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.
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.
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.
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 at The Biedenharn Museum
You are welcome to enjoy Christmas at The Biedenharn Museum and Gardens on Riverside Drive in Monroe from Saturday December 1st through Saturday December 29th. There will be Christmas decorations throughout the Biedenharn Home and ElSong Gardens. Hours are 10a until 5p. For more details call 387-5281.
A Christmas Carol Gala
Louisiana Delta Ballet will present A Christmas Carol Gala at the Jack Howard Theatre at the Monroe Civic Center at 7:30 Friday December 14th . This is a Charles Dickens Christmas classic. Tickets are $25 and are available at louisianadeltaballet.com, the Civic Center box office or at the door. For more details, call 329-2225.
The Grinch That Couldn't Stop Christmas
The Grinch That Couldn’t Stop Christmas will be performed at the Assembly in West Monroe from Friday December 14th through Sunday the 16th. Enjoy the Whoville cast as they discover what Christmas is all about. All tickets are available for a donation to the ministry and are valid for a specific showing. For more details go to theassembly.cc/grinch for tickets or call 387-1500.
Live Drive Thru Nativity
The Pentecostals of Jonesboro will have their Live Drive Thru Nativity Friday through Sunday, December 14th through 16th from 6 until 9pm each night at 1011 South Cooper Avenue. There will be Live animals and over 40 people in costume. There is no charge for the drive thru, the church will be collecting non -perishable canned goods to be distributed through His Hands Ministry. For more details call the church at 318-259-2714
Truck Park Christmas
Willie’s Food Truck Park on Highway 165 in Monroe will host the first annual Truck Park Christmas, Saturday December 15th. Santa will be available for pictures and there will be hot chocolate, cookies, and great food. All proceeds from booth fees will benefit local non-profit, Our HOME which provides services to our local veterans. It will be from 11a until 5p. For more details call 582-5069.
Monroe Jingle Bell Run
The Monroe Jingle Bell Run 10K and 5K beginning at Forsythe Park will be Saturday December 15th beginning at 8am. There will be a costume contest so come in your best Christmas gear. For more details call 329-2439.
Christmas in Anna Gray Noe Park
Christmas in Anna Gray Noe Park in downtown Monroe will be Saturday December 15th beginning at 4:00p. There will be a live nativity, ornament making, cookie decorating, s’mores, food trucks and much more. This is a Free event. For more details call 812-0450.
Cars for a Cause Toy Drive
The Cars for a Cause Toy Drive will be happening Saturday December 15th at the Glenwood Medical Mall in West Monroe. Driven Desires has teamed up with Southern Auto Society to make it bigger and better than ever. The toys collected will be donated to the Department of Children and Family Services to help children have a great Christmas. It starts at 7pm and it’s Free. For more details call 801-4394.
Jingle Bells at the Zoo
You are invited to stop by Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo Saturday December 15th for Jingle Bells at the Zoo. There will be candy, Christmas Carols and other activities. It all starts at 10am and it’s Free. For more information call 329-2400.
Skating with Santa
Skating with Santa will be happening at Skatetown West this Saturday December 15th from 10a until 12n. Santa and other Christmas characters will be involved, and pictures will be available. Children under 16 skate for Free. For more details call 388-2405.
Piney Hills Chorus of Sweet Adelines
The Piney Hills Chorus of Sweet Adelines will have a Christmas celebration to benefit MedCamps of Louisiana. It’s Saturday December 15th at the Strauss Theatre in Monroe at 2p and 7p. Admission is $15
adults, $10 for children. Seniors will have a $10 admission for the 2p performance. For more details call 348-2291 or go to pineyhillsharmony.org.
Northeast Louisiana Christmas Celebration
The Northeast Louisiana Christmas Celebration will be happening at First Baptist Church/West Monroe Saturday December 15th. You will experience all the sights and sounds that only Christmas can bring. There will be hundreds of singers, dancers and musicians performing to get you ready for Christmas. It begins at 6:00 and it’s Free. For more details, call the church at 322-5104 or go to nelachristmas.com.
Christmas Broadway Style
The Strauss Youth Academy for the Arts will be celebrating Christmas Broadway style. The show features Christmas classics and some Broadway favorites. The shows will be at various times Saturday December 15th and Sunday December 16th. Tickets are $14 for adults, $10 for students. For show times and more information, call 812-7922.
Northeast Louisiana Christmas Celebration
The Northeast Louisiana Christmas Celebration will be happening at First Baptist Church/West Monroe Saturday and Sunday December 15th & 16th at 6:00. Come experience the Christmas story in a new, fresh way with hundreds of singers, musicians, and dancers to get you completely ready for Christmas! The NELA Christmas Celebration is free and open to the community. Learn more at nelachristmas.com, or call 322-5104
Lighted Coca Cola Truck
The Lighted Coca Cola truck will be parked on Riverside Drive in Monroe by Biedenharn Museum Wednesday December 19th from 3p until 8p. There will be music and tours of the museum buildings and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to hear last minute gift requests. Photos will be available. It’s Free. For more details call 387-5281.
Hope for the Ages Christmas Musical
You are invited to Cedar Crest Baptist Church West Monroe for their Christmas musical Hope for the Ages, Wednesday December 19th at 6:30 then for their service on December 23rd at 10a. For more details go to ccbchurch.org or call the church office at 396-4953.
Senior Adults Stories of Christmas Past
All senior adults are invited to the Ouachita Parish Public Library Main Branch on Stubbs Street in Monroe beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday December 20th to swap stories of Christmas past. Mix, mingle and enjoy a great afternoon. This is a Free event. For more details call 327-1490.
