Catherine Calhoun

Associate Producer, Lagniappe

Catherine Calhoun is a sophomore Spanish Major and Communications Minor at the University of Louisiana Monroe, and plans on being a translator when she graduates.

Originally from West Monroe, she lives on campus for her first time "away" from home.

Catherine is very involved in the Wesley Foundation on campus and is part of the Warhawk Tennis Club. When not on campus, she volunteers at Foundry on Sunday mornings as part of the Foundry Kids team and teardown crew.

Catherine enjoys Disney movies, kayaking, and writing.

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The University of Louisiana at Monroe's School of Pharmacy is partnering with the Children's Coalition to help promote the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday. 

Super One in West Monroe and Bastrop, Brookshire's in Farmerville, and the Troop F Office in Monroe will all be collecting unused and expired prescription medicine on October 29th from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. 

Monroe Symphony Orchestra

The Monroe Symphony Orchestra opened its season with Hauntingly Beautiful Music on Saturday October 22 at 7 p.m. at the W.L. Jack Howard Theatre of the Monroe Civic Center.

This opening concert rings in the Halloween holiday by encouraging guest to come dressed in their Halloween costumes. The musicians will also be dressed in their Halloween attire.

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Ouachita Parish Public Libraries are excited to celebrate the Pumpkin Bash Saturday October 22nd. The event will kick of at 10 A.M. at the Main Branch Library on North 18th Street.

This community event is filled with activities from a caricature artist to appearances from Princess Anna of Frozen and Spiderman. There will also be a fire truck, a costume contest, pumpkin decorating, cotton candy, and Nova Clark will be there with critters from Black Bayou.

Louisiana Master Gardeners

Louisiana's Master Gardener Program is getting ready for the Annual Fall Bulb Sale. It will take place Saturday, October 22nd from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. at the West Monroe Farmer's Market.

The Master Gardener Program is a volunteer service in almost all sixty-four parishes throughout Louisiana. Different garden demonstrations, butterfly gardens, and helpful gardening tips are some of the things that Master Gardeners provide. 

One in four teens have experiences bullying in middle or high school, and over 160,000 students do not want to go to school because of their fear of bullies.

October is bullying awareness month, and the Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana is raising awareness throughout the community by proclaiming "Bully Proof Day" on October 19. 

The Children's Coalition charges the community to wear orange to show support for victims of bullying. Local schools are showing their support by hosting a balloon release with encouraging messages tied to them.

The Innovation Enterprise at Louisiana Tech University is focused on turning ideas into reality. The Enterprise partners with businesses, entrepreneurs, and students to stimulate new economic activities in the region. Dave Norris, chief innovation officer at Louisiana Tech, explains the Enterprise as ," a hot bed of ideas and activities spread out through northeast Louisiana."

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ULM professor, Joe McGahan, and grad student Crystal Curry are working on a conference promoting "A More Cerebral and Compassionate Approach to Getting from Here to There".

This pilot study's goal is to encourage the community (and the world) to not just manually drive but to be intentional and deliberate. Safe Now is applying for a grant, and hoping to become a multi-year project. 

Friends of Black Bayou is hosting its 20th annual Fall Celebration on Saturday, October 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

"Friends of Black Bayou's purpose is to support the mission of the refuge," says President Bob Eisenstadt. "We're an event planning and fundraising wing that's here to support the refuge however we can, whether through time or finances."

The Ouachita Council on Aging together with C.A.B.L.E.( Community's Acting to Benefit Louisiana's Elderly)  is putting on the sixth annual Theresa Marsala Memorial Heart Walk. This event is at the Ouachita Council on Aging on Friday October 14th from 9 A.M. to 12 P.M. 

C.A.B.L.E. was started through the governor's office, and helps spread more awareness about the needs of the elderly in the community. 

The Snyder Museum in Bastrop has a special exhibit of artwork from a private collection by the famous artist Clementine Hunter. 

Hunter grew up in the Natchitoches area of Louisiana in the late 1800's as the grandchild of a slave. Though the art is juvenile, Hunter's art  is valued because it shares a story of the era she grew up in, which is not often seen. Hunter learned from the artists that pasted through her home on Melrose Plantation. Her paintings, which can be sold for more than $4,000, were on display for 25 cents when she was still alive.

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