Bunnies, Brunch, and Market-Ritas: Spring Market 2017

The weather is warm, the sky is sunny, the champagne is poppin’, and the ladies are shoppin’.


The Junior League of Monroe’s latest Spring Market is happening this weekend, and of course the shopping possibilities are endless. With clothing boutiques and various other goods coming from all over Louisiana and other states, this is your one-stop shop. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday the Monroe Civic Center will be brimming with fresh spring apparel, but throughout the weekend, the Junior League hosts special events to make this sweet deal even sweeter.

  1. Shop ‘til You Drop!

This event is a fun, champagne brunch catered by The Coffee Bean in Monroe, with entertainment by Rod Allen Payne. Throughout this event, you can shop the market also. So grab your brunch buddies and make plans to be at the Civic Center on Friday, March 24, from 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

  1. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!

No statement is more true. Enjoy extended shopping hours at the Spring Market with door prizes and live entertainment by Mike McKenzie. Thurman’s Food Factory will cater, and you can also enjoy Market-Ritas throughout this event. This one takes place Friday, March 24 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

  1. Breakfast with Bunnies

Not sure if any other explanation is needed. On Saturday, March 25, from 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., breakfast will be served! You can also get live bunny portraits made, and there will be story time as well as other activities for children. At $20 per family, this is a great event for your whole crew!

  1. 2017 Spring Market Raffle

Throughout the weekend, enter for a chance to win a $10,000 Sleepy Hollow HGTV Home Makeover. This fundraiser supports the Junior League of Monroe and their various activities in the community. Purchase a $20 ticket, and you just might win a magnificent home renovation!


Along with the incredible shopping experience and the fun events, all proceeds from this event go to the Junior League of Monroe. Their mission is to continue to better our community, so every penny you spend at the Spring Market goes right back into our beloved city.

And that is a pretty good reason to shop ‘til you drop.


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Pickleball: The Popular Sport You May Not Know About

No pickles are used in the playing of this game.

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The Louisiana State Games’ first 2017 event kicks off this weekend. Is it tennis? No. Is it ping-pong? Nope. Is it badminton? Wow, that’s specific, but no. Throw all three sports in a blender and you get…



The sport was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island near Seattle, Washington. Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum created the game for their kids who were getting bored with their typical summer activities. The name “pickleball” was either derived from Pritchard’s wife Joan, who called the game pickleball because the combination of sports made her think of the pickle boat, whose crew were oarsmen chosen from the leftovers of other boats. Or the name may have also come from the Pritchard’s dog Pickles who would chase the ball and run off with it. Other accounts claim that Pickles the dog was adopted a few years later, and was named after the game instead of the other way around.



This game can be played both indoors and outdoors on a badminton-sized court and with a modified tennis net. Played as singles or doubles with a paddle and a plastic ball with holes, this is a paddle sport for all ages and skill levels.

A pickleball court is the same size as a doubles badminton court, used for both singles and doubles. The court is striped similar to a tennis court, with the non-volley zone referred to as the “kitchen.” Courts are either constructed specifically for pickleball or existing tennis and badminton courts can be converted.

A pickleball paddle is smaller than a tennis racket but larger than a ping-pong paddle. Originally made of wood, today’s paddles are primarily made of lightweight composite materials. Each player must use a pickleball paddle. The ball has holes in it, similar to a whiffle ball, and different ones are used depending on indoor or outdoor play.

The Louisiana State Games Pickleball Tournament is March 8-9 at the ULM Activity Center. Go check out the popular game that can be played by all ages.

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You might just discover your new favorite sport.

And check out all of the other tournaments coming up this year for the 2017 Louisiana State Games. There might be something you’d want to compete in! Winners advance to the State Games of America held in Grand Rapids, Michigan.