Exhibit reception — The West Point/Clay County Arts Council hosts an opening reception from 2-3:30 p.m. for “All Things Great and Small,” an exhibit by Betty McDonald Wilson at the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts, 235 Commerce St., West Point. The exhibit is up through July 3; center hours are Wednesdays 1-4 p.m., or by appointment. Call 662-494-5678 for more information.
Wednesday, June 3
Table Talk — The Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library host Ann Ballard as she shares her quest to restore her great-grandfather’s 1883 home and gardens in “My Garden My Homeplace.” Bring lunch at 11:30 a.m.; iced tea provided. Or join friends for the program noon-1 p.m. at the library, 314 Seventh St. N. Free. For more information, call the library, 662-329-5300.
Thursday, June 4
Gallery reception — Come as you are to a free gallery reception from 5:30-7 p.m. opening a photography exhibit by Blake McCollum at the Columbus Arts Council’s Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St., Columbus. Call 662-328-2787 for more information.
Sounds of Summer — The Juke Joint Gypsies kick off this free concert series at the Columbus Riverwalk. Bring lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy live music June 4 and 18, July 9 and 23, 7-9 p.m. Food and beverages are available for purchase. For more information, contact Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305.
Thursday and Friday, June 4-5
Interactive whodunnit — “Down the Drain,” a crowd-interactive whodunnit, is presented by The Detectives comedy dinner theatre troupe at The Central Station Grill in Starkville at 7 p.m. (Cocktails 6 p.m.) Cost is $50, which includes meal and the show. Make reservations at 601-937-1752 or visit thedetectives.biz.
Saturday, June 6
Library parade — The Columbus-Lowndes Public Library kicks off its “Every Hero Has a Story” Summer Library Programming and honors Columbus hero Mother Goose with an 11 a.m. walking parade from City Hall, 523 Main St., to the library at 314 Seventh St. N. Families are encouraged to meet at City Hall and join in. Fun activities await at the parade’s end. For more information, contact the library, 662-329-5300.
Sunday, June 7
Sunday at the Bluff — Dr. Evan Peacock of the MSU Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Culture presents “A Time to Build: Seasonality of House Construction for Prehistoric Farmers in the Tombigbee River Drainage” at 2 p.m. at Plymouth Bluff Center, 2200 Old West Point Road, Columbus. Free. For information, contact the center, 662-241-6214.
Wednesday, June 10
Table Talk — Dispatch columnist Anne Freeze reviews the latest cookbooks. Bring your favorite and share why it’s your go-to. Bring lunch at 11:30 a.m.; iced tea provided. Or join friends from noon-1 p.m. for the program at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, 314 Seventh St. N. For more information, contact the library, 662-328-5300.
Thursday and Saturday,
June 11 and 13
Library book sale — The Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library host a book sale June 11 from 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and June 13 from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the library, 314 Seventh St. N. Call 662-329-5300, for more information.
Saturday, June 13
Great Tombigbee Duck Race — Bring lawn chairs or blankets to this Habitat for Humanity fundraiser at the Columbus Riverwalk at 2:30 p.m. Watch about 5,000 adopted rubber ducks dive from the bridge and “race” to the finish line while enjoying live music. Grand prize: $3,000; second, $1,500; lame duck prize, $500. Adopt ducks at duckrace.com/tombigbee ($5/duck or six for $25; 25 for $100).
“Muscle Shoals,” the film — Veteran Fame Recording Studio musician/songwriter Walt Aldridge introduces the documentary “Muscle Shoals: The Incredible Story of a Small Town With a Big Sound” at 3 p.m. at the Columbus Arts Council’s Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St. Free. A Q&A with Aldridge follows. For more information, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787.
Walt Aldridge in concert — The Columbus Arts Council presents Nashville/Muscle Shoals songwriter/producer Walt Aldridge in concert at the Rosenzweig Arts Center at 7 p.m. Aldridge has written multiple No. 1 hits and been a Billboard Top Ten Country Songwriter of the Year. Tickets are $10 in advance; $12 at the door. For tickets or information, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787.
Sunday, June 14
Sunday at the Center — The West Point/Clay County Arts Council presents Sunday at the Center at 2 p.m., featuring Dawn Barham performing at the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts, 235 Commerce St., West Point. Free. Call 662-494-5678 for more information.
Wednesday, June 17
Table Talk — Brooksville quilter extraordinaire Julia Graber tells the story of her innovative fiber art. Bring lunch at 11:30 a.m.; iced tea provided. Or join friends from noon to 1 p.m. for the program at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, 314 Seventh St. N. For more information, call 662-329-5300.
Thursday, June 18
Sounds of Summer — The band Poor House Bound entertains at this free outdoor concert at the Columbus Riverwalk from 7-9 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, contact Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305.
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