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.
January 2-3: AMoA Holiday Art Camp, AlexandriaMuseum of Art, 9a.m.-12p.m. Children ages 6-12 will journey through art around the world to see how different cultures celebrate the arrival of the New Year. During this two day camp, children will create art projects such as Chinese parade dragons and other fun objects inspired by the New Year’s celebrations from around the world. Cost: AMoA members’ free, non-members $25 per child. Call Cindy Blair: 443-3458.
January 11: Exhibit Reception, 1330 Main St., 5-7p.m. Sponsored by RiverOaksSquareArtsCenter. Featuring artist Frank Pishkur, resident artist Tony Forrest and local artist Liny Stokes. Exhibition runs January 8-February 16. Cost: Reception free, other times regular admission. Call Rachael Dauzat: 473-2670.
January 24: Lecture: “Richard Dempsey’s Modernism: Art, Travel and Identity Construction in Mid-20th Century America,” Alexandria Museum of Art, 6p.m. Dr. Mora J. Beauchamp-Byrd, Professor of Art History at XavierUniversity, will examine Richard Dempsey’s prolific body of abstractions, charting how his work had been shaped by extensive travels and will also consider the artist’s engagement with the WashingtonD.C. based “Little Paris Studio” founded in 1946. Cost: Admission free. Call Alyssa Fridgen: 443-3458.
January 26: Family Class: Active Action Painting, AlexandriaMuseum of Art, 1-3p.m. Families and kids of all ages will drip, drag, dance and dab paint to the beat of their own drum and learn how emotions influence color and action in abstract expressionist paintings. Bring your kids or just your kid at heart and express yourself through paint. Cost: AMoA members’ free, non-members $20 per family. Call Cindy Blair: 443-3458.
January 4: Epiphany Party – Mardi Gras Kickoff, Alexandria Convention Hall, 7:30p.m. Sponsored by Alexandria Mardi Gras Association. The band, Stormy, from Baton Rouge will perform. Cost: $10 advance, $15 door or $50 reserved tables. Call Eula Tarver: 201-6874. www.alexmardigras.com
January 17: 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.
January 20: Influenced & Inspired, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, 2:30p.m. Sponsored by Rapides Symphony Orchestra. Featuring pianist Arielle Levioff. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Symphony office. Cost: $25 adults, $15 seniors, $10 students. Call Symphony Office: 484-4469. www.rapidessymphony.org.
January 25: Ricky Nelson Remembered starring Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, 7p.m. Sponsored by the Arts Council of Central Louisiana. A unique multi-media entertainment event featuring the live music of Ricky Nelson’s hit songs, including “Hello Mary Lou”, “Travelin’ Man” and “Garden Party”, performed by Ricky’s own twin sons Matthew and Gunnar. Cost: $25 adults, $18 seniors, $12 students. Call Matt Henry: 443-4718. www.Louisiana-arts.org.
January 12-13: Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland” Play Production, Coughlin-SaundersPerformingArtsCenter, Sat. 10a.m. and 2p.m., Sun. 2p.m. Sponsored by Our Lady of PromptSuccorSchool. Cost: $10. Call Tonya Curcio: 449-9073 ext. 210.
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.
January 4: Epiphany Service – Burning of the Greens – Gumbo Dinner, St. Rita Church, 5:30p.m. Sponsored by Alexandria Mardi Gras Association and St. Rita Church. Gumbo dinner followed by a Service of the Word and Burning of the Greens. Cost: Small donation for gumbo. Call St. Rita Church Office: 445-7120 www.alexmardigras.com.
January 5: Breastfeeding Class, Rapides Regional Medical Center Medical Terrace Gallery Room, 9am-3pm. 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: 877-801-8441.
January 5: Bariatric Weight Loss Seminar, Cabrini Outpatient Building 2nd Floor Board Room, 9:00am. Please pre-register. Cost: Free. Call: 866-581-3627.
January 5: VOA goes Hollywood Dinner and Dance, Best Western Inn and Suites, 7p.m.-12a.m. Sponsored by Volunteers of America, Central Louisiana. An exciting night of great food, music, dancing and our very own VOA Stars. Guests are invited to come dressed as their favorite movie star or character and walk the red carpet in glamour! Short Notice featuring the Harmon Drew Horns will provide entertainment to dance the night away. Silent auction and dinner will also be a part of this exciting evening. Cost: $500 for table of 8, $75 per couple, $50 individual. Call Tracey Colson: 442-8026.
January 7: Bereaved Parents Support Group, Power Center, 6:30pm-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. Brown Bag Supper begins at 6:00pm. Check out our Face Book page: Bereaved Parents of Cenla. Pre-registration is required. Call Becky Watkins: 448-6938.
January 8: Sibling Class, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. This class is a fun, interactive class designed specifically for young siblings who are expecting a new baby in the home. Cost: $10 per family. Call: 866-581-3627.
January 12: 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.
January 12: Native Plants Workshop, Food Bank of Central Louisiana, 9:00am. Guest speaker Beth Erwin, the Curator of Kalorama at the William B. Reily Nature Preserve, will present a Native Plants workshop. Sponsored by the Good Food Project. Cost: $5.00 suggested donation. Call Elizabeth Monk: 787-6893.
January 14: 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.
January 14: 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 issponsored by Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital. Call Becky Watkins: 448-6938.
January 14: Look Good…Feel Better, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Cascade Room, Noon. Cancer can rob a woman of her energy, appetite and strength. But it doesn’t have to take away her self-confidence. Look Good…Feel Better is a free program led by a trained volunteer cosmetologist who teaches beauty techniques to female cancer patients in active therapy. In order to provide complimentary cosmetics, advance registration is required. Please identify what color makeup kit you will need: light, medium, dark or extra dark. Call: 800-ACS-2345.
January 16: Cenla Women’s Connection Ladies Luncheon, Conference Center on the Greens, 12:00noon. Women across Cenla are invited to attend the Cenla Women’s Connection Ladies Luncheon featuring Mary Masters from San Antonio, TX. Mary will be speaking on The Gift of Another Chance. The luncheon will also feature the Family Counseling Agency. Ticket includes lunch, feature and speaker. Complimentary childcare available by request. Please RSVP. Cost: $16.00. Call: 481-7880.
January 17: 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.
January 17: 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.
January 17: 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.
January 17: Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Support Group, Louisiana Athletic Club Conference Room, 6:00pm. Please pre-register. Call: 866-581-3627.
January 19: Partners in Literacy Scrabble Tournament, Hastings, LA, 9a.m.-5p.m. Sponsored by Volunteers of America, Central Louisiana. Support Partners in Literacy and Volunteers of America with this fun way to raise money and promote reading. Competitors will play each other for first, second and third place. Two divisions offered, youth for those under 18 and adult for those over 18. Cost: $25. Call Lalita Monroe: 442-8026.
January 19: 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.
January 19: Childbirth Class, 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.
January 20: Jewish Food Festival, 2021 Turner St., 11a.m.-3p.m. Sponsored by the Jewish Temple. In the tradition of New York’s Lower East Side, come and dine on some favorite Jewish foods: corned beef sandwiches, kosher hot dogs, brisket, noodle kugel, bagels and lox, pickles, falafel and more! Shop in the Israeli market and enjoy traditional Jewish music. Open to the public. Tickets available at the Temple or from any Temple member. Cost: $15 which entitles you to purchase that amount of food, children do not need ticket to enter. Call the Temple: 445-3655.
January 21: 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.
January 21: Breathing and Relaxation, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Cascade Room, 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Taught by a certified childbirth instructor, this class will be an in-depth opportunity to practice breathing and relaxation techniques and other comfort measures for labor and delivery. The support partner/father is encouraged to attend. Bring pillows to class. Please pre-register. Call: 877-801-8441.
January 24: 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.
January 28: 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.
January 28: 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 6: LSUA Mardi Gras Parade, Campus of LSUA, 12p.m. Sponsored by Student Life. Cost: Admission free. Call Kyra Turner: 427-4403.
January 7: Intermediate Yoga, Power Center, 4:00-5:15pm. Some yoga experience necessary. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. This class is on-going and meets every Monday. Call Becky Watkins: 448-6938.
January 10: 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.
January 18-19: 51st Amicus Club PRCA Rodeo, Rapides Parish Coliseum, Friday 7:30p.m., Sat. 2p.m. and 7:30p.m. Sponsored by the Amicus Club of Alexandria, Proceeds benefit mentally challenged and autistic children at St. Mary’s Residential Training Facility. Cost: $15 adults, 12 and under free with coupon. Call Ann Brewer: 445-0580 or Frank Close: 448-8987.
January 26: Spirits 5K, 1260 Texas Ave., Suite H, 2p.m. Sponsored by Spirits Food & Friends. Cost: $25. Call Lee Gwinn: 445-4491.