August 2015 Calendar





Ongoing-August: Arts & Healthcare, Inc. Art Exhibits.  During the month of August, Arts & Healthcare, Inc. will feature the art of Denice Jones at the Christus Gallery for Reflection and Healing, Cabrini Outpatient Center, 1st floor across from Radiology.  The art of Flo Fessler is being featured at the Rapides Gallery located in the South Tower between the ER and the lobby.  These exhibits are open to the public. Cost: Free. Call: 318-769-7602.


Ongoing – August 22: ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger, Alexandria Museum of Art, during Museum hours. ReTooled brings to life unexpected subject of tools by profiling 28 visionary artists from the Hechinger Collection featuring more than 40 imaginative paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and photographs. All of the works remind us that tools embody the can-do spirit that defines America and the quest to improve our quality of life. ReTooled was organized by the International Arts and Artists, Washington, DC, from Tools as Art: The Hechinger Collection, gift of John and June Hechinger. Call Alexandria Museum of Art: 318-443-3458.


Ongoing – August 22: Faculty and Friends: Artists Among Us, Alexandria Museum of Art, during Museum hours. Inspired by the creative resources in our community, this annual invitational exhibition showcases faculty, staff, alumni, and volunteers of some of the arts organizations and arts education institutions in the Central Louisiana region. Call Alexandria Museum of Art: 318-443-3458.


August 15: The MUSE Teen Council Planning Meeting & Jury Meeting, Alexandria Museum of Art, 3:30p.m. – 5:30p.m. You can be a part of the decision making by joining our teen council to decide what fun things the MUSE will be doing in the coming year. Cost: Free to MUSE Members. Call Cindy Blair: 318-443-3458.


August 15: ReTooled Family Class: Amazing Architecture! Alexandria Museum of Art, 1p.m. -3p.m. Families and kids of all ages will learn how to make architectural structures using light balsa wood. They will test their amazing structures to see who will build the strongest! Their artwork will be inspired by art from the ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection exhibition. Cost: Free to AMoA member families, $20 per non-member family. Call Cindy Blair: 318-443-3458.


August 18 – October 3:  Exhibit Reception, 1330 Second St., 5-7p.m.  Sponsored by River Oaks Square Arts Center.   Featuring artists Seth Thibodeaux, Anne Thompson, and Michael Duncan. Cost:  Admission free.  Call Rachael Dauzat:  318-473-2670.


August 19: Our Fragile Home: Organic Art Forms, Alexandria Museum of Art, 1p.m. – 3p.m. Artists Pat Musick and Jerry Carr create works of art that portray the feeling or fragility felt by aliens and making astronauts as they look down at our earth. Families and kids of all ages can pretend they are aliens making art from organic materials from our Fragile Home, planet earth inspired by the exhibition Our Fragile Earth. Cost: Free to AMoA member families, $20 per non-member family. Call Cindy Blair: 318-443-3458.


August 29: Assemblage Art- Adult Art Class, Alexandria Museum of Art Classroom, 1p.m – 4p.m. Participants will use found objects from personal collections and items donated by the community to create an assemblage piece using composition, shape, and style. This class welcomes donations of found objects but not limited to: keys, coins, locks, nuts, bolts, washers, doorknobs, drawer pulls, small chains, wire remnants, springs, hinges, etc., objects that are mostly metal. Cost: $25 for members, $35 for non-members. Call Nancy Noles: 318-443-3458.



August 15: The Midtown Men, Paragon Casino Resort Mari Center, 8:00pm.  Featuring four original cast members of Broadway’s Jersey Boys,The Midtown Men hold the distinction of being the first vocal group ever formed by the principal cast of a high-profile Broadway show. They continue to delight audiences with their exceptional harmonies and choreography, bringing to life their favorite hits from The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Motown, the Rascals, The Four Seasons and more. (Please note: The Midtown Men is not a performance of and is not affiliated with Jersey Boys).  Cost: $20 and up.  Call: 800-946-1946.


August 20: Acoustic Concert Series, Alexandria Museum of Art, 6:30p.m. – 8:30p.m. Live music, food, and fun! Join us on third Thursdays for the AMoA’s most popular recurring social event. Enjoy lively conversations with friends, connect with art, listen to music of local musicians, and snack on tasty food and drink every third Thursday at AMoA. Cost: Free to AMoA members; $4 for non-members. Call Gar Pickering: 318-443-3458.


August 28: Rhythm & Rhymes: Spoken Word Performing Arts Series, Alexandria Museum of Art, 7p.m.- 9p.m. Musical and spoken word performances, including open mic and featured performers, are presented AMoA, promoting the art of spoken word and self-expression, and creating opportunities for poets. Featuring Alexandria native and accomplished slam poet Sha’Condria Sibley. Cost: Free for AMoA members, $4 for non-members. Call: 318-443-3458.




August 23: Auditions for Sylvia by A.R. Gurney, Fox Theater in Marksville, 4:00pm-8:00pm. Directed by Timothy Saucier.




Ongoing – August 31: Uniform Donations and Back to School Supplies Drive, Selected locations, during location hours of operation. Sponsored by Rapides Parish Library and Main Library TAB/TAG members. The library is collecting gently used school uniforms for a back-to-school uniform exchange and share with schools and church organizations that offer school uniform “closets.” Donations of back-to-school supplies will also be accepted during month of August and donated to the Rapides Parish School Board’s McKinney-Vento program. Cost: Free. Call Suzanne James: 318-445-2411 x 1060.


August 6: AARP 50+ Driver Safety Program, RRMC Medical Terrace Atrium, 8:30am-12:30pm.  A one day, four-hour class for drivers 50 and older. Please bring your AARP card to verify membership number.  Cost: $15 (AARP members); $20 (non-members).  Call: 318-769-3445.


August 6: Pop Art: The Test of the Object Documentary Screening, Alexandria Museum of Art, 5:30p.m. – 7:00p.m. Pop Art: The Test of the Object, directed by Carlos Vilardebo and produced by the Roland Collection, explores the way that consumer society developed and inspired the birth of the Pop Art Movement. The documentary includes explorations into well known artists in the movement, such as Pollock, Lichenstein, and Claes Oldenburg, whose work is in the exhibit ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection. Call Alexandria Museum of Art: 318-443-3458.


August 6: Back to School Bingo Bash, Alexandria Convention Hall, 4-6p.m. Sponsored by the City of Alexandria Division of Community Services. Students grades K-12 are invited to play bingo for prizes ranging from school supplies to sports equipment. Refreshments provided. Cost: $2 per child. Call Courtney Paige: 318-449-5108.


August 7: Microsoft Publisher for Beginners, Boyce Branch Library, 10:00am.  Learn the basics to create a simple flyer and you’ll soon be ready to create programs, brochures, menus, greeting cards, and business cards. Additional classes: Westside Regional-August 11th; King Branch-August 12th; Hineston Branch-August 18th; McDonald Branch-August 26th; Johnson Branch-August 28th; Robertson Branch-August 31st. Cost: Free.  Call: 318-793-2182.


August 7: A Little Privacy Please!, King Branch Library, 1:00pm.  Teens will create useful door hangers for their rooms. When you need to focus and concentrate on your homework, or you need a little time all to yourself, this craft project will help you illustrate in a polite way that you need a little private time.  Cost: Free.  Call: 318-445-3912.


August 8: Visitor Appreciation Day. Alexandria Zoo, 9a.m. – 4p.m. Sponsored by the City of Alexandria and Friends of the Alexandria Zoo. Get up, get out, and come play at the Alexandria Zoo on this day filled with music, entertainment, animals, and fun. In appreciation of the community’s support, admission to the Zoo is free. Cost: Free. Call Lee Ann Whitt or Angele Ehlers: 318-441-6833 or 318-441-6832.


August 8: 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.


August 8: End of Summer Reading Program Celebration, Westside Regional Library, 9:00am-11:00am.  Come and celebrate the end of the 2015 Summer Reading Program! Get your medals and have some summertime fun!  Call: 318-442-2483.


August 8: Second Saturday at the Museum, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10a.m. – 2p.m. Second Saturday Market each month includes different art activities for kids. Kids and families enjoy exploring the Museum’s exhibitions, creating art projects together, and discovering their creativity with “Experimentation Stations” designed to let participants get hands-on with different art techniques. Cost: Free admission every second Saturday. Call Alexandria Museum of Art: 318-443-3458.


