Community

Coverage of community events and issues.

Ouachita Green

Ouachita Green's vision of keeping the community Green and Clean continues as they get ready for their Christmas Tree Recycling event. This service to the community will last from December 26 to January 6. 

The Christmas spirit is all about giving back. Through recycling live trees instead of throwing them away, one can give back to their community and environment. Recycling the trees also lightens the load of sanitation companies and keeps the trees out of landfills.

WM/WO Convention and Visitors Bureau

Due to rainfall earlier in the month, the West Monroe Christmas Parade has been moved to this Saturday.

The rescheduled Kiwanis Club of West Monroe Christmas Parade will follow a different route this year.

The parade, sponsored by Origin Bank, will begin this Saturday, December 17 at 10:00 AM and travel along this route. 

· Depart from parking lots of First West (First Baptist Church of West Monroe)

· South onto Cypress Street

· Left (east) onto Wood Street

· Left (north) onto Trenton Street (Antique Alley)

· Left (west) onto Stella St

https://www.facebook.com/HATSofNLA/photos/

This past Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Horse Assisted Therapy Services of North Louisiana, HATS, hosted an open house for people in the community interested in volunteering for their program. The HATS program helps serve differently-abled participants from 2 to 60 years old. 

Leslie Vowles, the director of HATS,  explains that horse therapy is a good addition to other types of therapy people may be involved in. The HATS program has seen mobile skills improvement, behavioral improvement, and an increase in self confidence in the participants of the program. 

KCS

The Kansas City Southern Holiday Express is coming to town November 29 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the 200 block of North Third Street. 

The Holiday Express is a festive six car train that spreads holiday cheer to communities. The train features a smiling tank car named Rudy, a flat car carrying Santa's sleigh reindeer and a miniature village. The train also features a gingerbread boxcar; the elves workshop;  a reindeer stable and a little red caboose. 

Christmas in DOMO 2016 Facebook

Christmas is taking over downtown Monroe Saturday, December 3rd from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. This full day of Christmas cheer will have all things holidays from carolers to fireworks and everything in between.

The festivities start at 10 a.m. with the River Market sales. Throughout that time there will be Christmas carolers, a magic show, a pet pageant, and an ugly sweater contest. There will also be a guest appearance of Santa from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. As the booths close up around 4 p.m. the Kiwanis Club Christmas Parade will be making its way through the River Market.

West Monroe-Monroe Chamber

The Kiwanis Club of West Monroe with the support of Origin Bank is hosting this year's Christmas Parade. The parade will start at 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 3rd at the First West Church parking lot and continue across town to end in downtown Monroe's Rivermarket. 

Ryan Rigsby, president of the Kiwanis Club of West Monroe, shares that his favorite part of the Kiwanis club is that "everything we do is for the betterment of the community for children". That ideal is something the Christmas parade tries to reflect. 

A Gift That Gives

Nov 23, 2016
Ronald McDonald Charities

With Christmas around the corner, the Ronald McDonald House is having a festive fundraiser. Southern Living is partnering with the Ronald McDonald House to raise money through selling holiday cookbooks. 

The Ronald McDonald House is a home away from home for families whose children are in the hospital. Monroe is the smallest community to have a house, and the proceeds from the fundraiser go straight back to the Monroe house to support the local community.

Holiday Closures

Nov 23, 2016

Thanksgiving Holiday Closures & Garbage Schedule

All City of Monroe Offices, Monroe City Court, Monroe City Marshals, Monroe Civic Center, Monroe Community (Recreation) Centers, and Masur Museum of Art WILL BE CLOSED on Thursday, November 24, and Friday, November 25, in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Monroe Transit WILL BE CLOSED Thursday, November 24; and, WILL BE OPEN on Friday, November 25.  

Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo WILL BE CLOSED Thursday, November 24; and, WILL BE OPEN on Friday, November 25.

Thank you, O Lord, in this bountiful season for the five senses to relish your world.  

Thank you for the succulent smells of the fruits of the earth in the kitchens of our mothers and wives.

Thank you for the odor of rich delta dirt on a warm, foggy winter morning.

Thank you for the smell of wood smoke, especially that tinted with lighter'd pine.

Thank you for the stew of odors distinct to our rivers and bayous: cypress needles, primal water, life and life-to be.

Small Business Saturday / West Monroe Chamber of Commerce

Think Local. Shop Local.

Small businesses shine on Saturday, November 26th for Small business Saturday. American Express started Small Business Saturday in 2010, and it's celebrated every year the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

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