September 2023 Calendar-at-a-Glance

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Art

 Ongoing-October 21: River Oaks Square Arts Exhibitions, River Oaks Square Arts Center (1330 2nd Street, Alexandria). Melanie Sherman is set to captivate audiences with her exhibition entitled, “Transitional Spaces: Navigating the In-Between” in the Bolton Davis Gallery. Artistic Director James Aubrey Bolen III offers an immersive experience into the heart of the Kisatchie National Forest with “Saunter” in the Galerie des Amis and Shannon Fender presents “People & Places” in the Stokes-Harris Gallery. Call: 318-473-2670. riveroaksartscenter.com

September 9: Second Saturday at the Museum, Alexandria Museum of Art (933 Second St, Alexandria). Enjoy the Alexandria Museum of Art without admission charge on the second Saturday of the month. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458. themuseum.org

September 12: Creatives Round Table, Alexandria Museum of Art (933 2nd Street, Alexandria), 5:30pm. Are you an artist or creative in Central Louisiana? Are you looking for a place to come and talk to other creatives? Join us for the Creative Round Table! Being an artist can be isolating, but we can lift each other up! Do you want to learn about grants and artist calls? Talk about process? Maybe you want to learn how other artists market their art or ship their art? Well, come on! Let’s talk about it! No need to register. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458. themuseum.org

September 14: Renegade Tour, Alexandria Museum of Art (933 Second St, Alexandria), 6:00pm. Join AMoA guest tour guides and River Oaks artists Laura Gates, Charissa Owens, and Chasity Smith for a Renegade tour of current exhibition The 36th September Competition. Renegade tours are led by selected community members and offer unconventional tour experiences at AMoA. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458. themuseum.org

September 23: Muse Cityscape Painting Workshop, Alexandria Museum of Art (933 Second St, Alexandria), 1:00pm-4:00pm. Teens will join Matt Dawson for a workshop on painting cityscapes. This workshop is open to all teens between the ages of 13 and 19. Registration is required and space is limited. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458. themuseum.org

September 28: Community Luminary Workshop, Alexandria Museum of Art (933 Second St, Alexandria), 6:00pm-8:00pm. During this workshop, you will be able to create your own small luminary to carry in October’s AMoA Art Walk Illuminated Procession. During this workshop all luminaries will be created from upcycled plastic objects! Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458. themuseum.org

October 3: Creativity Launch Pad—Mindfulness, Alexandria Museum of Art (933 2nd Street, Alexandria), 5:30pm-7:00pm. Launch your creativity in this on-going adult (21+) art education series for any and all skill levels seeking a relaxed creative environment in which to learn, receive instruction, experiment with mediums with other adults. Launch Pad classes offer a rotation of mediums to provide a well-rounded art experience, designed for the beginner, intermediate and advanced students. All supplies are included. Classes meet on the first Tuesday of every month. Cost: $10.00 AMoA Members; $20.00 Non-Members. Call: 318-443-3458. themuseum.org

Music

September 9: Never A Story of More Woe, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center (1202 3rd Street, Alexandria), 7:30pm. The Rapides Symphony Orchestra and Play On Theatre Company will perform music by Twentieth-Century Russian composer Serge Prokofiev that accompanied a 1940 ballet version of “Romeo and Juliet”. Play On Theatre Company, led by their director Kody Walker, will present some of the scenes in Shakespeare’s original text between movements of Prokofiev’s ballet score. The Symphony will also perform a suite of music from one of opera’s most famous tragedies, George Bizet’s “Carmen” as well as the overture to Giuseppe Verdi’s tragic opera “La forza del destino (The Force of Destiny). Cost: $25.00 Adult; $15.00 Senior; $10.00 Student; $50.00 Family. Call: 318-442-9709. RapidesSymphony.org

October 4: Cenla Songwriters Circle, Fighting Hand Brewing Company (1600 Military Hwy, Pineville), 6:00pm. The Cenla Songwriters Circle is a welcoming, supportive environment for songwriters at all levels, from aspiring to professional. All genres are welcome. No pressure, no judgment, no egos. Please note that the Cenla Songwriters Circle is for original music only, no covers allowed. Ages 21 & older only. Call: 318-704-0272.

