July 7, 11, 25: Art is Life, Rapides Main Library (411 Washington St., Alexandria), 10:00am-12:00pm. Learn various acrylic painting techniques during this painting session led by Alice McBride. July 7 & 11: 10:00am-12:00pm; July 25: 5:30pm-7:00pm. Registration is required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1022. www.rpl.org
July 9: Second Saturday at the Museum, Alexandria Museum of Art (933 2nd Street, Alexandria). The Museum is proud to welcome the community on the second Saturday of each month for open admission during regular business hours. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458. themuseum.org
July 20: Watercolors for Adults, Rapides Main Library (411 Washington St, Alexandria). Let your creativity flow during this watercolor painting session led by Linda Ryder Thomas. Registration is required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1022.
July 23: Adult Painting Class, Oakland Plantation (4386 Highway 494, Natchez), 9:00am-11:00am. Come experience painting in your park! Join professional artist Kelly Jackson for this special class. No painting experience is needed, and all supplies are provided. Participation is limited; pre-registration is required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-352-0383 x316.
August 2: Creativity Launch Pad—Watercolors, Alexandria Museum of Art (933 2nd Street, Alexandria), 5:30pm-7:00pm. Launch your creativity in this on-going adult (21+) art education series for any and all skill levels seeking a relaxed creative environment in which to learn, receive instruction, experiment with mediums with other adults. Launch Pad classes offer a rotation of mediums to provide a well-rounded art experience, designed for the beginner, intermediate and advanced students. All supplies are included. Classes meet on the first Tuesday of every month. Cost: $10.00 AMoA Members; $20.00 Non-Members. Call: 318-443-3458. themuseum.org
July 22: Ark-La-Tex Music Variety Show, Many Community Center/Sabine Theater (675 San Antonio Ave, Many), 7:00pm. This monthly variety show features a variety of musical styles from across the decades hosted by Musical Emcee Buster Jordan with Sarah Erwin, The Burton Brothers and Jacob Heard. Cost: $10.00 Adults; $5.00 Students; Kids (6th Grade and Under) and Military Free. Call Buster Jordan: 318-607-4484.
July 11-15: CPP Summer Theatre Workshop, Kress Theatre (1102 3rd St, Alexandria), 1:00pm-4:30pm. City Park Players’ annual summer workshop for kids is back for 2022! The workshop includes fun theatre activities, costuming, rehearsals, and a short performance on July 15th! This workshop is open to children entering grades 1-7. Cost: $60.00. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 14-24: The Melville Boys, Hearn Stage (1102 3rd St, Alexandria). City Park Players is happy to bring Norm Foster’s touching dramedy “The Melville Boys” to Hearn Stage this summer under the direction of Alana Pate. In this modern classic, Norm Foster offers a tender story about brotherhood and the unexpected. “The Melville Boys” is a witty, thought-provoking exploration of the strengths and failings of human relationships. Performances continue Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm; Sundays at 2:30pm. Cost: $5.00-$15.00. Call: 318-484-4478. cpptheatre.com
Ongoing-July: New Hope Al-Anon Group, Horseshoe Drive Methodist Church (1600 Horseshoe Drive, 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.
July 8, 15, 22, 29 & August 5: Live Auction, Auction Barn at the Trotter Center (1634 Military Highway, Pineville), 6:30pm. Join in the excitement of live auctions every Friday night! Proxy bids are welcome. Call Earl Hayes: 318-730-8676.
July 9: Second Saturday Market, Huckleberry Brewing Company (4724 Sterkx Road, Alexandria), 1:00pm. On the second Saturday of each month, Huckleberry Brewing Company will be hosting a vendors market on the Huckleberry grounds! Come check out some awesome local vendors at the Second Saturday Market! If you’re interested in participating as a vendor, feel free to reach out via email at email@example.com or through Facebook messenger!
July 11: Professional Women’s Network, Brocato’s (5515 Coliseum Blvd, Alexandria), 11:30am. Professional Women’s Network (PWN) of Central Louisiana shall unite, support, and promote professional and executive women from a cross section of professions and businesses. PWN meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of each month. Cost: $50.00 per year. Call: 318-880-3033.
July 12, 19, 26 & August 2: Alexandria Farmer’s Market, First United Methodist Church (2727 Jackson Street, Alexandria), 3:00pm-6:00pm. The Alexandria Farmers Market is a weekly gathering that connects the community of Alexandria with the farmers, ranchers, and agricultural artisans of Central Louisiana. This connection strives to improve the physical, social, and economic well-being of the region by providing access to fresh, healthy, local food for residents, fostering community relationships, and serving as a business incubator for growers and producers. Cost: Free. Call: 318-441-3407.
July 13: Cenla Women’s Connection Prayer Coffee, Junior League of Alexandria (1005 Bayou Place, Alexandria), 10:00am-11:00am. Join in for refreshments, devotion, prayer and fellowship amongst women! Call Brenda Bretchel: 318-541-5443.
