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Community Calendar for the week of January 7, 2018


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Thursday, Jan. 11 


Preserving Family Photographs -- The Columbus Lowndes Public Library hosts this workshop with Kim Du Boise from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the library, 314 Seventh St. N. Bring up to three family photos, negatives or films for evaluation. Free; limited seating. Register at 662-329-5300 or email [email protected] by Jan. 5. 




Thursday through Sunday, Jan. 11-14 


Thursday through Sunday, Jan. 11-14 


Mississippi Theatre Festival and Convention -- Mississippi University for Women hosts this statewide festival for community theater and high school theater productions, many of which are open to the public. K-12 students may attend free Theatre for Youth Festival performances Jan. 12 at Cook Elementary School (contact Sherri Marengo at [email protected]). Community theater productions Jan. 12-13 at MUW are open to the public. Tickets at the door are $25 for all 15 productions, $15 for all productions on one day, and $5 for a block of plays. See full schedule at or call 601-201-9564. 




Saturday, Jan. 13 


Symphony Winter Winds -- The Starkville-MSU Symphony Association presents a Winter Winds concert at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Hall Auditorium on the Mississippi State campus. Conducted by Barry E. Kopetz, the concert features works by Mozart, Schubert and Richard Strauss. Free. 




Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 13-14 


Golden Triangle Kennel Club show -- This two-day dog show at the Mississippi Horse Park at 869 E. Poorhouse Road in Starkville includes conformation events, obedience and rally trials beginning at 8:30 a.m. both days. Free. For information, visit, or call 662-325-0508.  




Monday, Jan. 15 


MLK Commemoration -- A complimentary breakfast (while space lasts) begins at 8 a.m. at Trotter Convention Center in downtown Columbus in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Remarks will be by Rust College President David L. Beckley. Free registration; RSVP at  


Unity Breakfast and Day of Service -- Mississippi State hosts a free community-wide breakfast at 8 a.m. at The Mill, 600 Russell St., Starkville, followed by a 9 a.m. program featuring former Rep. Tyrone Ellis. Doors open 7:30 a.m.; seating first-come. For information, contact Hannah Owens at [email protected] or 662-325-2493. Sign up to volunteer from 10:45-12:45 p.m. at nonprofits through 


West Point MLK celebration -- At 9 a.m., an assembly of marchers will leave the parking lot at East Half Mile Street and Dr. Martin Luther King Street in West Point and proceed to Central School Center Stage on Westbrook Street. A program featuring Rev. Raphael Terry begins at 10 a.m. For information, contact Anna Jones, at 662 494-1024 (day) or 662 494-1173. 




Tuesday, Jan. 16 


Community Health and Wellness Fair -- Americorps Vista and the Columbus Arts Council host a health and wellness fair from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St., Columbus. Free health screenings, healthy snacks, on-site instructors for yoga, yogaflex, pilates and info from area nonprofits. Free.  


Music and spoken word tribute -- The Columbus Arts Council hosts an evening of music and spoken word at 7 p.m. at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St., in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Contact the CAC for information, 662-328-2787.  




Saturday, Jan. 20 


Frostbite Half-Marathon -- This half-marathon benefit for the Starkville Fire Department includes a 10K and 5K begins and ends on Starkville's Main Street. Races begin at 9 a.m. For more information or to register, go to before Jan. 18. Medals awarded at noon. 


Souper Bowl -- Starkville eateries vie for "best of" votes with signature soups from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Main Street downtown. Advance tickets are $15 adults; $5 children, through a link at Tickets are $20 day of. Call 662-323-3322 for more information. 




Thursday and Friday, Jan. 25-26  


Writers' Series Winter Wrap Up -- The Columbus Arts Council and grant partners conclude their Writers' Series with talks by authors Lisa Howorth and Deborah Johnson at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 (free); and an evening of songs and stories with Claire Holley and Beth Ann Fennelly at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 ($15 advance, $17 at door). Programs are at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St. For information or tickets, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787, or



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