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The University of Louisiana at Monroe is hosting a screening of Run Carlos Run Thursday, February 9th, in collaboration with ULM Speech and Debate Forum's Traveling Scholar Series. The film, made by Carlos Ibarra, shows the journey of one man running across the United States.

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Strauss Theatre's opening night of French farce, Boeing Boeing, is Friday, February 10th. Boeing Boeing will run from February 10th to February 18th with afternoon and evening shows. 

Boeing Boeing, set in the 1960's, is the story of a French bachelor, Bernard, who is engaged to three different stewardesses, none of whom know about the other. After a visit from an old school mate, Bernard's life finds itself becoming complicated. Stories and lies tangle when all three stewardesses end up in town at the same time. 

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Thursday, February 2nd the Downtown Gallery Crawl is starting back up for the new year. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.  downtown Monroe and West Monroe will be open for those searching for artwork and a good time. 

This month's crawl will include ten galleries across the Monroe and West Monroe area. The Big Room Gallery and the Upstairs Gallery are collaborating to display artwork from some of Louisiana Tech's art students. Other galleries in the crawl include, the Outside Gallery, the Palace Gallery, and the Arender Gallery. 

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Sunday, February 26th, Crosley Elementary School is inviting all alumni to celebrate its 100th anniversary. This event will start at 2 p.m. in the Crosley Auditorium. 

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One in five people in northeast Louisiana struggle with hunger.

The Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana is hosting "Empty Bowls" on Saturday, January 28 to raise money to provide food for the people of northeast Louisiana. The event is will be at the Ouachita Candy Company Warehouse in downtown Monroe from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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This Friday, January 27th the Northeast Delta Human Services Authority is holding an event for healthcare professionals to raise awareness on tobacco dependence. A Clear New Year will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the West Monroe Convention Center.

A Clear New Year will include speakers such as Jennifer Haneline with the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco Free Living, Hope Anderson, a registered dietician and former Miss Louisiana, and  Cesar Camacho, a previous smoker who now owns Infit gyms to promote healthy living.

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Communities all over the United States are standing up to obesity through the Own your Own Health Challenge. The Own Your Own Health Challenge allows groups and individuals to log their steps for the day.

Louisiana has the highest obesity rate in the nation at over 36 percent. Monroe Governor, Jamie Mayo, has taken notice to this fact by adding 'promoting healthy lifestyles' to his 60 for 60 project list. 

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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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