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So you want to start a family soon.

Both of you work now, but you’re considering the possibility of Mom being able to stay home once the family starts. Interestingly enough, the research is showing that more and more Millennials are making this choice - even more so than their parents did.

Even if this isn’t the choice all of your friends are making, let’s say this is what YOU really want to do. Can you do it?

Answer: Well one thing’s for sure – you can’t … and be like your friends.

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Saturday April 15th, the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo will be holding its Easter Eggstravaganza. Gates open at 10:00 a.m. that morning, and the Easter egg hunts start at 11:00 a.m.

The Easter Eggstravaganza is one of the zoo's biggest events of the year. Director of the zoo, Joe Clawson, shares that, "The event is to raise money, but it is also to share with the community what's been going on at the zoo. We're really proud of what the staff has accomplished."  

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).

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."

Northeast Louisiana Celtic Festival.

Northeast Louisiana's Celtic Festival is ready to start its 13th year of celebrating Celtic culture.  Kiroli Park will be hosting this festival Saturday October 1, from 7 a.m to 10 p.m. 

Tom McCandlish, membership director of the West Monroe West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce,  says the festival is something many people look forward to each year. The festival features vendors along with traditional Irish and Scottish live music.  Bands featured this year include Smithfield Fair, Emerald Accent, and Jim Flanagan. 

Will Watson / Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge

North Louisiana hosts a variety of migrating bird and butterfly species as the seasons change. One of the missions of Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge is to provide a safe haven for these weary travelers on their long journey. 

To highlight the importance of the refuge to these animal's survival, and to spotlight the perils they face along the way, Black Bayou is hosting Migration Day on Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event coincides with International Migratory Bird Day.