September 2011 Calendar



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: Photography of Susan Stevison at the Christus Cabrini Gallery for Reflection and Healing; Photographic Works of Sonny Monteleone at the Cabrini Cancer Center; Artwork by Sally Norem at the Rapides Regional Medical Center Gallery; and Genesis Photography by the Armbuster Family at the OSMS Gallery. For more information on the exhibits, visit; or Call: 769-7602.

September 10-11: Fall Frolic, Rapides Parish Coliseum Exhibition Hall, 10a.m.-5p.m. at., 11a.m.-4p.m. Sun. Sponsored by Red River Arts and Crafts Guild. Jewelry, wood crafts, purses, fresh canned food, ceramics, children’s clothing and more. $75 fee for crafter booth space and $125 fee for commercial booth space if booth doesn’t compete with crafters. Cost: Admission free, but request donation of two canned food items or $1 to benefit local Food Bank.. Call Rita Brossette: 445-1962.


September 16-17: Louisiana: A Quilter’s Paradise, Kees Park, 9a.m.-6p.m. Sponsored by Patience Quilters. Demonstrations, quilt raffle and ticket sales, quilt display, door prizes, vendors and free parking. Family friendly atmosphere with children’s park on site. Handicap accessible. Cost: $3. Call Allison Ferrier: 640-5294.




September 10: Delta Music Festival 2011, Downtown Ferriday, 10a.m.-5p.m. Sponsored by and Friends of the Delta Music Museum Foundation. All day music performances, food, arts, crafts vendors and an induction ceremony for the Delta Music Museum
Hall of Fame. Inductees will include James Burton, famous Elvis guitarist and The Hemphills, a famous gospel group. Cost: $3. Call Rena Pitts or Judith Bingham: 318-757-9999.

September 24: Rapides Symphony Pops on the River with Special Guest BeauSoleil, Downtown Amphitheatre, 7p.m. Sponsored by Rapides Symphony Orchestra. Cost:
Free for amphitheatre seating, $300 for reserved tables of 10. Call James Owens: 484-4469.


October 10-15: Louisiana International Piano Competition, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center. The Louisiana International Piano Competition (LIPC) will be returning to Alexandria/Pineville, showcasing world class musical talent. There is opportunity to pre-purchase tickets for the week long events; as well as the semi-finals and the October 15 concert with the winner appearing with the Rapides Symphony Orchestra. This is Cenla’s
prime opportunity to showcase our area’s appreciation and hospitality within the Arts. Opportunities are still open for Host Families for the contestants.


September 22-25: The new family musical “Willy Wonka”, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, 7p.m. Thur.-Sat., 2:30p.m. Sun. Sponsored by Lagniappe Theatre Company. The best of family musicals, based on the 70s movie with Gene Wilder and Roald Dahl’s famous book. Great music and wonderful story come get lost in your pure imagination.
Cost: $15 general, $12 seniors 55 and over and children 12 and younger, $10 per person groups of ten or more. Call Ross Schexnayder: 48-STAGE.


October 7-9 and 14-16: CPP Presents Blithe Spirit. City Park Players is proud to present this comic play by Noël Coward, directed by Frith Harwood. Call: (318) 442-1800.


September 3: Breastfeeding Class, Christus Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital 1st Floor Conference Room, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The Breastfeeding 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. The father/support partner is welcome. Cost: $20. Call: 448-6970.

September 8: ALS Support Group, Gallery Room, second floor RRMC Medical Terrace Building, 6 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. 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 10: One Day Breastfeeding Class, Rapides Regional Medical Center, Medical Terrace, Gallery Room, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Intended for women wanting to breastfeed their infants, this class is taught by lactation educator 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: Free. Call: 877-801-8441.

September 12: 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. This month our focus: Picking Up The Pieces. 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 12: Look Good, Feel Better, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Cascade Room, Noon. 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: 1-800-ACS-2345.


September 12: Diabetes Support & Activity Group, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room, 6:00pm. This group will support all diabetics (Type 1 and Type 2) in Cenla. Topic this month is on Exercise and the importance of exercise and how it helps control blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, circulation, etc. Guest speaker will be Calleen Eyre, Program Manager at Louisiana Athletic Club in Pineville. Everyone is welcome to attend. Call Shelly Barton: 318-448-4964. E-mail:


September 12: Bereaved Parents Support Group, Power Center, 6:30pm-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 month our focus is: Signs and Wonders. This group is sponsored by Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital and features brown bag supper at 6pm. Pre-registration is required. Call Becky Watkins: 448-6938 or Jo Hines: 318-899-3743.


September 13: Sibling Class, Christus Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room,6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 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: Diabetes Group Class, Rapides Women’s & Children’s Hospital Trellis Room, 9:00am – 12:00noon. This program is 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. The course is taught by Sandy Couvillon, Registered Dietitian and Amie Starks, Registered Nurse. Cost: Free. Pre-registration required. Call: 769-3106.


September 15: 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 15: The Pink Ribbon Club, Cabrini Women’s Life Center, 5:30pm. This group is for education, advocacy and support of breast cancer patients and survivors. Call Angie Roberts: 318-448-6917.


September 17: Prepared Childbirth Class (One Day), RRMC Medical Terrace Gallery Room, 9:00am – 2:00pm. This 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. Cost: Free. Call: 877-801-8441.


September 17: Childbirth Class, Christus Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital 1st Floor Conference Room, 9:30am – 4:00pm. 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 17: I’m A Gone Fishin’, Forts Randolph & Buhlow State Historic Sites, 10:00am – 3:00pm. During this program an instructor, dressed in period clothing, will demonstrate how a simple pole line is assembled and used. If weather permits, participants can follow the instructor to the banks of Pierson Lake to look for bait and test the rig. There will likely be a three legged pot full of hog lard heating up near a campfire, just in case we get lucky and catch a fish or two. Cost: $4.00. Call: (318) 484-2390.

September 17: Constitution Day Forum, Louisiana College, Granberry Conference Center, 6p.m. Sponsored by LC History Department. Cost: Admission free. Call HenryRobertson: 487-7102.


September 17: Free Bully Prevention Seminar, Master Rousseau’s Taekwondo, 10-11:30a.m. Sponsored by Master Rousseau’s Taekwondo. Participant will receive strategies and techniques in the event they are approached by a bully. Cost: Admission free. Call Master Rousseau: 443-8066.


September 19: Cancer Support Group, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Cascade Room, 12:00noon. 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 19: Breathing and Relaxation, RRMC Medical Terrace Cascade Room, 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. 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: Free. Call: 877-801-8441.


September 21: Archaeology Day, Kent Plantation House, 9a.m.-Noon. Sponsored by Kent Plantation House. Open to all schools with reservation. Come spend the day learning about the past and how it shaped the present. Cost: Admission free to school children. Call Kent Plantation House: 487-5998.

September 22: Muscular Dystrophy Support Group, RRMC Medical Terrace Gallery Room, 6:00p.m. Meetings include guest speakers and access to staff from the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Call: (800) 644-9730.

September 22: Secret Keeper Girl Live, Kingsville Baptist Church, 6:30pm. This amazing event is for girls around the ages of 8-12 and their moms, and teaches valuable lessons on practical modesty, fashion and beauty truth! Cost: $12.00 in advance; $15.00 at the door. Call: 318-640-1019.

September 24: Zoo Fest, Alexandria Zoo, 9a.m.-4p.m. Sponsored by the City of Alexandria, the Alexandria Zoo and FOTAZ. Celebrate the 85th anniversary of the Alexandria Zoo. Games, music, cartoon characters, birthday cake and more. Cost: Free during festival hours. Call Lee Ann Whitt: 441-6810.

September 24: Family Fun Fest, Kees Park, 10a.m.-2p.m. Sponsored by National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). NAMI’s efforts are focused on educating America about mental illness, offering resources to those in need and insisting that mental illness becomes a high national priority. Cost: Admission free, food will be sold. Call Angela Clark: 466-5998.


September 24: Cherokee Elementary Fall Fun Festival, Cherokee Elementary School, 10:00am – 2:00pm. This year’s festival will feature slides, jumpers, obstacle course, cakewalk, train rides, tattoos, face painting, dunking booth, concessions, Bingo and more! Fun for the whole family. Call: 318-442-1987.


September 24: Esler Field Employee Reunion, Pelican Cafe at Esler Field, 5:00pm. A reunion for anyone who has ever worked at Esler Field. Call Dee Deville: 318-466-5329.


September 26: 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. If you would like, please bring a special dessert or salad for our holiday celebration. Call Pam Hataway: 448-6970 or Becky Watkins: 448-6938.


September 26: 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.


September 26-October 1: Winn Parish Fair, Winn Parish Fair Grounds, Winnfield, Noon-10p.m. Sponsored by Winn Parish Fair Board. Cost: $1 per person. Call Dr. Bill Gaddis: 318-628-2781.


September 26-May 10: After School Program, Bolton Avenue Community Center, 3:30-5:30p.m. Mon., Tue. and Thur. Sponsored by City of Alexandria Division of Community Services. Provides homework assistance, recreation, arts and crafts and more. Cost: Admission free. Call: 449-5228.


September 30: Happiest Baby on the Block, Christus Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital 1st Floor Conference Room, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The 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.