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Thursday July 20th, the Biedenharn Museum and Gardens will be holding it's annual summer event, Moonlight in the Gardens. July's Moonlight will feature Jazz, the Bible Museum, the Coke Museum and Store, a look into the gardens, and the always popular Coke Floats. Moonlight will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Ralph Calhoun, director of the museum, shares that, "Guest get the opportunity to see the gardens, literally, in a different light." Moonlight in the Gardens is one of the only opportunities visitors have to see the gardens at night.

The Hampstead Stage Company

The Ouachita Parish Public Library will be hosting the Hampstead Stage Company’s performances of Pinocchio Monday, June 26th. There will be one performance at the Ouachita Valley Branch in West Monroe at 10:30 a.m., and another performance at 2:00 p.m. at the Main Branch in Monroe. 

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Starr Homeplace's Community Day is coming up Saturday June 10th, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Community Day is held once a month to help gather together the creative people of the region and share different skills.

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Saturday June 17th, the Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge is celebrating its 20th anniversary at the refuge. The celebration will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with interactive activities for children and adults.

Black Bayou became a refuge in 1997 and has been serving the community by providing a scenic place for families to enjoy the wildlife and learn about Louisiana's biodiversity. The refuge has 5,000 acres of wildlife including 2,500 acres of lake. Visitors can walk the trails, go hunting or fishing, and admire the wildflower fields at the refuge.

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The Louisiana Opera is presenting one of the classic American operas, 'Susannah', Friday June 9th and Sunday June 11th. The opera will be held at the Biedenharn Recital Hall on campus at the University of Louisiana Monroe at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

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Thursday, June 1st, the Downtown Gallery Crawl is back to continue growing the artistic spirit in downtown West Monroe and Monroe. The crawl will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and includes 9 galleries this month.

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Saturday May 20th, the Ouachita Parish Public Libraries are kicking off their summer reading challenge at Summerfest. Summerfest will take place at the Main Branch library on 18th Street from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo / http://monroezoo.org/project/bald-eagle/

Saturday May 20th, the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo will be having an unveiling of their new interactive animal sculptures donated by the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. The dedication will begin at 2:00 p.m. 

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Saturday May 27th, the Chennault Aviation Museum is kicking off Memorial Day Weekend with the 5th annual Run for the Red, White, and Blue. This 1k fun run and 5k run/walk will begin at 8:00 a.m. at the Chennault Aviation Museum.

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The Children's Coalition of Northeast Louisiana is holding its annual Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday, May 13. The Festival will be held on Bayou Desiard from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Dragon Boat Festival is the biggest fundraiser the Children's Coalition holds throughout the year. This year over twenty boats in the bayou are participating in the race. The opening ceremony for the race is at 11 a.m., and the race begins at 12 p.m. Guests are encouraged to come early for the Community Health Fair that begins at 9 a.m. with a free fun run.

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