March 2020 Calendar-at-a-Glance

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Art

 

Ongoing-March: Arts & Healthcare, Inc. Exhibit.  The CHRISTUS Cabrini Gallery (Cabrini Outpatient Center, 1st floor across from Radiology) will feature the art of Mary Hall during the month of March. All of the art on display is for sale. Cost: Free. E-mail: judy@artsandhealthcare.org. www.artsandhealthcare.org

 

March 9: Adult Painting Class, Libuse Branch Library, 10:00am-12:00pm. Adults will enjoy an acrylic on canvas painting session with Debbie.  Registration Required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-7259. www.rpl.org

 

March 13: Dinner With An Artist—Ted Barnes, Alexandria Museum of Art, 6:30pm. Join AMoA and artist Ted Barnes, who spent many years in our community serving the art department at Louisiana College, for a dinner and wine in the Jane Wilson Smith Gallery, surrounded by the “Connected Visions: Louisiana’s Artistic Lineage” exhibition. Enjoy a meal with our guest artist and hear a bit about his work! Cost: $75.00. Call: 318-443-3458. themuseum.org

 

March 14: Youth Art Month Festival, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10:00am-3:00pm. The Alexandria Museum of Art celebrates YAM and supports the creativity of our youth with a festival featuring art from educational interactive art activities, demonstrations, vendors and more! At the Youth Art Month Festival, we will be looking forward to our special guest Mrs. Cat In The Hat who will be leading story time on the patio! Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458. themuseum.org

 

March 18: Zentangle, Westside Regional Library, 10:00am-11:00am. Adults will learn the art of Zentangle in this drawing class. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483. www.rpl.org

 

March 21: Story Time Art Play—Robot Heroes!, Alexandria Museum of Art, 1:00pm-3:00pm. This special family class is especially geared towards families with younger members. Taking inspiration from our Childhood Classics Exhibition, the class will start with story time in our Interactive Gallery. After, we will have playful art activities for the whole family to participate in. “Robot Heroes!” is inspired by the book “R Robot Saves Lunch.” Limited space available. Please pre-register by Saturday, March 14th. Call: 318-443-3458. themuseum.org

 

Music

 

March 14th: Mozart’s Requiem, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, 7:30pm. Red River Chorale joins the Rapides Symphony Orchestra and the Northwestern State University Concert Choir in performance of the extraordinary “Requiem” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. RRC and RSO season tickets will both be honored. Cost: $15.00 adults; $5.00 students.

 

Theatre

 

March 26-April 5: City Park Players presents “Unnecessary Farce” by Paul Slade Smith, Kress Theatre. Two cops. Three crooks. Eight doors. Go. In a cheap motel room, an embezzling mayor is supposed to meet with his female accountant, while in the room next-door, two undercover cops wait to catch the meeting on videotape. But there’s some confusion as to who’s in which room, who’s being videotaped, who’s taken the money, who’s hired a hit man, and why the accountant keeps taking off her clothes. Performances begin nightly Thursday through Saturday at 7:30pm; Sunday matinees begin at 2:30pm. Cost: $15.00 Adults; $12.00 Seniors/Military; $7.00 Students; $5.00 Thursday nights.  Call: 318-484-4478.

 

April 1: George Orwell’s “1984”, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, 7:30pm. Aquila Theatre’s production of “1984” provides a space to appreciate the value of individual thought–an evocative and timely narrative of personal freedom against political repression. Sponsored by the Arts Council of Central Louisiana. Cost: $18.00 adults, $15.00 seniors (65+), $10.00 students/children (ages 3 to 18), and $45.00 family (2 adults and 2 children). Call: 318-484-4474.

 

April 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11: Jesus Messiah, Pentecostals of Alexandria, 8:00pm-10:00pm.  This Easter production will bring us another season of spectacular and life-changing performances sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There will be a spectacular stage set. There will be elaborate costumes. There will be drama and music, His story will be told…the same story in a new way. Cost: $15.00-$30.00. Call: 318-487-8976. poa.church

 

Events

 

Ongoing-March: 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-March: 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.

 

March 6: Cooking Demonstration, Johnson Branch Library, 10:00am-12:00pm. LSU Ag department’s Quincy Vidrine will demonstrate the new-to-us home chef process for sous vide. Cost: Free. Call: 318-776-5153. www.rpl.org

 

March 6: Teen Craft, Libuse Branch Library, 5:00pm-6:00pm. Teens will make a bowl using recycled magazines. Registration required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-7259. www.rpl.org

 

March 7: Family Workout with Mrs. Saconda, Westside Regional Library, 9:00am-12:00pm. Families join us for a fun fitness session. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483. www.rpl.org

 

March 7: Author Birthday Celebration, Boyce Branch Library, 9:00am-1:00pm. Observing authors and illustrators with birthdays in March. Cost: Free. Call: 318-793-2182. www.rpl.org

 

March 7: 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. rapidesregional.com

 

March 7: The Last Great Race Family Program, Johnson Branch Library, 9:30am-12:00pm. To celebrate Iditarod on March 7th, we will be reading the book Togo and watching the movie Balto that tells the story of the 1925 serum run from Nenana to Nome, Alaska. Cost: Free. Call: 318-776-5153. www.rpl.org

 

March 7: Pawsative Reading, Westside Regional, Libuse and Robertson Libraries, 10:00am-11:00am. Build confidence in reading with a friendly pet provided by Pets and People Therapy Animals of Cenla. Cost: Free. www.rpl.org

 

March 7: LEGO Club, Rapides Main Library, 10:00am-11:00am. Calling all Lego engineers! Join us to build your next Lego masterpiece! Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1036. www.rpl.org

 

March 7: Harriet, Oh Harriet, Martin Luther King Jr. Branch Library, 1:00pm-3:30pm. Teens and adults will enjoy the movie Harriett in honor of Harriet Tubman Day. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-3912. www.rpl.org

 

March 7: Author Book Signing, Westside Regional Library, 3:00pm-4:00pm. Author Keisha Bussey joins us for a book signing of her new children’s book, Chance to Dance. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483. www.rpl.org

 

March 9: 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.

 

March 9: DAR Loyalty Chapter Meeting, Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1:30pm-3:30pm. The Daughters of the American Revolution, Loyalty Chapter welcomes guest speaker, Michael Wynne to discuss the life and times of Governor Jimmie Davis. Call Judy Porter: 318-446-4886.

 

March 9: Craig’s Corner, Martin Luther King Jr. Branch Library, 4:00pm-5:00pm. Patrons will discuss plays, concepts, and the theory of theater. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-3912. www.rpl.org

 

March 9: Veteran’s Support, Martin Luther King Jr. Branch Library, 5:00pm-8:00pm. Discover how to live your best life after military service in the group led by Anthony Eli. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-3912. www.rpl.org

 

March 10: Children’s Craft, Martin Branch Library, 3:30pm-4:30pm. Children will participate in a rainbow plate craft. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-7575. www.rpl.org

 

March 10: Scavenger Hunt, Robertson Branch Library, 3:30pm-4:30pm. Teens, join us for a fun scavenger hunt. Cost: Free. Call: 318-640-3098. www.rpl.org

 

March 10: Makerspace Electronics Class, Boyce Branch Library, 4:00pm-5:30pm. Children age 10+ will learn to use digital multi-meters. No prior experience is needed.  Registration by phone required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-793-2182. www.rpl.org

 

March 11: 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 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. Call: 318-769-4440. rapidesregional.com

 

March 11: Diabetes Group Class, HP Long Classroom in Pineville, 3:00pm-6:00pm. 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 a Registered Nurse and Registered Dietitian. Sponsored by RRMC. Cost: Free. Call: 318-769-4440. rapidesregional.com

 

March 12: Makerspace Electronics Class, Westside Regional Library, 9:30am-11:00am. Children age 10+ will learn to use digital multi-meters. No prior experience is needed. Registration by phone required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483. www.rpl.org

