Monday through Friday at 8:30 a.m. and 4:50 p.m.

Discussing the people, events, and issues of our region with area writers, artists, entertainers, and news makers. From arts events to political activity, find out what's happening in northeast Louisiana.

Ervins Strauhmanis, /

The Living Well Foundation is seeking applications for the annual grant cycle. Non-profit organizations, governmental entities, and state colleges or universities in the 8-parish service area can apply online for an opportunity to receive grant money.

Dan Nash / Desiard St. Shelter

The Desiard St. Shelter, founded over twenty years ago, serves the less fortunate in the Monroe area by providing food, shelter, life skills, and love.

After serving the community for many years, local churches took over the shelter in 2015. Through this process, the shelter was able to move from being a 3 1/2 hour to a 24/7 shelter. The shelter can now provide three meals a day, laundry facilities, and showers. Desiard St. Shelter also provides full case management, life-coaching, and life-building skills.

ULM Photo Services

University of Louisiana Monroe Athletics Department is hosting "The Pursuit" Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 6 p.m. in Bayou Pointe Event Center. The event is a kick-off for the academic and athletic school year at ULM, featuring an address by President Nick Bruno and special guests Tim Brando and Alton Clay.

Marilyn Ludwig Wilhite, Union Museum of History and Art /

Union Museum of History and Art is hosting "A Call to Arms: Louisiana Preps for WWII" July 20 through September 7. The exhibit showcases the part North Louisiana played in preparing the nation for World War II through photographs, artifacts, and guest presentations.

According to Jean Jones, the museum has drawn together unique elements from the events shortly before WWII. "North Louisiana can be so proud of its accomplishments in helping to prepare for war and ultimately succeed." Jones is the Vice-Chair of Board of Directors at the museum.

A_Peach, /

The Ruston Farmer's Market is opening an extra day each week in July. In addition to Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon, the market will be open Tuesdays 4-7 p.m.

The Ruston Farmer's Market has been operating for 11 years and has now grown to have over 30 vendors, offering fresh meats, eggs, and vegetables. "We wanted to open a place where people could buy local, fresh produce," says Dasia Canales, the manager of the market.

Mark L. Windham / GO CARE

GO CARE is celebrating National HIV Testing Day Wednesday, June 27, as well as hosting "A Reception Celebrating 30 Years of Care" Thursday, June 28 at 6 p.m.

GO CARE is a clinic located at 1801 N 7th in West Monroe. The clinic provides HIV testing, education, prevention services, and HIV medical treatment. The clinic was organized in 1988. As of 2018, the clinic has also expanded to providing healthcare for the LGBTQ population in the Northeast Louisana region.

Nova Clarke, / Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge is hosting the Annual Summer Solstice Paddle June 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the refuge. The after-hours paddle celebrates the beginning of summer.

Alex Kahn, /

Northeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club is hosting Amateur Radio Field Day 2018 at Kiroli Park, Shelter 6 Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24.

Amateur Field Day is held across the US and Canada each year. The overnight event demonstrates how ham radio can be used to serve communities during times of crisis. The Amateur Radio Relay League created Field Day in 1933, and it has occurred annually ever since. It combines a picnic, campout, emergency preparedness, and an informal contest.

Charles, /

The Ouachita Council of Governments (OCOG) is hosting an Introduction to Ouachita Strong - Resiliency Strategy Development and Community Meetings June 19 in Monroe and June 21 in West Monroe.

Leigh Kelsey, /

The Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana opened the Children's Coalition Family Garden Saturday, June 16 for "Super Saturdays," an event happening every third Saturday of the month.