Winter Solstice Celebration
The Winter Solstice Celebration celebrating the shortest day of the year and the first day of winter is Friday December 21st at Black Bayou National Wildlife Refuge in Monroe. They will have a fire, s’mores,
cocoa and music at the amphitheater. It starts at 6:00. For more details call 387-1114.
Open Air Wagon Rides
Open Air Wagon Rides Through the Christmas lights in Antique Alley in West Monroe will continue Friday December 21st and Saturday the 22nd, then again on Friday the 28th and Saturday the 29th. The rides begin at Commerce Street and end at Wood Street. It begins at 5p and ends at 9p, rides are $5.
White’s Ferry Road Church Christmas Eve Service
The White’s Ferry Road Church invites you to their Christmas Eve service, Monday the 24th from 5p until 6p. Come as there will be singing of praises to our King and giving glory to God. The service will be led by Mike Kellett and Alan Robertson. For more details call 396-6000.
Christmas Tree Recycling
Christmas tree recycling will begin Tuesday December 26th and go through Sunday January 6th at the Monroe Civic Center and the West Monroe Farmer’s Market on North 7th Street. This is for live trees only with no ornaments, lights or accessories. For more information go to ouachitagreen.org.
Sugar Bowl Extravaganza
The Sugar Bowl Extravaganza will be happening at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center beginning Friday December 28th and going through Sunday the 30th. There will be 6 Louisiana Quarter Horse Association shows all under one roof. The goal is to promote the Quarter Horses and lead and teach youth. The shows begin at 8am. For more details, call 325-9160.
Wellness Resolution Run
You are invited to take part in the 3rd annual Wellness Resolution Run Saturday December 29th just off Thomas Road in West Monroe. It’s a 4 mile and 8 mile race/marathon. Beginning at 8:30a. For more information, call 329-9100.
FREE Children's Drop-In Activity
There will be a FREE Children’s Drop-In Activity Saturday January 5th at Masur Museum in Monroe. It’s for children of all ages from 2p until 5p. Those participating get to peruse out their current exhibition,
complete their scavenger hunt for a prize and work on an art project that relates to the exhibition currently on display. When they’re finished, they’ll have a beautiful work of art to take home. For more
details call 239-2237.
Trinity United Methodist Church Women's Conference
Trinity United Methodist Church in Ruston is hosting a conference for all women in the community January 18-19. Angie Smith, the Seamless bible study writer, will be speaking on bringing the community together as one church. For more details call 251-0750 or see their website trinityruston.org.
NELA Master Gardener January Gardening Seminar
The NELA Master Gardener January Gardening Seminar will be held at the West Monroe Convention Center Saturday January 19th. There will be door prizes, seed swap vendors and more. It will go from 7:30a until 1:30p. Registration fee is $20.00. For more details call 323-2251
Black Bayou Full Moon Walk
There will be a Ranger led full moon walk at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge Monday January 21st beginning at 6p. For more details call 387-1114.
2nd Annual Poor Man's Run
The 2nd Annual St. Vincent dePaul Community Pharmacy: Poor Man’s Run hosted by the ULM School of Pharmacy will be Saturday January 26th beginning at 8am. This is a family friendly 5K race and 1mile fun run to raise money for the community non- profit pharmacy. For more information go to ovrrc.com
or call 342-3800.
Empty Bowls - A Serving of Food Art and Music
Join the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana for a family friendly event to support the fight against hunger in our community. It’s Empty Bowls – A Serving of Food Art and Music, Saturday January 26th at The Hub
on Washington Street in Monroe. A tasting of signature dishes from multiple local restaurants will be served. For more information go to www.EmptyBowlsNELA.com for tickets and more info, or call the Food Bank at 322-3567.
Big Daddy Weave
Big Daddy Weave with Jonathan Chu, Becca Bradley.
Ticket Prices (Additional taxes & fees may apply):
Alive Tour Choir Experience: $185
Includes opportunity to perform on stage with Big Daddy Weave, dinner provided before the concert, group photo with Big Daddy Weave during rehearsal, post-concert individual photo with BDW, limited-edition Alive Tour Choir t-shirt, exclusive Alive Tour Choir laminate pass and lanyard, discount code for companion concert ticket (sent after purchase), 10% off coupon for BDW merchandise at the concert, performance photos e-mail after the concert, option to join the choir in other cities at a discounted rate, and first chance to join BDW on stage in D.C. for their Kennedy Center debut concert in Summer 2020.
Includes the best seats for the concert, a post-concert photo opportunity with Big Daddy Weave, and a premium laminate pass. Doors open at 5:30pm. Concert begins at 7:00pm.
Early Entry: $35
Want to beat the rush and get early access to great seats? This is the ticket for you! Doors open at 5:45pm. Concert begins at 7:00pm.
General Admission: $20
Seating on a first come, first-served basis. Doors open at 6:00pm.
Group 10+: $15/ticket
ABOUT BIG DADDY WEAVE
Big Daddy Weave is one of the top artists in Christian music: they are one of the genre’s biggest headlining artists, the second most played artist at Christian AC-Monitored radio in 2014 and the recipient of multiple industry awards and nominations, including: Dove Awards, K-LOVE Fan Awards, Billboard Music Awards and ASCAP Awards. Between 2012 and 2015, Big Daddy Weave has achieved five straight No. 1 singles at radio, the most recent being “My Story” from the 9/18/15 album, Beautiful Offerings, and the previous four from the band’s career best-selling album, Love Come To Life. “Redeemed” was certified gold by the RIAA in 2015. Big Daddy Weave has career album sales of more than one million units. Formed in 2002, Big Daddy Weave is: Mike Weaver, Jay Weaver, Jeremy Redmon, Joe Shirk and Brian Beihl. More information can be found online at www.bigdaddyweave.com.
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