Thursday, July 11
Gallery reception — Come as you are to a free 5:30-7 p.m. reception opening an exhibit by well-known nature watercolorist Robin Whitfield of Grenada at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St., Columbus. In Artist Alley, inside the gallery, check out animal-inspired art for sale to benefit the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society and CAC. For more information, contact the arts council, 662-328-2787. (See July 13 for workshops.)
Sounds of Summer — Swing Shift entertains with good-time rock ‘n roll at this free outdoor concert presented by Main Street Columbus and The LINK at the Columbus Riverwalk, from 7-9 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and blankets; no personal coolers, please. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, contact Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305.
“Monumental Mysteries” — Carrolton, Alabama’s famous face in the Pickens County Courthouse window is scheduled to be one of six history-rich mysteries explored in the July 11 episode of this television show on the Travel Channel at 8 p.m. CST.
Saturday, July 13
At the farmers’ markets — Columbus’ Hitching Lot Farmers’ Market (open 7-10 a.m.). Call 662-328-6305 for more information. At Starkville’s Community Market (7:30-10:30 a.m.), Gloria Rowland of Magnolia Manor gives a cooking demo. Clarissa Balbalian of the MSU Extension Service will be on hand to answer questions about plant disease. Call 662-323-3322 for more information. Shop for fresh produce, baked goods, artists’ wares and flowers at both markets. West Point’s market is open Thursdays (4-7 p.m.) at the Mossy Oak Pavilion.
Watercolor workshops — Nature watercolorist Robin Whitfield of Grenada teaches two workshops, beginner (all ages; 9 a.m.-noon, $10) and advanced (12 and up; 1-4 p.m., $40) at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St., Columbus. Each workshop will include outdoor sessions. For more information about registration and supplies, contact the Columbus Arts Council, 662-328-2787.
Thursday and Saturday,
July 18 and July 20
Library book sale — The Columbus-Lowndes Public Library at 314 Seventh St. N. hosts a book sale July 18 from 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and July 20 from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. For more information, contact the library, 662-329-5300.
Thursdays through Saturdays, July 18-20 and 25-27
SCT Musical Revue — Starkville Community Theatre presents “Voices in the Night,” an entertaining summer musical revue directed by M.J. Etua and Brian Hawkins. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at the Playhouse on Main, 108 E. Main St., Starkville. Tickets are $25. To reserve tickets, contact the SCT box office, 662-323-6855.
Saturday, July 20
Pierce Pettis in concert — Acclaimed singer/songwriter Pierce Pettis of Alabama has had his songs recorded by artists including Joan Baez, Art Garfunkel, Garth Brooks and Dar Williams. The Columbus Arts Council presents this special evening with Pettis at 7 p.m. in the Rosenzweig Arts Center’s Omnova Theater, 501 Main St. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, if available. Contact the CAC, 662-328-2787.
Tuesday through Saturday, July 23-27
Summertime Blues — The focus is on blues education and entertainment when the Columbus Arts Council presents a July 23 seminar with MPB “Highway 61” radio show host Scott Barretta, 7 p.m.; a July 26 concert by Cadillac John Nolden and Bill Abel, 7 p.m. ($10 advance, $12 at door); and a July 27 Diddley Bow Building Workshop with Abel, 10 a.m. ($10; register by July 23). All events are at the Rosenzweig Arts Center. For information, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787.
Thursday, July 25
Sounds of Summer — The outdoor summer concert series at the Columbus Riverwalk concludes with Deacon Jones and the Late Night, from 7-9 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and blankets; food and beverages will be available for purchase. For information, contact Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305.
Friday, July 26
Masquerade ball — The Columbus Police Department hosts this fundraiser from 7 p.m.-midnight at Trotter Convention Center. Tickets are $20; limited VIP tables for 8 start at $185. Proceeds benefit National Night Out on Crime and the Columbus Police Toy Drive. Get tickets at the Police Department, 1501 Main St., 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday. For more information, contact Rhonda Sanders, 662-251-7355.
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