August 2012 Calendar





Ongoing – August: Central Louisiana Arts & Healthcare Exhibits.  Central Louisiana Arts & Healthcare proudly presents our monthly art exhibits at area hospitals and clinics.  Exhibits currently showing: John Orr of Alexandria, La. will be featured in the CHRISTUS Cabrini Gallery for Reflection and Healing located in the Outpatient Center (1st Floor, across from Radiology); Bobette Coughlin of Pineville, La. will be featured in the Cabrini Cancer Center; Genesis Photography of Anacoco, La. will be featured in the Rapides Regional Gallery located between the South Tower Lobby and the ER.  For more information on the exhibits, visit; or Call: 769-7602.


Ongoing – September 8:  Empathy: A Survey of Figurative Works by Keith Perelli, 1st Floor, Alexandria Museum of Art, Mon.-Fri., 10a.m.-5p.m., Sat., 10a.m.-4p.m.  This exhibit made possible by the sponsorship of Whitney Bank. For more information visit Cost:  Free to AMoA members, regular admission for non-members.  Call Anne Reid:  443-3458.


August 13-17: Lilly Oncology On Canvas Art Exhibit, Rapides Cancer Center. Artwork from the Lilly Oncology On Canvas competition will be on display at the Rapides Cancer Center.  In 2004, Lilly Oncology created Lilly Oncology On Canvas to help people affected by cancer cope with the emotional side of the disease. This biennial competition, presented by Lilly Oncology and the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS), invites people from the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada, who were diagnosed with any type of cancer – as well as their families, friends, caregivers and healthcare providers – to express, through art and narrative, the life-affirming changes that give their cancer journeys meaning.  Call: (318) 769-7200.


August 24:  Exhibit Reception, RiverOaksSquareArtsCenter, 5-7p.m.  Exhibit featuring artist Rachel Ballentine and resident artist Marilyn Wells.  Exhibit continues through October 6.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Rachael Dauzat:  473-2670.




August 16:  Acoustic Concert Series, Café, 1st floor Alexandria Museum of Art, 6:30-8:30p.m.  For more information visit Cost:  Free to AMoA members, $4 for non-members.  Call Anne Reid:  443-3458.




August 1:  Registration for Fall Drama Classes and Voice Lessons, Lagniappe Theatre in Alexandria Mall, time:  varies.  Drama classes offered for ages 3-college.  Voice lessons offered Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Cost:  Varies.  Call Karen Burns:  48-STAGE.


August 23-26:  Always … Patsy Cline! Coughlin-Saunders PerformingArtsCenter, Thurs.-Sat., 7p.m., Sun., 2:30p.m.  Sponsored by Lagniappe Theatre.  Brought back by popular demand, this heartwarming, musical comedy features 27 songs and tells the story of Patsy Cline’s life by her friend Louise.  Cost:  $10-$15.  Call Karen Burns:  48-STAGE.




August 2:  Back 2 School Bingo Bash, Alexandria Convention Hall, 4-6p.m.  Sponsored by City ofAlexandria.  Students grades K-12 are invited to play Bingo for prizes ranging from school supplies to sports equipment.  Call:  449-5108.


August 4:  Breastfeeding Class, RRMC Medical Terrace Gallery Room, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  . 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.  Call: 877-801-8441.


August 6, September 3:  Kids World, JC Penney Court, 10-11a.m.  Sponsored by Slinkee’s.  Free activity program for children ages 2-12.  Each meeting will feature a special theme, entertainment and activity.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Alexandria Mall Office:  448-0227.


August 6, 13, 20, 27: Yoga Class, Power Center, 4p.m.-5:15p.m. Wear comfortable clothing and bring yoga mat.  If you have an eye pillow, blanket, block or strap, that is welcome, too. This class meets every Monday. Call: 866-581-3627.


August 6: Bereaved Parents Support Group, Power Center, 6:30-7:30p.m. This is an ongoing support group for parents, grandparents whose child has died.  Bereaved Parents Support Group has trained outreach volunteers who are available to the newly grieving parent or grandparent.  Sponsored by Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital and meets on the first Monday of every month.  Pre-registration is required.  Brown bag supper at 6 p.m.  Check out our Face Book page: Bereaved Parents of Cenla! Call: 866-581-3627.


August 7: No Wrong Door: Ministering to Returning Heroes and Their Families, Calvary Baptist Church in Alexandria, 8:00a.m.-2:30p.m.  A workshop to equip clergy and staff to more effectively minister to our returning heroes and their families. With Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury more prevalent than ever in our military families.  Sponsored by Central Louisiana Area Health Education Center.  Call: (318) 443-2855.


August 7: National Night Out Polk Street Area Block Party, 6:00pm-9:00pm.  We will be blocking off the 1900 block of Polk Street and inviting all of our area neighbors to come and “meet in the middle”.  Bring your own drink of choice, some food to share, & your lawn chair! Cost: Free. Call Heather: 318-229-7613.


August 7:  Family Summer Movie Nights, Alexandria Mall Center Court, 6p.m.  Sponsored byAlexandria Mall Food Court Merchants.  Family friendly movie night with special food court meal pricing.  Visit for movie title listings.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Alexandria Mall Office:  448-0227.


August 8: Diabetes Group Class, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Medical Terrace Auditorium, 9 a.m. – Noon. Rapides Regional Medical Center is offering this free program designed for adults with newly diagnosed diabetes and for people needing a refresher course in diabetes management. This is a basic diabetes program therefore no physician referral is required. The program content follows the American Diabetes Association guidelines and uses a variety of teaching methods to enhance learning. Topics include meal planning, monitoring blood sugar, medications, complications, and learning to deal with a chronic disease.  The course is taught by Sandy Couvillon, Registered Dietitian and Amie Starks, Registered Nurse. Reservations are required. Cost: Free. Call: 769-3106.