 

March 12: National Plant a Flower Day, Johnson Branch Library, 3:30pm-4:15pm. To celebrate National Plant a Flower Day, children will plant nasturtiums to take home. Cost: Free. Call: 318-776-5153. www.rpl.org

 

March 12: Crayons Take Me Away, Rapides Main Library, 4:00pm-5:30pm. Relax and color away the stress during this adult coloring program. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1036. www.rpl.org

 

March 12: 6th Annual Women In History Cavanaugh Lecture, Westside Regional Library, 6:00pm-7:30pm. The Women in History Cavanaugh lecture is an annual event hosted by Rapides Parish Library in partnership with LSUA in honor of Women’s History Month. This years speaker, LSU Professor Alecia P. Long presents what the history of Storyville can tell us about the history of women in Louisiana. Call: 318-442-2483.

 

March 13: St. Timothy’s Annual Lenten Fish Fry, St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 11:00am-1:00pm.  Enjoy delicious fried catfish, fries, coleslaw, hush puppies and dessert. Dine-in, take-out, or drive-thru pickup. Free delivery for orders of 10+ plates. All proceeds benefit the missional work of St. Timothy’s. Pre-orders available. Call: 318-487-0875.

 

March 13: Teen Craft, Martin Branch Library, 3:30pm-4:30pm. Teens will make popsicle-stick dolls. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-7575. www.rpl.org

 

March 13: Adult Painting Class, Westside Regional Library, 4:30pm-6:30pm. Adults will enjoy an acrylic on canvas painting session. Registration required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483. www.rpl.org

 

March 13: Kid’s Power Hour, Libuse Branch Library, 5:00pm-6:00pm. Children ages 6 – 10 will paint with fruits and vegetables. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-7259. www.rpl.org

 

March 14: 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. Mothers should plan to schedule this in the 6th or 7th month. Don’t wait until the last minute, as class availability depends on the number of registrants.  Topics include progression of labor and birth, how to determine when you need to go to the hospital, pain management and C-sections. The class also includes a tour of Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital. A light lunch will be provided. Call: 318-769-4440. rapidesregional.com

 

March 14: Crafts with Ms. Sophia, Rapides Main Library, 11:00am-12:00pm. Children will make a hand calendar craft. Supplies provided. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1036. www.rpl.org

 

March 14: Main Movie Mania, Rapides Main Library, 1:00pm-3:00pm. Join us to watch Toy Story (G). Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1036. www.rpl.org

 

March 16: Parkinson’s Support Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 11:00am-12:30pm. The Parkinson’s support group meets on the 3rd Monday 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.  Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.

 

March 16: 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. Ideally, these classes should be scheduled in the 6th or 7th month. The father or support partner is encouraged to attend.  Dress comfortably and bring a pillow to assist with comfort techniques. Call: 318-769-4440. rapidesregional.com

 

March 17: Main Master Craft, Rapides Main Library, 10:00am-12:00pm. Adults will enjoy painting on glass. Registration required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1036. www.rpl.org

 

March 17: Makerspace Electronics Class, Rapides Main Library, 4:00pm-5:30pm. Children age 10+ will learn to use digital multi-meters. No prior experience is needed.  Registration by phone required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1036. www.rpl.org

 

March 17: Family Tie-Dye Craft, Robertson Branch Library, 4:30pm-5:30pm. Make your own tie-dye pillowcase! Registration required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-640-3098. www.rpl.org

 

March 17: Lucky Pup Parade, Compton Park, 5:30pm. Bring your pup and join us in your best St. Patrick’s Day attire for the First Ever Lucky Pup Parade! We’ll kick things off and walk the first lap led by our Lucky Pup “Ambassador” at 6:15pm. Participants are encouraged to raise funds to benefit The U CARE Project. The largest fundraiser will receive a bag of goodies along with a $50.00 gift certificate to Montgomery Animal Hospital. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Cost: Free.

 

March 18: Makerspace Electronics Class, Johnson Branch Library, 11:00am-12:30pm. Children age 10+ will learn to use digital multi-meters. No prior experience is needed.  Registration by phone required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-776-5153. www.rpl.org

 

March 18: Cenla Women’s Connection Luncheon, Conference Center at the Greens, 90 Harold Miles Park in Alexandria, 12:00pm. Denise LaBorde Durbin presents “2020 Vision: Learning to See Others Through the Eyes of Love”. As a  special feature, we will have Helena Brocato, owner of Main Dish and More. Bring a friend for a delicious lunch and great message. Please RSVP by Friday, March 13th. Cost: $16.00. Call: 318-481-7880 or E-mail: cenlacwc@gmail.com.

 

March 19: Starting and Financing a Small Business Seminar, Central LA Regional Chamber of Commerce, 9:00am-11:00am. Join Dana Cawthon, Louisiana Small Business Development Center NWCR Regional Director and Brad Smith, Bancorp South Commercial Lender to discuss writing a business plan, sources of funds for start-up and expansion, small business resources and required licenses. Please pre-register. Call: 318-678-6142.

 

March 19: As Young as You Feel Day, Rapides Main Library, 10:00am-12:00pm. If you’re 50+, come to join us for games, lunch, and fellowship. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1036. www.rpl.org

 

March 19: Makerspace Electronics Class, Libuse Branch Library, 4:00pm-5:30pm. Children age 10+ will learn to use digital multi-meters. No prior experience is needed. Registration required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-7259. www.rpl.org

 

March 19 & April 2: Surviving and Thriving Cancer Support Group, Rapides Cancer Center, 5:30pm-6:30pm. This is a support group for cancer patients, survivors and family members. The support group meets on the first and third Thursday of each month. Cost: Free. Call: 318-769-7200.

 

March 20-22: Louisiana Nursery Festival, Forest Hill, 8:00am.  The Louisiana Nursery Festival has been a Central Louisiana staple since 1985. As always, on the third weekend of March, you can find flowers, food, friends, and fun!

 

March 20: Homeschool S.T.E.M. Class, Westside Regional Library, 9:00am-10:00am. Homeschool students participate in a fun S.T.E.M. project. Registration required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483. www.rpl.org

 

March 20: As Young as You Feel Day, Libuse Branch Library, 10:00am-11:00am.  If you’re 50+, join us for games, and fellowship. Registration preferred. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-7259. www.rpl.org

 

March 20: Women Who Changed History, Johnson Branch Library, 3:30pm-4:30pm. To celebrate Women’s History Month, we will be having a historical presentation on key women throughout history, especially African American women. Cost: Free. Call: 318-776-5153. www.rpl.org

 

March 21: Gardening Meetup, Rapides Main Library, 9:00am-10:00am. Gardening series dedicated to answering your questions about plants! Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1036. www.rpl.org

 

March 21: Paws to Read, Libuse Branch Library, 10:00am-11:00am.  Boost confidence in reading with Luke the Confidence K-9. Registration preferred. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-7259. www.rpl.org

 

March 21: Spring Tea Party, J.W. McDonald Branch Library, 10:00am-12:00pm. Springtime is here, and what better way to celebrate than a tea party. Come on out and join the fun. Cost: Free. Call: 318-748-4848. www.rpl.org

 

March 23: 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.

 

March 23: 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.

