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John Stringer talks to Cory Crowe about the potential for budget cuts concerning the Ouachita River. He shares the risks associated with lower funding, why the river is important to the area, and sheds light on organizations that are trying to help.

Mr. Stringer shares that if action is not taken, "we'll have a meandering stream going through sandbars" where we once had the Ouachita. 

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Thursday, April 6th, the Downtown Gallery Crawl will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. This month's crawl will take place throughout Monroe and West Monroe in 10 different galleries. 

As always, the Downtown Gallery Crawl is a place to find art, food, music, and drinks. The crawl is held by the Downtown Arts Alliance to add culture to the region and give artists and art lovers alike a place to display and enjoy art. This crawl will have old and new elements to keep the creativity flowing.

Melissa Kiper

This weekend, April 6th through the 9th, West Monroe High School's Drama Department will be presenting its spring musical, Little Shop of Horrors. The musical will be held at West Monroe High School's Auditorium.

The musical Little Shop of Horrors follows the story of a mysterious alien disguised as a plant that popped up one day in the New York area. The plant grows throughout the play, and as the play progresses, main character Seymour, realizes the plant's need for human blood. Lucky for the plant, there is a dentist who no one in the cast would miss.

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Saturday, April 8th, the University of Louisiana Monroe's Wesley Foundation is holding its fifth annual Golf Tournament fundraiser at Black Bear Golf Course in Delhi. Lunch will be provided at 11:30 a.m. and the tournament will begin at 1 p.m. 

The Golf Tournament will include competitions for longest drive and closest to the pin along with prizes for first and second place teams. There will also have mulligans for sale as part of 'mulligans for missions'. The money earned from this mulligans will go directly to support student mission trips.

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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.

Margie Mealer

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.

Ralph Calhoun

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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