Both Starkville and Columbus will host National Day of Prayer activities Thursday.
Columbus/Lowndes County observance will begin at noon on the lawn of the Lowndes County Courthouse.
This year’s program will feature Christians from various denominations, special music, congregational singing, and guest, Abraham Hamilton III of the American Family Association.
Second Avenue in front of the Courthouse will be closed to through traffic, but vans and buses can enter to discharge passengers. Seating will be available.
In case of inclement weather, the event will move to the downtown YMCA.
In Starkville, the National Day of Prayer will be observed from noon to 12:40 p.m. on the front steps of First Presbyterian Church, 307 University Drive, Starkville. A light lunch, provided by Sweet Peppers Deli, will be served afterward.
All members of the Golden Triangle communities are invited to join this multidenominational event to pray for the nation and leaders, currently serving military personnel and veterans, our city and schools, and families.
Arts Council to host reception
Columbus Arts Council will host an artist reception for the Mississippi State Committee of National Museum of Women in the Arts from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday at 501 Main St., Columbus.
With its collections, exhibitions, programs and online content, the museum seeks to inspire dynamic exchanges about art and ideas. NMWA advocates for better representation of women artists and serves as a vital center for thought leadership, community engagement, and social change. The museum addresses the gender imbalance in the presentation of art by bringing to light important women artists of the past while promoting great women artists working today.
The free event is open to everyone.
Nonprofit to host ruck, veteran resource fair
Operation Continue Service will host a 20-mile Recovery Ruck, starting in Starkville and ending in Columbus on Saturday.
This event has been organized in alignment with the nonprofit’s mission: To remember those who have fallen while motivating those who still stand.
In bringing attention to veteran mental health as well as suicide awareness, the organization’s founder Melvin Gatewood hopes to provide resources and support to underserved veteran communities.
Through events such as these, he perseveres in a commitment in bringing attention to veteran issues and rallying the community around those who have served.
“Rucking” is a common military term that describes walking with a weighted backpack. This Recovery Ruck symbolizes the weight that veterans carry during and after military service. Military veterans, active-duty personnel and veteran friends and family are invited to join and bring awareness to this project.
Additionally, Operation Continue Service will host a Veterans Resource Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lowndes County Soccer Complex.
This event is hosted in conjunction with the VFW Inaugural Day of Service #StillServing.
To learn more about Operation Continue Service and its events, visit operationcontinueservice.com or its Facebook page.
Tickets for play to go on sale Monday
Season ticket holders can begin booking seats to the next Starkville Community Theatre production, “The Legend of Georgia McBride,” on Monday.
SCT box office will be open for walk-up sales and phone sales at 662-323-6855 for season ticket holders only starting at 8 a.m. Monday. The office will not be able to honor any voicemails or email requests left before that date at 8 a.m..
The office will be open to exclusively take season-subscriber reservations from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.
General admission sales will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, with a ticket cost of $15 per admission (or $10 for students). The office will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday,to take calls and return any voicemails. Once general admission sales are open, they will be available over the phone, in person, or online at starkville-community-theatre.ticketleap.com/georgiamcbride/ .
The production contains strong language and some adult themes and is intended for mature audiences.
The dates for the show will be 7:30 p.m. May 17 and May 19-21. The performance at 7:30 p.m. May 18 will be only for audience members who are fully COVID-vaccinated, and anyone attending that performance will need to provide proof of vaccination as they check in at the box office. This is the only show date with this additional requirement. Masking is not required at any performances of this production.