July 13: Child Safety Seat Check, Rapides Regional Medical Center Main Entrance (211 4th Street, Alexandria), 2:00pm-5:00pm. A trained child passenger safety educator will take a look at your car seats, make sure they are not under recall, make sure the seat is installed properly and show you how to install the car seat. The car seat check process takes between 15-25 minutes, depending on how many car seats are in the vehicle. The seat checks normally are held the second Wednesday of each month. Cost: Free.
July 16: Backpack and School Supply Giveaway Day, Kent Plantation House (361 Bayou Rapides Rd, Alexandria), 2:30pm-4:15pm. Open to children ages 6 to 12, the event will feature backpacks, school supplies, crafts, activities and much more in conjunction with the Rapides Parish Library. Backbacks for the first 100 students registered; must be present to receive a backpack. Cost: Free. Call: 504-496-1910.
July 18-19, 20-21, 25-26 & August 1-2, 3-4: Save Cenla ASIST Training, 8:00am-4:30pm. Suicide and mental health issues are a growing concern, especially in these trying times. Suicide is preventable. Anyone can make a difference. Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is an evidence-based, two-day workshop in suicide prevention skills helps participants learn and practice a life-saving intervention model that is widely used by professionals and the general public. July 18-19 & 20-21: First Baptist Church in Harrisonburg; July 25-26: Bienville Courthouse; August 1-2 & 3-4: 1st Baptist Church Jena. Open to ages 16+. Mental health professionals can receive 12 CEUs after taking this workshop for $60.00 through livingworks.net (a $300 value). Sponsored by Central Louisiana Human Services District and CHRISTUS Community Impact Fund. Cost: Free. Call: 337-519-1888. SaveCenla.com/asist
July 20: Cenla Women’s Connection Luncheon, Wyndham Garden Inn (2301 North MacArthur Drive, Alexandria), 12:00pm. Susie Brunet presents “Road Maps and Detours” with special music by Ruth Shoup. This is the annual Teacher Appreciation Luncheon featuring special gifts and door prizes. All teachers are invited to join! Please RSVP by Friday, July 15th. Cost: $18.00. Call: 337-349-4776.
July 23: Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival, Prather Coliseum (220 South Jefferson Street, Natchitoches), 9:00am-10:00pm. In air conditioned Prather Coliseum on the NSU campus in Natchitoches. Folk foods, hall of traditional crafts, three stages of music, and the Louisiana State Fiddle Championship. Headliners include: Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys, Geno Delafose and French Rockin’ Boogie, The Rising Dragon Lion Dance Team, Yvette Landry, The Louisiana Czech Heritage Dancers. Cost: $10.00 General Admission; $6.00 after 5pm; Children 12 and under Free. Call: 318-357-4332. LouisianaFolkLife.nsula.edu
July 23: Cenla Voices Military Creative Writing Workshop, Alexandria International Airport 3rd Floor Conference Room (1100 Frank Andrews Blvd, Alexandria), 10:00am-2:00pm. Cenla Voices Spring/Summer workshop is designed to engage all Veterans and Active-duty members of the Armed Services as well as their Families and Caregivers in a supportive, collaborative setting. This event is open to members of the military community, including family and caregivers. The workshop is taught by Jonathan Belgard and Karen Slatten. Cost: Free. cenlavoices.org
August 6: Experimental Aircraft Association 1st Saturday Breakfast, Buhlow Lake Airport (200 Lake Buhlow Road, Pineville), 7:30am-10:00am. Come enjoy a hearty breakfast of eggs, sausage, pancakes, grits, potatoes, milk, orange juice, and more! Anyone interested in aviation and general cordial chatter with lakeside ambience is welcome and invited to come to enjoy breakfast with us! Cost: $10.00 Donation.
August 6: Central Louisiana Dutch Oven Cookers First Saturday Gathering, Indian Creek Recreation Area (100 Camp Ground Road, Woodworth), 9:00am-12:30pm. A delicious day with Dutch oven cooking enthusiasts. There is no charge for food, however, donations are accepted. Regular park admission applies. Call: 318-625-1762.
July 12, 19, 26 & August 2: Yoga in the Gallery, Alexandria Museum of Art (933 2nd Street, Alexandria), 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. themuseum.org
July 22: AKA 22 Mixed Martial Arts Fights, Paragon’s Mari Center (711 Paragon Place, Marksville), 7:00pm. American Kombat Alliance present a double-header of the top talent in the South. The main event will feature two former Bellator veterans in Gladiator Academy’s Eric Scallan and Off the Chain MMA’s Chauncey Foxworth. Also at the top of the card, you will see reigning and defending AKA featherweight champion David Bosnick defend his title against PFL veteran Mike Barnett. Cost: $45.00+. Call: 800-946-1946.
August 3: The Fighting Flights Dart Tournament, Fighting Hands Brewery (1600 Military Highway, Pineville), 6:00pm. Attention dart players! The Fighting Flights (that’s you!) will be gathering at Fighting Hand Brewing Co for another round of play. Who will take home the pot tonight? If you couldn’t make it last time, come on by! All skill levels welcome and get to compete for the pot. Cost: $5.00. fightinghandbrewing.com
*All events subject to change in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines.