Community Calendar for the week of November 15, 2020


Dispatch Staff Report





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 Face coverings required. Visit to start health history questionnaire.


Sunday Funday -- An arts and music mini-fest from noon-5 p.m., South Lafayette Street, downtown Starkville. Visit




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



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 protected]



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 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 [email protected]; 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., 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.




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