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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.

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April 2nd starting at Squire Creek Country Club, the Big Brothers Big Sisters program of Northeast Louisiana is hosting its annual fundraiser, the Peachy Keen Caper. This adult scavenger hunt will ride out with style in limousines, shuttle buses, and party buses all around Lincoln Parish.

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This Thursday, January 19th, the Masur Museum of Art is holding a reception for the Everything is Abstract exhibition. The premise of this exhibition is to display how any attempt to depict an object changes how that object is perceived.

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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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