Family Fall Festival
The City of Pineville will host a Family Fall Festival on Halloween night beginning at 6 p.m. The Kees Park Community Center and surrounding park will offer a variety of family-friendly Halloween activities, including games, trick0-or-treating, inflatable jumpers, prizes, food, a movie and more. Please bring a non-perishable item for the Food Bank as your entry.
What: Family Fall Festival
When: 6-8 p.m. Monday
Where: Kees Park, 2450 Highway 28 East, Pineville
Cost: Donate one non-perishable food item for the Food Bank of Cenla
The first 200 children at the festival will receive a free pumpkin bowl to hold candy.
The Zoo Boo, one of the many area events that provide safe alternatives to traditional, door-to-door trick-or-treating, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
The zoo will close at 2:30 p.m. today to prepare the park for Zoo Boo.
Trick-or-treating at Zoo Boo is for children ages 12 and under. Admission is $6 (cash only).
HALLOWEEN ON THE SQUARE: 5-7 p.m., Marksville.
WITCH WAY TO MAIN STREET: 5-7 p.m., Main Street, Natchitoches.
BOO IN THE PARK: 5-7 p.m., Lacroix Park, Pollock. Call (318) 765-3796.
The public is invited to attend a family-friendly Halloween event from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at Unitech Training Academy's Alexandria campus, 7228 England Drive.
The free, indoor event, called the Halloween Spooktacular, will include candy and other snacks, as well as fun activities in a safe environment.
William Earl Hilton picked up an endorsement Friday that could go a long way in his hopes of becoming the next Rapides Parish sheriff.
Mark Baden finished a distant third in last weekend's primary and prevented either Hilton or his runoff opponent, incumbent Sheriff Charles F. "Chuck" Wagner Jr., from winning the sheriff's seat outright. Baden put his support squarely behind Hilton, a former four-term sheriff who retired in 2008.
The runoff will be Nov. 19, with early voting running from Nov. 5-12.
Baden, who got 1,603 votes -- or 4.4 percent -- in the Oct. 22 primary election, announced his endorsement during a news conference at the Alexander Fulton Hotel.
Baden said he was "proud" to endorse a man whom he considers a friend and someone with whom he has a "long, long relationship in law enforcement."
Gary Arsenault, Chief Volunteer Officer of the YMCA of Central Louisiana is pleased to announce the selection of Lisa Harris as the new CEO of the YMCA of Central Louisiana.
Lisa is a 1992 graduate of Northeast Louisiana University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Radio/Television/Film. In 2002, she completed the Nonprofit Management Program. Currently, Lisa serves as the Chief of Policy and Planning/Director of Community Services for the City of Alexandria. She is very involved in the community, including service on the Alexandria Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, the Arts Council of Central Louisiana Board of Directors, and former service as President of the YMCA’s Board of Directors.
Lisa is enthusiastic about the opportunity to work with the volunteers and staff to advance the mission of her hometown YMCA. She’ll begin her new role on December 1, 2011.
The Dol-Gen Corporation, Goodlettesville, Tenn. has awarded a long term lease contract to Ratcliff Development of Alexandria, La. for the development of a ground up retail store on Main Street in Pineville, Louisiana. Completion of this develop-construct-lease contract will provide a modern retail outlet in central Pineville, Louisiana. Adjacent to Louisiana College, this facility will provide convenient shopping access for a large number of near-by residents as well as to the Louisiana College student population. This project, beginning in October, 2011 is expected to be complete by early Spring , 2012.
The Central Louisiana Real Estate & Economic Forum will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center on Third Street in downtown Alexandria.
Louisiana Treasury Secretary John Kennedy will be the keynote speaker at the program sponsored by the Central Louisiana Board of Realtors. In addition, demographer Elliott B. Stonecipher of Shreveport will be one of the program panelists.
Admission is free and open to the public.
A reception ($20 admission with reservations required) will follow across the street at River Oaks Square Arts Center.
For details, call (318) 473-8324.
The Alexandria City Council will meet in full session at 5 p.m. Tuesday following committee meetings, which will begin at 3:30.
The Finance Committee will discuss an ordinance that would issue $2 million in utilities bonds as a loan from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. The Community Development Committee is expected to rename Martin Park "MPAT Community Park" in honor of both the Martin Park and Airview Terrace neighborhoods.
That committee, which meets at 4, also will hear an update on the city's diversity programs. Other items on the committee agenda are the hiring of a design firm for the Green Oak Avenue drainage project and a report on a trash pickup schedule that was delayed two weeks ago.