Blood drive — Knights of Columbus Blood Drive is 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Activity Center across from Annunciation Catholic Church at 823 College St. Appointments encouraged; Bill Adams, 662-370-9534, or vitalant.org. Face coverings required. Visit vitalant.org/health to start health history questionnaire.
Sunday Funday — An arts and music mini-fest from noon-5 p.m., South Lafayette Street, downtown Starkville. Visit facebook.com/starkvillesundayfunday/.
Now through Nov. 21
United We Feed food drive — United Way of North Central Mississippi requests donations of non-perishable food items. Find drop-off locations in multiple counties at unitedwayncms.com/unitd-we-feed-1.
Thursday, Nov. 19
Downtown Drawdown — Junior Auxiliary of Starkville hosts a drawdown-style fundraiser, 5:30-8:30 at South Lafayette Street. Winner gets $5,000. Tickets $100, available now. Numerous prizes; food trucks on site, outdoor event. Do not have to be present to win. For tickets, Mary Dowell, 601-433-1599 or email@example.com.
Saturday, Nov. 21
Hitching Lot Holiday Market — Find locally homegrown, homemade and handcrafted items from 9 a.m.-noon at this annual event at the Hitching Lot Farmers’ Market, Second Street and Second Avenue North, Columbus. 662-328-6305.
Monday, Nov. 30
Virtual Christmas Tree Lighting — Columbus lights its city tree via Facebook Live and WCBI at 6 p.m., with carolers and special guests including Santa and Miz Claus. Virtually chat with Santa following the lighting. Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305.
Tuesday, Dec. 1
“Deck the Halls” — Lowndes County Master Gardeners host a Christmas decorating seminar at 10 a.m. via Zoom. (Members may sign up to attend in person at the Lowndes Extension office, if desired.) Register for the video conference at
msstateextension.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwsdO2sqD4rH9aNj7xibIs0KNCiuhbdb5VI to receive a link. 662-328-2111.
Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 2-3
Holiday Bazaar — Shop for Christmas at the annual Holiday Bazaar held at the Mill; more details to come. Follow on Instagram@StarkvilleHolidayBazaar; 662-323-3322.
Friday, Dec. 4
Grinch Fest — Don’t let the grinch steal your Christmas; watch for plans. This event from 5-8 p.m. features downtown shopping, activities and getting your “passport” stamped in Whoville. Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305.
Sunday, Dec. 6
The Art of Hospitality — The Columbus Arts Council presents Ralph Null, Sarah Labensky, Terry Conerly and Jason Sims sharing advice on entertaining with wines, food and flowers, 1-4 p.m. at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St. Bid on table arrangements, fine wines and art. Tickets $50. columbus-arts.org, 662-328-2787.
Saturday, Dec. 12
Whoville Cruisin’ — Cars, trucks, golf carts and gators are invited to decorate “Grinch-style” and join this cruise through downtown Columbus at 3:30 p.m. Meet at the Hitching Lot Farmers’ Market, Second Avenue and Second Street North, between 2-3 p.m. (No vehicle to be driven outside parade route that is not street legal.) Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305.
Tuesdays in December
Holiday Fun at 501 — Bring your lunch and enjoy sounds of the season 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Columbus Arts Council, 501 Main St. Drinks, live music and holiday fun provided. Free. Music by: Dec. 1-Mother Goose; Dec. 8-Jessica Horton; Dec. 15-Miz Claus; Dec. 22-Suzuki Strings. 662-328-2787.