Ongoing-February 18: No Man’s Land and Renaissance Men, Alexandria Museum of Art (933 2nd Street, Alexandria). No Man’s Land features the work of four Vernon Parish artists Isabelle Massart-Bursh, Tony McDonald, Rickie Smith and Joey Governale is featured in this commemoration of that rough, lawless and primitive area that is now their home and inspiration. Renaissance Men features the work of two celebrated Cenla artists and all around Renaissance Men, Morris Taft Thomas and David Holcombe. Call: 318-443-3458. themuseum.org
November 10-11: Nobody Draws the Same, River Oaks Square Arts Center (1330 2nd Street, Alexandria), 10:00am-3:30pm. A creative approach to observational drawing presented by 5x5x5 Guest Juror Ashley Chavis. This “use what you have” DIY all levels drawing class will explore multiple mediums and techniques on paper like charcoal, marker, ink, acrylic and oil paint on paper. Students will work with the following preferred materials: mixed media paper, charcoal, India ink, pencil, ink pen, markers, watercolors, acrylic paint, oil paint, linseed oil, dammar varnish, mineral spirits, paint brushes, and drafting templates. Cost: $50.00. Call: 318-473-2670.
November 11-February 5: 5x5x5, Maria Manemann, and Ceramics by The ARC, River Oaks Square Arts Center (1330 2nd Street, Alexandria). The 5x5x5 Show features two- or three-dimensional pieces of art no larger than 5-inches square or fitting in a 5-inch cube in the Bolton-Davis Gallery; Maria Manemann will exhibit “Fire in the Water” in the Galerie des Amis; and students from The ARC Rapides under Instructor Lindsay B. Moore present ceramics in the Stokes-Harris Gallery. An exhibition opening has been scheduled for November 11th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm with an award ceremony taking place at 6:30pm. Call: 318-473-2670. riveroaksartscenter.com
November 12: No Man’s Land Family Class, Alexandria Museum of Art (933 2nd Street, Alexandria), 12:00pm. he No Man’s Land Exhibition focuses on four artists living and working in the historic, and at one time lawless No Man’s Land of western Louisiana. We’ll discuss the “rules of art.” How do they work for us when creating art? How can they work even better when we break them? This fun, experimental art class will be a hoot for the whole family! Bring a friend, your family or just bring yourself! Cost: Free AMoA member family of 5; $20.00 non-member family of 5. Call: 318-443-3458. themuseum.org
November 17: Renegade Tour at AMoA, Alexandria Museum of Art (933 2nd Street, Alexandria), 6:00pm. Come to the museum after hours for an unconventional tour by guest guide, Kelvin Spears! Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458. themuseum.org
December 3: River Oaks Annual Christmas Porch Sale, River Oaks Square Arts Center (1330 2nd Street, Alexandria), 9:00am-3:00pm. You are invited to the best Art Shopping Event of the season! View and buy original works from over 100 regional, local artists, and fine craftsmen. Cost: Free. 318-473-2670.
December 6: 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
November 8: The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center (1202 3rd St. Alexandria), 7:00pm. Along with the greatest songs, the best original arrangements and phenomenal musicianship, these two bring their rich camaraderie and charm to the stage. Inspired by the style and swagger of legendary entertainers like Frank and Dean and Sammy, Davis & Johnson are making their own revisions to the Great American songbook. Their performance includes favorite melodies from recent history–a dash of Motown, a shot of country, some folk and rock sprinkled on top–and the stories behind them, serving up a musical banquet that feeds every soul. Cost: $25.00 Adults; $17.00 Seniors (65+); $10.00 Students (3 to 18); $60.00 Family (2 adults; 2 children); Veterans Free (w/ ID). Call: 318-484-4475.
December 3: An Elvis My Way Christmas, Paragon Casino Resort Mari Center (711 Paragon Pl, Marksville), 8:00pm. Brandon Bennett, a native of south Louisiana, will be performing the Elvis hit songs you know and love, including holiday favorites in this very special holiday show. In his over 20 years in the business, Bennett has been a part of a diverse scene paying tribute to The Greatest Entertainer of our time, Elvis Presley. Cost: $25.00+. Call: 800-946-1946.
