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December 2017 ===============  
Dec 6 - Feb 8 Ruston, LA Louisiana Peach Festival Design Contest; The 2018 Louisiana Peach Festival Theme will be "Peachy Paradise" and the design contests are open! Please submit your artwork by 5 p.m., February 9, 2018. You may enter either, or both contests.
The #LaPeachFest Planning Committee will narrow choices down to their top 3. Their favorite 3 poster designs and 3 t-shirt designs will be presented to Peach Fans via Facebook for final voting. Good luck.
Download Poster Design Contest Form ; Download T-Shirt Design Contest Form
The Louisiana Peach Festival is coordinated by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce. Follow on Facebook ; 318-255-2031; Send an Email
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January 2018 ===============  
January 19-21 Bossier City, LA Ark-LA-Tex Antique Festival; will be held at Bossier Civic Center, 620 Benton Rd, on Friday, January 19 to Sunday, January 21. Admission is $3 for children 9- 12 and $6 for adults.
Ark-La-Tex Antique Festival features collectibles, antique toys, vintage art, pottery, first editions, architectural salvage, antique jewelry, rare glassware and antique furniture. 318-741-8900; tradeshowz.com
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February 1 Monroe
West Monroe, LA
Downtown Gallery Crawl, DeSiard and Trenton Streets, Monroe and West Monroe; Start February off with another cool Crawl in downtown Monroe & West Monroe! As we enter the Mardi Gras season, it's the perfect time to support your creative community and have a blast in our 10 galleries on Art Alley, Antique Alley and S. Grand in the 318. Make sure you grab a Passport and then head to Flying Tiger Brewery to claim your Crawler Perk! Fine art - food - live music. There's no better place to be than the #downtowngallerycrawl. 5:00pm-9:00pm; 318-503-5125
February 1-3 Alexandria, LA 2018 Central District Livestock Show; Dean Lee Research/Extension Center Livestock Complex; 8105 Tom Bowman Drive; Website: Rapides Parish 4-H
February 3 Ball, LA Town of Ball Mardi Gras Parade; 10:00AM; Hwy 165 Town of Ball; 318-640-9604
February 3 Woodworth, LA Town of Woodworth Mardi Gras Parade; 12:00PM; Route:  Maison Rue & Castor Plunge Road - Dan Triplett Road - Brookwood Drive - Highway 165 to Castor Plunge Road.
February 3 Monroe, LA Krewe of Janus Children's Mardi Gras Parade; Complete with beads and floats and Mardi Gras fun at Pecanland Mall's Center Court. Registration begins at 9:00 am and the first 100 participants receive a goody bag! The Children's parade is for children up to the age of 10. There will be three divisions- up to age 4, Individuals ages 4-10, and groups up to age 10. The parade is a great place for children to catch their own beads. Pecanland Mall; 4700 Millhaven Road, Suite 2000, 10:00 am- 1:00 pm; 318-322-4635.
February 3 Monroe, LA Coyotes and Foxes Kids Program 6-12 yr olds; Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge; 480 Richland Pl Drive. Their monthly kids program is going to be about coyotes and foxes this month in celebration of Year of the Dog. 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM. 318-387-1114
February 3 Pioneer, LA Tool Demonstration at Poverty Point World Heritage Site; Poverty Point World Heritage Site; 6859 Highway 577. Go back in time and learn about an ancient culture, the Poverty Point inhabitants, that once lived in northeast Louisiana more than 3,500 years ago and how they developed and created tools used in their everyday lives. The program will have demonstrations beginning on the hour. Poverty Point World Heritage Site offers visitors the unique opportunity to study the culture of area inhabitants from 1600 to 1100 BC. The $4 admission fee provides access to the museum, video, hiking trail, driving tour, tram tour and any interpretive events taking place at the site. Children (3 and under) and senior citizens (62 and over) are admitted free of charge.  1:00 PM- 4:00 PM; Cost: $4. Phone: 888-926-5492
February 3 West Monroe, LA Mardi Gras Day Celebration in the Alley; 100-400 blocks of Trenton Street; There will be a bouncer and a food booth in the Alley all day during Mardi Gras!!! Come down town for great food, music, and fun before the parade. 1:00 PM- 7:00 PM.
February 3 Monroe
West Monroe, LA
Krewe of Janus Mardi Gras Parade: Janus Relives the 80s; Louisville Avenue and Trenton Street, Join us for Mardi Gras fun in Downtown West Monroe and Monroe as lighted floats and marching bands parade through the Twin Cities. 6:00 pm; Free
February 3 Shreveport, LA Krewe of Centaur Mardi Gras Parade XXVII; The Krewe of Centaur is one of the largest parading krewes in Louisiana, and their giant, colorful parade is a must-see! The parade will begin, rain or shine, at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3 on Clyde Fant Parkway in downtown Shreveport. The massive parade proceeds along Shreveport’s parade route, which follows Clyde Fant Parkway south from downtown Shreveport, turns right onto Shreveport-Barksdale Highway and ends in the Broadmoor neighborhood at East Kings Highway Park.  kreweofcentaur.org      info@kreweofcentaur.org
February 3 Bossier City, LA Tuff Hedeman Championship Bull Riding; Championship Bull Riding (CBR) is an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving the very best elements of the sport. Under the direction of CEO Murphy Lents and bull riding icon Tuff Hedeman, CBR has grown into an organization that works to put the best riders on the best bulls, delivering world-class qualified rides and entertainment to its legions of world-wide fans. CenturyLink Center; 2000 CenturyLink Center Dr.; 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 and up. www.facebook.com 318-747-2501
February 4 Alexandria, LA Garden Bros Circus; 1:00PM; Rapides Parish Coliseum; 5600 Coliseum Boulevard; Come see the All New GARDEN BROS CIRCUS! America’s Largest Circus! This year’s performances in 3 RINGS with Breathtaking Special Effects! Featuring Motorcycle Daredevils in the Sky! ELEPHANTS! The Crazy Cossack Horse Riders! Garden Motorsports attempts six riders in the Globe of Death! Chinese Acrobats, Death Defying Trapeze, World Famous Human Pyramid, Tumblers, Contortionists, Funniest Clowns, Aerial Artists, Jugglers as seen on America’s Got Talent, not enough room to list anymore!!! Showtimes: 1:00, 3:30 & 6:00PM; The Free Tickets are also available at sponsoring businesses in the area; First one hundred adult tickets sold online are only $9.95 at www.GardenBrosCircus.com; 941-343-2378          
February 6 Shreveport, LA Garden Bros. Circus; Come see the all new Garden Bros. Circus! This year’s production is packed with breathtaking special effects, concert-style lighting and three rings bursting with excitement, laughter and memories that families will cherish. We have brought the very best performers from 18 countries making up a cast of more than 60 performers. Garden Bros. Circus presents a fast-paced 90-minute show in a Theatrical European three-ring setting featuring the Human Pyramid, elephants, daring aerial artists, six motorcycles in the Sphere of Fear, the Crazy Cossack Horse Riders, Chinese acrobats, death-defying trapeze, contortionists, the funniest clowns, jugglers as seen on America’s Got Talent, and more.
The free tickets are also available at sponsoring businesses in the area.The first one hundred adult tickets sold online are only $12.50 at www.GardenBrosCircus.com
Hirsch Memorial Coliseum, 3207 Pershing Blvd; 4:30 & 7:30 PM Shows; $0-34; 941-343-2378; gbceventcal@gmail.com
February 10 Natchitoches, LA The Krewe of Dionysos 2018 parade , Saturday at 6 p.m. Admission is free. The parade starts at the River South Common shopping center parking lot turning right onto South Drive to Keyser Avenue turning left at the Keyser Avenue, crossing the bridge and turning right on Jefferson Street to Front Street to Washington Street turning left onto Texas Street and turning left onto Second Street to Church Street to end the parade route. 903-926-4354; www.kreweofdionysos.org
February 10 Ruston, LA Ruston Mardi Gras Parade & Festival; 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm; Railroad Park, Downtown Ruston;   Junior Auxiliary of Ruston presents "Jazzin' it Up" 2018 Mardi Gras Parade & Festival. This family-friendly Mardi Gras celebration will kick off downtown in Railroad Park at 4 p.m. with food trucks, live music, local vendors, activities for the family, and more! 
The parade will begin at 6 p.m. starting the Lincoln Parish Police Jury Complex Parking Lot on Alabama Avenue. From there, it will roll downtown to Trenton Street, take right on Park Avenue, then Monroe Street, to West Mississippi Avenue, to Homer Street, and return to the parking lot on Alabama Avenue.
Stick around after the parade for more family fun in Railroad Park! For more information, contact jazzitup@jaofruston.org
February 10 Bossier City, LA Krewe of Gemini Mardi Gras Parade; The Krewe of Gemini is the first parading Krewe in modern times in Shreveport-Bossier. Their massive, colorful parade will begin in downtown Shreveport at the intersection of Clyde Fant Parkway and Lake Street at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. The parade will proceed south along Clyde Fant Parkway, turn right onto Shreveport-Barksdale Highway and end near the Duck Pond in Shreveport's Broadmoor neighborhood. 318-741-9264; www.kreweofgemini.com; info@kreweofgemini.com 
February 17 Monroe, LA Guided Bird Walk for the Great Backyard Bird Count; Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge; 480 Richland Pl Drive. Join birder Roselie Overby for a guided bird walk at the refuge. We will be looking for different species and keeping a tally to submit to the Great Backyard Bird Count. If you have wondered about some of the birds you see out here, this is a great way to find out about them. 10:00AM; free
February 17 Shreveport, LA NBC6/FIT FOR LIFE HEALTH & WELLNESS EXPO; 400 Caddo St; KTAL-NBC6 and local non-profit Fit for Life will be hosting a one day expo exhibition event dedicated to health, wellness, fitness, and nutrition. The expo will take place 9 a.m.–5 p.m. at the Shreveport Convention Center on the first floor closest to the main entrance/lobby area (exhibit hall 3). Admission is free – all ages are welcome to attend and participate.
Booths will include a variety of medical, health, wellness providers including, but not limited to, chiropractors, dentists, senior care, pediatrics/kids activities, personal trainers, insurance, essential oils, workout facilities, and more. There will also be free keynote speakers throughout the day on a variety of topics, as well as free workout classes and demonstrations geared to every age. Attendees should dress comfortably, so everyone can participate in these classes.
Key sponsors to date include University Health, Healthy Blue, Orange Theory Fitness (Shreveport), LSU Health Sciences Foundation / School of Allied Health Professions, The Best of Times magazine, and the Shreveport Convention Center. The event is also supported by the Louisiana Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports (LA Dept of Health) and the Louisiana Bureau of Minority Health (LA Dept of Health).
For information on booths and sponsorships, call/text 318-294-0445 or email; jbotts@ktalnews.tv OR visit www.ArkLaTexHomepage.com.
February 17 Bossier City, LA 2018 Bossier Night Market; 4-9 p.m. Saturday only! Enjoy free admission and free family fun with 100,000+ twinkling lights, food trucks, and live music. There will be 180+ vendors selling their unique wares – market goods, unique food, wood crafts, jewelry, art, jams, fall gifts, jelly, salsa, clothing, vintage, ceramics, accessories, spice and seasoning blends, food trucks, metal and stone craft, wreaths, furniture, fruits, vegetables, paintings, decor, skin care, baked goods, candy, handcrafted soap, candles, crochet, home decor, honey, hot coffee, cocoa, kids activities and much more!
There is a seating area and plenty of free parking. 2950 E. Texas St., Bossier City, La. (South parking lot of Pierre Bossier Mall) VENDORS www.BossierNightMarket.com Sponsor info or questions email bossiernightmarket@gmail.com.
February 17-18 Monroe, LA Homebuilders Expo; Monroe Civic Center; 401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway. Don't miss out on the NELA Homebuilders Expo at the Civic Center. Shop a wide variety of Indoor & Outdoor Furniture & Accessories, Appliances, Decor, Insulation, Roofing, Lawn & Garden Equipment & Supplies, Lawn Fencing, Animal Control Fencing, and Much More! Saturday 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM, Sunday 11:00- 5:00 PM; 318-387-6795
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 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.



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