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Community Calendar for the week of August 13, 2017


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Welcome Back picnic -- The Homestead Education Center, 402 Lake Valley Drive, Starkville, hosts this grass-fed barbecue and potluck picnic from 4-6 p.m. Bring a side dish to share and chair or blanket. Burgers, watermelon provided. Pool is open. $5 for guests; free to Homestead members. Register at 




Tuesday, Aug. 15 


Town Hall -- A Town Hall meeting on opioid abuse begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Columbus Municipal Complex, 1501 Main St. Representatives from the Department of Mental Health, Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Narcotics and Board of Pharmacy present "Death, Cost and Destruction: The Impact of Opioids in Your Community." 


Eagles Tribute -- Area musicians Dale Robertson, Jerry Carnathan, Bob Damm, Ronnie McGee, Brent Varner, Bill Cooke, Raymond Miller and Raymond Brooks present a free Hotel California Tribute at 6:30 p.m. at the MSU Amphitheater. Rain location: Lee Hall. Sponsored by the MSU Lyceum Series and Music Maker Productions, part of MSU Dawg Days.  




Thursday, Aug. 17 


Writers' Series with Katy Simpson Smith -- The Columbus Arts Council's and grant partners' Mississippi Writers' Series presents author Katy Simpson Smith ("The Story of Land and Sea," "Free Men") at 7 p.m. at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St. Free to the public. 


Friday through Sunday,  


Aug. 18-20 


Sturgis Motorcycle Rally -- This rally features vendors, contests, bike games and entertainment by Little Texas, Southern Halo and Miles Flatt. Register at For more information, email For sponsorship info, contact Village Cycle Center, 662-323-1555.  




Saturday, Aug. 19 


Possum Town Triathlon -- Cheer them on as about 200 participants swim 600 yards, bike 17 miles and run 3.3 miles starting at 7 a.m. in the sixth annual Possum Town Triathlon at Columbus Lake. Awards presentation is set for 10 a.m. For more information, visit  


Golden Triangle Comic Con -- Comic Con is back, with celebrity guests, geek and gaming vendors, tournaments, cosplay contest and more from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (gaming continues until 11 p.m.) on Trotter Convention Center's upper level. Tickets $20 age 16 and up; $15 military, first responders (ID required); $10 ages 9-15; free for age 8 and under. Get tickets at 


Forks & Corks -- This Starkville Area Arts Council fundraiser from 6:30-9:30 p.m. features top area chefs and tastings of their creative specialties at The Mill Conference Center. Tickets are $75, or $800 for tables of eight. Purchase tickets at or contact the SAAC, 662-324-3080. 


Denim & Diamonds -- The annual Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum fundraiser begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Starkville Country Club. The barbecue dinner includes entertainment by the band Avalanche. Tickets are $40 at The Book Mart and the museum. Call 662-323-0211. 




Sunday, Aug. 20 


Sundays at the Center -- The West Point/Clay County Arts Council presents music with Rachel Delk Wood at 2 p.m. at the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts, 235 Commerce St., West Point.  




Thursday, Aug. 24 


Poetry and spoken word -- A poetry/spoken word open mic begins at 8 p.m. at Books & Boards, 422 Main St., Columbus, hosted by C.T. Salazar. Call 662-798-0859 for more information. 




Saturday, Aug. 26 


Island Paddlefest -- Bring a kayak, canoe or paddleboard for this 5.5-mile race on the Tenn-Tom to benefit Lowndes County Imagination Library. Race begins and ends at the Columbus Riverwalk. Register at Races begin at 8 a.m. (Fans can enjoy a riverside Storytime with Mother Goose at 10 a.m.)  


Banana Bonanza -- The Columbus-Lowndes Public Library hosts a Back to School Banana Bonanza for pre-K to young adults, parents and educators. Learn about library resources while playing library-wide bingo with prizes, refreshments and more. For more information, contact the library, 662-329-5300.  




Sunday, Aug. 27 


Sumic Trio -- The Columbus Arts Council presents the Sumic Trio at 2 p.m. in the Rosenzweig Arts Center's Omnova Theater. The Sandifer siblings on violin/fiddle, mandolin, guitar and cello present classical to Irish music, sacred to bluegrass. Tickets $10 in advance at or the arts center. $12 at the door. For information, call 662-328-2787. 


Sunday Funday -- The Rue du Grand Fromage in Starkville's Cotton District features area artists, musicians and community organizations from 1-6 p.m. 




Wednesday, Aug. 30 


Get Swept Up -- Calling all volunteers to clean up Starkville's parks and streets before the Bulldogs first home game. For more information or to volunteer, contact Greater Starkville Development Partnership, 662-323-3322.  




Friday, Sept. 1 


Black Prairie Blues Festival -- West Point's 22nd annual blues fest features Big George Brock, Victor Wainwright and the Old Memphis Kings beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Mary Holmes College. Tickets to the indoor concert are $20 in advance at, the Growth Alliance (West Point), the Columbus Arts Council or Jack Forbus Insurance (Starkville); $25 at the door. Barbecue, T-shirts, CDs (but not alcohol) will available for purchase. Small coolers are allowed. Visit the website for more information.  


Night Market -- The Greater Starkville Development Partnership hosts its second annual Night Market from 7-9 p.m. at Fire Station Park, 503 E. Lampkin St., Starkville. Dining, live music and shopping with artisans and pop-up shops, all in one location. Food Tasting Band, $15; Food and Beverage Tasting Band, $25. For more information, contact the GSDP, 662-323-3322. 




Saturday, Sept. 2 


Prairie Arts Festival -- West Point's 39th annual Prairie Arts Festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. features hundreds of fine arts, crafts and food vendors. Highlights also include live music, classic car show, Kidsville and more. Visit or call 662-494-5121.



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