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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. 

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What do you do with tattered old American flags? Military etiquette dictates that worn flags be burned in a “retirement ceremony.” The burning is to symbolize purification and rebirth when performed. 

 

On Tuesday, December 12, The Chennault Aviation and Military Museum will  hold a solemn flag retirement program at  6:00 p.m.  The ceremony will be performed by representatives from veterans’ organizations and first responders.

 

 

'Tis the Season for Downtown Gallery Crawl

Nov 30, 2017
https://www.facebook.com/downtowngallerycrawl/

The Downtown Gallery Crawl will continue celebrating its 10th anniversary Thursday, December 7, with its December Gallery Crawl. The Crawl will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. across Downtown Monroe and West Monroe.

ULM Holds Holiday Art Sale

Nov 30, 2017
http://www.ulm.edu/art/

The annual Holiday Art Sale on campus at the University of Louisiana Monroe will be taking place December 4-8. The sale will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Holiday Art Sale will feature work from students and faculty at the university. There will be all sorts of artworks and styles displayed such as paintings, photography, prints, sculptures, pottery, and even candles and soaps. Brooke Foy, art professor at ULM, encourages guest to plan to come early in the week. She shares,   "After Wednesday a lot of the great Christmas presents will have been grabbed." 

A Radio Show on 34th Street

Nov 28, 2017
https://www.facebook.com/strausslittletheatremonroe/

The Strauss Theatre Center is ringing in the holiday season with its twist on the classic Christmas story, Miracle on 34th Street. This musical will open Friday, December 8, and will run through December 15. Showtimes will be at 7 p.m. on the 8th, 12th, 14th, and 15th, and there will be a 2 p.m. matinee on the 10th.

New Veteran Service in Louisiana

Nov 21, 2017
https://www.facebook.com/ChennaultMuseum/

Chapter 51 of the Disabled American Veterans has started a shuttle service to bring disabled veterans to the VA Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. 

The mission of the Disabled American Veterans is to empower veterans to live a a high quality life with respect and dignity. General Claire Chennault shares that, "It is our responsibility to work with veterans to give them the benefits they rightfully deserve." This shuttle service is one way that the Disabled Americans Veterans are ensuring that veterans are being taken care of.

Leoniods and Leave No Trace

Nov 16, 2017
https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Black_Bayou_Lake/multimedia/Black_Bayou_Lake_Photo_Gallery.html

Subaru's Leave No Trace Traveling Trainings have made their way to Louisiana to help promote outdoor ethics and safe interactions with wildlife. The trainers, Amanda Jameson and Junaid Dawad, will be at the Black Bayou Wildlife Refuge on Friday, November 17, at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 18, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Make a Difference with CASA

Nov 13, 2017
http://www.casaofnela.org/

The Center for Children and Families is encouraging community members to volunteer to be a CASA for a child in the foster care program.   A CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocate, advocates for a child in need by being a steady presence in the child's life.

Living in a Cardboard City

Nov 9, 2017
http://wellspringofnela.org/cardboardboxcity/

The Wellspring Alliance of NELA and the NELA Food Bank are teaming up to take a new approach on raising awareness about homelessness. Friday, January 19, the Wellspring will be hosting Cardboard Box City from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next day at First United Methodist Church Monroe.

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