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Saturday, March 25th, the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation is holding its  Delta Spring Ramble. Registration for the Ramble will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Poverty Point, and the event begins at 10:00 a.m.

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Wednesday, March 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Northeast Louisiana Children's Coalition  will be hosting 'A Day of Education for Educators and Professionals'. This event will be held in the Kitty Degree School of Nursing's auditorium, and will focus on the STI, suicide, and sex trafficking statistics of the area and how being youth friendly can allow students to open up.

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Saturday, March 18th, the Monroe Symphony Orchestra is holding its Spring POP's Concert, Simply Sinatra. The concert will be held in the Monroe Civic Center Arena at 7 p.m.

Steve Lippia, a practical double for Sinatra's voice, will be the guest singer at this concert. Lippia will be singing classic Sinatra music, along with classical swing music. Still an orchestra concert, Lippia will be accompanied by the orchestra.

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St. Patrick's Day, March 17th Enoch's Irish Pub and Cafe is hosting the 12th annual fundraiser for the St. Vincent DePaul Community Pharmacy. 

Joann Crone of  St. Vincent DePaul Community Pharmacy shares that the mission of the pharmacy is, " to provide prescription medication free of charge to those that have no other means of acquiring it." Since it opened in April 1999, the pharmacy has given away 20 million dollars worth of free medication.

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Saturday and Sunday, March 18th and 19th, Neville High School's Speech and Drama Department will be presenting The Crucible. The play will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in Neville's auditorium.

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Ouachita Green is always in the business of keeping Ouachita Parish clean. This weekend, in affiliation with Keep America Beautiful, they are promoting the Great American Clean Up. Saturday, March 18th, community members are invited to help clean up the community from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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Tuesday, March 14th, the University of Louisiana Monroe is continuing its Traveling Scholar Program with a presentation from Dr. Diana Bowen on the life of Gloria Anzaldua and the idea of geographic and psychological borderlands.  The community lecture will be held at 6:00 p.m. in Stubbs 100 and is free to the public.

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Saturday, March 11th the Louisiana Delta Ballet is putting on its 10th annual Dancing with the Louisiana Stars fundraisers. This dancing competition, based on the popular Dancing with the Stars  TV series, will be held at the Monroe Civic Center at 7 p.m. preceded by a pre- party at 6 p.m. Dancing with the Louisiana Stars pairs 'local celebrities' with dancers from the Louisiana Delta Ballet. 

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The Monroe Symphony League is hosting their Spring Book Sale this Saturday and Sunday, March 4th and 5th, and again the following weekend.  The Book Sale will take place in two buildings located at 320 North 4th Street. 

  The Spring Book Sale will have books of all categories from cookbooks to fantasy to nonfiction and are priced at about a tenth of the retail price with some books for only a dime. Along with books, there will also be magazines, sheet music, and CDs.

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Thursday, March 9th the University of Louisiana Monroe will be holding its fourth annual Student Art Crawl. The art crawl will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and is free to the public.

The crawl will be held at various spots across campus. Bry Hall will be featuring the 24th annual Junior and Senior High School Art competition, and Walker Hall will feature art from art majors and faculty on campus. Participants will also get to see students working on art in their private studios in Stubbs Hall along with art in the Sculpture Garden on campus. 

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