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  • Facing misconduct investigation, Panthers owner selling teamFacing misconduct investigation, Panthers owner selling team

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Facing a growing investigation that accuses him of sexual misconduct and using racist language at work, Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson announced Sunday that he will sell the NFL team after the season. The team announced on Twitter that Richardson is selling the team, linking to a five-paragraph letter by the franchise’s only owner. “I believe it is time to turn the franchise over to new ownership,” Richardson wrote, saying he wouldn’t begin discussions until after the season. The Panthers, who lost in the Super Bowl in 2016, are in playoff position again. “I hope everyone in the organization, both on and off the field, will be firmly focused on one mission: to play and win the Super Bowl,” said Richardson, 81. The NFL awarded Richardson, a former player with the Baltimore Colts, an expansion franchise in 1993, and he has been the team’s only owner. Richardson’s letter did not directly address the investigation. “There has been no greater mission or purpose in my life than to have brought and NFL franchise to Charlotte,” Richardson wrote. “The obstacles back then were significant and some even questioned whether or community could or would support professional football. But I always knew that if given the chance the Carolina would rise to the occasion. And you have. The team has become an integral part of the community. The stadium is in its best condition since the day it opened.” Richardson attended the game Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers at Bank of America Stadium and was photographed sitting beside his wife Rosalind in his luxury box. He did not speak to reporters. “While I will no longer be the team owner, I will always be the Panthers Number One fan,” Richardson’s letter said. The Panthers are tied to Charlotte through June of 2019. The city of Charlotte and the Panthers reached agreement on improvements for the team’s stadium in 2013. The plan called for the city to contribute about $87 million for renovations to Bank of America Stadium in exchange for a six-year deal to keep the Panthers in Charlotte. The money is less than what the team was seeking for improvements of the stadium, which opened in 1996. Forbes estimates the Panthers worth at $2.3 billion. Richardson’s announcement comes after a Sports Illustrated report that cited unnamed sources who said Richardson made sexually suggestive comments to women and on at least one occasion directed a racial slur at an African-American Panthers scout. The report states that the settlements came with non-disclosure requirements forbidding the parties from discussing the details. The NFL on Sunday said it has taken over the investigation of allegations of workplace misconduct. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league had no comment on the report. Panthers spokesman Steven Drummond said Sunday the team requested the league take over the investigation. “We thought it would be best for transparency reasons,” Drummond told The Associated Press. The investigation was originally going to be led by the law firm of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart and Sullivan, LLP, and overseen by Erskine Bowles, a minority owner with the Panthers. Drummond said in a release that the Panthers take these allegations very seriously and are committed to a full investigation. “The entire organization is fully committed to ensuring a safe, comfortable and diverse work environment where all individuals, regardless of sex, race, color, religion, gender, or sexual identity or orientation, are treated fairly and equally,” Drummond said. The Panthers began play in 1995 but have never delivered on Richardson’s promise of winning a Super Bowl. They lost after the 2003 and 2015 seasons. The Panthers are 10-4 entering the final two weeks of the regular season and well positioned for a playoff run. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, like most of the team’s players, hadn’t read the details of the report that came out just as the Panthers were preparing to play the Green Bay Packers. Newton said Richardson has served in a “father-like role” for him since his arrival in Carolina seven years ago. “For me I hope things don’t alter my thinking of Mr. Richardson,” Newton said. “But I do know that he has given me some things that I will forever be appreciative of.” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said after the game it is important to let the process play out, but vouched for Richardson’s character. “The only thing I can speak on is for what he has been to me as far as I’m concerned,” Rivera said. “A lot of you know I had a house fire and he was there for (my wife) Stephanie and I. He was tremendous in supporting us. My brother passed and Mr. Richardson was there and helped me get to the funeral and back. I can’t speak to anything other than that.” It has been a whirlwind year for the Panthers organization. Team president Danny Morrison abruptly resigned in February. Richardson then fired general manager Dave Gettleman on the eve of training camp and replaced him with former general manager Marty Hurney on an interim basis. It was a surprising move considering Carolina made the playoffs three times in four seasons under Gettleman.

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  • Jets players with Louisiana ties serve as captains against Saints - NOLA.comJets players with Louisiana ties serve as captains against Saints - NOLA.com

    NOLA.comJets players with Louisiana ties serve as captains against SaintsNOLA.comWhen the New Orleans Saints and Jets met for the pregame coin toss Sunday, all of New York's captains shared one thing in common. "All the guys that (were) captains were either from Louisiana or played in Louisiana, so that was the theory behind that ...and more »

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  • Kim Mulkey fulfills homecoming promise to Louisiana players in Baylor's return to the state against Nicholls - The AdvocateKim Mulkey fulfills homecoming promise to Louisiana players in Baylor's return to the state against Nicholls - The Advocate

    The AdvocateKim Mulkey fulfills homecoming promise to Louisiana players in Baylor's return to the state against NichollsThe AdvocateOn Monday night, Mulkey and the Lady Bears travel to Nicholls State, marking the first time Baylor crossed the Texas-Louisiana border for a game in more than a decade. It may not be the kind of high-profile matchup No. 6 Baylor usually leaves Waco ...and more »

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  • Guest column: Louisiana farmers ready to sell to Cuba - The AdvocateGuest column: Louisiana farmers ready to sell to Cuba - The Advocate

    The AdvocateGuest column: Louisiana farmers ready to sell to CubaThe AdvocateAs long as U.S. agricultural producers are prohibited from offering private financing, it will remain virtually impossible for Louisiana farmers to compete for Cuban market share. Cuba relies on agricultural imports to feed its population of more than ...

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  • Shrimp season ends Monday for some Louisiana waters - NOLA.comShrimp season ends Monday for some Louisiana waters - NOLA.com

    NOLA.comShrimp season ends Monday for some Louisiana watersNOLA.comShrimp season will close early for part of Louisiana.( Photo by Ann Maloney, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ). Comment. 0 shares. By The Associated Press. Louisiana wildlife and fisheries regulators say the fall shrimp season will close in a portion of ...Louisiana to partially close shrimp seasonBrownsville Heraldall 3 news articles »

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  • Atlanta airport in the darkAtlanta airport in the dark

    (CNN ) A power outage at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the world’s busiest airport, is leaving thousands of passengers stranded and planes grounded. Georgia Power has confirmed they have crews in the field working to determine the cause of the problem. The power outage occurred just after 1 p.m., according to a statement from the airport. The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a ground stop for flights to Atlanta, meaning that planes are being held at their departure airports, according to a tweet on Hartsfield-Jackson’s verified Twitter account. The airport also posted a statement on Twitter saying, “A power outage has impacted several areas in the airport. #ATL officials are working to remedy the situation. Additional updates to come.” Brittny Dettro said she was waiting to board a flight from Atlanta to Milwaukee when the power went out in Terminal B early Sunday afternoon. She shot this image at 1:10 p.m. ET. Delta Flight 4949 from Lafayette to Atlanta has been cancelled due to a massive power outage at Atlanta Hartsfield Airport.

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  • 'I'm not sorry:' Louisiana man faces life in prison for killing girlfriend's molester - FOX31 Denver'I'm not sorry:' Louisiana man faces life in prison for killing girlfriend's molester - FOX31 Denver

    FOX31 Denver'I'm not sorry:' Louisiana man faces life in prison for killing girlfriend's molesterFOX31 DenverBATON ROUGE, La. – A Louisiana man is facing life in prison after being found guilty of killing a man who molested his girlfriend. Jace Crehan, 23, admitted to killing 47-year-old Robert Noce Jr. in July 2015 less than two weeks after Noce pleaded “no ...and more »

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  • Louisiana doctors slowly applying for medical marijuana permit - KENS 5 TVLouisiana doctors slowly applying for medical marijuana permit - KENS 5 TV

    KENS 5 TVLouisiana doctors slowly applying for medical marijuana permitKENS 5 TVBATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The number of doctors who have applied for permission to dispense medical marijuana is edging upward, as the estimated summer start of the program gets closer. In October, only two doctors had submitted applications for the ...and more »

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  • Deadline to submit Louisiana flooding insurance form nears - New Haven RegisterDeadline to submit Louisiana flooding insurance form nears - New Haven Register

    WWL First NewsDeadline to submit Louisiana flooding insurance form nearsNew Haven RegisterBATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana residents who had damage from the August 2016 flooding have until the end of December to submit the proof of loss form required for a flood insurance claim. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon is reminding people of ...Louisiana state-run property insurer shedding more policiesWWL First Newsall 3 news articles »

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  • Report: Reggie Bush announces retirement from NFL, wants to retire as a SaintReport: Reggie Bush announces retirement from NFL, wants to retire as a Saint

    Reggie Bush announced on NFL Network, Saturday, that he is retiring from the NFL and wants to do so with the Saints, according to our partners at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune. “I’m done,” Bush told the NFL Network. “Yeah, I’m done. I said it. It’s not breaking news. I’ve been saying it. I said it all season long, I said, ‘Listen, if I don’t play this year, I’m going to retire.’ Because I’m not going to spend a whole year off, come back, 33 years old, trying to get back in the league. Listen, once you get to a certain age as a running back, they just start to slowly weed you out.” Bush was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2006 draft and spent five seasons in New Orleans. Bush finished his career with the Black and Gold with 2,090 rushing yards and 2,142 receiving yards on 249 receptions. He was also part of the Saints’ Super Bowl-winning team during the 2009-10 season. “The Saints know I’m coming home at some point,” Bush said. “I’m going to come home to retire as a Saint. But yeah, man, I’m done. For sure. I’m done.” Bush also played for the Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers and Buffalo Bills.

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  • Louisiana to partially close shrimp seasonLouisiana to partially close shrimp season

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana wildlife and fisheries regulators say the fall shrimp season will close in a portion of state inside waters beginning at official sunset Monday. Affected by last week’s order are all state inside waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line except for the following waters located east of the Mississippi River: —Chef Menteur and Rigolets passes, Lake Borgne (BORN), Mississippi Sound, Mississippi River Gulf Outlet, a section of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway in Orleans Parish from the waterway’s East Closure Sector Gate westward to the waterway’s intersection with the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal, and the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur sounds. All state outside waters will remain open at this time.

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  • Deadline to submit Louisiana flooding insurance form nearsDeadline to submit Louisiana flooding insurance form nears

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana residents who had damage from the August 2016 flooding have until the end of December to submit the proof of loss form required for a flood insurance claim. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon is reminding people of the Dec. 31 deadline, which Donelon’s office says was extended six times. The insurance department says nearly 30,000 claims have been filed with the National Flood Insurance Program from policyholders affected by the floods. FEMA has said most of the claims have been processed. The proof of loss form — a sworn statement made by the policyholder that substantiates the insurance claim — is part of the requirement for a flood claim to be processed. Donelon says another form must be filed if more damage is found after the original claim is processed.

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  • Ohio choreographer composes dance piece for economic summitOhio choreographer composes dance piece for economic summit

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio choreographer has composed a piece that dancers will perform at the opening of next month’s annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Edwaard Liang is the artistic director of BalletMet in Columbus and a former dancer with the New York City Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater in Holland. Liang has composed dance pieces for the Bolshoi Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre and many other companies. Liang, a native of Taiwan who grew up in California, was appointed BalletMet artistic director in 2013. Liang’s piece, tentatively titled “Four Seasons,” will be performed by the principal dancers of La Scala opera house in Milan, Italy.

