Ongoing – September: Central Louisiana Arts & Healthcare Exhibits. Central Louisiana Arts & Healthcare proudly presents our monthly art exhibits at area hospitals and clinics. Exhibits are currently showing: Kardboard Kreations by Taylor Lachney at the Christus Cabrini Gallery for Reflection and Healing; Photography Exhibit by Dr. Jian Hang at the Rapides Regional Medical Center Gallery; and Volume I: Photographs by Michelle Palmer at the OSMS Gallery. For more information on the exhibits, visit www.artsandhealthcare.org; or Call: 769-7602.
Ongoing-October 16: First Annual G111 Competition Exhibition, Gallery One Ellleven, 111 Third St., Leesville, Wed.-Sat. 11a.m.-4p.m. Sponsored by Gallery One Ellleven. Call to Artists entry form and more information available at www.galleryoneellleven.org. Juror, Dr. Bill Bryant. $1,300 in merit awards, $500 first place. Deadline for entries is July 17. Opening reception, Juror comments and award ceremony will be September 4, 6p.m. Cost: Admission free. Contact Tony McDonald: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ongoing-October 2: The Antiquities of the Arnold Vernon Collection, Alexandria Museum of Art, Tue.-Fri. 10a.m.-5p.m., Sat. 10a.m.-4p.m. Sponsored by AMoA. Opening reception August 27, 6:30-8:30p.m. Cost: $4 adults, $3 seniors and students and $2 children twelve and under. Call Anne Reid: 443-3458.
Ongoing-October 2: 23rd September Competition, Alexandria Museum of Art, Tue.-Fri. 10a.m.-5p.m., Sat. 10a.m.-4p.m. Sponsored by AMoA. Opening reception August 27, 6:30-8:30p.m. Cost: $4 adults, $3 seniors and students and $2 children twelve and under. Call Anne Reid: 443-3458.
September 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30: R & B Jam with Dynamic Jake, 321 Desoto St., 4:30-6:30p.m. Sponsored by Tipitina’s Music Office Co-Op. Cost: Admission free. Call Aaron Sibley: 442-6463.
September 11: Rapides Symphony Orchestra: Pops on the River, Downtown Amphitheatre, 7p.m. Sponsored by Rapides Symphony Orchestra. Cost: $300 for table of ten, lawn seating free. Call: 442-9709.
October 3: Bindursky-Fuhrer Concert, Jewish Temple in Alexandria, 3:00pm. This year’s concert will feature Israeli pianist, Tal Zilber performing Classical and Jazz music. Sponsored by the Jewish Temple, the Bindursky-Fuhrer Concert Fund and the Rapides Parish Library. Reception to follow. Call: 445-3655.
September 17: Hank and My Honky Tonk Heroes, Tioga High School Auditorium, 7:00pm. Sponsored by Lagniappe Theatre Company. This nostalgic look at Hank Williams and his influence on country music is amazing! Don’t miss Jason Petty’s award-winning performance as he brings Hank’s music back to life in this energetic show. Cost: $20. Call Karen Burns: 48-STAGE.
September 3-4: Cane River Zydeco Festival, Downtown Riverbank. The Magnolia -State Peace Officer’s Association will host the 11th annual Cane River Zydeco Festival in downtown Natchitoches. Festivities on Friday include a Zydeco Dance Contest and entertainment by D.J. “LA” Jones. Events on Saturday begin with a Poker Run through Natchitoches Parish, followed by evening entertainment by D.C. & The Zydeco Country Boyz and Leon Chavis & Zydeco Flames. Cost: $7.00 (Saturday only). Call: 800-259-1714.
September 4: Breastfeeding Class, 1st Floor Conference Room at Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. This class is taught by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and focuses on the benefits, techniques and concerns of breastfeeding. The father/support partner is welcome. Sponsored by CHRISTUS Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital. Pre-registration required. Cost: $20. Call: 448-6970.
September 4: Goldonna Drake Salt Works Festival, downtown Goldonna. Visit northeast Natchitoches Parish for a day of heritage and fun in Goldonna, Louisiana. Activities include arts and crafts booths, food, a parade and live entertainment. There will be a children’s area that will include a dunking booth, face painting, a jupiter jump and cake walk. An ATV ride from Winnfield back to Goldonna will follow the parade. Cost: Free. Call: 318-727-8770 or 318-727-8660.
September 6: Bereaved Parents Support Group, Power Center, 6:30pm-7:30pm. This is an on-going support group for parents and grandparents whose child has died. Educational handouts and pamphlets are available, and each month we will focus on a different topic. This month our focus will be: How the Non-Bereaved Can Help. Please bring a picture of your child to share with the group. This group has trained Outreach Volunteers who are available to the newly grieving parent or grandparent. Come at 6:00pm and share fellowship and a brown bag supper. Drinks and cookies provided. Sponsored by Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital. Pre-registration required. Call Becky Watkins: 448-6938 or Jo Hines: 899-3743.
September 8: Cenla Coalition to Prevent Homelessness Membership Meeting, Emmanuel Baptist Church, 11:00am. The Coalition is getting ready to embark on a Strategic Planning process and we need your input! We all know that services for the homeless in this community are limited and funds to help this population are difficult to come by. With your help, we can identify gaps in services and develop a plan that can truly end homelessness in our community through discussion of current programs and services that are available to assist the homeless as well as services that are needed but are currently unavailable. All members of the community are invited to attend this planning meeting. Call: 443-0500.
September 9: Diabetes Group Class, RRMC Auditorium, 9:00am – 12:00noon. 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. Cost: free. Reservations are required. Call: 769-3106.
September 9: ALS Support Group, Rapides Regional Medical Center Medical Terrace Building Gallery Room, 6:00pm – 7:30pm. This monthly support group is designed for ALS patients, their family members, friends and caregivers. The group will meet the second Thursday of each month. Patients who attend will have access to companies which provide services for ALS patients, such as physical therapy or wheelchair repair. Call Duana Trotter: 445-7898 or 308-1950.
September 11: Market at the Museum, Alexandria Museum of Art, 9:00am – 2:00pm. Come On Down(town!) for the “Second Saturday Market at the Museum” on Saturday, Sept.11 from 9am-2pm. Our new monthly event features original art booths, food vendors, farmer’s produce and specialty food products, live music, art activity for children, and more. Come shop, have fun, and visit the museum exhibits. Call: 443-3458.
September 11: One Day Breastfeeding Class, Medical Terrace Gallery Room at RRMC, 9:00am – 3:00pm. Intended for women wanting to breastfeed their infants, this 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. Cost: $30 (if not delivering at RWCH). Call: 877-801-8441.
September 11: 2nd Annual Christus Cabrini Baby Fair and Family Expo, Alexandria Riverfront Center, 9:00am – 3:00pm. Vendors will display baby and family health care products, education, community entertainment, and so much more! There will educational speakers discussing SIDS and child safety, infant CPR, childhood obesity and preparing yourself for pregnancy. For entertainment, a ‘Dance Showcase’ is planned that will feature local dancers from throughout Central Louisiana that will be performing. Join us for this spectacular, one-of-a-kind expo in Central Louisiana! Cost: $2. Call: 318-448-4979.
September 11-18: Ohio Amish Country plus So Much More, Memphis, Nashville, Louisville, Cincinnati & Sugarcreek, OH. Sponsored by Cenla Travel. Cost: $1400. Call Nancy Richards: 443-9038. www.cenlatravel.com.
September 13: 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. T This month our focus will be: Best Bargains in Town. There will be group sharing time and this group has trained Outreach Volunteers who are available to the newly grieving. Please plan to dine with us after the meeting. Sponsored by Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital. Call Becky Watkins: 448-6938 or Pam Hataway: 448-6970.
September 13: Look Good, Feel Better, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Cascade Room, 12:00noon. Cancer can rob a woman of her energy, appetite and strength. But it doesn’t have to take away her self-confidence. Look Good … Feel Better is a free program led by a trained volunteer cosmetologist who teaches beauty techniques to female cancer patients in active therapy. In order to provide complimentary cosmetics, advance registration is required. Please identify what color makeup kit you will need: light, medium, dark or extra dark. Call: 800-ACS-2345.
September 13: Healing Hearts, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Trellis Room, 6:00pm. This month, the Healing Hearts Perinatal Loss Support Group will focus on the topic “Dealing with the Holidays.” Call Denise Cross, RNC: 769-7569.
September 14: Sibling Class, 1st Floor Conference Room at Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital, 6:00pm – 8:00pm. This class is a fun, interactive class designed specifically for young siblings who are expecting a new baby in the home. Cost: $10 per family. Call: 448-6970.
September 14: Patience Quilters, West Side Regional Library, 6:30pm. Patience Quilters meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at West Side Regional Library, located at 5416 Provine Place in Alexandria, off Highway 28 West. The meetings are open to the public. Quilters are invited as well as anyone interested in learning more about quilting. Email: FabricChick2008@aol.com.
September 15: LDR Sales Tax Training Session, 900 Murray Street in Alexandria, 1:00pm. The Louisiana Department of Revenue offers a free seminar to help business operators understand sales tax and other important business issues. Pre-registration required. Call: 318-487-5333.
September 16: Parkinson’s Support Group, Power Center, 11:00am. 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. Call Pam Hataway: 448-6970 or Becky Watkins: 448-6938.
September 17-18: Slagle Trade Days, Slagle Center on Hwy. 8. The event will feature gospel music, arts & crafts vendors, and games for the kids. A concession stand will be open for the event and, in addition to the normal “concession stand” foods, will serve gumbo on Friday night, and red beans and rice on Saturday. Call Juanita Bolton: 337-239-6849 or 337-208-6133.
September 17-18: Marthaville Good Ole Days, downtown Marthaville. Marthaville will celebrate its history and culture with a two day festival including live entertainment, food vendors, crafts and children’s activities. Cost: Free. Call Randy Hennigan: 318-472-1645.
September 18: Prepared Childbirth Class, Rapides Regional Medical Center, Medical Terrace, Gallery Room, 2nd floor, 9a.m.-2p.m. Sponsored by Rapides Regional Medical Center. Certified childbirth instructor helps prepare couples for actual delivery. A tour of Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital and light lunch will be provided. Cost: $30 per family, waived if delivering at RW&CH. Call: 887-801-8441 or www.rapidesregional.com.
September 18: Childbirth Class, 1st floor Conference Room at Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This class is designed especially for expecting couples from early pregnancy through the delivery process. All classes are taught by certified childbirth educators. Cost: $30.
September 18: Wagon Wheel Riding Club Exhibition, Slagle Rodeo Arena. Shows include the following events in different age groups (ranging from 0 to Over 40): Flags, Stakes, Poles, Tie Down Roping, Break Away Roping, Ribbon Roping, Goat Tying, Heading, Heeling, Clover Leaf Barrels, and Straight Pattern Barrels. There is no admission charge for spectators to these events. Concessions are available. Call: 337-238-3734 or 318-793-4200. www.wagonwheelridingclub.com.
September 20: Cancer Support Group, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Cascade Room, Noon. 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: 769-7200.
September 20: Breathing and Relaxation, Rapides Regional Medical Center, Gallery Room, Medical Terrace, 6:30pm- 8:30pm. Taught by a certified childbirth instructor, this class will be an in-depth opportunity to practice breathing and relaxation techniques and other comfort measures for labor and delivery. The support partner/father is encouraged to attend. Bring pillows to class. Cost: $15 (Waived if delivering at Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital). Call: 877-801-8441.
September 21: Happiest Baby on the Block, 1st floor Conference Room at Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital, 6:00p.m. – 8:00p.m. This program was created by Dr. Harvey Karp and is designed to teach parents simple, effective and fun techniques to quickly soothe their babies’ cries and help them to sleep a little longer. Cost: $30.
September 22: Archaeology Day at Kent House, Kent Plantation House, 9a.m.-Noon. Sponsored by Kent Plantation House. Reservations required. Cost: Admission free. Call Alice Scarborough: 487-5998.
September 23: Muscular Dystrophy Support Group, Gallery Room, Medical Terrace at Rapides Regional Medical Center, 6:00pm. Meetings include guest speakers and access to staff from the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Call: (800) 644-9730.
September 24: Southern Circuit of Independent Filmmakers (title TBA), Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, 7p.m. Sponsored by the Arts Council of Central Louisiana. The Southern Circuit of Independent Filmmakers returns to Alexandria. Visit our website for more information. Cost: $5. Call: 443-4718.
September 24-25: Jim Bowie Festival, Vidalia. The Vidalia Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the 2010 Jim Bowie Festival. The festival kicks off with a backyard BBQ on Friday and a pie baking contest on Saturday. Country music group Shenandoah headlines the live music entertainment. www.vidaliala.com/bowie.htm.
