125th anniversary, flag retirement ceremony — Area DAR chapters and Columbus Boy Scout Troop 3 invite the public to the Plymouth Bluff Center, 2200 Old West Point Road, Columbus, at 2 p.m. to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the National Daughters of the American Revolution. The program will be followed by a flag retirement ceremony. Bring worn-out flags for proper disposal.
Tuesday, Oct. 13
Jazz at Renasant — The Starkville-MSU Symphony Association presents Jazz at Renasant outdoors at 6 p.m. at the Renasant Bank Plaza (East Lampkin and South Montgomery). Free. A nine-piece band and vocalists perform jazz, swing, blues, Latin and ballad standards. Limiting seating; lawn chairs/blankets suggested. (Picnics welcome.) Call 662-325-3070 for information or visit facebook.com/StarkvilleSymphony.
Thursday, Oct. 15
Historic Walk Downtown — “Christopher Columbus” and Mother Goose stroll downtown Columbus streets from 5:30-8 p.m., entertaining with stories during this celebration of Columbus Day. Enjoy after-hours shopping and learn historic facts about downtown buildings and businesses. For more information, contact Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305.
West Point Pickers — West Point is selling its past Christmas decorations, along with West Point memorabilia including downtown street signs and Prairie Arts posters, 6-9 p.m. at The Civic; $5. Mississippi beer, taco bar, music by Mookie. For more information, contact the Growth Alliance, 662-494-5121.
Dan Penn in concert — Dan Penn performs at the Vernon (Alabama) City Complex at 7 p.m. (doors open 6 p.m.). The Vernon native is one of Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time. Tickets $10 in Vernon at City Hall and Country Clothing; in Fayette at Five Points Antiques; or at the door. Proceeds benefit repair of Ed McNees’ storm-damaged store in Vernon.
Friday, Oct. 16
The W’s Oktoberfest — This family-friendly fall celebration from 5-8 p.m. on Shattuck Lawn on the Mississippi University for Women campus features games, face painting, crafts, children’s costume contest and more. No admission charge; 25-cent activity tickets. For more information, contact Kendall Robertson, 662-329-7416.
Friday and Saturday, Oct. 16-17
Caledonia Days — This two-day event in Caledonia opens with a free concert Oct. 16 featuring Win Wheel (6 p.m.) and Trademark (8 p.m.) in Ola J. Pickett Park. Food and craft vendors open 5-10 p.m. On Oct. 17, vendors are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., plus petting zoo, car show, kids area, live music and more. Follow the festival on facebook.
Saturday, Oct. 17
Caledonia 5K — The Caledonia 5K and 1 Mile Family Fun Run/Walk begins on Main Street Caledonia at 8 a.m. for the fun run/walk and 8:30 a.m. for the 5K. For more information, visit facebook.com/caledonia5k.
Rattle Them Bones 5K — This race to benefit the “Be the Match” Bone Marrow Registry is 10 a.m. at MUW’s Stark Recreation Center. For information, contact Ashley Morgan Nunn at 334-221-8311 or email Rebecca Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gospel Talent Search/concert — Dennis and Leslie McKay of M.A.C. Records/Studio 115A in Columbus host a gospel talent search at noon at the Vernon, Alabama City Complex (entry deadline Oct. 10). A 5:30 p.m. worship concert features multi-award winner Chuck Day and M.A.C. Records artists The Reed Brothers, Kenny Gardner, Capstone Quartet, Carol Barham and McKay Project. For information, see McKay Project on Facebook, or call 662-889-2829.
Saturday, Oct. 18
Organ Recital — The first program of the Martha Claire Kennedy Fitzner Concert Series at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is an organ recital by Jeremy Adcock at 4 p.m. The church is located at 318 College St., Columbus. Free to the public.
Walk for Diabetes — Mississippi’s Walk for Diabetes Golden Triangle begins at the Columbus Riverwalk at 2 p.m. (Registration 1 p.m.) For more information, visit msdiabetes.org or call 601-957-7878.
Monday, Oct. 19
“Sweet Tea & Robotics” — The Hazard Lecture Series presents “Sweet Tea & Robotics: The Modern South” with Mariah Morgan at 7 p.m. at the Heritage Elementary School Auditorium, 623 Willowbrook Road, Columbus. Morgan, of the MSU Extension Service, created the statewide 4H robotics program. This is the first of two free Hazard Lecture programs; the second is Oct. 26. For more information, contact Beth Lucas, 662-327-5272.
Tuesday, Oct. 20
“Dracula” — The MSU Lyceum Series hosts L.A. Theatre Works’ production of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” at 7 p.m. in Lee Hall’s Bettersworth Auditorium on the MSU campus. For tickets or information, go to lyceum.msstate.edu or call 662-325-2930.
Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 22-24
Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium — Mississippi University for Women presents the 27th annual Symposium featuring noted writers, including keynote speaker Moira Crone, author of “The Ice Garden.” The Welty Gala Oct. 23 presents P.J. O’Rourke, best-selling author and leading political satirist. For information, visit muw.edu/welty or contact MUW’s Office of Development and Alumni, 662-329-7148.
Monday, Oct. 26
“Look to the Stars” — The Hazard Lecture Series presents “Look to the Stars: Robotics Today” with Dr. Cindy L. Bethel of MSU at 7 p.m. at the Heritage Elementary School Auditorium, 623 Willowbrook Road, Columbus. Bethel directs the Social, Therapeutic and Robotic Systems (STaRS) lab at MSU. Free to the public. For more information, contact Beth Lucas, 662-327-5272.
Wednesday through Saturday, Oct. 28-31
“Casseroles and Ghosts” — Columbus Community Theatre presents the final zany chapter of the four-part “Casserole” series of plays. Shows are 7 p.m. nightly, plus a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee, at the Columbus Arts Council’s Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St. Friday and Saturday nights are dinner theater performances. For tickets or more information, call 662-328-2787.
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