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  • James Gill: As Mike Edmonson's freeloading causes his downfall, everyone lines up to kickJames Gill: As Mike Edmonson's freeloading causes his downfall, everyone lines up to kick

    Now that he's well and truly down, they're lining up to kick former State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson.U.S. Senator John Kennedy found the experience so gratifying that he

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  • Jeff Sadow: Edwards steals Obama's signature move, the sue-and-settle, at citizens' expenseJeff Sadow: Edwards steals Obama's signature move, the sue-and-settle, at citizens' expense

    For his job, Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards defeated Republican former Sen. David Vitter. Two years later, it appears Edwards has found a way to add insult to injury against the politician

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  • When St. Tammany Parish became a health resortWhen St. Tammany Parish became a health resort

    The old Covington railroad depot, photographed in 1980 after its conversion into a restaurant. The establishment nearly a century earlier of the East Louisiana Railroad was key in opening up St. Tammany Parish to tourists from New Orleans who were seeking a dose of clean country air.

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  • PHOTO: Parts of Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas will experience rain on Sunday morning.PHOTO: Parts of Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas will experience rain on Sunday morning.

    PHOTO: Parts of Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas will experience rain on Sunday morning.

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  • Group recognizes 19 black women elected as mayors in Louisiana at Baton Rouge eventGroup recognizes 19 black women elected as mayors in Louisiana at Baton Rouge event

    National Congress of Black Women, Inc. national president E. Faye Williams, left, speaks with East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, right, before the National Congress of Black Women, Inc.'s annual prayer breakfast and awards ceremony recognizing 19 African-American women serving as mayors across Louisiana, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. The group was set up to encourage the election of black women to public office.

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  • Gant has 1st double-double to lead Louisiana to 87-65 win - Lexington Herald LeaderGant has 1st double-double to lead Louisiana to 87-65 win - Lexington Herald Leader

    Lexington Herald LeaderGant has 1st double-double to lead Louisiana to 87-65 winLexington Herald LeaderJaKeenan Gant scored 21 points while pulling down 11 rebounds to help lead Louisiana to its sixth straight win, an 87-65 victory over New Orleans on Saturday night. Louisiana (9-2), which is 5-0 at home, has won nine of its last 10 games. Gant, who had ...and more »

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  • Trail Blazers hold off HornetsTrail Blazers hold off Hornets

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- CJ McCollum scored 25 points and the Portland Trail Blazers held on for their third straight victory with a 93-91 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday night at the Spectrum Ce

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  • Dan Fagan: The Roy Moore debacle in Alabama should feel somewhat familiar to LouisianaDan Fagan: The Roy Moore debacle in Alabama should feel somewhat familiar to Louisiana

    David Duke, a convicted felon and former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard, hurriedly leaves the U.S. Senate election debate for Louisiana at Dillard University in New Orleans, La. Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016.

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  • St. Martin de Porress Church hall fire ruled accidentalSt. Martin de Porress Church hall fire ruled accidental

    SCOTT, La. (KLFY) The fire that burned through a wall at St. Martin de Porres Church Hall in Scott has been ruled accidental, according to the Scott Fire Chief Chad Sonnier. After completing their investigation, fire investigators have ruled out anything suspicious. Sonnier said an investigation has revealed the fire originated inside of a wall and was accidental in nature. The Hall received no structural damage and Sonnier said the fire and smoke damage was minimal. No injuries were reported.  

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  • Latest update from KLFY Meteorologist Trevor SonnierLatest update from KLFY Meteorologist Trevor Sonnier

    6:07 p.m. Latest high-resolution models show storms rolling through Acadiana tomorrow morning, sometime between 3-9am. Heavy rainfall, frequent lightning, and gusty winds could be possible in these storms. Severe weather chances look very low at this time, but we’ll be watching the radar through the morning. #lawx

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  • Silvers golden as Troy pulls away from North TexasSilvers golden as Troy pulls away from North Texas

    NEW ORLEANS -- Senior quarterback Brandon Silvers threw four touchdown passes and ran for another to lift Troy to a 50-30 victory over North Texas Saturday in the RL Carriers New Orleans Bowl. The Tr

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  • Report:  Boating accident near Lake MartinReport: Boating accident near Lake Martin

    HPDATE: Two kayakers were rescued and taken to local hospitals as a precaution after deputies say their kayak’s flipped in rough waters in Lake Martin. ST. MARTIN PARISH, La. (KLFY) Acadian Ambulance and AirMed are enroute to a boating accident near Lake Martin Road in St. Martin Parish. Early reports suggest that two occupants are involved in the accident. KLFY has a crew enroute to the scene and will update this story as more information becomes available.  

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  • Trump defends tax plan, proclaims economy set ‘to rock’Trump defends tax plan, proclaims economy set ‘to rock’

    WASHINGTON (AP) – Closing in on the first major legislative achievement of his term, President Donald Trump on Saturday defended the Republican tax cut as a good deal for the middle class while boldly suggesting it could lead to explosive economic growth. The legislation, which the GOP aims to muscle through Congress next week, would lower taxes on the richest Americans. Benefits for most other taxpayers would be smaller, but Trump attempted to sell the bill as a “Christmas present” for middle-class Americans in part because it would trigger job growth. “It’ll be fantastic for the middle-income people and for jobs, most of all,” Trump told reporters on the White House lawn before traveling to Camp David for the weekend. “And I will say that because of what we’ve done with regulation and other things our economy is doing fantastically well, but it has another big step to go and it can’t take that step unless we do the tax bill.” No stranger to hyperbole, Trump also predicted the legislation would cause the economy to soar beyond its current 3 percent rate of growth. “I think we could go to 4, 5 or even 6 percent, ultimately,” the president said. “We are back. We are really going to start to rock.” Many economists believe that attaining consistent 4 or 5 percent annual growth would be challenging. The nation last topped 5 percent growth in 1984. The Republican plan is the widest-ranging reshaping of the tax code in three decades and is expected to add to the nation’s $20 trillion debt. The tax cuts are projected to add $1.46 trillion over a decade. Under the bill, today’s 35 percent rate on corporations would fall to 21 percent, the crown jewel of the measure for many Republicans. Trump and GOP leaders had set 20 percent as their goal but added a point to free money for other tax cuts that won over wavering lawmakers in final talks. “This is happening. Tax reform under Republican control of Washington is happening,” House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin told rank-and-file members in a conference call Friday. “Most critics out there didn’t think it could happen. … And now we’re on the doorstep of something truly historic.” The bill would repeal an important part of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act – the requirement that all Americans have health insurance or face a penalty – as the GOP looks to unravel a law it failed to repeal and replace this past summer. It came together as Republicans cemented the needed support for the overhaul, securing endorsements from wavering senators. Marco Rubio of Florida relented in his high-profile opposition after negotiators expanded the tax credit that parents can claim for their children. He said he would vote for the measure next week. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the only Republican to vote against the Senate version earlier this month, made the surprise announcement that he would back the legislation. Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has repeatedly warned that the nation’s growing debt is the most serious threat to national security. “I realize this is a bet on our country’s enterprising spirit, and that is a bet I am willing to make,” Corker said. The bill embodies a long-standing Republican philosophy that a substantial tax break for businesses will trigger economic growth and job creation for Americans in a trickle-down economy. Skeptical Democrats are likely to oppose the legislation unanimously. “Under this bill, the working class, middle class and upper middle class get skewered while the rich and wealthy corporations make out like bandits,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York. “It is just the opposite of what America needs, and Republicans will rue the day they pass this.” The bill would drop today’s 39.6 percent top rate on individuals to 37 percent. The standard deduction – used by around two-thirds of households – would be nearly doubled, to $24,000 for married couples. The $1,000-per-child tax deduction would grow to $2,000, with up to $1,400 available in IRS refunds for families who owe little or no taxes. Parents would have to provide children’s Social Security numbers to receive the child tax credit, a measure intended to deny the credit to people who are in the U.S. illegally. Those who itemize would lose some deductions. The deduction that millions use in connection with state and local income, property and sales taxes would be capped at $10,000. That’s especially important to residents of high-tax states such as New York, New Jersey and California. Deductions for medical expenses that lawmakers once considered eliminating would be retained. The bill would allow homeowners to deduct interest only on the first $750,000 of a new mortgage, down from the current limit of $1 million. People who inherit fortunes would get a big break. The bill would double the exemption, meaning the estate tax would apply only to the portion of an estate over $22 million for married couples. Members of a House-Senate conference committee signed the final version of the legislation Friday, sending it to the two chambers for final passage next week. Republicans hold a slim 52-48 majority in the Senate, and two ailing GOP senators missed votes this past week. John McCain of Arizona, who is 81, is at a Washington-area military hospital being treated for the side effects of brain cancer treatment, and 80-year-old Thad Cochran of Mississippi had a non-melanoma lesion removed from his nose earlier this week. GOP leaders are hopeful they will be available next week.  

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  • Texas survives pesky Louisiana TechTexas survives pesky Louisiana Tech

    Dylan Osetkowski scored 22 points and Mohamed Bamba added 14, including 10 in the final six minutes, to lead Texas to a 75-60 victory over Louisiana Tech on Saturday at the Frank Erwin Center in Austi

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  • Doctors slowly applying for medical marijuana permitDoctors slowly applying for medical marijuana permit

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The number of doctors who have applied for permission to dispense medical marijuana is edging upward, as the estimated summer start of the program gets closer. In October, only two doctors had submitted applications for the permit required to offer medical-grade pot to patients. Two months later, that has increased to six doctors. According to the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners, three of those applications have been approved. None have been denied. The rest are pending. The figures came in response to a public records request filed by The Associated Press. Officials say Louisiana’s law will eventually get the drug to people with cancer, a severe form of cerebral palsy, seizure disorders, epilepsy, muscular dystrophy and other diseases. Growing operations are overseen by the LSU and Southern agricultural centers.

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  • Concrete truck driver charged in fatal La Vista crashConcrete truck driver charged in fatal La Vista crash

    LA VISTA, Neb. (AP) — The driver of a loaded concrete truck that tipped onto a car near Omaha, killing two people, has been charged with two counts of felony motor vehicle homicide. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the 20-year-old Austin Holloway, of Fremont, turned himself in Friday evening and was booked into the Sarpy County Jail. In filing the charges, the Sarpy County Attorney’s Office says Holloway was driving recklessly and too fast on Oct. 25 in La Vista when the fatal crash occurred. Investigators say Holloway was driving east on Giles Road in La Vista when he made a sharp right turn. That called the loaded concrete truck to tip and land on a northbound car stopped at a traffic light, killing driver Michael Dearden and passenger Phillip Hertel, both 23. ___ Information from: Omaha World-Herald, http://www.omaha.com

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  • RB Bush: Im done after 11 NFL seasonsRB Bush: Im done after 11 NFL seasons

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  • Why were Lafayette Parish tax bills sent late this year?Why were Lafayette Parish tax bills sent late this year?

