Alexandria

The Jewish Temple in Alexandria will celebrate two milestones Sunday, Sept. 21.

Congregation Gemiluth Chassodim is turning 155 years old. Sunday also will mark the unveiling of a bronze plaque. The Temple is now on the National Register of Historic Places as a notable example of the mid-century modern style of architecture.

A new pilot program in Louisiana aims to get locally grown food into school cafeterias.

The Harvest of the Month project seeks one school in central Louisiana to participate in the grant.

The goal is to increase access to local produce in schools, encourage students to make healthy food choices, and deliver a curriculum that informs students where their food comes from in support of the local foods movement, according to John Dean, regional food systems planner at the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance.

Alexandria to host big dog show

Jan 8, 2014

Thousands of show dogs are headed to Alexandria later this month for a week-long competition.  The fourth annual Mardi Gras Cluster Dog Show is set for Jan. 23-29 at the Alexandria Riverfront Center. The dog show will include three new breeds recently approved by the American Kennel Club -- the Chinook, rat terrier, and Portuguese Podengo Pequeno.

The New Orleans-based Tipitina’s Foundation is donating band instruments to Bolton High School in Alexandria Thursday as part of its “Instruments a Comin’” music advocacy program. To date, Tipitina’s has donated instruments to 79 schools worth about $2.7 million to band programs, mostly in New Orleans. Tipitina’s Foundation managing director Bethany Paulsen said Bolton will receive a tuba and a euphonium, instruments that can be too costly for a band budget.

Alexandria Youth Orchestra Prepares for Carnegie Hall Date

Mar 18, 2013

Rapides Youth Orchestra is on a roll. The students are preparing to play concerts at Carnegie Hall and the White House in December. But before then, they’ll compete in the Crescent City Classic National Orchestra Competition on March 23. Later this month, they’ll perform the National Anthem at a New Orleans Hornets game. Classical guitarist John De Chiaro teaches string instruments at three public schools in Alexandria. He says it’s easy to spot the kids who will stick with music. It’s not their raw talent that stands out; rather, it's their accountability.

A federal judge has struck down a central Louisiana ordinance banning fortunetelling, palm reading, astrology and similar activities in the city of Alexandria.

U.S. District Judge Dee Drell's ruling Wednesday concurs with a magistrate's conclusion that the ordinance is unconstitutional.

Rachel Adams is a fortune-teller who says she accepts donations but doesn't charge for her services. She sued the city after a police officer issued her a court summons in 2011 for violating the ordinance. A violation can result in daily penalties of up to $500.