Ongoing-October 31: Paint Pink Art Exhibit, Rapides Regional Art Gallery and CHRISTUS Cabrini Art Gallery. Sponsored by Arts & Healthcare, Inc. Exhibit commemorating Breast Cancer Awareness Month, featuring local artists. All art is for sale. Cost: Admission free. Call Judy Ginsburgh: 769-7602.
October 8-November 30: Art Exhibit, River Oaks Square Arts Center, 10a.m.-4p.m. Sponsored by GAEDA. Exhibit featuring artists Randy Brodnax, Aubrey Bolen and David Crain. Cost: $2 adults, $1 children and seniors; all members free. Call Rachael Dauzat: 473-2670.
October 15-18: Pottery Work Shop and Demonstration, River Oaks Square Arts Center, time: TBA. Sponsored by GEADA. Randy Brodnax pottery workshop. Cost: TBD. Call Rachael Dauzat: 473-2670.
October 15: “Bending Sticks: The Sculpture of Patrick Doughtery”, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, 7p.m. Sponsored by Arts Council of Central Louisiana. A portrait of environmental artist Patrick Doughtery and his whimsical, larger than life stick creations. Admission price includes one free beverage, light buffet and a Q&A with the filmmaker. Cost: $9 general admission; $7 students and youth. Call Matt Henry: 443-4718.
October 18-19: Autumn Artwalk, Cultural Arts District in Downtown Alexandria, 4:00pm. More than 65 local participating artists, vendors, and performers showcase their talent. This year, the ArtWalk will have a Tarzan theme to promote the original 1918 film, “Tarzan of the Apes”. Cost: Free. Call: 318-484-4474. www.louisiana-arts.org
October 18: Exhibit Reception, River Oaks Square Arts Center, 4-9p.m. Sponsored by GAEDA. Exhibit reception featuring artists Randy Brodnax, Aubrey Bolen and David Crain. Pottery demo by Randy Brodnax. Cost: Admission free. Call Rachael Dauzat: 473-2670.
October 19: AMoA Family Art Class: Cajun Wire Screen Masks, Alexandria Museum of Art, 1-3p.m. Wire screen masks have been part of Cajun Mardi Gras celebrations since the turn of the 20th century. Families and kids of all ages will learn this traditional mask technique and give it their own personal twist, just in time for Halloween. Cost: Free for AMoA member families; $20 non-member families. Call Jenny Gallent: 443-3458.
November 2: Van Gogh Gala, River Oaks Square Art Center, 7p.m. Sponsored by Rapides Regional Medical Center. Fundraiser supporting River Oaks Square Arts Center. Cost: $50 per person. Call Rachael Dauzat: 473-2600.
November 2: Glass Fusing with Doug Stannard, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10a.m.-Noon. Create your own glass art by stacking or layering thin sheets of glass in different colors to create patterns or simple images in this glass fusing workshop led by glass artist Doug Stannard. Participants will each design and form a glass lightcatcher and a jewelry piece during the class, which will then be fired in a kiln for participants to pick up later. Explore the glass sculptures and use of light in the current exhibition, “Stephen Knapp: New Light” as inspiration for your art. Cost: $20 AMoA members; $30 non-members. Call Anne Reid: 443-3458.
October 4 and 11: DownTown Rocks, Steps of City Hall, 6-8p.m. Sponsored by the City of Alexandria Division of Community Services. October 4: The Mulligan Brothers and October 11: LaCour Trio. Cost: Admission free. Call: 449-5051.
October 3-4: “Some Enchanted Evening”-Shreveport Light Opera, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, 7p.m. Sponsored by Arts Council of Central Louisiana. Cost: $25 general admission; $15 students and youth. Package prices: $75 for 4 for the price of 3 or $18 per for groups of 10 or more. Call Matt Henry: 443-4718.
October 5: Live Red River Radio Broadcast, Alexandria Museum of Art, Noon-6p.m. Sponsored by Red River Radio. We will schedule the music although we may need suggestions depending on who is available and able to perform. 30-45 minute max music set with conversation with a representative of the performing group. In between groups there will be various guests. Cost: Admission free to AMoA all day. Call Catherine Pears: 443-3458.
October 11: A-Town Jazz, David Stock Memorial Mezzanine of Red Cross Building, 7:00PM – 9:00PM. Entertainment will be provided by Pat Casey and the New Sounds from New Orleans. Cost: $50.00. Call: 318-484-4474. www.louisiana-arts.org
October 17: Live Acoustic Concert Series, Alexandria Museum of Art, 6:30-8:30p.m. Come out and enjoy live music and food in a casual coffee house atmosphere in our café where various local and regional guests will join host John Wakefield. Cost: AMoA members free; $4 adults; $3 students, seniors and military. Call Anne Reid: 443-3458.
October 26: Louisiana International Piano Competition Finals, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, 6p.m. Sponsored by Rapides Symphony Orchestra. Three world class finalists of the Louisiana International Piano Competition perform a concerto with the Rapides Symphony in a duel for top prize. Cost: $25 adults; $15 seniors; $10 students. Call James Owens: 484-4469.
October 29: Tarzan of the Apes, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, 7p.m. Sponsored by Arts Council of Central Louisiana. Filmed in and around Morgan City in 1918, Tarzan of the Apes was 1st of many Tarzan films and the 1st to make $1 million. Louisiana composer, Kermit Poling, wrote an original score for film and will perform live with his West Edge String Quartet. Cost: $25 general admission; $15 students and youth. Package prices: $75 for 4 for the price of 3 or $18 per for groups of 10 or more. Call Matt Henry: 484-4470.
Ongoing-October 6: “The Dining Room”, Hearn Stage, 7:30p.m. Thur.-Sat., 2:30p.m. Sun. Sponsored by City Park Players. The dining room of a well to do household, the place where the family assembles for daily meals and special occasions, is the setting for a mosaic of interrelated scenes. A theatrical experience of exceptional range, compassionate humor and abundant humanity. Cost: $15 general admission; $12 seniors; $7 students. Call Theresa Louviere: 484-4478.
October 25: Halloween Open Mic Night, LSUA Black Box Theatre, MPAC 105, 7p.m. Sponsored by LSUA Empty Space Players. Bring your scariest, spookiest, creepiest and most blood-curdling story, song, poem, monologue, mime, etc. and share them with us. Keep it under 15 minutes and help us get into the Halloween spirit. Come in costume if you like. It promises to be a night of spine-chilling delight! Cost: Admission free. Call Robert Harper: 473-6473.
November 7-10: Tuna Christmas, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, 7p.m. Thurs.-Sat.; 2:30p.m. Sun. Sponsored by Lagniappe Theatre Company. Bill Bush and Ross Schexnayder return to Tuna, and this time, it is 24 hours before Christmas and the delightfully eccentric characters are attempting to cope with seasonal traumas such as a disaster prone little theatre production of a Christmas Carol, and a yard decorating contest being sabotaged by a mystery phantom. Cost: $16 general admission; $13 seniors; $11 children under 12 and/or groups of 10+. Call Ross/Karen Schexnayder: 48-STAGE.
Ongoing-October 31: Mammograms are a Piece-a-Cake, Rapides Regional Medical Center. In recognition of October as national Breast Cancer Awareness Month, every woman who completes a screening mammogram at Rapides Regional Medical Center during October will receive a free “My mammogram was a piece-a-cake!” T-shirt and a coupon for a free cupcake from Piece-A-Cake bakery in Pineville. For more information, go to www.rapidesregional.com.
Ongoing-December 25: Hope House Christmas Adopt a Family Project, 24 Bolton Ave. Sponsored by Hope House of Central Louisiana. Join us in the spirit of giving by participating in our Adopt a Family Project, for more information please call. Call Angela Staples: 487-2061 ext. 202.
October 4-5: Lecompte Pie Festival, 2204 St. Charles, Lecompte, 3-10p.m. Fri., 9a.m.-10p.m. Sat. Sponsored by Town of Lecompte. Arts, crafts and food booths. Cost: $3. Call Town Hall: 776-5488.
October 4: 7th Annual Pink and White Balloon Launch, CHRISTUS Cabrini Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Noon. Sponsored by CHRISTUS Cabrini Women’s Life Center. Please join Cabrini associates and community as we launch pink and white balloons to raise awareness about breast cancer. All survivors are welcome to attend. Cost: Admission free. Call Diane Kitts: 483-4026.
October 5: Fall Herb Day Arts and Crafts Festival, Kent Plantation House, 8a.m.-1p.m. Come choose from our quality selection of flowers and herbs for your yard and garden. Experts will be on hand to help choose the best plants for your space. Browse our Arts and Crafts vendors for a wonderful and varied selection of crafts from around the region. Also view the annual Cenla Orchid Society Show. Cost: Admission free. Call: 487-5998.
October 5-6: Cottonport Museum Festival of Quilts, 9:00am-3:00pm. View over 100 handmade quilts with many for sale. Ribbons and cash prizes awarded to winning quilts. Over 1,000 yards cotton fabric, vendor booths, homemade cakes, and “Trash to Treasure” yard sale. Cost: $3.00. Call Donna: 318-359-3012.
October 5: RRMC Breastfeeding Class, RRMC Medical Terrace Gallery Room, 9:00am-3:00pm. Intended for women wanting to breastfeed their infants, this one-day class is taught by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant 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. Lunch is included. Call: 877-801-8441.
October 5: 24th Annual Walk to Remember, Alexandria Zoo, 9:30am. The Walk to Remember is sponsored by the Healing Hearts Community Perinatal Loss Support Group. Cost: Free. Call Denise Cross: (318) 769-7569, or Stephanie Benavides: (318) 448-6970 or (318) 794-3300.
October 5: Our Lady of Prompt Succor Fall Festival, 420 21st St., 10a.m.-2p.m. Games and fun for kids ages 3-12. All proceeds benefit the OLPS Home and School Association. Cost: Varies – tickets for game and food. Call Tonya Curcio: 449-9073 ext. 209.
October 5: Louisiana Spirits Paranormal Investigations, Westside Regional Library, 6:00pm. Louisiana Spirits co-founder Brandon Thomas will share a presentation on paranormal investigation which includes captured “ghostly footage” and “electronic voice phenomena.” Call Karla Kirby: 318-442-2483 ext. 1904.
October 7: Bereaved Parents Support Group, Power Center, 6:30-7:30pm. 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 group is sponsored by Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital and meets on the first Monday of every month. Pre-registration is required. Brown bag supper begins at 6pm. Check out our Face Book page: Bereaved Parents of Cenla. Call Becky Watkins: 448-6938.
October 8: Project Holiday Cheer, Alexandria Mall Center Court, 10a.m.-1p.m. Sponsored by Central Louisiana Attractions Association. Send tidings of joy and cheer to troops. Christmas cards will be provided for your holiday wishes and sent to troops stationed overseas. Cost: Admission free. Call Missy McKnight: 619-2754.
October 9: Diabetes Group Class, RRMC Medical Terrace Auditorium, 9:00am-12:00pm. Rapides Regional Medical Center is offering a free program 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. Topics include meal planning, monitoring blood sugar, medications, complications, and learning to deal with a chronic disease. The course is taught by Sandy Couvillon, Registered Dietitian, and Amie Starks, Registered Nurse. Space is limited, please pre-register. Cost: Free. Call: (318) 769-3106.
October 10: AARP Driver Safety Program, RRMC Medical Terrace Auditorium, 8:30am. This one day, four-hour class is designed for those 50 or older. Bring a check or money order payable to AARP to cover the cost of the course and your AARP membership card to verify your AARP membership number. Cost: $12 for AARP members; $14 for non-AARP members. Call: 877-801-8441.
October 11: Fit for the Cure, Dillard’s Department Store, 10a.m.-8p.m. Sponsored by Wacoal. Receive a complimentary fitting by one of our certified fitters. For every woman that participates, Wacoal will donate $2 for cancer research and outreach programs. Wacoal will also donate and additional $2 for every b.tempt’d or Wacoal shapewear piece purchased at this event. Light refreshments will be served. Cost: Admission free. Call Dillard’s Lingerie Department: 445-9992 ext. 5200.
October 12: Avoyelles Cookbook & Arts Mini Fest, ACT Office/LSUAg Center in Mansura, 9:00am-12:00noon. Music, art, free food samples, cookbooks for purchase and the Pink Bandana Fun Walk! Sponsored by the Avoyelles Commission of Tourism and the LA Office of Tourism. Cost: Free; Fun Walk $10.00. Call: 318-964-2025 or 800-833-4195.
October 12, November 9: Taking it 2 the Street, 933 Main St., 10a.m. Sponsored by Sayes Office Supply and Greg Walker Law.com. This free walking tour of Alexandria’s cultural district begins at AMoA and is guided by local media celebrities and makes frequent stops at scenic street corners all along the route for performances by local family friendly entertainers. Cost: Admission free. Call Rich Joyce: 445-1234 ext. 242.
