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Louisiana State Senate Working To Rectify Budget Before Session Ends

The regular session ends in just two weeks, and the Senate Finance Committee is now grappling with the budget sent over from the House. Governor John Bel Edwards expects a difficult two weeks.
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Bayou Boats

May 23, 2016

For as long as humans have dwelled on our bayou-laced landscape, boats have drifted among the placid waters.  Local Native Americans built watercraft for 400 generations before European immigrants arrived to mimic their designs.  For efficient travel and trade in a wilderness world of wetlands, there were no other options.  The earliest boats were dugout canoes or pirogues.  Hewn from logs of virgin cypress or water tupelo, some were large enough to carry a dozen passengers or a thousand pounds of freight.

  

La'Opera

For many people, the words "classical" and "Mozart" are almost synonymous. La'Opera performs one of Mozart's most beloved operas The Magic Flute on Saturday, May 21 at 7 p.m. and again on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the University of Louisiana Monroe's Biedenharn Recital Hall.

The opera, written in 1791, was one of the master composer's last completed works, and is stylistically similar to modern musical theater. Songs are interrupted with dialogue, and the audience is even addressed directly -- a practice not common in many operas. 

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As summer approaches, many people become more active, but the Ouachita Parish Public Library works to remind children and adults to exercise their minds as well.

The Library begins its summer reading program with Summerfest, Saturday May 21. The event is closely tied to the sports theme of this summer's program.

The event is geared to remind children and adults to exercise both their minds and bodies this summer, and features challenges such as a "book walk" at Kiroli Park.

Louisiana Small Business Development Center

As the old saying goes: If you want to connect with people, then you have to go to where they are.

Today's customers are online more and more. The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at the University of Louisiana Monroe hosted a seminar to help businesses connect with millennials on Wednesday, May 18.

It's A Party In The 318

May 18, 2016
Masur Musem

The Masur Museum of Art invites the community for an evening of relaxation at its bi-annual  "pARTy 318" event on Thursday, May 19.

"Everything is free with the exception of food," said Evie Stuart, director of the Masur Museum of Art. "We will also have some art vendors there as well so I'm sure everyone will find something they like."

Stuart says attendees will have plenty of food options to choose from. Three food trucks will be on location with foods ranging from barbecue to Indian cuisine.

But Ben Hickey says it wouldn't be a party without games.

Tanner's Cottonwood

May 16, 2016

A saddled horse standing beside a giant eastern cottonwood is the subject of a nitrate-based cellulose negative given to me by the man who took the shot in 1938 while prowling about for ivory-billed woodpeckers in Louisiana's vast Tensas Swamp.  The tree appears to be nearly as wide as James Tanner's sorrel gelding is long.  Even in what then was the closest thing remaining to a large, old-growth bottomland hardwood forest in America, the tree in its size was an anomaly.  

One out every seven U.S. citizens qualifies as living in poverty, and many more deal with the burden of hunger every day. The U. S. Postal Service is fighting to change that with its annual "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive event Saturday, May 14. 

This is the 24th year of the partnership between the National Association of Letter Carriers and the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana. Over that time, the group has collected over 1.4 billion pounds of food; however, fighting hunger is an ever-growing battle. 

Bayou Desiard Dragon Boat Festival

In today's world, many parents try and prepare their children to succeed as early as possible. To help in that effort, the Children's Coalition of Northeast Louisiana formed the Early Head Start program. The coalition hosts this year's Dragon Boat Festival to raise money for that program. The festival takes place on Bayou Desiard, at the corner of Loop Road and Forsythe Avenue.

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For many in north Louisiana the words "Sportsman's Paradise" are much more than just a saying -- they are a way of life. Celebrating and passing along that respect for competition to the next generation is one of the goals of the Louisiana State Games. The games kick off Saturday, May 14.

With events as diverse as archery, horseshoe pitching, and boxing the event attracts athletes from across the state and the surrounding area, from as far away as Tennessee. Last year's event hosted over 1,800 athletes, and this year well over 2,000 are expected to compete.

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The receding floodwaters have left many North Louisiana residents with a sincere appreciation of their community. The Monroe Symphony Orchestra is no exception. The symphony closes out its 45th season with a fundraiser called "Anchor in the Storm" benefiting both the orchestra and the United Way.

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Louisiana State Museum Facing Massive Budget Cuts

Louisiana State Museums, like the Cabildo and Presbytere in Jackson Square, are feeling the strain from new budget cuts that could jeopardize their operation. To find out how this problem might be solved, NolaVie’s Sharon Litwin spoke with Mark Tullos, the Assistant Secretary for the office of State Museums.
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