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Lake Bartholomew Water Levels Lowered for Vegetation Control

WHEN: Tuesday, November 01, 2016  -  Tuesday, February 28, 2017

WHERE: Monroe, La.

The City of Monroe Water System has begun the process of lowering Lake Bartholomew for vegetation control and maintenance. The lake will be lowered at a rate of no more than 4 inches per day. During this time, the lake will be lowered by a total of 2 to 6 feet below normal pool stage. Lake Bartholomew will remain at that level for a minimum of 2 months and be re-filled no later than mid-February. This process will result in a slight lowering of Black Bayou and Bayou Desiard. Lake Bartholomew currently has a dense growth of coontail in the shallows, which could be reduced by lowering the lake for a minimum of two months. Hydrilla, which has plagued the lake for the past few years, would also be partially controlled, though its coverage is currently insignificant. Other emergent species growing along the shoreline would also be partially controlled. This two month process will not have any adverse effect on wildlife. Please feel free to call one of the individuals below for further information. Sean Benton, Water System Manager, City of Monroe, (318) 329-2395 or Ryan Daniel, Biologist Manager, LDWF District 2 (318) 343-4044.

Open Mic Night

WHEN: Tuesday, December 06, 2016

WHERE: 2350 Tower Drive, Monroe, LA

Ouachita Parish Public Library holds Open Mic Night at local coffee house: The Ouachita Parish Public Library and CC’s Coffee House would like to invite local writers to participate in an Open Mic Night at 6:00 pm. It will be held at CC’s Coffee House located at 2350 Tower Drive in Monroe. Local wordsmiths are encouraged to perform original poetry, short stories, songs, or comedy. A lot of great talent can be found locally. The Ouachita Parish Public Library is working to foster creative writing in the community and the public is invited to support local art by attending, relaxing and listening to the local artists. For more information on these and other programs at the Ouachita Parish Public Libraries visit the web site at or the library’s Facebook page under Ouachita Parish Public Library at



Annual Christmas Toy Drive

WHEN: Saturday, December 10, 2016

WHERE: 112 Blanchard Street West Monroe, LA 71291

Please join us, the Mu Tau Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. for our Annual Christmas Toy Drive. Select a toy while you are shopping and drop it in the toy box. Help us help a child in need. Tis’ the season for giving from 9am-1pm at Big Lots, 112 Blanchard Street West Monroe, LA 71291. Contact Michael E. Chisley @ or 318-557-1390 for more information.

7th Annual Calhoun Christmas Parade:

WHEN: Saturday, December 10, 2016

WHERE: 237 Calhoun Rd., Calhoun, La.

Happy Holidays! Parade begins at 11:00 a.m. We are gearing up for our annual Christmas Parade in Calhoun, Louisiana. Volunteers are needed to participate to make our parade bigger and better this year! We are encouraging groups, clubs and businesses as well as individuals to join us. Churches, schools and school sponsor clubs; High school Homecoming court, High School former classes, PTA Group Leaders, our Military, Vintage Cars, Horse Riding Clubs, Motorcycle Clubs, ATVs etc., all are welcome! The entering fee is that each group is asked to bring a (toy/toys) gift wrapped for a boy or girl age 4-12. If you want to participate or volunteer in the parade, please contact Deborah Carter at 318-805-6474. Lineup will start 10 a.m. at Calhoun Elementary School, 237 Calhoun Rd., Calhoun, La. We will have special performance after the parade in the school’s parking lot. Christmas dinner following after the parade at Calhoun Elem. School.

“The First Christmas”

WHEN: Saturday, December 10, 2016

WHERE: 901 Ridge Ave, West Monroe, LA 71291

The Monroe Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is excited to announce its Annual Holiday Bunch scheduled on December 10, 2016, 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. at the West Monroe Convention Center. The year’s theme “The First Christmas” is an invitation for members and guests to wear Red with a Touch of Gold attire as we ring in the holiday season with delicious food and entertainment. A play written, produced and directed by Joseph Pritchard will provide the entertainment. The event will also feature a silent auction and toy drive. Everyone attending is encouraged to help save lives by bringing any type of bottle top for the Kidney Foundation and pull tabs for St. Jude Children’s hospital. Tickets can be obtained from any member of the Monroe Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. For more information, please contact chairperson, LaTina S. Johnson at 318.805.3296.

Christmas Program

WHEN: Sunday, December 11, 2016

WHERE: House of David

Monroe Big Four Organization is sponsoring a Christmas Program at 6:00pm at the House of David on Atkinson Street in Monroe, LA. Apostle Sam Smith. All groups are invited!!!!

“Night in White Candlelight March”

WHEN: Sunday, December 11, 2016

WHERE: 716 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Monroe, LA

The Rose of Sharon Baptist Church will have its “Night in White Candlelight March” at 6:00 p.m. The Church is located at 716 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Monroe, LA. Rev. A. B. Davis-Johnson, Sr. is the Pastor. For more information please contact the Church at (318) 855-8391.

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