October 14: Hope For Eternity, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center (1202 3rd Street, Alexandria), 7:30pm. The Symphony will be joined by the Red River Chorale and the members of the UL Lafayette Chamber Singers to present Franz Xavier Sussmayr’s version of Mozart’s unfinished Requiem Mass. The Symphony will also perform Ralph Vaughan William’s “Five Variants on Dives and Lazarus,” a work that also has religious roots based on the hymn tune known as Kingsfold. An informational “Listen Up” presentation will begin at 6:45pm. Cost: $25.00 Adult; $15.00 Senior; $10.00 Student; $50.00 Family. Call: 318-442-9709. RapidesSymphony.org

Theatre

September 7-16: The Mouse Trap, Martin Performing Arts Center (1140 College Drive, Pineville). TLC Presents “The Mousetrap” by Agatha Christie.  Performances begin nightly Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:00pm; Sunday matinees begin at 2:00pm. Cost: $15.00 General; $12.00 Student/Senior; $10.00 Groups of 10+; $5.00 LCU Students/Faculty.

September 11: One Pint at a Time, Kress Theater (1102 Third Street, Alexandria), 7:00pm. Craft beer generates tens of billions of dollars annually for the U.S. economy. Despite beer’s Egyptian and African heritage, these traditions have been mostly forgotten and are rarely found in American brewing culture. Today, Black owned breweries make up less than 1% of the nearly 9,000 breweries in operation. Eager to shift the historical perception of who makes and drinks beer, Black brewers, brand owners and influencers across the country are reshaping the craft beer industry and the future of America’s favorite adult beverage. Filmmaker Aaron Hosé will be on hand for Q&A after the screening. Cost: $10.00. Call: 318-484-4474. louisiana-arts.org

September 14-24: Noises Off, Hearn Stage at Kress Theater (1102 Third Street, Alexandria). The play takes a fond look at the follies of actors, whose susceptibility to out-of-control egos, memory loss, and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high-risk adventure. This play-within-a-play captures a touring theatre troupe’s production in three stages: dress rehearsal, the opening performance, and performance. Brimming with slapstick comedy, “Noises Off” is a delightful backstage farce, complete with slamming doors, falling trousers, and flying sardines! Showtimes: Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30pm; Sundays at 2:30pm. Cost: $15.00 Adults; $12.00 Seniors; $7.00 Students; $5.00 Thursdays. Call: 318-484-4478. cpptheatre.com

September 21-24: Willy Wonka the Musical, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center (1202 3rd Street, Alexandria). Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to chocolate-covered life on the Lagniappe Theatre Stage. Shows are September 21st, 22nd, and 23nd at 7:00m, and September 24th at 2:30pm. Cost: $20.00 for VIP, $18.00 for General Admission Adult, $16.00 for General Admission Senior, and $14.00 for General Admission Child/Student. Call: 318-48-STAGE. lagniappetheatre.com

September 30: The Barricade Boys—Stars from the West End Cast of “Les Misérables”, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center (1202 3rd Street, Alexandria), 7:30pm. From the heart-wrenching emotion of Les Misérables to the toe tapping harmonies of the Jersey Boys, The Barricade Boys will take you on a musical journey like no other. Throw in a mix of Queen, Elton John, The Rolling Stones and Motown, and The Barricade Boys create the ultimate West End Party musical mashup! Cost: $27.00-$32.00. Call: 318-484-4474. louisiana-arts.org

 Events

Ongoing-September: New Hope Al-Anon Group, Horseshoe Drive Methodist Church (1600 Horseshoe Drive, 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.

September 7-9: Tri-Parish Sales Along 84 Yard Sale, LA Highway 84. The Sales Along 84 event is open to all community members, businesses, churches, schools, civic organizations, and clubs within the three parishes—LaSalle, Catahoula & Concordia.  All that is needed to participate in the event is to select a spot along Highway 84 to setup. Participating vendors can be easily recognized by yellow balloon displays along the highway. Cost: Free. Call: 318-316-0781 LaSalle; 318-403-0334 Catahoula; 318-719-9333 Concordia.

September 9: FUSION Fest, The Wesley Center (2350 Methodist Pkwy, Woodworth), 9:00am-4:00pm. FUSION Fest will be an opportunity for church youth groups, grades 6-12, to gather in celebration of the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year. It will be a day filled with fun, fellowship, and worship. Participants will enjoy swimming, inflatables, zip lining (space is limited), gaga ball, nine square in the air, corn hole, and more! This is an ecumenical event that is open to all church denominations. Cost: $35.00. Call:318-449-4500 ext. 0. TheWesleyCenter.com

September 9: Cenla Duck Derby, TREE House Children’s Museum (1403 3rd St, Alexandria), 10:00am-2:00pm. Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital is proud to be a sponsor of the annual Cenla Duck Derby to benefit the TREE House Children’s Museum. Enjoy a block-party style event with rubber duck racing, kids crafts and activities, food trucks and food vendors, craft vendors, music, door prizes and much more. For more information, visit the Cenla Duck Derby’s Facebook page. Cost: Free admission. cenladuckderby.com

September 9, 16, 23, 30 & October 7: Live Gator Feeding Shows, Paragon Casino Resort Gator Bayou (711 Paragon Place, Marksville), 1:00pm & 4:00pm. Visitors can enjoy educational and entertaining 30-minute live-feeding with the alligators in the “Gator Bayou” located inside the hotel’s atrium. Photo opportunities with a baby alligator and a “holding” snake will take place after each show. During these shows, gator specialist Gary Saurage will share fascinating facts about Louisiana’s signature bayou dwellers and Louisiana culture. Cost: Free. Call: 800-946-1946.

September 9: Second Saturday Market, Huckleberry Brewing Company (4724 Sterkx Road, Alexandria), 1:00pm.  On the second Saturday of each month, Huckleberry Brewing Company will be hosting a vendors market on the Huckleberry grounds! Come check out some awesome local vendors at the Second Saturday Market! If you’re interested in participating as a vendor, feel free to reach out via email at [email protected] or through Facebook messenger!

September 9, 16, 23, 30 & October 6: Live Auction, Hayes Auction Gallery (5212 North Blvd, Alexandria), 6:30pm. Join in the excitement of live auctions every Friday night with previews starting at 5:00pm! Proxy bids are welcome. Call Earl Hayes: 318-730-8676.

September 11: Healing Hearts Perinatal Loss Support Group, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Trellis Room (501 Medical Center Dr, Alexandria), 6:00pm. The group helps parents who have lost babies. Cost: Free. Call: 318-769-7569.

September 11, 18, 25 & October 2: Monday Night Bingo, Paragon Casino Resort Grand Hall (711 Paragon Place, Marksville), 6:00pm. Each Monday, join in for 10 games of bingo with up to $250 in free play up for grabs! The more you play, the more you can win! Space is limited, so grab your spot early. Registration begins at 5:00pm. Cost: Free for Club Paragon members. Call: 800-946-1946.

September 12, 19, 26, & October 3: Alexandria Farmer’s Market, First United Methodist Church (2727 Jackson Street, Alexandria), 3:00pm-6:00pm. The Alexandria Farmers Market is a weekly gathering that connects the community of Alexandria with the farmers, ranchers, and agricultural artisans of Central Louisiana. This connection strives to improve the physical, social, and economic well-being of the region by providing access to fresh, healthy, local food for residents, fostering community relationships, and serving as a business incubator for growers and producers. Cost: Free. Call: 318-441-3407.

September 13-14: Save Cenla ASIST Training, The Grand Church (205 1st  Avenue, Kinder), 7:00am-4:30pm. Suicide and mental health issues are a growing concern, especially in these trying times. Suicide is preventable. Anyone can make a difference. Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is an evidence-based, two-day workshop in suicide prevention skills helps participants learn and practice a life-saving intervention model that is widely used by professionals and the general public. Open to ages 16+. Mental health professionals can receive 12 CEUs after taking this workshop for $60.00 through livingworks.net (a $300 value). Sponsored by Central Louisiana Human Services District and CHRISTUS Community Impact Fund. Cost: Free. Call: 337-519-1888. SaveCenla.com/asist.

September 13: Child Safety Seat Check, Rapides Regional Medical Center Main Entrance (211 4th Street, Alexandria), 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 14: Tank Fest, LSUA (8100 Hwy 81 South, Alexandria), 5:00pm-7:00pm. LSUA’s annual Tank Fest with live music, food, and more! Music from Deaf Jam and Wicked Waters. Plenty of fun for adults and kids! Cost: Free. LSUA.edu

September 14: LSUA Cavanaugh Lecture Series, Westside Regional Library (5416 Provine Place, Alexandria), 6:30pm. Join Adam Lord, LSUA’s Asst. Vice Chancellor for Strategic Communications and author of “Forging a Nation: A History of Ukrainian Nationalism and Russia’s Territorial Claims in Eastern Europe,” as he kicks off the fall LSUA Cavanaugh Lecture Series with “Understanding Ukraine,” an introduction of the historical context framing the current Russian-Ukrainian conflict. Cost: Free. Call 318-442-2483. www.rpl.org

September 14, 21, 28: Thursday Night Trivia, Fighting Hand Brewing Company (1600 Military Hwy, Pineville), 7:00pm. Teams of up to 6 players compete in 6 rounds of questions. 1st place participants who are drinking craft beer will receive 1 free pour. 2nd place participants who are drinking craft beer will receive 1 half-priced pour. Ages 21 & older only. Call: 318-704-0272.

September 15-16: Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival, Historic Downtown Natchitoches Riverbank. Head to the Meat Pie Capital of Louisiana for two days of food and festival fun featuring Meat Pies, music, and more! Cost: Free. Call: 318-652-0578.

September 15: Fighting For the Cause Sickle Cell Gala 2023, England Air Park and Community Center (1718 Kegelman Blvd, Alexandria), 7:00pm. This fundraiser gala will help support the continued efforts of the Sickle Cell Anemia Resource Foundation and highlight the efforts of those committed to the fight for sickle cell. Your night will include a silent auction, musical entertainment, dinner, a keynote speaker, an awards ceremony, and networking opportunities. Cost: $50.00 General Admission; $75.00 VIP.

September 18: Daytime Book Club, Libuse Branch Library (6375 Hwy. 28 East, Pineville), 10:30am-11:30am. Join us on the third Monday of each month for a lively daytime book discussion. This month, we will discuss “Still Life” by Louise Penny. Cost: Free. Call 318-443-7259. www.rpl.org

September 18: Historical Sites and Characters in Mississippi & Louisiana, Rapides Main Library (411 Washington St., Alexandria), 5:30pm-7:00pm. Join Cenla Author of the Month Dr. Thomas S. Smith, Sr., for a lively discussion of the historical sites and characters who populate his historical fiction series, Just a Piece of Red String. The novels chronicle the adventures of two cousins from Natchez during Antebellum times, the Civil War, and Reconstruction in Mississippi and Louisiana. Call 318-445-2411. www.rpl.org

September 19: Financial Literacy Workshop “Fueling Your Savings Plan,” Alfred Boyce Wettermark Branch Library (1117 Haywood B. Joiner St., Boyce), 10:30am-11:30am. Learn how to improve your financial literacy in this series of workshops presented by Regions Bank. This workshop will focus on money saving tips to help you save now, evaluate different savings account options, and use online calculators to create a custom savings plan. Cost: Free. Call 318-793-5954.  www.rpl.org

September 20: “Establishing or Repairing Your Credit” Financial Literacy Workshop, Johnson Branch Library (1610 Veterans Drive, Lecompte), 10:30am-11:30am. Learn how to improve your financial literacy in this series of workshops presented by Regions Bank. This workshop will focus on learning to calculate the true cost of credit and tips to maintain or improve your credit score. Cost: Free. Call 318-793-5954. www.rpl.org

September 20: Cenla Women’s Connection Luncheon, Alexandria Convention Center (2301 North MacArthur Drive, Alexandria), 12:00pm. Come and Enjoy a wonderful meal with speakers, fellowship, and many door prizes. Drucy Hardesty will present “A ‘Real’ Pharmacist”. Please RSVP by Friday, September 15th. Sponsored by Avalon Group and 4 Points. Cost: $20.00. Call: 318-447-4673.

September 21: A Perfect Fit Foundation Pancake Breakfast, St. James Episcopal Church (1620 Murray Street, Alexandria), 6:30am-11:30am. Come enjoy a stack of hot, fresh, fluffy pancakes for breakfast while helping deserving elementary school children in Rapides Parish. Each breakfast comes with a short stack of pancakes, sausage, fresh fruit, and a beverage. 100% of proceeds will go directly toward the mission of the Foundation.  Breakfast plates will be available to enjoy at St. James on the morning of the event, packaged to go or delivered to your Alexandria/Pineville place of business for orders of 10+. For patrons dining in, the pancakes are all you care to eat! Presented by P&G. Cost: $7.00. Call: 318-442-8277.

 September 21: 3rd on 3rd Authors Event, Gallery One Ellleven (111 Third Street, Leesville), 4:00pm. The Leesville Junior League, Leesville Main Street District, and Gallery One Ellleven promote local published authors and those looking to be published. Children’s books, historical novels, romance, mystery and more will be represented by their authors on the sidewalks of the Main Street District. The gallery will host four authors: Charles Owen, Dr. David Holcombe, James Turner, and Char White.

September 21: 2023 LSUA Shrimp Jam, Randolph Riverfront Center (707 2nd Street, Alexandria), 5:30pm. This year’s event will feature LSU’s 2023 College World Series National Champion and National Coach of the Year, Jay Johnson. Admission includes all-you-can-eat shrimp, cash bar, silent auction, and activities throughout the night. All sales are non-refundable. All proceeds benefit the student-athletes of LSUA through the Generals Athletic Association. Cost: $75.00. LSUAGenerals.com

September 22: Central Louisiana Ultra Comics Comedy Night, Fighting Hand Brewing Company (1600 Military Hwy, Pineville), 7:30pm. On the third Friday of each month, join local comics in this open mic night event. Ages 21 & older only.  Cost: $5.00. Call: 318-704-0272.

September 23: Bishops & Bones, Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch Library (1115 Broadway Ave., Alexandria), 11:00am-2:00pm. Bring the family, youth group, or senior friends and join the community to learn, teach and play the royal game of chess and the ancient game of dominoes in a family-friendly setting. Perfect for ages 6 through adult. Cost: Free. Call 318-445-3912. www.rpl.org

September 27: Board Games & Brews, Fighting Hand Brewing Company (1600 Military Hwy, Pineville), 6:00pm. Join the Cenla Tabletop Gamers’ Guild the last Wednesday of every month for board games and a beer at the Fighting Hand in Pineville. The guild will be on hand to teach some games and to have a beer. Outside food is permitted. Ages 21 & older only. Call: 318-704-0272.

September 28: Christian Fiction Book Club, Robertson Branch Library (809 Tioga High School Road, Pineville), 10:00am-11:30am. Gather to discuss favorite Christian and historical novels on the third Thursday of each month. This month, we will discuss “Tapestry of Grace” by Kim Vogel Sawyer. Cost: Free. Call 318-640-3098. www.rpl.org

September 28: Sands of Time Book Club, Rapides Main Library (411 Washington St., Alexandria), 5:00pm-6:00pm. Join this new book club each fourth Thursday of the month for a lively discussion of favorite historical figures, eras and events. This month we will discuss A “History of the World in 6 Glasses” by Tom Standage. Cost: Free. Call 318-445-2411. www.rpl.org

September 28: Cenla Author’s Club Meeting, Mulder Hall at LSUA (8100 U.S. Highway 71, Alexandria), 6:00pm.  Twice nominated for the Pulizer Prize, former Director of the United States Civil War Center, former Writer-In-Residence at both LSU and Chapel Hill, David Madden will join via Zoom in his only speaking engagement for Louisiana. Author of “Sharpshooter,” he is one of the most knowledgeable experts in the nation on both the Civil War and writing in general. The event will feature Civil War book door prizes. You do not have to be an author or prospective author to benefit from and enjoy this talk.  Cost: Free.

September 29-30: 17th Annual Natchitoches Car Show, Downtown Natchitoches. More than 400 classic cars line the streets of Downtown Natchitoches. Food, live music, dancing, kid’s activities, and shopping are available. Cost: Free. Call: 318-352-2746.

September 29: Rocky Horror Picture Show, Fighting Hand Brewing Company (1600 Military Hwy, Pineville), 8:00pm. Screening the cult classic movie with audience participation, and costume contest with prizes. Come in costume and dance the time warp! Cheat Day food truck will be on hand for delicious food. Ages 21 & older only.  Cost: $5.00. Call: 318-704-0272.

September 30: Magical Market, Fighting Hand Brewing Company (1600 Military Highway, Pineville), 5:00pm-9:00pm. Magical Market is Cenla’s fastest growing community vendor event. Established in 2020 with the vision of bringing local artists, crafters, and fellow visionaries together in unity, Magical Market celebrates turning the mundane into magic through the beauty of unique creations. Find Magical Market on Facebook @magicalmarketlouisiana. Must be 21+. Cost: Free.

September 30: Farm to Table Dinner, Sugar Mill Fields (56 Meeker Road, Lecompte), 6:30pm-8:30pm. Five Courses in Acapulco with Chef Krysten to say goodbye to Summer and welcome in the Fall at Sugar Mill Fields. Enjoy the sights and sounds of nature while you dine on perfectly prepared, with local ingredients, dinner. Gorgeous sunset is lagniappe. Cost: $85.00. Call: 318-308-1950. sugarmillfields.com

October 1: International Raccoon Appreciation Day, Alexandria Zoo (3016 Masonic Drive, Alexandria), 1:00pm-3:00pm. Join us for a wild time as we celebrate our amazing raccoons! Make a raccoon mask to show your love for these amazing masked critters. Meet our resident raccoons and their cousins the coati during Keeper Chats–1:30pm Raccoon habitat (next to the shrimp boat in Louisiana Habitat); 2:00pm White-nose Coati habitat (just inside the entrance of the zoo). Cost: Regular Admission; Free FOTAZ members. Call: 318-441-6810. thealexandriazoo.com

October 7: Experimental Aircraft Association 1st Saturday Breakfast, Buhlow Lake Airport (200 Lake Buhlow Road, Pineville), 7:30am-10:00am. Come enjoy a hearty breakfast of eggs, sausage, pancakes, grits, potatoes, milk, orange juice, and more! Anyone interested in aviation and general cordial chatter with lakeside ambience is welcome and invited to come to enjoy breakfast with us! Cost: $10.00 Donation.

October 7: Central Louisiana Dutch Oven Cookers First Saturday Gathering, Indian Creek Recreation Area (100 Camp Ground Road, Woodworth), 9:00am-12:30pm. A delicious day with Dutch oven cooking enthusiasts. There is no charge for food, however, donations are accepted. Regular park admission applies. Call: 318-625-1762.

October 7: Fall Herb Day, Kent Plantation House (3601 Bayou Rapides Road, Alexandria), 8:00am-4:00pm. It’s time for the Kent House Annual Fall Herb Day, Arts & Crafts Festival and Yard Sale! There will be herbs, Fall bedding plants and flowers for sale, plenty of local vendors selling handmade arts & crafts, and sweets & goodies.  Don’t forget our yard sale full of treasures located inside the Visitor Center.  And don’t worry about breakfast, the Kent House will be selling its famous Biscuits & Syrup along with coffee. Cost: Free. Call: 318-487-5998.

October 7: TappedTober Craft Beer and Wine Festival, Natchitoches Riverfront, 1:00pm-10:00pm. The TappedTober Craft Beer and Wine Festival is back and bigger than ever! Family friendly with a kids zone, food trucks, craft beer, local wine, and featuring Country Music legend Tracy Lawrence. Sip and explore the many brews from local craft brewers as well as larger breweries from around the U.S. Enjoy a range of brews from sessionable ales to the more hop packed Hazy and Juicy IPAs. Presented by the Cane River Waterway Commission, all proceeds benefit Natchitoches Regional Medical Center Foundation and the NRMC Cancer Center. Cost: $31.00+. thetappedtober.com

October 7: 6th Annual Lip Sync Battle, Avalon Hotel & Suites (2301 N. MacArthur Drive, Alexandria), 6:30pm. Watch local talent show off their best costumed lip sync moves all to benefit Montessori Educational Center. In addition to the high energy show, the evening will feature both silent and live auctions, hors d’oeuvers, and a cash bar. Cost: $50.00 individual; $600 table for 10. MECAlex.org

Sports

September 12, 19, 26 & October 3: Yoga in the Gallery, Alexandria Museum of Art (933 2nd Street, Alexandria), 5:45pm. Classes taught by Learn with Laci. Register online by selecting the class you would like to attend. Out of courtesy for our class waiting list, please cancel at least two hours prior to class start time. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458. themuseum.org

September 16: Le Tour de Bayou, Kent Plantation House (3601 Bayou Rapides Rd, Alexandria), 6:30am. When colorfully decorated bicycles start being spotted around central Louisiana, Le Tour time is drawing near! Join the Kent Plantation House as it hosts the 11th Annual Le Tour de Bayou! Find your stride in 10, 25, 40, 69, or 101 mile rides or enjoy the quieter pace of the 2 mile family fun run/ride. Enjoy great food and music at the post-ride after party held on the Kent House grounds. Register at www.bikereg.com/le-tour-de-bayou. Cost: $50.00 25+ mile rides; $30.00 10-mile ride; $20.00 per family 2-mile family fun ride/walk; $5.00 additional family member. Call: 318-487-5998. letourdebayou.com

September 16: Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides Walk, Holy Savior Menard High School (4603 Coliseum Blvd, Alexandria), 10:00am. Rapides Regional Medical Center is proud to be one of the sponsors of the Central Louisiana Great Strides Walk, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s largest fundraising event. Each year, more than 125,000 people nationwide participate in hundreds of walks to support the Foundation’s mission to cure cystic fibrosis and raise awareness for this rare, genetic, life-shortening disease that makes it difficult to breathe. Registration begins at 9:00am. Call: 225-769-9994.

*All events subject to change.