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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to deliver relief to America’s farmers and ranchers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Krewe of Janus (KOJ) is hosting its 37th annual Mardi Gras Parade this Saturday, February 15, at 6:00 p.m. The parade will begin on Antique Alley's Natchitoches Street in downtown West Monroe and will work its way through the Twin Cities to end at Oliver Road. This year's theme is 'The Magic of Fairytales'.

Earlier in the day, there will also be a chance to see two other parades sponsored by the Krewe. The Children's Parade will start at 10 a.m. in the Pecanland Mall parking lot, and the PAWs Pet Parade kicks off in downtown West Monroe at 1 p.m. 

"The Sound of Murder" is a play that highlights the golden age of radio and the future rise of television. Set in the 1940's, the story revolves around the radio station, WMDR, and their efforts to keep their program running. If their newest show does not go well, the station will run out of business. 

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The Downtown Arts Alliance is hosting this year's first Downtown Gallery Crawl on Thursday, February 6, from 6 - 9 p.m. The event provides a free and fun environment for the community to interact with, observe, and learn about fine art while continuing to revitalize our downtowns. 

Visitors are encouraged to begin their journey through the crawl in downtown Monroe where they can grab a passport booklet and collect a stamp from all ten galleries. Upon completing the passport, it can be traded in for a slice of cheesecake at Copeland's or a Crawl merchandise booth for a discount. 

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New Iona Presbyterian Church is celebrating its second anniversary this weekend. The event will feature the Celtic band Emerald Accent, authentic Scottish dishes, and more to honor the church's connection to Scotland. 

Early settlers of Irish and Scottish-descent arrived on the American east coast in the early 17th century. Soon after, they began to establish some of the first Presbyterian churches in the Americas as early as the 1630s. Betty Goss, choir director at New Iona, explains how the name of the church is connected to this history.

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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. 

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The Kiwanis Club of Greater Ouachita is hosting their 64th annual Pancake Day at First United Methodist Monroe (FUMC) on Tuesday, November 5. Pancakes will be served all day from 6:30 a.m. - 7 p.m., and all proceeds will be used to support the children in our area. FUMC is located on 3900 Loop Road in Monroe. 

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The West Monroe-West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Wild Wild West Street Dance this Saturday, November 2, from 7 - 10 p.m. The event is at downtown West Monroe's Alley Park located on Trenton and Natchitoches Street. Tickets are $30 per person or $300 for a whole table. 

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The Chennault Aviation and Military Museum is hosting their annual Chennault Gala this Thursday, October 19th. The Gala will begin at 7 pm at the Hub Music Hall in downtown Monroe.

The theme for the gala this year is "East Meets West" and will feature entertainment from a number of different Chinese and America entertainers. Tickets for the event are $75, but tables are available as well at $700.

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The Northeast Louisiana Celtic Festival is returning to Kiroli Park in West Monroe for its 15th year this Saturday, October 5. The festival will feature music from Celtic folk groups, traditional step dancing, and storytelling.

Festivities kick off at 10 a.m. on Kiroli Park's main stage and last until 7:00 p.m. Admission is $5 per person and free to children 10 and under. 

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