March 2024 Calendar-at-a-Glance

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Art

March 9: 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

March 12: Creatives Round Table, Alexandria Museum of Art (933 2nd Street, Alexandria), 5:30pm-7:30pm. Are you an artist or creative in Central Louisiana? Are you looking for a place to come and talk to other creatives? Join us for the Creative Round Table! Being an artist can be isolating, but we can lift each other up! Do you want to learn about grants and artist calls? Talk about process? Maybe you want to learn how other artists market their art or ship their art? Well, come on! Let’s talk about it! No need to register. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458. themuseum.org

March 16-June 15: Enduring Concepts and Prints by Picasso, Alexandria Museum of Art (933 Second St, Alexandria). Enduring Concepts explores recurring themes prevalent within its scope of Modern and Contemporary Louisiana, Southern, & American Art. The Timothy Collins Collection presents an important and insightful gathering of etchings, lithographs and linocuts by one of the great masters of the 20th century. This exhibition provides a unique window into a significant era in art history, and takes a serious and scholarly look at Picasso’s development and creative process, often not as accessible in his paintings. Call: 318-443-3458. themuseum.org

March 16: Art for All Monoprinting, Alexandria Museum of Art (933 Second St, Alexandria), 1:00pm-4:00pm. Participants will be inspired by the printmaking of Pablo Picasso and then learn several methods of monoprinting from AMoA educator, Cindy Blair. This workshop is open to all ages. Bring a friend. Bring family. Bring yourself! Space is limited. Register today! Cost: Free AMoA members; $20.00 non-member group of up to 5. Call: 318-443-3458. themuseum.org

March 23: Journey Into Printmaking, Alexandria Museum of Art (933 Second St, Alexandria), 10:30am-3:30pm. This is a fantastic journey through the world of print making. With Picasso’s etchings, lithographs and linocuts as inspiration, participants will have a unique window into Picasso’s development and creative process, often not as accessible in his paintings. Each participant will create their own lino blocks and complete a set of prints. All materials are provided. No experience necessary. Cost: $65.00 AMoA members; $85.00 non-members. Call: 318-443-3458. themuseum.org

April 2: Creativity Launch Pad—Watercolor, 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

Music

March 21: Johnny Earthquake & the Moondogs, Alexandria City Hall (915 3rd St, Alexandria), 5:00pm-8:00pm. Spring into AlexRiverFête on the steps of City Hall for a Downtown Party of music, dancing, and fun! Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Rain site: Convention Hall. Cost: Free. Call: 318-449-5225.

March 21: A Choral Collage, St. James Episcopal Church (1620 Murray Street, Alexandria), 7:30pm. The Red River Chorale will present a montage of sixteen short classic selections, each in its original language. They span nearly 500 years, beginning in the 1500s. The result is a richly woven tapestry, indeed a musical collage of the finest quality—a work of art.  Immerse yourself for an hour in the beauty of the past; you’ll find yourself wishing for more. Cost: $15.00 adults; $5.00 students. redriverchorale.com

March 23: RSO Presents “To the Victors”, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center (1202 3rd Street, Alexandria), 7:30pm. The Rapides Symphony Orchestra will perform Beethoven’s famous Symphony No. 5 in C Minor as well as two pieces performed by the winners of the Symphony’s biennial concerto competition for young musicians. Call: 318-442-9709. RapidesSymphony.org

April 4: Rouge Krewe, Alexandria City Hall (915 3rd St, Alexandria), 5:00pm-8:00pm. Spring into AlexRiverFête on the steps of City Hall for a Downtown Party of music, dancing, and fun! Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Rain site: Convention Hall. Cost: Free. Call: 318-449-5225.

