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February 23-24 Monroe, LA North Louisiana Quilters Guild 2018 Quilt Show; Monroe Civic Center; 401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway. Come enjoy this Quilt Show and its array of Vendors. 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM; 318-329-2225
February 23- 24 Alexandria, LA Monster Truck Winter Nationals; 7:30PM; Rapides Parish Coliseum; 5600 Coliseum Boulevard; Get ready Cenla back by popular demand is the Monster Truck Winter Nationals! Monster Trucks are back at the Rapides Parish Coliseum for two record breaking shows! The action starts at 7:30 both nights! The baddest trucks on the planet will compete in events including: Wheelie Contest, Donut Contest, and Monster Truck Free Style. The local fans will be judges! Trucks include: Equalizer, King Krunch, Hot Tamale, Nitro Hornet, Buckshot, Sgt. Smash and more! Special VIP tickets include a lower bowl seat, access to the pre-show pit party to meet the drivers, get autographs, and take pictures with the trucks. VIP Ticket holders will get to meet Batman and sit in the Batmobile. Kids will receive a batman souvenir. Website: Monster Truck Winter Nationals. General Admission Only
February 23- 24 Farmerville, LA Crappie Fishing Tournament; Lake D'Arbonne, 3628 Par Rd 4410; The American Crappie Trail was started by fishermen, for the fisherman! Their main goal is to provide anglers the chance to participate and compete in premier crappie tournaments with the highest guaranteed payout in the industry. The American Crappie Trail tournament will raise the bar in the crappie fishing industry! Not only will they have the highest payout, but all tournaments will be televised. They will be using state-of-the-art trailers and weigh-in stations. Weight in is at D'Arbonne Point, and is open to the public at no charge. Fishing hours are from 7am - 3:30pm both days (must be in line by 4:30pm).
Registration and Location Information: Registration for the American Crappie Trail Tournament and the appropriate registration forms can be found at https://goo.gl/Tfuewr . The registration fee to participate in the tournament is $325 per team. Late fees apply after February 10th. Participants must be members to register. Become a member at https://goo.gl/Z2peb2 .
Pre-Tournament Events:  Seminar and registration is on February 22nd at the Willie Davis Recreation Center. Events will begin at 5pm. http://www.crappiemasters.net/home/
February 24 Many, LA Sabine Master Gardemers 15th Annual Down and Dirty Garden Seminar; 2000 Cypress Bend Parkway; Sabine Master Gardeners are hosting their 15th Annual Down and Dirty Garden Seminar at the Cypress Bend Golf Resort and Conference Center. Speakers will be Melda Siebe, Herb Lady from East Texas and owner of Wild Thyme Herb Farm; Buddy Lee, inventor of the Encore Azalea; Allen Owings, recently retired from LSU AGCenter and has now joined forces with Bracy's Nursery in Amite La. and Cleggs Nursery in Baton Rouge. He works tirelessly to provide educational programming and informational delivery to Louisiana's nursery, landscape and garden center industries; Dan Gill an associate Professor in Consumer Horticulture with the LSU AgCenter. He is the spokesperson for the "Get It Growing" Project, a state wide educational effort in home horticulture utilizing radio, internet, TV and newsprint. Lunch will be served. 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM; $35; 318-315-1963; maribeth1906@live.com
February 24 Pineville, LA Central Louisiana Dutch Oven Cookers; 9:00AM; Fort Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site; 135 Riverfront Street; Phone: 985-445-9944; $4 per person ages 4 to 62.
February 27 Ruston, LA Lunch Hour Gardening Seminar: Growing Vegetables; 12:05 pm - 12:50 pm; Lincoln Parish Library, 910 N Trenton St; North Central Louisiana Master Gardeners hope to spread the knowledge and love of gardening at the lunch hour seminar on Louisiana Super Plants. The event is free of charge and no prior registration is required. Kathryn Fontenot, LSU horticultural agent, is a vegetable specialist and author of the recently released book The Louisiana Urban Gardener: A Beginners Guide to Growing Vegetables and Herbs. She will offer advice for both novice and experienced vegetable gardeners.For more information contact:  Kathy Davis, North Central Louisiana Master Gardeners, at 318-243-2821 or kerdavis@suddenlink.net
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March 1 - 4 Pineville, LA Blue & Gray on the Red; Forts Randolph & Buhlow State Historic Site; 135 Riverfront Street; Experience life during the Red River Campaign as the Blue and Gray on the Red events take place. Events include living history demonstrations and camp life tours, battle re-enactments, lectures, dinner theater, and more. Admission and ticket fees apply to most events. 318-484-2390; http://www.alexandriapinevillela.com/blueandgray
March 3 Gibsland, LA Jonquil Jubilee; Experience the hospitality of a small town, and celebrate the arrival of Spring at the Jonquil Jubilee.Vendors will be gathered at the Pavilion and Gazebo area and always have many hand crafted items for sale.  Items for sale include iron works, original art, and a large assortment of plants and garden accessories. 
