Community

Coverage of community events and issues.

Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo

Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo is hosting its annual Halloween event, Boo at the Zoo, Saturday, October 29th from 10 a.m.to 3 p.m. This year's theme, PokeMonKEE, is all things Pokemon and monkeys.

Boo at the Zoo will be a full day of fun with costume contests, prizes, photo opportunities, and a magician. The zoo will also be giving one of their lions, Baja, a new boomer ball (an indestructible ball made for wild cats).

West Monroe Downtown Revitalization Group

Downtown West Monroe will be hosting the Pumpkin Fest this Saturday Oct. 29th to benefit the Debbie Bourg Dancers, and a Wild Wild West Fundraiser Night to benefit the Downtown West Monroe Revitalization Group. The Pumpkin Fest will take place from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. on Commerce Street. and the Wild Wild West Night will take place from 7 P.M. to 11 P.M. on Trenton Street.

The Pumpkin Fest will have vendors, booths, a pumpkin patch, a hay ride, crafts, costume contests (for kids and pets!), and live entertainment. Debbie Bourg's dancers will start dancing at noon. 

OPPL

Ouachita Parish Public Libraries are excited to celebrate the Pumpkin Bash Saturday October 22nd. The event will kick of at 10 A.M. at the Main Branch Library on North 18th Street.

This community event is filled with activities from a caricature artist to appearances from Princess Anna of Frozen and Spiderman. There will also be a fire truck, a costume contest, pumpkin decorating, cotton candy, and Nova Clark will be there with critters from Black Bayou.

Bullbats

Oct 24, 2016

The award for the Louisiana bird with the most misleading name should be conferred on the common nighthawk, also known as the bullbat.  No part of these monikers is accurate.  In the first place, they are not common anymore as long-term surveys show their populations in the United States have declined 61 percent between 1966 and 2014.

 

WM/WO Chamber

The Wild Wild West fundraiser benefiting Downtown West Monroe Revitalization Group is October 22. 

 

There will be great music from Josh Madden and the All Star Band, silent auction, food and music. All proceeds go toward funding additional improvement projects in the downtown West Monroe area.

Louisiana Master Gardeners

Louisiana's Master Gardener Program is getting ready for the Annual Fall Bulb Sale. It will take place Saturday, October 22nd from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. at the West Monroe Farmer's Market.

The Master Gardener Program is a volunteer service in almost all sixty-four parishes throughout Louisiana. Different garden demonstrations, butterfly gardens, and helpful gardening tips are some of the things that Master Gardeners provide. 

One in four teens have experiences bullying in middle or high school, and over 160,000 students do not want to go to school because of their fear of bullies.

October is bullying awareness month, and the Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana is raising awareness throughout the community by proclaiming "Bully Proof Day" on October 19. 

The Children's Coalition charges the community to wear orange to show support for victims of bullying. Local schools are showing their support by hosting a balloon release with encouraging messages tied to them.

Velvet Ants

Oct 17, 2016

Boys are impressionable creatures.  They hone in on pronouncements that combine adventure and danger.  Such was my experience many years ago when I was warned by elders to avoid at all costs an insect with the moniker "cow killer."  How could such a beast in our midst not be a call to action?  It was claimed that the sting was so terrible that it could dispatch a healthy cow.  I set out to catch one in a Mason jar.  

Friends of Black Bayou is hosting its 20th annual Fall Celebration on Saturday, October 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

"Friends of Black Bayou's purpose is to support the mission of the refuge," says President Bob Eisenstadt. "We're an event planning and fundraising wing that's here to support the refuge however we can, whether through time or finances."

The Ouachita Council on Aging together with C.A.B.L.E.( Community's Acting to Benefit Louisiana's Elderly)  is putting on the sixth annual Theresa Marsala Memorial Heart Walk. This event is at the Ouachita Council on Aging on Friday October 14th from 9 A.M. to 12 P.M. 

C.A.B.L.E. was started through the governor's office, and helps spread more awareness about the needs of the elderly in the community. 

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