August 11:  Taking it 2 the Street, Downtown Alexandria, 10a.m.  Sponsored by Capital One Bank.  A family friendly guided walking tour of the beautiful downtown cultural district featuring local celebrity tour guides and lots of local street performers.  The tour begins and ends at the Alexandria Museum of Art.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Rich Joyce:  445-1234 ext 242.


August 12:  23rd Annual Hope House Lobster Dinner & Silent Auction, Tunk’s Cypress Inn, 6p.m.  Sponsored by Hope House ofCentral Louisiana. Cost:  Call for more information.   Call Sandy Ray:  487-2061.


August 13:  Moms Club of Alexandria Business Meeting, First United Methodist Church of Alexandria, 10a.m.  Sponsored by the Moms Club of Alexandria.  Join us for our monthly business meeting to find out about all of the exciting things we have coming up for moms in our area.  Cost:  $20 yearly membership.  Call Autumn Johnson:  709-5292.


August 13: The Morning Widowed Persons Support Group, Power Center, 10:00am-11:30am.  This is an on-going 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 the newly grieving.  The Morning Widowed Support Group meets on the second Monday of each month and is sponsored by Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital.  For more information, please call 866-581-3627.


August 16: AARP Driver Safety Program, Rapides Regional Medical Center Medical Terrace Auditorium, 8:30 a.m. A one day, four-hour class for those 50 or older.  Bring a check or money order payable to AARP to cover the cost of the course and your AARP membership card to verify your AARP membership number. Cost: $12/AARP members; $14/non-AARP members.  Call Rapides Regional Medical Center’s Community Education: (318) 769-3106.


August 16: Parkinson’s Support Group, Power Center, 11:00am-12:30pm.  This group meets on the third 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. Please pre-register. Call: 866-581-3627.


August 16: Better Breathers Club, Rapides Health and Lifestyles Center, 12:00noon. Rapides Regional Medical Center offers the American Lung Association’s “Better Breathers Club” for patients with chronic lung disease. This is the only Better Breathers Club in Central Louisiana. The meetings will include guest speakers and a chance to ask questions of your own. Lunch is provided. Please pre-register.  Call: (318) 769-3776.


August 16: Pink Ribbon Club, Christus Cabrini Women’s Life Center, 5:30 p.m. This breast cancer support group is for education, advocacy and support of breast cancer patients and survivors.  Call: 866-581-3627.


August 16: Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Support Group, Louisiana Athletic Club Conference Room, 6:00pm Please pre-register. Call: 866-581-3627.


August 18: Prepared Childbirth Class (One Day), RRMC Medical Terrace Gallery Room, 9:00am – 2:00pm. This 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. Call: 877-801-8441.


August 18: Childbirth Class, Christus Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital 1st floor Conference Room,  9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. This class is designed especially for expecting couples from early pregnancy through the delivery process. All classes are taught by certified childbirth educators. Please pre-register. Cost: $30. Call: 866-581-3627.


August 20: Cancer Support Group, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Cascade Room, Noon. If you or someone you know has cancer, or you are a caretaker of someone with cancer, please join this group on the third Monday of each month. A light meal will be served. Please pre-register.  Call: (318) 769-7200.


August 20: Sibling Class, Cascade Room, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital, 6:30p.m.-8p.m. This free 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: 877-801-8441.


August 23: Muscular Dystrophy Support Group, RRMC Medical Terrace Gallery Room, 6:00pm.  Meetings include guest speakers and access to staff from the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Call: (800) 644-9730.


August 25: Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Seminar, Christus Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital 1st floor Conference Room, 9 a.m. Please pre-register. Call: 866-581-3627.


August 27: The Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group, Power Center, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 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 by Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital.  The Alzheimer Support Group meets on the fourth Monday of each month.  Call: 866-581-3627.


August 27: The Alzheimer’s Activity Group, Power Center, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The activity group will be offered for those with Alzheimer’s disease.  The staff from Emeritus Senior Living will offer appropriate activities with a fun, hands-on approach.  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 by Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital.  Call: 866-581-3627.


August 27: Look Good…Feel Better, Christus Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital 1st floor Conference Room, Noon – 2:00 p.m. “If you look good, you’ll feel better…” that is why Christus Cabrini Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society are offering a very special program called Look Good…Feel Better. This program is designed to help women cope with the physical changes that might occur during cancer treatment. Reservations are required. Call Christus Cabrini Cancer Center: 318-448-6917.


September 1:  Alexandria Museum of Art’s Green Market, AMoA parking lot, 9a.m.-1p.m.  Sponsored byAlexandriaMuseum of Art.  .  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Natalie Scott Seeling:  442-6398.





August 4:  Quality Deer Management Association Banquet, AlexandriaRiverfrontCenter, 6p.m.  Sponsored byCentral Louisiana Chapter of Quality Deer Management Association.  Cost:  Call for pricing.  Call Jr. Price:  729-4402.


August 7, 14, 21 and 28:  Yoga in the Gallery, Overlook Gallery, 3rd floor, Alexandria Museum of Art, 5:30-6:30p.m.  Sponsored by a grant from Rapides Foundation and AMoA.  Yoga Tao instructed by b. Hedrick.  Yoga Tao is an asana and pranayama practice directed by the natural flow of yin and yang energies.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Jenny Gallent:  443-3458.