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Strauss Theatre presents "Smoke on the Mountain," a story about a gospel singing family traveling to a North Carolina church, February 15-24.

Mark Ross Clark / LA Opera

The Louisiana Opera is having a "Valen-Gras" party Friday, February 9. The "celebration of the season" features food, dancing, and selections from the operetta The Merry Widow.

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The Northeast Delta African American Heritage Museum is celebrating Black History Month with dance, music, and an exhibit on inventions.

The Northeast Delta African American Heritage Museum showcases African-American art from the Monroe area. The museum features three local artists' exhibits and serves a 15-parish area.

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Heather Pilcher and Cyndy L. Robertson, co-authors of University of Louisiana Monroe from The Campus History Series, are hosting a book signing Saturday, February 3 on Trenton Street at 8:30 a.m.

Amaris Harris / Girl Scouts of Louisiana-Pines to the Gulf

The Girl Scouts of Louisiana-Pines to the Gulf are hosting the Girl Scout Cookie Challenge from January 29 through February 23 to help girl scouts 11 and older gain essential life skills.

The Cookie Challenge looks to help girls learn about goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. Girl Scouts learn these skills through the 5 challenges they must accomplish:

Melinda Robinson / Downtown River Jam

The Downtown River Jam series is hosting a free Mardi Gras Block Party featuring live music, drink samples and food Saturday, February 3 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Mardi Gras Block Party is taking place at the corner of North 4th and Pine Street in Downtown Monroe. Jordan Sheppard kicks of live music on the Skent-N-Dent Stage, with the Stooges Brass Band headlining the evening festivities. There will be beer samples from Choice Brands, and Doe's Eat Place will have New Orleans style cuisine available for purchase.

Tim Mcilveene / Ouachita Business Alliance

The Ouachita Business Alliance achieved many goals benefiting the Monroe community and is continuing these efforts in the new year. 

The Ouachita Business Alliance (OBA) was formed in 2014 by members of CenturyLink and the Northeast Louisiana business community. Current chair Carrick Inabnett helped found OBA with the community in mind. "We wanted to form a business group that tried to help the community in ways that may not be addressed by local government or other organizations."

Age Is Just a Number

Jan 30, 2018
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The University of Louisiana Monroe Gerontology Program is presenting a lecture series on the many facets of aging.

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It's Mardi Gras, and parade season is in full swing in the Twin Cities. The 35th Annual Krewe of Janus Mardi Gras Parade is February 3 at 6 p.m.

The theme of the 35th Annual Krewe of Janus Mardi Gras Parade is "Janus Relives the 80s," an homage to the bodacious time when the Krewe of Janus was formed. Since 1984, the Krewe of Janus has donated thousands to charities in the community. 

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"The Future is Now" is the theme of the 2018 State of the City address. The address is January 31 at the Monroe Civic Center Arena at 12:15 p.m.

"The Future is Now" is reflected in Mayor Jamie Mayo's goals for the upcoming year. Mayor Mayo is discussing project initiatives that focus on growth, development and bettering the quality of life for the city of Monroe.