    If it seems like your property tax bill arrived later than usual this year, you’re right. Tax bills usually are mailed in November, Lafayette Parish Assessor Conrad Comeaux said. This year, they were mailed about two weeks before Christmas. The tax bills were not purposely delayed until after a Nov. 18 property tax election, as some on social media alleged. The delivery was held up, Comeaux said, because two taxing entities, the Lafayette Parish School Board and Bayou Vermilion District, didn’t follow a somewhat new process for implementing new or renewed taxes. A few years ago, he said, the state legislature passed a new law that requires a new or renewed tax has to be announced at a meeting and advertised in the local newspaper 30-60 days in advance of the meeting on which it will be voted. “This is where I think it’s silly,” Comeaux said. “The public voted on it and yet you’re forcing the local tax body to give additional public notice to put the millage in place.” The school system and Bayou Vermilion District each had a tax renewed in 2017 but didn’t properly advertise before their boards ratified the renewals, he said.They had to meet in October to announce they would ratify the millage renewals in November. “That’s where the month delay came from,” Comeaux said. The school board would have lost millions and the Bayou Vermilion District would have had no funding for operations, he said. “I’m going to the legislature next spring to try to overhaul that,” Comeaux added. “It wasn’t only this parish that had problems.”

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  • New Artificial Reef to Aid Fishing Created in Louisiana Lake - U.S. News & World ReportNew Artificial Reef to Aid Fishing Created in Louisiana Lake - U.S. News & World Report

    New Artificial Reef to Aid Fishing Created in Louisiana LakeU.S. News & World ReportLouisiana's wildlife and fisheries department has created a new freshwater artificial reef for a Vernon Parish reservoir, to boost fishing opportunities there. Dec. 16, 2017, at 9:59 a.m.. New Artificial Reef to Aid Fishing Created in Louisiana Lake ...and more »

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  • Louisiana Tech gets grant to enhance cybersecurity programsLouisiana Tech gets grant to enhance cybersecurity programs

    RUSTON, La. (AP) — Louisiana Tech University has received a more than $1.3 million grant to enhance its cybersecurity programs. The university, in a news release, says the grant was awarded by the National Science Foundation and will be used to support Tech’s proposed CyberCorps Scholarship for Service program to prepare cybersecurity professionals for entry into the government workforce. The program proposes to support 36 scholars to complete a bachelor’s degree in either cyber engineering or computer science with a cybersecurity concentration.

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  • At age 17, he killed a deputy; at 71, he could get paroleAt age 17, he killed a deputy; at 71, he could get parole

    More than a half-century after a Louisiana teen was sent to prison for killing a sheriff's deputy, the now 71-year-old inmate is getting his first chance at parole since the nation's highest court ruled in his favor and cleared a path to freedom for hundreds of other "juvenile lifers." Louisiana's parole board scheduled a hearing Thursday for Henry Montgomery, who was 17 when he shot and killed East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's deputy Charles Hurt in 1963.

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  • Guest column: Louisiana's congressmen must stop tax bill from harming our state's economic recoveryGuest column: Louisiana's congressmen must stop tax bill from harming our state's economic recovery

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  • Louisiana officials outline coastal projects delayed by shortfall in oil and gas royaltiesLouisiana officials outline coastal projects delayed by shortfall in oil and gas royalties

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  • Boost to potential offshore oil revenue for Louisiana included in final GOP tax bill, lawmakers sayBoost to potential offshore oil revenue for Louisiana included in final GOP tax bill, lawmakers say

    Provisions likely boosting the amount of federal oil-drilling cash headed to Louisiana will almost certainly end up in the final version of the Republican tax-cut plan, Rep. Steve Scalise and Sen. Bill Cassidy said Thursday. The proposal, which would raise a cap on the amount of offshore oil revenue currently split between Gulf Coast states, would potentially send more than $100 million extra to Louisiana in 2020 and 2021, the lawmakers told reporters.

