Catherine Calhoun

Associate Producer, Lagniappe

Catherine Calhoun is a freshman 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 moved on campus for her first year "away" from home.

Catherine is very involved in the Wesley Foundation on campus. 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.

Ways to Connect

Living Well Foundation

Tuesday, March 7, the Living Well Foundation will be holding it's annual Update to the Community Luncheon. The Luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the West Monroe Convention Center.

The Living Well Foundation was created through the sale of Glenwood Regional Medical Center in 2006. The proceeds of the sale were invested, and the Living Well uses the interest of this money to serve the community through providing grants and starting initiatives. 

GO CARE

Sunday, February 26th the Red Carpet Rendezvous will be taking place at the West Monroe Convention Center from 7 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. This gala-style fundraiser is coinciding with the airing of the 89th annual Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences award show. 

Christopher Foster / Black Bayou

Thursday, February 23rd Black Bayou National Wildlife Refuge's forester, Chris Foster, will be giving a talk on local invasive species. The talk will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Black Bayou education center.

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Saturday, February 25th is the opening of the Strauss Youth Academy for the Arts's latest production, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. This musical performance follows the story of the biblical character Joseph and his 11 brothers. 

The commonly known story of Joseph from Genesis, often referred to as the 'coat of many colors' story, follows Joseph's life after his brothers sell him into slavery.

"It's the story of redemption for the brothers, and shows how Joseph deals with this hardship in his life," says Walter Allen, SYAA executive director.

The Louisiana Opera is holding its fundraiser in true Mardi Gras style. The opera, Fledermaus, will be performed at the Ouachita Grand Plaza Ballroom on Friday, February 24th at 7:00 p.m. 

This Mardi Gras-themed event will include masks, cabarets, dinner, dessert, and surprises. The Louisiana Opera along with the University of Louisiana Monroe's Chorus, and guest singers from across the United States will be lending their voices to the production. 

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The University of Louisiana Monroe's Visual and Performing Arts program is hosting its lecture and concert for the Spring 2017 Composer- in - Residence this Tuesday, February 21st. The lecture will begin at 11:00 a.m. in the Biedenharn Recital Hall. The concert will also be held in the Recital Hall from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Sydney Guillaume, the composer - in - residence for this semester, currently lives in Portland, Oregan, but is originally from the country of Haiti. His lecture will focus on the Haitian influences that are found his musical compositions. 

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Saturday, February 18th the Krewe of Janus Mardi Gras Parade will take place at 6:00 p.m. The floats will make their way through downtown West Monroe and Monroe throughout the course of the night.

While the main parade does not start until 6:00 p.m. Saturday night, Mardi Gras activities will be going on throughout the day. There will be a Kid's Parade at the Pecanland Mall starting at 9:00 a.m. followed by the Pet Parade at 2:00 p.m. in downtown West Monroe. 

Aleta Eley

Friday, February 17th, Geneva Academy is hosting its annual fundraiser, the Wig and Stache Bash. This 1920's themed party will be held at the Vantage Banquet Hall in downtown Monroe from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

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Who knew a clarinet could be glorious?

Saturday, February 11 at 7:00 p.m., the Monroe Symphony Orchestra will be holding its Glorious Clarinet concert in the Brown Auditorium on campus at the University of Louisiana Monroe.

The concert includes four works of music with German and Italian influences. Before the concert, at 6:15 p.m., the Conductor's Chat features a panel discussion featuring Conductor Clay Couturiaux, Soloist Scot Humes, and Monroe Symphony Chorus Director Deborah Chandler.

The University of Louisiana at Monroe is hosting a screening of Run Carlos Run Thursday, February 9th, in collaboration with ULM Speech and Debate Forum's Traveling Scholar Series. The film, made by Carlos Ibarra, shows the journey of one man running across the United States.

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