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July 20 West Monroe, LA Business Expo 2017; West Monroe Convention Center; 901 Ridge Avenue. All community members and visitors are invited to attend this FREE Business Expo to learn more about the many products and services offered by local businesses. There will be multiple prize drawings for those who attend. Children are welcome. 10:00a.m. - 2:00p.m. Cost: FREE ‘ 318-325-1961
July 22 Pineville, LA Dutch Oven Gathering; Fort Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site; 135 Riverfront Street. 9:00AM; Central Louisiana Dutch Oven Cookers; Demonstrations begin at 9am.  Pots on the table at Noon. Takes place every fourth Saturday of the month. No charge for food, however, donations are accepted. **Park Entrance Fees Apply** Raffle Prizes!!! For more information, call Laurie Smith at 985-445-9944 or look for us on Facebook. Email: centralla.dutchovencookers@yahoo.com .Central Louisiana Dutch Oven Cookers is a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society. Admission: $4 per person ages 4 to 62; Phone: 985-445-9944  
July 22 Monroe, LA Free Kayak Classes; Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge; 480 Richland Pl Drive; Louisiana Delta Adventures is sponsoring free kayak classes. Attendees will learn basic strokes. Equipment is provided. There will be two sessions and classes are limited to 10. You must be at least 7 years old to participate and will be required to sign a liability waiver, give photo permission, and complete an evaluation for the experience. First Session 10:00 am to 12:00 pm; Second Session 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm; Phone: 318-387-1114
July 22 Pioneer, LA Earth Oven Demonstration; Poverty Point World Heritage Site; 6859 Highway 577, Visitors will have a chance to observe how the prehistoric people used earth ovens cooking food. They also will learn about the different shapes of PPOs to regulate heat, among other interesting details connected to earth oven cooking. Begins at 11:00 am; Cost: $4 per person; Seniors over 62 and children 3 & under are free. Phone:888-926-5492
July 22 Monroe, LA 17th Annual Bayou Black Open Rodeo; Monroe Civic Center; 401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway. Don't miss the rodeo excitement at the Monroe Civic Center. Make a day of it with the parade, tailgating and business expo before the action begins at 7:00 pm. Ticket prices vary. Phone: 318-329-2225
July 28-29 Farmerville, LA 53rd Annual Louisiana Watermelon Festival; 5pm to 11pm The festival will be downtown 100 E. Bayou St., 505 E Water St,. There will be a seed spitting contest and a watermelon eating contest. There will be a street dance on Friday night. 318-368-0044 Website or Email
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August 2017 ================  
August 3 Monroe &
West Monroe
Downtown Gallery Crawl. Presented by the Downtown Arts Alliance, ten art galleries in downtown Monroe and West Monroe are open all evening for the public to enjoy great art, food, drink and music. Original art is for sale, tax free. Admission is free. Downtown DeSiard and Trenton Streets, Monroe and West Monroe. 5:00pm-9:00pm. Phone: 318-503-5125
August 11 -13 Ruston, LA Big Creek Trade Days; Come and enjoy a flea market type experience with something to offer everyone. There are hundreds of vendors that have more items than you can imagine. Men can even relax in the "man cave". Friday-Saturday-9am-6pm; Sunday-10am-4pm; Parking-$5; 327 California Plant Road; 318-680-1304; Website
August 12 Mansfield, LA Civil War Surgery and Medicine. On Saturday, August 12, come out to Mansfield State Historic Site and learn about the medical treatment received by Civil War soldiers. Using the backdrop of the museum’s hospital scene, get a candid picture of what it was like to visit what some Union soldiers called, “Uncle Sam’s Sawmill.”
The presentation will be held at 2 p.m. inside the museum. A reproduction amputation field kit will be on display, with the instruments demonstrated to illustrate how surgeons treated battlefield wounds. Also discussed will be the various diseases and illnesses contracted by the soldiers, and how disease ravaged the ranks of both North and South.
Mansfield State Historic Site is located at 15149 Hwy 175, three miles south of Mansfield. Admission is $4 per person ages 4-61; seniors 62 and over and children 3 and under are admitted free. For more information, call 318.872.1474 or 888.677.6267, or visit www.LaStateParks.com
August 18 - 20 Shreveport, LA GEEK'D CON, Shreveport Convention Center. 400 Caddo St. Friday 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM; Saturday 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM; Sunday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Vendors of all shapes and sizes; comic book stores, cell phone retailers, video game outlets, book stores, hobby shops, artists, writers, and more. The event will also feature national headliners including comic book artists, stars of TV and film, and professional cos-play groups. Geek’d Con will also host a full-scale cos-play competition. The potential for live-interactive sponsored events and panels exists as well. geekdcon@gmail.com     geekdcon.com    $5-$20
August 25 - 26 West Monroe, LA Shop 'Til You Drop Arts Craft & Gift Show. West Monroe Convention Center; 901 Ridge Avenue; Hairbow Heaven of Bossier City hosts this exciting shopping event with over 40 booths filled with unique gifts. Minnie and Mickey will be there Saturday! Friday 3-7pm, Saturday 9am-4:30pm; Cost: $4.00 - Good for both Phone: 318-396-5000; www.shoptiludropla.com/days;
August 26 Pineville, LA Dutch Oven Gathering; Fort Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site; 135 Riverfront Street. Central Louisiana Dutch Oven Cookers. Demonstrations begin at 9am.  Pots on the table at Noon. Takes place every fourth Saturday of the month. No charge for food, however, donations are accepted. **Park Entrance Fees Apply** Raffle Prizes! For more information, call Laurie Smith at 985-445-9944 or look for us on Facebook. Email: centralla.dutchovencookers@yahoo.com Admission: $4 per person ages 4 to 62. Phone: 985-445-9944

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