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The Children's Coalition of Northeast Louisiana is holding its annual Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday, May 13. The Festival will be held on Bayou Desiard from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Dragon Boat Festival is the biggest fundraiser the Children's Coalition holds throughout the year. This year over twenty boats in the bayou are participating in the race. The opening ceremony for the race is at 11 a.m., and the race begins at 12 p.m. Guests are encouraged to come early for the Community Health Fair that begins at 9 a.m. with a free fun run.

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Sunday, May 7th, the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council is holding its twentieth annual Blend of the Bayou fundraiser. This event will be held at the home of Dr. Walter and Sue Sartor at 2110 Island Drive from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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Saturday May 6th, the University of Louisiana Monroe's School of Humanities is holding its Festival of World Languages. This event will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Union Building's Ballroom.

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Saturday April 29th, the Monroe Symphony Orchestra will be holding its last concert of this year's season. The Tchaikovsky Spectacular will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Monroe Civic Center. 

The Tchaikovsky Spectacular will include three works by Tchaikovsky, Romeo and Juliet, March Slav, and his famous piece Piano Concerto No.1 performed by guest musician Gleb Ivanov. Tchaikovsky is well known for his melodies, and his pieces are found in many movie soundtracks.

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Tuesday May 2nd, the Northeast Delta Human Services Authority is holding the Law Enforcement and Mental Health Symposium. The symposium will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Ruston Civic Center.

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Saturday April 29th is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The Northeast Louisiana Children's Coalition is partnering with the University of Louisiana Monroe's Pharmacy Program to provide eight locations for the community to take back expired, unwanted, and potentially harmful prescription drugs. 

The eight locations where the community can take back their unwanted prescription drugs are spread throughout Ouachita, Lincoln, and Union Parish. 

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Tuesday, April 25th Louisiana Tech University will be holding the 5th annual I-20 Top 20 Showcase. The event will take place at 6:00 p.m. in University Hall.

The I-20 Top 20 Showcase allows local entrepreneurs, whether that be students or professionals, to pitch innovative ideas and startup plans. Guest will hear some of the participant's pitches and will be able to see displays of all the participants ideas. 

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Louisiana Tech's Innovation Enterprise is currently in the season of Maker Month, a three month time period during Tech's Spring Quarter where students showcase accomplishments of the year. 

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Saturday April 15th, the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo will be holding its Easter Eggstravaganza. Gates open at 10:00 a.m. that morning, and the Easter egg hunts start at 11:00 a.m.

The Easter Eggstravaganza is one of the zoo's biggest events of the year. Director of the zoo, Joe Clawson, shares that, "The event is to raise money, but it is also to share with the community what's been going on at the zoo. We're really proud of what the staff has accomplished."  

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Saturday April 29th, the Northeast American Red Cross will celebrate its 100th anniversary with its 20th annual Red Cross Bash. This event will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at The Monroe Regional Airport Hangar 9.

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