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Discussing the people, events, and issues of our region with area writers, artists, entertainers, and news makers. From arts events to political activity, find out what's happening in northeast Louisiana.

Mark L. Windham / GO CARE

GO CARE is a source of healthcare and supportive services for the LGBTQ community and for people living with HIV. The organization is celebrating 30 years of serving the Ouachita region.

"We've expanded our mission over time, and our goal now is to provide affirming, comprehensive, accessible, and high-quality healthcare and supportive services for people in an inclusive setting with a particular emphasis on people who are LGBTQ and people who are living with HIV," says Mark L. Windham, CEO of GO CARE.

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March is Irish-American Heritage Month, and St. Patrick's Day is March 17. To celebrate, the West Monroe-West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce is hosting the annual St. Paddy's Day Bicycle Parade & Festival from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Kiroli Park.

The parade and festival celebrate the rich Irish heritage present in the Northeast Louisiana region. The event features live Irish music from Emerald Accent. There are costume contests for all ages, as well as pets and bikes. The bike parade rolls around noon.

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Ouachita Green is hosting Household Hazardous Waste Collection Saturday, March 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center.

The Household Hazardous Waste event is a free opportunity to keep hazardous materials out of local waterways and the natural environment in the Northeast Louisiana region. This service is for households only.

Volunteers are collecting the following waste items:

Monroe Symphony Orchestra / mymso.org

The Monroe Symphony Orchestra is hosting "An Evening with Hitchcock and Spielberg" Saturday, March 10 at 7 p.m. in the Neville High School Auditorium.

Jorenda Stone / Monroe Symphony League

Looking for a good read? You might find one at the second weekend of the Monroe Symphony League bi-annual book sale, which is March 9 and 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

"The Monroe Symphony League is a non-profit group of people whose main goal is to promote the cause of good music and music education," says Monroe Symphony League member and volunteer Jorenda Stone. The group supports local organizations and events such as the Monroe Symphony Orchestra, the Sound Safari, the Marjorie Stricklin Emerging Artists Competition, and New Music on the Bayou.

Chrissie Autin / ULM

Flavors of the Bayou: The Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening of the Bayou Pointe Event Center is March 16 at 7 p.m.

harum.koh, flickr.com / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

The Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge is having Forester Chris Foster lead the Invasive Species Walk and Talk Saturday, March 2 from 10-2.

Chris Foster, a forester at the North Louisiana Refuges Complex, is hosting the walk and talk to raise awareness about the invasive species present in the Northeast Louisiana region. Many people know about the kudzu issue, but there are several other species threatening local waterways and plant life.

Ali Owens / ULM Chamber Ensemble

The 2018 ULM Composer in Residence is Dr. Baljinder Sekhon. His music is being performed Tuesday, February 27 at 7:30 in the Emy-Lou Biedenharn Recital Hall.

silvioassuncao, flickr.com / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/

CASA of Northeast Louisiana is looking for volunteers to participate in the upcoming training session, which begins Thursday, March 8. Becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate can help impact a child's future for the better.

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"Treasures of the Biedenharn Bible Collection" is Thursday, February 22 at 6 p.m. at the Biedenharn Museum and Gardens. The presentation discusses the highlights of the collection, including an Armenian manuscript from 1121 and a Second Edition King James Bible.

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