December 4:: RSO Presents “A Holiday Feast”, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center (1202 3rd St. Alexandria), 2:30pm. As always, the concert will be full of Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s favorites that people of all ages will enjoy! Area high school “Side by Side” students who have auditioned and been selected will join the symphony for this concert. Concerto Competition winner Samuel Garcia will be a featured soloist. As always, the holiday concert will wrap up with a sing-a-long and a surprise visitor from the North Pole! Cost: $25.00 Adults; $15.00 Seniors (65+); $10.00 Students; $50.00 Family (2 Adults + 4 Students). Call: 318-442-9709. rapidessymphony.org
November 10-13: Young Frankenstein, Pineville High School Auditorium (1511 Line Street, Pineville). From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation, The Producers, comes this monster musical comedy. The comedy genius, Mel Brooks, adapts his legendarily funny film into a brilliant stage creation–Young Frankenstein! Performances begin nightly Thursday through Saturday at 7:00; Saturday and Sunday matinees begin at 2:00pm. Cost: $12.00-$18.00. Call: 318-623-3254. pinevillehighschooltheatre.com
November 10-20: Arsenic & Old Lace, Richard Gwartney Theatre (Mulder Hall, LSUA). Empty Space Players present Arsenic & Old Lace, a classic black comedy about the only thing more deadly than poison: family. Directed by Jared Guillory. Performances being nightly Thursday through Saturday at 7:30pm; Sunday matinee performances are set for 2:30pm. Cost: $10.00 General admission; $5.00 (Seniors & Students); LSUA Students (w/ ID) Free. Call: 318-473-6473.
November 12: Tartuffe Staged Reading, Alexandria Museum of Art (933 2nd Street, Alexandria), 7:30pm. In collaboration with Spectral Sisters and LSUA, the museum presents a 2-hour reading of Tartuffe translated by Dr. David Holcombe. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458. themuseum.org
November 26-27: The Nutcracker, Coughlin Saunders Performing Arts Center (1202 3rd Street, Alexandria). Red River Dance Theatre Company presents Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet. Performances begin nightly at 7:00pm; Saturday matinee begins at 2:00pm. Cost: $15.00-$20.00. Call: 318-443-7500. redriverdance.org
Ongoing-November: 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.
November 8, 15, 22, 29 & December 6: 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.
November 9: Cenla Women’s Connection Luncheon, Alexandria Convention Center—Four Points by Sheraton (2301 North MacArthur Drive, Alexandria), 12:00pm. Enjoy this midweek break with delightful food, fun, fellowship, and Lots of door prizes! This month will feature the Gift Basket Boutique (a silent auction to benefit Stonecroft Missions). Inspirational Speaker, Suzy Stjernstrom Shepherd presents “Shine On”. Please RSVP. Cost: $18.00. Call: 337-349-4776.
November 9: 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.
November 9: C. S. Lewis: The Most Reluctant Convert, Louisiana Christian University Guinn Auditorium) 1040 College Drive Pineville, 7:00pm. LSU presents a screening of the feature film produced by Fellowship for the Performing Arts which stars founder and director Max McLean in the title role of C. S. Lewis looking back on his remarkable journey from hard-boiled atheist to the most renowned Christian writer of the past century. Registration is required. Cost: Free. tinyurl.com/2s4dcj5t
November 10: Faith House Trivia Night, Paragon Casino Resort Arsene/Belazaire Rooms (711 Paragon Pl, Marksville), 7:15pm. Faith House will be hosting our annual Faith House Trivia Night: All About Louisiana! So, come out and play some trivia, eat a delicious Louisiana meal, bid at our silent auction, and support survivors of domestic violence! The night will feature 10 rounds of Louisiana trivia, door prizes, free food, an open bar, and a silent auction. The winning team will receive a cash prize! Must be 21 or older. Cost: $25.00 Individual; $150 Table of 6. Call: 318-253-2383.
November 11: Veterans Day Parade & Program, Pineville Riverfront, 9:00am-12:00pm. Honor our courageous Veteran’s with a ceremony and Parade on Veteran’s Day. Ceremony will be along the riverfront in Pineville and the Parade rolls up Main Street to Claiborne. Cost: Free. Call: 318-449-5650. pineville.net
November 11-13: Cenla Holiday Open House, Various Locations. Central Louisiana’s local businesses are ready to help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your Christmas list. Shop local and beat the holiday shopping crowds by taking advantage of the exclusive Holiday Open House deals and promotions happening all weekend long! cometogetherlocally.com
November 11, 18, 25 & December 2: 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.
November 12: 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Vendor Fest, LaCroix Park (3168 Highway 8, Pollock), 8:00pm-4:00pm. Bring your family and join in the festivities, featuring live music, food trucks, local artists, crafts, shopping, hayrides, and more! And, get the chance to meet our very own Miss Louisiana! Come one, come all, and let’s all give “thanks” for our beautiful Cenla! Cost: Free.
November 12: 29th Annual Kent House Sugar Day Festival, Kent Plantation House (3601 Bayou Rapides Rd, Alexandria), 9:00am-4:00pm. Kent Plantation House “firing up their reproduction 1840s sugar mill and making some delicious sugar” just like in the old days. While there, experience authentic period live music and dancing, lots of demonstrations like blacksmithing and corn grinding, and even tour the beautiful Kent House. There will be vendors selling crafts they made with their very own hands, and even some fun activities for the kids. So, come join us for a fun-filled day of sugar making surely to satisfy that “sweet tooth” of yours! Cost: $5.00 (ages 4+). Call: 318-487-5998. kenthouse.org
November 12: Walk to End Alzheimer’s, England Airpark, 9:00am. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest fundraiser for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease. All funds raised allow 24/7 care and support and advance research toward methods of prevention, treatment and, ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer’s. Cost: Free. act.alz.org/alexandria2022
November 12: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or through Facebook messenger!
November 14: Cryptid Creatures of the South, Vernon Parish Library (1401 Nolan Trace, Leesville), 7:00pm. From Bigfoot, Dogmen, Lizardmen, and the infamous Honey Island Swamp Monster, these creatures seem to lurk just beyond the realms of proof. So, do they exist? Lyle Blackburn, a native Texan known for his work in writing, music, and film, will offer an intriguing exploration into these modern monsters. Call: 337-239-2027.
November 16: Cenla Authors Club Meeting, Westside Regional Library (5416 Provine Pl, Alexandria), 6:00pm. Former “Ace Reporter”, sports writer, and all-around good fellow, Bob Tompkins of Alexandria, is the featured speaker. He will speak on his successful writing career, tips on good writing, as well as his latest book. Cost: Free.
November 19: The Muse, Alexandria Museum of Art (933 2nd Street, Alexandria), 6:00pm-9:00pm. Teens aged 13 to 19 are invited to come to the museum for a night of fun, music and dancing to show off their costume creation! Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458. themuseum.org
November 21: Healing Hearts Memorial Christmas Tree, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Atrium and Trellis Room (501 Medical Center Dr, Alexandria). A memorial tree sponsored by the Healing Hearts Perinatal Loss Support Group. Participants will have the opportunity to make two ornaments, one to decorate the Memory Tree, and one to bring home. Cost: Free. Call: 318-769-7569.
November 22: Safe Sitter Class, RRMC Education Department (211 4th Street, Alexandria), 8:30am-4:00pm. Boys and girls, ages 11 to 14, can learn the basic skills needed 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. Registration includes lunch and supplies. Class size is limited. Cost: $45.00. Call: 318-769-4440.
November 22-23: T.R.E.E. House Fall Camp 2022, T.R.E.E. House Children’s Museum (1403 3rd St. Alexandria), 9:00am-12:00pm. This fall camp is open to children ages 4 to 12. Extended day is available for an additional fee. Pre-registration is required. Cost: $45.00 Members; $50.00 Non-Members. Call: 318-619-9394.
December 3: 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.
December 3: 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.
December 8-11: AlexWinterFête, Downtown Alexandria. The award-winning holiday festival AlexWinterFête returns offering a fun-filled, family-friendly festival filled with the activities that have made the event a major attraction, including ice skating, Santa’s village and a fireworks display. Santa arrives as part of Thursday’s festivities, beginning at 4:00pm. The fun continues Friday at 5:00pm with ice skating, children’s activities, street performers and live music! Saturday kicks off with the Ugly Sweater 5k followed by a full day of fun and entertainment. The evening culminates with a spectacular fireworks display over the Red River at 9:00pm. The festival wraps up on Sunday with even more ice skating and the annual AMGA Christmas parade at 2:00pm. Cost: Free. www.alexwinterfete.com
November 8, 15, 22, 29 & December 6: 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
November 19: Get Out and Fish Fall Festival, Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site (135 Riverfront Street, Pineville), 8:30am-2:00pm. The LDWF, LA State Parks, and the Louisiana History Museums present “Get Out & Fish” Fall Festival 2022. There will be a fishing tournament at Pierson Lake, raffles, games, carriage rides, hay rides, food vendors, and more! Cost: Free. Call: 318-769-2216.
*All events subject to change in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines.