Community

Coverage of community events and issues.

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Saturday, January 7th the Monroe Athletic Club is hosting the 2017 Yogathon.  This year's Yogathon is benefiting Pilots for Patients. 

For those who aren't familiar with the idea of a Yogathon, think of a marathon. In a marathon, one runs all day, and in a Yogathon, one can take yoga classes all day. The Monroe Athletic Club offers different level classes starting at a beginner's yoga class and moving up to more advanced yoga levels. 

Feeding Birds

Dec 26, 2016

Nothing can brighten a gray winter day faster than a splash of crimson cardinals or goldfinches gathered at a window side bird feeder.  The popularity of bird feeding continues to grow, and a recent report estimates that 63 million Americans provide food for wild birds, spending more than $2.5 billion on birdseed and feeding supplies each year.

 

Seemingly unrelated political decisions often impact wildlife resources and lead to a cascade of unanticipated events in the most unlikely of places.  That U.S. policy in Iraq and Iran could suddenly influence my daily biological work in the spectacular Lacassine marshes of southwestern Louisiana is a good example.  The nexus involves humans' peculiar obsession with fish eggs, and the story line goes like this.

 

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

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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.

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