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Community Calendar for the week of April 16, 2017


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Thursday, April 20 


Noon Tunes -- The final installment of Noon Tunes features Dawn Barham performing from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Trotter Convention Center Courtyard in downtown Columbus. Lunch by Zachary's is available for purchase. For more information, contact Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305. 


Tomato time -- Sign up for the Lowndes County Extension Office's third annual Tomato Battle (or just come to learn) at this free half-hour tomato-growing seminar at 6:30 p.m. at 485 Tom Rose Road. Tomato plants will be distributed to anyone interested in participating in the Battle ($5 contest entry). Open to the public. For more information, call 662-328-2111. 




Thursday through Saturday, April 20-22 


"The Taming of the Shrew" -- Mississippi University for Women Department of Theatre and Blue Line Shakespeare present this Shakespearean comedy at 7:30 p.m. in Cromwell Theatre on campus. Tickets are $10 at the door; $5 for students.  


"The Crucible" -- Theatre MSU and the Department of Communication present "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller at 7:30 p.m. in McComas Theatre on campus. Tickets are $10 at the door, or in advance at 




Friday, April 21 


Clay County Relay for Life -- This American Cancer Society fundraiser is 10 a.m.-10 p.m. at Sally Kate Winters Park in West Point. For information, contact Amanda Webb, 760-429-8161 or visit 




Friday through Sunday, April 21-23 


"High School Musical" -- Heritage Academy presents "High School Musical" in the HA Student Activity Building, 625 Magnolia Lane, April 21 at 7:30 p.m.; April 22 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and April 23 at 6 p.m. Tickets at the door are $10 ($8 students). 


Championship tennis -- Magnolia Tennis Club in Columbus hosts the USTA Southern Adult 65 & Over Mississippi Championships. For more information, call 662-328-8909. 




Saturday, April 22 


5K Run/Walk, Kids Color Fun Run -- Life Choices Pregnancy Care Center presents this event at 8 a.m. (7 a.m. check-in/same-day registration) at the Columbus Riverwalk. Kids Color Run begins at 8:45 a.m.; parents can participate. Register at; $15 adult; $5 child.  


Memorial Service -- A Confederate Memorial Service begins at 11 a.m. at Friendship Cemetery in Columbus. Guest speaker is UDC Mississippi Division President Patricia Parrish of Carthage. For more information, email Elisa Shizak at [email protected]  


Touch-A-Truck -- Volunteer Starkville's Touch-A-Truck event is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (rain or shine) in the Starkville Sportsplex parking lot, 405 Lynn Lane. A $5 pass lets children explore 30+ big trucks. Horn-free hours are 10 a.m.-noon. For more information, visit 




Tuesday, April 25 


MUW Jazz Ensemble -- The Mississippi University for Women Jazz Ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m. in Poindexter Hall on campus. Free to the public. 




Wednesday, April 26 


Alabama Shakes -- Music Maker Productions presents Alabama Shakes at 7 p.m. at the Mississippi State University Amphitheater. Free to the public. For more information, go to 




Friday, April 28 


Lowndes Relay for Life -- The Lowndes County American Cancer Society Relay for Life is 6 p.m.-midnight at the Columbus Soccer Complex in downtown Columbus. Bring the family for food, games, music, remembrance and celebration. A luminaria ceremony begins at 9 p.m. For more information, contact Mevela Andrews, 241-7180 or 242-0459. 


BFA Exhibition --Mississippi University for Women hosts a reception from 6-8 p.m. for this Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition in the Eugenia Summer Building (Art & Design) on campus.  


Annunciation drawdown -- An annual $10,000 drawdown benefiting Annunciation Catholic School, Columbus, begins at 7 p.m. at Trotter Convention Center and includes an "Early Bird" dinner, open bar, live music and raffles. Tickets are $100 (admits two adults). Contact Katie Fenstermacher at [email protected] 




Saturday, April 29 


National Association of Composers USA -- Mississippi University for Women presents this musical event at 3 p.m. in Poindexter Hall. Free.  


"Hotel California" -- The Columbus Arts Council hosts this Eagles tribute by Bill Cooke, Bob Damm, Jerry Carnathan, Ronnie McGee, Dale Robertson, Raymond Brooks, Raymond Miller and Brent Varner at 7:30 p.m. at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St. Tickets $15 in advance at the arts center or by calling 662-328-2787; $17 at the door, if available.  




Sunday, April 30 


Literary Cafe -- The Delta Gems and others present poetry readings and book reviews at 3 p.m. at the R.E. Hunt Museum and Cultural Center, 924 20th St. N. For information, contact Laverne Green-Leech, 662-328-8722. 




Tuesday, May 2 


Suzuki Strings concert -- The Suzuki Strings Orchestra, Group Violins and Advanced Ensemble are in concert at Columbus' First Baptist Church, 202 Seventh St. N. Proceeds will help send the Advanced Ensemble to Carnegie Hall in June to perform. A minimum $10 donation is requested. All are welcome. 




Thursday, May 4 


National Day of Prayer -- A National Day of Prayer observance takes place from noon-12:45 p.m. in front of the Lowndes County Courthouse, 505 Second Avenue North, Columbus, organized by the Christian Community in Prayer Committee. Seating available. 


Author Richard Grant -- The Columbus Arts Council's Writers' Series presents Richard Grant, author of "Dispatches from Pluto," at 7 p.m. in Parkinson Hall (Room 117) on the campus of Mississippi University for Women. Free to the public. For information, call 662-328-2787 or go to 




Friday, May 5 


Movie in the Park -- The West Point/Clay County Arts Council presents a family-friendly movie at 6:30 p.m. in Sally Kate Winters Park in downtown West Point. 




Friday and Saturday, May 5-6 


Market Street Festival -- More than 250 arts, crafts and food vendors and dozens of musical acts and special events highlight this downtown Columbus event. Resurrect your hippie look for "Riverstock," a free 7 p.m. concert at the Riverwalk May 5 with The Throwback Experience and Juke Joint Gypsies. Vendors, activities from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 6. For more, visit or contact Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305. 




Saturday, May 6 


Columbus Girlchoir -- The Columbus Girlchoir presents a spring concert at 7 p.m. in Poindexter Hall on the Mississippi University for Women campus.  


Starkville Community Market -- This farmers' market opens for the season on Saturdays from 7:30-10:30 a.m. It is already open Tuesdays from 4-6 p.m. at Fire Station Park at Russell and Lampkin Streets. For information, go to 




Tuesday, May 9 


Wine & Wishes -- This fundraiser from 7-9 p.m. at Hewlett Stables, 804 Woodside Dr., Starkville, benefits Make-A-Wish of Mississippi. For tickets, go to For information, contact Rod Henderson at [email protected] or 601-366-9474.



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