Ongoing – July: Central Louisiana Arts & Healthcare Exhibits. Central Louisiana Arts & Healthcare proudly presents our monthly art exhibits at area hospitals and clinics. Exhibits currently showing: ArtQuest Studios of Pineville at the Christus Cabrini Gallery for Reflection and Healing; Works by Sylvia Martin from Alexandria at the Cabrini Cancer Center; and Genesis Photography from Anacoco at the Rapides Regional Medical Center Gallery. For more information on the exhibits, visit www.artsandhealthcare.org; or Call: 769-7602.
Ongoing – July 21: Gumbo Girl, 1st floor, Alexandria Museum of Art, Mon.-Fri., 10a.m.-5p.m., Sat., 10a.m.-4p.m. For more information visit www.themuseum.org. Cost: Free to AMoA members, regular admission for non-members. Call Anne Reid: 443-3458.
Ongoing – July: Inspired by the Great Ones, Natchitoches Art Gallery. This special one-month exhibition will feature works inspired by famous art pieces by artists of international renown. Participating members of the Natchitoches Art Guild will have photos of the inspiration pieces alongside their own individual interpretative works. www.natchitochesartguild.org
Ongoing – September 8: Empathy: A Survey of Figurative Works by Keith Perelli, 1st Floor, Alexandria Museum of Art, Mon.-Fri., 10a.m.-5p.m., Sat., 10a.m.-4p.m. This exhibit made possible by the sponsorship of Whitney Bank. For more information visit www.themuseum.org. Cost: Free to AMoA members, regular admission for non-members. Call Anne Reid: 443-3458.
July 9-13 & 16-20: AMoA Summer Art Camp, Education Room, 2nd floor, AMoA, 9a.m.-Noon for children 6-9 and 1-4p.m. for children 10 and older. For more information visit www.themuseum.org. Cost: AMoA members $75 per week and non members $100 per week. Call Anne Reid: 443-3458.
July 9-20 & 23-August 3: Summer Arts Studio, RiverOaksSquareArtsCenter, 7:30a.m.-5:30p.m. Multidiscipline art program for children ages 5-13. Classes are held Monday through Friday and class size is limited to 45 students per session. Cost: Two week sessions at $245 for half day and $395 for all day. CallPreston Gilchrist: 473-. 2670.
July 13: Exhibit Reception, RiverOaksSquareArtsCenter, 5-7p.m. Annual Resident Artists Exhibit that will continue through August 18. Cost: Admission free. Call Rachael Dauzat: 473-2670.
July 19: Acoustic Concert Series, Café, 1st floor Alexandria Museum of Art, 6:30-8:30p.m. For more information visit www.themuseum.org. Cost: Free to AMoA members, $4 for non-members. Call Anne Reid: 443-3458.
July 5-15: Forever Plaid, The Hearn Stage. City Park Players is pleased to present the 2012 season summer musical Forever Plaid. Written by Stuart Ross, with musical arrangements by James Raitt, this deliciously goofy revue centers on four young, eager male singers killed in a car crash in 1964 on the way to their first big concert, and now miraculously revived for the posthumous chance to fulfill their dreams and perform the show that never was. Tickets are available in advance online at cityparkplayers.TicketLeap.com and in the lobby before each performance beginning an hour before the presentation. Call: 484-4478.
July 12-15: Not Now Darling, Coughlin-Saunders PerformingArtsCenter, Thurs.-Sat., 7p.m., Sun., 2:30p.m. Sponsored by Lagniappe Theatre. One of the funniest comedies of all time. Fun for the entire family. Cost: $10-$15. Call Karen Burns: 48-STAGE. www.lagniappetheatre.com
July 28: Dog Auditions for Annie the musical, Alexandria Mall Center Court, Noon. Sponsored by Lagniappe Theatre. Bring your medium to large sandy colored dog to audition for Sandy in the musical Annie. Must have basic training skills. Cost: Admission free. Call Karen Burns: 48-STAGE. www.lagniappetheatre.com
Ongoing – August 16: YWCA Summer Day Camp, 5912 James St., 7a.m.-6p.m. Your camper’s day will be full of exciting activities including indoor/outdoor games, arts and crafts, swimming, weekly field trips and so much more. Cost: $105 registration, membership and activity fee. $80 weekly. Call Marle Chapman: 442-3397.
Ongoing – August 3: YWCA Swim Lessons, 5912 James St., 7a.m.-6p.m. Swim lessons are taught in accordance with regulations set forth by the American Red Cross Learn to Swim Program. The program is taught and supervised by certified swim instructors and lifeguards. Cost: $65 level 1 and $75 levels 2 and up. Call Marle Chapman: 442-3397.
Ongoing – August 10: Summer Camp 2012, 1801 Sylvester St., 7a.m.-6p.m. Sponsored by YMCA. Cost: $50 registration first child and $45 registration second child. $65 per child weekly fee. Call Fred McNeal: 445-8261.
July 7, 14, 21 and 28: Inglewood Farm at the Alexandria Museum of Art’s Green Market, AMoA parking lot, 9a.m.-1p.m. Sponsored byAlexandriaMuseum of Art. Inglewood Farm is proud to offer Forage Fed Eggs and Certified Organic Vegetables to theAlexandria and Pineville areas. Cost: Admission free. Call Natalie Scott Seeling: 442-6398.
July 7: Breastfeeding Class, RRMC Medical Terrace Gallery Room, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. . 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. Call: 877-801-8441. www.rapidesregional.com
July 7: Breastfeeding Class, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital 1st floor Conference Room, 9 a.m.– 1 p.m. This 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. Cost: $20. Call: 866-581-3627.
July 9-13: Finding Hope: A Field Trip of Faith, Emmanuel Baptist Church, 9:00am – 12:00noon. VBS is for children born prior to September 30, 2008 through sixth grade completed. Call: 442-7773. www.emmanuelalexandria.org
July 9: Moms Club of Alexandria Business Meeting, First UnitedMethodistChurch ofAlexandria, 10a.m. Sponsored by the Moms Club ofAlexandria. Join us for our monthly business meeting to find out about all of the exciting things we have coming up for moms in our area. Cost: $20 yearly membership. Call Autumn Johnson: 709-5292.
July 9: 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. For more information, please call 866-581-3627.
July 9: 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. Cost: Free. Call: 1-800-ACS-2345.
July 10-13: Blow Stuff Up Camp, T.R.E.E. House Children’s Museum, 9a.m.-Noon. Join us for a week of explosive fun as we discover science that pops! Coke bottles will blow their tops and other household items will expand young minds as they blast away. Cost: $60 members, $70 non-members. Call Shelly Moore: 619-9394.
July 10: Sibling Class, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital 1st floor 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.
July 11: Diabetes Group Class, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Medical Terrace Auditorium, 9 a.m. – Noon. Rapides Regional Medical Center is offering this free program 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. Reservations are required. Cost: Free. Call: 769-3106.
July 14: Taking it 2 the Street, DowntownAlexandria, 10a.m. Sponsored by Capital One Bank. A family friendly guided walking tour of the beautiful downtown cultural district featuring local celebrity tour guides and lots of local street performers. The tour begins and ends at the Alexandria Museum of Art. Cost: Admission free. Call Rich Joyce: 445-1234 ext. 242.
July 16: Cancer Support Group, Cascade Room in Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital, 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.
July 17: Minute to Win It, Rapides Parish Library Main Branch, 3:00-5:00pm. Teens and tweens ages 10-16 are invited to come try to beat the clock to win a prize. Everyone will get a chance to participate. This event is associated with the Library’s 2012 Summer Reading Program. Call: 445-2411 ext. 1026.
July 18: Safe Sitter Class, RRMC Education Department, 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 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. For boys and girls ages 11 to 13. Class size is limited. Cost: $40 per child and includes lunch and supplies. Call: 769-3445.
July 19: 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: 866-581-3627.
July 19: 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.
July 19: 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.
July 19: Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Support Group, Louisiana Athletic Club Conference Room, 6:00pm. Please pre-register. Call: 866-581-3627.
July 20: Organic Pest Control, Food Bank of Central Louisiana, 9:00am. This informative workshop will cover organic means of controlling pests as part of a healthy, sustainable organic garden. The course is open to everyone. The only requirement is that participants bring a donation–big or small–to benefit the clients of the Food bank. Participants will receive a complimentary Topsy Turvy aerial planter. Pre-registration is required; space is limited. Call the Food Bank: 318-445-2773. www.goodfoodproject.org
July 21: 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. Call: 877-801-8441.
July 21: Alexandria Mall Fairytale Ball, Sears Court, Noon-2p.m. Come one; come all to Alexandria Mall’s Fairytale Ball! Crafts, games, and photo opportunities with meet and greets from a bevy of fairy princesses. Character greeting provided by Lagniappe Theatre. Cost: Admission free. Call Alexandria Mall Office: 448-0227.
July 23: 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: 866-581-3627.
July 23: 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.
July 23: 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. Call: 877-801-8441. www.rapidesregional.com.
July 26: Rapides Wound Healing Center Anniversary Party, Rapides Wound Healing Center, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. The Rapides Wound Healing Center will celebrate its one-year anniversary with a Patient Appreciation Week, culminating with a party on July 26 from 1-4 p.m. Call: 769-4500.
July 26: 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: (800) 644-9730.
July 28: Edible Weeds, Food Bank of Central Louisiana, 9:00am. This informative workshop will cover easy to grow, edible plants as part of a healthy, sustainable organic garden. The course is open to everyone. The only requirement is that participants bring a donation–big or small–to benefit the clients of the Food bank. Participants will receive a complimentary Topsy Turvy aerial planter. Pre-registration is required; space is limited. Call the Food Bank: 318-445-2773. www.goodfoodproject.org
July 28: Bariatric Weight Loss Seminar, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital 1st Floor Conference Room, 9:00am. Please pre-register. Call: 866-581-3627.
August 7: No Wrong Door: Ministering to Returning Heroes and Their Families, Calvary Baptist Church in Alexandria, 8:00a.m.-2:30p.m. A workshop to equip clergy and staff to more effectively minister to our returning heroes and their families. With Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury more prevalent than ever in our military families. Sponsored by Central Louisiana Area Health Education Center. Call: (318) 443-2855. www.clahec.org/nowrongdoor
July – September: Martial Arts Summer Special, Master Rousseau’s Taekwondo. Nine weeks of martial arts instruction; uniform included. Please call for days and times. Cost: $99. Call Master Carol Rousseau: 443-8066.
July – September: FITBOX Summer Special, Master Rousseau’s Taekwondo, Mon. and Fri., 6-7p.m. Cost: $35 monthly. Call Master Carol Rousseau: 443-8066.
July 10, 17, 24 & 31: Yoga in the Gallery, Overlook Gallery, 3rd floor, Alexandria Museum of Art, 5:30-6:30p.m. Sponsored by a grant from Rapides Foundation and AMoA. Yoga Tao instructed by b. Hedrick. Yoga Tao is an asana and pranayama practice directed by the natural flow of yin and yang energies. Cost: Admission free. Call Jenny Gallent: 443-3458.