September 25: United Methodist Women’s Annual Home-Cooked Food Sale, First United Methodist Church of Alexandria, 9:00am – 1:00pm. The fundraising bake sale will feature casseroles, hot tamales, cakes, pies, cookies, candy, breads, jellies & jams, salsas and other specialty items. Proceeds will benefit FUMC mision work. Call: 443-5696.
September 25: Great Strides Alexandria Walk, Alexandria Senior High School, 9:00am. The Great Strides Alexandria Walk – Benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will feature ood, music, kids area and more! All proceeds go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to help find a cure and control for this disease. Pre-register at www.cff.org/great_strides. Call Kimberly Owen: 225-769-9994.
September 25: Kids Bike Race, First United Methodist Church in Pineville, 9:00am – 12:00noon. Pelican State Credit Union and St. Frances Cabrini are hosting a Free Kids Bike Race. The event is completely free and open to the public. Kids ages 12 and under can enjoy bike races, face painting, space walks and more. Each participant will receive a medal of completion and a chance to win a new bike! Bippo the Hippo from Kid’s Dental Zone and Petey the Pelican will be on site. The fire department is providing fire truck tours and a fire house. All kids must bring their own bike and helmet to participate in race. Cost: Free. Call: 442-4772.
September 25: World Wide Day of Play, Alexandria City Park, 10a.m.-1p.m. Sponsored by City of Alexandria Division of Community Services. In collaboration with Nickelodeon’s World Wide Day of Play. Turn off your televisions, computers, cell phones and video games and come play with us. Games and fun for all ages. Cost: Admission free. Call Krystal Johnson: 449-5108.
September 25: Cherokee Elementary Fall Fun Festival, Cherokee Elementary School, 10:00am – 4:00pm. This year’s festival will include an inflatable slide, jumper, obstacle course along with karate, dance and cheer demonstrations and live Bingo. Participants will also be able to participate in karaoke singing, a cakewalk, face painting, temporary tattoos, take a train ride and try their hand at the dunking booth. It’s fun for the whole family! Concessions and refreshments will be available for sale. Call: 442-1987.
September 25: Biking Bash II, Pineville, time: TBA. Sponsored by Rapides Foundation and Fit Families for Cenla, Inc. Biking safety course, coach led rides down Pineville’s newest bike trails. Bike Rodeo: fun and games on bikes. Prizes to be given away. Must have bike and helmet. Cost: Admission free. Call Stacey McMickens: 308-6146.
September 25: 3rd Annual Avoyelles Bayou BBQ Cookoff, Plaucheville. The one-day cook-off and arts & crafts festival will benefit a group of athletes from The Avoyelles Society of the Developmentally Disabled (ASDD) who wish to attend The Special Olympics Louisiana games. Another recipient of this year’s funds will be The Avoyelles Animal Welfare Society (AAWS). The festival will have vendors selling great food, and fun for children of all ages. This family day, dedicated to all citizens of Avoyelles, will have Community Awareness booths highlighting several non-profit organizations. E-mail: email@example.com.
September 27: Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group, Power Center, 11:00am. 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. Call Pam Hataway: 448-6970 or Becky Watkins: 448-6938.
September 27: Alzheimer’s Activity Group, Power Center, 11:00am. The staff from Kingsley Place will offer appropriate activities for those with Alzheimer’s disease with a fun, hands-on approach. 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 Pam Hataway: 448-6970 or Becky Watkins: 448-6938.
October 7-9: Zwolle Tamale Festival, Zwolle Festival Grounds. Celebrating all things tamale, the Festival features fun for the entire family. Call Sabine Tourist Commission: 800-358-7802.
September 16-18: Hunter Safety Course, Pineville Main St. Community Center, Thur.-Fri. 6-8p.m., Sat. 8a.m.-2p.m. Sponsored by City of Pineville and Pineville Police Department. Raffle and door prizes. Snacks, sodas, water and coffee served all days, lunch provided on Sat. First 50 registrants accepted. Cost: Admission free. Call Madonna LeBlanc: 445-3439 or Lt. D.W. Rachal: 449-5652.
September 26: Meat Pie Tri, Historic Downtown Natchitoches, 7:00am. The Meat Pie Tri begins with a very spectator friendly 1/2 mile swim in Cane River Lake. Then a 20 bike ride and a 5K run under the beautiful canopy of oaks along the lake. Register at www.meatpietri.us. Call: 800-259-1714.