Ongoing-October 23: 34th Annual September Competition, Alexandria Museum of Art (933 2nd Street, Alexandria). 48 works of art have been selected from around the globe to participate in AMoA’s annual competition experience the international competition in person and online. AMoA proudly welcomes Dr. Andrew James Wulf, Ph.D. as the Juror for AMoA’s 34th September Competition. For the last 18 years, Dr. Wulf has served as a passionate creative museum professional at international institutions, directing the strategic, civic and educative mission of museums and serving in key roles to represent, supervise, produce, and sponsor a wide array of compelling public programs and exhibitions on a variety of themes in the arts, sciences, and humanities, in order to promote cultural literacy through community engagement. Currently, Wulf serves as the Executive Director of the AAM-accredited Albany Museum of Art in Albany, Georgia. Call: 318-443-3458. themuseum.org
September 10: Adult Painting Class, Rapides Parish Library Facebook (fb.me/rapideslibrary), 10:00am. Join Victoria on Facebook for an acrylic painting class featuring a fall landscape. Call to schedule pick-up of your art kit. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483 x 1902. www.rpl.org
September 11: Second Saturday at the Museum, Alexandria Museum of Art (933 2nd Street, Alexandria). The Museum is proud to welcome the community on the second Saturday of each month for open admission during regular business hours. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458. themuseum.org
September 17: Children’s Art Class, Rapides Parish Library Facebook (fb.me/rapideslibrary), 10:00am. Children join Miss Victoria on Facebook celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by creating a Mexican Folk Art Rooster. Call to schedule pick-up of your art kit. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483 x 1902. www.rpl.org
September 18: Plein Air Marksville 2021, Avoyelles Arts Council (122 East Mark Street, Marksville), 9:00am-7:00pm. Juried plein air event located in beautiful Marksville in the heart of Avoyelles Parish. Artist reception and art sale afterward in the Avoyelles Arts Council Gallery. The M&D art-A-palooza and the Avoyelles Arts Council presents a day of painting in beautiful Marksville, La. The paint-out will be followed by awards, reception and wet-art sale at the Avoyelles Arts Council Gallery on the Court House Square in historic downtown Marksville.
October 2: Figure Drawing in the Gallery, Alexandria Museum of Art (933 2nd Street, Alexandria), 10:00am-4:00pm. This adult workshop will focus on learning how to draw the human figure including capturing gesture, form, shading and technique. Instruction will include warm-up exercises, short and long pose compositions with a live model. All supplies are included. Registration is required by Monday, September 27th. You must be 21 or older to attend this class. Cost: $60.00 AMoA Members; $80.00 non-members. Call: 318-443-3458. themuseum.org
September 10: Endless Praise Nights of Worship with Charity Gayle, Pentecostals of Alexandria, (2817 Rapides Ave, Alexandria), 7:00pm. Charity Gayle lives for God and loves worship music. She is a passionate worship leader with a mission to bring every generation into an encounter with God. Her heart is to see people transformed by experiencing God’s love and for this generation of songs to glorify the Lord and be completely rooted in scripture; to carry worship music that speaks to every tribe, nation, and age. She carries a genuine heart to see the Lord change the course of lives and nations. Cost: $20.00 and up. Call: 318-487-8976. www.poa.church
September 9-12: To Kill A Mockingbird, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center (1202 3rd St, Alexandria). Join Play On Theatre Company for their long awaited production of “To Kill A Mockingbird”, directed by Kody Walker and assistant director Chris McDowell. Performances begin nightly Thursday through Saturday at 7:00pm; Sunday matinee begins at 2:30pm. Masks are required inside CSPAC. Cost: $15.00. Call: 318-623-6561. playontheatrecompany.com
September 14: Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, Tunk’s Cypress Inn (9507 Louisiana 28 West, Boyce), 6:00pm. Dating is hard for a single girl…unless magic is in your bag of tricks! Join Lance Vegas, his crew and the cast of the newest dating game show, Witch One Will You Choose? for a night of hilarious fun, amazing Food, and murder! Admission includes a fun-filled night of entertainment and a fine dining experience of Spinach Salad with Strawberry and Bacon Vinaigrette, Seared 12 ounce Pork Chop with Smoked Tomato Butter -or- Sautéed Mahi Mahi with Grilled Shrimp and Cane Butter, Candied Pecan Sweet Potatoes, Fall Squash, Housemade Baked Cheesecake with Blueberry Sauce and a dinner drink. Cost: $50.00. Call: 318-487-4014.
