September 2014 Calendar



Ongoing – September: Arts & Healthcare, Inc. Exhibits.  The Cabrini Gallery for  Reflection and Healing will feature the art of Lucretia Glorioso.  This gallery is located in the Cabrini Outpatient Center on the first floor across from Radiology.  The Rapides Art Gallery will feature “Sacred Spaces” by  James Guess. This gallery is located at Rapides Regional Medical Center in the South Tower between the ER and the South Tower Lobby.  Cost: Free. Call: (318) 769-7602.


September 5 – November 22:  27th Annual September Competition, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10a.m.-5p.m. Tue-Fri., 10a.m.-4p.m. Sat. September 5:  Member Preview Opening Reception & Award Ceremony, AMoA, 6-8p.m.  This 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. Cost:  Admission free AMoA members and LSUA students with ID; $4 adults; $3 students/seniors/military; $2 for youth 5-13 and 4 and under free.  Call Amanda Guillot:  443-3458.


September 5 – November 22:  James Michalopoulos:  Wrapt in Color, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10a.m.-5p.m. Tue-Fri., 10a.m.-4p.m. Sat. September 5:  Member Preview Opening Reception, AMoA, 6-8p.m.  Captivated by scenes of New Orleans and France, James Michalopoulos evokes the spirit of the subject through beautifully layered, textured and complex color compositions.  The exhibition features original paintings from New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival posters, portraits, steel sculptures and rarely seen works on paper, all enveloped in color by this celebrated New Orleans-based artist.  Cost:  Admission free AMoA members and LSUA students with ID; $4 adults; $3 students/seniors/military; $2 for youth 5-13 and 4 and under free.  Call Amanda Guillot:  443-3458.


September 6: Margie Tate Exhibit Reception, Natchitoches Art Guild, 2:00pm-4:00pm.  The exhibit will be on display through the end of October.  Call: (318) 352-1626.


September 13:  Fall Arts & Crafts Show, Kees Park, 9a.m.-5p.m.  Sponsored by Red River Arts & Crafts Guild.  Handcrafted unique items – painting, pencil art, woodwork, woodcarving, handmade jewelry, purses, stained glass and many other items.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Dona:  445-1785.


September 20:  Family Art Class:  Drawing with Nature, Alexandria Museum of Art, 1-3p.m.  Participants will enjoy this experimental painting and drawing class.  Objects from nature will be used to paint and draw natural still life arrangements.  This class will occur outside if weather permits.  Bring the whole family or just your kid at heart and enjoy this wonderful experience.  Call to sign up.  Cost:  Admission free AMoA member families; $20 non-member families. Call Cindy Blair:  443-3458.


September 27:  Spanish Language Tour of Exhibitions and Art Talk, Alexandria Museum of Art, 1-2p.m. Tour, 2-3:30p.m. Talk.  Have fun talking in Spanish and learning about the art of Spanish-speaking cultures.  Conversation, cultural exchange and fun!  Facilitated by Carlos Villaseñor Anaya (bilingual), International Consultant and expert in Cultural Development and Cultural Policy.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Amanda Guillot:  443-3458.



September 18:  Acoustic Concert Series, Alexandria Museum of Art, 6:30-8:30p.m.  Guest Musicians to be announced.  Live music, food and fun!  Join us on third Thursdays for the AMoA’s most popular recurring social event.  Enjoy lively conversation with friends, connect with art, listen to music hosted by John Wakefield, and snack on tasty food and drink.  Cost:  Admission free AMoA members; $4 non-members.  Call Amanda Guillot:  443-3458.


September 26:  Rhythm & Rhymes:  Spoken Word Performing Arts Series, Alexandria Museum of Art, 7-9p.m.  Musical and spoken word performances, including open mic and featured performers, are presented at AMoA, promoting the art of spoken word and self expression, and creating opportunities for poets.  Every last Friday of the month, featuring Alexandria native and accomplished slam poet Sha’Condria Sibley.  Cost:  Admission free AMoA members; $4 non-members.  Call Amanda Guillot:  443-3458.


