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We asked local children to read their favorite Christmas books as part of the "Give the Joy of Learing" project.  The KEDM project hopes to improve reading test scores in area schools. KEDM worked with the United Way  Read, Learn, Succeed  schools. The schools underperformed  on the reading portion of standarized tests. This year, KEDM was able to provide more than 1,300 books to 2nd and 3rd graders in 13 schools.  

We asked local children to read their favorite Christmas books as part of the "Give the Joy of Learing" project.  The KEDM project hopes to improve reading test scores in area schools. KEDM worked with the United Way  Read, Learn, Succeed  schools. The schools underperformed  on the reading portion of standarized tests. This year, KEDM was able to provide more than 1,300 books to 2nd and 3rd graders in 13 schools.  

We asked local children to read their favorite Christmas books as part of the "Give the Joy of Learing" project.  The KEDM project hopes to improve reading test scores in area schools. KEDM worked with the United Way  Read, Learn, Succeed  schools. The schools underperformed  on the reading portion of standarized tests. This year, KEDM was able to provide more than 1,300 books to 2nd and 3rd graders in 13 schools.  

Christmas Open House at the Biedenharn Museum

Dec 5, 2018
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The Biedenharn Museum & Gardens Christmas Open House is Thursday, December 6- Saturday, December 8 from 5-8 p.m. The museum features a home full of Christmas lights, decorations, and Christmas trees.

The Christmas spirit is in full swing at the Biedenharn Museum & Gardens. "It's kind of extra beautiful for us," says Director Ralph Calhoun. The Monroe Garden Study League, as well as museum employees, decorated the Biedenharn home and outdoor gardens the last week of November in preparation for the open house.

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Strauss Youth Academy for the Arts presents "Christmas on Broadway 2" December 7, 8 9, 15, and 16. The show features favorite holiday tunes from musicals on Broadway.

"Christmas on Broadway 2" is the sixth annual Christmas-themed musical theatre cabaret at SYAA. The show this year takes the SYAA students to auditions for a big Broadway Christmas spectacular in New York, with a storyline parallel to A Chorus Line.

Santa's Going Green in 2018

Jan 3, 2018
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Recycle your Christmas trees with Ouachita Green before January 6th! Locations for drop off are the Monroe Civic Center and the West Monroe Farmer's Market.

Ouachita Green is accepting your live Christmas trees to be recycled until January 6th. The trees will be chipped down into mulch, which will be used in beautification efforts in the Ouachita Parish region.

Stuart Hodnett of Ouachita Green tells us the three steps in the recycling process are:

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Special Holiday Programming On KEDM

December 24

9-11 a.m. Festival of 9 Lessons and Carols

One of the most beloved traditions of the holiday season is the Festival of Lessons and Carols, a service made famous at King’s College in Cambridge, England. The Festival tells the Christmas story in words and music, and is presented all over the world in many languages and variations. 

11 a.m. Stile Antico

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KEDM will feature many special programs this holiday season. Join us on our 2017 holiday journey.

December 14

9 a.m.   Christmas with The Mormon  Tabernacle Choir 

The world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings familiar carols along with lesser-known melodies that are fast becoming the new classics. Hosted by Julie Amacher.

1 p.m. Advent Voices

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The Masur Museum of Arts will be hosting Variety at the Zoo Saturday, December 16th from 1-4 PM at the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo. The event is free and open to all ages. 

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The National Retail Federation predicts holiday shoppers will spend about 967 dollars a person on gifts this year, up 3.4-percent from in 2016. Mark Rosa, Professor with the UNO School of Business, says everybody gets excited during the season and wants to be generous but we have to resist the urge to overspend. He says it’s easy to put purchases on credit cards.

 

Rosa says it’s important to create a budget before setting out to shop and make sure you stick to it. He says it’s very easy to wind up in debt after holiday shopping.

 

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