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Members and guests of Potpourri Book Club gathered recently for their October meeting and book review. The meeting was held in the home of Sue Nawas who had decorated her home beautifully for the Halloween season. Pumpkins, fall leaves, shed antlers, skulls — all were in evidence throughout …

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Chosen Best of Show in the Union Arts Council’s Competitive Art Exhibition on Nov. 2 was a glass mosaic entitled “Much Ado about Something” crafted by Jamie Anderson. 

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Willard Manning, author of “45 Years Listening,” will hold a book signing from 5:30-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at the main branch of the Ouachita Parish Public Library on Stubbs Avenue in Monroe.

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Haven is hosting a Holiday Open House on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will have specials throughout the store, refreshments, and door prizes. Haven is a specialty store, located at 1127 Forsythe Ave. in Monroe, offering a variety of gifts, lounge-wear, bedding and home accesso…

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Temple B’nai Israel Men’s Club is having a Kosher Style Hot Dog Lunch fundraiser to benefit the Men’s Club and their charities on Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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A garage sale to benefit the River Cities Humane Society for Cats will be held from 7-11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall in Monroe. The address is 2816 Deborah Drive.

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Union Arts Council will hold its eighth annual Competitive Art Exhibition on Saturday, November 2, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Edgewood Plantation, Farmerville.  Visitors are invited to browse the displayed fine art, photography, and folk art by Union Parish adults and youth in a festive setti…

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The most welcome fall weather offered the perfect backdrop for P.E.O. Chapter AE’s annual fall luncheon for members and guests. Inspired by the weather’s beauty, the hostesses — Loura Barr, Lauretta Tucker, and Stephanie Schaeffer — decorated with mums, fall leaves and acorns, and a wonderfu…

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WEST MONROE officials unveiled a new green house at Kiroli Park where the horticulture team plans to grow plans year round. The plants would be used for filling the landscaping at Kiroli Park and other city properties.

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Kris Evans of Union Christian Academy in Farmerville recently attended the 2019 Semper Fidelis All-American Program Battles Won Academy, July 11-15, in the District of Columbia. 

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The University of Louisiana Monroe is partnering with Chase in welcoming 250 eighth grade young men from Monroe City Schools to the #BROS4Life Educational Retreat on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019.

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University of Louisiana Monroe President Nick J. Bruno, Jr., Ph.D., expressed deep sorrow over the death of Emily Williamson, longtime director of the University of Louisiana Monroe Child Development Center.

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COAST PROFESSIONAL, a student loan collection agency in West Monroe, hosted a First Responder’s Day cookout at its Downing Pines office earlier this week to honor emergency event responders in the area. This event is part of Coast’s volunteer committee aptly titled “Coast Cares,” which posit…

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In the spirit of the Halloween season, the University of Louisiana’s School of Visual and Performing Arts presents two one-act music-dramas, “The Medium” and “Amelia Goes to the Ball,” by Gian-Carlo Menotti.

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Christian Creed, Advisory Board chairman for the Salvation Army, announced today that Dr. Dennis Swanberg, a popular and entertaining national speaker will address the Nov. 12, 2019 banquet for the emergency homeless shelter at the Salvation Army.

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In our age of techthusiam, memories are snapped with smartphones and posted to social media in temporary snippets of time. Words like “customs” and “heritage” are practically obsolete in digital dialogue.

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The Kiwanis Club of Greater Ouachita plans to hold its 64th Annual Pancake Day at the First United Methodist Church on Loop Road on Tuesday, Nov.5, with serving times from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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The Northeast Louisiana Healthcare Alliance won the prestigious international Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) at the IEDC Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) recently approved a new training pathway to equip both college and career-bound high school students interested in pursuing a career in education with the knowledge and skills needed to find success upon graduation.

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Writer’s Note: When I was a little girl, Halloween — and most everything else — was simpler. Halloween carnivals in high school gymnasiums were especially popular, and the only “bought” part of our costumes was usually the mask.

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Catfish Charlie’s will host a fundraiser on Thursday, Oct. 24 to benefit Marc Felts of West Monroe. On July 11, Felts was diagnosed with aggressive stage four cancer that has spread from his duodenum to his liver. He has undergone three chemotherapy sessions and is being treated six to eight…

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Life, like paint on an artist’s palette, is made of layers that bind and blend to create a mosaic of colored experiences. In this story, the layers are of time – time that was and the time that is.

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Members and guests of Potpourri Book Club gathered recently for their first regular meeting of the 2019-2020 club year. The meeting was held in the home of Kathy Patrick. Co-hosting with Patrick were Carol Ransom, Jane Conrad, and Pat Blanchard.

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Septieme Book Club held their beginning of the year meeting recently at the West Ouachita Senior Center in West Monroe.

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Ouachita Parish Public Library’s 41st annual Pumpkin Bash: A Children’s Book Festival is back from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct.19 at the Main Branch Library.

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Jessica Dolecheck and Paula Griswold, both of College of Health Sciences at the University of Louisiana Monroe, collaborated on the article “Realize the Value of Soft Skills in Healthcare,” which was the cover story for the September 2019 issue of Healthcare Business Monthly by AAPC — Advanc…

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