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      Arts   December 9: Second Saturday at AMoA, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10:00am-4:00pm. Free admission every second Saturday! Cost: Free. Call AMoA: 318-443-3458.   Music   December 8: Red River Dulcimer Group and Choir, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Atrium, 10:30am. The Red River Dulcimer Ensemble along with the Arc Angel choir from John Eskew Training Center will present a concert of holiday music. Cost: Free.   December 8: A-Town Jazz, Hurst Loft (1611 Washington Street in Alexandria), 7:00pm-9:00pm. Join the Arts Council of Central Louisiana a great evening of jazz featuring Tiffany Pollack & Co. The evening will also feature the beautiful Hurst Loft decorated for the holidays, a cash bar, and hors d’oeuvre! Cost: $25.00 advance; $30.00 door. Call Julie Prevot: 318-484-4474.   December 12: Christmas Through the Ages, 626 Fourth Street, 7:30pm. Sponsored by Red River Chorale. The Red River Chorale presents a concert in the form of the English Service of Lessons and Carols, featuring a variety of classical Christmas music. The concert is the 9th Night of Christmas. Cost: Adults $15.00; Students $5.00. Call Tina Smith: 318-613-3088.   December 14: Alexandria Middle Magnet Choir Holiday Concert, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Atrium, 10:30am. The choir from Alexandria Middle Magnet School will present a concert of holiday music. Cost: Free.   December 14: AMoA Holiday Acoustic Concert, 933 Second Street, 6:30pm-8:30pm. Sponsored by Alexandria Museum of Art. Join us for an evening of holiday favorites and refreshments in our Third Floor Gallery. Featuring Ellene Owens, family and friends, with vocalist Jane Albright and other surprise guests. Featuring original compositions and classic holiday favorites. The concert is the 10th Night of Christmas. Cost: Members Free; Non-members $5.00. Call AMoA: 318-443-3458.   December 16: Rascal Flatts, Paragon Casino Resort, 8:00pm.  With 10 albums, 16 number-one hits and over 23 million records sold, Rascal Flatts has become synonymous with modern country music.  In addition to fan favorites, the band will perform songs from “Back to Us”, their tenth LP.  Cost: $80-$150. Call: 318-253-1946.   December 17: Red River Jazz Band Christmas Concert, Pineville Community Center, 2:00pm.  It’s a Christmas treat for the whole family! Hear all of your holiday favorites with vocals by Matt Henry and Frances Johanson. Cost: Free.   Theatre   December 15-17: Heart of Christmas, 4510 3rd Street, 7:00pm. Sponsored by Calvary Tabernacle of Alexandria. For more information, visit www.thecalvarytabernacle.org. Cost: Free. Call Paula Johnson: 318715-8470 or Rolanda Russell: 318-443-5959.   Events   Ongoing-December 31: Adopt a Family, Hope House. Sponsored by Hope House of Central Louisiana. Help brighten a homeless mother and child for Christmas. Call Crystal Guillory: 318-487-2061 x 202.   Ongoing-December: 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.   December 7: Celebrate Christmas, 5011 Jackson Street, 7:00pm. Sponsored by Calvary Baptist Church. Celebrate the joy of the season with 5-time female vocalist of the year Natalie Grant along with Dove award winner Danny Gokey. Tickets are available at www.calvarynet.net. The 7th is the 5th Night of Christmas. Cost: $25.00. Call Jeremy Christ: 318-445-1426.   December 7: Holiday High Tea, The Home of Frances Hurst, 10:30am, 1:30pm and 4:00pm. Sponsored by YWCA of Alexandria-Pineville. Call YWCA: 318-442-3397.   December 8: Lecompte Senior Christmas Activity, Johnson Branch Library, 10:00am-11:00am. We bring library crafts to seniors and create striking ornaments from penne, rotini, spaghetti and shell pastas. Cost: Free. Call: 318-776-5153. www.rpl.org   December 8: Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol: A Better Half’s Point of View, 135 Riverfront Street, Pineville. Listen to the sweet Christmas sounds of the bagpipes and dulcimers and watch interpretations of Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” from the point of view of the ladies in the original story. Also, taste traditional beverages of the Civil War era. The 6th Night of Christmas. Cost: $4.00. Call Richard Holloway: 318-484-2390.   December 8: Pineville Christmas Parade, Main Street in Pineville, 7:00pm. Sponsored by City of Pineville. Line up starts at Fort Randolph at 5:00pm and parade begins under flag on Main Street at 7:00pm. Cost: Free. Call Madonna LeBlanc: 318-449-5660.   December 8-9: Gem and Mineral Show, 276 HM Steven Blvd., Leesville, 9:00am-5:00pm. Saturday and 10:00am-4:00pm on Sunday. Cost: Adults $2.00. Children 12 and under Free. Call Adam Valin: 337-585-3693 or Bridget and Jim Marler: 318-443-5184.   December 9: Movie Matinee-Polar Express, Robertson Branch Library, 2:00pm-4:00pm. A young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express. During his adventure he learns about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas. Cost: Free. Call: 318-640-3098. www.rpl.org   December 9: Santa Visits Martin, Martin Branch Library, 3:00pm-4:00pm. It’s an extra special time as Santa Claus makes a visit at the Martin Library. We’ll enjoy some Yuletide fun and get into the holiday season. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-7575. www.rpl.org   December 9: An Old Fashioned Christmas, 3601 Bayou Rapides Road, 4:00pm-6:00pm. Sponsored by Kent House. Enjoy Christmas arts & crafts, decorate the Kent House tree, visit with Papa Noel, music, refreshments and more! The 7th Night of Christmas. Cost: Free. Call Alice Scarborough: 318-487-5998.   December 9: Christmas Science, TREE House Children’s Museum, 1:00pm. Cost: $5.00; Children under 2 Free. Call TREE House: 318-619-9394.   December 9: Main Movie Mania Presents “Prancer”, Rapides Main Library, 1:00pm-3:00pm. Refusing to give up her belief in Santa Claus, Jessica Riggs discovers a hurt reindeer in the woods, which she believes to be Prancer. With the help of a sympathetic veterinarian, Jessica takes care of the wounded creature. It’s supposed to be a secret, but eventually a store Santa Claus, Jessica’s dad, and the entire town find out about Prancer, leading to big problems for Jessica and her family. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x1036. www.rpl.org   December 10: Christmas at Auburn Antebellum Home, 400 Duncan Ave in Natchez, 1:30pm-4:00pm.  The open house will feature tours, 1812 era refreshments, entertainment and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.  Cost: Free.   December 10: Christmas is…An Evening of Stories and Songs, 2817 Rapides Avenue, 6:00pm. Sponsored by The Pentecostals of Alexandria. Featuring special guest Matthew West, doors open at 5:00pm. The 8th Night of Christmas. Cost: Free. Call Genevieve Ryder: 318-427-6608.   December 10: City of Alexandria Christmas Parade: Metro Drive, 2:00pm. Visit www.alexmardigras.com for entry form and additional information. Cost: Free; $100 for floats. Call Chris Chelette: 318-623-7359.   December 11: Art of Life Series, Rapides Main Library, 10:00am-12:00pm. We explore our creativity in this series, where we create, imagine, and transform ourselves through art. Registration is required, space is limited. Sponsored by Healthy Blue. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x1036. www.rpl.org   December 11: DIY Easy Christmas Coasters, Libuse Branch Library, 10:30am-12:00pm. Join Melissa as she shows us how to create holiday coasters using Modge Podge, Christmas wrapping paper, pretty paper napkins or fabric. Keep for yourself or give as a gift! We’ll have all the supplies available. Pre-registration is encouraged. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-7259. www.rpl.org   December 11: 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.  Check our Face Book page: Widows and Widowers of Central La.  Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.   December 11: Polar Express Pajama Party, Westside Regional Library, 3:00pm-5:00pm. Tickets! Tickets! Do you have your ticket? Come dressed in your pajamas and snuggle down with a mug of hot cocoa, story time, and watch the classic Polar Express movie! Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483. www.rpl.org   December 11: Lecompte United Methodist Christmas Program, 1504 Weems Ave in Lecompte, 6:00pm.  Enjoy a Holiday Sing-a-Long with special guest artists.  Cost: Free.   December 11: Sibling Class, Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital Cascade Room, 6:30pm-8pm. This class is offered to children expecting a little brother or sister. It helps them understand where mom is when the baby is being born and lets them know how important it is to become a big brother or sister. The ideal age for this class is 3 to 10. Registration is required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-769-4440.   December 12: Graham Cracker Gingerbread Houses, King Branch Library, 1:00pm-3:00pm. Join us for some sweet and yummy construction. Registration is encouraged to ensure there are plenty of supplies for everyone. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-3912. www.rpl.org   December 12: Teen Craft Project-Decked in Cinnamon, Martin Branch Library, 3:00pm-4:30pm. Let’s make something special with all the aromas of the holidays. With cinnamon and applesauce we’ll create Christmas ornaments. Space is limited and registration is required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-7575. www.rpl.org   December 12: National Gingerbread House Day, McDonald Branch Library, 3:30pm-5:00pm. We’re taking candies of all kinds, icing, and gingerbread cookies to build our sweet confection houses. Join us with all the supplies to build your own mini winter wonderland. Registration is encouraged. Cost: Free. Call: 318-748-4848. www.rpl.org   December 12: Kids Craft Night Making Graham Cracker Gingerbread Houses, Robertson Branch Library, 5:00pm-6:30pm. Join us for some sweet and yummy construction. Registration is encouraged to ensure there are plenty of supplies for everyone. Cost: Free. Call: 318-640-3098. www.rpl.org   December 13: Cenla Women’s Connection Luncheon, Conference Center at the Greens, 12:00pm.  Angelina Cortello will present “How I Was Rescued from Myself”. Admission includes a delicious lunch and an inspirational message.  Please RSVP by Friday, December 8th.  Call: 318-481-7880.   December 13: 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 correctly install the car seat. The car seat check process takes between 15-25 minutes, depending on how many car seats are in the vehicle. Cost: Free.   December 14: Gingerbread House Decorating Contest, Rapides Regional Medical Center South Tower Lobby, 10:00am. Rapides Regional departments will display their creativity during RRMC’s first Gingerbread Decorating Contest. The Gingerbread Houses will remain on display in the South Tower Lobby for a week.   December 14: Crayons Take Me Away, Rapides Main Library, 4:00pm-6:00pm. We’re having an adult social gathering where we’ll do some coloring, listen to some music and have a light snack. Unwind after a long day or join us for the fun of it. Stop by and create! Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x1036. www.rpl.org   December 14: Muscular Dystrophy Support Group, RRMC Medical Terrace Gallery Room, 6:00pm. Quarterly meetings include guest speakers and access to staff from the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Cost: Free. Call: 337-234-0088.   December 15: Gardening Q&A, Rapides Main Library, 9:00am-10:30am. The Good Food Project is back in the MakerSpace lab. From Aphids to Zinnias, we’ll answer your gardening questions! You won’t want to miss it.  Registration is required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x1036. www.rpl.org   December 15: National Everything Covered in Chocolate Day, McDonald Branch Library, 4:00pm-5:30pm. Everything tastes terrific covered in chocolate – from sweet to savory it’s even more delicious dipped in chocolate. Come celebrate with us we’ll be sampling and creating hot chocolate mixes and Christmas cards to give as gifts. Registration is encouraged. Cost: Free. Call: 318-748-4848. www.rpl.org   December 16: King Kids Saturday Toons and Jammies, King Branch Library, 9:00am-10:00am. Wake up! It’s time for Saturday Toons!  Come straight to the library and enjoy a little breakfast, some morning cartoons, a story book, or maybe breakfast and a movie! Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-3912. www.rpl.org   December 16: Santa Comes to King, King Branch Library, 10:00am-12:00pm.  Santa will taking time out from his busy schedule to visit the King Branch! Grab your kids and your cameras for a chance to meet the jolly old elf and take a few pictures! Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-3912. www.rpl.org   December 16: Garden District Holiday Tour of Homes, Garden District, 4:00pm-9:00pm. Sponsored by Garden District Neighborhood Foundation. Five homes will be open for the tour in the historic Garden District. The tour is the 11th Night of Christmas. Cost: $25.00. Call Matt Nowlin: 318-619-7755.   December 16: Santa’s Workshop and Toy Sale, 2109 Lee Street, 9:30am-3:00pm. Sponsored by Junior League of Alexandria. Crafts for kids while parents shop! All toys 50% off! Cost: Free. Call Marilyn Stallings: 318-443-3381.   December 16: Christmas at Inglewood, Inglewood Farm, 8:00am-12:00pm. Featuring live music, Creel family horse rides, farm wagon tours and kids craft table. Cost: Free. Call Beth Hebert: 310-717-5792.   December 16: The Boston Tea Party, TREE House Children’s Museum, 1:00pm. Cost: $5.00; Children under 2 Free. Call TREE House: 318-619-9394.   December 16: Civil War Artillery Presentation, Mansfield State Historic Site, 2:00pm. Known as the “King of Battle,” the artillery arm played an important role at the battles of Mansfield and Pleasant Hill.  By the time of the American Civil War, the types of projectiles and explosive shells fired by field cannon were diverse and surprisingly advanced. Visitors will get a chance to see and hold various types of Civil War artillery projectiles from the museum’s collection and learn how they functioned. Cost: $4.00.  Call: 318-872-1474 or 888-677-6267.   December 18: Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 11:00am-1:00pm. Annual Christmas Party!  Bring a dessert or appetizer to share! 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.   December 18: Alzheimer’s Activity Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 11:00am-12:30pm. The staff from Brookdale 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.   December 19: Christmas Paper Cone Wreath Master Craft Series, Rapides Main Library, 12:00pm-2:00pm. We take Holiday wrapping paper and create a paper cone wreath for our home. Get your glue guns ready! Space is limited and registration is required. Sponsored by Healthy Blue. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 x1036. www.rpl.org   December 20: Anita Watson and Poncinella the Storyteller, King Branch Library, 4:30pm-5:45pm. Anita Watson, professional storyteller will be telling a variety of holiday stories to celebrate the season. Her programs engage children and foster the love of learning, reading, and self-expression. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-3912. www.rpl.org   December 21: Parkinson’s Support Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 11:00am-12:30pm. Annual Christmas Party!  Bring a dessert or appetizer to share! This group meets monthly 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. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.   December 24: Christmas Eve Midnight Mass, St. James Episcopal Church, 11:30pm.  Celebrate the arrival of Christmas with candlelight service featuring the St. James Choir and musicians with Holy Eucharist celebrated by the Rt. Rev. Dr. Jacob W. Owensby, Bishop of Western Louisiana. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-9845.   December 25: MERRY CHRISTMAS!   December 29: Cookie Creations with Alyssa, King Branch Library, 2:30pm-3:30pm. Come and have a scrum-dilly-umptious time decorating sugar cookies with icing, sprinkles and more! We’ll also have holiday stories too!  Come create and then enjoy fun holiday stories! Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-3912. www.rpl.org   December 30: New Year’s Eve Party Hat Making, TREE House Children’s Museum, 1:00pm. Cost: $5.00; Children under 2 Free. Call TREE House: 318-619-9394.   December 31: Illume-A New Year’s Celebration, Downtown Holiday Inn Louisiana Ballroom, 7:30pm.  Illume: A New Year’s Celebration was established as Alexandria Museum of Art’s vogue signature event. AMoA wanted to bring Alexandria a reason to stay in town on New Year’s Eve. The evening will feature cocktails and jazz, dinner, live music by Stormy and a countdown at midnight. 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  • Lipstick and CocaineLipstick and Cocaine

    Lisa Holt “Lipstick and Cocaine” is a song about a woman’s journey through depression, drug addiction, an abusive relationship and coming to the end of the road, too tired to fight the fight, and ready to succumb to the darkness and pass from this life. Kaz Hawkins’ song tells a tale of the different people that came into her life as she was considering ending it, helping her to realize her worth in this world, and how empty this space would be without her in it. The journey wasn’t an easy one, and it took all the strength she had, but is a testimony of a hard-fought battle that she continues to fight every day. Depression isn’t a mood. Those that suffer from it can’t just go shopping and get over it. Or indulge in a gallon of their favorite ice cream to ease their pain. That’s why many resort to drugs and alcohol, any way they can to try to numb the pain for just a little while. Depression doesn’t discriminate; it knows no age, no race, no gender. It doesn’t care how successful you are or how much money you have.   The song tells us how important the people in the artist’s life were in her recovery. By reaching out to her, telling her of her worth and helping to get the help she needed, they—with the help of the good Lord—saved her. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. No matter what we are going through, it’s not worth ending our lives over. As adults, it is difficult to understand this as we sometimes feel overwhelmed. As young people, it’s many times impossible to grasp. We talk to our children about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, but how many conversations have we had with them about depression and suicide?  Many will argue they don’t want to put ideas in their heads. But you know your children and you know when it’s appropriate to have that conversation. The signs are not always there.  People that are depressed can function and hide the darkness they are living in.   As a mom of a teen, I encourage you to open those lines of communications and keep them open with your children. As a friend to those with depression, I encourage you to be willing to risk that friendship to intervene and have a difficult conversation. As the daughter of someone who suffered from depression, I encourage you to be willing to accept their wrath by getting them help. As someone who has suffered from depression, I encourage you to hold on and keep climbing that mountain out of the dark trenches and don’t be ashamed to ask for help. We all need it from time to time.

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  • For God’s Sake, Where is God?For God’s Sake, Where is God?

    Dr. Henry Blount (The words above were penned by someone following the Holocaust tragedy)   These could be our words as we move toward the end of 2017.  Has the world ever experienced such a vast mix of tragedies?  Terrorism, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, random shootings, flooding, scandals, the opioid epidemic, disintegrating cultural norms, threats of nuclear war, political fights, military tragedies, and an atmosphere in places that reminded me of the sign I saw the other day:  “If I haven’t offended you, please give me time, I’ll get to you next.”   “Where is God”, indeed?  Has God created the world and then backed away from it?  Does anything make sense anymore?  How can we say so glibly, “God is protecting us”?  I may say it, but I still lock my doors and turn on the alarm system at night.  My home has been robbed twice in recent years.   I grew up with the theology of a “vertical God”.  God is in His Heaven and all’s right with the world.  Everything was up.  Now we are realizing that God is more “horizontal”, that is–in the world around us as we look at our neighbors.  (God hasn’t changed, our perception changes).  How can we discredit the words of Jesus who said, “Love your neighbor as your love yourself”?  So this is not a new concept.  I guess one of the problems we face is that many people don’t even love themselves as they pour drugs and other poison into their system.   And the word “neighbor” means everyone, not just the people next door, or the people you like or believe like you, or speak your language, or live in your country or are the color of your skin.  You had nothing to do with where you were born or with your color.  “God blessed them (male and female) and said:  “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over every living thing that moves upon the earth” (Genesis 1:28). In other words, God passed the “controls” to us.  Have we lost control?   I grew up in a small town, minutes from grandparents, aunts and uncles, with cousins on every square mile, and my world seemed to be so secure and so wonderful and safe.  Life is still wonderful, but not safe and I would be foolish to assume that it is.  That’s due to God’s gift of “free will”.  For we mortals are abusing it terribly.  We have messed up the “controls”.   So, when I stand around the Thanksgiving table this year, what do I say if I am called on to pray the “blessing”?  I won’t count my blessings on the basis of what I deserve or don’t deserve.  Blessings are not entitlements.  They are God’s gifts, if we are open to them.  I can give thanks that God is still God and is among us—in the food we eat, in the water we drink, and in the beauty of the world around us.  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son” (see John 3:16).  Now, let me digress.   I believe there’s more goodness in the world than badness, but bad things get publicized more often.  Just recently, I have witnessed an out-pouring of God’s grace expressed through so many people, during and after my major surgery in September.  Competent doctors who took a personal interest in my procedure knowing that I was a “high risk” patient, nurses and physical therapists at St. Frances Cabrini Hospital who worked with me through pneumonia and impatience, the love of three daughters and two sons, the grace of many friends with cards, flowers, and soup, were constant reminders that there is kindness, goodness and unselfishness all around us—all the time.  So if I dare complain, remind me that God is in control (ultimately) and that God is within us, among us, around us, and as the writer of Revelation put it: “See the home of God is among mortals.  He will dwell with them They will be with his peoples, And God Himself will be with them.”  (Revelation 21:3) Amen.

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  • Cenla’s Non-Profits: Taking Care of Our OwnCenla’s Non-Profits: Taking Care of Our Own

    As we approach the holiday season, we have much to give thanks for across Cenla. One of those things, in particular, is the amazing assortment of nonprofit agencies and organizations in our area that do good works year-round. These dedicated groups of people work tirelessly to improve the quality of life for all, across the entire spectrum of our diverse population. According to a 2009 report by Dr. Carol J. De Vita and Katie L. Uttke commissioned by the Rapides Foundation, the typical nonprofit (excluding religious congregations and medical organizations) achieves this good work on modest budgets. Additionally, Cenla hosts the smallest percentage of nonprofit organizations in the state, with our region serving as home to only about 6% of the total nonprofit organizations in the state, and accounting for only about 4% of the total assets held by nonprofits statewide. On average, only about 20% of nonprofits’ budgets goes towards administrative costs. While low overhead is admirable and desirable, this means that many of these organizations rely heavily on the generosity of donors, in terms of financial support and donated resources such as goods, services and volunteer hours. In addition, they do all of this in a day when competition for charitable dollars has increased significantly, and fundraising has grown more challenging. While the challenges are many, so are the opportunities and rewards. Grantmaking organizations are key in helping to meet the ever-growing financial needs of Cenla’s nonprofit originations of all sizes. Every year, the Central Louisiana Community Foundation (CLCF) expands its offerings to the region. The CLCF just completed granting the annual Central Louisiana Community Impact Award by providing funding for Re-Entry Solutions of Alexandria and Red River Charter Academy of Marksville. This year, CLCF hosted the first ever Community Impact Challenge. This two-week giving event allowed the community to participate in a competitive funding event which benefited their favorite charities with the money they gave and additional cash prizes from CLCF. In March of 2018, CLCF will expand this event to have an even greater impact! The CLCF vision is to connect donors to priorities they care about and increase charitable giving to advance the quality of life in the Central Louisiana Region. In the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, the foundation granted over $1,600,000 to charitable organizations. Through these grants CLCF supported the arts, education, historical preservation, healthcare, and the youth, providing vital programs and critical needs to Central Louisiana. For more information contact CLCF at cenlacf@clcf.net. Since its creation in 1994, The Rapides Foundation has sought to improve the health status of Central Louisiana by funding grants and developing initiatives and strategies that are intended to impact our community for decades to come. The Rapides Foundation was formed as a result of a joint venture partnership between Rapides Regional Medical Center and Columbia HCA. The Foundation’s legacy of healthcare shapes who it is today and how it behaves as an organization. The Foundation serves a nine-parish region of Central Louisiana including Allen, Avoyelles, Catahoula, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides, Vernon and Winn. Since grantmaking began in 1995, The Rapides Foundation has disbursed more than $200 million in grants. The mission of The Rapides Foundation is to improve the health status of Central Louisiana. To support that mission, the Foundation focuses its work in three strategic areas: Healthy People, to improve access to healthcare and promote healthy behaviors; Education, to increase the level of educational attainment and achievement as the primary path to improved economic, social and health status; and Healthy Communities, to improve economic opportunity and family income, and enhance civic and community opportunities for more effective leaders and organizations. At the core of the Foundation’s success is a discipline to purpose, and a sense of urgency and focus with a reliance on best practices and reportable outcomes. To determine if the Foundation is making a difference and moving the needle in a positive direction, regular Community Health Assessments are conducted to measure health indicators that form the basis of the Foundation’s work. “Improving health status can be generational work,” explained Joseph R. Rosier, Jr., President and CEO of The Rapides Foundation. “But by being results-oriented and committed to continuous improvement, we hope to move the needle on health in the right direction.” You can learn more about The Rapides Foundation through its website, www.rapidesfoundation.org, or by following the Foundation on social media. For more than 25 years, the Food Bank of Central Louisiana has been working towards the mission of alleviating hunger in Central Louisiana. Since its inception in 1989, The Food Bank of Central Louisiana has distributed more than 112 million pounds of food to those in need in our community, with an average wholesale value of more than $187 million. The Food Bank has seven programs to provide food for those in need across our community. The Adopt-A-Senior Program helps supplement impoverished seniors’ nutritional needs so that they are not faced with the difficult decision of choosing between medicine, rent and food. The BackPack Program provides weekend meals for low-income students across Central Louisiana. The Good Food Project is a community garden network that feeds, educates, and connects Food Bank clients and the broader Cenla community, empowering people to achieve better health through sustainable gardening and access to nutritious food. The Kids Cafe is an afterschool program, providing free evening meals, tutoring and nutrition education to children in safe and nurturing environments. The Nutrition on Wheels Mobile Pantry Program provides mobile pantry distributions, as well as healthy cooking demonstrations, in rural and underserved communities. The Partner Agency Program consists of organizations, churches, schools, shelters, etc. who serve as points-of-distribution for the Food Bank. More than 104 nonprofits working with the Food Bank help distribute food to more than 22,400 people monthly. The School Food Pantry Program provides school children and their families with access to food for preparation at home when other resources such as free and reduced-price school meals are not available. This project is funded through a Healthy Behaviors Program Grant from The Rapides Foundation. The Food Bank of Central Louisiana’s board and staff are so thankful for this community’s generosity and their willingness to support our hunger relief efforts by donating their time, food and financial resources. Please contact the Food Bank with any questions about our organization, or to see how you can help those in need in our community. Did you know that Central Louisiana has a local community think tank for helping people? The United Way of Central Louisiana is a coalition of many agencies along with businesses, donors, volunteers, and anyone who wants to create lasting changes that affect us all. They convene local groups to identify the most important issues our community needs to address, and then together forge local solutions and put them into practice. For example, education affects us all. We need more kids to graduate high school, for starters. That provides businesses with better workers and communities with better citizens. But we can’t wait until high school to start, which is why the United Way starts early by funding programs like “Parents as Teachers” at the Volunteers of America, a United Way partner agency. It offers trained coaches for teen moms with preschoolers to get them both off to a good start. The United Way also helps fund the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and the YWCA to provide a wide range of afterschool and summer learning experiences. Food, shelter, and personal safety are basic needs we all share. The United Way funds shelters and other services at the Salvation Army and Hope House, and funds the Homeless Coalition so they can provide caring staff to help homeless folks move into places of their own and make decisions that allow them to stay there. The Untied Way helped start the Family Justice Center, a new agency that cares for survivors of domestic violence, and funds the Children’s Advocacy Network and CASA. The United Way is doing even more things in Cenla, so check their website at www.uwcl.org to find out more! Better yet, send a pledge or gift today and volunteer to Live United! The money raised here, stays here. The YWCA of Alexandria-Pineville has been operational since 1946. For those 70 years, the Y has seen the number of women, children and families supported in Central Louisiana grow exponentially, particularly over the past several years. The mission of the YWCA is to empower women and girls and to eliminate racism. To that end, the YWCA boasts a mentoring program for young children, with the participating children meeting with their mentor once a week. It’s clear to see how much these children look forward to each visit. The daycare and afterschool programs are essential to the mission of the YWCA, providing not only a safe place for children after school, but also additional mentoring and tutoring. Likewise, the Summer Day Camp provides an exciting atmosphere for the children during their summer break. YWCA started a Girls on the Run Council six years ago. Girls on the Run is a 10-week transformational learning program for girls in third to fifth grades. This program teaches girls how to be emotionally and physically healthy by issues that our young girls face daily while incorporating training for a 5k. The goal of the program is to build confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness. The 2017 Girls on the Run 5k will be held on November 11th. The YWCA gym on Turner Street has a lot to offer people in our community. The therapy pool is used for swim lessons for both adults and youth, and as a tool for rehabilitation, as well as a viable exercise option for people with disabilities who are unable to exercise safely outside of water. Aquatic therapy is able to break chronic pain cycles largely because of the unique properties of water. In addition to the aquatics programs, the Y boasts basketball leagues and offers a safe and healthy environment for kids throughout the year to enjoy sports, swimming and working out. There are a number of ways you can support your local YWCA. A Holiday High Tea will be held on Thursday, December 7th at the home of Jim & Frances Hurst. Tickets are $40.00 each and are available by calling the YWCA at (318) 442-3397. For more information on the many programs available at the Y, visit them online at ywcaalex.org. Like the YWCA, the Junior League of Alexandria is an organization powered by women. The Junior League is committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. October is one of the League’s busiest months. The League annually produces A Very Merry Market (AVMM), a three-day holiday shopping market filled with more than 50 fabulous that also serves as the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year. In addition to shopping, AVMM includes special events like Ladies Night, Brunch on the Bayou, Breakfast with Characters, and Cookies with Characters. Proceeds from AVMM stay in Central Louisiana to help fund League projects such as the annual League Grants awarded to various area not for profit organizations, Scholarships for Seniors for female high school seniors that excel in voluntarism, Inspiration Village for the League’s community partner Girls on the Run-Central Louisiana, leadership training for women, and the League’s 2nd annual Cenla KidzFest, which will be held in March 2018. The League’s Kids in the Kitchen program is also a part of Cenla KidzFest. The New to You Shop, located at 2109 Lee Street in Alexandria, is one of the League’s projects not only raising money for our community, but also providing slightly worn or used clothing and household items to the community of Alexandria at an affordable price. To learn more about joining the Junior League of Alexandria, visit www.JLAlexandria.com, on social media or call (318) 443-6975. This year, Friendship House celebrates 35 years of promoting and upholding its mission: To provide a safe and caring day program in a clean, homelike setting where adults find a renewed sense of self-worth through healthcare, socialization, and recreation. “We feel fortunate and blessed to have a wonderful, caring staff who provide a coordinated program of professional and compassionate services to those who need supervised care in a safe place outside the home during the day,” said executive director Faye Simpson. Friendship House also affords caregivers peace of mind while providing a much needed respite from the demanding responsibilities of caregiving. Friendship House is not just a place to “pass the time.” The staff excels at providing stimulating activities including group devotionals and storytelling, music, art, physical activities/exercise, and games. Emphasis is placed on building on a participant’s former skills and developing new ones. Community volunteers are an important part of all daily activities. Through their service, these volunteers utilize their special skills, talents and experiences. An effective volunteer corps greatly enhances Friendship House’s quality programming, and the staff always welcomes individuals and groups who are interested in enriching the lives of participants. Volunteer opportunities include: artists/craftsmen, musicians, storytellers, magicians, gardeners and leaders for group projects and exercise. Friendship House is located at 114 6th Street in Alexandria. The Center is open five days a week, Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 5:30pm. For more information, call (318)487-9504 or come by for a personal tour. The Mission of the Arts Council of Central Louisiana (ACCL) is to enhance the quality of life in our communities by promoting, developing, and encouraging the arts in Central Louisiana. The roots of the Arts Council can be traced back to the early 1960’s. In 1980, the Rapides Arts and Humanities Council was formed with a 501c3 status. With the closure of the England Air Force Base in the early 1990’s, the Arts and Humanities Council was integrated into the city’s operations due to loss of economic funders. Then, in the mid 1990’s, as a result of the Rapides Foundation’s “Arts and Cultural Assessment”, the Arts Council of Central Louisiana made the transition to an independent non-profit organization. Since then, the ACCL has continued in its efforts to cultivate and enrich the arts in our area, working with community cultural partners and other supporters. The ACCL was an integral part of the planning and implementation of operations of the Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center. The ACCL currently manages the Performing Arts Center, as well as the Hearn Stage Black Box Theater, and the Frye Non-Profit Development Center in the Rapides Foundation Building, providing classrooms, meeting and office space for area nonprofits at affordable pricing. The Arts Council is the designated arts agency for Central Louisiana, and the Regional Development Agency for our eight parish region, responsible for administration and technical support of the Decentralized Arts Funding through the State of Louisiana, as well as the RoyOMartin Foundation. The ACCL also presents an annual performing arts season, as well as the bi-annual Artwalk in the Alexandria downtown cultural district. Last, but certainly not least, the ACCL continues to advocate for the arts on the local, regional and national level. For more information, please visit the ACCL website at louisiana-arts.org, and consider becoming a member. What would life be without our furry, four-legged friends? Boudreaux’s Animal Rescue Krewe (B.A.R.K.) a no-kill animal rescue located right here in Central Lousisiana. B.A.R.K.’s mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home unwanted, neglected and/or homeless animals in our area. B.A.R.K. deems every animal adoptable, regardless of age, color or breed, fostering a belief that these animals deserve a second chance at life. B.A.R.K. was founded by husband and wife team, Julian and Eva Long, lifelong residents of Rapides Parish. Unfortunately, in Louisiana, approximately 130,000 animals enter shelters each year, and 92,000 are put to sleep while leaving thousands more to suffer in the streets. As a no-kill rescue, B.A.R.K. can only take in new pets as space allows, but with each adoption, the shelter is able to rescue another animal in need. Animal rescue is endless due to pet overpopulation. Spay and neuter is the only answer to stop the euthanasia of innocent animals. You can help by spaying and neutering your personal pets, spaying and neutering stray animals prior to adopting out, and getting involved in trap neuter and release of cats. Together as a community, we can make a difference! If you are interested in becoming a B.A.R.K. volunteer, contributor or would like to adopt an animal, please send a message at www.facebook.com/barkanimalrescue. The shelter is always in need of dog walkers, cat caretakers, foster homes and more. An hour a week can make a difference in the lives of so many animals. If you cannot volunteer but want to help by making a donation, B.A.R.K. has a program called “Doggie Dollars and Kitty Kash” whereby donors sign up for monthly donations to assist in the rescue. All donations can be mailed to B.A.R.K., P.O. Box 404, Tioga, LA 71477. Like B.A.R.K., Friends of the Alexandria Zoo, better known as FOTAZ, is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Cenla’s non-people citizens. The organization, whose purpose is to help promote Alexandria Zoological Park, its programs and activities, as well as aid in its continued development evolved from a Zoo committee of concerned citizens appointed by City Commissioner O’Hearn Mathews in 1970, when the USDA threatened the Zoo with closure. FOTAZ, which formed in 1971, immediately began efforts to improve the quality of the animal care and facilities. One of FOTAZ’s primary functions is to supplement the Zoo’s budget, providing funding for the Zoo’s on-going projects involving animals, construction, staff, education, conservation, and public services. Through their efforts, FOTAZ helps ensure the continued progress of the Alexandria Zoo according to the adopted Master Plan. FOTAZ gets is operational funding by promoting zoo special events, selling annual zoo memberships, operating the zoo gift shop, selling train tickets, renting strollers and wagons on site, and selling fish food. Personal and corporate contributions also aid FOTAZ’s budget. There are many ways to get involved and support FOTAZ and the Zoo. Since the Zoo’s audience is so diverse, so are the membership categories, including discounted options for military. By becoming a member of FOTAZ, you’ll be helping the Alexandria Zoo and its animals while making wonderful family memories that will last a lifetime. FOTAZ memberships even reach beyond the boundaries of Alexandria Zoo. Did you know that $5.00 from every membership helps support conservation projects all over the world? Also, FOTAZ members receive free or reduced admission, plus other benefits like gift shop discounts and free parking at over 100 zoos and aquariums nationwide! Every dollar contributed through memberships, purchasing souvenirs in the Zootique Gift Shop, monetary donations and special events such as Holiday Light Safari coming this December helps the Zoo grow and remain a vital part of our community. With hundreds more registered nonprofit agencies like these in our area doing fantastic work, it is impossible to include them all here. Like the organizations included in this article, they do great work and need your help. This holiday season, as part of your Thanksgiving, take time to find a local nonprofit whose mission fits closely with your own interests and get involved. No matter what you like to do or where your talents shine brightest, you can help Cenla’s nonprofits continue to take care of our own!

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  • November 2017 Calendar-at-a-GlanceNovember 2017 Calendar-at-a-Glance

    Art   Ongoing-November: Arts & Healthcare, Inc. Exhibits.  The Christus Cabrini Gallery (Cabrini Outpatient Center, 1st floor across from Radiology) will feature the colorful acrylics of artist Heather White.  The Rapides Art Gallery (Rapides Regional Medical Center, South Tower between ER and lobby) will feature the oil paintings of Laura Gates. All art is for sale with a portion of the proceeds going to continue healing arts programs in our local hospitals. Cost: Free. Call: 318-769-7602. www.artsandhealthcare.org   November 7 & December 5: Drop-In Drawing for Adults, Alexandria Museum of Art, 5:30pm-7:00pm. Class is limited to 20 per meeting date. Offers basic instruction in drawing techniques to get you started. All supplies included. Cost: AMoA members Free; $10.00 non-members. Call Nancy Noles: 318-443-3458.   November 11 & December 9: Second Saturday at AMoA, Alexandria Museum of Art, 10:00am-4:00pm. Free admission every second Saturday! Cost: Free all day. Call AMoA: 443-3458.   November 16: AMoA After Hours Pop Up Gallery, Alexandria Museum of Art 3rd Floor Gallery, 5:00pm-8:00pm.  Several local young artists have been invited to show their work in a pop up gallery in our back alley. This show is geared towards teens who want to appreciate the creative culture right here in their own community, but all ages are welcome to attend! There will be live entertainment by local musicians, refreshments, and lots of things to look at and experience. The best part is that it’s absolutely free, just walk up. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458.   November 17: River Oaks 5x5x5 Art Exhibition, 1330 Second Street, 5:00pm-7:00pm. Sponsored by River Oaks Art Center. 5 x 5 x 5 competition, juried by artist Linda Dautrequil. Small works of art for exhibition and purchase. Cost: Free and open to the public. Call Rachael Dauzat: 318-473-2670.   November 18: Introduction to Impression, Alexandria Museum of Art, 1:00pm-3:00pm. Bring your family and friends and come and enjoy learning the basics of impressionist painting. This is a beginner’s level class and is open to all ages, registration is required. Cost: Free for AMoA members, $20 for non-members (up to 5). Call Cindy Blair: 318-443-3458.   December 2: River Oaks Annual Porch Sale, 1330 Second Street, 9:00am-3:00pm. Original works of art just in time for the gift giving season! Held in the historic Bolton Home and Studio Annex of River Oaks Art Center. The 2nd is the 3rd Night of Christmas. Cost: Free. Call Rachael Dauzat: 318-473-2670.   Music   November 10: KC and the Sunshine Band, Paragon Casino Resort Mari Center, 9:00pm.  KC and the Sunshine Band return to Paragon bringing with them their long list of hits, including hits “That’s the Way (I Like It)”, “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty”, “I’m Your Boogie Man”, “Keep It Comin’ Love”, “Get Down Tonight”, “Boogie Shoes”, and more!  Cost: $35.00+. Call: 318-253-1946.   November 17: Rhythm & Rhymes: Spoken Word Performing Arts Series: iCON Returns, Alexandria Museum of Art, 7:00pm-9:00pm. Music and spoken word performances, including open mic and featured performers. Hosted by Alexandria native and champion slam poet, Sha’Condria Sibley. Cost: Free for AMoA members; $5.00 for non-members. Call AMoA: 318-443-3458.   December 2: 98 Degrees in Concert, Paragon Casino Resort Mari Center, 8:00pm.   Brothers Nick and Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre, and Jeff Timmons have have sold over 10 million records worldwide and achieved eight top 40 singles in the U.S. The group released a brand new Christmas album in October 2017.  Cost: $30.00+. Call: 318-253-1946.   December 3: Holiday Cheer with the Rapides Symphony Orchestra, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, 2:30pm. Sponsored by Rapides Symphony Orchestra. A concert of holiday favorites the whole family will enjoy! Featuring Broadway guest vocalist Natalie Gallo. Tickets available at www.rapidessymphony.org/purchase-tickets. Cost: Adults $25.00; Seniors $1.00; Students $10.00; $50.00 for family (2 adults and up to 4 children). Call Rebecca Kingma: 318-442-9709.   December 8: A-Town Jazz, Hurst Loft (1611 Washington Street in Alexandria), 7:00pm-9:00pm. Join the Arts Council of Central Louisiana a great evening of jazz featuring Tiffany Pollack & Co. The evening will also feature the beautiful Hurst Loft decorated for the holidays, a cash bar, and hors d’oeuvre! Cost: $25.00 advance; $30.00 door. Call Julie Prevot: 318-484-4474.   Dance   November 30: Cirque-tacular: Snowkus Pocus, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, 7:00pm. This tale is told through dazzling cirque, breathtaking ballet, and incredible acrobatics that will amaze, inspire and enchant your imagination. Ticket prices will increase by $5.00 at the door.  Cost: $18.00 General Admission; $12.00 Seniors; $10.00 Students; $45.00 Family of 2 Adults and 2 Children. Call Julie Prevot: 318-484-4474.   Theatre   November 9-11, 12, 16-18 & 19: ART by Yasmina Reza, Gwartney Theatre-LSUA, 7:30pm. November 12th & 19th at 2:30pm. Sponsored by LSUA Empty Space Players. Cost: General Admission $10.00; Students and Seniors $5.00. Call Bob Harper: 318-473-6473.   November 17: Romeo is Bleeding, The Hearn Stage, 7:00pm. Sponsored by Arts Council of Central Louisiana. For tickets visit www.ticket-central.org. Cost: Adults $10.00; Students $8.00. Call Julie Prevot: 318-484-4474.   Events   Ongoing-December 31: Adopt a Family, Hope House. Sponsored by Hope House of Central Louisiana. Help brighten a homeless mother and child for Christmas. Call Crystal Guillory: 318-487-2061 x 202.   Ongoing-November: 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.   November 6, December 4: Bereaved Parents Support Group, 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 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. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.   November 6: Traveling on the Cheap, Westside Regional Library, 6:00pm-8:00pm. Seasoned budget travelers aren’t “cheap”, they’re just good at stretching every dollar. Christian and Leslie Galloway, our budget traveler experts, will show you how to see world on the cheap without skimping where it really counts. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483. www.rpl.org   November 7: Button Bowl Adult Craft Project, Martin Branch Library, 2:30pm-4:00pm. With a collection of buttons, craft glue and a balloon, we’ll create a fun and functional catch-all container. Space is limited and registration is required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-7575. www.rpl.org   November 7: Children’s Craft Project Fun Scarecrow, Johnson Branch Library, 3:30pm-4:30pm. Come and create a fun scarecrow with craft sticks, found items, construction paper and craft items we have on hand. All supplies provided. Cost: Free. Call: 318-776-5153. www.rpl.org   November 8: The Rapides Parish Library Celebrates 75 years of Service, All Rapides Parish Libraries, 2:00pm. Sponsored by the Rapides Parish Library. Each library will have refreshments and planned activities that celebrates the day the Rapides Parish Library began its parish-wide service. Cost: Free. Call Suzanne James: 318-445-2411 x 1060.   November 9: King’s First Ever Spelling Bee, King Branch Library, 3:30pm-5:00pm. Come in and pick up your word list and then prepare for the first ever King’s Spelling Bee! Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-3912. www.rpl.org   November 9: Crayons Take Me Away, Rapides Main Library, 4:00pm-6:00pm. We’re having an adult social gathering where we’ll do some coloring, listen to some music and have a light snack. Unwind after a long day or join us for the fun of it. Stop by and create! Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 Ext. 1036. www.rpl.org   November 11: 24th Annual Sugar Day Festival, Kent House 3601 Bayou Rapides Road, 9:00am-5:00pm. Demonstrations of early 19th century Central Louisiana. Arts & crafts vendors, blacksmithing, soap and candle making, plus quilting and butter churning. Cost: $5.00; children 3 and younger free. Call Alice Scarborough: 318-487-5998.   November 11, 18: Beginning Knitting with Ms. Lynn, Boyce Branch Library, 9:00am-10:00am. Knit one purl two! We’re learning the fundamental stiches of knitting. By the end, we’ll be able to tackle a project for Christmas!  Limited to 5 participants. Registration is required. All supplies provided, but you may bring your own yarn and needles for other meet times. Cost: Free. Call: 318-793-2182. www.rpl.org   November 11, 18, 25: Health Living @ AMoA Morning Qi Gong, Alexandria Museum of Art 3rd Floor Gallery, 10:30am.  Instructor Paul Nettles presents an ongoing course in Qi Gong (pronounced Chee Gong), an ancient system of coordinated body postures and movements combined with deep breathing and meditation. It is a powerful tool used to stimulate good health, spirituality, and a state of calm mindfulness. Like Tai Chi Chuan, it has been described as a “moving meditation”. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-3458.   November 11: Veterans Day, TREE House Children’s Museum, 1:00pm. $5.00; children under 2 free. Call TREE House: 318-619-9394.   November 11: Main Movie Mania Presents The Goonies, Rapides Main Library, 1:00pm-3:00pm. When two brothers find out they might lose their house they are desperate to find a way to keep their home. They find a treasure map and bring some friends along to find it. They are all out looking for the “X” and trying to get away from a group of bad guys who also want the treasure. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 Ext. 1036. www.rpl.org   November 11: Teen Project No Baking Necessary, Robertson Branch Library, 1:00pm-3:00pm. Whip up your sweet and savory snacks and desserts. Learn how to create favorite desserts without turning on the oven! Cost: Free. Call: 318-640-3098. www.rpl.org   November 13: Art of Life Series, Rapides Main Library, 10:00am-12:00pm. We explore our creativity in this series, where we create, imagine, and transform ourselves through art. Registration is required, space is limited. This event is sponsored by Healthy Blue. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 Ext. 1036. www.rpl.org   November 13: 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.  Check our Face Book page: Widows and Widowers of Central La.  Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.   November 13: DIY Weaving Star/Snowflake Ornaments, Libuse Branch Library, 6:00pm-7:30pm. Join Shannon for an evening of holiday crafting. Weaving stars/snowflakes is a Scandinavian craft that originally used straw and wood to create an intricate design. Shannon will show you how to create a woven star using paper and upcycled books. We’ll have all the supplies available. Please pre-register. Cost: Free. Call: 318-443-7259. www.rpl.org   November 14: MakerSpace Science Camp, Rapides Main Library, 4:00pm-5:30pm. We will be using soldering skills to make a little robot friend whose eyes light up when the room is dark!  He is only four inches tall, and he is a good listener (he hasn’t said anything mean to anyone, ever).  No prior experience is required, but people who have used a soldering iron will enjoy being able to use this skill.  Advance registration is required.  Number of participants is limited.  Age 10+   Parents are encouraged to stay and participate. Safety will be stressed and parents must sign a release. Pre-Registration is required and space is limited. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 Ext. 1036. www.rpl.org   November 15:  Central Louisiana Democratic Women’s Luncheon, Holiday Inn Downtown Alexandria, 11:30am–1:00pm. Guest speaker will be Mary Leach Werner. The meetings are open to any registered Democratic or Independent voter in Central Louisiana and provide information about the Democratic Party and elections on a local, state, and national level. The meetings are held every third Wednesday of the month (no meeting in December).  Call June Davis: 318-419-0902.   November 15: Cenla Women’s Connection Luncheon, Conference Center at the Greens, 12:00pm.  Annvernette Green will present “From the Projects to Project Runway.”  November’s program will also include our annual Auction and Bake Sale for Stonecroft Ministries.  Admission includes a delicious lunch and an inspirational message. Please RSVP by Friday, November 10th.  Cost: $16.00. Call: 318-481-7880.   November 15: Wine Tasting Event, Schnack’s Fine Jewelry, 6:00pm. Sponsored by Hope House of Central Louisiana. Tickets available at Schnack’s. Cost: $100. Call Schanck’s: 318-445-1446.   November 16: Parkinson’s Support Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 11:00am-12:30pm. This group meets monthly 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. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.   November 16: Adult Craft Project Bead Jewelry, Johnson Branch Library, 3:30pm-4:30pm. With a variety of beads, we’ll create bracelets, necklaces, keychains and other items. Let your imagination guide you as you create for yourself or as a gift for someone special. Cost: Free. Call: 318-776-5153. www.rpl.org   November 16: Open Mic Night, Legal Grounds (720 Murray Street in Alexandria), 6:00pm-9:00pm.  Come by and share your art; open late for the special occasion. Bring your friends and let’s get thoughtful. Sign-ups start at 6:00pm, readings start at 6:30pm. facebook.com/events/350636535397636/   November 17: Growing and Using Herbs, Rapides Main Library, 9:00am-10:30am. The Good Food Project is back in the MakerSpace lab showing us how to grow and use cooking herbs. We’ll get our hands into potting medium and explore the variety of cooking herbs. You won’t want to miss this class.  Registration is required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 Ext. 1036. www.rpl.org   November 17: Thankful Turkeys, Westside Regional Library, 10:00am-11:00am. Time for kids to discover what we are thankful for in this fun craft project. We’ll make turkeys and write our blessings and words of thanks on our thankful feathers. All supplies provided. Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483. www.rpl.org   November 17: Upcycling for the Holidays, McDonald Branch Library, 4:30pm-5:30pm. We take bottles of various sizes and shapes and create a decorative mantle piece or centerpiece for our holiday table. All supplies provided. Registration is encouraged. Cost: Free. Call: 318-748-4848. www.rpl.org   November 18: Inglewood Thanksgiving Farmer’s Market, Inglewood Farm, 8:00am-12:00pm. Featuring live music, Creel family horse rides, Thanksgiving cook off, farm wagon tours and kids craft table. Cost: Free. Call Beth Hebert: 310-717-5792.   November 18: 3D Printing with TinkerCAD, Rapides Main Library, 10:00am-12:00pm. Learn how to create your own 3D designs! Participants will learn how to use TinkerCAD, a free easy-to-learn online application to create, modify and print 3D models. Access to e-mail is required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 Ext. 1036. www.rpl.org   November 18: Iron Sharpens Iron Ministry Training Class, Rapides Foundation Building 2nd Floor, 11:00am-4:00pm.  If you want to be used by God, attend these six classes and watch your understanding about God’s kingdom increase. Please register early. Cost: Free. Call: 318-792-1084 or 318-794-3047.   November 18: Popcorn Science, TREE House Children’s Museum, 1:00pm. Cost: $5.00. Call TREE House: 318-619-9394.   November 18: Friendship House Pig Roast, Alexandria Riverfront Center, 6:00pm. The annual fundraiser event will feature Cochon de Lait by Southern Creations, silent auction, cash bar and live entertainment by 92-Twenty. Curbside take-away also available. Table sponsorships are still available for reservation. Cost: $45.00. Call Faye Simpson: 318-473-9504.   November 20: Gobble Gobble I am Thankful, King Branch Library, 3:00pm-4:00pm. Children create a turkey from a brown paper bag and decorate it with their thankful words and blessings. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-3912. www.rpl.org   November 20: Craft Project Thanksgiving Aprons, Robertson Branch Library, 5:00pm-7:00pm. Help your family in the kitchen and wear your own decorated holiday apron while helping prepare the holiday feast!  All supplies are provided to create your own special Thanksgiving apron. Space is limited and registration is required. Cost: Free. Call: 318-640-3098. www.rpl.org   November 21: Nut Job 2—Nutty By Nature, King Branch Library, 12:00pm-2:00pm. Surly and his friends must stop Oakton City’s mayor from destroying their home to make way for a dysfunctional amusement park! All movies are age appropriate and suitable for family viewing. Refreshments served. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-3912. www.rpl.org   November 21: Master Craft Series Mercury Glass Effects, Rapides Main Library, 12:00pm-2:00pm. Flea-market finds and dollar glassware specials can be transformed into expensive Mercury Glass! Come and find out how.  Space is limited and registration is required. Sponsored by Healthy Blue. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 Ext. 1036. www.rpl.org   November 21: Teen Pinecone Craft Project, McDonald Branch Library, 3:00pm-5:00pm. With pinecones, found items, leaves, paper, and other craft supplies, we make pinecone turkeys that will strut their stuff as a centerpiece or place card holders at your Thanksgiving feast.  All supplies provided. Registration is encouraged. Cost: Free. Call: 318-748-4848. www.rpl.org   November 21: Teen Project Bookend Fun, Westside Regional Library, 3:00pm-4:00pm. Create new bookends for the teen section at Westside. With all the supplies provided, you’ll be able to take the plain bookend and turn it into a masterpiece! Cost: Free. Call: 318-442-2483. www.rpl.org   November 23: HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!   November 25: Fleur de Lis Christmas Craft Market, Natchitoches Events Center, 9:00am-4:00pm. Over 100 crafts persons from a four state area will showcase their handmade items at the events center. Jewelry, home décor, clothing, candies, jellies, artwork, quilts and much more will be available. Cost: Free. Call Cheryl Gianforte: 318-352-6068.   November 25: Black Saturday Thanksgiving Sale, 2109 Lee Street, 9:30am-3:00pm. Sponsored by Junior League of Alexandria. Cost: Free. Call Marilyn Stallings: 318-443-3381.   November 25: Llama Llama Storytime and Craft, TREE House Children’s Museum, 1:00pm. Cost: $5.00; children 2 and under free. Call TREE House: 318-619-9394.   November 26: 13th Annual Butterfly Tree Service, Alexandria Zoo Butterfly Garden, 2:00pm. This is the 13th annual program to decorate a Christmas tree with butterflies in memory of children and grandchildren who have died.  The public is welcomed and encouraged to take part.  Butterflies can be homemade or purchased.  We will have music, readings, and poems and have the opportunity to say the name of our loved ones whom we remember during the Holidays with this special program. Cost: Free. Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.   November 27: 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.   November 27: Alzheimer’s Activity Group, Cabrini Mediplex Serenity Room, 11:00am-12:30pm. The staff from Brookdale 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.   November 27: Art of Life Series, Rapides Main Library, 5:30pm-7:30pm. We explore our creativity in this series, where we create, imagine, and transform ourselves through art. Registration is required, space is limited. This event is sponsored by Healthy Blue. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 Ext. 1036. www.rpl.org   November 28: Saturday Movie Matinee Presents Beauty and the Beast, Robertson Branch Library, 2:00pm-4:00pm. The newest adaptation from Disney uses live and CGI animation to retell the romantic adventure of Belle and her Beast. Cost: Free. Call: 318-640-3098. www.rpl.org   November 28: LSUA Christmas Tree Lighting, LSUA Quad, 5:30pm. Get into the Christmas spirit with the lighting of the Christmas tree and water tower at LSUA. Enjoy cookies, hot chocolate, Christmas carols and meeting Santa Claus. Cost: Free. Call Sarah Black: 318-427-4407.   November 28: Come Write In, Rapides Main Library, 5:30pm. Members get together to discuss what they’re working on, their recent successes and participate in an exercise called “It was a dark and stormy night…” With this clichéd phrase, we take a trip into various genres and exercise our imaginations. Bring a writing/reading friend with you! Please pre-register. Cost: Free. Call: 318-445-2411 Ext. 1036. www.rpl.org   November 30-December 2: Alex Winter Fête, Downtown Alexandria, Sponsored by the City of Alexandria. Enjoy ice skating, snow, craft vendors, fireworks, live music, food and much more! The Mayor will light Downtown Alexandria on the 30th for the Christmas season! November 30th is also the 1st Night of the 12 Nights of Christmas. Cost: Free. Call Courtney Paige: 318-449-5108.   November 30: Origami Spaceship, Johnson Branch Library, 3:30pm-4:30pm. Origami is an ancient art form of folding paper. We take this Oriental artform into orbit as we create a spaceship from 6 x 6 inch squares of paper. We’ll also examine the design and elements of geometry in this project as well! Cost: Free. Call: 318-776-5153. www.rpl.org   December 1: Candyland Christmas, 1403 Third Street, 6:00pm-8:00pm. Sponsored by TREE House Children’s Museum. Kids and families can make candy sculptures, play Christmas games, ornament making, cookie decorating and also write letters to Santa. This is the 2nd Night of the 12 Nights of Christmas. Cost: $5.00. Call Shanna Hartman: 318-619-9394.   December 2: First Saturday Breakfast, Pineville Airport at Lake Buhlow, 7:00am-10:00am.  Breakfast is cooked up every month as a nonprofit event by the Experimental Aircraft Association for pilots flying-in, and everyone interested in aviation.  A spread of hearty vittles—all you want to eat and drink—will give you energy to kick off the day’s events.  Consider a trip to enjoy the venue of aircraft clubhouse, deck and lake along with airplane chatter and visiting. Cost: $6.00 donation.   December 2: Christmas Ornament Making, TREE House Children’s Museum, 1:00pm. Come make Christmas ornaments with TREE House! Cost: $5.00; Children under 2 Free. Call TREE House: 318-619-9394.   December 3: Christmas in Cenla, Kingsville Baptist Church, 6:00pm. Numerous churches will gather together to make one mass choir. This is the 4th Night of Christmas. Cost: Free. Call Shaun Martin: 318-640-1019.   December 7: Celebrate Christmas, Calvary Baptist Church (5011 Jackson Street), 7:00pm. Celebrate the joy of the season with 5-time female vocalist of the year Natalie Grant along with Dove award winner Danny Gokey. Tickets are available at www.calvarynet.net. This is the 5th Night of Christmas. Cost: $25.00. Call Jeremy Christ: 318-445-1426.   December 7: Holiday High Tea, The Home of Frances Hurst, 10:30am, 1:30pm, and 4:00pm. Sponsored by YWCA of Alexandria-Pineville. Call YWCA: 318-442-3397.   December 8-9: Gem and Mineral Show, 276 HM Steven Blvd in Leesville, 9:00am-5:00pm. Cost: $2.00; Children 12 and under Free. Call Adam Valin: 337-585-3693.   December 8: Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol: A Better Half’s Point of View, 135 Riverfront Street in Pineville. Listen to the sweet Christmas sounds of the bagpipes and dulcimers and watch interpretations of Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” from the point of view of the ladies in the original story. Also, taste traditional beverages of the Civil War era. This is the 6th Night of Christmas. Cost: $4.00. Call Richard Holloway: 318-484-2390.   December 8: Pineville Christmas Parade, Main Street in Pineville, 7:00pm. Sponsored by City of Pineville. Line up starts at Fort Randolph at 5:00pm, and parade begins under flag on Main Street at 7:00pm. Cost: Free. Call Madonna LeBlanc: 318-449-5660.   December 9: Christmas Science, TREE House Children’s Museum, 1:00pm. Cost: $5.00; Children under 2 Free. Call TREE House: 318-619-9394.   December 9: An Old Fashioned Christmas, Kent Plantation House (3601 Bayou Rapides Road), 4:00pm-6:00pm. Enjoy Christmas arts & crafts, decorate the Kent House tree, visit with Papa Noel, music, refreshments and more! This is the 7th Night of Christmas. Cost: Free. Call Alice Scarborough: 318-487-5998.   December 10: City of Alexandria Christmas Parade, Metro Drive in Alexandria, 2:00pm. Visit www.alexmardigras.com for entry form and additional information. Cost: Free; $100 entry fee for floats. Call Chris Chelette: 318-623-7359.   December 10: Christmas is…An Evening of Stories and Songs, Pentecostals of Alexandria (2817 Rapides Avenue in Alexandria), 6:00pm. Featuring special guest Matthew West. Doors open at 5:00pm. This is the 8th Night of Christmas. Cost: Free. Call Genevieve Ryder: 318-427-6608.   Sports   Ongoing-November: 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.  Call Becky Watkins: 318-448-6938.   November 8: LSUA Generals Men’s Basketball, The Fort at LSUA, 7:00pm.  The men’s team takes on Xavier.  Call Larry Cordero: 318-619-2968.   November 11: Girls on the Run Central Louisiana 5K, Downtown Alexandria/Fulton Mini-Park, 8am. Sponsored by YWCA. Call Morgan Wampler: 318-442-3397.   November 15: LSUA Generals Men’s Basketball, The Fort at LSUA, 7:00pm.  The men’s team takes on Loyola.  Call Larry Cordero: 318-619-2968.   November 24-25: 2nd Annual Rapides Parish Pro Rodeo, Rapides Parish Coliseum.  This action-packed rodeo is a fundraising event for the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation. Tickets are on sale now; military discounts are available. Cost: $22.00 Adults; $12.00 Children. Call: 318-442-9581.   November 30: Louisiana College vs. McMurry, Rapides Parish Coliseum, 5:30pm.  The Louisiana College Wildcats face off with the McMurry War Hawks in their first appearance at the Rapides Parish Coliseum. Women tip off at 5:30pm and the Men will get started around 7:30pm. Tickets are available at the Coliseum Box Office and online at Ticketmaster.  LC Students and Faculty with a valid ID must come to the Box Office for their complementary tickets to the games. Cost: $10.00.  Call: 318-442-9581.   December 7: LSUA Generals Basketball, The Fort at LSUA, 5:00pm.  The men’s and women’s team open home conference play against Langston.  Call Larry Cordero: 318-619-2968.