September 27:  Rapides Symphony Pops on the River, Alexandria Riverfront Center, 7:30p.m.  Sponsored by Rapides Symphony Orchestra.  A potpourri of music ranging from Broadway show tunes to the 1812 overture.  Cost:  Admission free general seating; $300 reserved tables of 10.  Call James Owens:  484-4469.


September 28: Northwestern State University Symphony Concert, Magale Recital Hall at NSU, 6:00pm.  The NSU Symphony Orchestra will present its season-opening concert.  Reception to follow.  Cost: Free.



September 11-21: Mary Poppins, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center.  Practically perfect in every way, much beloved Mary Poppins flies into Alexandria courtesy of Lagniappe Theatre Company for nightly performances Thursday through Saturday beginning at 7:00pm, with Sunday matinees set for 2:30pm.  Cost: $20 (Adults 13-54); $18 (Seniors 55+); $15 (Children and Groups of 10+).  Call: (318) 48-STAGE.


September 18 -21 and 25 – 28:  The Curious Savage, Martin Performing Arts Center, Louisiana College, 7p.m., Thur.-Sat., 2p.m., Sun.  Sponsored by Theatre Louisiana College.  Ethel Savage is a recently widowed woman sent to a psychiatric center by her stepchildren because she chooses to give away her recent inheritance instead of giving it to them.  Humor ensues as the “mad” residents of the center are contrasted with the “sane” stepchildren.  Cost:  $16 general; $10 students/seniors; $5 LC family.  Call Box Office:  487-7495.



September 6:  Breastfeeding Class, RRMC Medical Terrace Gallery Room, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 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. Please pre-register. Call: 318-769-4440.


September 6: Breastfeeding Class, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room, 9 a.m. – 1 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. Please pre-register.  Cost: $20.00.  Call: 866-581-3627.


September 6:  Threads, Alexandria Riverfront Center, 5:30p.m. Hors d’oeuvres, 6:30p.m. Fashion Show.  Sponsored by Christus Cabrini Cancer Center.  Join us for a special fashion show featuring survivors as models.  Proceeds benefit the Patient Assistance Fund at Christus Cabrini Cancer Center.  Cost:  $25 per person; $350 table of 8.  Call Cabrini Cancer Center:  448-6917.


September 8: Bereaved Parents Support Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 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 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 starts at 6:00pm.  Call Becky Watkins: 448-6938.


September 8: Survivors of Suicide (SOS), Cabrini Mediplex, 6:30pm – 7:30pm.  This new group will be an on-going support group for anyone who has been impacted by suicide in their family or friend group.  A suicide death is unlike any other and the issues are unique.  There will be an educational component with handouts.  This group will be facilitated by Dr. Lee Weems. Pre-registration is required. Call Becky Watkins: 448-6938.


September 8: The Morning Widowed Persons Support Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 11:00am.  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 issponsored by Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital.  Call Becky Watkins: 448-6938.


September 8: Look Good…Feel Better, Rapides Women’s and Children’s 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: 800-ACS-2345.


September 9: Sibling Class, Cabrini Women’s and Children’s Hospital Conference Room, 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. Please pre-register.  Call: 866-581-3627.


September 10:  Miracle Jeans Day, area businesses and Rapides Parish Schools, 8a.m.-5p.m.  Sponsored by Christus Cabrini Hospital-Children’s Miracle Network.  Gives companies, organizations, schools and individuals an opportunity to come together in a casual way to support Children’s Miracle Network at Cabrini Hospital just by wearing jeans to work or school.  Cost:  $5.00 donation.  Call Christus Cabrini Foundation:  448-6580.


September 10: Diabetes Group Class, RRMC Medical Terrace Auditorium, 9:00am-noon.  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. 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 11: Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Seminar, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room, 9:00am. Please pre-register.  Call: 866-581-3627.


September 12:  Taste of the Arts, Fox Theater in Marksville, 6:30pm. Presented by the Fox Theater and the Arts Council of Avoyelles, Taste of the Arts features a wide array of sweet and savory dishes, a cash bar, and live jazz. Cost: $10.00.  Call: (318) 253-8105.


