June 1, 2013 6:21:10 PM
TWT auditions -- Auditions for the Tennessee Williams play "Period of Adjustment" begin at 2 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 318 College St., Columbus. The play will be presented Sept. 3, 4, 6 and 7 during the annual Tennessee Williams Tribute. Paula Mabry will direct. Actors may bring an audition piece or read from scripts provided. For more information, contact Brenda Caradine, 662-328-5413.
Wednesday, June 5
Table Talk -- Former Columbian Katy Smith Houston, author of the cookbook "Sweetness Follows: The Story of Sam and the Treat of the Week," is the featured speaker at the Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library Table Talk. Bring lunch at 11:30 a.m. to socialize; iced tea is provided. The program is noon-1 p.m. at the library at 314 Seventh Street North.
Thursday, June 6
Fiber arts showcase -- Come as you are to the Columbus Arts Council's free reception from 5:30-7 p.m. opening a Fiber Arts exhibit at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St. And check out Artist Alley, inside the center, for jewelry made by Amelia Rebecca Austin, Avery Dennison and Jackie Exum. For more information, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787.
Art exhibit -- Visit the Renee Reedy Studio at 413 Main St., Columbus, between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. for a showing of artwork by Neil E. Waggoner, AIA.
Sounds of Summer -- This summer series of free Thursday concerts at the Columbus Riverwalk kicks off with the Juke Joint Gypsies from 7-9 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or blankets; cold beverages and food will be available for purchase. No pets or coolers, please. Other concert dates are June 20, July 11 and July 25. For more information, contact Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305.
Friday, June 7
Espresso Yourself -- In coffee house ambiance, members of the Columbus-based Writers & Storytellers group present readings from their original works and from some of their favorite Mississippi authors in the Rosenzweig Arts Center's Omnova Theater at 501 Main St. Coffee by Coffee House on 5th will be available, along with homemade treats. For information or to participate, contact the Columbus Arts Council, 662-328-2787.
Saturday, June 8
Institute of Arts and Letters -- The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters holds its annual awards presentation at Mississippi University for Women. The public is invited to readings and book signings from 1-2:30 p.m. in Poindexter Hall by the 2013 MIAL winners. They include Patti Carr Black, Joseph Crespino, Richard Ford, Caroline Herring, Catherine Pierce, Lee Renninger, Steve Rouse and David Wharton. For more MIAL information, visit ms-arts-letters.org.
Saturday, June 8
Great Tombigbee Duck Race -- Columbus-Lowndes Habitat for Humanity hosts this ducky fundraiser at the Columbus Riverwalk. Family fun events begin at 10 a.m. with inflatables, games and food vendors (sorry, no coolers allowed). At 2 p.m., thousands of rubber ducks will be dropped into the river to "race" for $5,000 and other prizes. Adopt your ducks at tombigbeeduckrace.com or call 662-386-DUCK (3825). "Buy a duck, build a House."
Wednesday, June 12
Table Talk -- Susan Puckett, author of "Eat Drink Delta," is the featured speaker for Table Talk: A Casual Visit with Books, at noon at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library. Bring lunch at 11:30 a.m. to socialize; iced tea is provided. The free program begins promptly at noon. For more information, contact the library, 662-329-5300.
Bryan Library Noon Tunes -- Bring lunch and spend mid-day listening to live music at the Bryan Public Library, 338 Commerce St., West Point, from noon to 1 p.m. For more information, contact the library, 662-494-4872.
Friday and Saturday,
Juneteenth -- This celebration of African-American emancipation offers speakers, music, food and activities at Sim Scott Park in Columbus. For more information call 662-329-5871.
Wednesday, June 19
Table Talk -- Table Talk: A Casual Visit with Books presents "Sushi Secrets" cookbook author Marisa Baggett at noon at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library. Bring lunch at 11:30 a.m. to socialize; iced tea is provided. For more information, contact the library, 662-329-5300.
Thursday, June 20
Sounds of Summer -- Don't forget the lawn chairs and blankets for a free concert by Keith and Margie Brown at the Columbus Riverwalk from 7-9 p.m. Cold beverages and food will be available for purchase. No pets or coolers, please. For more information, contact Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305.
Thursday and Saturday,
June 20, 22
Library Book Sale -- The Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library host a book sale June 20 from 10:30 to 5:30 p.m., and June 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the library located at 314 Seventh St. N. For more information, contact the library, 662-329-5300.
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