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Danielle Kelley Tolbird / NELA Arts Council

The Northeast Louisiana Arts Council is hosting the Brown Bag Concert Series each Wednesday in April at noon. The series showcases local musicians in a free outdoor setting open to the public.

At each of the concerts, there are cookies, lemonade, and water available in the park. Chairs are provided, but the public is also encouraged to bring picnic blankets or lawn chairs as well. This year's concert series has a food truck at each of the concerts.

Show Care Through A Cookbook This Holiday Season

Oct 26, 2017
Dillard's /

The time has come for the annual Southern Living Holiday Cookbook to return to Dillard's. The cookbook will be sold for only ten dollars, and it is filled with holiday and year round recipes.  

As always the proceeds from this cookbook go to help fund the Ronald McDonald House in Monroe. Monroe's house has been serving families since November 1985, and is the smallest community to have a Ronald McDonald House.

Lunch Break With Local Talent

Sep 14, 2017
Delta Style /

The Northeast Louisiana Arts Council is continuing its long standing tradition of Brown Bag Concerts this fall. Every Wednesday of October from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Ana Gray Noe Park there will be a free concert put on for the the community.

Big Bass Tournament Brings Fishing, Fun, and Prizes

May 24, 2017

This year the Ronald McDonald House is holding its 26th annual Big Bass Tournament. June 10th and 11th, the community is invited to fish the Ouachita River for their chance at winning some of the many prizes offered throughout the competition. 

Giving to Get Away with Quota

May 15, 2017
Bernadette Dayton / Georgia Street

The Monroe Quota Club is a local branch of Quota International that meets twice a month to discuss projects to help serve the community. Quota means to share, and this year,the Monroe Quota Club's annual fundraiser will be sharing something big.

Brown Bag Concerts Return for April

Mar 31, 2017

Every Wednesday in April, the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council will be presenting the Brown Bag Concert Series in Anna Gray Noe Park. These concerts will be held from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

The goal of the Brown Bag series is to provide community members free entertainment through other community members. The concerts allow local artists to showcase their talents. The line up for the month of April includes many fan favorite artists.

April Line Up

The Ronald McDonald House

The Ronald McDonald House hosts a test drive fundraiser on Tuesday, July 12. 

From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. community members will be able to test drive a luxury BMW, Mercedes, or Audi at Hixson Autoplex. For every mile driven, a donation will be given to the Monroe Ronald McDonald House.

The Ronald McDonald House is an organization that helps families facing serious medical conditions. The house itself often serves as a home base for families from out of town receiving vital treatments at area hospitals.

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Offering the promise of fishing and cash prizes, the Ronald McDonald House Big Bass Tournament returns for the 25th year.

The context moves to a new weekend this year, June 11 and 12, offering a more time for the Ouachita River to shed more excess water from recent floods. This coincides with "Fish Free Weekend" during which anglers are not required to possess a Louisiana Fishing License.

Brown Bag Concerts Give The Gift of Music

Apr 4, 2016
Northeast Louisiana Arts Council

A bit of live music can help shift your mind from the mundane drudgery of the work week. The Northeast Louisiana Arts Council helps squeeze a little musical merriment into the Wednesday lunch break during the month of April with the Brown Bag Concert Series .  With chairs, cookies, and a beverage provided, the free concerts are a great way to see local artist perform even in the midst of a busy schedule.

Southern Living Cookbook and Dillards are no strangers to helping The Ronald McDonald House.

They've been collaborating for the past six years, selling limited edition cookbooks and giving part of the proceeds to RMH's worldwide.

The RMH is a non-profit organization formed in 1974, with the mission of helping families during the recovery process of their sick children.

This year's limited edition of Southern Living Cookbook comes with a twist. It's two books in one, with over 250 holiday and year-round recipes.  It's available at all Dillards locations.