Ongoing-June 18: Environmental Impact II, Alexandria Museum of Art (933 2nd Street, Alexandria). Environmental Impact is a traveling exhibition that shares the work of leading contemporary artists who choose to focus on global and local environmental issues; and to heighten public awareness through the power of art. The exhibit includes 75 paintings, photographs, prints, installations, and sculptures. Call: 318-443-3458. themuseum.org
Ongoing-August 5: 2023 Resident Artist Summer Show, River Oaks Square Arts Center (1330 2nd Street, Alexandria). This year’s Resident Artist Summer Show promises a stellar exhibition, bringing together the artists’ personal favorites in terms of subjects, media, and inspiration. Concurrently, we are thrilled to showcase exhibitions by our very own Jane Crowell and local artist Madilyn Anderson in the Galerie des Amis and the Stokes-Harris Gallery, respectively. Call: 318-473-2670. riveroaksartscenter.com
June 9-July 12: George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts Contest Exhibition, Alexandria Museum of Art (933 2nd Street, Alexandria). This exhibition features finalists chosen from entries by Louisiana high schools’ juniors and seniors in the George Rodrigue Foundation Art Contest. Call: 318-443-3458. themuseum.org
June 10: Second Saturday at the Museum, Alexandria Museum of Art (933 Second St, Alexandria). Enjoy the Alexandria Museum of Art without admission charge on the second Saturday of the month. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458. themuseum.org
June 10: Holcombe & Holcombe Exhibit Opening, Gallery One E111even (111 Thrid Street, Leesville), 6:00pm. Join in the fun and celebrate kindred creative spirits for the opening of an exhibit by husband and wife artistic duo Dr. David & Nicole Holcombe. The exhibit will be on display through July 1st. Call: 318-208-1762.
June 15: AMoA Renegade Tour, Alexandria Museum of Art (933 2nd Street, Alexandria), 6:00pm. Join Annie Collins, dynamic local environmental changemaker and founder of Glass Act Recycling, for an intimate tour of Environmental Impact II. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458. themuseum.org
June 24: Hand-Building Ceramics Workshop, Alexandria Museum of Art (933 2nd Street, Alexandria), 10:00am-4:00pm. This workshop will offer a strong foundation in hand-building techniques needed to create sculptural and utilitarian forms. Cost: $100 AMoA members; $125 non-members. Call: 318-443-3458. themuseum.org
June 26-30: The Muse Figure Drawing Camp, Alexandria Museum of Art (933 Second St, Alexandria), 1:00pm-5:00pm. Muse teen will learn about endangered species and our impact on them. Then they will practice drawing them in some unexpected environments! Open to teens ages 13-19. Registration is required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458. themuseum.org
July 1: Throwing Clay Workshop, Alexandria Museum of Art (933 2nd Street, Alexandria), 10:00am-4:00pm. This session will focus on the techniques and skills needed to successfully throw clay on a pottery wheel, and developing your own muscle configuration. Cost: $100 AMoA members; $125 non-members. Call: 318-443-3458. themuseum.org
July 4: 11th Annual Avoyelles Arts & Music Festival, Broken Wheel Brewery (109 Tunica Drive East, Marksville), 10:00am. The Avoyelles Arts Council presents the 11th Annual Avoyelles Arts & Music Festival featuring Louisiana’s Laroux, Amanda Shaw, Traivs Matte & the Kingpins, Leon Chavis & the Zydeco Flames, One Trick Pony, and more live on stage. The festival will also include car, truck, and jeep show, BBQ cook-off, Kidz Zone, old fashioned bake-off, vendors and more before wrapping up with the City of Marksville fireworks display at nightfall. No outside alcohol, ice chests, or golf carts. Cost: Free. avoyellesarts.com
June 16: The Color Purple, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center (1202 3rd St., Alexandria), 7:00pm. ASH Theatre’s Fall Production of The Color Purple has been invited to perform at the International Thespians Festival in Bloomington, Indiana. This special encore performance will serve as a fundraiser for the Festival! Purchase your tickets early and come celebrate with the cast and crew. Dress in your best Red Carpet attire to let these kids know how proud we are of their hard work and dedication to this program and this production. Cost: $20.00. ashtheatre.com
June 22-25: Spectral Sisters 2023 10-Minute Play Festival, Hearn Stage at Kress Theatre (1102 3rd Street, Alexandria). This year’s Ten-Minute Play Festival runs Thursday through Saturday starting at 7:30pm; Sunday matinee will be at 2:30pm. There is a wide range of subject matter and styles, but all of the plays take place at a wedding reception. There are adult themes and content. Cost: $10.00.
Ongoing-June: 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.
June 8-10: LA Corn Festival, Bunkie Festival Grounds (208 Pershing Ave, Bunkie). Aw shucks! The 35th Annual Louisiana Corn Festival kicks off at 5:00pm on Thursday with no gate entry fee! The celebration continues again Friday at 5:00pm with food vendors, “watering hole,” arts & crafts, softball tournament, live music and move! The fun wraps up after a full day starting at 8:00am on Saturday before concluding with the Chee-Weez on the main stage at 9:00pm. Cost: $5.00 (ages 18+); $1.00 (17 & under). Call: 318-346-2575.
June 9, 16, 23, 30 & July 7: 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.
June 10: Summer Health & Wellness Event, St. Matthews Baptist Church Fellowship Hall (5605 Old Boyce Road, Boyce), 10:00am & 3:00pm. Yvonne & Don Johnson will offer safe and effective alternatives to harsh household chemicals. Everyone is invited to attend. Call: 318-229-5927.
June 10: Rapides Republican Rally, Lake Buhlow (200 Lake Buhlow Rd, Pineville), 10:00am-5:00pm. The event will feature car parade, classic car show, live music, bounce houses, petting zoo, flotilla, and Louisiana cuisine. Plus, meet state and local candidates running for re-election as well as their challengers. Cost: $5.00.
June 10: Calvary Tabernacle Health & Safety Event, Alexandria City Park (51 Rensselaer Street, Alexandria), 11:00am-1:00pm. The event will feature community agencies offering health and safety information to parents and children plus food, fun and door prizes! Summertime means that children are home more and are out in the neighborhood in greater numbers, which can lead to an increase in accidents. Cost: Free.
June 10: 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 protected] or through Facebook messenger!
June 12: Professional Women’s Network of Cenla (PWN), Brocato’s (5515 Coliseum Blvd., Alexandria), 12:00pm-1:00pm. PWN meets on the second Monday of each month. No reservation needed. Lunch available for purchase. Call: 318-880-3033.
June 13, 20, 27 & July 4: 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.
June 14: 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.
June 20: Safe Sitter Class, RRMC Education Department (211 4th Street, Alexandria), 8:30am-4:00pm. This is a class designed to teach boys and girls, aged 11-14 years old, how to be safe babysitters. It is a fun way for babysitters to learn important topics such as how to handle emergencies, how to entertain kids, CPR/choking rescue for children and infants, basic child care skills, babysitting business skills, and how to keep themselves safe while babysitting. Cost: $45.00. Call: 318-769-4440.
June 22: Symphony Sweepstakes 23 Roll Over Beethoven, England Air Park Community Center (1611 Arnold Drive, Alexandria), 6:00pm. The purchase of a $100 raffle ticket gains two people entry to the Rapides Symphony Sweepstakes live auction, heavy hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, dessert dash, and a chance to win $10,000! Only 250 tickets will be sold. Need not be present to win. Cost: $100. Call: 318-442-9709.
June 22: Cenla Author’s Club Meeting, Westside Regional Library (5416 Provine Place, Alexandria), 6:00pm. Warren and Mary are considered the leading preservationists in all of North America regarding the Acadian/Cajun culture. Warren, an author of several widely acclaimed books on the Acadians, is offering this one-of-a-kind talk only to our Central Louisiana group. He will be introduced by local well-known attorney Chris Roy, Sr. Their program is co-sponsored by HACL and the Cenla Author’s Club. Cost: Free.
June 24: Kent House Bug & Reptile Day, Kent Plantation House (3601 Bayou Rapides Road, Alexandria), 9:00am-1:00pm. The USDA Forest Service and Kent Plantation House invite children of all ages to the Annual Kent House Bug & Reptile Day. There will be bug and reptile encounters galore. Come hold a bug or even eat one if you dare! Concessions and t-shirts will be available for purchase. Cost: $2.00 cash only. Call: 318-487-5998. kenthouse.org
June 24: Magical Market, Fighting Hand Brewing Company (1600 Military Highway, Pineville), 5:00pm-9:00pm. Magical Market is Cenla’s fastest growing community vendor event. Established in 2020 with the vision of bringing local artists, crafters, and fellow visionaries together in unity, Magical Market celebrates turning the mundane into magic through the beauty of unique creations. Find Magical Market on Facebook @magicalmarketlouisiana. Must be 21+. Cost: Free.
July 1: 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.
July 1: 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.
June 13, 20, 27: Yoga in the Gallery, Alexandria Museum of Art (933 2nd Street, Alexandria), 5:45pm. Classes taught by Learn with Laci. 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. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458. themuseum.org
June 26: Hit for Hope Golf Tournament, Tamahka Trails at Paragon Casino (222 Slim Lemoine Road, Marksville), 9:00am. Golfers will participate in a competitive and innovative 18-hole championship-level course golf tournament. Representatives from the Tribe, Paragon Casino Resort, and United Way of Central Louisiana will all attend the event, as well as local leaders. Proceeds benefit ALICE programs through United Way of Central Louisiana. Call: 318-443-7203.
*All events subject to change.