City of Monroe

The Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana is hosting the 4th Annual Empty Bowls event on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m at ULM's Bayou Pointe Event Center. The goal is to raise awareness about hunger while also raising necessary funds to provide food assistance to those struggling with hunger in our community.

The Division of Continuing Education for the University of Louisiana at Monroe is a learning organization that provides quality programs to individuals looking to enhance their professional careers or simply explore a new subject. Classes this year will be offered starting in early February and last until May. 

Ida Wilson, the program's coordinator for non-credit programs, is in charge of selecting which courses are being offered each year. She says, "The cool stuff, that's what we do."

The ULM Softball Team is hosting the second annual Hang Out With The Hawks on the evening of  Saturday, January 18 at ULM's Bayou Pointe Event Center. The doors are set to open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner served at 5:45 p.m. The event includes multiple rounds of trivia, a live benefit auction, and several cash games. 

The night will begin by dividing the trivia teams into tables of eight. Then, there will be five games of trivia with prizes given at the end of each round. At the end, the team will host a small auction including exclusive items and ULM merchandise. / Ken Lund

Join the Northeast Louisiana Master Gardeners this Saturday, January 18, for their 10th Annual January Gardening Seminar and Seep Swap. This year's theme, Native Plants and Native Landscapes, highlights the importance of incorporating native plant species into our landscapes and conservation efforts underway to protect natural areas that we draw inspiration from.

The Monroe City Council selected January to be the city's first Museum Month. Monroe's ten museums are celebrating the program with a Passport Contest, Photo Contest, and several special events and offers all month long.

The Coca-Cola Truck Night is Wednesday, December 18 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Biedenharn Museum and Gardens of Monroe. The event is free to the public and will feature a Lighted Coke Truck, cups of hot cider, and a visit from the Coke Polar Bear. 

The Coke Truck will be parked on the 2000 block of Riverside Drive directly in front of the Coke Museum. According to Director Ralph Calhoun, the truck lights up, plays Christmas music, and attracts a big crowd. He says, "People love it. Kids get in front of it and dance. Adults take lots of pictures."

The ULM Art Department and Kappa Pi are hosting the annual ULM Holiday Art Sale this week, December 2-6, from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. at Bry Hall on campus. The sale includes a wide variety of hand-crafted art pieces made by the university's students, faculty, and alumni. The selection ranges from Christmas ornaments and stickers to ceramics and paintings. 

The Downtown Arts Alliance is hosting the holiday-themed Downtown Gallery Crawl on Thursday, Dec. 5 from 5 to 9 p.m. Guests are encouraged to wear their tacky Christmas sweaters as they enjoy their time at the crawl's two locations: downtown Monroe and West Monroe.

This year's holiday crawl will include food and drinks, live music, visual art of all kinds, and opportunities to buy unique Christmas presents from local vendors. A free shuttle service will run between Monroe and West Monroe, so guests can get the complete experience on both sides of the river.

The Monroe Turkey Trot is an annual race that takes place early Thanksgiving morning to raise money for local charity organizations. Since 2013, the race has grown in size and has become the second largest in the area. This year, all proceeds from the event will be donated to the Northeast Louisiana Food Bank.

Local non-profit organization, The WillPower Foundation, is hosting the fundraiser, Denim and Diamonds, on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. There will be live music, silent and live auctions, lots of games, and raffle tickets. All proceeds from the event will be donated to St. Jude's Children Hospital and cancer research.