Ongoing-June: Arts & Healthcare, Inc. Exhibit. The CHRISTUS Cabrini Gallery (Cabrini Outpatient Center, 1st floor across from Radiology) will feature the spiritual photography of James Guess during the month of June. Most art is for sale with a portion of the proceeds going to Arts & Healthcare programs. Cost: Free. www.artsandhealthcare.org
Ongoing-June 22: Sordid and Sacred: The Beggars in Rembrandt’s Etchings, Alexandria Museum of Art. This exhibition features 35 rare etchings by Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) executed between 1629 and 1648. As one of the towering figures in the history of art, Rembrandt, a miller’s son from the university town of Leiden, was an artist of unmatched genius. Equally gifted as a painter, printmaker, and draftsman, Rembrandt proved himself to be as skillful at making portraits as he was at creating religious and mythological narratives. His landscapes are just as remarkable as his rare still lifes and subjects detailing everyday life. Call: 318-443-3458. www.themuseum.org
Ongoing-June 22: Concrete & Adrift: On the Poverty Line, Alexandria Museum of Art. An invitational exhibition featuring regional and national contemporary artists addressing poverty and homelessness. Pairing with AMoA’s exhibition showcasing beggars in Rembrandt’s history etchings, contemporary American artists share the first floor gallery during the Spring exhibit period in “Concrete & Adrift: On the Poverty Line”. This exhibition was juried from over 200 regional and national submissions, and features 39 contemporary artists from around the United States, working in a variety of media. “Concrete & Adrift” confronts a number of issues facing those in poverty and homelessness, two subjects that are often underrepresented and misunderstood in our society today. Call: 318-443-3458. www.themuseum.org
Ongoing-December 31: CARI Student Art Exhibition, Cane River Creole National Historical Park. The exhibit features many different mediums of varying compositions completed by 313 student artists representing 15 schools from around Louisiana. The art exhibit will be on display at both Oakland and Magnolia Overseer’s Houses. Visitors to both Oakland and Magnolia will be able to vote for their favorite pieces. www.nps.gov/cari
June 13: Downtown Rocks, Alexandria City Hall, 6:00pm. Leon Chavis and the Zydeco Flames will play a live, outdoor concert. Cost: Free. Call: 318-792.6736.
June 15: Hallelujah—A Tribute to Carol King, St. James Episcopal Church, 7:00pm. The Third Annual Hallelujah Spring concert, benefiting the Alexandria Museum of Art, is a tribute to Carole King, American composer and singer-songwriter and the most successful female songwriter of the latter half of the 20th century. The concert will feature a selection of her songs as performed by Octavia, and Nicholas Ford. Cost: $45.00 AMoA members; $50.00 non-members. Call: (318) 443-3458. www.themuseum.org
June 20: RSO Symphony Sweepstakes, Hotel Bentley, 5:30pm. Sweepstakes is RSO’s only fundraiser of the year. In addition to your chance to win the $10,000 cash prize (out of only 250 tickets sold!), there will be a live auction, buffet of heavy hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and new this year, a dessert auction with a twist! Cost: $100 per ticket. Call: 318-442-9709.
June 25: Air National Guard Band of the Southwest’s Flight Plan, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, 7:00pm. The Arts Council of Central Louisiana is proud to present the Air National Guard Band of the Southwest’s jazz ensemble, Flight Plan. Flight Plan is the squadron’s dynamic “little big band”. This sleek, vibrant jazz ensemble presents exciting, uplifting music inspiring audiences to increased patriotism. Cost: Free. Call: 318-484-4471.
June 7-9: Disney’s Frozen, Jr., Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center. The enchanting modern classic from Disney is ready for your Broadway Junior stars! Frozen JR. is based on the 2018 Broadway musical, and brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage. The show features all of the memorable songs from the animated film, with a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen JR. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart! Performances begin at 7:00pm Friday, 7:30pm Saturday and 2:30pm Sunday. Cost: $10.00-$17.00. www.lagniappetheatre.com
June 12-15, 19-22: NSU Dinner Theatre Presents “Who Killed the King?”, AA Fredericks Auditorium Stage, 6:00pm. The comedic murder mystery is set at the coronation of King Ronald, Lord of the Ville. You will be joined at tonight’s long-awaited ceremony by the most prestigious of our kingdom’s court. Prince Ronald, our King In Waiting, will be escorted by his lovely wife, the Princess, and Her Majesty, the Queen, shall be accompanied by none other than the Royal Tax Collector. And a full program of diversions have been rehearsed by Morrie, the Court Jester. So Lords and Ladies of the court, wash down your fowl with some ale…but be forewarned…there’s a cold wind blowing in the Ville tonight and not all will be saying “Long live the King!” Open to all ages. Cost: $30.00 (includes soup, salad, entree, dessert, tea, coffee and show). Call: 318-357-4483.
Ongoing-June: 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-June: balance Meetings. balance – A group of people working on individual goals with emphasis on substance and alcohol abuse prevention meets each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30pm and Wednesday at 12:00pm. Meetings take place each Monday and Wednesday at the CLASS Office, 1785 Jackson Street in Alexandria. Tuesday meetings are held at the Rapides Parish Main Library, 411 Washington Street in downtown Alexandria. Thursday meetings are held at the King Branch library, 1115 Broadway Avenue in Alexandria. Call: 318-442-1010.
June 8, 15, 22 & 29: Inglewood Harvest Barn Market, 6233 Old Baton Rouge Highway in Alexandria, 8:00am-12:00pm. June is Rural Farmers’ Market Month in Central Louisiana featuring arugula, basil, beets, broccolini, cabbage, cilantro, collard greens, cucumbers, cutting celery, daikon radish, dill, Easter egg radishes, fennel, French breakfast radishes, green garlic, kale, lettuce, okra, onions (sweet), parsley, salad mix, yellow squash, kohlrabi, Swiss chard, zucchini squash, watermelon radishes, plus new cuts of beef, pork, and chicken! Call: 318-442-6398.
June 8: Main Movie Mania, Rapides Main Library, 1:00pm-3:00pm. Join us to watch “Welcome to Marwen” (PG-13). Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1036. www.rpl.org
June 8: Zoo Brew and Wine Too, Alexandria Zoo, 6:00pm-9:00pm. Guests 21-and-over can sip on craft brews and wine, rock out to live music, play games, and get up-close with some of the Zoo’s animal ambassadors. Additional beer and wine and tasty food truck fare from Z’s Southern Soul, Debbie’s Meat Pies, and Dat Truck available for purchase. Regular admission includes two beverages; designated driver admission includes unlimited lemonade and water. Guests (including Designated Drivers) must be at least 21 years old and present a valid photo ID. Babies or children are not allowed. Guests without a valid photo ID will not be permitted to enter the event. Zoo Brew will be held rain or shine. All sales are final; no refunds or exchanges. Please consider your unused ticket as a tax-deductible donation. Cost: $30.00 Regular Admission; $15.00 Designated Driver. Call: 318-441-6810.
June 10: Good Mourning Widowed Support Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 11:00am-12:00pm. This is an ongoing 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 those who are newly grieving. The Mourning Widowed Support Group meets on the second Monday of each month and is sponsored by CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital. Check our Face Book page: CHRISTUS Widowed and Widowers. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.
June 10: Veteran’s Support, Martin Luther King Jr. Branch Library, 5:00pm-7:00pm. Facilitator Anthony Eli speaks with veterans on how to live their best life after service. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-3912. www.rpl.org
June 11: AMoA Film Screening “The Soloist”, Alexandria Museum of Art, 5:30pm. Based on a true story, The Soloist focuses on a columnist who, while searching for story ideas, stumbles upon a homeless street musician with extraordinary talent. The film tells the story of the struggles both experience while the columnist uses his work to try and benefit both and all that he learns in the process. Released in 2009 by Dreamworks, the film stars Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458. www.themuseum.org
June 11: Ancestry.com Library Edition Class, Robertson Branch Library, 6:00pm-7:00pm. Learn how to use the census for family research. Register by June 7th to ensure adequate seating. Cost: Free. Call: 318-640-3098. www.rpl.org
June 11, 18, 25: Geeks Who Drink, Good People Kitchen, 7:30pm. Geeks Who Drink brings the nation’s best live hosted pub quiz to Good People Kitchen every Tuesday. Join in for 8 rounds of audio, visual and live hosted trivia. The weekly quiz features prizes for answering bonus questions and gift cards for the top teams at the end of the night. Geeks Who Drink rules limit the total number of players on your team to 6, so gather your smartest friends and come down. Cost: Free. Call: 318-787-2785.
June 12: Rocketry and Space Travel, Robertson Branch Library, 10:30am-11:30am. A story time presentation by Nancy Force, director of STARBASE, a Department of Defense youth program. She will be bringing craft items for children to make their own rockets. Cost: Free. Call: 318-640-3098. www.rpl.org
June 13: Zentangle, Westside Regional Library, 10:00am-11:00am. Adults, join us to learn the art of zentangle in this drawing class. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483. www.rpl.org
June 13: Galaxy T-Shirt Craft, Westside Regional Library, 2:00pm-3:00pm. We will be making intergalactic t-shirts with metallic paints and bleach. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483. www.rpl.org
June 13: Crayons Take Me Away, Rapides Main Library, 4:00pm-5:30pm. Come relax and enjoy some adult coloring. Registration by phone is required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1036. www.rpl.org
June 13: Jar Constellations Adult Craft, Robertson Branch Library, 5:00pm-6:30pm. We will be making constellations in a jar. Seating is limited. Register by June 7th to ensure adequate seating. Cost: Free. Call: 318-640-3098. www.rpl.org
June 14: Cake Off, J.W. McDonald Memorial Branch Library, 4:00pm-5:30pm. Calling all bakers! Come out and show your baking skills. Bake your favorite cake and share recipes. Get ready to have fun and enjoy great company. Cost: Free. Call: 318-748-4848. www.rpl.org
June 14: Kids Power Hour, Libuse Branch Library, 5:00pm-6:00pm. An hour of fun, games and books for kids ages 6 to 10. Registration by phone preferred. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-7259. www.rpl.org
June 15: Paws for Kids, Libuse Branch Library, 10:00am-11:00am. Read with Luke the Dog. Registration preferred. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-7259. www.rpl.org
June 15: Vintage Theatre, Westside Regional Library, 1:00pm-3:00pm. Viewing “To Sir with Love”. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483. www.rpl.org
June 15: Father’s Day Handprint Craft, Martin Branch Library, 3:30pm-4:30pm. Children and teens, join us to make a handprint craft for Father’s Day. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-3912. www.rpl.org
June 15: Juneteenth Parade and Celebration, Downtown Alexandria, 5:00pm. Col. Katrina Lloyd of the Louisiana National Guard will serve as Grand Marshal of the parade that begins at Peabody Magnet High School and ends at the Alexandria Riverfront enter. The celebration that follows will feature Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band live at the Amphitheatre. Call: 318-792-6736.
June 17-20: Maker Space Electronics Camp, Libuse Branch Library, 2:00pm-4:00pm. . Children ages 10+ will learn more about electrical circuits, LEDs, soldering, and more. Registration by phone required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x1036. www.rpl.org
June 18: Paper Quilling Master Craft, Rapides Main Library, 12:00pm-2:00pm. Join us for a beginner’s class in paper quilling. Registration by phone required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1036. www.rpl.org
June 18: Home Depot Craft, Martin Branch Library, 1:30pm-3:00pm. Children and teens ages 9 through 16 will participate in building a craft from Home Depot. Registration preferred. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-3912. www.rpl.org
June 18: Piggy Bank Adult Craft, Martin Branch Library, 2:30pm-4:00pm. Adults are invited to come to Martin Library and create a piggy (or any other animal) bank from a plastic container. Registration Required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-7575. www.rpl.org
June 18: Train Like an Astronaut–Part I, Robertson Branch Library, 4:30pm-5:30pm. Get a little feel for how things would be if you were in space. We will discover how astronauts eat in space and what the food tastes like. Cost: Free. Call: 318-640-3098. www.rpl.org
June 18: Journalers Unite, Westside Regional Library, 6:00pm-7:00pm. Come out to discuss and learn all things journaling. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483. www.rpl.org
June 19: Facebook is Not “Out of This World”, Martin Branch Library, 10:00am-11:30am. Get comfortable with technology! We will help you navigate the universe of Facebook, by helping you set up an account and catch up with old acquaintances. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-3912. www.rpl.org
June 19: Astronomy and Telescopes, Robertson Branch Library, 10:30am-11:30am. Children will learn about astronomy and telescopes from Dr. Stanley Paul, Professor of Physics at Louisiana College. Cost: Free. Call: 318-640-3098. www.rpl.org
June 19: Cenla Women’s Connection Luncheon, Conference Center at the Greens, 12:00pm. Robin Reese will present “How to be Secure in an Unsecured World”. Invite your friends and join us for a delicious lunch and an inspirational message. Please RSVP by Friday, June 14th. Cost: $16.00. Call: 318-481-7880 or E-mail: email@example.com.
June 19: Juneteenth Celebration, Martin Branch Library, 12:30pm-2:30pm. Join us for our Juneteenth Celebration in honor of black history, abolition, and emancipation. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-3912. www.rpl.org
June 19: Juneteenth Celebration, Johnson Branch Library, 3:30pm-4:30pm. Join us for our Juneteenth Freedom Day to celebrate black history, abolition and emancipation. Cost: Free. Call: 318-776-5153. www.rpl.org
June 20: As Young as You Feel Day, Rapides Main Library, 10:00am-12:30pm. If you’re 50+, come to join us for games, lunch and fellowship. Registration Required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1036. www.rpl.org
June 20: Parkinson’s Support Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 11:00am-12:30pm. The Parkinson’s support group meets on the 3rd 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 Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.
June 20: Star and Constellation Viewer Craft, Westside Regional Library, 2:00pm-3:00pm. Families are invited to Westside Regional Library to make a star and constellation viewer from construction paper. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483. www.rpl.org
June 21: The Longest Day for Alzheimer’s. Use your creativity and passion to raise funds and awareness for the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association during the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. The Longest Day is a peer-to-peer fundraising initiative by the Alzheimer’s Association in which people from across the world are encouraged to host an activity of their choice to raise funds and awareness for the care, support and research efforts of the global organization. Fundraising activities can include anything from basketball to baking and card games to crafts. Participants simply choose an activity they enjoy and turn it into a fundraiser by registering on The Longest Day website at www.alz.org/thelongestday. Call: 800-272-3900. www.alz.org
June 21: Gardening Meet-Up, Rapides Main Library, 9:00am-10:30am. Gardening series dedicated to answering your questions about plants! Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1036. www.rpl.org
June 21: Fizzy Jupiter, Westside Regional Library, 10:00am-11:00am. Children, join us to make baking soda paste balls that will fizz when put in water. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483. www.rpl.org
June 21: As Young As You Feel Day, Libuse Branch Library, 10:00am-11:00am. If you’re 50+, join Debbie for fun and games for the young at heart. Refreshments served. Registration by phone required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-7259. www.rpl.org
June 21: Moon Sand Craft, Martin Branch Library, 11:00am-12:00pm. Children will be able to make their own moon sand using household items. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-3912. www.rpl.org
June 21: Craig’s Corner, Martin Branch Library, 3:00pm-4:00pm. Teens will be introduced to the concept of astrology and their signs and given the opportunity to discuss whether they think it is real or not. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-3912. www.rpl.org
June 22: Zoo Dollar Day, Alexandria Zoo, 10:00am-4:00pm. Come play at Alexandria Zoo for Zoo Dollar Day presented by Walker Kia. Enjoy an incredible music lineup featuring Chubby Charrier, Peas and Cornbread, and the Kelli Roberts Band. Plus keeper chats, 24-ft rock wall, obstacle course, kids’ activities and more. Rock wall and train tickets, Gift Shop souvenirs, stroller rentals, and concessions will be available for purchase. Cost: $1.00. Call: 318-441-6810.
June 22: Adventures in Space Movie Marathon, Westside Regional Library, 10:00am-3:00pm. We will be watching Star Trek: Into Darkness (PG-13) and Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13). Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483. www.rpl.org
June 24: Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 11:00am-1:00pm. 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. The group meets on the fourth Monday of each month. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.
June 24: Alzheimer’s Activity Group, Cabrini Mediplex, 11:00am-12:30pm. The staff from Brookdale Assisted Living will offer appropriate activities with a fun, hands-on approach for those with Alzheimer’s disease. 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. The group meets on the fourth Monday of each month. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.
June 25: Come Write In, Rapides Main Library, 5:30pm-6:30pm.Come “write” in to enhance your creative writing skills. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1036. www.rpl.org
June 26: The Race for Space, Robertson Branch Library, 10:30am-11:30am. Children’s presentation by Mr. Richard Moran, retired National Guard Captain and Curator at LA Maneuvers and Military Museum. Cost: Free. Call: 318-640-3098. www.rpl.org
June 27: Star Wars Snacks, Robertson Branch Library, 1:00pm-3:00pm. Join us as we make galaxy bark and build Tie fighter cookies for an ‘Out of this World treat’. Cost: Free. Call: 318-640-3098. www.rpl.org
June 27: Moon Pie Moon Phase, Westside Regional Library, 2:00pm-3:00pm. Children, come by to learn the different phases of the moon while eating sweet treats. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483. www.rpl.org
June 27: Open Mic Comedy Night, Huckleberry Brewing Company, 8:00pm-10:00pm. Calling all comedians, or anyone who is interested in making people laugh, join host, Mark Brister on the last Saturday of each month. Call: 318-704-6833.
June 28: Teen Movie Day, J.W. McDonald Memorial Branch Library, 3:00pm-5:00pm. Teens and adults are invited to come watch the movie Replicas. Refreshments will be served. Cost: Free. Call: 318-748-4848. www.rpl.org
June 29: Louisiana Sports HoF & Northwest La History Museum 6th Anniversary, 800 Front Street in Natchitoches, 2:00pm-4:00pm. Help us celebrate the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum 6th anniversary! Come explore the museum and check out our latest exhibit, “The Plantation Photographs of Robert Tebbs”. This family fun event includes ice cream, crafts and outdoor games. Drinks and ice cream provided by FLASH. Cost: Free. Call: 318-357-2492.
July 4: 8th Annual Avoyelles Arts & Music Fest, Downtown Marksville, 10:00am. Louisiana’s July 4th Destination Festival will feature a parade, live music by Big Pokey Bear with Choppa, Yvette Landry and Louisiana legend, Warren Storm, Keith Frand & Soileau Zydeco Band, Travis Matte with Janson Matte, South 70 Band, the Aucoin Family Band with Jonathan Bettevy, car show, arts, crafts, kids zone, food and fireworks! Cost: Free.
July 6: First Saturday Fly-In Breakfast, Pineville Airport at Lake Buhlow, 7:30am-10:00am. Breakfast is cooked up every month as a nonprofit event by the Experimental Aircraft Association for pilots flying-in and everyone interested in aviation. A spread of hearty vittles—all you want to eat and drink—will give you energy to kick off the day’s events. Consider a trip to enjoy the venue of aircraft clubhouse, deck and lake, along with airplane chatter and visiting. Cost: $7.00 donation.
July 6: Bereaved Parents Support Group BPUSA, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 6:00pm-7:00pm. This is an on-going support group for parents and grandparents whose child has died. Bereaved Parents Support Group has trained outreach volunteers who are available to the newly grieving parent, grandparent or adult sibling. This group is sponsored by CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital and meets on the first Monday of every month. Pre-registration is required. Check out our Facebook page at The Bereaved Parents Of Cenla-BPUSA. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.
Ongoing-October 31: No Man’s Land Free For All Bass Tournament. Unlike most bass tournaments, fish length rather than weight will determine the winners. Another unique aspect of this tournament is its Catch-Photo-Release format. Instead of securing fish in aerated live wells for transport to far-off weigh-ins, each bass is laid on an approved, standardized measuring board beside an event identifier card, and a digital photograph is taken and uploaded for scoring. Anglers who want to compete in this free tournament must register for a free account at TourneyX—sportfishing’s leading online tournament management system. An event overview and complete contest rules can be found at www.kayakbassfishing.com/no-mans-land-free-for-all/ Cost: Free.
Ongoing-June: Yoga Class, Cabrini Mediplex Yoga Rx Room, 4:00pm-5:00pm. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. Come make new friends, get flexible and enjoy the health benefits of Yoga! Classes are on-going and meet every Monday, Wednesday or Thursday. Led by Kripalu trained Yoga Teacher, Becky Watkins. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.
June 8, 15, 22, 29 & July 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. Call: 318-443-3458.
June 8: Kids Yoga, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10:30am. The Alexandria Museum of Art and Rapides Regional Medical Center have partnered to present Healthy Living @AMoA. On the second Saturday of each month, Shannon Brewer of Lux Studios–Lotus Vibes present free Kids Yoga class at the Museum. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458.
June 20-22: Third Annual Cabrini Cancer Center Patient Assistance Fund Barrel Race, Coushatta Pavilion in Kinder. The Third Annual Friends of St. Frances Cabrini Cancer Center Patient Assistance Fund Barrel Race will feature thousands of riders, registered vendors, sponsors and riders from across the country all congregating in Kinder to accommodate the participants and supporters. All proceeds benefit the Patient Assistance Fund. Cost: Free admission. www.turnin3productions.com