July 2011 Calendar



Ongoing – July: Central Louisiana Arts & Healthcare Exhibits.  Central Louisiana Arts & Healthcare proudly presents our monthly art exhibits at area hospitals and clinics.  Exhibits are currently showing: Photographs by Genesis Photography of Hornbeck at the Christus Cabrini Gallery for Reflection and Healing; Photographs by Susan Stevison at the Cabrini Cancer Center; Works by ArtQuest Studio Artists from Pineville at the Rapides Regional Medical Center Gallery; and Works by Maria Manneman at the OSMS Gallery.  For more information on the exhibits, visit www.artsandhealthcare.org; or Call: 769-7602.

July 8:  Opening Reception, Alexandria Museum of Art, 6:30-8:30p.m.  Sponsored by AMoA.  Opening reception for Contemporary Artists Guild and Photographers Guild on exhibit July 7-Aug. 13.  Cost:  Opening Reception free.  Call Sara:  443-3458.

July 12-August 20:  Art Exhibit, 1330 Main St., 10a.m.-4p.m.Tue.-Fri., 10a.m.-2p.m. Sat.  Sponsored by River Oaks Square Arts Center.  Exhibit featuring River Oaks Resident Artist and Artist Erica Terluin.  July 15:  Opening Reception, 5-7p.m.  Cost:  Opening Reception free, other times general admission.  Call Rachael Dauzat:  473-2670.

July 12-15:  Dinosaur Camp, 1403 Third St., 9a.m.-12p.m.  Sponsored by TREE House Museum.  To register go to www.kidstreehouse.org and click on contacts.  Fill out form and pay the $10 non-refundable registration fee by July 1 to reserve your spot.  Cost:  $60 members and $70 non-members.  Call Malaina or Kara:  619-9394.

July 18-29:  Summer Arts Studio Session 4, 1330 Main St., 1-4p.m. Mon.-Fri.  Sponsored by River Oaks Square Arts Center.  Multi-discipline art program for children 5-13.  Enrollment is limited, all day program available for additional cost.  Cost:  $240 tuition.  Call Preston Gilchrist:  473-2670.

July 18-22 and 25-29:  Art Camp, Alexandria Museum of Art, 9a.m.-Noon for children 6-9 and 1-4p.m. for children 10-16.  Sponsored by AMoA.  Eco Friendly Art Camp for children.  Cost: $75 members and $100 non-members.  Call Anne:  443-3458.


July 21:  Acoustic Concert Series, Alexandria Museum of Art, 6:30-8:30p.m.  Sponsored by AMoA.  Enjoy original acoustic music of various musicians in casual coffeehouse atmosphere with host, John Wakefield.  Cost:  Free to members, general admission all others.  Call Anne:  443-3458.


July 21-24:  The hit Southern Comedy “The Foreigner”, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, 7p.m. Thur.-Sat., 2:30p.m. Sun.  Sponsored by Lagniappe Theatre Company.  Considered to be the funniest southern comedy ever written.  Featuring professional actors from across the country.  Cost:  $15 general admission, $12 seniors 55 and older and children 12 and under, $10 for groups of 10 or more.  Call Ross Schexnayder:  48-STAGE.

July 22-24 and 29-31:  Ain’t Misbehavin’-Music by Thomas Wright “Fats” Waller, Directed by Laine Miller, Hearn Stage, 7:30p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2:30p.m. Sun.  Sponsored by City Park Players.  A high-energy tribute to the musicians of the 1920s and 30s that encapsulates the moods of the era and reflects Waller’s view of life as a journey meant for pleasure and play.  Some mature themes.  Cost:  $12 general admission, $10 seniors 65 and older, $5 students.  Call Jean Holliday:  484-4478.

July 25 and 30:  Auditions for Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward, Hearn Stage, 5:30p.m. Mon., Noon Sat.  Sponsored by City Park Players.  This “improbable farce in three acts”, directed by Frith Harwood, will be presented October 7-16 and has parts for five women and two men.  Auditions consist of cold readings of the script.  No experience is necessary.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Jean Holliday:  484-4478.


July –August:  YWCA Swim Lessons, 5912 James St., time: varies.  Sponsored by YWCA.  Cost:  $65 Level I, $75 Level II and up.  Call Marle Chapman:  442-3397.

Ongoing-September 5:  Blue Star Museums, 1403 Third St., 9a.m.-3p.m. Tue.-Sat.  Sponsored by TREE House Museum.  Cost:  Admission free, up to five people, who show an active military ID.  Call Malaina or Kara:  619-9394.

July 7: Circle of Support, Christus Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room, 12:00noon.  Patients, survivors and caregivers of any cancer diagnosis are welcome. The purpose of this group is to provide support and education.  Call Janet Bonnette: 318-466-6074.

July 7 & 11: Beginner’s Yoga Class, Power Center, 4:00pm – 5:15pm.  Drop ins welcome.  Cost: $35 for 8 classes  (1 month) or $100 for 3 months.  Call Becky: 448-6938 or Pam: 448-6970.

July 8:  Second Saturday Market at the Museum, Alexandria Museum of Art, 9a.m.-1p.m.  Sponsored by AMoA.  Market of local original art, food, produce when available, live music, kids art activity.  It’s fun for the whole family.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Sara:  443-3458.

July 8, 12, & 15: Yoga in the Gallery, Alexandria Museum of Art.  Taught by Joan Manuel, classes will focus on Warrior poses and Standing Balance poses to build strength and balance and reduce stress.  Tuesdays 5:30-6:30pm; Fridays 8:30-9:30.  Cost: $6 prepaid Members; $8 prepaid nonmembers; $10 Drop-ins.  Call: 443-3458.

July 8, 15, 22 and 29:  Kent House History Camp, Kent Plantation House, 9a.m.-4:30p.m.  Sponsored by Kent Plantation House.  Campers will learn about Native American life in the 19th century from Native American demonstrators and craft projects.  One Friday will be a trip to the Indian Mounds in Marksville.  Each camper must bring a sack lunch but all craft supplies and snacks will be provided.  Cost:  $20 per camper, per session.  Call Kent Plantation House:  487-5998.

July 9: One Day Breastfeeding Class, Rapides Regional Medical Center, Medical Terrace, Gallery Room, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Intended for women wanting to breastfeed their infants, this class is taught by lactation educator 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. Cost: Free. Call: 877-801-8441. www.rapidesregional.com

July 9: Breastfeeding Class, Christus Cabrini Women’s &  Children’s Hospital 1st Floor Conference Room, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The Breastfeeding Class is taught by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and focuses on the benefits, techniques and concerns of breastfeeding. The father/support partner is welcome. The father/support partner is welcome.   Cost: $20.  Call: 448-6970.

July 11-15:  Feast for the Senses…an artistic experience for young hearts and minds, 430 Jackson St., 9a.m.-Noon.  Sponsored by Emmanuel Baptist Church.  For children born prior to September 30, 2007 through 6th grade.  Pre-registration required by July 1.  Download forms at www.emmanuelalexandria.org.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Church Office:  442-7773.

July 11:  MOMS Club Monthly Business Meeting, Becomers room at First United Methodist Church, 10a.m.  Sponsored by MOMS Club of Alexandria Area.  A support group for stay at home moms, monthly meetings and various other activities throughout each month for moms and their children. Cost:  $20 per year membership dues.  Call Laura Bordelon:  640-0462.

July 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. This month our focus: How the non-bereaved can help. There will be group sharing time and this group has trained Outreach Volunteers who are available to the newly grieving.  Please plan to dine with us after the meeting. Sponsored by Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital. Call Becky Watkins: 448-6938 or Pam Hataway: 448-6970.

July 11: 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: 1-800-ACS-2345.

July 11: Juvenile Diabetes Support & Activity Group, Christus Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room, 6:00pm.  The Juvenile Diabetes Support & Activity Group will support children with diabetes (Type 1) and their families. Everyone is welcome to attend. Call Shelly Barton: 318-448-4964 or E-mail: m.barton@christushealth.org.

July 11: 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 month our focus is: Ask It Basket.  This group is sponsored by Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital and features brown bag supper at 6pm.  Pre-registration is required.  Call Becky Watkins: 448-6938 or Jo Hines: 318-899-3743.

July 12: Sibling Class, Christus Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room,6:00 p.m. – 8:00 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: 448-6970.

July 13: Diabetes Group Class, RRMC Medical Terrance 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.  The course is taught by Sandy Couvillon, Registered Dietitian and Amie Starks, Registered Nurse. Cost: Free. Pre-registration required.  Call: 769-3106.

July 14: ALS Support Group, Gallery Room, second floor RRMC Medical Terrace Building, 6 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.  This monthly support group is designed for ALS patients, their family members, friends and caregivers. The group will meet the second Thursday of each month. Patients who attend will have access to companies which provide services for ALS patients, such as physical therapy or wheelchair repair. Call Duana Trotter: 445-7898 or 308-1950.