September 23-26: Beauty and the Beast, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center (1202 3rd St, Alexandria). This classic Disney movie comes to life on stage with all your favorite songs including: “Be Our Guest”, the title song “Beauty and the Beast”, and many more. The story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. Great music, great story, great for the whole family! Performances begin nightly Thursday through Saturday at 7:00pm; Sunday matinee begins at 2:30pm. Cost: $20.00 VIP; $18.00 General; $16.00 Senior; $13.00 Students/Children. Call: 318-487-8243. lagniappetheatre.com
Ongoing-September: New Hope Al-Anon Group, Horseshoe Drive Methodist Church (1600 Horseshoe Drive, 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.
September 7, 14, 21, 28 & October 5: Alexandria Farmer’s Market, First United Methodist Church (2727 Jackson Street, Alexandria), 3:00pm-6:00pm. The Alexandria Farmers Market is a weekly gathering that connects the community of Alexandria with the farmers, ranchers, and agricultural artisans of Central Louisiana. This connection strives to improve the physical, social, and economic well-being of the region by providing access to fresh, healthy, local food for residents, fostering community relationships, and serving as a business incubator for growers and producers. Cost: Free. Call: 318-441-3407.
September 8: Child Safety Seat Check, Rapides Regional Medical Center Main Entrance (211 4th Street, Alexandria), 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.
September 10-11: Save Cenla ASIST Training, LSUA (8100 Hwy 71 South, Alexandria), 8:00am-4:30pm. Suicide and mental health issues are a growing concern, especially in these trying times. Suicide is preventable. Anyone can make a difference. Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is an evidence-based, two-day workshop in suicide prevention skills helps participants learn and practice a life-saving intervention model that is widely used by professionals and the general public. Open to ages 16+. Mental health professionals can receive 12 CEUs after taking this workshop for $60.00 through livingworks.net (a $300 value). Sponsored by Central Louisiana Human Services District. Cost: Free. Call: 337-519-1888. SaveCenla.com
September 11: 9/11 Remembrance Blood Drive, Rapides Main Library (411 Washington St, Alexandria), 9:00am-12:00pm. Honor those lost in the September 11th terrorist attacks by giving blood at the annual Day of Remembrance blood drive. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1036. www.rpl.org
September 11: Patriotic Day, Johnson Branch Library (1610 Veterans Drive, Lecompte), 10:00am-10:30am. Celebrate our heroes with a patriotic wreath grab-n-go craft while supplies last. Cost: Free. Call: 318-776-5153. www.rpl.org
September 11: Second Saturday Market, Huckleberry Brewing Company (4724 Sterkx Road, Alexandria), 1:00pm. On the second Saturday of each month, Huckleberry Brewing Company will be hosting a vendors market on the Huckleberry grounds! Come check out some awesome local vendors at the Second Saturday Market! If you’re interested in participating as a vendor, feel free to reach out via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or through Facebook messenger!
September 11-12: Cenla Shrine Circus, Rapides Parish Coliseum (5600 Coliseum Blvd, Alexandria), 1:00pm & 6:00pm. Join the Shrine Club Circus for fun and entertainment for the whole family! Tickets avilable at the Coliseum Box Office and Mac’s Fresh Market locations. Cost: $15.00 (Child admitted free with paid adult ticket). rpclive.org
September 13: For the Love of Food, Rapides Parish Library Facebook (fb.me/rapideslibrary), 5:30pm-7:30pm. Enjoy a delicious virtual cooking demonstration on Facebook with Dianne Lundy featuring Rosemary Chicken and a lovely Carrot Raisin Salad. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1036. www.rpl.org
September 13: Healing Hearts Perinatal Loss Support Group, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Trellis Room (501 Medical Center Drive, Alexandria), 6:00pm. This group helps parents who have lost babies. Please enter through the Scott Street entrance to Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Cost: Free. Call: 318-769-7569.
September 15: Cenla Women’s Connection Luncheon, Conference Center on the Greens (90 Harold Miles Park, Boyce), 12:00pm. Linda Hutson presents “Looking for Love in all the Wrong Places”. We are abiding by CDC guidelines for restaurants to prevent the spread of Covid-19. So wear a mask, social distance of at least six feet and hand washing encouraged. We will have hand sanitizer as well. So come and join us. Please RSVP by Friday, September 10th. Cost: $16.00. Call: 337-349-4776
September 16: Fall Wreath Craft, J.W. McDonald Memorial Branch Library (1075 LA-497, Glenmora), 3:00pm-5:00pm. Get into the fall spirit with a beautiful fall wreath grab-n-go craft. Cost: Free. Call: 318-748-4848. www.rpl.org
September 17-18: Pineville Ques and Brews BBQ Cookoff, Main Street Truck Park (930 Main Street, Pineville). Bring the family out for great BBQ and help crown the Pineville King or Queen of BBQ! Festivities kick off Friday night at 5:00pm; the contest begins at 7:00pm. Public judging opens at noon on Saturday. The event will also feature live music, food trucks, local brews and more! Call: 504-319-4687.
