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The college of arts, education, and sciences at the University of Louisiana Monroe will be hosting a Fall Gala on Thursday, October 6 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

The Gala will include a dinner, a silent auction door prizes and visual and performing arts students acting  excerpts from Sweeney Todd which will be there fall musical coming to Brown theater this October. 

Guests are welcome to participate in the auction which will feature gift cards around the Monroe community among other prizes.

On September 24, 2016, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries of Monroe will celebrate the annual National Hunting and Fishing day.  This year’s event will be held at the OUACHITA PARISH SHERIFFS RANGE, 357 Sheriff Richard Fewell Road, in West Monroe.  The day will begin at 10am and conclude at 3pm.  The public is invited, with FREE admission, FREE parking, and DOOR PRIZES. Come out and be entertained with the free activities, contests, and displays. The activities will wrap up around 1:30pm with door and contest prizes being awarded at 2pm.

Cory Crowe / KEDM

The Ouachita Community Connections is hosting an event for their Newcomer's Club at Bayou Landing this Thursday, September 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

Members of Ouachita Community Connections, Billy Haddad and Tiffany Huffer, are looking forward to the newcomer's club and how it can forge new friendships and help member's become better established in their community.

Children's Coalition hosts Dia de la Familia

Sep 14, 2016
Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana

The Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana hosts the Dia de la Familia Saturday, September 19th at Lake D’Arbonne State Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mary Barrios says the Coalition aims to promote a healthy living and physical fitness. Fitness will be very evident at the family fun day with a color walk/run set for 8:30 AM. Registration for the walk/run begins at 8 a.m.

Besides the walk/run kicking off the day the event will also include live music, authentic Hispanic food, and kids zone.

Living Well Foundation Impacts Northeast La.

Sep 14, 2016
livingwellfoundation.net

Alice Prophit formed the Living Well Foundation in 2006 and since then has made an impact on the entire northeast Louisiana region. 

The foundation has provided over $4,650,760 to eight parishes (Union, Morehouse, Lincoln, Ouachita, Richland, Jackson, Caldwell, Franklin) since 2007. 

Some of their largest support has gone to school based health care like on campus medical clinics. These clinics can help children get medical help without having to leave school or have their parents leave work to come get them.

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United Way of Northeast Louisiana

Read. Learn. Succeed. from the United Way of Northeast Louisiana is a community outreach in which  volunteers from the community donate thirty minutes a week to read to second and third graders in local school systems.

Now in its third year, the reading campaign has expanded to four school districts.  

"Research shows us a student who does not know how to read by the third grade is four times more likely to fail to graduate. We're confident this program offers a great return on our investment," says Michelle Saucer, program director. 

Joe Rolfe

Starr Homeplace Heritage and Creativity Center is set to host a Community Day on Saturday, September 10. 

The event will feature a blacksmith working in the Starr Homeplace workshop. A boat builder will be on hand to work on projects and period fur traders will make and appearance at the event.  

Director of Starr Homeplace, Joe Rolfe says, "A model of the Hindenburg may fly over the homeplace this weekend". He says the event is a family oriented affair and visitors will learn about the agricultural heritage of the area. 

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