Tuesday, July 26
Oktibbeha Bulldog Send-off — The MSU Alumni Association Oktibbeha County Chapter hosts a send-off party for new incoming MSU freshmen and transfer students from the county, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at the MAFES Conference Center. RSVP to Robert Cadenhead at 662-418-8093 or email@example.com.
Thursday, July 28
Lowndes Bulldog Send-off — The Lowndes County Chapter of the MSU Alumni Association invites new incoming MSU students and parents along with alumni and friends to a 5:30 p.m. send-off party at Lion Hills Center, 2331 Military Road, Columbus. Free for incoming students and parents; $10 for alumni, others. RSVP to Lisa Kerby at firstname.lastname@example.org or 662-386-6343, or Adrienne Morris at Morris-Adrienne@aramark.com.
Friday, July 29
Artesia Day Back to School Bash — The town of Artesia will host a Back to School Bash from noon-4 p.m. with a game truck, water slide and free school supplies and food for children in front of Artesia City Hall. For more information, call 662-272-5104.
Tuesday, Aug. 2
National Night Out observance — Fellowship, food and safety information are part of a Southside/Downtown Neighborhood Group observance of National Night Out on Crime from 6-8 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church parking lot at 602 College St., Columbus.
National Night Out in Starkville — This free event from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Starkville Sportsplex includes food and family games. The Night Out campaign promotes police-community partnerships to make neighborhoods safer. For more information, contact Corp. Mandy Wilson at email@example.com.
Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 4-7
Artesia Day — Activities begin Aug. 4 at 6 p.m.: 4-County workshop, giveaway, food, kickball. Aug. 5 at 6 p.m.: dance teams, DJ, speakers, entertainment. Aug. 6 at 2 p.m.: health fair, door prizes, tributes, entertainment through evening. Aug. 7 at 1 p.m.: ball games.
Friday, Aug. 5
Oktibbeha Relay for Life — Celebrate and remember at this fundraiser for the American Cancer Society from 6-11 p.m. at the Mississippi Horse Park in Starkville. For more information, contact Caleb Rich, 662-296-3747.
Sunday, Aug. 7
Exhibit opening — The West Point/Clay County Arts Council hosts a 2 p.m. exhibit opening of artwork by Lee Gibson Lox and Poor Julia at the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts, 235 Commerce St., West Point. For more information, contact Kathy Dyess, 662-494-5678 or visit wpccac.com.
Friday, Aug. 12
Friday Night Jams — Musicians entertain at the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts, 235 Commerce St., West Point. Free. For more information, call 662-494-5678.
Saturday, Aug. 13
Comic and Toy Expo — The Golden Triangle Comic and Toy Expo at Trotter Convention Center in downtown Columbus is from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Bring the family for a day of discovery and fun. Admission $10 at the door. Follow the expo on Facebook.
Forks & Corks — This Starkville Area Arts Council fundraiser brings together chefs to compete for prizes, bragging rights and your vote at The Mill Conference Center in Starkville. Tickets for the 6:30 p.m. event are $75, or reserve tables for 8 for $600 (SAAC members), or $800 (non-members). Get them at starkvillearts.net or call 662-324-3080.
Friday, Aug. 19
Will Kimbrough in concert — The Columbus Arts Council presents performer and producer Will Kimbrough at 7:30 p.m. in the Rosenzweig Arts Center Omnova Theater, 501 Main St. Tickets $10 in advance; $12 at the door, if available. Limited seating; advance tickets recommended. Purchase online at columbus-arts.org, or call 662-328-2787.
Saturday, Aug. 20
Possum Town Triathlon — Swim 600 yards, bike 17 miles and run 3.3 miles in this fifth annual triathlon that begins at 7 a.m. at Columbus Lake on Wilkins Wise Road. Visit possumtowntriathlon.com for more information and to register.
Michael Davis workshop — The Columbus Arts Council presents a watercolor workshop with noted Alabama artist Michael Davis from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Rosenzweig Arts Center in Columbus. For more information, call 662-328-2787.
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