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Community Calendar for the week of November 5, 2017


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Music Trail celebration -- Bring the family for a 2 p.m. celebration of new playground drums and oversized chimes installed at J.L. King Park in Starkville by Pilot Club of Starkville. Includes a demo by Bob Damm, a Brain Minders Puppet Show and refreshments. For information, email [email protected] 




Through Nov. 18 


Citywide turkey drive -- The Benefit Committee on behalf of the Columbus Police Department hosts an annual turkey drive to provide meals for needy or disabled seniors in Columbus. Drop-off locations are the CPD lobby Mondays-Thursdays, 7 a.m.-6 p.m., or Parks and Recreation Office at Propst Park. For information, contact Rhonda Sanders, 662-251-7355 or 662-244-3500. 




Monday, Nov. 6 


Hazard Lecture Series -- The Hazard Lecture Series presents educator/author Carolyn Brown at 7 p.m. with "Today's Lessons: Introducing Mississippi's Artist Kate Freeman Clark" at 7 p.m. at Heritage Academy Elementary School, 623 Willowbrook Road, Columbus. Free. Call 662-327-1556 (ext. 211) for information. 


Meet the Authors -- Author Karen Cox ("Goat Castle: A True Story of Murder, Race and the Gothic South") speaks at The W's Fant Memorial Library at 5 p.m. Free.  




Monday through Friday, Nov. 6-10 


Montgomery Center Veterans Day events -- The G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery Center for America's Veterans at MSU presents: (Monday) Veterans art exhibit reception, 6 p.m.; (Tuesday) Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Ceremony, Leo Seal Football Complex, 10 a.m.; (Wednesday) Film "The Hornet's Nest," Colvard Union Fowlkes Auditorium, 6 p.m.; (Thursday) Veterans 5K/Mile Fun Run, Montgomery Center, 6:30 p.m.; (Friday) Veterans Recognition Ceremony, Drill Field. For details, call the center, 662-325-6719, or emails [email protected] 




Thursday, Nov. 9 


SAAC reception -- Starkville Area Arts Council's Holiday Showcase celebrates works by local artists with a free 5:30-7 p.m. reception at the Greater Starkville Development Partnership lobby, 200 E. Main St., Starkville.  




Nov. 9-10, 12, 14-19 


"To Kill a Mockingbird" -- Starkville Community Theatre presents this classic Southern drama at 7:30 p.m. nightly (except 2 p.m. Sundays) at the Playhouse on Main, 108 E. Main St. Tickets are $15; $10 students. Limited seating. Reserve tickets at the box office, 662-323-6855.  




Friday, Nov. 10 


Handworks Bazaar -- Starkville's First United Methodist Church, 200 W. Lampkin St., hosts the 12th annual Christmas Handworks Bazaar from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Free to attend; foods available for purchase. For more information, email [email protected] 


Friday Night Jams -- A lively evening of music at West Point's Louise Campbell Center for the Arts, 235 Commerce St., begins at 7 p.m. Free to the public. 




Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10-11 


Ghost & Legends -- Explore Columbus history and mystery via bus tours departing the Tennessee Williams Welcome Center at 6:30, 7, 8 and 8:30 p.m. Nov. 10; and 6:30 and 8 p.m. Nov. 11. Reserve desired tour time at $10 advance; $12 at site, if available. Presented by the Columbus Arts Council, Columbus Community Theatre, MUW Center for Women's Research and Public Policy, and Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation. Call 662-328-2787 for information (closed Mondays).  




Saturday, Nov. 11 


Veterans Day Parade -- A procession begins at 10 a.m. at the Columbus Municipal Complex, 1501 Main St., down Main Street to the Lowndes County Courthouse, Second Avenue North, where a wreath-laying ceremony takes place at 11 a.m. All are welcome.  




Sunday, Nov. 12  


Organ concert -- The second annual Martha Claire Kennedy Fitzner Concert at 4:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 316 College St., Columbus. features organist Len Bobo, vocalist Susan Hurley and retired MSU Department of Music head Michael Brown. Free to the public.  


Starkville Christmas Open House -- Starkville's holiday open house at shops "downtown and around town" is 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Also, Cookies with Santa is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the GSDP Welcome Center, 200 E. Main St.; $10 per professional photo with Santa. For more information, contact GSDP, 662-323-3322.  


Sunday Funday -- The last Sunday Funday of 2017 on Starkville's Rue du Grand Fromage is noon-6 p.m. and features work by local artists and craftsmen, hosted by the Greater Good Collective.  




Tuesday, Nov. 14 


Community Thanksgiving Service -- A Community Thanksgiving Service begins at 6:30 p.m. at the downtown Columbus YMCA, 602 Second Ave. N., sponsored by the Christian Community in Prayer. Seating is available. 




Thursday, Nov. 16 


Kate Campbell, Tricia Walker in concert -- The Columbus Arts Council presents these singer/songwriters at 7:30 p.m. in the Rosenzweig Arts Center Omnova Theater, 501 Main St. Tickets are $15 in advance; $17 at the door. Get tickets at or call 662-328-2787 (closed Mondays).  




Friday, Nov. 17 


"Decades on Broadway" -- The Columbus Choral Society presents songs from Tony Award-winning musicals from 1945-2017 at 7 p.m. in Mississippi University for Woman's Poindexter Hall. Suggested donation $10; donations of any amount appreciated. Follow the choir on Facebook or visit 




Saturday, Nov. 18 


Holiday Farmers' Market -- This showcase of local art, crafts, produce, baked goods and more is 9 a.m.-noon at Columbus' Hitching Lot Farmers' Market, Second Avenue and Second Street North, just in time for the holidays. For more information, contact Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305. 


SAAC Gala -- Starkville Area Arts Council's annual gala is 6:30-10 p.m. at the Hunter Henry Center on Mississippi State's campus and includes dinner, wine tasting, silent auction and variety show. Tickets are $75 at or call 662-324-3080. 




Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17-18 


Artisans on the Lawn -- An artisans market and Holiday Open House at the Shops at Brickerton, Military Road, Columbus, are 3-6 p.m. Nov. 17 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 18. Featured artisans will offer goods ranging from wire sculpture and woodworks to art.  




Sunday, Nov. 19 


Sundays at the Center -- West Point's Louise Campbell Center for the Arts, 235 Commerce St., presents the Columbus Choral Society with "Decades on Broadway" at 2 p.m. 




Tuesday, Nov. 21 


Country Store -- This 57th annual bake sale event benefiting the Stephen D. Lee Home is 10 a.m.-noon at the historic home at 316 Seventh St. N. Cakes, pies, cookies, candies, cheese straws, breads, jellies and more, presented by the Association for the Preservation of Antiquities in Columbus and Lowndes County.  




Monday, Nov. 27 


Columbus Christmas Tree Lighting -- Gather at the Old Highway 82 pedestrian bridge at the Riverwalk for the annual lighting of the city tree. Activities are 5:30-7 p.m. Contact Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305, for more information. 


Starkville Christmas Parade -- The Famous Maroon Band, MSU cheerleaders and floats create an old-fashioned "Caroling Christmas" at 6 p.m. downtown. Grand Marshal is Mary Ann Arnold. Find entry applications at For more information, contact the GSDP, 662-323-3322. 




Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 29-30 


Holiday Bazaar -- The 45th annual Holiday Bazaar (formerly MSU Crafts Fair) features 77 vendors open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at The Mill, 600 Russell St., Starkville.  




Thursday, Nov. 30 


Twin Kennedy in concert -- Back by demand, the sister duo from British Columbia returns at 7:30 p.m. to the Columbus Arts Council with "barn storming" fiddle, guitar and harmonies. Tickets $15 in advance; $17 at the door. Get them at, at the arts center at 501 Main St. or by calling 662-327-2787.  




This month: 


At the Columbus Arts Council: Faye Asadi paintings; Postcard Contest entries. MUW Galleries: BFA Show (Nov. 8-Dec. 15); Alumni Work (Nov. 8-Feb. 5). MSU: "Symbols of Our State: A Walk Through Mississippi Culture and Industry" (Old Main Gallery). West Point Louise Campbell Center: Frances Hairston paintings. Starkville Area Arts Council: Holiday Showcase (GSDP lobby).



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