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  • RSO Presents Haydn, Mozart and Handel in OctoberRSO Presents Haydn, Mozart and Handel in October

    The last two Saturdays in October are “don’t-miss” events for fans of great music.  The Symphony will perform back-to-back weekends, with both concerts featuring well-known works of the 18th century.   The Symphony’s first classical concert of the season on Saturday, October 21st will consist of pieces by the two biggest names in the late-1700s Classical style: Haydn and Mozart.   Franz Joseph Haydn is known as the “Father of the Symphony” (he wrote 104 of them!) because he codified the genre of the symphony, and his example was taken up by Mozart, Beethoven, and later composers all the way through the twentieth century.  We will perform his Symphony No. 2, an early work that paves the way for the final piece on the concert, Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter”.  Written about three decades after Haydn’s, you will hear the evolution from Haydn’s relatively simple early piece to Mozart’s fully-developed, grand, majestic work.   The Symphony will also be joined by internationally-known cello soloist Meehae Ryo.  She will perform Camille Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1, a piece that she has recorded on the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon record label.   One week later, the Symphony will be performing as part of the St. James Episcopal Church Concert Series in celebration of the 300th Anniversary of George Frideric Handel’s Water Music.  Water Music is a collection of several dances that Handel wrote for a special River Themes celebration organized by King George I in 1717.  Several of these dances have been made famous through performances and television use—perfect examples of the regal, Barouque-style music fit for a king.  This concert, as all of the St. James Series concerts, is free and open to the public, and will take place on Saturday, October 28th at 7:00pm, at St. James Episcopal Church located at 1620 Murray Street in Alexandria. To purchase tickets to the Saturday, October 21st concert, visit RapidesSymphony.org or call (318) 442-9709.

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