Ongoing – February: Central Louisiana Arts & Healthcare Exhibits. Central Louisiana Arts & Healthcare proudly presents our monthly art exhibits at area hospitals and clinics. Exhibits currently showing: Malcolm Morgan of Alexandria will be featured in the Cabrini Cancer Center; Claudia Troll of Glenmora will be featured in the Christus Cabrini Gallery for Reflection and Healing located in the Outpatient Center (1st Floor). For more information on the exhibits, visit www.artsandhealthcare.org; or Call: 769-7602.
Ongoing – February 23: Art Exhibition: Richard W. Dempsey (1909-1987), Recollections: A Forty Year Retrospective, AlexandriaMuseum of Art, Tue.-Fri. 10a.m.-5p.m., Sat. 10a.m.-4p.m. Devoted to the prolific body of work of African-American artist Richard W. Dempsey, including over 45 paintings and drawings shaped by extensive travels through Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Accompanying catalogue essay by Dr. Eloise Johnson, Ph.D. Cost: AMoA members’ free, non-members $4 adults, $3 seniors, students and military, $2 children 4-13. Call Alyssa Fridgen: 443-3458.
Ongoing – February 23: Art Exhibition: Clementine Hunter: Memories in the Clementine Café, AlexandriaMuseum of Art, Tue.-Fri. 10a.m.-5p.m., Sat. 10a.m.-4p.m. Cost: AMoA members’ free, non-members $4 adults, $3 seniors, students and military, $2 children 4-13. Call Alyssa Fridgen: 443-3458.
Ongoing – February 23: Art Exhibition: Luz-Maria Lopez: Mayan Creation Stories, Alexandria Museum of Art, Tue.-Fri. 10a.m.-5p.m., Sat. 10a.m.-4p.m. Explore the roots of the Mayan Prophecy in painted scenes of the Popol Vuh, Sacred Book of the Maya. Epic tales of hero twins and fantastical characters such as Grandmother of Light, Heart of Sky, Plumed Serpent, Crow and Parrot plus a chorus of animals, mudmen, woodmen and human sounds reflect Mayan visions of cosmology. Cost: AMoA members’ free, non-members $4 adults, $3 seniors, students and military, $2 children 4-13. Call Alyssa Fridgen: 443-3458.
Ongoing – March: Inglewood Farm Harvest Barn Market, 6233 Old Baton Rouge HWY, Alexandria, Tues. 3:30-7p.m., Sat. 2-6p.m. Sponsored by Inglewood Farm. Come visit Inglewood Farm’s on-farm market at our Harvest Barn, offering seasonal fresh, organic vegetables and fruits, pastured eggs and Inglewood Pecans, as long as they last! Guest vendors and other local produce may also be here. Cost: Admission free. Call Natalie Scott Seeling: 442-6398.
February 16: Family Class: Painting our Families with Clementine Hunter, AlexandriaMuseum of Art, 1-3p.m. Families and kids of all ages will discuss the art of Clementine Hunter and create paintings about their families, friends and favorite places inspired by the artist’s work. Bring your kids or just your kid at heart. Cost: AMoA members free, non-members $25 per family. Call Cindy Blair: 443-3458.
February 22: Exhibit Reception, 1330 Second St., 5-7p.m. Sponsored by RiverOaksSquareArtsCenter. Exhibit featuring Ross Jahnke, Photography Guild and local artist Jason Grey. Exhibit runs from February 19-April 6. Cost: Reception free, other times regular admission. Call Rachael Dauzat: 473-2670.
February 22: Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers: Eating Alabama, Hearn Stage, 7p.m. Sponsored by Arts Council of Central Louisiana. A young couple returns home to Alabama to eat the way their grandparents did, locally and seasonally. They soon realize that nearly everything about the food system has changed since their ancestors had farmed. Made possible by a grant from South Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Cost: $5. Call Matt Henry: 443-4718.
