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Saturday, September 16th, the Center for Children and Families is holding its annual signature fundraiser, the Black and White Ball. This year's ball will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. at the Bayou Desiard Country Club. 

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Saturday, September 9th Ouachita Green is bring the community together with one purpose: to clean. This year's Ouachita Water Sweep will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. across Ouachita Parish.

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Strauss Theatre Center is excited to open its 86th season with the classic musical, My Fair Lady. My Fair Lady opens September 7th for patrons , and September 8th for the rest of the public. 

  My Fair Lady follows the story of a working class Cockney girl named Eliza. Eliza's life gets turned around when a haughty phonetics professor, Henry Higgins, takes it upon himself to teach Eliza 'proper' speech as well as how to fit in as a member of high society. Local Strauss stars, Hunt Heely and Hannah Bryan, will be bringing these two main characters to life.

As Laryssa Bonacquisti maintains her responsibilities as Miss Louisiana 2017, she is also preparing to head off for the Atlantic City Boardwalk. On August 29th, Laryssa will make her way to this year's Miss America Pageant.

The Pursuit will be held Thursday, August 24th, in the Fant-Ewing Coliseum with the dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the program beginning at 6:30 p.m. This event is being held to showcase all that the University of Louisiana Monroe has lined up for the upcoming school year.

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Tuesday, August 15th, the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum along with the Monroe Regional Airport are debuting a new exhibit in the Monroe Airport. This date also marks the anniversary of "The Spirit of the '45 Day", the day when peace was declared during World War 2. 

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Saturday, August 5th, the Ouachita Parish Public Library System will be ending its summer reading program with the Read Strong event from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Read Strong encourages readers of all ages to come out to any of the Ouachita Parish Library branches and read to help reach the library's goal of 50,000 read pages logged in the summer reading program. 

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Thursday July 20th, the Biedenharn Museum and Gardens will be holding it's annual summer event, Moonlight in the Gardens. July's Moonlight will feature Jazz, the Bible Museum, the Coke Museum and Store, a look into the gardens, and the always popular Coke Floats. Moonlight will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Ralph Calhoun, director of the museum, shares that, "Guest get the opportunity to see the gardens, literally, in a different light." Moonlight in the Gardens is one of the only opportunities visitors have to see the gardens at night.

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Tuesday July 18, the Walk to End Alzheimer's is holding a team recruitment party at 6:30 p.m. at Azalea Estates Assisted Living for people interested in helping with the walk in November. 

The Walk to End Alzheimer's will be held November 4. This organization raises awareness about Alzheimer's as well as funds to find a cure to this disease. Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, and an estimated 85,000 people are diagnosed with this disease in Louisiana alone. 

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Monday July 17th, at the West Monroe Library Branch, the Living Well Foundation will be holding interest meetings for its next grant cycle at 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. These meeting will show local organizations what a Living Well grant can do and who is eligible to receive them.  

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