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Discussing the people, events, and issues of our region with area writers, artists, entertainers, and news makers. From arts events to political activity, find out what's happening in northeast Louisiana.

A_Peach, https://tinyurl.com/ycrmq9g3 / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The Ruston Farmer's Market is opening an extra day each week in July. In addition to Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon, the market will be open Tuesdays 4-7 p.m.

The Ruston Farmer's Market has been operating for 11 years and has now grown to have over 30 vendors, offering fresh meats, eggs, and vegetables. "We wanted to open a place where people could buy local, fresh produce," says Dasia Canales, the manager of the market.

Mark L. Windham / GO CARE

GO CARE is celebrating National HIV Testing Day Wednesday, June 27, as well as hosting "A Reception Celebrating 30 Years of Care" Thursday, June 28 at 6 p.m.

GO CARE is a clinic located at 1801 N 7th in West Monroe. The clinic provides HIV testing, education, prevention services, and HIV medical treatment. The clinic was organized in 1988. As of 2018, the clinic has also expanded to providing healthcare for the LGBTQ population in the Northeast Louisana region.

Nova Clarke, https://tinyurl.com/ycpoag5n / Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge is hosting the Annual Summer Solstice Paddle June 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the refuge. The after-hours paddle celebrates the beginning of summer.

Alex Kahn, https://tinyurl.com/y8mm8dgq / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Northeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club is hosting Amateur Radio Field Day 2018 at Kiroli Park, Shelter 6 Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24.

Amateur Field Day is held across the US and Canada each year. The overnight event demonstrates how ham radio can be used to serve communities during times of crisis. The Amateur Radio Relay League created Field Day in 1933, and it has occurred annually ever since. It combines a picnic, campout, emergency preparedness, and an informal contest.

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The Ouachita Council of Governments (OCOG) is hosting an Introduction to Ouachita Strong - Resiliency Strategy Development and Community Meetings June 19 in Monroe and June 21 in West Monroe.

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The Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana opened the Children's Coalition Family Garden Saturday, June 16 for "Super Saturdays," an event happening every third Saturday of the month.

Sarah Hoffman / Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana

CenturyLink is matching donations through their website to the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana until 10 p.m. Friday, June 15 as part of the CenturyLink Campaign to Fight Hunger.

During the summer months, growing food costs hit low-income families with children hard. During the school year, kids receive breakfast and lunch at their schools. When summer hits, these meals have to be made up for at home, which can often be difficult for some families.

Emerald McIntyre / Downtown Arts Alliance

The Downtown Gallery Crawl is wrapping up the 10th-anniversary celebrations Thursday, June 7 from 5-9 p.m. The crawl features special festivities at all nine galleries and outside to honor the past decade of local art.

City of Grambling Juneteenth Heritage Festival / https://tinyurl.com/ydx2smyh

The Juneteenth Heritage Festival is June 8-19 in the City of Grambling. The week-long celebration commemorates the end of slavery in the South.

The Juneteenth Heritage Festival was formed after a group of people including "felt the need that as an African-American community, we should always remember what our ancestors went through as enslaved Africans," according to Vickie Jackson, Chairman of the Juneteenth Heritage Festival and PR Chairman of the City of Grambling.

Roe City Rollers / https://tinyurl.com/y8z2a8ne

Ever wanted to participate in the traditional Spanish Running of the Bulls? "Bulls in the Streets" is a safer alternative in Downtown Monroe. The joint fundraiser for the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum and Roe City Rollers is Saturday, June 9 at the Flying Tiger Brewery.

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