June 08, 2009

Rapides Parish offers many things to do and see in July

City of Pineville’s 9th Annual Fireworks OVER Buhlow Friday, July 3rd

Musical entertainment by Avery Michaels & Exit 209 at 6 p.m.; The Show Band Hott Ticket at 7:45 p.m.

Enjoy Independence Day with your family on the 4th and welcome in the holiday with us on Friday, July 3rd!

Gates Open at 5:00 p.m. • Music Begins at 6:00 p.m. Admission is FREE!

No ice chest or pets please, as there will be a concession stand under the stage
area. Everyone is encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket as the concert
grandstand by Buhlow Lake will give you a great view of the music and fireworks.
Jumpers for the kids plus the La. National Guard rock climbing wall.



June 29th – July 1st

Alexandria, LA; June 15, 2009 – The Alexandria Aces of Continental Baseball League (CBL) announced today they will be hosting a three day clinic for those interested in learning the fundamentals of the game of baseball.

The clinic will take place over a three day period, June 29, 2009 through July 1, 2009, and is open to kids of all ages. Each day the clinic will begin at 9:00 am with instruction on how to play the game.

Monday, June 29, 2009: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

There will be fee of $60.00 per participant. If you have any questions, please contact the Aces office at 318-473-2237.

The CBL enters its third season of offering professional baseball and welcomes the opportunity to bring the excitement and tradition of professional baseball to communities with a long-standing love affair with the Nation’s favorite pastime. Every night, history is made in the CBL’s ballparks in Texas cities, Texas City (Bay Area-Houston), Texarkana, and Alpine (Big Bend) and Alexandria, Louisiana. Join us today for great professional baseball and a value-packed experience for fans, friends, and families!


Louisiana Soul Food Picnic
Saturday, June 27th

Come sample some good ole Louisiana Soul Food at Central Louisiana's Soul Food Picnic
Saturday, June 27 in Downtown Alexandria (DeSoto and Third Street) at 6:00 p.m. Hosted by Magnolia State Peace Officers and sponsored by the City of Alexandria. Free and open to the public. Cash bar.


Southern Forest Heritage Museum to host Liberty Fest

The Southern Forest Heritage Museum will host Liberty Fest on Saturday, July 4 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. This event promises to be a day of good old fashioned fun!!! Come explore and enjoy this 40 acre historic sawmill complex as we celebrate American pride on the Nation's birthday.

Historic World War II items will be displayed in a special exhibit which will be centered around our connection to the manufacture of Higginsboats. Memorabilia will be on loan from both The National World War II Museum in New Orleans and the Louisiana Maneuvers and Military Museum on Camp Beauregard in Pineville. A model Higgins boat will be on display, as well.

There will be a special guest appearance by an original"Rosie-the-Riveter," Ethel Kelley who has been honored by the Smithsonian. She will be on hand with her costume and some memorabilia.

Historic World War II films will be shown in our theatre. This mini film festival will run throughout the day.

A parade is being planned. We will have water slides, and angel train rides for the children and rail motorcar rides for everyone. There will be hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks sold on site. No ice chests are allowed. Admission is $5 per person. Children under 3 years old are free.

SFHM is in Rapides Parish between Forest Hill and Glenmora on Highway 497. For more information contact 318-748-8404 or visit www.forestheritagemuseum.org.


Kent Plantation House
, 3601 Bayou Rapides Road, Alexandria, Louisiana 71303 is accepting applications for the following summer camps:

JANE IN JUNE, June 22nd - 26th, 2009, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Jane in June is a summer camp that revolves around women's activities and pastimes for young ladies ages 10 - 15. Tuition: $150.00 for the week.

Campers will:
  • Sew a Quilt
  • Make a Dream Sachet
  • Learn to Crochet
  • Attend and Host Authentic Tea Parties
  • Learn Games of the Era
  • Tour the House and Grounds
On the last day of the camp, the young ladies will host a Parents' Tea in the new Visitor's Center to show off their completed projects. Lunch, snacks and all supplies will be provided. Registration is limited. Please call 318-487-5998 for additional information


CAMP KENT HOUSE, July 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st, 9:00 - 5:00. Open to children ages 7 - 12. Tuition: $20.00 per day. Campers may attend one or all camps. Bring a sack lunch. Snacks, drinks and craft supplies will be provided.
  • July 10th: BEES AND BUGS, Learn about good and bad bees and bugs. Do a bug craft and construct a bee mask.
  • July 17th: Mary, Mary Quite Contrary, How Does Your Garden Grow? Learn what would have been grown on the plantation in the early 19th century. Pot your own seeds and plants to take home.
  • July 24th: Tasks and Chores of the Good Old Days: Corn grinding, butter making, baking cornbread, making candles, soap, corn husks dolls and more.
  • July 31st: Visit a Farm: A trip to a working farm. Get close and personal with the animals. That afternoon, make and enjoy home-made ice cream at Kent House.
Please call 318-487-5998 for additional information.

Source: Alexandria/Pineville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau