Ali Owens

Lagniappe Producer

Originally from West Monroe, Ali Owens is a Junior Communications major with a concentration in Public Relations at the University of Louisiana Monroe. She intends to graduate in the Spring of 2019 and go on to pursue a degree in Arts Administration.


Ali is very involved in music at ULM and currently holds the position of Choral Librarian for the Choral Department. She has appeared in several ULM Theatre productions, including Pirates of Penzance and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. She has also performed at Strauss Youth Academy for the Arts and West Monroe High School.


In her free time, Ali enjoys live music, painting, and spending time with her friends.

Ways to Connect

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Come see young artists shine at the Marjorie Stricklin Emerging Artists Competition Saturday, January 13th in the Emy-Lou Biedenharn Recital Hall.

The Marjorie Stricklin Emerging Artist Competition is hosted by the Monroe Symphony League as a fundraiser for the Monroe Symphony Orchestra, as well as a chance to seek out local young talent from the surrounding area. The competition has been running for nearly 40 years.

It's OK to Be a Mentor

Jan 10, 2018

January is National Mentoring Month. Corporal Larry Wilson of the Monroe Police Department shares information about the OK Program in the Monroe, Louisiana area.

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The 2018 Martin Luther King "Day of Service" takes place on Monday, January 15. University of Louisiana Monroe and Louisiana Delta Community College will honor the 2018 MLK Day of Service by donating items to the Desiard St. Shelter.

Community members are encouraged to “Take a Day On” this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by participating in the National MLK Day of Service. Volunteers will deliver packaged goods to the Desiard St. Shelter and Renewal Center Monday, January 15.

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NELA Master Gardeners will present "Living in Louisiana Landscapes", their 8th Annual Master Gardening Spring Seminar, Saturday, January 20th at the West Monroe Convention Center. Registration is available online or at the door for $20.

The seminar's keynote speaker is Dan Gill of the LSU Ag Center, who you can hear every morning at 6:49 a.m. in his segment "Get It Growing." He will be hosting the panel "Creating Colorful Flowerbeds in Louisiana Landscapes." Guests will have the opportunity to ask Dan questions at the seminar.

Shopping for Shelter

Jan 5, 2018
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Family Promise of Ouachita and the Monroe Chamber of Commerce are hosting a ribbon-cutting Tuesday, January 9th for the opening of their newly consolidated thrift shop on 3134 Louisville Avenue.

Family Promise of Ouachita was created in 2009 to aid families who have become homeless. This organization works to provide shelter, food, and classes to help families get back on their feet and into homes.

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Recycle your Christmas trees with Ouachita Green before January 6th! Locations for drop off are the Monroe Civic Center and the West Monroe Farmer's Market.

Ouachita Green is accepting your live Christmas trees to be recycled until January 6th. The trees will be chipped down into mulch, which will be used in beautification efforts in the Ouachita Parish region.

Stuart Hodnett of Ouachita Green tells us the three steps in the recycling process are:

Photo courtesy of Cathy Airhart Webb, CA Studio

CA Studio will be presenting Pulitzer Prize-winning play Harvey Friday, January 5th at Lea's of Lecompte. Produced in 1944, the play was written by Mary Chase in an effort to make people laugh during the difficult time of World War II.

Photo courtesy of Blanche Betz, SOS Pets of Ouachita

On December 15th, 2017 at 7 p.m., a brass quintet featuring the University of Louisiana Monroe’s Black Bayou Brass will present Christmas Brass Spectacular Concert to benefit the SOS Pets of Ouachita.

SOS Pets of Ouachita was formed by a group of individuals in the Ouachita Parish area who saw the need for a better shelter program for our animals. These individuals are working towards a no-kill, humane shelter to help accommodate animals waiting to be adopted.


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The Masur Museum of Arts will be hosting Variety at the Zoo Saturday, December 16th from 1-4 PM at the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo. The event is free and open to all ages.