September 2019 Calendar-at-a-Glance




Ongoing-September: Arts & Healthcare, Inc. Exhibit.  The CHRISTUS Cabrini Gallery (Cabrini Outpatient Center, 1st floor across from Radiology) will feature the art of Martha Pete in the Cabrini Gallery during the month of September. All art on display is for sale with a portion of the proceeds going to continue healing arts work in the community. Cost: Free. E-mail:


Ongoing-September 28: River Oaks Square Exhibitions, River Oaks Square Arts Center.  Nancy Michael Susaneck presents her show entitled “Our Voices, Our Stories, Our Lives” in the Bolton Davis Gallery.  The Gallerie des Amis will feature an exhibition entitled “Salavdo” by resident artist, Rhonda Reap-Curiel. The Stokes-Harris Gallery will feature a special exhibition entitled “The Face Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree” which features a multitude of local and resident artists: Janet Ahrens, Susan R. Corbyn, Becky O’Neal, Maria Manemann, Tish Fresh, Bridie Rollins, Jodie Rapson, Margie Tate, Elizabeth Morgan and Laura Gates under the guidance of instructor Janet Ahrens. Call: 318-473-2670.


Ongoing-October 24: 32nd September Competition, Alexandria Museum of Art.  The 32nd September Competition is an annual juried exhibition highlighting the work of contemporary artists in all media and styles created within the past two years.  50 artworks selected from over 450 international submissions are included in the exhibition and featured in a full-color print catalog.  This year, the 49 selected artists represent 4 countries, 23 states, and 49 cities. AMoA welcomes Marilyn Laufer as the 2019 juror. Call: 318-443-3458.


Ongoing-December 31: CARI Student Art Exhibition, Cane River Creole National Historical Park.  The exhibit features many different mediums of varying compositions completed by 313 student artists representing 15 schools from around Louisiana. The art exhibit will be on display at both Oakland and Magnolia Overseer’s Houses. Visitors to both Oakland and Magnolia will be able to vote for their favorite pieces.


September 7: stARTle Pop Up Art Show and Sale, the Gem (1014  3rd St. Alexandria) 5:00pm-9:00pm. This show/sale includes the works of ten painters, sculptors and multi-media artists from Alexandria and Pineville, Louisiana. Sponsored by art group stARTle Cenla. More info can be found on Facebook at stARTle Cenla. Cost: Free.


September 13: Acrylic Painting Class, Westside Regional Library, 6:00pm-7:30pm. . Adults and teens may join us for an acrylic painting class. Registration required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483.


September 15: Viva Mexico!, Los Pinos Event Center in Forest Hill.  Viva Mexico is a benefit for the Alexandria Museum of Art. Attending this benefit event is a great way to support the AMoA. Your contribution enables us to be the lively center for cultural engagement that our community needs. You can bid on a fabulous piece of traditional Mexican art work in an online auction at leading up to the event. The auction winner will be announced September 15th. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458.


September 19: Community Luminary Workshop, Alexandria Museum of Art, 6:00pm-8:00pm. Everyone is welcomed to join AMoA educators Nancy Noles and Cindy Blair to create their own luminary creations at this free community workshop, and to come back and carry them in the Art Walk Illuminated Procession (October 18th at 7:30pm). Materials provided. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458.


October 1: Drop-In Acrylics Class, Alexandria Museum of Art, 5:45pm-7:00pm.  Drop-in classes are for any and all skill levels seeking a relaxed creative environment. This on-going series for adults offers instruction, experience with other dry mediums, constructive critique, and inspiration from exhibitions. All materials are provided. No need to register; just drop in! Cost: Free AMoA members; $10.00 non-members. Call: 318-443-3458.


October 5: Rhythms of Life Adult Art Class, Alexandria Museum of Art, 1:00pm-4:00pm.  Adult studio class focusing on abstract applications of landscape painting using acrylics, drawing inspiration from the rhythms of life around us, with 32nd September Competition artist Mary Louise Porter. Cost: $45.00 AMoA members; $60.00 non-members. Call: 318-443-3458.




September 10: Three Reeds Duo in Concert-Nachtmusik, Sylvan Learning Center, 7:00pm.  The Three Reeds Duo performs music from their new CD, Metamorphosis.  The duo, Leah and Paul Forsyth, are known for their uncommon oboe and saxophone combination and for the music which they commission from leading contemporary composers. This is the first concert in the Fourth Nachtmusik Season, featuring a total of eight monthly chamber music concerts. Cost: $12.00; $6.00 students.


September 15: Big Daddy Weave-The Alive Tour, Guinn Auditorium at LC, 7:00pm.  Louisiana College presents Big Daddy Weave with Jonathan Chu and Becca Bradley. Premium ticket holders will receive first entry, premium seating in a reserved section, a premium guest tour laminate, and participate in a pre-show conversation with Mike Weaver of Big Daddy Weave. Mike will share stories of this season that has culminated in their new music, a television show, and a book, plus he will take questions from the audience. Cost: $20.00-$75.00.


September 21: Romance on the River, Alexandria Riverfront Amphitheater, 7:30pm.  Join the Rapides Symphony for “Romance on the River”, a concert of romantic orchestral music, Broadway tunes, and opera arias featuring Shreveport Opera vocalists Emma Bonanno, Ryan Daly, Evan Hammond and Flora Wall. Premium table seating is available for purchase.  Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-9709.


September 26: Les Fest, Alexandria Zoo, 6:30pm.  It’s an unforgettable night of superb music and fantastic food at Central Louisiana’s wildest outdoor venue. Enjoy live music by The BB King Blues Band featuring Michael Lee from The Voice and a menu featuring savory and sweet options available for purchase from local restaurants and caterers. Reserved tables and sponsorships available. Cost: $30.00 advance; $35.00 at the door. Call: 318-441-6810.


September 28: Kevin Gates & Friends, Rapides Parish Coliseum, 8:00pm.  Gates made history with this debut album ISLAH, which was released in January 2016 and cemented Kevin as one of the best-selling hip-hop artists of 2016, second only to Drake. The critically acclaimed debut album was certified double platinum by the RIAA for sales in excess of 2 million–2016’s only debut album to receive platinum certification within one year. Cost: $65.00+.


October 5: The Symphonic Organ, St. James Episcopal Church, 7:00pm.  Gloucester Cathedral (UK) Organist Emeritus and currently Artist-in-Residence at New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine, David Briggs is an internationally renowned organ virtuoso. Concertizing all over the world, Briggs is particularly gifted in the art of improvisation and transcribing symphonic works for the king of instruments. Among other masterworks and improvisation, he will play his transcription of the final movement of Camille Saint-Saëns’ Symphony #3, sometimes called the Organ Symphony. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-9845.




September 12-22: The 39 Steps, LC’s Martin Performing Arts Center. Theatre LC presents The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This two-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of four), an onstage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers, and some good old-fashioned romance! The 39 Steps amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure! Performances begin at 7:00pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; Sunday matinees begin at 2:00pm. Cost: $15.00 adults; $5.00 LC students/faculty/staff; $12.00 non-LC students/seniors/children; $10.00 group (10+).


September 14: Layon Gray’s Black Angels Over Tuskegee, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, 7:00pm. Vibrantly energetic and emotionally captivating, Black Angels Over Tuskegee continues to enlighten and educate Off-Broadway audiences after an extended opening. The Arts Council is excited to bring the outstanding talents of Peabody High alumnus, Layon Gray, back to his Alexandria roots. Black Angels Over Tuskegee is one of the longest running productions Off-Broadway! The award-winning, historical docu-drama is a narrative of six men embarking upon a journey to become the first aviators in the United States Army Air Forces during a tumultuous era of racial segregation and Jim Crow idealism in twentieth century American history. Black Angels Over Tuskegee is inspired by true events and endorsed by the real Tuskegee airmen themselves! Cost: $20.00 adults; $15.00 seniors; $10.00 students/children; $50.00 family of 4. Call: 318-443-4718.


September 26-29: Shrek the Musical, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center. It’s back! Join Shrek and his loyal steed Donkey, as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful , if slightly temperamental Princess Fiona. Add the diminutive Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits and a cookie with attitude, and you’ve got the must see musical comedy that everyone has come to love. Great for the whole family and packed with laughs. Performances begin nightly Thursday-Saturday at 7:00pm; Sunday matinee at 2:30pm. Cost: $13.00-$20.00.


September 26-October 6: Ken Ludwig’s “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery”, Hearn Stage at Kress Theatre.  Get your deerstalker cap on—the play’s afoot! Comedic genius Ken Ludwig transforms Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic The Hound of the Baskervilles into a murderously funny adventure. Sherlock Holmes is on the case. The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being dispatched one by one. To find their ingenious killer, Holmes and Watson must brave the desolate moors before a family curse dooms its newest heir. Watch as our intrepid investigators try to escape a dizzying web of clues, silly accents, disguises, and deceit as five actors deftly portray more than forty characters. Does a wild hellhound prowl the moors of Devonshire? Can our heroes discover the truth in time? Join the fun and see how far from elementary the truth can be. Directed by Kathy Richey, performances begin nightly Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm; Sunday matinees at 2:30pm. Cost: $5.00-$15.00. Call: 318-484-4478.




Ongoing-September: New Hope Al-Anon Group, Horseshoe Drive Methodist Church in Alexandria, 7:00pm.  The New Hope Al-Anon Group meets each Tuesday and Thursday evening. Al-Anon is a mutual support group for anyone having experienced a problem with someone else’s drinking or addiction. You are free to ask questions or to talk about your situation or just listen. Every meeting is different. Each meeting has the autonomy to be run as its members choose, within guidelines designed to promote Al-Anon unity. Cost: Free.


Ongoing-September: balance Meetings. balance – A group of people working on individual goals with emphasis on substance and alcohol abuse prevention meets each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30pm and Wednesday at 12:00pm.  Meetings take place each Monday and Wednesday at the CLASS Office, 1785 Jackson Street in Alexandria. Tuesday meetings are held at the Rapides Parish Main Library, 411 Washington Street in downtown Alexandria. Thursday meetings are held at the King Branch library, 1115 Broadway Avenue in Alexandria.  Call: 318-442-1010.


September 7 & October 5: Experimental Aircraft Association Fly-In Breakfast, Buhlow Lake Airport Clubhouse, 7:30am-10:00am.  Fly (or drive) to Buhlow Lake Airport to join the EAA for an all-you-want-to-eat, hearty breakfast of eggs, sausage, pancakes, grits, potatoes, OJ, milk and more! Everyone is welcome to enjoy breakfast, visit with pilots and have a good time. Cost: $7.00 donation.


September 7: 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. Please pre-register. Call: 318-769-4440.


September 7: Cenla Duck Derby, T.R.E.E. House Children’s Museum, 10:00am-2:00pm.  Join in the fun as up to 5,000 rubber ducks race down a giant water slide for the chance to win one of many great prizes, including a chance at the grand prize of $1,000!  There will be multiple races throughout the day, with winners for every race. Proceeds benefit the T.R.E.E. House Children’s Museum. The event will also feature craft vendors, food, music and activities for the kids. Cost: $5.00 per duck.


September 9 & October 7: Good Mourning Widowed Support Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 11:00am-12:00pm. This is an ongoing 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 those who are newly grieving.  The Mourning Widowed Support Group meets on the second Monday of each month and is sponsored by CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital.  Check our Face Book page: CHRISTUS Widowed and Widowers. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.


September 9: How to do Research, Martin Luther King Jr. Branch Library, 4:00pm-5:00pm. Patrons will learn about different databases and ways to research without having to rely on unreliable sources such as Wikipedia. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-3912.


September 9: Veteran’s Support, Martin Luther King Jr. Branch Library, 5:00pm-8:00pm. Veterans come together to live their best life after service with facilitator Anthony Eli. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-3912.


September 9: For the Love of Food, Rapides Main Library, 5:30pm-7:30pm. Rachael Jones will demonstrate a chicken, pesto and tomato flatbread recipe! Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1036.


September 10: Making It Work, RRMC Gallery Room, 6:00pm-8:00pm.  A breastfeeding class for working moms, this class is designed to support working mothers who want to continue breastfeeding and need to know how to fit it into their daily schedule. The class will focus on management of milk supply and offer strategies to sustain pumping.  Other topics include types of pumps, storage and handling of milk and strategies to prevent problems. Please pre-register. Call: 318-769-4440.


September 10, 17, 24 & October 1: Geeks Who Drink, Good People Kitchen, 7:30pm.  Geeks Who Drink brings the nation’s best live hosted pub quiz to Good People Kitchen every Tuesday. Join in for 8 rounds of audio, visual and live hosted trivia. The weekly quiz features prizes for answering bonus questions and gift cards for the top teams at the end of the night. Geeks Who Drink rules limit the total number of players on your team to 6, so gather your smartest friends and come down. Cost: Free. Call: 318-787-2785.


September 11: Diabetes Group Class, HP Long Classroom in Pineville, 9:00am-12:00pm.  Rapides Regional Medical Center is offering this 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 a Registered Nurse and Registered Dietitian. Please pre-register. Cost: Free. Call: 318-769-4440.


September 11: Child Safety Seat Check, RRMC Medical Terrace Driveway, 2:00pm-5:00pm.  A trained child passenger safety educator will take a look at your car seats, make sure they are not under recall, make sure the seat is installed properly and show you how to install the car seat. The car seat check process takes between 15-25 minutes, depending on how many car seats are in the vehicle. The seat checks normally are held the second Wednesday of each month. Cost: Free.


September 11: Maker Space Hands-On Workshop, Rapides Main Library, 4:00pm-5:00pm. Children Ages 10+ will enjoy a workshop on transistor introduction in this Maker Space hands-on workshop. Supplies and tools will be provided. Advance registration required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1036.


September 11: 9/11 First Responders Remembrance Service, St. James Episcopal Church, 6:00pm.  Join first responders from local Police, Fire and EMS departments for dinner in the Parish Hall and a service of remembrance in the Church remembering those lost in the line of duty. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-9845.


September 12: Children’s Story Hour Craft, Westside Regional Library, 10:30am-11:00am. Children will use origami to create an armada. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483.


September 13: Roald Dahl Movie Marathon, Boyce Branch Library, 1:00pm-5:00pm. Celebrated every year on the anniversary of his birth, the unofficial holiday will be celebrated at the Boyce Branch with a movie marathon. Cost: Free. Call: 318-793-2182.


September 13: Kids Power Hour, Libuse Branch Library, 5:00pm-6:00pm. An hour of fun, games and books for children ages 6 to 10. Registration preferred. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-7259.


September 14: Agatha Christie Movie Marathon, Boyce Branch Library, 10:00am-1:00pm. If you are a classic mystery fan, you’re likely to be familiar with some of Agatha Christie’s best-loved works. Boyce branch library presents a movie marathon of great movies inspired by her books. Cost: Free. Call: 318-793-2182.


September 14: Main Movie Mania, Rapides Main Library, 1:00pm-3:00pm. Join us to watch Dumbo (PG).  Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1036.


September 14: Woodland Autumnal Decorations, Martin Branch Library, 3:00pm-4:00pm. Teens are invited to create autumn decorations using twigs and various embellishments. Registration required. Call: 318-442-7575.


September 16: National Grandparents Day Celebration, Martin Luther King Jr. Branch Library, 12:00pm-1:30pm. Grandparents, socialize with your peers. Come enjoy Uno, Bingo, Dominoes or whatever game your heart desires, as you mingle with those who also deserve the right to enjoy being a grandparent. Refreshments will be served. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-3912.


September 17: String Art, Robertson Branch Library, 5:00pm-6:30pm. Adults, join us to make beautiful string art. Registration by September 14th required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-640-3098.


September 18: Cenla Women’s Connection Luncheon, Conference Center at the Greens, 90 Harold Miles Park in Alexandria, 12:00pm. Shelly Templin will present “Chaos Needs A Color Chart”. Also including a special feature by Stacey Douglas with C.L.E.D.A. (Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance). Please RSVP by Friday, September 13th. Cost: $16.00. Call: 318-481-7880 or E-mail:


September 19: Parkinson’s Support Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 11:00am-12:30pm. The Parkinson’s support group meets on the 3rd 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 Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.


September 20: Gardening Meet Up, Rapides Main Library, 9:00am-10:30am. Gardening series dedicated to answering your questions about plants!  Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x 1036.


September 20: Teen Murder Mystery, J.W. McDonald Memorial Branch Library, 3:30pm-5:30pm.Teens will take part in solving our murder mystery game. Registration is encouraged. Cost: Free. Call: 318-748-4848.


September 20: Fall Bird Feeder Craft, Martin Luther King Jr. Branch Library, 4:00pm-5:00pm. Children will welcome fall by making their own peanut butter bird feeder to put in their yard. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-3912.


September 20-21: Meat Pie Festival, 102 rue Beauport, Natchitoches.  The festival features balloon rides, children’s activities, food vendors, arts & crafts, water slide, buck ‘n bull, gyro, climbing wall, inflatables, laser tag, live entertainment and Brewfest (open to anyone 21 and over) spectacular fireworks & more! Gates open at 5:00pm on Friday and 10:00am on Saturday. Cost: Free Friday; $8.00 Saturday. Call: 318-332-7455 or 318-652-1500.


September 21: Prepared Childbirth Class, RRMC Medical 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. Please pre-register.  Call: 318-769-4440.


September 21: Paws for Kids, Libuse Branch Library, 5:00pm-6:00pm. Read with Luke the Dog to build confidence in reading. Registration preferred. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-7259.


September 23: Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 11:00am-1:00pm. 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. The group meets on the fourth Monday of each month. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.


September 23: Alzheimer’s Activity Group, Cabrini Mediplex, 11:00am-12:30pm. The staff from Brookdale Assisted Living will offer appropriate activities with a fun, hands-on approach for those with Alzheimer’s disease.  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. The group meets on the fourth Monday of each month. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.


September 23: Anime Club, Martin Luther King Jr. Branch Library, 6:00pm-7:00pm. Teens will discuss their favorite characters, moments, and attacks from the anime series “Naruto”. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-3912.


September 23: Democratic Candidates Forum, Alexandria Convention Hall, 6:00pm-7:30pm.  Sponsored by the Central Louisiana Democratic Women. Cost: Free.


September 23: Breathing and Relaxation, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital 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: Come Write In!, Rapides Main Library, 5:30pm-6:30pm. Come “write” in to enhance your creative writing skills. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x1036.


September 26: A Perfect Fit Foundation Pancake Breakfast, St. James Episcopal Church in Alexandria, 6:30am-11:00am. Come enjoy a short stack of pancakes, sausage, beverage and fruit for a great cause!  100% of all funds raised will go directly towards the purchase of uniform-approved, well fitted shoes for underprivileged elementary school children in Rapides Parish.  Dine in or carry out.  Orders of 10 or more plates include free delivery in the Alexandria/Pineville area. Cost: $7.00. Call: 318-442-8277.


September 26-27: Women in Business Conference, Holiday Inn Downtown Alexandria.  The Central Louisiana Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Women in Business Conference  in partnership with Central Louisiana SHRM. The conference will include dynamic keynote speakers, informative breakout sessions and opportunities to make business connections. Keynote speakers include Maj. Gen. Joanne Sheridan (Ret.) and Jessica Shank (Randolph), M.D. Registration fee includes both lunches, learning sessions, panel discussions and Thursday’s reception. Cost: $120.  Call: 318-442-6671.


September 27-28: Creole Heritage Celebration, Northwestern State University Sylvan Friedman Student Union. The celebration will open Friday with continental breakfast followed by presentations including “Faith & Healing”, “Genealogy Challenges”, “Wellness & Health”, “Traditional & Healthy Eating”, “Entertainment & Recreation” and more. Friday concludes with a Zydeco dance and reception. Saturday’s activities will be in the Historic Downtown Natchitoches on Rue Beauport/Riverfront overlooking Cane River and will feature a Legacy Fun Run & Walk in early morning followed by vendors, entertainment, Kids Carnival, exhibits by other Creole Communities from out of state, and by a tribute to Clementine Hunter Day in the evening. Cost: $25.00-$30.00. Call: 318-357-6685.


September 27-28: ASIST Workshop, LSUAgCenter in Mansura, 8:00am-4:30pm. Suicide is preventable and anyone can make a difference. Learn the skills and help save a life.  This two-day workshop teaches suicide prevention skills widely used by both professionals and the general public.  Learn and practice a life-saving intervention model.  Avoyelles parish high school students, 16 years and older, who become ASIST-certified will be eligible for a $500 cash scholarship upon graduation. 12 CEU hours are available for a nominal fee after the workshop.  Cost: Free. Call: 337-519-1888.


September 28: Smokey the Bear’s 75th Birthday Party, Alexandria Forestry Center, 9:00am-12:00pm.  The birthday bash will feature. Activities, Smokey Bear giveaways, photos with Smokey and more! The Forestry Center is located at 2500 Shreveport Highway in Pineville.


September 28: 2nd Annual Classic Car Show, Naomi Heights Nursing Home, 10:00am-1:00pm. The show features great cards, live music by “Mr. Sammy”, hot dogs, soft drinks, chips, popcorn and more! Proceeds benefit Manna House. Cost: $5.00. Call: 318-443-5638.


October 5: Fall Herb Day Arts & Crafts Festival & Yard Sale, Kent Plantation House, 8:00am-1:00pm. There will be local herbs and flowers for sale, plenty of vendors selling handmade arts & crafts, and sweets & goodies. And don’t forget about the yard sale full of treasures located inside the Visitor Center. Make sure to arrive early before the herbs and flowers sell out!  Cost: Free. Call: 318-487-5998.


October 5-6: Planes over the Pines, Esler Air FBO, 9:00am. Experience this one-of-a-kind Aerobatic Festival Weekend at Esler Field. This Event will feature several aerobatics teams, comedy aircraft teams, wing walking and more. Plus, Military displays and tons of World War II history will be set up for your viewing pleasure. There will be Live Music, Food and FUN for all ages. You won’t want to miss it! Cost: $5.00 per day; $8.00 2-day pass. Contact:


October 7: Bereaved Parents Support Group BPUSA, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 6:00pm-7:00pm. This is an on-going support group for parents and grandparents whose child has died. Bereaved Parents Support Group has trained outreach volunteers who are available to the newly grieving parent, grandparent or adult sibling. This group is sponsored by CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital and meets on the first Monday of every month. Pre-registration is required. Check out our Facebook page at The Bereaved Parents Of Cenla-BPUSA. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.




Ongoing-October 31: No Man’s Land Free For All Bass Tournament.  Unlike most bass tournaments, fish length rather than weight will determine the winners. Another unique aspect of this tournament is its Catch-Photo-Release format. Instead of securing fish in aerated live wells for transport to far-off weigh-ins, each bass is laid on an approved, standardized measuring board beside an event identifier card, and a digital photograph is taken and uploaded for scoring. Anglers who want to compete in this free tournament must register for a free account at TourneyX—sportfishing’s leading online tournament management system.  An event overview and complete contest rules can be found at Cost: Free.


Ongoing-September: Yoga Class, Cabrini Mediplex Yoga Rx Room, 4:00pm-5:00pm.  Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat.  Come make new friends, get flexible and enjoy the health benefits of Yoga!  Classes are on-going and meet every Monday, Wednesday or Thursday. Led by Kripalu trained Yoga Teacher, Becky Watkins. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.


September 7: Red Wagon 5k And 1 Mile Wagon Pull, England Airpark, 8:00am.  September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. With this in mind, Cenla Heroes of St. Jude are reaching out to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Red Wagons are all around the St. Jude Hospital. These vehicles offer fun, hope and transportation. St. Jude’s philosophy is tending to the patient’s emotions as well as their physical state. Because cancer is a dark journey, then there should be moments of joy. So let’s roll!   5K Awards: Top 3 Male & Female Finishers will receive an award. All 5K finishers will receive a T-Shirt plus a medal.  Wagon Pull Finishers will receive a T-Shirt. Cost: $40.00.


September 7, 14, 21, 28 & October 5: Saturday Morning Qi Gong, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10:30am. The Alexandria Museum of Art and Rapides Regional Medical Center have partnered to present Healthy Living @AMoA. Paul Nettles of The Levee Tai Chi School leads a class in Qi Gong, which is an ancient system of coordinated body postures and movements combined with deep breathing and meditation. It is used to stimulate good health, spirituality, and a state of calm mindfulness. Call: 318-443-3458.


September 14: Kids Yoga, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10:30am. The Alexandria Museum of Art and Rapides Regional Medical Center have partnered to present Healthy Living @AMoA. On the second Saturday of each month, Shannon Brewer of Lux Studios–Lotus Vibes present free Kids Yoga class at the Museum. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458.


September 21: 8th Annual  Le Tour De Bayou, Kent Plantation House, 7:00am.  The 8th Annual Le Tour de Bayou is a scenic cycling tour throughout the bayou region of Central Louisiana. The rides will meander across the cypress-lined bayou region of Central Louisiana, taking you through an authentic Belgian farming community with fields of cotton, soy beans, corn, and grain sorghum. There are six levels of participation and all levels will begin and end at Kent Plantation House. Cost: $20-$50. Call: 318-487-5998.


September 21: 40th Annual Keichu Karate Classic, Alexandria Convention Center, 9:00am.   Steve Tillson, of the Avoyelles Martial Arts and Joey Harvey of the West Leesville Jujitsu Club, are co-directors of this annual competition. It was established by Mark Williams in 1979 and carried on by his students until the present time. Hosted by George Johnson. Cost: $5.00 admission; $60.00 competitors. Call: 318-729-5425.


September 28: Great Strides Alexandria, Holy Savior Menard Central High School, 9:00am.  Great Strides Alexandria is the annual fundraising walk supporting the mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and celebrating the medical milestones achieved over the years. In addition to the walk, the event will have music, games, food, a jambalaya cook-off and more. Form a team, register and help stride toward the goal!


October 5: Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Alexandria Riverfront Amphitheater, 8:00am.  Join the fight for Alzheimer’s first survivor.  Participants who raise $100 or more will receive an official event t-shirt.  Cost: Free. Contact: or