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November is National Adoption Awareness Month

November is National Adoption Awareness Month and there will be several events taking place. For more information, call Wanda Washington at 362-3446 or keep it here on the Hill for more information.

Stuff the Truck Toy Drive

The Twin City Firefighters Association and the Monroe Fire Department have their annual Stuff the Truck Toy Drive going on to benefit needy children. It will be going on through December 14th. You are encouraged to contribute toys as their goal for this year is 1,000 toys. For information on how to receive toys, go to the Public Safety Center on Hwy 165 South. For more details, call 329-2474.

Images of Christ

Images of Christ is a major exhibit that features depictions of Jesus created by artists of various national and ethnic origins The display  is at Biedenharn Museum through January 5th.  The Artwork comes from museum collections and private collectors. Hours of operation are 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Tuesday – Saturday. For more details, call 387-5281.

American Picker

The History Channel’s show, American Pickers is coming to Louisiana this December and they are looking for interesting characters with interesting items! If you know of anyone or you have any interesting or unique items, call American Pickers at 1-855-OLD-RUST.

Affinity Health Group / Vantage Health Plan Flu Clinics

Affinity Health Group / Vantage Health Plan will be having Flu Clinics each Saturday from 8am until noon in October at the Affinity Children’s and Family Walk in clinic on Oliver Road in Monroe. You do not have to be a patient of Affinity Health Group, you can walk in with an insurance card or self pay. For more details, call 807-6250.

Arts Council of Northeast Louisiana Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series

The Arts Council of Northeast Louisiana will once again host its Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series at noon on Wednesdays this October at Anna Gray Noe Park in downtown Monroe. It starts on October 3rd.  Bring a picnic lunch or buy from the food truck. It’s Free. For more details call 397-6717.

An Evening with Don Cincone

Biedenharn Museum & Gardens invite you to An Evening with Don Cincone, Tuesday November 13th at 6pm. He will share stories about his life, his work and his faith. He will talk about the inspiration behind the four pieces in the Biedenharn’s Images of Christ exhibit. It’s free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required as space is limited. Call 387.5281.

Bone Marrow Drive

The ULM College of Pharmacy is having a bone marrow drive with DKMS an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the fight against blood cancer and blood disorders. The Bone Marrow Drive will be at the ULM campus Quad Wednesday November 14th, from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. There will also be a health fair that will include education about blood pressure, diabetes, immunizations, and more. For more details call 342-3800.

Nativity Story from Books of Hours

Biedenharn Museum Director Ralph Calhoun will take guests on a journey through the Nativity story using large illustrations from Books of Hours. These illustrated European prayer books helped lead people through their daily prayers. It’s Thursday November 15th beginning at 6p, and it’s Free. For more details call 387-5281.

Annual Mistletoe & More Holiday Gift Show

The Annual Mistletoe & More Holiday Gift Show will be at the West Monroe Convention Center November 16th & 17th. Shop early with over 70 booths filled with something for everyone’s taste, style, & budget. The Grinch and Minnie & Mickey Mouse will be there on Saturday. It will be Friday 3PM-7PM Saturday 9AM-5PM. For more information go to, or call 470-6714.

FIDO 5K & 1 Mile Dog Walk

The FIDO 5K & 1 Mile Dog Walk is scheduled for Saturday November 17th at Kiroli Park in West Monroe. This will be a Benefit for the Humane Society Adoption Center of Monroe, a No Kill Dog Rescue center. This is a great family event with Vendors & Food and a lot of family fun. It starts at 8:30 that morning. For more details, call 396-4016.

Monroe Makers Fair

There will be a Monroe Makers Fair in Downtown Monroe along DeSiard Street Saturday November 17th from 10a until 5p. The area will be filled with good food, good music and goods from our growing arts community. This is a pet-friendly event for the public, with plenty of activities for the kids and big kids.

Adoption Day in the Garden

The Department of Children and Family Services Adoption Day in the Garden at the Children’s Coalition of Northeast Louisiana will be Saturday November 17th from 9a until noon. For more details call 362-3446.

Geeks Along the River

Geeks Along the River is coming back to the Rivermarket Saturday November 17th. It’s a Free fun filled event for fans of comic books, movies, video games, fantasy and much more. There will be gaming vendors, gaming tournaments, food for pets and their humans and much more. It happens from 10am until 4pm. For more details, call 807-1735.

Super Saturday

Super Saturday with the Children’s Coalition for Northeast Louisiana will be Saturday November 17th beginning at 9am. This includes garden based activities for children and adults, activities in the outdoor learning center a community health fair and much more. For more details call 323-8775.

Monroe Symphony Orchestra Sports Spectacular

The Monroe Symphony Orchestra will present a Sports Spectacular at The Assembly in West Monroe, Saturday November 17th beginning at 7pm. They will present music from such movies as Rocky, Chariots of Fire, Hoosiers and much more. General admission tickets are $25, student tickets are $5. For more details call the church at 387-1500 or go to

Will Dance For A Cure’s Denim and Diamonds

“Will Dance For A Cure’s Denim and Diamonds Fundraiser for this year will be held at the Bayou Pointe Student Event Center on the ULM campus, Saturday November 17th. This will be Willpower Foundation’s annual fundraiser with dancing, great food, and a chance to win great items in their silent and live auctions. 100% of funds raised will be for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. It starts at 7:00. For more details, call 342-5216.

Angels & Anglers Christmas Market & Fishing Tourney

Faith UMC’s Angels & Anglers Christmas Market & Fishing Tourney will be Nov. 17 from 9 am to 4 pm. You can shop local vendors with things such as Art, Furniture, Jewelry and much more. There will be food, a Bounce House and much more. The Young Anglers ages 5 to 15 will also have activities on area waterways. For more details, go to

Santa's Christmas Village

Santa’s Christmas Village will be in full swing at the Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museum in Monroe
every weekend from November 17th through December 23rd. There will be make and take ornaments, cookie decoration, a festive outdoor light show and much more. For more details call 361-9611.

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker will be coming to the “Jack” Howard Theatre at the Monroe Civic Center Monday November 19th. It’s a great Christmas experience for the whole family. For ticket information, call 800-320-1733 or go to

Full Moon at Black Bayou

Come out and enjoy the full moon at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Thanksgiving day beginning at 5:00. You can watch it on the pier and then come over to the amphitheater where they will have a campfire, hot cocoa and apple cider to enjoy. For more details, call 387-1114.

Open Air Wagon Rides

Open Air Wagon Rides Through the Christmas Lights in Antique Alley begin Friday November 23rd.  The 30-minute rides begin at 5 PM each Friday and Saturday night. The ride begins at Commerce Street and ends at Woods Street.

Christmas Holiday Outdoor Movie

There will be a Christmas Holiday themed outdoor movie in Antique Alley in West Monroe under the Christmas lights. It’s Saturday November 24th and starts at 5:30. Snacks will be available for purchase.

Kansas City Southern Railroad Holiday Express

The Kansas City Southern Railroad Holiday Express will be stopping in Downtown Monroe Wednesday November 28th at 4:00. The train will stop at Third and Desiard streets. The six-car train will bring Santa Claus for a visit with kids and offer visual displays inside and out for young and old alike. It’s Free and open to the public. For more information, call 812-0150.

Children’s Lighted Christmas Parade

A Children’s Lighted Christmas Parade featuring children in costumes on bikes, floats and wagons will be Friday November 30th in Antique Alley. The parade is open to all pre-school and elementary school aged children. It’s a $5 cost per parade entry.

Twin City Ballet Christmas Gala: The Guardians

The Twin City Ballet Christmas Gala: The Guardians will be at the Monroe Civic Center Theatre Saturday December 1st at 7:30. In addition to The Guardians, the annual Gala performance will feature an evening of dance balanced with traditional hymns and contemporary voices. Celebrate the true gift of Christmas and be filled with peace, love and joy. For ticket information call 329-2225.

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