September 13: Health Check for CASA, Premier Urgent Care (Next to Chick-fil-a), 6:00am – 12:00pm. Comprehensive health and wellness screening. Must be at least 18 years old to participate. Please pre-register online at Cost: $30.00 (All proceeds benefit CASA). Call: (318) 787-6877.


September 13: Governor Jimmie Davis Day, Rebel State Historic Site, 10:00am to 3:00pm.  The tribute will feature a presentation on the life and times of Governor Davis, followed by a showing of the LPB documentary “Sunshine by the Stars.”  Cost: $4.00 (Adults 13-61); Free (Children 12 and under, Seniors 62+).  Call: (888) 677-3600 or (318) 472-6255.


September 13:  Fox Idol Talent Competition, Fox Theater in Marksville, 2:00pm.  Musicians, vocalists, and dancers will compete for trophies and prizes in various age categories. Registration required. Call: (318) 359-2906.


September 13:  Second Saturday Market, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10a.m.-2p.m.  Featuring arts activities for families, live music, exhibition tours, local produce and original local art.  There’s always something new to explore. All one-of-a-kind works of art sold in the downtown Cultural Arts District are tax-free.  Support local artists, farmers and gardeners at this fun community event.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Jenny Gallent:  443-3458.


September 15: 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: (318) 769-7200.


September 15: Annual CASA Fundraiser & Auction, Bistro on the Bayou, 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Hosted by Red River Bank, the night will be filled with great music, hors d’oeuvres, and great auction items. Tickets are available for purchase at Jerry Lee & Co., Terra Home, and Rapides CASA office. Cost: $100 per person; $1,000 per table of 8 (All proceeds benefit CASA). Call: (318) 445-5678 (ext. 3012).


September 17: Cenla Women’s Connection Luncheon, Conference Center at the Greens, 12:00pm.  Program features “The Do’s and Don’ts of Beauty and Skin Care” presented by Paula Abbott.  Join us and learn how this Texas cowgirl got her “Extreme Makeover”. Cost: $16 (Includes lunch and features).  Please RSVP by Friday, September 12th.  Call: (318) 481-7880.


September 18: Parkinson’s Support Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 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 18: Better Breathers Club, Rapides Health and Lifestyles Center, Noon.  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 18: Pink Ribbon Club, Christus Cabrini Women’s Life Center, 5:30pm. This breast cancer support group is for education, advocacy and support of breast cancer patients and survivors.  Wesley Watkins, an independent agent representing various insurance products.  He will be speaking on the new Louisiana requirement for insurance to cover lymphedema treatment. He will present the information along with a Q&A regarding healthcare reform rules, policies, etc specific to breast cancer patients.  Call: 866-581-3627.


September 18 – 20:  Pineville Hunter Safety Course, Kees Park, 6-8p.m. Thur.-Fri., 8a.m.-2p.m. Sat.  Sponsored by Pineville Police Department and City of Pineville.  Limited seating.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Madonna LeBlanc:  445-3439 or 449-5660.


September 18: Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Support Group, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital Conference Room, 6:00pm. Please pre-register. Call: 866-581-3627.


September 20: Prepared Childbirth Class, Rapides Regional Medical Center Terrace Gallery Room, 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.  Call: 877-801-8441.


September 20: Childbirth Class, Cabrini Women’s & Children’s Hospital 1st Floor Conference Room, 9:3am – 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. Please pre-register. Call: 866-581-3627.


September 22: The Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 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 22: The Alzheimer’s Activity Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 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 22: Breathing and Relaxation, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Cascade Room, 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: 318-769-4440.


September 24: 4th Annual Delta Waterfowl Heritage Banquet, Alexandria Riverfront Center, 6:00pm.The highlight of the evening is the annual live auction, which auction will feature artwork, sporting guns and gear, guided fishing and hunting trips as well as several other valuable items centered on the outdoor sporting lifestyle.  Call Bart Vanderhoeven: (225) 405-6162.


September 25:  H20 – Helping 2 Overcome Homelessness, Emmanuel Baptist Church Parking Lot, 10a.m.-1p.m.  Sponsored by Volunteers of America.  A free event for the homeless or imminently homeless offering instant on-site services to the homeless community on their turf and terms.  Free hygiene items, clothing, food, haircuts, medical screenings and more.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Tracey Antee:  442-8026 ext. 536.


September 25: Muscular Dystrophy Support Group, Rapides Regional Medical Center Medical Terrace Gallery Room, 6:00pm. Meetings include guest speakers and access to staff from the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Call: (800) 644-9730.


September 26:  2014 Annual Veteran’s Stand-down for Homeless Veterans, Alexandria Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, 8a.m.-Noon.  Thirty-five community groups will be providing services to the homeless veteran population.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Clarence Stiles:  446-2362.


September 27:  Meet Mary Poppins, Centre Court, Alexandria Mall, 1-3p.m.  It’s a jolly holiday with Mary!  Sing along to all the favorites.  Character greeting, crafts and refreshments.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Alexandria Mall:  448-0227.


September 27:  Annual Heritage Day, 7142 HWY 123, across from Dry Prong Cemetery, 10a.m.-3p.m.  Sponsored by Dry Prong Historical Society.  Featuring old time crafts, music, vendors, food and children’s activities including sack races and games including women’s skillet toss.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Della Barbee:  312-3648.


September 30:  Archeology Day, Kent Plantation House, 9a.m.-2p.m.  Free event for school aged children 3rd – 5th grades, with reservation.  Event focuses on history of our earliest settlers and their daily life.  Demonstrations and interactive stations.  There will be a break for lunch.  Cost:  Admission free.  Call Kent Plantation House:  487-5998.



September 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29: Yoga Classes, Cabrini Mediplex Yoga Room, 4:00pm – 5:15pm.  Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat.  These classes are on-going and meet every Monday and Thursday.  This class is sponsored by Christus St Frances Cabrini Hospital.  Call Watkins: 448-6938.


September 9, 16, 23 and 30:  Yoga in the Gallery, Alexandria Museum of Art, 5:30-6:30p.m.  Yoga is offered free of charge every Tuesday at AMoA, thanks to a grant from the Rapides Foundation.  Yoga instructor, b. Hedrick is an ascetic Taoist yogi with fourteen 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 9, 16, 23 and 30: Run GDN, Spirits Food & Friends, 6:00pm.  Every Tuesday—rain or shine—meet on the patio at Spirits Food and Friends located at 1200 Texas Avenue.  Go for a run and rejoin for food and drinks.  It can be whatever you want it to be! If you want to show up every week and sign in to let us know you’re here, that is great, and we will track your participation and reward you with a free pint every 6 runs!  All paces are welcome.  E-mail Heather:


September 10, 17, 24 & October 1: Wake Up Yoga Class, Cabrini Mediplex Yoga Room, 9:30am-10:30am.  Wear comfortable clothing and bring a Yoga mat.  This is an on-going class and meets every Wednesday.  This class is sponsored by Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital.  Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.


September 13: Run for CASA, CrossFit Alexandria (behind Tractor Supply), 8:00am.

CFA is hosting a 1-mile run, along with an opportunity to meet and greet Justin Walker, NCAA All American and World Class Sprinter! There will also be training clinic with Justin, and a surprise event that will be a challenge for everyone. For more information on this fun event for a great cause, please visit Cost: $10.00 donation (All proceeds to benefit CASA). Call: (214) 334-9417.


September 13: Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides 5K Walk, Alexandria Senior High, 9 a.m. Great Strides is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s largest fundraising event, and Rapides Regional Medical Center is a local sponsor. Nationally, more than 250,000 walkers come together each year to help find a cure for CF. For more information, visit, and look for the Great Strides section.


September 13: Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Kent Plantation house, 9:00am.  Opening ceremony will begin at 10:00am.  Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.  Sponsors and Donations gratefully accepted.  Call: (800) 272-3900.