August 10: The Good Mourning Widowed Support Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 11:00am.  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: 318-448-6938.


August 11: Living With Type 2 Diabetes Support Group, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Cascade Room, 5:30pm-6:30pm. This is a support group for Type 2 diabetics and their families. It is a forum used to educate the Type 2 diabetics on everyday topics such as diabetes self-management, eating out challenges, consistent healthy eating habits, exercise/activity and stress management.  There will be two 30-minute sessions per class: educational session then open discussion with Q&A session. Cost: Free.  Call: 318-769-3445.


August 12: Diabetes Group Class, RRMC Medical Terrace Auditorium, 9:00am-12:00noon.  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 Sandy Couvillon, Registered Dietitian, and Amie Starks, Registered Nurse. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-769-3445.


August 12: 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. The seat checks normally are held the second Wednesday of each month.  Cost: Free.


August 12: Keep Calm and Read On, Westside Regional Library, 6:00pm.  Random House representative Sharon Parker will visit with the latest releases! Attendees will receive a tote bag filled with future bestsellers. Seating is limited to the first 50 reservations. You must reserve your spot for this adults-only event! Cost: Free. Call Tammy DiBartolo: 318-442-2483 x 1906.


August 13: Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Seminar, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room, 6:00pm. Please pre-register.  Call: 866-581-3627.


August 16: Sunday Movie Matinee: Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides, Rapides Main Library, 2:00pm.  The checkered past of Capt. Jack Sparrow catches up to him when he encounters Angelica a beautiful pirate that Jack once loved then left They set off with a zombie crew to find the legendary Fountain of Youth. Cost: Free. Call Linda LaFever: 318-445-2411.


August 16: Lobster Dinner and Silent Auction, Tunk’s Cypress Inn, 5:00pm. Sponsored by Hope House of Central Louisiana. Come and join us to support the Hope House mission. There will be many one of kind items to bid on at the silent auction. Reserve your tickets early! Your support helps many homeless women and children we serve. Call Kim Shafer: 318-487-2061 x 211.


August 19: La Leche League Meeting, Rapides Westside Regional Library Branch, 10am. La Leche League meetings emphasize the joys of breastfeeding while they inform and encourage mothers who wish to nurse their babies. Mother-to-mother support is at the heart of La Leche League: getting to know other women who have breastfed their babies can be helpful and reassuring. All mothers and mothers-to-be are welcome. Babies and children are welcome, too! Cost: Free. Call Meghan:  318-769-9386.


August 19:  Cenla Women’s Connection Luncheon, Conference Center at the Greens, Noon.  “Make The Right Connection” with Jeanette Swahn from Mansfield, Texas.  Invite a friend or two!  Registration includes salad, entrée, dessert, coffee/tea and feature. Please RSVP by Friday, Aug 14th. Cost: $16.  Call: 318-481-7880.


August 20: Back to School Open House for Parents, Boyce Branch Library, 8:30am-10:30am.  The Boyce Branch is offering to parents with school age children the opportunity to review the databases and materials both online and at the library to help you and your child with homework. Cost: Free.  Call: 318-793-2182.


August 20: Parkinson’s Support Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 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. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.


August 20: Pink Ribbon Club, Christus Cabrini Cancer Center, 5:30pm.  This breast cancer support group is for education, advocacy and support of breast cancer patients and survivors. Call: 866-581-3627.


August 20:  Thursday’s on Third, Downtown Alexandria, 6-9p.m.  Sponsored by Downtown Alexandria Merchants and DARE.  Fun, food and entertainment along Third St. in Downtown Alexandria.  Cost:  Varies.


August 20: Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Support Group, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room, 6:00pm. Please pre-register. Call: 866-581-3627.


August 22: Prepared Childbirth Class, RRMC Medical Terrace Gallery Room, 9:00am – 2:00pm.  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. Call: 318-769-4440.


August 22: 3D Design for Beginners, Rapides Main Library, 10:00am-11:30am.  Learn how to create your own 3D design this month.  The class will teach participants how to use TinkerCAD, a free easy-to-learn online app anyone can use to create and print 3D models. Access to email is required during the session-please come with an email address. Space is limited; please pre-register. Cost: Free.  Call Faith Johnson: 318-445-2411 x1036 or x1030.


August 22: Movie Time: Paul Blart Mall Cop 2, King Branch Library, 12:00pm-2:00pm.  Six years after he saved the day at his beloved New Jersey shopping mall, security guard Paul Blart is taking a well-deserved vacation in Las Vegas. But Paul just can’t relax and take it easy, so when he uncovers a criminal threat to the hotel, he springs into action! Cost: Free.  Call: 318-445-3912.


August 22: Craft Brews, BBQ & Blues, Alexandria Museum of Art, 5:30-8:30pm.  A special fundraising event for Alexandria Museum of Art that features Live Blues entertainment by Buddy Flett, Craft Beer tastings from Regional Brewers, and a BBQ tasting/contest where you cast your vote with your dollar bills.  There will also be an Art Guitar Auction (created by AMoA Staff and Friends), and BBQ Pit Raffle (courtesy of John Ward Hardware). To get advance ticket savings, reserve your tickets by August 18th. Reserve tickets by phone, email, or purchase online at Cost: $50 (Advance); $60 (at the Door). Call: 318-443-3458.


August 24: The Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 11:00am – 12:30pm.  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: 318-448-6938.


August 24: The Alzheimer’s Activity Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 11:00am – 12:30pm.  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: 318-448-6938.


August 24: 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: 318-769-3445.


August 27: H2O-Helping 2 Overcome Homelessness, Emmanuel Baptist Church Parking Lot, 10a.m. – Noon. Sponsored by Volunteers of America. H2O is a monthly homeless street outreach that provides instant, on-site services such as housing resources, medical screenings, haircuts and more.  Community partners provide a hot meal, clothing, food, eater, and hygiene kits.  Cost: Free. Call Tracey Antee: 318-442-8026.


August 27: 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: 337-234-0088.


August 29: Wild Kidz Triathlon Swim. Bike. Run. Just for Fun! LSU-Alexandria, 8a.m. Sponsored by Run Wild Multi Sports. An exciting opportunity for kids to gain confidence and boost their self-esteem while being exposed to the fun in fitness by finishing a kids’ only triathlon! The event is open to kids ages 3-14. Distances are age based. Visit for event partners, distances, and details. Cost: $40 prior to race. Call Elizabeth Cassano: 318-445-9735.


August 29: Water/Paint Balloon Battle, McDonald Branch Library, 6:00pm.  Teen Advisory Board (TAB) and Teen Advisory Group (TAG) meet in a fun and colorful way to cool off!  Wear white or old clothes because, while the paint we’re using is water soluble, it could stain!  Cost: Free.  Call: 318-748-4848.


September 5: Spanish Language Art Talk, Alexandria Museum of Art, 2p.m. – 3:30p.m. Have fun talking in Spanish and learning about the art of Spanish-speaking cultures. Conversation, cultural heritage, and fun! Facilitated by Carlos Villasenor Anaya, International Consultant and expert in Cultural Development and Cultural Policy. Cost: Free. Call AMoA: 318-443-3458.




August 6-31: Yoga Classes, Cabrini Mediplex Yoga RX Room, 4:00pm – 5:15pm.  Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat.  These classes are on-going and meet every Monday and Thursday.  Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.


August 11, 18, and 25: Yoga in the Gallery, Alexandria Museum of Art, 5:30p.m. Yoga is offered free of charge every Tuesday at AMoA thanks to a grant from the Rapides Foundation. Yoga instructor, b. Hedrick is an ascetic Taoist yogi with fourteen years of yoga practice. Yoga Tao is for all experience levels, incorporating spirit-mind-body techniques. Cost: Free. Call Alexandria Museum of Art: 318-443-3458.


August 12, 19, 26 & September 2: Wake Up Yoga Class, Cabrini Mediplex Yoga RX Room, 9:30am-10:30am. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a Yoga mat.  This is an on-going class and meets every Wednesday.  Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.


September 5: Walk, Run & Roll for Hydrocephalus, Jena Town Park, 10:00am.  This 1-mile run and fun walk event will feature games for the kids, raffles, food, beverages, give-aways, t-shirt contest and more! First 100 participants receive a free Hydrocephalus pin.  All proceeds benefit Hydro Angels Over America.  Cost: $25 adults; $10 children.  Call: 830-837-9459.