Self-guided tours, Tickets for the self guided tour will be available at the Jubilee booth. This ticket is your admission to the historic homes and gardens on the tour, and also a map of the various local plantings. Gibsland, the Daffodil Capital of Louisiana, is located one mile south of I-20 at the Gibsland/Athens Exit (#61) and is approximately 45 miles east of Shreveport and 56 miles west of Monroe.
For more information call 318-843-6228 or email jonquiljubilee@gibslandbank.com.
March 3 Monroe, LA Gun Nation Match; 3 Gun Nation match. As always shooters do not setup or tear down. Arrive and shoot.
8:00 AM- 5:00 PM; Match fee is $15 for LAC Members and $25 for non-members. 303 Moore Rd, 318- 232-2047. Registration: https://practiscore.com/lac-range-march-3-gun-nation-match/register.
March 3 West Monroe, LA Spring Into Creativity Fine Arts Fair. Come "Spring" into creativity with the West Monroe Community Center's Arts Fair! They will be introducing many new and exciting creative arts outlets to the community. The community will also be able to participate in various displays! West Monroe Community Cente; 400 South 5th Street. 10:00 AM- 1:00 PM
March 3 Monroe, LA Kid's 3-5 Program - Pond Life. Kids can come and learn more about the life of a pond. 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM. Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge; 480 Richland Pl Drive. 318-387-1114
March 3 Keachi, LA 2018 Spring Ramble - Keachi & DeSoto Parish; 9550 LA Hwy 5; Settled in the 1840s and 1850s, the Keachi area is one of the centers of Greek Revival architecture in the state. Join us for this rare glimpse into its history and buildings. The tour begins at 10 a.m. with a welcome and brief overview at Keachi Presbyterian Church, followed by tours of historic churches, houses, a Masonic lodge, store and even one of the state's few remaining Rosenwald Schools. A boxed lunch is included in your registration price. In order to receive discounted admission (and to be guaranteed a boxed lunch), please register by Monday, February 26. Check-in at registration begins at 9:30, at Keachi Presbyterian. Transportation between sites will be self-guided and a program will be provided on the morning of the tour. A video of the tour sites may be seen on Facebook at LTHPreservation. Time: 10:00 AM to 3:45 PM; $45 for LTHP members, $50 for non-members; $15 for students; $40 for groups of 10+; Phone: 225-930-0936; Website: lthp.org ; Email:latrusthistoricpreservation@gmail.com
March 3 Pioneer, LA Artifact Screening and Artifact Identification at Poverty Point World Heritage Site. Visitors are invited to join archaeologists at Poverty Point as they search for artifacts by water screening excavated soil. Poverty Point Station Archaeology’s current project involves surveying and shovel testing land surrounding the site, to determine how the ancient people of Poverty Point used their surrounding environment. Guests are welcome to watch, learn, and participate in water screening under the guidance of the on-site archaeologists.
The event begins at 10:30 a.m., weather permitting, outside of the Archaeology Lab. Be advised that any artifacts found must remain on site for archaeological research. There also will be an artifact identification program offered from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Guests can bring in their items for identification by on-site specialists.
Poverty Point World Heritage Site; 6859 Highway 577. $4 admission, Children (3 and under) and senior citizens (62 and over) are admitted free of charge. Location : 6859 Highway 577. 888-926-5492
March 3 Benton, LA MSF Spring Fling - Horse Shoe Competition. All military families welcome! This free event is to show community appreciation to our local military families. There will be a horse shoe competition (must register to play): 1st place wins $300, 2nd place wins $200 and 3rd wins $100. Corn hole competition for the kiddos: 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners will win gift cards from Altitude! There will be arts and crafts, face-painting, hayride, horses, food and lots more. Come join the fun! 1245 Old Plain Dealing Rd; Benton, LA 71006; Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM; Price: Free; Phone: 318-746-0252; Website: nwlamilitarysupport.org ; Email:mrc@bossierchamber.com
March 3 Monroe, LA Invasive Species Walk and Talk, Join North Louisiana Refuges Complex Forester Chris Foster to learn more about the invasive species at Black Bayou and in Louisiana and how they effect the refuge and you and how you can help limit and control their spread. 10:00AM - 12:00 PM; Free; Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge
480 Richland Pl Drive. 318-387-1114
March 3-4 Monroe, LA Barak Shrine Circus. The Circus is coming to Monroe! Come and check out this fun, family friendly event. Monroe Civic Center; 401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway.  Hours: March 2nd- 7:30 PM; March 3rd 10:00 AM, 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM; March 4th 2:00 PM & 6:00 PM; Cost: $12-17; Phone: 318-329-2225
March 7 - 9 Many, LA B.A.S.S. Nation Central Regional Tournament; Cypress Bend Park; 3462 Cypress Bend Dr. Come watch the exciting weigh-in show daily at 3pm. Hosted locally by the Louisiana Office of Tourism, the Sabine River Authority and the Sabine Parish Tourist Commission. 318-256-5880 ; Website
March 9-11 West Monroe, LA USA BMX Cajun Nationals; Ike Hamilton Expo Center Arena; 501 Mane Street.; Winning at any USA BMX National is a feat in itself, and the Cajun Nationals have drawn some impressive numbers the past couple of years. This is the one big race of the year for colleges with a cycling program. Every top-BMX student with a BMX scholarship will be in attendance, vying for the stars and bars collegiate sleeve and championship title.
For whatever reason it may be, the Cajuns are one national you won't want to miss out on!
Spectators welcome! Admission to spectators is FREE.
March 10 - 11 Bossier City, LA Gun & Knife Show. Buy-Sell-Trade-Browse. Bring your gun and trade for the gun you always wanted. See the hundreds of displays of new and old guns, ammo, gun parts, books, knives, jewelry, camouflage, militaria, and related items at discount prices. 620 Benton Rd ; Saturday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Sunday, 10:00 AM to 4:00PM; Price: $8 Adults, $2 Children 6-11; Phone: 985-624-8577; capgunshows.com ; info@capgunshows.com
March 10 Pioneer, LA Dutch Oven Cooking; Poverty Point World Heritage Site; 6859 Highway 577. Poverty Point Reservoir State Park in Delhi will host the Poverty Point Cookers, a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society, for a cooking demonstration and sampling. Participants can learn about this increasingly-popular form of cooking, the actual Dutch oven pots and much more. 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM. For more information call 800-474-0392 toll free or 318-878-7536 locally. or 888-926-5492
March 16 Ruston, LA St. Paddy's Day in the Park; Rock the Railroad is back for a spring concert series! Come out to Railroad Park Saturday, March 16 for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration with food, drinks, and live music! Beer and wine are available for purchase as well as a specialty green adult beverage. Bring the whole crew out to enjoy a live performance from the Frenchie's Blues Destroyers and the Robert “Slim” Finley Ban. 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm. Admission is free; must be 21 or older to drink.
March 17 West Monroe, LA St. Paddy's Bicycle Parade & Festival 2018; Come join the St.Patrick's day fun at Kiroli Park! There will be free green lemonade, popcorn, bouncers for the kids, live Irish music, and costume contests for adults, kids and even your pets. Also, you will not want to miss the bike parade that rolls out at noon. Kiroli Park
820 Kiroli Road. 10:00 AM- 1:00 PM. Phone: 318-396-4016
March 17 Vivian, LA Louisiana Redbud Festival; Vivian Towne Square; The Louisiana Redbud Festival on the Square in Vivian is a all-day event. The pancake breakfast starts at 7 am. This festival  is fun for all, with music, a parade, food, arts and crafts booths. 318-286-8093; http://www.laredbud.com ; Email
March 21 - 25 Winnfield, LA Welcome to Uncle Earl's Hog Dog Trials at the Winn Parish Fair Grounds, Hwy 34 South. For more information contact Jake Loiacano; 409-673-2382 or email jake@hogbaying.com
March 23-25 Monroe, LA Junior League Spring Market. Monroe Civic Center; 401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway.
This year is the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the annual Spring Market! Here are the Spring Market events and shopping times: ; Friday, March 23rd -Shop Till You Drop from 9:00am-11:00am; General Shopping from 11:00am-5:00pm; Girls Night Out from 6:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday, March 24th- General Shopping 9:00am-6:00pm; Breakfast with Bunnies 9:00am
Sunday, March 25th- General Shopping from 12:00pm-5:00pm. Phone: 318-329-2225
March 24 West Monroe, LA Downtown Spring Art Festival; Antique Alley; 100-400 blocks of Trenton Street. Over 60 booths filled with artists and artisans (all handmade products!), and local organizations providing learning activities and demonstrations; Food Vendors; Live music and performances; FREE craft projects, jumpers, and activities for kids. This year, the festival will be located on Trenton Street, along Antique Alley. 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM; FREE
March 24 Pioneer, LA Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps - Morning Hike; Take part in a ranger-led hike showcasing the mounds, earthworks, and nature found in the park. The hike will follow an introductory video; and can take up to two hours, depending on the pace of the group. For more information call 888-926-5492 toll free or 318-926-5492 locally. Poverty Point World Heritage Site; 6859 Highway 577.
March 31 Monroe, LA ZOO Easter EGGstravaganza 2018. Louisiana Purchase Zoo; 1405 Bernstein Park Road. This community event is sponsored by the Louisiana Purchase Zoological Society with support from the City of Monroe. Families can experience the new life of Spring and the fun, educational atmosphere of the zoo by participating in our Easter EGGstravaganza. 10:00 AM- 1:00 PM. 318-329-2400


For more information or to confirm dates call the telephone number given for the event.