June 2011 Calendar



Ongoing – June:  Exhibits:  “Copley to Warhol:  250 Years of American Art Celebrating the Centennial of New Orleans Museum of Art,” plus “LSUA Faculty & Friends” and “George Rodrigue Foundation 2011 Art Contest”, Alexandria Museum of Art, Tue.-Fri., 10a.m.-5p.m., Sat. 10a.m.-4p.m.  Sponsored by AMoA.  Cost:  Regular museum admission.  Call AMoA:  443-3458.

June 3:  Exhibit Reception, 1330 Main St., 5-7p.m.  Sponsored by River Oaks Square Arts Center.  Exhibit featuring artists Lynn Sanders, Veretta Garrison Moller and Janet Ahrens and Friends.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Rachael Dauzat:  473-2670.

June 6-17:  Summer Arts Studio Session I, 1330 Main St., time:  TBA.  Sponsored by River Oaks Square Arts Center.  Intensive studies of many visual art mediums.  Camp for children ages 5-13.  Space is limited. Cost:  Call for information and to register.  Call Preston Gilchrist:  473-2670.

June 9: Museum After Hours, Alexandria Museum of Art, 6:00pm – 8:00pm.  Join us for a curator’s tour of current exhibits.  Cost: Regular Admission (Members Free).  Call: 443-3458.

June 20-July 1:  Summer Arts Studio Session II, 1330 Main St., time:  TBA.  Sponsored by River Oaks Square Arts Center.  Day Camps for children ages 5-13.  Intensive study of many visual art mediums.  Space is limited.  Cost:  Call for information and to register.  Call Preston Gilchrist:  473-2670.

June 23: Museum After Hours, Alexandria Museum of Art, 6:30pm – 8:30pm.  Enjoy original works by various musical guests in a relaxed coffeehouse atmosphere at AMoA’s Acoustic Concert Series with host, John Wakefield.  Cost: Regular Admission (Members Free).  Call: 443-3458.




June –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.

June 2: Circle of Support, Christus Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room, noon.  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.

June 3:  NAUW Ebony Pageant, Alexandria Convention Hall, 7p.m.  Sponsored by NAUW-Alexandria Branch.  Contestants’ ages pre-school through 12th grade.  Cost:  $5. Call Paulette Perry:  792-4892 or 442-5041.

June 4 – 5: Children’s Miracle Network Telethon.  Live on KLAX-TV 31.  www.childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org

June 4: 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

June 4: Water Safety, TREE House Children’s Museum, 2:00pm.  Cost: $4.  Call: 619-9394. www.kidstreehouse.org

June 6-August 5:  Summer Safari, Alexandria Zoo, 9a.m.-12p.m.  Sponsored by City of Alexandria and Friends of the Alexandria Zoo.  Weeklong summer camp for children k-8th grade.  Taught by certified educators and zoo staff with assistance of volunteers and education interns.  Classes include zoo exploration, animal encounters, refreshments, train rides, souvenir photos and DVD, crafts and classroom instruction.  Registration required.  Cost:  $90 non-members, $80 FOTAZ members.  Call Lee Ann Whitt:  441-6810.  www.thealexandriazoo.com

June 6 – 10: Philadelphia Baptist Church VBS, Philadelphia Baptist Church.  Grab a cab and head to the Big Apple Adventure! Amid the exciting sights and sounds of the city, kids will  learn that they can connect faith and life through a relationship with Jesus.  During their day in the city, kids will visit Worship at Times Square and Bible Study at Battery Park.  Call: 318-442-0754.

June 6: 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: Exploring The Good Memories.  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. 

June 7 & 15: 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.

June 8: 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.

June 9: 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.

June 10-12:  Louisiana Corn Festival, 208 Pershing Hwy, Bunkie, Fri. 5p.m.-midnight, Sat. 10a.m.-midnight, Sun. 11a.m.-4p.m.  Sponsored by Bunkie Chamber of Commerce.  Three day festival, street dance, live music, large carnival, food, arts and crafts, parade, contests and a softball tournament.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Phyllis O’Quin:  346-2575.

June 11: 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.

June 11: Science Saturday: Super Sniffers, TREE House Children’s Museum, 2:00pm.  Cost: $4.  Call: 619-9394. www.kidstreehouse.org

June 13: 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: Dreams That Heal. 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.

June 13: 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.