March 1 – May 11: Art Exhibition: Ray Turner: Population, AlexandriaMuseum of Art, Tue.-Fri. 10a.m.-5p.m., Sat. 10a.m.-4p.m. Portrait paintings capturing communities throughout the U.S., including new portraits of individuals living in the local greater Alexandria community, are rendered in lush layers on square glass panels to create a powerful and beautiful installation. As the exhibition evolves with new portraits from various communities, the body of work increasingly reflects our nation’s diversity. Cost: AMoA members’ free, non-members $4 adults, $3 seniors, students and military, $2 children 4-13. Call Alyssa Fridgen: 443-3458.
March 1: Member Preview Reception and Artist Talks: Ray Turner: Population and Immersive Space, Alexandria Museum of Art, 6-8p.m. Member Preview Reception and Artist Talks for new exhibitions, Ray Turner: Population, featuring portrait paintings capturing communities throughout the U.S. as well as new portraits of individuals living in the Alexandria community, and Immersive Space, featuring entire room installations by three Louisiana artists, Shawn Hall, Lee Deigaard and Natchitoches native Colin O’Con. Cost: AMoA members’ free, non-members $4 adults, $3 seniors, students and military, $2 children 4-13. Call Alyssa Fridgen: 443-3458.
March 1 – May 11: Art Exhibition: Immersive Space, AlexandriaMuseum of Art, Tue.-Fri. 10a.m.-5p.m., Sat. 10a.m.-4p.m. Three Louisiana artists, Shawn Hall, Lee Deigaard and Natchitoches native Colin O’Con, create entire room installations to explore elements of created space and invite contemplation about our relationship with the natural world. Painting, drawing and photography installed as part of a larger sculpture space, create rhythm in an immersive environment where emotional space and physical space merge. Cost: AMoA members’ free, non-members $4 adults, $3 seniors, students and military, $2 children 4-13. Call Alyssa Fridgen: 443-3458.
March 2: Adult Art Class: Figure Painting in Oil from Live Model, AlexandriaMuseum of Art, 12:30-3:30p.m. Artist Ray Turner will teach composition, color, value and point of view, with demonstration as well as individual instruction. How to succeed in the art market will also be discussed. Class held in conjunction with current exhibition, Ray Turner: Population. Cost: $10 family AMoA membership, $20 AMoA individual membership, $30 non-members. Call Cindy Cooper: 443-3458.
February 16: Koresh Dance Company, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, 7:30p.m. Sponsored by Arts Council of Central Louisiana. Renowned for their powerful stage presence, the Koresh Dance Company has been hailed as a major force within the realms of national and international dance. This performance is funded by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. Cost: $25 adults, $18 seniors, $12 students. Call Matt Henry: 443-4718.
February 8: England in 1819, Finnegan’s Wake, 9:00pm. This will be part of a 30 day tour of the South, leading to SXSW. The band will be playing new material from their upcoming third album. Comprised of a father and two sons, England in 1819 is an indie chamber rock band from Baton Rouge. Defined by haunting melodies and evocative surges of sound, they create a unique combination of Southern edge and English introspection. Cost: $5. www.englandin1819.com
February 21: Acoustic Concert Series, 933 Second St., 6:30-8:30p.m. Sponsored by AlexandriaMuseum of Art. Every third Thursday of the month, join us for live music at the museum café in a casual coffeehouse atmosphere. Cost: AMoA members’ free, non-members $4. Call Anne Reid: 443-3458.
February 24: Seventh Annual Mountain Dulcimer Evening: Where Fun, Faith and Music Come Together, Emmanuel Baptist Church Family Life Center, 6:00pm. Featuring The Emmanuel Mountain Dulcimer Ensemble in concert and sing-along. Ensemble includes 16 mountain dulcimers, 3 guitars, mandolin, Irish flute, pennywhistle and two vocal soloists. Music will be traditional favorites of folk, popular, Celtic and old hymns. Cost: Free.
February 8: Classic Car – College Cheerleader Mardi Gras Parade, Downtown Alexandria, 4:45p.m. Sponsored by Alexandria Mardi Gras Association and Hixson Autoplex. Cost: Admission free. Call Greg Gormanous: 792-2777. www.alexmardigras.com
February 9: Second Saturday Market, 933 Second St., 9a.m.-1p.m. Sponsored by AlexandriaMuseum of Art. Original, local arts and crafts, farm fresh produce, locally made food and specialty products, live music, art activities for kids and free admission to AMoA exhibits. Cost: Admission free. Call Jenny Gallent: 443-3458.
February 9: Children’s Mardi Gras Parade, Downtown Alexandria, 10:45a.m. Sponsored by Alexandria Mardi Gras Association. Entry fee is $100 per unit. To download form visit website. Cost: Admission free. Call Jenna Bonner: 443-1200 or 542-9084. www.alexmardigras.com
February 10: Alexandria Mardi Gras Parade, Mid-town Texas Ave/Masonic Dr., 2p.m. Sponsored by Alexandria Mardi Gras Association. Cost: Admission free. Call Chris Chelette: 443-1200 or 623-7359. www.alexmardigras.com
February 11: Moms Club of Alexandria Monthly Meeting, First United MethodistChurch of Alexandria, 10a.m. Come and find out about the Moms Club by joining us at our monthly social, when we discuss upcoming events as well as have some snacks and a fun activity for the kids. Cost: $20 a year. Call Hannah Morgan: 790-6302.
February 11: 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.
February 11: Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1927) Screening, Brumfield Caffey Annex at LSUA 6:30pm. This silent film was the first movie to employ a Black actor to play Uncle Tom. Join Dr. Rob Wright in the discussion after the movie. Free popcorn provided by LSUA’s Student Government. Movies brought to you by LSUA’s Multicultural Committee in cooperation with the Arna Bontemps African American Museum as part of the Mondays at the Movies Series in honor of Black History Month. Cost: Free. www.lsua.edu
February 12: Carnival Market, Inglewood Farm Harvest Barn, 3:00pm – 6:00pm. Celebrate Mardi Gras at Inglewood! Featuring hayrides, face painting, king cake and more! Inglewood Farm offers delicious, nutritious organic fruits & vegetables, forage-fed eggs, and all-natural pecans – locally grown and fairly priced. The Harvest Market’s beautiful farm setting showcases numerous Inglewood products as well as other local producers. Slow down your day with a short trip to the market and stock up on some healthy foods for your family. Call: 318-442-6398.
February 16: Prepared Childbirth Class, Rapides Regional Medical Center Medical Terrace Gallery Room, 9 a.m.-2 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.
February 17: Introduction to Zen Meditation, Unitarian Fellowship in Alexandria, 2:00pm. The Zen Fellowship of Alexandria will present an introduction to Zen meditation. Everyone is welcome to attend. All that is required is an open mind and comfortable clothes for sitting on floor cushions. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 18: 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.
February 18: Sibling Class, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Cascade Room, 6 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.
February 18: Cenla Women’s Connection Guest Night Supper, Conference Center on the Greens, 6:30pm. Featuring inspirational speaker John Paul Charbonnet on “What’s on Your Signature Ring?” Also featuring special music by Josh and Amanda Hebert. Please pre-register by February 15th. Complimentary childcare available by request. Cost: $20. Call: 318-481-7880.
February 19: Happiest Baby on the Block, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room, 6:00 – 8:00pm. This 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. Call: 866-581-36270.
February 21: 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.
February 21: 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.
February 21: Muscular Dystrophy Support Group, Rapides Regional Medical Center Medical Terrace Gallery Room, 6p.m. Meetings include guest speakers and access to staff from the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Call: (800) 644-9730.
February 21: Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Support Group, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room, 6:00pm. Please pre-register. Call: 866-581-3627.
February 23: Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF) Seminar, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room, 10:00am. Tens of millions of Americans suffer daily from heartburn or other symptoms of reflux such as regurgitation, chronic cough, hoarseness and dental erosions. Now they have a better option: a new procedure called Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF). This seminar will outline the procedure and its benefits.
February 23: Christus Cabrini Winter Ball, Paragon Casino Resort, 7p.m. Sponsored by Christus Cabrini Foundation. 32nd Winter Ball to be held at the MariCenter in Marksville. Entertainment will be announced. Proceeds will enable CabriniHospital to provide an educational program on stroke prevention, stroke risk factor modifications, and stroke screenings for underserved families. Cost: $3,500 Gold Table of 10, $3,000 Silver Table of 10, $2,000 Patron Table of 10, $175 individual ticket. Call Teresa Slater: 448-6580.
February 25: 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.
February 25: 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.
February 25: Look Good…Feel Better, Christus Cabrini Women’s & Children’s 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 Cabrini Cancer Center: 318-448-6917.
February 25: Scar of Shame Screening, Brumfield Caffey Annex at LSUA 6:30pm. This silent film was one of the first race movies ever made. Scar of Shame employed only Black actors, and a White film crew. Join Dr. Shonu Nangia for the discussion after the movie, brought to you by LSUA’s Multicultural Committee in cooperation with the Arna Bontemps African American Museum. Free popcorn provided by LSUA’s Student Government. Movies brought to you by LSUA’s Multicultural Committee in cooperation with the Arna Bontemps African American Museum as part of the Mondays at the Movies Series in honor of Black History Month. Cost: Free. www.lsua.edu
March 2: American Heart Association’s Heart Walk, Big Island at Alexandria City Park, 9:15am. Activities begin at 8 a.m. with the 5K walk set to begin at 9:15. Follow the signs and join the Rapides Regional Medical Center team as it participates in this annual event. Survivors can stop by the Rapides Regional Heart Hospital “Survivor Tent” for a heart-healthy breakfast. Chance DeWitt, M.D., will serve as Heart Walk chairperson. Call: 769-3135.
March 5: Annual Jewish Temple Corned Beef Lunch Sale, Jewish Temple, 2021 Turner St., 11a.m.-1p.m. Corned beef lunch includes corned beef sandwich on rye, chips, cole slaw and a pickle. Pick up, eat in or delivery for 10 or more lunches. Tickets available from any Temple member or by calling the Temple. Please purchase tickets in advance as we may sell out before the day of sale. Cost: $7. Call the Temple: 445-3655.
March 9: Taking It 2 Street, Downtown Alexandria, 10a.m. Sponsored by Capitol One Bank, Sayes Office Supply and the Estate Planning LawCenter. Free walking tour of Alexandria’s cultural district guided by local media celebrities and features performances by local entertainers along the route. Tour begins at the Alexandria Museum of Art. Cost: Admission free. Call Rich Joyce: 445-1234 ext. 242.
March 9: TBIPAC Spring BBQ Throwdown and Trade Days, Paragon Casino Resort, 8a.m.-5p.m. IBCA BBQ Contest $150 entry fee. Booth for Trade Days $50 fee. Cost: Admission free. Call Amy Sampson: 240-6414.
February 7: Beginner Yoga, Power Center, 4:00-5:15pm. No experience necessary. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. This class is on-going and meets every Thursday. Call Becky Watkins: 448-6938.
February 15-16: Upward Soccer Registration and Player Evaluation, Kingsville Baptist Church Soccer Field. Upward Soccer provides a positive sports experience for every child and makes the most of your family’s time and money. Upward Soccer is for children ages 4 years old to 6th grade to have fun, learn fundamentals, have equal playing time, encouragement, and life lessons. Evaluation times will be 4:00pm – 6:00pm on Friday and 9:30am – 12:00noon on Saturday. Every player must attend one evaluation. Cost: $70. Call: 318-640-1019.
March 9: Red River Run, Downtown Alexandria, 8:30a.m. Sponsored by Red River Run. 15th anniversary of the Red River Run 10K Road Race. Cost: $30. Call Bart Jones: 443-3311.