September 18: Batman Day, Johnson Branch Library (1610 Veterans Drive, Lecompte), 10:00am-12:00pm. Celebrate Batman Day with a Batman mask grab-n-go craft while supplies last. Cost: Free. Call: 318-776-5153. www.rpl.org
September 18: The Muse FX Face Painting Workshop, Alexandria Museum of Art (933 2nd Street, Alexandria), 1:00pm-4:00pm. The Muse will learn to create a full face of artistic expression, just in time for Spooky Season and The Muse Masquerade Ball in November. Open to teens ages 13 to 19. Registration is required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458. themuseum.org
September 20: Teen Pinch Pot Craft, Westside Regional Library (5416 Provine Pl, Alexandria), 9:00am-10:00am. Teens get crafty as we create a pinch pot using air dry clay with this grab-n-go craft that is available while supplies last. Call to schedule pick-up of your kit. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483 x 1902. www.rpl.org
September 25: Fall Puzzle Piece Tree Craft, Johnson Branch Library (1610 Veterans Drive, Lecompte), 10:00am-11:00am. Craft your own fall puzzle piece tree with this grab-n-go craft while supplies last. Cost: Free. Call: 318-776-5153. www.rpl.org
October 2: Central Louisiana Dutch Oven Cookers First Saturday Gathering, Indian Creek Recreation Area (100 Camp Ground Road, Woodworth), 9:00am-12:30pm. A delicious day with Dutch oven cooking enthusiasts.
September 7, 14, 21, 28 & October 5: Yoga in the Gallery, Alexandria Museum of Art (933 2nd Street, Alexandria), 5:45pm. Register online by selecting the class you would like to attend. Out of courtesy for our class waiting list, please cancel at least two hours prior to class start time. Masks are required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458. themuseum.org
September 11: Community Fish Day, Fort Randolph and Buhlow State Park, (135 Riverfront Street, Pineville), 8:00am-12:00pm. Children ages 0 to 16 and their parents/guardians are invited to a half-day of learning to fish! The event will take place at the levee inside Fort Randolph and Buhlow State Park. DNA Snow Cones and Pop’s Place Restaurant will provide refreshments. The Pineville Police Department will provide hamburgers and snacks. As part of the event, a short program will honor the lives lost and impacted on September 11, 2001. Please pre-register. Cost: Free. Call: 318-449-5650.
September 11, 18, 25 & October 2: Saturday Morning Qi Gong, Alexandria Museum of Art (933 2nd Street, Alexandria), 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. Masks are required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458. themuseum.org
September 11: Yoga for Kids, Alexandria Museum of Art (933 2nd Street, Alexandria), 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 a Lotus Vibes present a Kids Yoga class at the Museum. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458. themuseum.org
September 18: 10th Annual Le Tour de Bayou, Kent Plantation House (3601 Bayou Rapides Rd, Alexandria), 7:00am. Le Tour de Bayou began in 2012 as a fundraiser for the Kent House and has became a community favorite. There is something for everyone from a 101 mile ride all the way down to a 10 mile ride. All rides are lead and followed by assistance vehicles and there are plenty of SAG stops along all routes. The event will also feature a 2 Mile Family Fun Run/Walk. Musical entertainment, food, fun, southern hospitality, what more could you ask for? Laissez Les Bicyclettes Rouler! Cost: $5.00-$50.00. Call: 318-487-5998. letourdebayou.com
September 18: 3rd Annual UPS Charity Golf Tournament, Oakwing Golf Course (2345 Vandenburg Dr, Alexandria), 8:00am. Four-player teams will compete in 18 holes of golf. Golf cart, lunch, soft drinks and gift bags are included with registration. Hole and Team sponsorships are available. Proceeds will benefit the Children’s Advocacy Network. Cost: $400 per team. Call: 318-451-6437.
September 18: Goat Yoga for B.A.R.K., Huckleberry Brewing Company (4724 Sterkx Road, Alexandria), 6:00pm-9:00pm. Come drink a beer, play with goats, practice yoga, and listen to the band! Ol’s Mels Farm Deville will be at the event with their animals. Yoga class instructor will be Shannon Williams. One packet- will provide an entry for yoga, a beer, and a t-shirt. Don’t forget your yoga mat! Event sponsored by Boudreaux’s Animal Rescue Krewe.
*All events subject to change in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines.