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Tuesday, July 2
Miss Mississippi sneak preview -- Miss Mississippi State University Jasmine Murray -- formerly of Columbus, now residing in Starkville -- previews her Miss Mississippi competition wardrobe and talent during a trunk show at Colvard Student Union's Fowlkes Auditorium at 2 p.m. A send-off reception follows. Murray will represent MSU July 10-13 at the state pageant in Vicksburg. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 662-325-2930.
Wednesday and Thursday, July 3-4
Southside/Townsend Park Festival -- This blues fest features the Kingdom Flowz Group, Lil McKenzie, Lil Ke-Ke and more at 6 p.m. July 3 at Townsend Park on Ninth Avenue South, Columbus. On July 4, from 10 a.m.-until, entertainers include Theodis Easley, Ms. Jody, Keith and Margie, Swing Shift, Caldwell Singers, Love Bone and more. Kids' attractions include inflatables and face painting. Free admission. For information, contact Gene Taylor, 662-425-1833, or Jeff Smith, 662-386-6923.
Thursday, July 4
Fireworks on the Water -- The Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau, Columbus Air Force Base and other sponsors present this extravaganza at the East Bank of the John C. Stennis Lock and Dam in Columbus. Children's activities begin at 4 p.m. Entertainment starts at 6:30 p.m. with Blues Music Award nominee Grady Champion, followed by patriotic concert from the Starkville-MSU Wind Symphony. Fireworks synchronized to music begin at dark. Food and drink vendors will be on site. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. For more information, contact the CVB, 800-920-3533. (Keep reading for more July 4 celebrations.)
Plantation Pointe fireworks -- Plantation Pointe Retirement Community hosts a fireworks display at dark on its grounds just east of Highway 82 East, between Highway 50 and Lehmberg Road in Columbus, weather permitting. Lawn chairs, coolers and soft drinks are welcome; no glass containers. For more information, contact Jan McCafferty, 662-241-0001.
Starkville fireworks -- Starkville Parks and Recreation hosts children's activities beginning at 4 p.m., followed by a fireworks show after dark at 405 Lynn Lane. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. For more information, call Starkville Parks and Recreation, 662-323-2294.
Saturday, July 6
At the farmers' markets -- Visitors to Columbus' Hitching Lot Farmers' Market (7-10 a.m.) can catch a performance by the English School of Dance at 8:30 a.m., and sign up for a 9 a.m. watermelon seed-spitting contest. For more information, call 662-328-6305. At the Starkville Community Market (7:30-10:30 a.m.), Geoff Denny gives a talk on micro irrigation, and little gardeners make newspaper pots with the Starkville Area Arts Council. For more information, call 662-323-3322. West Point's Farmers' Market is open 4-7 p.m. Thursdays at the Mossy Oak Pavilion.
Thursday, July 11
Gallery reception -- Come as you are to a free 5:30-7 p.m. reception opening an exhibit by well-known nature watercolorist Robin Whitfield of Grenada at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St., Columbus. In Artist Alley, inside the gallery, check out animal-inspired art for sale to benefit the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society and CAC. For more information, contact the arts council, 662-328-2787. (See July 13 for workshops.)
Sounds of Summer -- Swing Shift entertains at this free outdoor concert presented by Main Street Columbus and The LINK at the Columbus Riverwalk, from 7-9 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and blankets; no personal coolers, please. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, contact Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305.
"Monumental Mysteries" -- Carrolton, Alabama's famous face in the Pickens County Courthouse window is scheduled to be one of six history-rich mysteries explored in the July 11 episode of this television show on the Travel Channel at 8 p.m. CST.
Saturday, July 13
Watercolor workshops -- Nature watercolorist Robin Whitfield of Grenada teaches two workshops, beginner (all ages; 9 a.m.-noon, $10) and advanced (12 and up; 1-4 p.m., $40) at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St., Columbus. Each workshop will include outdoor sessions. For more information about registration and supplies, contact the Columbus Arts Council, 662-328-2787.
Thursday and Saturday, July 18 and July 20
Library book sale -- The Columbus-Lowndes Public Library at 314 Seventh St. N. hosts a book sale July 18 from 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and July 20 from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. For more information, contact the library, 662-329-5300.
Thursdays through Saturdays, July 18-20 and 25-27
SCT Musical Revue -- Starkville Community Theatre presents "Voices in the Night," an entertaining summer musical revue directed by M.J. Etua and Brian Hawkins. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at the Playhouse on Main, 108 E. Main St., Starkville. Tickets are $25. To reserve tickets, contact the SCT box office, 662-323-6855.
Saturday, July 20
Pierce Pettis in concert -- Acclaimed singer/songwriter Pierce Pettis of Alabama has had his songs recorded by artists including Joan Baez, Art Garfunkel, Garth Brooks and Dar Williams. The Columbus Arts Council presents this special evening with Pettis at 7 p.m. in the Rosenzweig Arts Center's Omnova Theater, 501 Main St. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, if available. Contact the CAC, 662-328-2787.
Tuesday through Saturday, July 23-27
Summertime Blues -- The focus is on blues education and entertainment when the Columbus Arts Council presents a July 23 seminar with MPB "Highway 61" radio show host Scott Barretta, 7 p.m.; a July 26 concert by Cadillac John Nolden and Bill Abel, 7 p.m. ($10 advance, $12 at door); and a July 27 Diddley Bow Building Workshop with Abel, 10 a.m. ($10; register by July 23). All events are at the Rosenzweig Arts Center. For information, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787.
Thursday, July 25
Sounds of Summer -- The outdoor summer concert series at the Columbus Riverwalk concludes with Deacon Jones and the Late Night, from 7-9 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and blankets; food and beverages will be available for purchase. For information, contact Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305.
Friday, July 26
Masquerade ball -- The Columbus Police Department hosts this fundraiser from 7 p.m.-midnight at Trotter Convention Center. Tickets are $20; limited VIP tables for 8 start at $185. Proceeds benefit National Night Out on Crime and the Columbus Police Toy Drive. Get tickets at the Police Department, 1501 Main St., 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday. For more information, contact Rhonda Sanders, 662-251-7355.