Catherine Calhoun

Associate Producer, Lagniappe

Catherine Calhoun is a freshman Spanish Major 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 nursery team and teardown crew.

Catherine enjoys Disney movies and loves her three pet cats.

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The Louisiana's Master Gardeners Club is holding the seventh annual January Gardening Seminar Saturday, January 14th at the West Monroe Convention Center. This event is in collaboration with West Monroe's annual Ag Fest.

The seminar is focused on local foods. According to Kerry Heafner, northeast Louisiana's climate allows for a diverse agricultural crop. Local farmers can grow sweet potatoes, rice, and various fruits along with harvesting local eggs and honey from Louisiana's numerous bee farms. 

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Project 41 is hosting the annual White As Snow Gala at the Monroe Convention Center on Friday, January 13 from 7 p.m.to 9 p.m.. The event is organized to raise awareness and educate the community on the realities of sex trafficking. 

Project 41 is a local non profit organization founded to rescue, value, and transform the lives of victims of sex trafficking. Co founder and executive producer of Project 41, Lindsey Nadler, shares that, "there are over 27 millions victims right now that are trapped in the sex industry. This is happening in every city, every town, and every state."

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CA Studio and Lea's of LeCompte are presenting Shakespeare's Twelfth Night January 13-14 and 20-21. This classic Shakespeare comedy will be portrayed in a more modern fashion as a dinner theatre.

Twelfth Night is the story of two identical boy and girl twins who end up in the same place, completely unaware of each others presence. The play has its share of mistaken identity, exaggerated love, wise fools, and foolish authority figures to carry itself through the loops of a Shakespearean comedy.

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Saturday, January 7th the Monroe Athletic Club is hosting the 2017 Yogathon.  This year's Yogathon is benefiting Pilots for Patients. 

For those who aren't familiar with the idea of a Yogathon, think of a marathon. In a marathon, one runs all day, and in a Yogathon, one can take yoga classes all day. The Monroe Athletic Club offers different level classes starting at a beginner's yoga class and moving up to more advanced yoga levels. 

Jackie Garrison is a local, self published author. Her book, Timeline Memoirs of a Bipolar Christian, ​that will be published in January, tells the story of her mood swings, manic highs, and depressive lows. 

Garrison's writing tackles the stigma against bipolar disorder. She hopes that through her honesty other people that struggle with mood altering disorders will be able to go seek help. She wrote the book with the purpose to help others because when she went through her episode she felt as if she wasn't helping anyone.

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Ouachita Green's vision of keeping the community Green and Clean continues as they get ready for their Christmas Tree Recycling event. This service to the community will last from December 26 to January 6. 

The Christmas spirit is all about giving back. Through recycling live trees instead of throwing them away, one can give back to their community and environment. Recycling the trees also lightens the load of sanitation companies and keeps the trees out of landfills.

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Louisiana's 2015 election for the governor left many citizens in shock due to its scandals, along with the victory of John Bell Edwards, the underdog of the election. Tyler Bridges and Jeremy Alford capture this narrative of media, scandal, and behind the scenes work in their recently released book, Long Shot.

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Friday night, December 16th the Monroe Civic Center will be filled for the annual Louisiana Delta Ballet Christmas Gala. This year's ballet is 'Twas the Night Before a Cajun Christmas, a Southern take on the classic holiday story.

In this re-imagined story, Santa faces a swamp witch when he stops his new sleigh in New Orleans. Santa will have to work with frogs, alligators, lightning bugs, and crawfish, along with other bayou creatures to bring a happy ending to this Christmas season. 

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This Thursday, December 15, the West Monroe Chamber of Commerce is presenting  An Acoustic Christmas at the Glenwood Medical Mall. Starting at 6 p.m. the concert will be filled with Christmas music by acoustic guitars.

An Acoustic Christmas, will feature local talents Dan Sumner, John Farmer, and vocalist Betsy Lowe. This concert is free to the public, but there will be limited seating for the event. Along with free music, there will be hot chocolate and coffee provided by CC's Coffeehouse. 

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Saturday, December  10th at the Monroe Civic Center the silent film, The Snowman, will come to life with help from the Monroe Symphony Orchestra and the Monroe Symphony Chorus. 

Howard Blake's The Snowman, is the well known Christmas story of a boy who builds a snowman that comes to life. The Monroe Symphony is adding its own twist on this movie through sound. The first half of the movie will have the orchestra's music behind it helping tell the story, while the second half of the movie will be accompanied by the chorus.

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