Theatre

Ongoing-March 10: Mean Girls the Musical, Pineville High School (1511 Line St. Pineville). Adapted from Fey’s hit 2004 film, Mean Girls was nominated for a staggering 12 Tony Awards.  This queen-bee took Broadway by storm and has joined the musical in-crowd. Performances begin nightly Friday and Saturday at 7:00pm; matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2:00pm. Cost: $12.00-$18.00. pinevillehightheatre.com

Ongoing-March 16: “Reckless” by Craig Lucas, Martin Performing Arts Center (1140 College Dr, Pineville). tlc presents “Reckless” by Craig Lucas. On Christmas night, Lloyd and Pooty Bophtelophti, played by senior music major Caleb Williams and senior theatre major Carmen Taffi, take in Rachel Fitsimmons, played by senior theatre major Colleen Andrews Williams. As Rachel tries to live a new life, unexpected road bumps and turns keep getting in the way. Performances run March 14th and 15th at 7:00pm and March 9th and 16th at 2:00pm and 7:00pm. Cost: $5.00 LCU students, faculty, and staff; $12.00 senior citizens and non-LCU students; $15.00 general admission. 318-487-7011.

March 11: The Elephant 6 Recording Co. Screening, Hearn Stage at Kress Theatre (1102 Third Street, Alexandria), 7:00pm. “The Elephant 6 Recording Co.” shares the unique inside story of the collective creative evolution behind the sounds of 1990s psychedelic rock bands the Olivia Tremor Control, Neutral Milk Hotel, and the Apples in Stereo–the founding groups behind the Elephant 6 collective, as well as a host of other artists with inspirational resonance for today’s music makers, and music lovers everywhere. Cost: $10.00 General Admission; Students Free. louisiana-arts.org

March 15-17: School of Rocky the Musical, Bolton High School Auditorium (2101 Vance Avenue, Alexandria). Overly enthusiastic guitarist Dewey Finn gets thrown out of his rock band and finds himself in desperate need of work. Posing as a substitute music teacher at an elite private elementary school, he exposes his students to the hard rock gods he idolizes and emulates—much to the consternation of the uptight principal. As he gets his privileged and precocious charges in touch with their inner rock ‘n roll animals, he imagines redemption at a local Battle of the Bands, but experiences some hefty obstacles along the way! Performances begin nightly Friday and Saturday at 7:00pm; Sunday matinee begins at 2:00pm. boltonconservatory.com

April 11-21: The Odd Couple, Hearn Stage at Kress Theatre (1102 Third Street, Alexandria). This classic comedy opens as a group of the guys assemble for cards in the apartment of divorced Oscar Madison. And if the mess is any indication, it’s no wonder that his wife left him. Late to arrive is Felix Unger, who has just been separated from his wife. Felix is fastidious, depressed, and none too tense, but as the action unfolds, Oscar becomes the one with murder on his mind when the clean freak and the slob ultimately decide to room together with hilarious results as “The Odd Couple” is born. Cost: $15.00 adults; $12.00 seniors; $7.00 students; $5.00 Thursdays. cpptheatre.com

Events

Ongoing-March: 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.

March 9: Holy Savior Menard Shamrockin’ Fest, Randolph Riverfront Center (707 2nd St, Alexandria), 6:00pm. Join us for a Pub Crawl, Silent Auction, Food, Live Music and Dancing. Wear your favorite festive St. Patrick’s Day attire. Cost: $50.00. Call: 318-445-8233. givebutter.com/hsmfest

March 11: 9th Annual God in the Workplace Series, Guinn Auditorium at LCU (1040 College Drive, Pineville), 6:00pm. God in the Workplace is an annual series that brings speakers to campus to challenge students and the public to honor God through their businesses and occupations. Dr. Michael Zigarelli, a nationally renowned expert in the fields of management, practical theology, law and ethics, will be the featured speaker. Cost: Free.

March 12, 19, 26 & April 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.

March 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.

March 13: Cenla Women’s Connection Dinner, Alexandria Convention Center (2225 North MacArthur Dr, Alexandria), 6:30pm. By popular demand, CWC is planning an Nighttime event. Jana Vick presents “Anchor in a Storm”. Invite spouses and/or friends for a delicious meal, inspirational message, wonderful music, and lots of fun! Sponsored by Avalon Hotel Group & 4 Points Hotel. Please RVP. Cost: $25.00. Call: 318-447-4673.

March 15-17: Louisiana Nursery Festival, Festival Grounds (Highway 112, Forest Hill). The Louisiana Nursery Festival features a full Carnival experience, craft booths, food, entertainment, and many plants on display for purchase! Call: 318-452-2362.