July 15: Sister Cantaloupe in Concert, Coughlin Saunders Performing Arts Center, 7:00pm.  Trina Jeffrie, aka Sister Cantaloupe, the 1st lady of Christian Comedy will appear live in concert in Alexandria.  Cost: $20.00.

July 16: Prepared Childbirth Class (One Day), RRMC Medical Terrace Gallery Room, 9:00am – 2:00pm. This 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. Cost: Free.  Call: 877-801-8441.

July 16: Childbirth Class, Christus Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital 1st Floor Conference Room, 9:30am – 4:00pm. This class is designed especially for expecting couples from early pregnancy through the delivery process. All classes are taught by certified childbirth educators. Cost: $30.

July 16 – August 27: Smithsonian “Journey Stories” Exhibit, Historic Downtown Leesville.  The Journey Stories exhibition will focus on tales of our ancestors – the ways and means of how they came to America, as well as the stories of those who simply packed up and moved on, in search of a better life. It will use images with audio and artifacts to illustrate vital changes in transportation technology which have had a direct influence on building our diverse American society.  Call John Crook: (337) 238-0783.

July 16: Wagon Wheel Riding Club, Slagle Rodeo Arena or Leesville Rodeo Arena.  Shows include the following events in different age groups (ranging from 0 to Over 40): Flags, Stakes, Poles, Tie Down Roping, Break Away Roping, Ribbon Roping, Goat Tying, Heading, Heeling, Clover Leaf Barrels, and Straight Pattern Barrels.  Concessions are available.  Cost: Free.  Call: 337-238-3734 or 318-793-4200.  www.wagonwheelridingclub.com

July 18: Cancer Support Group, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Cascade Room, 12:00noon.  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: 769-7200.

July 18: Breathing and Relaxation, RRMC Medical Terrace 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.  Cost: Free.  Call: 877-801-8441. www.rapidesregional.com.

July 19: Happiest Baby on the Block, Christus Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital 1st Floor Conference Room, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 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.

July 21: Safe Sitter Class, Rapides Regional Medical Center, 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  For boys and girls ages 11 to 13. Learn the basic skills you need to be a safe and successful babysitter. This medically-accurate, hands-on class teaches sitters how to entertain children and keep them safe, how to perform basic child care skills, how to call for emergency help, what to do when a child chokes, how to keep themselves safe and how to start a successful babysitting business. Class size is limited.  Cost: $40.  Call: 769-3106.

July 21: Parkinson’s Support Group, Power Center, 11:00am.   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 Pam Hataway: 448-6970 or Becky Watkins: 448-6938.

July 21: Pink Ribbon Club, Christus Cabrini Women’s Life Center, 5:30pm.  This group is for education, advocacy and support of breast cancer patients and survivors.  Call Angie Roberts: 318-448-6917.

July 21: 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.

July 25-29: Summer Genealogy and History Camp, Alexandria Genealogical Library, 9:00am – 12:00noon.  Students ages 11-15 are invited to attend and learn how to research their family history.  Cost: $10.  Call: 487-8556.

July 25: Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group, Power Center, 11:00am. 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. If you would like, please bring a special dessert or salad for our holiday celebration. Call Pam Hataway: 448-6970 or Becky Watkins: 448-6938.

July 25: Alzheimer’s Activity Group, Power Center, 11:00am. The staff from Kingsley Place will offer appropriate activities for those with Alzheimer’s disease with a fun, hands-on approach. 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 Pam Hataway: 448-6970 or Becky Watkins: 448-6938.

July 26-29:  Forensics Camp, 1403 Third St., 9a.m.-Noon.  Sponsored by TREE House Museum.  To register go to www.kidstreehouse.org and click on contacts.  Fill out form and pay the $10 non-refundable registration fee by July 1 to reserve your spot.  Cost:  $60 members and $70 non-members.  Call Malaina or Kara:  619-9394.

August 2:  Family Movie Night, Center Court Alexandria Mall, 6:30p.m.  Sponsored by Alexandria Mall.  Family friendly movie with themed activities.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Missy McKnight:  448-0227 ext. 0.


Ongoing-August 4:  Martial Arts Boot Camp, Master Rousseau’s Taekwondo, 11a.m.-Noon, Tue. and Thur.  Sponsored by Master Rousseau’s Taekwondo.  Summer special also available for evening classes.  Cost:  $99 for 9 weeks with uniform included.  Call Master Rousseau:  443-8066.