September 2013 Calendar



Ongoing – September:  Central Louisiana Arts & Healthcare Exhibits, Central Louisiana Arts & Healthcare proudly presents our monthly art exhibits at area hospitals and clinics.  Exhibits currently showing:  the art of Courtney Chandler which will be featured in the Rapides Regional gallery located at Rapides Regional Medical Center between the South Tower Lobby and the ER; and the works of Keith Lacour in the Cabrini Hospital Gallery for Reflection and Healing located in the Outpatient Center (1st Floor). Call (318) 769-7602,


September 6: Member Preview Reception & Artists’ Talk, Alexandria Museum of Art, 6:00pm-8:00pm.  The 27th Annual September Competition presented by the Alexandria Museum of Art is an annual juried exhibition selected from national and international submissions highlighting contemporary art practices in all media. Featuring original art created within the past two years, 50 artworks selected by the by artist and juror James Michalopoulos will be displayed in a full-color catalogue and exhibition at the Alexandria Museum of Art!  Call Alyssa Fridgen: (318) 443-3458 or e-mail:


September 7:  Fall Arts and Crafts Show, Kees Park Community Center, Pineville, 9:00am-5:00pm.  Sponsored by Red River Arts and Crafts Guild.  Unique handcrafted and hand painted items made by local artists.  Pencil art, woodwork, handmade jewelry, watercolor art, purses, handmade knitted items, ceramics and many more items.  Guest artist demonstration.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Donna:  443-1785.


September 12:  Mutability, a poetry reading by Jeannette Barnes LSUA, Alexandria Museum of Art, 6:00pm-7:30pm.  Poet Jeannette Barnes will be reading from her new book, Change, reflecting on the theme of mutability. Multiple literary prize winner Jeannette Barnes lives in Pineville, Louisiana. She serves as a medical reference librarian at the Alexandria VA hospital.  Contact Alyssa Fridgen:  (318) 443-3458 or email:


September 21:  AMoA Family Art Class:  “Coloring Light with Stephen Knapp”, Alexandria Museum of Art, 1:00pm-3:00pm.  Families and kids of all ages will experience the light installations of Stephen Knapp and create colorful light catchers of their own.  Cost:  Admission free for members and $20 per member family.  Call Jenny Gallent:  443-3458.


October 1-31:  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



September 14:  Rapides Symphony Pops on the River, Alexandria Riverfront Center, 7:30pm.  Sponsored by Rapides Symphony Orchestra.  Evening of Sinatra, featuring Steve Vecchi with the symphony.  Cost:  $300 reserved tables of 10; theatre seating free.  Call James Owens:  484-4469.


September 22: Love, Laughter and Faith, Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Lecompte, 3:00pm.  This inspiring concert will feature soprano Kerri Beth Ellis accompanied by Tamera Zona. Advanced tickets are available at Red River Music and H&H Furniture. Cost: $10.00 adult; $5.00 student.


September 27, October 4 and 11:  DownTown Rocks, Steps of City Hall, 6:00pm-8:00pm.  Sponsored by the City of Alexandria Division of Community Services. September 27:  Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band, 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, 7:00pm.  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, 12:00pm-6:00pm.  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.



September 19-29: Shrek the Musical, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center.   Fun for the whole family, Lagniappe Theatre Company presents the popular Broadway musical Shrek featuring a cast of talented Cenla locals.  Performances will run nightly Thursday through Saturday at 7:30pm with Sunday matinee performances beginning at 2:30pm.  Advance tickets are available online at Group discounts are available.  Call: (318) 48-STAGE.


September 26-October 6:  The Dining Room, Hearn Stage, Kress Theatre, 7:30pm. Thursday-Saturday; 2:30pm. Sunday.  Sponsored by City Park Players.  The dining room of a home is the setting for a mosaic of interrelated scenes, some funny, touching and rueful which taken together create an in-depth portrait of societal changes.  From giggly teenagers to senile grandparents, the scenes tell a tale of life experiences in one room.  Cost:  $15 general admission; $12 seniors; $7 students.  Call City Park Players:  484-4478.



September 7:  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.


September 7: Cabrini Breastfeeding Class, Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room,  9:00am – 1:00pm. The Breastfeeding Class is sponsored by Christus Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital 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. Please pre-register. Cost: $20.00.  Call: 866-581-3627.


September 9: Look Good…Feel Better, Noon. Cascade Room in Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital. 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 to register.


September 9: 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.


September 9: 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; but changed for September due to the Labor Day holiday.   Pre-registration is encouraged. Brown bag supper begins at 6pm.  Check out our Face Book page: Bereaved Parents of Cenla. Call Becky Watkins: 448-6938.


September 10: Sibling Class, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room, 6 p.m. – 8 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: 866-581-3627.


September 11: 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.


September 12:  Boy Scouts School Night for Scouting, schools throughout Central Louisiana, time:  evening.  Sponsored by Louisiana Purchase Council, Boy Scouts of America.  Schools throughout Central Louisiana will open for parents and youth to learn about and join Scouting.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Sarah Fuller:  325-4634.


September 12-14:  Pineville Hunter Safety Course, Kees Park, Pineville, 6:00pm-8:00pm. Thursday-Friday, 8:00am-2:00pm. Saturday.  Sponsored by the City of Pineville.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Captain Keith McLain, Pineville Police Department:  449-5655.


September 14: Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Seminar, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room, 9am.  Please pre-register.  Call: 866-581-3627.


