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Upcoming Events
Twin City Jazz Final Home Game
03/31/2017
The 2017 Louisiana Division champions face-off against the Dallas Quest Life Warriors, in their last home game of the year. It's Kid's Day! Kids 5 and under are free. Doors open at 5:00pm, and tipoff is at 6pm.

8th Annual Off the Wall Fundraiser hosted by the Masur Museum
04/7/2017
The Twin City Art Foundation hosts the 8th annual Off the Wall fundraiser for the Masur Museum of Art. This fabulous event features a silent auction of wonderful art by local, national, and sometimes international artists! The evening will also include great live music, catering by Chef Pat Nolan, and the always popular Bon Voyage Trip Raffle. Proceeds from the fundraiser support exhibitions and educational programs at the Masur Museum of Art.

Spring Fest 2017
04/7/2017 to 04/8/2017
Don't miss the Northeast Louisiana Master Gardener's 9th Annual Spring Plant Sale featuring Louisiana Super Plants. You'll find vegetables, herbs, houseplants, tropical plants, and more! Also, look for other selections of plants not usually found locally. Local Master Gardens will be available to help you select the best plants for your yard and garden, answer any questions, and provide gardening tips.

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Biedenharn Museum & Gardens
Step up to the soda counter to hear the tale of Coca-Cola’s bottling beginnings from an entertaining soda jerk. Then refresh with a 5 cent Coke and the nostalgia of early Coca-Cola memorabilia displayed in an indoor and outdoor setting of the Coke Museum. Walk among the wonderful collection of Coca-Cola artifacts including a delivery truck, signs, posters, bottles and Coke machines. Tour the elegant home of Joseph Biedenharn, first bottler of Coca-Cola, every room lovingly decorated by his daughter Emy-Lou Biedenharn, a renowned opera singer during the pre- World War II years. Stroll through the beautiful ELsong Gardens behind the home with over an acre of terraces, fountains, formal plantings and statues, interlaced amid French iron grillwork, tailored boxwood walkways, and year-round blooms all enshrined by an English-style brick wall. Explore the extensive collection of historically significant and unique Bibles, including a Gutenberg leaf, in the Bible Museum adjacent to the home. Also on permanent display is the impressive Russian Icon Exhibition. A variety of other exhibits from institutions such as the Smithsonian are displayed on a rotating basis. A wonderful retail shop with a variety of Coke merchandise, local souvenirs, jewelry and home decor is also on the premises. Biedenharn Museum & Gardens
Hours: 10 am-5pm Tues-Sat
Cost: Adults $10, Students $6 (Children and Students through 12th Grade), annual pass $40, Househould pass $100
2006 Riverside Drive
Monroe, LA 71201
Web: www.bmuseum.org
Tel: (318) 387-5281
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Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Immerse yourself in nature at the Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge. This majestic 4,500-acre expanse of lake, swamp, bottomland hardwoods, mixed pine and hardwood uplands is a wildlife habitat with all manner of plant species and everything from small alligators and turtles to coyote, deer and a wide variety of fowl. Delight in the beauty of herons, egrets, orioles and red-winged blackbirds from the wildlife pier or bird blind. Walk on a nature trail that meanders through a forested wetland. Marvel at the quiet beauty of the 1,600-acre lake from the quiet of your rented canoe with stately cypress and tupelo trees towering overhead. The Visitors’ Center, a restored 1880s Acadian house, offers interactive exhibits and a nature shop. Behind the center is a covered amphitheater for educational programs. Visit the Aquarium Room with live exhibits of native fish, reptiles, amphibians, and a Discovery Room with a variety of learning stations and reading materials. Other features include an arboretum with 150 labeled Louisiana native tree and woody shrub species, a photo blind, boat launch, canoeing, year-round fishing, and seasonal hunting opportunities. Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Hours: Refuge open daylight hours. Visitor Center open 8-4 weekdays; 9-5 Sat.; 1-5 Sun.
Cost: Admission: Free; Boat launch fee: $2; Canoe rental fees: $20 for 1/2 day (4 hours), $35 for a full day. Call to schedule
480 Richland Pl
Monroe , LA 71203
Web: www.fws.gov/northlouisiana/blackbayoulake
Tel: (318) 387-1114
 
 
Cheniere Lake Park
Beautiful 3,000 acre lake, covered picnic areas, playground, boat launches and climate-controlled lodge available for weddings, receptions and reunions. Cheniere Lake Park
104 Cheniere Lake Road
West Monroe, LA
Tel: (318) 387-2383
 
 
Chennault Park Golf Course
An 18-hole, par-72, 7,042-yard municipal course with flat wooded landscape. Driving range and carts with GPS systems. Check out the 2007 Buick Open Winner Brian Bateman's trophy display. Hint: Look out for the 18th hole - it's par-4 with water all the way down the right side.
8475 Millhaven Road
Monroe, LA
Tel: (318) 329-2454
 
 
D'Arbonne National Wildlife Refuge
Hunting, fishing, wildlife observation & photography. Boat launch, observation tower & walking trails. Scenic Bayou D'Arbonne.
Highway 143 in Union Parish - 10 miles north of West Monroe
Farmerville, LA 71241
Web: www.fws.gov/darbonne
Tel: (318) 726-4222
 
 
Forsythe Park
A neighborhood park encompassing over 53 acres with picnic areas, a 9-hole golf course, putt-putt golf, tennis courts, softball, soccer fields, and children's park. Beach volleyball courts, a jogging path and a public boat launch are located over the levee along the Ouachita River. The Monroe Advocates for Safe Streets (MASS) have developed 6 bike trails through the City of Monroe based out of the park.
Corner of Riverside Drive & Forsythe Avenue
Monroe , LA
Tel: (318) 329-2458
 
 
Frenchman's Bend Golf Course
This beautiful, semi-private, championship 18-hole, par-72 gold course features undulating greens, 5 sets of tees, driving range and restaurant. The tips play at 6,900 yards. Hint: Keep the ball down low as the wind is a factor on this course.
1484 Frenchman's Bend Road
Monroe, LA
Web: www.frenchmansbend.com
Tel: (318) 387-2363
 
 
Kiroli Park
160 acres of park with forested areas as well as large playing areas and the Raising Cane’s Dog Park, which is separated into two sections for large and small dogs. Jogging and nature trails, a fishing pond, beautiful gardens, covered picnic areas, and a theatre stage for performances. Home to the Ballet Under the Stars in the spring. A climate-controlled lodge is great for receptions and family reunions. Kiroli Park
820 Kiroli Road
West Monroe, LA
Tel: (318) 396-4016
 
 
Lazarre Park
Located over the levee along the Ouachita River, this park offers disc golf and a boat launch. It plays host to the Ronald McDonald House Annual Big Bass Tournament in May. Lazarre Park
Corner of Hamilton & Thompson Street
West Monroe, LA
Tel: (318) 396-4016
 
 
Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo
This 80+ acre zoological park is full of family fun with animals, plants of all kinds, a winding waterway with a jungle cruise, and the ZOOasis Splash Pad! Over 450 kinds of animals from all over the world and over 1200 species of plants are here. A special Louisiana Purchase Exhibit features animals indigenous to the original Louisiana Purchase with wildlife ranging from the black bear, bison and elk to mountain lion and American Bald eagle. The Australia Exhibit features wallaroos, wallabies, emu, cockatoos, and a kookaburra. The interactive petting zoo is home to pygmy goats, miniature zebu cattle, miniature horses, four-horned sheep and more. A must-see! Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo
Hours: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.
Cost: Adults $4.50, Seniors $3, Children $3, 2 & under are free. Call for group rates.
1405 Bernstein Park Drive
Monroe , LA 71210-0155
Web: www.monroezoo.org
Tel: (318) 329-2400
 
 
Mane Street Mini-Golf and Games
An 18-hole miniature golf course includes cascading waterfalls, old-fashioned water towers and a gristmill with a real spinning water wheel. Mane Street Mini-Golf and Games
205 Mane Street
West Monroe, LA 71292
Tel: (318) 322-7229
 
 
Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office Training Center & Public Range
The Public Range at the OPSO Training Center includes a Firing Range as well as an Archery Range. The Archery Range features a youth area, elevated shooting, and walk-thru bag & 3D range.
357 Sheriff Richard Fewell Road
West Monroe, LA
Tel: (318) 807-1188
 
 
Ouachita River Cruises
Enjoy a cruise along the beautiful Ouachita River with Capt. John Brown as your tour guide. See nature like never before with a view from the water on a Mini or Regular Cruise. Mini Cruises are available every Saturday & Sunday from 3:00pm-8:00pm at Moon Lake Marina. Regular cruises lasting 60 minutes can be made by appointment. Private cruises and catering cruises are available for groups of 15 or more. Ouachita River Cruises
Hours: Tues.-Sun. at 7:00 pm
Cost: Regular Cruises: $20 Adults, $12 children ages 3-12; Mini Cruises/Beach Taxi: $10 Adult, $5 children ages 3-12
231 Moon Lake Road
Monroe, LA 71203
Web: cruiseouachita.com
Tel: (318) 355-4882
 
 
Ouachita Wildlife Management Area
This bottomland hardwood forest restoration-in-progress is nestled on 8,747 beautiful acres and features three reservoirs located on an agricultural tract and offers crawfishing opportunities, as well as fishing for bluegill, crappie, and largemouth bass. A camping area that is located on eight secluded acres is also available.
Cost: $15 WMA hunting permit-for hunting only. Must have a current hunting or fishing license or a LA Wild stamp when entering WMA.
In Ouachita Parish - 6 miles southeast of Monroe
Monroe, LA 71203
Web: www.wlf.louisiana.gov
Tel: (318) 343-4044
 
 
Proven Grounds
Those with an adventurous spirit will love this ultimate 3 mile “Obstacle Trail Adventure.” The course includes intimidating terrain, sandy trails, rolling hills, muddy pits, and challenging obstacles. Proven Grounds also hosts 5k races, concerts, family events, and more.
140 Ernest White Road
West Monroe, LA
Web: www.facebook.com/pages/Proven-Grounds/261999930570709?sk=timeline&ref=page_internal
Tel: (318) 323-7276
 
 
Restoration Park
A beautiful 70-acre forest and wetland park with several overlooks and a 1.2-mile stone trail for jogging, walking, or relaxing. Surrounds a scenic lake with native cypress trees draped with Spanish moss. Restoration Park
700 Downing Pines Road
West Monroe, LA
Tel: (318) 322-8903
 
 
Russell-Sage Wildlife Management Area
Cost: $15 WMA hunting permit-for hunting only. Must have a current hunting or fishing license or a LA Wild stamp when entering WMA.
Within the Bayou Lafourche flood plain -- 7 miles east of Monroe
Monroe, LA
Web: www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2777
Tel: (318) 343-4044
 
 
Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge
Hunting, fishing, wildlife observation & photography. Boat launch & accessible fishing pier. Scenic river road.
Along the Ouachita River - Union & Morehouse Parishes
Farmerville, LA 71241
Web: www.fws.gov
Tel: (318) 726-4222
 
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