August 2013 Calendar



Ongoing – August 24:  Artists Among Us:  Faculty & Friends Exhibition, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10a.m.-5p.m. Tues.-Fri., 10a.m.-4p.m. Sat.  Annual exhibition featuring artwork by LSUA Faculty and Staff, The Contemporary Artists’ Guild and Photographers Guild of Alexandria.  Opening Reception and Artists’ Panel:  Friday, June 28.  Cost:  $4 adults; $3 Seniors/students/military; free for LSUA Students and children 4 and younger.  Call Alyssa Fridgen:  443-3458.


Ongoing – August 24:  Pulp Icons: Stewart Nachmias, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10a.m.-5p.m. Tues.-Fri., 10a.m.-4p.m. Sat.  A group exhibition of contemporary Native artists explores created spaces transcending time and place. The illusion of a singular identity is unraveled through contemporary reworkings of weaving, performance, beadwork, storytelling, mythology, and symbolism, infusing both historical and contemporary processes and references. Imaginary space suspended beyond multiple realities highlight a more honest and accurate depiction of self and suggests new models of thinking and engaging with the world.  Cost:  $4 adults; $3 Seniors/students/military; free for LSUA Students and children 4 and younger.  Call Alyssa Fridgen:  443-3458.


August 5: “Plein Air Painting” Adult Art Class, Alexandria Museum of Art, 8:30-11:30am.  Learn how to paint landscapes ‘en plein air’ (in the open air) with Artist Margie Tate at this outdoor workshop. Participants should bring their own materials.  Cost: $10 for members; $20 for non-members.  Call Anne Reid: (318) 443-3458.


August 13-17: Lilly Oncology On Canvas Art Exhibit, Rapides Cancer Center. Artwork from the 2012 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 17:  AMoA Family Art Class:  Contemporary Native Art, Alexandria Museum of Art, 1-3p.m.  Families and kids of all ages will explore ancient Native art-making techniques, such as weaving, with a modern twist, after discussing the work of contemporary Native artists.  Cost:  Admission free for AMoA members, $20 per member family.   Call Jenny Gallent:  443-3458.


August 23:  Exhibit Opening Reception, River Oaks Square Arts Center, time:  TBA.  Sponsored by GEADA and River Oaks Square Arts Center.  Exhibit dates:  Aug. 20- Dec. 5.  Featuring New York artist, Myles Carter. (Special series of lectures and classes TBA.)  Also featuring Veretta Garrison Moller, Janet Ahrens and Nicole Holcombe.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Rachael Dauzat:  473-2670.


September 6: Member Preview Reception & Artists’ Talk, Alexandria Museum of Art, 6:00-8:00pm.  The 27th Annual September Competition presented by the Alexandria Museum of Art is an annual juried exhibition selected from national and international submissions highlighting contemporary art practices in all media. Featuring original art created within the past two years, 50 artworks selected by the by artist and juror James Michalopoulos will be displayed in a full-color catalogue and exhibition at the Alexandria Museum of Art!  Call Alyssa Fridgen: (318) 443-3458 or e-mail:



August 3:  Nutcracker Auditions, Arts Annex, 2700 Lee St., 9a.m.-4p.m.  Sponsored by Red River Dance Theatre.  All auditioning dancers will be cast in show.  Girls please wear leotard, tights, ballet shoes and hair in bun.  Boys wear t-shirt, athletic pants, socks or dance shoes.  Show dates:  November 24-26.  Cost:  $5 audition fee.  Call Linda Mioton:  443-7500 or 792-1699.



August 10: The Muse Back-to-School Youth Open Mic Night, Alexandria Museum of Art, 4:00-6:00pm.  Come hear CenLA teens weave words and speak to the beat of their own souls! Hosted by The Muse: AMoA’s teens, this event gives teens across Central Louisiana a chance to express themselves through the spoken word.  Participants must be between the ages of 14-21. Keep the work clean! Feel free to express yourself, but remember that this is an all-ages audience!  Call Cindy Blair: (318) 443-3458 or e-mail:


August 15:  Live Acoustic Concert Series, Alexandria Museum of Art, 6:30-8:30p.m.  Come out and enjoy live music in a casual coffee house atmosphere in our café where various local and regional musical guests join host John Wakefield.  Cost:  AMoA members free, nonmembers $4 adults; $3 students/seniors/military.  Call Anne Reid:  443-3458.



August 23-25:  The Crandles:  Episode 2:  Pearl Gets a J-O-B, Hearn Stage, Kress Theatre, 7p.m. Fri.-Sat., 4p.m. Sun.  Sponsored by Savoy Entertainment LLC.  Cost:  $12 general admission; $10 seniors.  Call Keisha Orphey:  613-4841.



Ongoing –August:  Summer Safari Camp & Classes, AlexandriaZooEducationCenter, time:  TBA.  Sponsored by the City of Alexandria and FOTAZ.  Visit for fees and more information.  Call Zoo Office:  441-6814.


August 3:  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 3:  Back to School Bash, Alexandria Mall Center Court, Noon-2p.m.  Sponsored by Alexandria Mall.  Party with a cast of costume characters during our Back to School Bash!  Free Activities and goody bags to the first 100 kids.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Missy McKnight:  619-2754.


August 5:  Kids World, JC Penney Court, Alexandria Mall, 10a.m.  Sponsored by Alexandria Mall Chick-Fil-A.  Children’s activity club featuring free fun and educational experiences for kids 12 and under.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Missy McKnight:  619-2754.


