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Gardening Through The Ages

Jan 12, 2015
P. Hatch

Every generation passes along it's share of folklore and fact when it comes growing a garden.  Peter Hatch,  former Director of Gardens at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, is the keynote speaker in the Northeast Louisiana Master Gardeners' Association 5th Annual January Seminar on Saturday.   He presents an informative lecture based on his book, A Rich Spot Of Earth: Thomas Jefferson's Revolutionary Gardens.  

Intake Site Sought For Area Homeless

Jan 9, 2015
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The plight of the homeless is an issue where some local organizations want to make a difference in the new year.  Continuum of Care Coalition's Sarah Johnson says she's hopeful of developing a centralized intake site in Monroe.

House Of Horror Mixes Dancing & The Dead

Jan 7, 2015
Strauss Theatre Center

A sleazy Wall Street broker finds himself stranded during a business trip in London.  He wanders his way to a mysterious house.  Seeking shelter, he soon encounters some paranormal creatures that deliver an arcane message through dance.

Structures and Nature Tell Story In Hood Exhibit

Dec 19, 2014
Shawn Hood

Photographer Shawn Hood says she's inspired to tell stories through hoto collections.  She debuts an exhibit this month at the Parish Press in Ruston.  Hood shares that she seeks to know the history and meaning surrounding subjects she photographs.  She develops a narrative for such collections.  The exhibit is on display through January 19. 

Frozen Kingdom Delivers Heart-Warming Tale

Dec 17, 2014
LDB

A ballet based on the story by Hans Christian-Andersen is presented in Louisiana Delta Ballet's "The Frozen Kingdom".  A gala performance is Friday night at the Jack Howard Theatre in Monroe.  LDB member Jeanine Patton shares on the production and an exciting event the organization hosts in 2015.

Carols and Holiday Cheer with MSO

Dec 12, 2014
monroesymphonyorchestra.org

The Monroe Symphony Orchestra performs it's holiday "Sounds Of The Seasons" concert Sunday at the West Monroe Convention Center.  Festivities begin at 2 p.m. with pianist Julian Jones performing holiday favorites in the center's lobby.  MSO President of the Board of Governors Charles Jackson says this year's event features traditional and secular pieces, and the Monroe Symphony Chorus joining the celebration in a collection of sing-along carols with the audience. 

O Christmas Tree at Biedenharn

Dec 9, 2014
Biedenharn Museum

The Biedenharn Museum is filled with holiday decorations.  Each year, the Monroe Garden Study League brings a unique look to the rooms that fill the site.  Biedenharn Executive Director Ralph Calhoun says this year's theme is "O Christmas Tree".  "The ladies with the league have wonderfully decorated 14 trees in the Fountain Room," Calhoun said.  "It's like you've never walked indoors."

The Music Man Marches Onto Strauss Stage

Dec 8, 2014
Strauss Theatre Center

There's trouble in River City when a fast-talking salesman cons the townspeople into creating a boys' band.  Scott Zentner, in the role of Harold Hill, begins to question himself after getting to know Marian, the librarian, played by Claire Vangelisti.  Performances begin Thursday night, December 11th, at the Strauss Theatre Center in Monroe. 

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Many people associate the work of Goodwill Industries with the familiar donation store.  Most are unaware of other community assistance programs the organization provides.  A youth mentor program helps at-risk and foster children in education and employment pursuits.

Goodwill Support Employment Manager Josh Tolleson says the program covers basic life skills and education assistance for those planning to take the HiSET exam, formerly known as GED.  It also provides job readiness training and job placement. 

A Mix of Art and Music for the Holidays

Dec 2, 2014
DAA

Eleven galleries welcome guests Thursday night for a holiday art crawl in downtown Monroe and West Monroe.  The evening features artist talks and live music at several venues as part of the celebration.  "It's a variety of holiday art, from paintings to sculpture, even jewelry" says Downtown Arts Alliance Communications Consultant Ann Bloxom Smith. 

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