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Community Calendar for the week of November 1, 2013


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Monday, Nov. 4 


Bryan Library reception -- West Point's Bryan Public Library hosts a reception from 2-5:30 p.m. welcoming incoming library director Tanna Taylor at 338 Commerce St., West Point. For more information, contact the library, 662-494-4872. 


Hazard Lecture Series -- Mississippi State professor emeritus Michael B. Ballard speaks about Civil War on the rivers of Mississippi at 7 p.m. at the Heritage Academy Elementary School auditorium, 623 Magnolia Lane. The program is free to the public. For more information, contact Beth Lucas, 662-327-1556. 




Tuesday, Nov. 5 


Such Sweete Melodie -- This early music ensemble of Baroque specialists perform at Starkville's First Baptist Church, 106 E. Lampkin St., at 6 p.m. The program is sponsored by Mississippi State's music department. Free to the public. For information, contact Dr. Jackie Edwards-Henry, 662-325-2864. 


Portland Cello Project -- Mississippi State's Lyceum Series presents an innovative cello showcase that has wowed audiences from nightclubs to symphony halls and even halftime at Portland Trailblazers games. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Hall's Bettersworth Auditorium on MSU's campus. Tickets are $15 (+$3 fee). Get tickets at or call 662-325-2930. 




Tuesday through Saturday, Nov. 5-9 


"A Catered Affair" -- This Starkville Community Theatre production directed by Pattye Archer begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Playhouse on Main, 108 E. Main St., Starkville. Seating is limited. To reserve tickets, contact the SCT box office, 662-323-6855. 




Thursday, Nov. 7 


Luncheon with Books -- West Point's Friends of Bryan Public Library, 338 Commerce St., presents Luncheon with Books featuring Caroline Pugh at noon. Lunch is $6 donation. For more information, contact the library, 662-494-4872. 


ARTfordable -- A free reception from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Columbus Arts Council's Rosenzweig Arts Center opens a show of original work by area artists, all priced at $100 or less for holiday shopping. See the simultaneous Artist Alley exhibit of art by children of the Boys & Girls Club of the Golden Triangle. A call is open to all artists/photographers for a "Picture Columbus" exhibit to be displayed in Artist Alley in December. For information, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787. 




Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 7-9 


"The Good Doctor" -- The Mississippi University for Women Department of Theatre presents this Neil Simon comedy with music at 7:30 p.m. in Cromwell Communications Center on campus. General admission is $10; students $5. For more information, contact the department, 662-329-7260. 




Friday, Nov. 8 


Art auction -- Annunciation Catholic School's annual fundraising gala (formerly Jeans and Jazz) begins at 7 p.m. at Trotter Convention Center in Columbus, with heavy hors d'oeuvres and silent and live auctions. Tickets are $25. For more information, contact the Annunciation School office, 662-328-4479. 




Friday and Saturday,  


Nov. 8-9 


Ghosts & Legends -- Meet some of the "spirits" that still reside in Columbus as they tell of history and mystery. Bus tours depart the Tennessee Williams Welcome Center, 300 Main St., Columbus, at 6, 6:30, 7:30 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 to this event presented by the Columbus Arts Council, the MUW Center for Women's Research and Public Policy, MUW Department of Theatre and Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation. For more information, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787. 


Saturday, Nov. 9 


Giant Possum Town Yard Sale -- This community-wide yard sale at the Hitching Lot Farmers' Market at Second Avenue and Second Street North in Columbus from 7 a.m.-noon is open to fundraising groups, families and individuals. Reserve a booth for $25 by contacting Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305.  


Veterans Day Parade -- A parade beginning at 10 a.m. at the Columbus Municipal Complex will go to the Lowndes County Courthouse grounds, where a ceremony and wreath laying takes place at 11 a.m. To participate, contact 2nd Lt. Cory Concha, 14th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs, 662-434-7068, or Commander Billy Quick, American Legion Post 69, 662-329-4130. 


SAAC annual gala -- The Starkville Area Arts Council's "Night at the Louvre" is a 6:30 p.m. black-tie affair with social hour, dinner, dance and silent auction at the Hunter Henry Center on the Mississippi State campus. Reservations are required; tickets are $75. For more information, contact SAAC, 662-324-3080. 




Sunday, Nov. 10 


Light and Lively -- The Starkville/MSU Symphony Chorus directed by Doug Browning presents a free program at First United Methodist Church, 200 W. Lampkin St., Starkville, at 7:30 p.m. To learn more about the symphony association, visit  




Friday, Nov. 15 


Choral concert -- The Columbus Choral Society presents a concert titled "Southern Waters" at 7 p.m. at Mississippi University for Women's Poindexter Hall. The program includes a musical setting of "Columbus' poem," "The Blue and the Gray." The concert will also be performed in West Point Nov. 17, at a location to be announced. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. A reception follows. Follow the Choral Society at 




Sunday, Nov. 17 


Bryan Library reception -- West Point's Bryan Public Library invites the public to a retirement reception for Mary Helen Waggoner from 2-4 p.m. at 338 Commerce St. For more information, contact the library, 662-494-4872. 




Tuesday, Nov. 19 


Author Julie Cantrell -- Starkville Reads presents New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julie Cantrell of Oxford discussing her newest novel "When Mountains Move," at the Starkville Public Library at 7 p.m. The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit  




Thursday, Nov. 21 


"Sincerely Yours" -- The Columbus Arts Council presents a program of music and readings honoring our nation's veterans at 7 p.m. in the Rosenzweig Arts Center's Omnova Theater. For more information, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787. 




Saturday, Nov. 23 


Holiday Farmers' Market -- Don't miss this showcase of local art, local produce, live music, children's activities and more just in time for Thanksgiving. Hours are 9 a.m.-noon at the Hitching Lot Farmers' Market, Second Avenue and Second Street North in Columbus. For more information, contact Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6355. 


Ballet Magnificat -- The West Point/Clay County Arts Council presents Ballet Magnificat's "Most Incredible Christmas" at 7 p.m. at Center Stage in Central School, 634 E. Westbrook St., West Point. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students under 18. For more information, contact Kathy Dyess, 662-494-5678, or Monte Brasfield, 662-494-1371.



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