 

March 23: Count Your Lucky Stars, Martin Luther King Jr. Branch Library, 6:00pm-8:00pm. Adults, join us for an acrylic on canvas star painting session. Registration required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-3912. www.rpl.org

 

March 24: Clothespin Trivet Craft, Robertson Branch Library, 5:00pm-6:00pm. Use wooden clothespins to make a colorful trivet during this adult craft session. Cost: Free. Call: 318-640-3098. www.rpl.org

 

March 24: Come Write-In, Rapides Main Library, 5:30pm-6:30pm. Come write in,” to enhance your creative writing skills. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1036. www.rpl.org

 

March 25: Crochet Club, Johnson Branch Library, 11:00am-12:00pm. Bring your own crochet projects and supplies to work on, while we share and learn knowledge about crocheting with each other. Cost: Free. Call: 318-776-5153. www.rpl.org

 

March 25: Adult Craft, Martin Branch Library, 2:30pm-4:00pm. Make a wind spinner using old CDs during this adult craft session. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-7575. www.rpl.org

 

March 26: Teen Murder Mystery, J.W. McDonald Branch Library, 3:30pm-5:00pm. Come out to solve a 1950’s murder mystery. Teens are encouraged to dress up, but not required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-748-4848. www.rpl.org

 

March 27: Overcoming Adversity, Calvary Baptist Church, 6:00pm.  Sponsored by Cenla Women’s Connection, Dr. Howard and Jane Wold will present “Overcoming Adversity”, featuring music of Uptown Jazz and special gospel soloist, Henry Dean. Everyone is welcome. Seating is limited. Register by Tuesday, March 24th. Cost: $20.00. Call: 318-790-0415.

 

March 28: Beginner’s Blacksmithing Workshop, Kent Plantation House, 8:00am-3:00pm.  Learn the basics of blacksmithing and leave with a finished product. Registration includes all supplies and secures your spot in the class. Very limited spots. Must be at least 16 years old. Cost: $135.00. Call: 318-487-5998.

 

March 28: Zoo Brew & Wine Too, Alexandria Zoo, 6:00pm-9:00pm.  It’s a night of great brews, great music, and amazing animals. Guests 21-and-over can sip on craft brews and wine, rock out to live music, play games, and get up-close with some of the Zoo’s animal ambassadors. Additional beer and wine and tasty food truck fare available for purchase. Must be 21+ to enter. Cost: $30.00; $15.00 Designated Driver. Call: 318-441-6810.

 

March 30: National Pencil Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Branch Library, 4:00pm-5:00pm. Children and teens will join us to discover the significance of National Pencil Day. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-3912. www.rpl.org

 

March 30, April 6: Monday Square Dance Lessons, First United Methodist Church Pineville, 6:30pm-8:00pm.  Twin City Twirlers’ club is sponsoring lessons. Both singles and couples of all ages are welcome! Casual attire and comfortable shoes are recommended. Cost: $10.00 per month (First 3 lessons Free); 17 and under free with a participating adult. Call: 318-613-1238.

 

March 31: National Crayon Day Coloring Contest, Boyce Branch Library, 9:00am-6:00pm. Everyone loves to color. We will have coloring sheets for kids and caregivers, young and old alike. Cost: Free. Call: 318-793-2182. www.rpl.org

 

March 31: Makerspace Electronics Class, Boyce Branch Library, 4:00pm-5:30pm. Children age 10+ will learn to use digital multi-meters. No prior experience is needed.  Registration by phone required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-793-2182. www.rpl.org

 

March 31: YAM Teen Craft, Westside Regional Library, 5:00pm-6:30pm. March is Youth Art Month! To celebrate, we will be using paint, markers, and other art supplies to decorate rocks for your home. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483. www.rpl.org

 

April 2:  Square Dance Workshop, Granberry Center at Louisiana College, 6:30pm-8:00pm.  Don’t stay home! Treat yourself to fun, laughter, and fitness while enjoying a variety of music!  Both singles and couples of all ages are welcome!  Circle 8 is sponsoring classes and no experience is needed but casual attire and comfortable shoes are needed. College students attend free and participants under age 17 attend free with a paid participating adult. Classes continue April 9th6 and 16th. Cost: $10.00 per month (First 3 lessons free).  Call Darian Rachal: 318-209-3614 or Beverly Price: 318-613-1238.

