Thursday, July 6
Rheta Grimsley Johnson — The Columbus Arts Council’s and grant partners’ Mississippi Writers’ Series presents a lunch and talk with Rheta Grimsley Johnson at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St. Johnson’s talk at noon is free to the public. Lunch (with paid reservations by noon July 5, $12) begins at 11:30 a.m. Limited seating. For talk or lunch reservations, visit columbus-arts.org or call the CAC, 662-328-2787 (closed Mondays).
Friday, July 7
Black and White Ball — This annual event supporting National Night Out on Crime and Columbus’ city-wide toy drive starts at 7 p.m. at Trotter Convention Center. Tickets are $25 (VIP tables $225) and include entertainment by Logan and Just a Few Cats, and dinner by Huck’s Place. Get tickets at the Columbus Police Department front lobby or the Columbus Arts Council. For information, call 662-251-7355 or 662-244-3528.
Saturday, July 8
Sizzling Second Saturday — The Hitching Lot Farmers’ Market, 7-10 a.m. at Second Street and Second Avenue North, Columbus, features highlights including a pet parade at 8 a.m., a visit by the Army Corps of Engineers, demos by MUW’s Project CHEW, face painting and keychain-making, not to mention fresh produce and crafts. The market is open Mondays 4-6 p.m. and Thursday and Saturdays 7-10 a.m.
Puppy Foam Party — 4 Paws for a Cause hosts this fundraiser for the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society from 1-3 p.m. at the Animal Clinic of Columbus, 3157 Highway 45 N. Dog baths and “spaw” pedicures offered. Visit 4pawsforacause.us.events/html.
Thursday, July 13
Sounds of Summer — This concert series presented by the Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Columbus features live music from Style from 7-9 at the Columbus Riverwalk. Food and cold beverages are available for purchase. Bring lawn chairs or blankets; no pets or coolers. For more information, call 662-328-6305.
Exhibit reception — The Starkville Area Arts Council hosts a free reception at 5:30 p.m. at the Greater Starkville Development Partnership, 200 E. Main St., Starkville, for an exhibit of plein air art celebrating Mississippi’s Bicentennial. For more information, call 662-324-3080.
Friday, July 14
Friday Night Jams — The West Point/Clay County Arts Council hosts an evening of live music at 7 p.m. at the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts, 235 Commerce St., West Point. Open to the public.
Saturday, July 15
Kat Herd “Radeo” Show — Musicians Paul Brady, Hope Bassett, Hal Truitt, Katie Burchfield, Bo Jeffares and Richard Hicks will be “undoing everything from the Dillards to Lucinda Williams” in this 7 p.m. concert at the Columbus Arts Council’s Omnova Theater, 501 Main St. Tickets are $15 in advance at columbus-arts.org or 662-328-2787 (closed Mondays); $17 at the door. Limited seating.
Sunday, July 16
Sundays at the Center — The Sacred Heart Trio performs at 2 p.m. at the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts, 235 Commerce St., West Point. Free to the public.