collaborated to create the earliest forms of American popular music. Q & A with director John Whitehead will follow the screening. Cost: $10.00 adults; $5.00 students. Call: 318-443-4718.

 

February 14: Zentangle, Westside Regional Library, 10:00am-11:00am. Learn the art of Zentangle in this drawing class. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483. www.rpl.org

 

February 14: Heritage Seekers Club, Boyce Branch Library, 1:30pm-2:30pm. A self-guided exploration of your family tree. Cost: Free. Call: 318-793-2182. www.rpl.org

 

February 14: Family Craft Time, Robertson Branch Library, 4:00pm-6:00pm. Let’s make some adorable embroidered Valentine heart coasters. Please register by February 12th to ensure adequate supplies. Cost: Free. Call: 318-640-3098. www.rpl.org

 

February 14: Crayons Take Me Away, Rapides Main Library, 4:00pm-5:30pm. Adults, relax and unwind with some adult coloring. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1036. www.rpl.org

 

February 15: Gardening Meet-Up, Rapides Main Library, 9:00am-12:30pm. Gardening series dedicated to answering your questions about plants! Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1036. www.rpl.org

 

February 15: As Young As You Feel, Libuse Branch Library, 10:00am-11:00am. Games and fellowship for seniors. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-7259. www.rpl.org

 

February 15: Fifteeny Craft, Westside Regional Library, 4:00pm-4:15pm. Teens join us to create a cell phone speaker in just fifteen minutes. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483. www.rpl.org

 

February 16: 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.

 

February 16: Reading with Luke the Confidence Dog, Libuse Branch Library, 10:00am-11:00am. Luke, a confidence K9, and read to him. Registration preferred. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-7259. www.rpl.org

 

February 16: Vintage Theatre, Westside Regional Library, 1:00pm-3:00pm. Join us for a screening of the film “Goldfinger”. Rated PG. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483. www.rpl.org

 

February 18: 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: 318-769-4440.

 

February 19: MasterCraft Paper Quilling, Rapides Main Library, 12:00pm-2:00pm. Adults, join us to learn paper quilling for beginners. Registration by phone required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1036. www.rpl.org

 

February 19: Minute to Win It, J.W. McDonald Memorial Branch Library, 3:30pm-4:30pm. Teens, let the competitions begin as we play various games. Cost: Free. Call: 318-748-4848. www.rpl.org

 

February 19: Alexandria Premiere of #BrownBridgetMD, Alexandria Museum of Art, 5:30pm-7:30pm. The evening will feature the Alexandria premiere of the short film #BrownBridgetMD and a Q&A to follow. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458. www.themuseum.org

 

February 19: Making Time for Me, Martin Luther King Jr. Branch Library, 6:00pm-8:00pm. Adults will come together and bring their canvases alive with a portrait of their own design. Registration by phone required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-3912. www.rpl.org

 

February 19: Journalers Unite, Westside Regional Library, 6:00pm-7:00pm. Join us to explore journaling tips and techniques. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483. www.rpl.org

 

February 20: Cenla Women’s Connection Luncheon, Conference Center at the Greens, 12:00pm. Teresa Bourgeois will present:  “She Calls Herself Teresa The Tumbler”.   Invite your friends and join us for a delicious lunch and an inspirational message. Please RSVP by Friday, February 15th. Cost: $16.00. Call: 318-481-7880 or E-mail: cenlacwc@gmail.com.

 

February 20: Creation Station Mardi Gras, Johnson Branch Library, 3:00pm-4:00pm. Celebrate Mardi Gras by making bead art at our Creation Station starting on Wednesday February 20 at 3:00pm.  After the introduction, beads and art supplies will be available to make your own decorative artwork at the station all the way through Mardi Gras. Cost: Free. Call: 318-776-5153. www.rpl.org

 

February 21: Children’s Miracle Network Mediathon, Cenla Broadcasting, 6:00am-7:00pm.  Tune in or stop by Cenla Broadcasting studios as part of the very first Children’s Miracle Network Mediathon, reminiscent of the telethon from years past.  The full-day event will raise funds and awareness for CMN in CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital. The event will also feature a $5.00 Drive-Thru Gumbo lunch from 11:00am-2:00pm.  Call: 318-528-3500.

 

February 21: 8th Annual Societal and Health Disparities Forum, Coughlin Hall at LSUA, 9:00am-11:00am. The Region VI Office of Public Health presents this annual 2-hour event concerning various aspects of racial disparities.  This year, topics will include STDs, justice the Neighborhood Strong project, Infant Mortality and Safe Sleep and “Dialogues on Disparities.” Cost: Free. Contact Rebecca Beaman: rebecca.beaman@la.gov.

 

February 21: As Young as You Feel, Rapides Main Library, 10:00am-12:30pm. Seniors, join us for fellowship, lunch, fun, and games! Registration by phone required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1036. www.rpl.org

 

February 21: Mardi Gras Laissez Les Bons Temps Roulez, Johnson Branch Library, 10:30am-12:30pm. Adults, create a festive Mardi Gras wine glass for the season. Glasses can be taken home as a keepsake and make a great addition to your Mardi Gras table setting. Cost: Free. Call: 318-776-5153. www.rpl.org

 

February 21: 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.

 

February 22: AEX Creatives Prsents AEX Black Excellence, Hearn Stage at Kress Theatre 6:00pm-11:30pm.  AEX Creatives presents AEX Black Excellence, a live action black history play that tells a riveting story about seven individuals that were key components in the city of Alexandria’s Black History. Cost: $10.00-$50.00.

 

February 22: Pineville “Light the Night” Mardi Gras Parade, Downtown Pineville/Downtown Alexandria, 7:00pm.  The parade rolls from Louisiana College, down Main Street in Pineville, across the bridge, finishing in Downtown Alexandria. Cost: Free.

 

February 23: Sabine Master Gardener’s “Down and Dirty” Seminar, Cypress Bend Resort, 9:30am-3:00pm. Highlights at this year’s seminar include: Mike Shoup, author and owner of Antique Rose Emporium presents “How I Was Schooled by an Old Rose”; Kathryn Fontenot, author and horticulturalist presents “Fresh From the Garden”; and Susan Haltom, author and historian presents “One Winter’s Garden-Eudora Welty’s Home”.  Admission includes lunch.  Cost: $35.00. Call: 318-590-2808 or 318-645-4405.

 

February 23: Town of Ball Mardi Gras Parade, Highway 165 in Ball, 10:00am.  The parade will roll along Highway 165 from Paradise Elementary to the Ball Town Hall. Call: 318-640-9605.

 

February 23: The Makings of History: Buffalo Soldiers Edition, Martin Luther King Jr. Branch Library, 11:30am-12:30pm. Suzanne Bosarge brings back the widely requested Buffalo Soldiers presentation. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-7529. www.rpl.org

 

February 23: Town of Woodworth Mardi Gras Parade, 1:00pm.  The parade will roll down Mason Rue and Castor Plunge Road to Dan Triplett Road, Brookwood Drive, Highway 165 to Castor Plunge Road. Call: 318-442-8980.

 

February 25: 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.

 

February 25: 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.

 

February 26: Mardi Gras Madness with a Tie-Dye Design, J.W. McDonald Memorial Branch Library, 3:30pm-5:00pm. Families get into the spirit of Mardi Gras and make colorful tie-dye pillowcases, T-shirts or socks to enjoy the whole year! Cost: Free. Call: 318-748-4848. www.rpl.org

 

February 26: Come Write In!, Rapides Main Library, 5:30pm-6:30pm. Join us to learn, practice, and discuss creative writing techniques. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1036. www.rpl.org

 

February 27: LSUA Mardi Gras Parade, 12:00pm.  The parade will roll through the campus from Tom Bowman Road to the Oaks. Call Haylee Malone: 318-427-4403.

 

February 28: Art With Heart Mardi Gras Style, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Cascade Room, 6:00pm-8:00pm. Join us for an evening of painting and fun with all proceeds benefitting the American Heart Association. Registration includes paint supplies, light hors d’oeurves and drinks. Space is limited. Cost: $30.00. Call: 318-769-4440.

 

March 1: Hixson Classic Cars & College Cheerleaders Parade, Downtown Alexandria, 4:30pm.  Grand Marshal Brigadier General Sherian Grace Cadoria, United States Army Retired will lead the parade through Downtown Alexandria down Murray, Fifth, Jackson, Third to St. James Streets. Call Daniel McGuffee: 318-419-7216.

 

March 1: 25th Annual Taste of Mardi Gras, Alexandria Riverfront Center, 7:00pm.  Taste of Mardi Gras returns with delicious food and drink paired with a silent auction and live music.  Special VIP Seating will begin at 6:00pm.  Tickets are available at the Alexandria/Pineville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. Call Angela Martin: 318-299-6738.

 

March 2: AMGA Children’s Parade, Downtown Alexandria, 10:00am.  The Children’s parade will roll through downtown Alexandria via Murray Street, Fifth Street, Jackson Street, Third Street and ending on St. James Street. Call Mary McCampbell: 318-613-2917.

 

March 2: Mardi Gras Party, Alexandria Zoo, 2:00pm-4:00pm. The animals are askin’ for you at Alexandria Zoo! Don your purple, green and gold and parade over to the Zoo for the Mardi Gras Party. Sink your teeth into a delicious slice of Atwood’s Bakery king cake, mambo to live music, and visit with costume characters. Sponsored by Friends of the Alexandria Zoo, Atwood’s Bakery, and City of Alexandria. Cost: Regular Zoo Admission; FOTAZ Members Free.

 

March 3: AMGA Mardi Gras Krewes Parade, 2:00pm. The 20119 AMGA Krewes Parade will roll down Texas Avenue to Masonic, Memorial, North Boulevard, ending at the Alexandria Mall. Military Veteran and Alcohol/Tobacco-Free Parade viewing areas will be available. Cost: Free.

 

March 4: Bereaved Parents Support Group BPUSA, 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, grandparent or adult sibling. 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 at The Bereaved Parents Of Cenla-BPUSA. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.

 

March 6: Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, Hearn Stage at Kress Theatre, 7:00pm. “Bathtubs Over Broadway” follows Steve Young on his quest to uncover all he can about the hidden world of corporate musicals. While delving into treasure troves of forgotten archives, tracking down rare albums, unearthing unseen footage, and rediscovering composers and performers, Steve comes to form unlikely friendships and discovers how this discarded musical genre starring tractors and bathtubs was bigger than Broadway. Q & A with the filmmaker will follow the screening. Cost: $10.00 adults; $5.00 students. Call: 318-443-4718.

 

Sports

 

Ongoing-February: 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. Led by Kripalu trained Yoga Teacher, Becky Watkins. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.

 

February 9, 16, 23 & March 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.

 

February 9 & March 9: 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.

 

February  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.

 

February 13, 20, 27 & March 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.