March 15: Bolton High School Alumni Inaugural Hall of Fame Induction, Alexandria Holiday Inn (701 Fourth St, Alexandria), 6:30pm. James A Bolen, Jr., Edwin J. Caplan, Catherine D. Kimball, Nancy Monroe, Warren R. Morris, Thomas O. Ryder, John W. “Jock” Scott, II (posthumously), and Charles S. Weems, III will be inducted as the inaugural Hall of Fame class. The evening will feature cocktails, dinner and special program. Cost: $50.00. Call: 318-448-0629.

March 16: 2nd Annual Hoppin’ Spring Market, Hessmer High School Gymnasium (4153 East School St, Hessmer), 9:00am-4:00pm. Gather up the family and join in for a fun filled day of shopping, Easter Egg Hunt, and more. Call: 318-563-4511.

March 16: 39th Annual Louisiana Czech Festival, Czech Hall (94 Industrial Rd, Pineville), 10:00am-4:00pm. Each year, community members and interested outsiders—some also of Czech descent—come to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of the Bohemian and Moravian founders of the community. Featuring traditional dancing, music, food, pysanky eggs, shopping, and more! Cost: Free. Call: 318-319-7854.

March 16: 41st Annual Cabrini Ball, Randolph Riverfront Center (707 Second Street, Alexandria), 6:30pm. The evening will feature signature drinks from Jack’s, a gourmet 3-course dinner by Southern Creations, a luxury Live Auction, and a special musical performance from Downtown Fever, a 12-piece, high-energy, Dallas-based party band. Cost: $250. Call: 318-448-6580.

March 19: Medicare Education Classes, Libuse Branch Library (6375 Highway 28 E, Pineville), 10:00am. Join Cori Richerson, Medicare Benefits Specialist, for a 1-hour Medicare overview class at the library. Get your questions about Medicare answered and an honest, straightforward overview of the facts that are important to you. Please RSVP to [email protected]. Cost: Free.

March 20: Avoyelles Arts Council Pop-Up Restaurant, Joffrion-Roy-Luke Home (626 North Monroe Street, Marksville), 6:00pm. This premier event features a five-course meal paired with wines and served by the Avoyelles Arts Council board members. Chef Matt Morgan from the Hotel Bentley in Alexandria is the 2024 Pop-Up guest chef who will prepare the evening culinary experience served by the Avoyelles Arts Council Board! Cost: $125. Call: 318-447-0447.

March 22: Spring Strawberry Workshop, LSUAg Center (300 Grady Britt Drive, Alexandria), 8:30am-12:00pm. LSU AgCenter horticulturists Michael Polozola and Sara Shields will present a workshop on cultivating strawberries. Registration includes 4 strawberry plants. Registration required; class size limited. Cost: $20.00. Call: 318-473-6520.

March 22: Free Friday Night at T.R.E.E. House Children’s Museum, T.R.E.E. House Children’s Museum (1403 3rd St, Alexandria), 5:00pm-8:00pm. Join in every 4th Friday of each month for a great time to “treat” friends and family to a night at the museum! Cost: Free. Call: 318-619-9394.

March 23: Cenla Plant Swap, Buhlow Lake Recreation Area (200 Lake Buhlow Road, Pineville), 1:00pm. Bring your seeds, cuttings, multiplying plants, pots, anything plant related that you want to share! Cost: Free.

March 28: Cenla Author’s Club Meeting, Westside Regional Library (5416 Provine Place, Alexandria), 6:30pm. Dr. James P. “Jim” Barnett, author of over two dozen books covering Louisiana history will be the featured speaker. Cost: Free.

March 30: Pockin’ on the Bayou, Downtown Cottonport, 10:00am. Come for the fun, leave with a memory and maybe a trophy! On Holy Saturday, the Cottonport Women’s Commission capitalizes on a local tradition with the Pockin’ on the Bayou Easter Festival. Head to the Cotton Queen Square for the Easter Bonnet contest, pirogue races, a 5K run, and much more, leading up to the Pockin’ Contest! Call: 318-876-3485.

