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Community Calendar for the week of September 22, 2013


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Tuesday, Sept. 24 


Storytelling workshop -- Celebrated professional storyteller Len Cabral conducts a workshop for those who love a good story and want to learn how to tell one. Tickets to the 7 p.m. workshop at the Rosenzweig Arts Center are $10. All are welcome. To sign up, contact the Columbus Arts Council, 662-328-2787. 




Tuesday through Saturday, Sept. 24-28 


Possum Town Storytelling Festival -- Internationally known storytellers Len Cabral, Carmen Agra Deedy and Kuniko Yamamoto weave words into magic at the second annual Possum Town Storytelling Festival presented by the Columbus Arts Council. Performances will be at the Rosenzweig Arts Center Omnova Theater, 501 Main St., in Columbus. For schedule or tickets, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787 or visit See details on storytelling and origami workshops in the calendar below. 




Wednesday, Sept. 25 


Table Talk -- The Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Library hosts Dr. Kendall Dunkelberg, Mississippi University for Women professor of English, as he previews speakers for the 25th annual Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium (Oct. 24-26). Bring lunch at 11:30 a.m. and socialize at the library, 314 Seventh St. N.; iced tea is provided. Or join friends from noon-1 p.m. for the program. For more information, contact the library at 662-329-5300. 




Thursday, Sept. 26 


MUW Lowndes alumni -- The Lowndes County MUW Alumni chapter meets from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Lion Hills Golf Club in Columbus. Dr. Kendall Dunkelberg will preview the upcoming Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium. Reservations are not required. For more information, email Shasta Dodd at [email protected] 


"Confluence" gallery reception -- The public is invited to a gallery reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery (second floor of the MSU Welcome Center) for the "Kathryn Hunter: Confluence" exhibit. For more information, go to or contact Lori Neuenfeldt, 662-325-2970.  


Thursday and Friday,  


Sept. 26-27 


"The Brothers Menaechmus" -- Mississippi State's Shackouls Honors College Classical Week presents this ancient comedy by Plautus. Entertainment and performances begin at 5:30 p.m. at Griffis Hall, in Zacharias Village Courtyard on the MSU campus. Dr. Donna Clevinger directs. Bring lawn chairs and blankets; a cookout Thursday begins at 5 p.m. before the outdoor show. Free, but all donations are welcome. For more information, call 662-325-2522. 




Saturday, Sept. 28 


Origami workshop -- International storyteller Kuniko Yamamoto conducts an origami workshop from 10 a.m.-noon at the Rosenzweig Arts Center to conclude the Sept. 24-28 Possum Town Tales Storytelling Festival (details at top of page). Workshop is $10; $5 for each additional family member. Children 12 and under must attend with a participating adult. Sign up by contacting the Columbus Arts Council, 662-328-2787.  


Homestead Fair --A variety of vendors and homesteading demonstrations in skills including blacksmithing, spinning, fermenting, livestock care and more take place between 9 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Mississippi Modern Homestead Center, Lake Valley Road, Starkville. Free to members; $5 for non-members. For more information, visit or call 662-694-0124. 


Symphony concert -- The Columbus Arts Council presents the Starkville/MSU Symphony Orchestra at Mississippi University for Women's Rent Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Michael Brown directs. Dr. Julia Mortyakova is guest solo pianist. The symphony premieres Dr. Richard Montalto's "Possum Town Prelude." Tickets are $10 at the Rosenzweig Arts Center or at the door. MUW/MSU faculty, students and staff admitted free with school ID. For information, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787. 




Wednesday, Oct. 2 


Table Talk -- Author, illustrator and Starkville native Laurie Parker discusses her first novel, "The Matchstick Cross," at noon at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, 314 Seventh St. N. The Friends of the Library invite you to bring lunch at 11:30 a.m. to socialize; iced tea is provided. Or join friends for the program from noon-1 p.m. For more information, contact the library, 662-329-5300. 




Friday and Saturday,  


Oct. 4-5  


Seventh Avenue Heritage Festival -- This celebration of the unique culture that existed in this once-bustling business and entertainment district features live music, food, children's activities and more. Entertainers include Genuwine and friends. For more information, contact Kabir Karriem, 662-549-4314. 




Saturday, Oct. 5 


Art in Autumn -- The Mississippi University for Women Department of Art and Design's Kappa Pi chapter hosts its annual Art in Autumn Auction from 6-9 p.m. in the Eugenia Summer Gallery in the Art and Design Building on campus. The public is invited to silent and live auctions featuring work by students, art faculty, art alumni and other professional artists. For more information, contact Dr. Beverly Joyce, 662-241-7812 or [email protected] 




Tuesday, Oct. 8 


Jazz at Renasant -- The MSU Symphony Association presents a free jazz program outdoors at Renasant Bank, 500 E. Lampkin St., in Starkville at 6 p.m.  


Friday, Oct. 18 


Bridge grand opening -- Celebrate the opening of the newly-restored Old Tombigbee River Bridge at the Columbus Riverwalk with "BBQ & Blues" from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Stroll the historic bridge as award-winning blues artist Grady Champion entertains. Local artwork will be displayed. For more information, contact the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau, 800-920-3533. 




Friday and Saturday,  


Oct. 18-19  


Caledonia Days -- Caledonia's 10th annual celebration kicks off Oct. 18 in Ola J. Pickett Park at 7 p.m. with the Win-Wheel Band of Vernon, Ala., American Idol Top 5 finalist Skylar Laine, children's area and a fireworks show. Activities downtown Oct. 19 begin at 8 a.m. and include a 5K, live music, classic car and tractor show, a dice run, pet parade, lawn mower race and more. For more information, call the Town Hall, 662-356-4117.



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