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Coverage of community events and issues.

Nova Clarke, https://tinyurl.com/ycpoag5n / Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge is hosting the Annual Summer Solstice Paddle June 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the refuge. The after-hours paddle celebrates the beginning of summer.

Blind Residents Represented In New Ruston Mural

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Ruston’s newest mural will be unveiled on June 25 at 10:00 a.m. at the Louisiana Center for the Blind in Downtown Ruston. The mural, painted by Louisiana Tech art professors Nick Bustamante and Whitney Causey, is a one-of-a kind piece of art. It features “Ruston” painted in large, bright letters contrasting against a black background, but the truly unique aspect of this mural is that it says “Ruston” in braille under the painted design.

Alex Kahn, https://tinyurl.com/y8mm8dgq / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Northeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club is hosting Amateur Radio Field Day 2018 at Kiroli Park, Shelter 6 Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24.

Amateur Field Day is held across the US and Canada each year. The overnight event demonstrates how ham radio can be used to serve communities during times of crisis. The Amateur Radio Relay League created Field Day in 1933, and it has occurred annually ever since. It combines a picnic, campout, emergency preparedness, and an informal contest.

Charles, https://tinyurl.com/yce4z87k / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/

The Ouachita Council of Governments (OCOG) is hosting an Introduction to Ouachita Strong - Resiliency Strategy Development and Community Meetings June 19 in Monroe and June 21 in West Monroe.

Mayhaws

Jun 18, 2018
Ouchley
K. Ouchley

For those of us who might be considered unrefined epicureans, May is the month of ritual pleasures involving a wild gourment treat. It is the season to gather Mayhaw fruits and make one of the finest jellies to grace a buutermilk biscuit.

Born of the southern swamps, mayhaws are small trees technically considered hawthorns in the rose family. They grow in wetloands across the Southeast and are usually found only in soils that have a sandy component.

The Monroe Farmers Market grand opening  is  Thursday, June 14 at 9:30 a.m. 

The market has fresh locally grown vegetables and fruits.  The Monroe Farmer's Market is located at 1200 Washington Street, across from J.S. Clark Elementary, Monroe. 

The market is open 7am-noon Monday through Saturday. 

Sarah Hoffman / Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana

CenturyLink is matching donations through their website to the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana until 10 p.m. Friday, June 15 as part of the CenturyLink Campaign to Fight Hunger.

During the summer months, growing food costs hit low-income families with children hard. During the school year, kids receive breakfast and lunch at their schools. When summer hits, these meals have to be made up for at home, which can often be difficult for some families.

Darters

Jun 11, 2018
Ouchley
K. Ouchley

Probably the most popular kinds of fish in this area are bass, white perch or crappie, bream, and catfish. They are well known because they are fun to catch and good to eat. However, in terms of biological diversity, this group falls at the bottom rung of the aquatic ladder. In Louisiana, there are only two species of black bass, two species of bream-like sunfish. Another group, almost completely unknown even to amid fishermen, swims our rivers and creeks with dramatic diversity of form, color, and species. Collectively, they are called Darters.

Emerald McIntyre / Downtown Arts Alliance

The Downtown Gallery Crawl is wrapping up the 10th-anniversary celebrations Thursday, June 7 from 5-9 p.m. The crawl features special festivities at all nine galleries and outside to honor the past decade of local art.

Honza Soukup | Flickr.com / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/legalcode

Parents always worry about the welfare of their children even, when their children begin to live their own independent lives.  It is not difficult to imagine the fears and anxieties experienced by parents of adults with severe disabilities.  Their biggest fear is that no one will take care of their "child" after they are gone.

Aliscia Banks, founding director of Families Helping Families and the parent of an adult son with multiple severe disabilities, discussed some of her worst fears about her son's future "after I am gone and his dad is gone." 

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