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Community Calendar for the week of October 8, 2017


Dispatch Staff Report



Tuesday, Oct. 10 


Mississippi songwriters -- Support Golden Triangle songwriters performing as Mississippi Bicentennial Songwriting Contest finalists at 5:30 p.m. in Trotter Courtyard. Free. Food and beverages available for purchase. The contest is presented by Main Street Columbus and the Columbus Arts Council. Call 662-328-2787 or 662-328-6305 for information. 


Jazz at Renasant -- The Starkville/MSU Symphony Association presents Jazz at Renasant, a free outdoor concert at 6 p.m. at The Renasant Bank Plaza located at the corner of Lampkin and Montgomery Streets in Starkville.  




Thursday, Oct. 12 


Code Talkers program -- The documentary "Choctaw Code Talkers of World War I" begins at 7 p.m. at Mississippi State's Mitchell Memorial Library. Free to the public.  




Friday, Oct. 13 


MUW Oktoberfest -- Mississippi University for Women Student Life presents Oktoberfest Festival with games, crafts and food from 5-8 p.m. on Shattuck Lawn on campus. Ages newborn to 12 are encouraged to dress for the costume contest (registration 5-5:45 p.m.). 


"OctobeerFest" -- Colin and Desiree Krieger host this fundraiser for the Columbus Arts Council from 5:30 p.m.-until at 803 Fifth Ave. N. German cuisine, giant pretzels and craft beers. Bring cash donations for the cause. Sponsorships ($50-$100) are available. For more information, contact Colin Krieger, 662-329-7653 or [email protected] 


Pumpkinpalooza -- Trick-or-treat with merchants on Starkville's Main Street from 6-8 p.m. Enjoy inflatables and face painting, too. Wear costumes and bring a treat bag. For more information, contact Jennifer Prather, 662-323-3322.  


Album release party -- The Shane Tubbs Band holds a release party for their "Ides of October" CD with a 7:30 p.m. show at the Rosenzweig Arts Center Omnova Theater, 501 Main St., Columbus. Tickets are $10. 




Saturday, Oct. 14 


Choral concert -- Mississippi University for Women presents a choral concert at 7:30 p.m. in Poindexter Hall. Free to the public. 




Sunday, Oct. 15 


Walk for Diabetes -- See details at top of calendar. 


Art in Fashion -- This show featuring fashions for the family and benefiting the Columbus Arts Council begins at 3 p.m. at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St. Wine and light hors d'oeuvres served. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Participating merchants include A.L.O.E., Anointed Apparel, Belk, Bride & Groom, Deep South Pout, Fashion Apparel, Girls & Pearlz, House of Tux, Lularoe, Melange, Park Place, Reed's, Susan's Hallmark. Get tickets at or call 662-328-2787. 




Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 19-21 


Welty Writers' Symposium -- "Big Fish" author Daniel Wallace is the keynote author at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19, kicking off the Welty Writers' Symposium at Mississippi University for Women. A reception and book signing by Wallace and 11 additional authors who will speak Oct. 20-21 follows. All sessions are free. For information, visit  




Friday, Oct. 20 


Welty Gala -- This Black Tie optional event at 7 p.m. at Trotter Convention Center features cocktail reception, dinner and a presentation by Jeffery Toobin, best-selling author, CNN senior analyst and writer for The New Yorker. For tickets ($100 and up) to this annual MUW scholarship fundraiser, contact the Office of Development and Alumni, 662-329-7148. or email [email protected] 




Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20-21  


Caledonia Days -- Live music, vendors, kids' activities and a pet parade are highlights of Caledonia's annual festival that begins with a concert the night of Oct. 20 and continues all day Oct. 21. For more information, contact Caledonia Town Hall, 662-356-4117. 




Mondays, Oct. 23 and Nov. 6 


Hazard Lecture Series -- At 7 p.m. Oct. 23 the annual Hazard Lecture Series presents Julian Rankin and Elizabeth Abston of the Mississippi Museum of Art, speaking on "Mississippi's Marie Hull." At 7 p.m. Nov. 6, educator/author Carolyn Brown speaks on "Today's Lessons: Introducing Mississippi's Artist Kate Freeman Clark." The free programs are in the Heritage Academy Student Activities Building, 623 Willowbrook Road. Call 662-327-1556 for more information. 




Thursday, Oct. 26 


"Silent Sky" -- Mississippi University for Women Theatre presents "Silent Sky" by Lauren Gunderson at 7:30 p.m. in Cromwell Theatre. Tickets are $10; $5 for area college and high school students with ID. Call 662-329-7354 for reservations, or email David Carter, [email protected] 




Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 26-28 


MUW Haunted House -- The W's Leadership Program hosts a haunted house fundraiser from 8-11 p.m. in Cochran Hall. Admission is $4; a portion of proceeds goes to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. For more information, call Student Life, 662-329-7350. 




Friday, Oct. 27 


Vienna Boys Choir -- The Columbus Arts Council presents the world-renowned Vienna Boys Choir at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Hall's Bettersworth Auditorium, 262 Lee Blvd. on the Mississippi State University campus. General seating $35; Premiere seating $50. (Youth 6-21 $15; age verified at door). Purchase tickets at columbus-arts. org or call the CAC, 662-328-2787 (closed Mondays).  




Oct. 27-28, 30-31  


CPD Haunted House -- The Benefit Fund Committee on behalf of the Columbus Police Department presents this Haunted House and related fun activities from 6-11 p.m. in front of Trotter Convention Center and nearby to benefit the CPD citywide toy drive. Haunted House tickets are $10. Inflatables and train rides for kids are $2.  




Saturday, Oct. 28 


Hail-Oween Festival -- This event is 5-9 p.m. at J.L. King Park, 400 N. Long St., Starkville, with a mobile video game trailer, bounce houses, costume contest and food vendors. Call 662-323-2294 for more information. 




Saturday and Monday, Oct. 28 and 30 


"War of the Worlds" -- Columbus Community Theatre presents this "radio play" that originally aired Oct. 30, 1938. Performances are 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28, and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St. Tickets are $10 in advance; $12 at the door. Call 662-328-2471 for tickets or information (closed Mondays).  




Monday, Oct. 30 


Hail-Oween Trunk or Treat -- Starkville Parks and Recreation presents a Trunk or Treat and Haunted Egg Hunt from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Starkville Sportxplex, 405 Lynn Lane. $5 hamburger/hot dog plates benefit the Starkville-Oktibbeha School District Sudduth Elementary Playground project. Call 662-323-2294 for more information. 




Tuesday, Oct. 31 


Halloween in the Garden -- MSU Trial Gardens invites ghosts and goblins and their families to the Trick or Treat Trail at 60 Technology Boulevard in Starkville from 4-6:30 p.m. 




This month 


MUW Galleries -- Exhibits at Mississippi University for Women's Eugenia Summer Hall include "Memories of Eudora: Artwork by Eudora Welty, Mindy Belloff and Mark Morrow" (through Oct. 23); "Intersections of Gender and Place," artwork by Teresa Cole, Shawne Major, Amy Pleasant (through Nov. 1; reception Oct. 19, 4 p.m., panel 4:30 p.m.); and "Multiple Views: A Photographic Collective," work by Eric Studdard, Shelby Prestage, Chris Jenkins, Dana Jenkins (through Nov. 2).  


MSU Colvard Art Gallery -- Jeanette Jarmon displays "From Real to Imagined" at the MSU Colvard Student Union Gallery through Nov. 2. A reception is Oct. 10, 5-6:30 p.m. on the second floor in front of the gallery.



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