August 5: Bereaved Parents Support Group, Power Center, 6:30-7:30pm.  This is an on-going 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.  This group is sponsored by Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital and meets on the first Monday of every month.   Pre-registration is required. Brown bag supper begins at 6pm.  Check out our Face Book page: Bereaved Parents of Cenla. Call Becky Watkins: 448-6938.


August 6:  Healing Hearts Perinatal Loss Support Group, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Trellis Room, 6 p.m.   The group helps parents who have lost babies.  Call: 769-7569.


August 6:  Family Fun Movie Night, Center Court, Alexandria Mall, 6p.m.  Family friendly movies, including August feature Dr. Seuss’ the Lorax.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Missy McKnight:  619-2754.


August 10:  Second Saturday Market, Alexandria Museum of Art, 9a.m.-1p.m.  Shop handmade art, specialty products and the freshest produce from local farmers.  Stroll the galleries to view the current exhibitions.  Children’s art activity and live music round out this free monthly event.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Jenny Gallent:  443-3458.


August 10:  American Cancer Society’s Vegas Nights Gala, Paragon Casino Resort.  This year’s gala is a fundraising event in an effort to make this cancer’s last century.   Some of the events of the evening include Vegas showgirls, an Elvis impersonator, hor d’oeuvres and much more.  Cocktail attire is required.  Cost: $100 per person.  E-mail:


August 12: 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.  Call Becky Watkins: 448-6938.


August 14: Diabetes Group Class, RRMC Medical Terrace Auditorium, 9 a.m. – Noon. Rapides Regional Medical Center is offering a 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. Space is limited, please pre-register. Cost: Free. Call: (318) 769-3106.


August 15: AARP Driver Safety Program, RRMC Medical Terrace Auditorium, 8:30am. This one day, four-hour class is designed 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 for AARP members;  $14 for non-AARP members. Call: 877-801-8441.


August 15: 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 Becky Watkins: 448-6938.


August 15: 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 15: Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Support Group, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room, 6:00pm. Please pre-register. Call: 866-581-3627.


August 16:  YMCA of Central Louisiana After School Program, City Park YMCA, 1801 Sylvester St., 3-6p.m.  Children will enjoy health and physical activities, arts and crafts, homework assistance, and much more.  Financial assistance available.  Cost:  $25 registration fee per child; $45 weekly per 1st child; $40 weekly second child.  Call Courtney Paige:  449-4686.


August 17: Prepared Childbirth Class, RRMC Medical Terrace Gallery, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.  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: 877-801-8441.


August 19: 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 19: Sibling Class, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Cascade Room, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. 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: 877-801-8441.


August 20: Happiest Baby On The Block, Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. The program was created by Dr. Harvey Karp and is designed to teach parents simple, effective and fun techniques to quickly soothe their babies’ cries and help them to sleep a little longer. Cost: $30. Please pre-register. Call: 866-581-36270.


August 21: Cenla Women’s Connection Luncheon, Conference Center on the Greens, 12:00noon.  Join speaker Lane Jordan’s presentation on “12 Steps to Becoming a More Organized Woman”. Please RSVP By Friday, August 16th.  Cost: $16 (includes lunch).  Call: 318-445-2154.


August 21: Cancer Survivors Group, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room, 12:00noon. The guest speaker will be Miranda Martin, LCSW, MSW, who will be speaking on “Each New Day: Ideas for Coping With Cancer.” Call Miranda: 318-466-6074.


August 22: Muscular Dystrophy Support Group, RRMC Medical Terrace Gallery Room, 6 p.m. Meetings include guest speakers and access to staff from the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Call: (800) 644-9730.


August 24: Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Seminar, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room, 9am.  Please pre-register.  Call: 866-581-3627.


August 24:  “Bourbon, Beer, and Barbeque” Fundraiser, Alexandria Museum of Art, 6:30-9:00pm.  Nosh on delicious BBQ prepared by Alex River Fête BBQ competitors. Sample bourbon and other seasonal spirits provided by Glazer’s. Taste the best of Louisiana craft brews.  Cost: $50 per person.  Call: (318) 443-3458.


August 25:  24th Annual Hope House Lobster Dinner and Silent Auction 2013, Tunk’s Cypress Inn, 6p.m.  The primary fundraiser to support Hope House programs and services.  Hope House provides transitional housing and supportive services to homeless women and their children.  Call to reserve individual tickets or support us through sponsorship.  Cost:  Varies.  Call Hope House of Central Louisiana:  487-2061.


August 26: 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 Becky Watkins: 448-6938.


August 26: 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 Becky Watkins: 448-6938.


August 29:  Community Reinvestment Economic Development Summit, Pineville Convention Center, 2727 Monroe HWY 165, 8a.m.-3p.m.  Sponsored by Red River Bank.  To provide information to Central Louisiana stakeholders about resources available to finance economic development and affordable housing development in the area and to create networking opportunities.  Pre-registration is required at Cost:  Admission free.  Call Jannease Seastrunk:  561-5814.



August 5: Hatha Yoga Class, Power Center, 4pm-5:15pm.  Wear comfortable clothing and bring yoga mat.  This class meets every Thursday.  This class is sponsored by Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital. Call Becky Watkins: 448-6938.


August 6, 13, 20 and 27:  Yoga in the Gallery, Alexandria Museum of Art, 5:30p.m.  Yoga is offered free of charge every Tuesday, thanks to a grant from the Rapides Foundation.  Yoga instructor, b. Hedrick is an ascetic Taoist yogi with 14 years of yoga practice.  Yoga Tao is for all experience levels, incorporating spirit-mind-body techniques.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Jenny Gallent:  443-3458.