March 30: Easter on the Red River, Ben Routh Recreational Park (Ben Routh Rd, Effie), 10:30am. The events begin at 11:00am with Easter Bonnet/Hat Contest, Cake Walk, and silent auction.  Egg decorating judging and Children’s Egg Knocking Contest begin at noon.  A Children’s Egg Hunt is scheduled to follow at 12:30pm and an Egg Toss at 1:00pm.  Contest winners are awarded prizes at 1:30pm.  At 2:00pm, the adults will compete in the chicken egg knocking contest followed by the guinea egg knocking contests for all ages at 2:30pm.  Call: 318-613-2274.

March 31: Marksville Easter Egg Knocking Contest, Marksville Historoci Courthouse Square, 8:30am. Come out on Sunday, March 31st to compete with your eggs trying to claim the bragging rights to having the toughest egg.  The process of elimination contest begins with one person ‘pacques’ their egg on the opponent until a crack is heard. Call: 318-253-8599.

April 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.

April 6: Kent House Spring Herb Day Festival & Sale, Kent Plantation House (3601 Bayou Rapides Rd, Alexandria), 8:00am-1:00pm. An amazing selection of quality herbs and bedding plants will be for sale with gardening experts on hand to help select the perfect plants for your yard or home.  Browse the wide assortment of local arts, crafts and food vendors as well as a gigantic indoor Yard Sale. Herb Day and the Yard Sale serve as fundraisers for programs at Kent Plantation House. Call: 318-487-5998. kenthouse.org

April 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.

April 6: Intro to Judaism, the Jewish Temple (2021 Turner Street, Alexandria), 1:00pm-4:00pm. Have you ever wanted to know more about Judaism?  Are you in an Interfaith Relationship?  Do you have questions about what is happening in the Middle East?  Then, this class is for you. Rabbi Judy Ginsburgh will give a brief overview of Jewish beliefs, history, customs, holidays, life cycle events, and more. Please pre-register by emailing [email protected]. Cost: Free.

Sports

March 12, 19, 26 & April 2: Yoga in the Gallery, Alexandria Museum of Art (933 2nd Street, Alexandria), 5:45pm. Chill out every Tuesday with yoga classes taught by Learn with Laci. Registration is no longer required! Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458. themuseum.org

March 15: Golf for Girls Golf Tournament, Links on the Bayou (271 Vandenburg Drive, Alexandria). The purpose of this golf tournament is to raise money for our Girls on the Run Central Louisiana Council. All proceeds will go directly toward the funding of this program. Your generosity and participation will help sustain the council and create opportunities for scholarships to be available to participants who need financial help. YWCAAlexandria.org

March 16: 20th Annual Spring Bayou Bass Fishing Tournament, Spring Bayou Complex (2628 Spring Bayou Rd, Marksville). The Louisiana National Guard 1020th Engineer Company, Spring Bayou Restoration Team, and the Marksville VFW Post 3139 will host the 20th Annual Bass Fishing Tournament. The Military Appreciation and Community Event will begin at safe daylight until the scheduled 2:00pm weigh in time and the Boggy Bayou Landing.  Five cash place awards will be given based on a 40-boat tournament. Cost: $90.00 per boat. Call: 318-305-3031.

March 16: Bear Bash Dash, Bolton High School (2101 Vance Ave, Alexandria), 8:30am-10:00am. A 5K and fun run at Bolton High School. Proceeds go toward the Bolton Alumni Association, which supports students and faculty at Bolton High School and provides opportunities for Bolton alumni to stay connected. The fun run will start after the 5K and run around the track at Bolton. Register online: https://shorturl.at/yJKWY. Cost: $30.00

March 23: LCU Psi Chi Color Run, Louisiana Christian University (1140 College Drive, Pineville), 8:30am. Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, was founded in 1929 with a mission to encourage excellence in scholarship and advance the science of psychology. The Color Run 1-mile fun run brings awareness and empathy to today’s social issues. Cost: $10.00.

March 30: Lauren Vaughn Memorial 5K Run/Walk, Alexandria Senior High (800 Ola St, Alexandria), 8:00am. The Lauren Vaughn Memorial 5K Run/Walk (LV5K) will be held at the Alexandria Senior High School softball field to remember and honor the life of Lauren Vaughn and her commitment to the field of medicine. Money raised will go towards the Lauren Vaughn Memorial Scholarship at NSU for the Accelerated BS to BSN Program to benefit future nurses and to raise awareness for drunk and impaired driving. lv5k.com

*All events subject to change.