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Every Wednesday in April, the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council will be presenting the Brown Bag Concert Series in Anna Gray Noe Park. These concerts will be held from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

The goal of the Brown Bag series is to provide community members free entertainment through other community members. The concerts allow local artists to showcase their talents. The line up for the month of April includes many fan favorite artists.

April Line Up

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Friday, April 7th, the Masur Museum of Art is holding its 8th annual Off the Wall fundraiser from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Off the Wall is the museum's biggest fundraiser of the year. 

Proceeds from Off the Wall, named for its intent to get artwork in the silent auction 'off the walls',  go to support the exhibitions and educations programs held at the Masur Museum of Art. This event will include live music by Arthur Stewart and Jesse Grinter, food provided by Chef Pat Nolan, along with a silent art auction and the popular Bon Voyage Raffle.

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Wednesday, April 12th, the Wellspring Alliance is partnering with the University of Louisiana Monroe's Femhawks to present the second annual Walk A Mile in Her Shoes event. 

The Wellspring Alliance and ULM's Femhawks are putting on Walk A Mile in Her Shoes to approach a heavy topic in a light way while shining a light on gender related violence and sexual assault. This event will take place at 4:00 p.m., registration for the event will be at 3:30 p.m. Participants will meet at the Quad on ULM's campus.

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The United States Army Field Band and Soldier's Chorus will be traveling all the way from Washington D.C. to perform at Rayville High School's Arts Center on Thursday, April 6th, at 7 p.m.

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The Lincoln Parish Library has two exciting events coming up in the next two weeks. Tuesday, March 28th, the Hampstead Stage Company will be performing the Secret Garden in the library's events center. The following week the library will be hosting its Easter Celebration on April 2nd.

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The Biedenharn Museum and Garden's will be holding its 27th annual Garden Symposium and Plant Sale the weekend of April 21st and 22nd. Friday, the 21st, will hold the symposium followed by the plant sale on the 22nd.

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Saturday, March 25th, the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation is holding its  Delta Spring Ramble. Registration for the Ramble will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Poverty Point, and the event begins at 10:00 a.m.

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Wednesday, March 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Northeast Louisiana Children's Coalition  will be hosting 'A Day of Education for Educators and Professionals'. This event will be held in the Kitty Degree School of Nursing's auditorium, and will focus on the STI, suicide, and sex trafficking statistics of the area and how being youth friendly can allow students to open up.

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Saturday, March 18th, the Monroe Symphony Orchestra is holding its Spring POP's Concert, Simply Sinatra. The concert will be held in the Monroe Civic Center Arena at 7 p.m.

Steve Lippia, a practical double for Sinatra's voice, will be the guest singer at this concert. Lippia will be singing classic Sinatra music, along with classical swing music. Still an orchestra concert, Lippia will be accompanied by the orchestra.

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St. Patrick's Day, March 17th Enoch's Irish Pub and Cafe is hosting the 12th annual fundraiser for the St. Vincent DePaul Community Pharmacy. 

Joann Crone of  St. Vincent DePaul Community Pharmacy shares that the mission of the pharmacy is, " to provide prescription medication free of charge to those that have no other means of acquiring it." Since it opened in April 1999, the pharmacy has given away 20 million dollars worth of free medication.

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