 

April 4: Experimental Aircraft Association Fly-In Breakfast, Buhlow Lake Airport Clubhouse, 7:30am-10:00am.  Fly (or drive) to Buhlow Lake Airport to join the EAA for an all-you-want-to-eat, hearty breakfast of eggs, sausage, pancakes, grits, potatoes, OJ, milk and more! Everyone is welcome to enjoy breakfast, visit with pilots and have a good time. Cost: $7.00 donation.

 

April 4: Spring Herb Day, Kent Plantation House, 8:00am-1:00pm.  Come buy your fresh spring herbs and other plant varieties from Kent House! Browse our yard sale of hidden treasures inside our Visitor Center and check out all of the food vendors selling yummy baked goods and local artisans selling handmade crafts! All plants sold by Kent House are $3.00 each. Cost: Free. Call: 318-487-5998.

 

April 6: 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.

 

April 6: Healing Hearts Support Group, Cabrini Mediplex, 6:00pm-7:00pm. This is an on-going support groups for parents who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth/fetal demise.  This group is sponsored by Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital and meets on the first Monday of every month.  Please pre-register. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.

 

Sports

 

Ongoing-March: 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.

 

March 5-7: 2020 Red River Athletic Conference Basketball Tournament, Rapides Parish Coliseum.  The LSUA Generals host the RRAC basketball tournament as it returns to the Rapides Parish Coliseum for the first time since 2017. The 2020 version of the tournament will again have the top six men’s and women’s teams in the conference battling it out over three days and three rounds to see who will earn the tournament championship and automatic berths into the respective NAIA national tournaments. rpclive.org

 

March 7: Cenla Heart Walk, Alexandria Amphitheatre, 9:00am. Heart health information, fun activities and a 5K walk which begins at 10:00am. Survivors can stop by the Rapides Regional Heart Hospital “Survivor Tent” for a heart-healthy breakfast.

 

March 7, 14, 21, 28 & April 4: 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.

 

March 11, 18, 25 & April 1: Tai Chi Chih Classes, Cabrini Mediplex, 9:30am-10:30am.  If you are a former Tai Chi student or brand new, come join us as we learn the 19 movements and 1 pose of Tai Chi Chih.  This beautiful soothing practice is meditation in motion.  Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.  Classes will be held every Wednesday morning in February. Cost: Free. Call Becky Watkins: 318-48-6938.

 

March 13: Harlem Globetrotters: Pusing the Limits World Tour, Rapides Parish Coliseum, 7:00pm. Put a new spin on family time! The Globetrotters have always been innovators. Now they’re pushing the limits like only they can. Don’t miss the Pushing the Limits World Tour featuring new thrills, surprise moments and more player interaction than ever. It’s a family experience like no other, where laugh-out-loud fun meets jaw-dropping athleticism. Cost: $20.00+.

 

March 14: Red River Run, Big Island Park in Alexandria, 8:00am-12:00pm. The Red River Run rolls into its 22nd year! Come join us for one of the best 10K’s in the state with great food, great swag, and a fast course through the historic Alexandria garden district​. Race Start will start and finish at Big Island Park on Babe Ruth Dr (beside Bringhurst Field). Race day will feature a flat and fast USATF certified 10k course, awards for the top 3 Open and top Masters (40+), plenty of post-race food and drink including jambalaya, pasta salad, kids’ activities and more! Cost: $40.00 10k; $20.00 1 mile. www.redriverrun.com

 

March 14: 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.

 

March 28-29: PBR Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour, Rapides Parish Coliseum.  or the first time in PBR (Professional Bull Riders) history, Alexandria, Louisiana, will host the Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour (PWVT). Bringing America’s original extreme sport to the deep south, the 2020 Alexandria Invitational and all the thrills and spills that PBR is known for will buck for back-to-back days. Competitors from across the globe hoping to become the first Alexandria Invitational champion will show their grit aboard the sport’s rankest bulls. Along with the coveted Alexandria Invitational champion buckle, riders will compete for thousands of dollars in prize money, and valuable points towards the 2020 PWVT championship. Cost: $15.00+. Call: 800-732-1727.