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Monroe-West Monroe, LA– Discover Monroe-West Monroe will host its first annual Monroe-West Monroe Pumpkin Decorating Contest during the month of October.


Participants are asked to decorate their pumpkin with a Monroe-West Monroe theme. They  are encouraged to highlight the great things about Ouachita Parish. They may paint, carve, or decorate their pumpkin.


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This year will mark the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. The University of Louisiana Monroe will host two events that will look at the situation leading up to the attack and how it shaped policy over the next twenty years.  

'Twenty Years Later September 11' will feature two speakers and two sessions. Dr. Yusaku Yajima will present 'Beyond the Rhetoric of Fear: Othering, Belonging, and Empowerment' on September 7 at 7:00 p.m. in room 3-D of the ULM Library. 

Poor Man's Run Supports Community Pharmacy

Feb 3, 2021

The University of Louisiana Monroe College of Pharmacy will be holding the fourth-annual Poor Man’s Run on April 24th starting at 8:00 AM. The 1 Mile Fun-Run and a 5k race raise money for the St. Vincent de Paul Pharmacy, a non-profit pharmacy that serves those who cannot afford their medicine.

Kimmie Paxton

Winners of the sixteenth annual, 2020 Friends of Black Bayou photo contest were named on February 1, 2021, with a beautiful adult-division photo called “Ardea Alba Angling” by local photographer Kimmie Paxton winning Best of Show. The winning youth-division photo was “Purple Beauty” by Lexi Harper.

photo credit: <a href="">Celebrating the Chinese New Year</a> via <a href="">photopin</a> <a href="">(license)</a>

The public is invited to downtown West Monroe to safely celebrate our nation’s independence at a July 4 fireworks show on Saturday, July 4 at 9 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Downtown West Monroe Revitalization Group, The City of West Monroe, Discover Monroe-West Monroe, Vanguard Reality and 90.3 KEDM Public Radio.

The Family Justice Center is hosting Hope in the Light of Day to honor survivors and victims of domestic violence. The event will take place on Thursday, October 3rd from 10-11 a.m. at the Ouachita Grand Plaza. The plaza is located on 501 S Grand St. in Monroe, La under the I-20 bridge.

The Family Justice Center is an organization dedicated to serving those affected by domestic violence in our area. The center provides services like counseling or working with the police force for all Ouachita parish residents; men, women, and children included. 

ULM Holds Holiday Art Sale

Nov 30, 2017

The annual Holiday Art Sale on campus at the University of Louisiana Monroe will be taking place December 4-8. The sale will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Holiday Art Sale will feature work from students and faculty at the university. There will be all sorts of artworks and styles displayed such as paintings, photography, prints, sculptures, pottery, and even candles and soaps. Brooke Foy, art professor at ULM, encourages guest to plan to come early in the week. She shares,   "After Wednesday a lot of the great Christmas presents will have been grabbed." 

Living in a Cardboard City

Nov 9, 2017

The Wellspring Alliance of NELA and the NELA Food Bank are teaming up to take a new approach on raising awareness about homelessness. Friday, January 19, the Wellspring will be hosting Cardboard Box City from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next day at First United Methodist Church Monroe.

Take Advantage of Take Back Day

Oct 25, 2017

The Children's Coalition is partnering with the University of Louisiana Monroe's School of Pharmacy to help promote the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday, October 28. There will be multiple places across the area to drop off unused or expired medication for proper disposal from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M.

The aim of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is to get harmful substances out of the hands of children and adults that could abuse them, as well as keeping the drugs from potentially polluting the environment. 

Walk to Fight Alzheimer's

Oct 24, 2017

Saturday, November 4, Forsythe Park is holding the Walk to End Alzheimer's. Registration for the walk will begin at 9 a.m., and the walk will begin at 10 a.m.

The Walk to End Alzheimer's is the primary fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Association. The money raised from the walk goes to families struggling with Alzheimer's, support groups, and to continuing research to find a cure. The goal of the Alzheimer's Association is to end Alzheimer's disease by the year 2025, less than ten years away.