October 12: “Shrek”tacular, Alexandria Mall Center Court, 1-3p.m. Sponsored by Alexandria Mall and Lagniappe Theatre. Be a part of the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite Ogre. Meet and greet with Shrek costume characters, crafts and refreshments. Cost: Admission free. Call Missy McKnight: 448-0227.
October 12: Second Saturday Market and Community Table, Alexandria Museum of Art, 9a.m.-1p.m. Sponsored by AMoA. Free admission to AMoA every Second Saturday with arts activities for kids, live music, exhibition tours, local produce and original local art. A different theme each time means there’s always something new to explore. Home gardeners and local farmers are invited to sell extra produce and plants at the Community Table. Cost: Admission free. Call Jenny Gallent: 443-3458.
October 14: 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. There will be group sharing time and this group has trained outreach volunteers who are available to the newly grieving. The Morning Widowed Support Group meets on the second Monday of each month and is sponsored by Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital. Call Becky Watkins: 448-6938.
October 15-19: Gee Whiz Science Carnival, T.R.E.E. House Children’s Museum, 9a.m.-1p.m. and 5-8p.m. Sponsored by Sci-Port, Central Louisiana Community Foundation and T.R.E.E. House Children’s Museum. Traveling exhibit coming from Sci-Port in Shreveport. The museum will not be open for regular play, but tours will begin on the hour from 9a.m.-Noon and from 5-8p.m. We will not be open Saturday night. Visit our Facebook page, website or call for special events going on throughout the week. Cost: $6. Call Katy Michiels: 619-9394.
October 15-31: The Pumpkin Patch, 2727 Jackson St., 10a.m.-5p.m. Sponsored by First United Methodist Church, Alexandria. Families can select their perfect pumpkins while enjoying the ambiance that a patch allows for photo opportunities. All pumpkins purchased help support local Alexandria missions. Cost: Admission free. Call Church Office: 443-5696.
October 16: Bosses Day Luncheon, Country Inn and Suites, 11:45a.m.-1p.m. Sponsored by LaPine Chapter International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP). Our speaker will be LaPine’s 2012 Executive of the Year, Stacey Debevec, LOTR of CHRISTUS Cabrini Pediatric Therapy Center. Pre-registration required. Cost: $25. Call Crystal Watts: 767-3025.
October 16: Soybean Production Lunch & Learn, Rapides Parish Extension Office, 12:00noon. Dr. Ronnie Levy will discuss soybean production, economic impact, protein values and uses of soybeans. Tofu, edamame and soy butter will be available for sampling. The menu will include pulled pork sandwiches, potato salad, coleslaw and chocolate cake. Cost: Free; $8.00 for lunch. Call: 318-767-3968.
October 16: Cancer Survivors Group, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room, 12:00noon. The guest speaker will be dietician speaking on eating well during treatment. Call Miranda: 318-466-6074.
October 16: Cenla Women’s Connection Luncheon, Conference Center on the Greens, 12:00noon. Please RSVP by October 11th. Cost: $16.00. Call: 318-445-2154.
October 17: Central Louisiana Society for Human Resource Management (CLSHRM) Annual Seminar, Pineville Convention Center. CLSHRM is a non-profit organization designed to serve the needs of human resources and other business professionals within our community. Call Sandy Mask: 318-767-5678. clshrm.shrm.org
October 17: Parkinson’s Support Group, Power Center, 11:00am-12:30pm. 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. Please pre-register. Call Becky Watkins: 448-6938.
October 17: 13th Annual United Way Wild Cook –Off, 3rd St. Downtown Alexandria, 5-8p.m. Sponsored by United Way of Central Louisiana. Come out and enjoy music and drinks while sampling great BBQ, ribs, Cajun and wild game dishes. Each category will have a winner decided by our panel of judges and also have a People’s Choice Award voted on by the tips each team receives from the community. Cost: Admission free. Call Abby Flynn: 443-7203.
October 17: Pink Ribbon Club, Christus Cabrini Women’s Life Center, 5:30 p.m. This breast cancer support group is for education, advocacy and support of breast cancer patients and survivors. Call: 866-581-3627.
October 17: Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Support Group, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room, 6:00pm. Please pre-register. Call: 866-581-3627.
October 18: Women in Business Conference, Alexander Fulton Hotel, 7:30a.m.-3p.m. Sponsored by Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce. Inaugural Women in Business Conference to celebrate the contributions and value women bring to the workplace and local culture. Keynote speakers include the Honorable Jeannette Theriot Knoll, Associate Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court and Simone Bruni, The Demo Diva. Cost: $45 Early Bird registration through Sept. 30th; $60 registration from Oct. 1st-18th. Call Karen Moreau: 442-6671.
