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Jenny Ellerbe

The ancient American Indian culture applied practical skills to a variety of objects and raw materials.  A collaboration between Masur Museum of Art and Poverty Point World Heritage Site presents a number of interactive demonstrations of several resources used by the ancient people.

"The event is held in conjunction with our current exhibit, Shared Earth by Jenny Ellerbe," said Masur Director Evie Stewart.  "The work includes artifacts from Poverty Point and it just worked out to where the field day was scheduled prior to Poverty Point being named as a World Heritage site."

Understanding Anesthesiology

Jan 15, 2015

Many patients fail to talk to their anesthesiologist before a surgical procedure.   Dr. Zeke Wetzel, St.Francis Medical Center Department of Anesthesiology Vice Chairman, says a simple conversation can help lead to a better outcome. 

"Be honest, don't minimize any medical condition you may have," Wetzel said.  He recommends to make your doctor aware of your full medical history.  This information helps tailor a plan of anesthesia during surgery. 

Wetzel encourages parents to have the same type of conversation on behalf of their children, should they have to have surgery. 

Discovering What Works In Parenting

Jan 13, 2015
Courtesy photo

Parenting can be a challenge.  Finding what works depends on several factors.  This weekend, the Children's Coalition of Northeast Louisiana hosts the "What Works" conference at the Monroe Civic Center.

"It's really important that all children have caring adults in their lives," said Coalition Executive Director Lynn Clark.  "We've reached out to educators, nurses, social workers, and others to create a nurturing environment in their professional lives for children."

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

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

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

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."