September 14:  Taking It 2 the Street and Taking It 2 the Night, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10:00am.  Sponsored by Capital One Bank, Sayes Office Supply and the Estate Planning Law Center.  We now have two events.  A free walking tour of Alexandria’s cultural district guided by local media celebrities and featuring performances by local entertainers all along the route and a free evening show with an MC for adults at 7:00pm in a downtown venue.  Listen to any Cenla Broadcasting station for details.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Rich Joyce:  445-1234 ext. 242.


September 15-October 31:  Cotton Picking & Ginning at Frogmore, Frogmore Plantation, 11054 HWY 84, Frogmore, LA.  Please call for times and before driving long distances for possible weather delays. Cost:  $15 adults; $5 students 6-18; 6 and under free.  Call Lynette Tanner:  757-2453.


September 16: 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


September 18:  Miracle Jeans Day, area businesses and Rapides Parish School Board, 8:00am-5:00pm.  Sponsored by CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network.  An opportunity for companies, organizations, schools and individuals to come together in a casual way to support Children’s Miracle Network at Cabrini Hospital just by wearing jeans to work or school.  Employees and students can help raise funds for their local children’s hospital.  Cost:  $5 donation.  Call CHRISTUS Cabrini Foundation:  448-6580.


September 18: Introduction to Microsoft Windows 365, Rapides Foundation Building, 11:45am.   This Lunch & Learn presented by Felicia Walker, Learning Lab Technician for Community Development Works.  The session is open to the public and is sponsored by LaPine Chapter IAAP.  Pre-registration is required.  Cost: $11.00 with lunch; $5.00 without.  Call LaWanda Franklin: (318) 640-7422 or e-mail:


September 18: Cancer Survivors Group, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room, 12:00noon. The guest speaker will be Tammy DeBona, RN, BSN who will speak on “Clinical Trials – the who, what, where and how of it all.” Call Miranda: 318-466-6074.


September 19: 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.


September 19: Better Breathers Club, 12p.m. Noon, Rapides Health and Lifestyles Center, 724 Scott Street. Rapides Regional Medical Center offers the American Lung Association’s “Better Breathers Club” for patients with chronic lung disease. This is the only Better Breathers Club in Central Louisiana. The meetings will include guest speakers and a chance to ask questions of your own. Lunch is provided. Please pre-register. Call:  (318) 769-3776.


September 19: 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.


September 19: Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Support Group, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room, 6:00pm. Please pre-register. Call: 866-581-3627.


September 21: Childbirth Class, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room, 9:30 a.m. – 4 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. Call: 866-581-3627.


September 21:  Threads, Alexandria Riverfront Center, 5:00pm.  Sponsored by CHRISTUS Cabrini Cancer Center.  Special fashion show featuring survivors as models.  Proceeds benefit the Patient Assistance Fund at CHRISTUS Cabrini Cancer Center.  Cost:  $350 table of 8; $25 individual ticket.  Call Cabrini Cancer Center:  448-6917.


September 21: 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.


September 23: 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.


September 23: 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.


September 23: Breathing and Relaxation, Cascade Room in Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital, 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. Please pre-register.  Call:  877-801-8441.


September 23-28: IIAP Professional Photography Fundraiser.  This event is open to the public, and does require advance tickets to make an appointment.  Participants will receive one professional 8×10 color photograph.  Cost: $15.00  Contact Frances Morrison: (318) 484-7695 or e-mail:


September 25:  Archaeology Day, Kent Plantation House, 9:00am-12:00pm.  Open to all school groups with a reservation.  Students will learn about the early cultures of Central Louisiana both early settlers and Native Americans.  Space is limited so call for your reservation.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Kent Plantation House:  487-5998.


September 26: 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 1-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. 20


October 3:  Historic Site Tour, Central Louisiana State Hospital, Pineville, 2:00pm.  Tour starts at the Education Building and will feature the Chapel, Dairy Barn, Cemetery and the Rose Cottage Museum.  Cost:  TBA.  Call the Extra Mile, Region VI:  484-6575.


October 4-5:  Lecompte Pie Festival, 2204 St. Charles, Lecompte, 3:00pm-10:00pm Friday, 9:00am-10:00pm Saturday.  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, 12:00pm.  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, 8:00am-1:00pm.  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:  Our Lady of Prompt Succor Fall Festival, 420 21st St., 10:00am-2:00pm.  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.




September 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 25 & 30: Hatha Yoga Class, Power Center, 4:00pm. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat.  This class is on-going and meets every Monday or Thursday.  This class is sponsored by Christus St Frances Cabrini Hospital.   Call Becky Watkins: 448-6938.


September 10, 17, and 24; October 1 and 8:  Yoga in the Gallery, Alexandria Museum of Art, 5:30pm.  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.


September 21:  HDQ Health Awareness/2 Mile Walk-Run, HDQ Community Unity Park, 9:00am-11:00am.  Sponsored by HDQ (Horseshoe Gardens, Deerfield and Quail Ridge) Neighborhood Alliance.  Information will be available for health awareness along with a 2 mile walk/run. Bring the entire family.  Prizes will be awarded. Games for kids.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Lula Johnson, HDQ President:  487-4514.


September 21:  Le Tour de Bayou, Kent Plantation House, time:  TBA.  The 2nd Annual Le Tour de Bayou will be a multi level cycling and running event for the entire family.  With rides of 10, 27, 70 and 85 miles, a 5k run and a 2 mile family fun ride there is an event and distance for everyone.  Registration includes dinner Friday night, a goodie bag with coupons, a hat and assorted items from local businesses and a chance to win a custom cycling jersey.  Register now at  Cost:  Varies.  Call Kent Plantation House:  487-5998.


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  Call: (225)769-9994.