June 14 – 15: Safe Sitter Course, Power Center, 8:00am – 3:30pm.  Babysitting is a big responsibility! That’s why Christus St. Frances Cabrini hospital will be offering a “Safe Sitter” course to teach boys and girls, ages 11-14, techniques of child care and safety to include how to handle emergencies. Cost: $40. Call Community Service: 318-448-6970.

June 14: LDR Business Seminar, 900 Murray Street, Alexandria, 1:00pm.  The Louisiana Department of Revenue offers seminars to help business operators understand sales tax and other important business issues.  Cost: Free.  Call: 487-5333.

June 14: Patience Quilters, West Side Regional Library, 6:30pm.  Patience Quilters meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at West Side Regional Library, located at 5416 Provine Place in Alexandria, off Highway 28 West. The meetings are open to the public. Quilters are invited as well as anyone interested in learning more about quilting. Email: FabricChick2008@aol.com.

June 16: 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.

June 18: 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

June 18: Father’s Day Gift-Making, TREE House Children’s Museum, 2:00pm.  Cost: $4.  Call: 619-9394. www.kidstreehouse.org

June 20-24:  Jane in June Camp, Kent Plantation House, 9a.m.-3p.m.  Sponsored by Kent Plantation House.  Camp for girls only, between the ages of 10-14.  Young ladies of the 21st century will learn what a young lady of the 19th century would have been expected to know.  Cost:  TBA.  Call Kent Plantation House:  487-5998.

June 20: 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.

June 20: Sibling Class, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Trellis Room, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.  This class is offered to children expecting a little brother or sister. It helps them understand where mom is when the baby is being born and lets them know how important it is to become a big brother or sister. The ideal age for this class is 3-10.  Cost: Free.  Call: 877-801-8441.  www.rapidesregional.com

June 23: 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.

June 25: 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.

June 25: Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Seminar, Christus Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital 1st Floor Conference Room, 9:00am. Please pre-register.  Call: 448-4900.

June 25: The Real Story of the 3 Little Pigs, TREE House Children’s Museum, 2:00pm.  Cost: $4.  Call: 619-9394. www.kidstreehouse.org

June 27: 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.

June 27: 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.

June 27: Look Good…Feel Better, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s 1st Floor Conference Room , 12:00noon – 2:00pm.  “If you look good, you’ll feel better…” that is why Christus Cabrini Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society are offering a very special program called Look Good…Feel Better. This program is designed to help women cope with the physical changes that might occur during cancer treatment. Reservations are required.  Call Janet Blank Bonnette: 318-466-6074.

June 27: Girl Talk, Women’s and Children’s Hospital Cascade Room, 6 p.m.- 8 p.m.  Rapides Regional Medical Center offers this two-hour class designed for girls between the ages of 8 and 12 – and their mothers. If mothers can’t attend, aunts, grandmothers, even fathers are welcome. The class, taught by a registered nurse, will explain some of the physical and emotional changes that occur to adolescents during puberty. The class is also designed to help parents open the lines of communication with their daughters.  Cost: $10/family.  Call: 318) 769-3512.

July 2: Live Bunnies, TREE House Children’s Museum, 11:00am.  Cost: $4.  Call: 619-9394. www.kidstreehouse.org

July 2: Ft. Polk Freedom Fest Fireworks Extravaganza, Fort Polk Airfield.  Musical entertainment will be provided by Blake Shelton. A fireworks display, billed as the largest fireworks display in West Central Louisiana, and other attractions will celebrate the 4th of July. Cost: Free.  Call: 337-531-1787.



June 11: Ladies’ Chipping & Putting Clinic, Leesville Municipal Golf & Recreation Facility, 9:00am & 12:00noon.  Danny Tatum, PGA Member, will provide 2 hours of lessons for the morning session from 9 am – 11 am and again for the afternoon session from 12 pm to 2 pm. In addition, each participant will receive lunch with beverages, 9 holes of golf with cart, and a souvenir visor and golf towel.  Space is limited to 10 ladies per session.  Cost: $25.  Call Susie Neubert: (337) 353-2904 or Tandy Schwartz: (337) 238-1950.

June 24-26:  16-18 State Softball Tournament, Alexandria Youth Complex.  Sponsored by United States Fast Pitch Association.  Call Bobby Hair:  949-1853.

June 25:  Association of Louisiana Bass Clubs Fishing Tournament, Red River Waterway.  Sponsored by ALBC.  Call ALBC:  337-258-7961.