October 18: Shred It!, MidSouth Bank in Alexandria, 10:00am-1:00pm. Stop identity theft! Bring anything with personal information (bills, statements, tax documents, pay stubs, etc) to be shredded by a professional document shredding company. No limit to the number of boxes or bags! Cost: Free. Call: 800-213-2265.
October 18-19: Autumn 2013 ArtWalk, Cultural Arts District Downtown, 4-9p.m.Fri., 9-4p.m. Sat. Sponsored by Arts Council of Central Louisiana. The ArtWalk is about painting, sculpting, drawing, crafting, coloring, woodworking, jewelry-making, pottery-making, knitting, sewing, dancing, singing, cooking, eating, drinking, shopping, friends, families, neighbors and rediscovering our community. Cost: Admission free. Call Anna Brooks: 484-4471.
October 19: Inglewood Harvest Barn Event, Inglewood Farm, 9a.m.-2p.m. Cost: Admission free. Call Lee Weeks: 442-6398.
October 19: Girlfriend Fest, Oak Pointe Wellness Center in Leesville, 10am-4pm. An “estrogen extravaganza” of fun with shopping, information about breast cancer, music, art, food, photography stations, door prizes and swag bags. Bring your “Girlfriends” and come enjoy the day with us. This fun filled event promotes breast cancer awareness and highlights businesses in our area owned by women. The chefs, bakers, musicians, artists, massage therapists are all local women. A Breast Cancer Survivors’ Luncheon outside will begin at 11:00am. Joan Kathy Dance Center will perform at 10:30am. Music performances will start at 12:30pm. Shopping begins at 10:00am. Cost: $5.00. Call Megan Meaux: 337-277-9137.
October 19: 5th Annual Zombie Walk of Alexandria, Downtown Alexandria, 5-9p.m. Sponsored by Cenla Zombie Association. This slow-paced, police escorted walk begins at 6:30p.m. Food and t-shirt vending. Costume contest; nominal fee to enter contest with proceeds benefiting a local charity. Smoke-free, alcohol free, family-friendly event. Cost: Admission free. Call Duana Juneau: 308-1950.
October 21: The Amputee Support Group, Power Center, 10:00am-11:00am. This on-going group meets the 3rd Monday of each month and is open to anyone who is an amputee. We will offer educational handouts, programs, community resources and a chance to share with others. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.
October 21: Cancer Support Group, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Cascade Room, Noon, 12:00pm. 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: (318) 769-7200.
October 24: Professional Women’s Network Luncheon, Yolande’s Catering, 12:00pm. This month’s guest speaker will be Federal Judge Dee Drell. Cost: $10.00. Call: (318) 445-0446.
October 24: Trick-or-Treat Street, LSU Alexandria, 5-7p.m. Sponsored by LSUA Student Life and Student Organizations. A safe, fun-filled family event where children walk the street of LSUA Trick-or-Treating the student organizations and university department themed booths. Come dressed in your favorite costume. To avoid long lines purchase tickets early through Auxiliary Services at LSUA: 473-6579. Cost: $3. Call Kyra Turner: 427-4403.
October 24: Muscular Dystrophy Support Group, RRMC Medical Terrace Gallery Room, 6:00pm. Meetings include guest speakers and access to staff from the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Call: (800) 644-9730.
October 25: Tales along the Bayou-Ghosts Stories at Kent House, 6-8p.m. Sponsored by Kent Plantation House and Rapides Parish Library. Start the evening at 6p.m. with songs and stories for the younger audience, then after intermission at 7:15p.m. scary stories for the older children will begin. Food will be available for purchase but you are welcome to bring a picnic or have pizza delivered. Come early, bring your blankets and find a soft spot on the grass to enjoy the evening. Cost: Admission free. Call: 487-5998.
October 26: Prepared Childbirth Class, RRMC Medical Terrace Gallery, 9:00am-2:30pm. This one-day 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. Please pre-register. Call: 877-801-8441.
October 26: Holiday Festival, Gateway Baptist Church, 9:00am-4:00pm. The festival will feature over 30 vendors with crafts, candies, jellies, hairbows, art, health products, purses, candles, jewelry and more! Food will also be available. Children’s activities will begin at 2:00pm featuring jumpers, trick-or-treat and games. Call Kathy Cifelli: (318) 419-1620.
October 26: Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Seminar, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room, 9am. Please pre-register. Call: 866-581-3627.
October 28: The Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group, Power Center, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 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. The Alzheimer Support Group meets on the fourth Monday of each month. Call Becky Watkins: 448-6938.
October 28: The Alzheimer’s Activity Group, Power Center, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The activity group will be offered for those with Alzheimer’s disease. The staff from Emeritus Senior Living will offer appropriate activities with a fun, hands-on approach. 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 by Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital. Call Becky Watkins: 448-6938.
October 28: Sibling Class, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Cascade 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. Registration is required. Cost: Free. Call: 877-801-8441.
October 31: RRMC Pumpkin Carving Contest, Rapides Regional Medical Center, 10:00am-3:00pm. Rapides Regional employees will display their creativity during the hospital’s annual Pumpkin Carving Contest. Come out and see the winning, and not-so-winning, displays. The pumpkins will be on display in the hallway across from The Gift Shop in the main hospital.
October 31: Mall-O-Ween, Alexandria Mall, 5-7p.m. Sponsored by the Alexandria Mall. Come in costume to enjoy a family-friendly movie and kids can stock up on candy and treats from participating mall retailers. Cost: Admission free. Call Missy McKnight: 448-0227.
November 1: 23rd Annual All Souls Memorial Service, Historic Cemetery at Central Louisiana State Hospital, 10a.m. Sponsored by The Extra Mile, Compassionate Care Hospice of Alexandria and Central Louisiana State Hospital Cemetery Preservation Committee. Refreshments and fellowship immediately following the service at the Rose Cottage Museum. Cost: Admission Free. Call Chaplain Emitte Belgard: 640-6361 or The Extra Mile: 484-6575.
November 1: LSUA Foundation Gala, Alexander Fulton Grand Ballroom, 6:30p.m. Sponsored by LSUA Foundation. This 4th annual event raises money for the scholarship program for deserving students at LSUA. The black tie affair will include dinner, cocktails and the big band sounds of Bulletproof Brass Band from Dallas, TX. Cost: $100 per person or sponsor tables available. Call Melinda F. Anderson: 619-2916.
November 9: Sugar Day Festival, Kent Plantation House, 9a.m.-5p.m. Come see how sugar was made in the early 1800s and watch various period demonstrations and craftsmen. Free tours of the house and outbuildings all day as well as free entertainment. Food and beverages for sale and many local arts and crafts vendors will be displaying their works from around the region. Cost: Admission free. Call: 487-5998.
November 9: Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Muscle Walk, Run and Ride, Louisiana Athletic Club, Pineville, 7:30a.m. Join us for the first MDA Muscle Walk, Run and Ride. 5K Fun Run, the traditional non-competitive MDA Muscle Walk and a Poker Run hosted by the Red Horse Foundation. Decide how you want to get involved and then sign up! The common thread is raising money for MDA. Call Christina Griffin: 388-3221.
October 4: LSUA Alumni & Friends 4 Man Golf Scramble, LSUA Oakland Golf Course, time: TBA. Sponsored by LSUA Foundation. This 4th annual golf scramble raises money for the LSUA Alumni & Friends Scholarship. Cost: $300 per team or sponsorships available. Call Melinda F. Anderson: 619-2916.
October 5: Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Walk, Alexandria Senior High, 9:00am. The 2013 goal of Great Strides, the largest CF fundraiser, is to raise nearly $42 million through 600 national walks. Funds raised through Great Strides have helped spur dramatic progress in the lives of those who have cystic fibrosis. Pre-registration is available online at greatstrides.cff.org. Call: (225)769-9994.
October 7, 14, 21, 28: Hatha Yoga Class, Power Center, 4:00pm. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. This class is on-going and meets every Monday. This class is sponsored by Christus St Frances Cabrini Hospital. Call Becky Watkins: 448-6938.
October 8, 15, 22, 29 and November 5: Yoga in the Gallery, Alexandria Museum of Art, 5:30p.m. Yoga is offered free of charge every Tuesday, thanks to a grant from The Rapides Foundation. Yoga instructor, b. Hedrick is an ascetic Taoist yogi with 14 years of yoga practice. Yoga Tao is for all experience levels, incorporating spirit-mind-body techniques. Cost: Admission free. Call Jenny Gallent: 443-3458.