Ongoing-February 13: 5th Annual 5x5x5 Exhibit, River Oaks Square Arts Center. The 5th Annual 5x5x5 juried by Virginia Chavis will be in the Bolton Davis Gallery. Upstairs will showcase the work of resident artist JoAnne Thompson. The students in the River Oaks Ceramics Outreach will display some of their work in the Stokes Harris Gallery. Masks are required in the galleries. Call: 318-473-2670.
Ongoing-February 20: PAUSE Exhibition, Alexandria Museum of Art. There’s no question that 2020 has had a profound effect on all of us and provided artists with a wealth of emotional themes to draw from. PAUSE… is an opportunity for artists of all levels to share their unique personal experiences of their year thus far. Whether natural disasters, civil unrest, pandemic, or personal struggle, creative expression can be a powerful tool for coping. Themes of fear, isolation, and protest, as well as hope and faith, reflect the challenges and solutions present in our communities during 2020. All mediums are eligible. Artists ages 18 or older residing in the following Louisiana parishes are eligible to enter: Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides, Vernon and Winn Parishes. Call: 318-443-3458. themuseum.org
January 14: Virtual Painting Class for Adults, fb.me/rapideslibrary, 4:30pm-5:30pm. oin Victoria on Facebook for a virtual acrylic painting session featuring a snowman. Call to reserve and schedule pick-up of your grab-n-go craft kit. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483. www.rpl.org
January 16: Mindfulness in Art Workshop, Alexandria Museum of Art, 1:00pm-3:00pm. Pause for a moment and make some mindful art to clear the mind and help you find some peace in these trying times. AMoA Educator, Cindy Blair will facilitate this workshop with MS Clinical Psychology Licensed Addiction Disorder Counselor, Eric Blair and provide mindfulness art making activities that you can practice in your daily life to pause whenever you feel the need arise. All materials are provided. Registration is required; space is limited. Call: 318-443-3458. themuseum.org
January 28: Virtual Art Class for Children, fb.me/rapideslibrary, 4:30pm-5:00pm. Join Miss Victoria on Facebook and learn how to draw a winter landscape with moonlight shadows on white snow. Call to reserve and schedule pick-up of your grab-n-go supply kit. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483. www.rpl.org
February 1: Free Access Mondays, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10:00am-2:00pm. Each first Monday of the month, AMoA is opening the doors to the galleries for those with disabilities and special needs including those on the ASD spectrum, and their families and caregivers. A special interactive station is available for educational stimulation, experimentation with writing and drawing prompts, textures, communication cards to assist in your visit. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458. themuseum.org
January 15-18: 101 Dalmations Kids, Lagniappe Theatre Company. All of London is barking about this exciting adaptation of the classic Disney animated feature 101 Dalmatians. Join Roger, Anita, Pongo, Perdita and their pups as they race their way through madcap adventures and thwart the villainous Cruella De Vil. Adapted especially for young performers, this musical includes favorite Disney songs including “Cruella De Vil” and “Dalmatian Plantation.” With colorful characters and irresistible songs, 101 Dalmatians KIDS is sure to be a crowd-pleaser for all ages! Shows are Friday at 10:00am and 2:00pm; Saturday 12:00pm and 7:00pm; Sunday 2:30pm. Cost: $15.00 adults; $13.00 children. Call: 318-487-8243. lagniappetheatre.com
Ongoing-January: New Hope Al-Anon Group, Horseshoe Drive Methodist Church in Alexandria, 7:00pm. The New Hope Al-Anon Group meets each Tuesday and Thursday evening. Al-Anon is a mutual support group for anyone having experienced a problem with someone else’s drinking or addiction. You are free to ask questions or to talk about your situation or just listen. Every meeting is different. Each meeting has the autonomy to be run as its members choose, within guidelines designed to promote Al-Anon unity. Cost: Free.
Ongoing-January 22: Happiness Mobile Craft, Hineston Library. Create a mobile to cheer up your home with this grab-n-go craft kit that is available while supplies last. Cost: Free. Call: 318-793-8461. www.rpl.org
Ongoing-January 22: Winter Bird Feeder, Hineston Library. Craft and hang your very own bird feeder for the winter months with this grab-n-go craft kit that is available while supplies last. Cost: Free. Call: 318-793-8461. www.rpl.org
Ongoing-January 31: Remembering MLK Crossword Contest, Rapides Main Library. Correctly complete the “Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.” crossword puzzle and be entered into a drawing for a $10.00 Tamp-n-Grind gift card. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 ext 1036. www.rpl.org
Ongoing-January 31: Snowman Wreath Craft, Westside Regional Library. Celebrate cooler weather with this snowman wreath grab-n-go craft kit that is available while supplies last. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483. www.rpl.org
January 8: Crafts @ Main, fb.me/rapideslibrary, 6:00pm-8:00pm. Join Tara on Facebook for a beaded bracelet craft session. Call to reserve and schedule pick-up of your grab-n-go craft kit. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1036. www.rpl.org
January 15: Real Food 4 Kids, fb.me/rapideslibrary, 6:00pm-6:30pm. Join Quincy Vidring of the LSU-Ag Center on Facebook for a cooking demonstration perfect for children of all ages featuring Lasagna Roll-Ups. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1036. www.rpl.org
January 20: Cenla Women’s Connection Luncheon, Conference Center on the Greens, 12:00pm. Our Speaker, Marlaine Peachey will present “What’s Cooking”. Our special feature will be Ashlie Dunn from Sassy Girl Boutique. Invite a friend and join us for a delicious lunch and an inspirational message. Please RSVP by Friday, January 15th. Cost: $16.00. Call: 337-349-4776 or Email: email@example.com.
January 21: Virtual S.T.E.M. Class, fb.me/rapideslibrary, 4:30pm-5:00pm. Join Miss Victoria on Facebook for a virtual S.T.E.M. class to make a Kaleidoscope. This is a hands-on science activity that explores the principle of multiple reflections. Call to reserve and schedule pick-up of your grab-n-go supply kit. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483. www.rpl.org
January 25: Easy Snacks for Everyone, fb.me/rapideslibrary, 4:30pm-5:00pm. Join Westside Regional Library staff and dietitians from The Rapides Foundation’s Healthy Lifestyles Program to learn about easy and nutritious snacks to prepare for the entire family. It’s all yummy! Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483. www.rpl.org
January 5, 12, 19, 26 & February 2: Yoga in the Gallery, Alexandria Museum of Art, 5:45pm. Register online by selecting the class you would like to attend. Out of courtesy for our class waiting list, please cancel at least two hours prior to class start time. Masks are required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458.
January 9, 16, 23, 30 & February 6: Saturday Morning Qi Gong, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10:30am. The Alexandria Museum of Art and Rapides Regional Medical Center have partnered to present Healthy Living @AMoA. Paul Nettles of The Levee Tai Chi School leads a class in Qi Gong, which is an ancient system of coordinated body postures and movements combined with deep breathing and meditation. It is used to stimulate good health, spirituality, and a state of calm mindfulness. Masks are required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458.
*All events subject to change in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines.