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Community Calendar for the week of January 19, 2014


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Gospel concert -- Dream 365 hosts a free 5:30 p.m. gospel concert at Trotter Convention Center in Columbus featuring Tamara Trippett, Armondo Adams, the Noxubee County Mass Choir and many others.  


Oktibbeha NAACP MLK service -- The Oktibbeha County NAACP hosts a Unity Church Service MLK event from 6-8 p.m. at First Baptist Church Longview of Starkville, with Rev. Lamzy Carpenter Jr. and Rev. Bill Chapman as speakers. For information, call Christopher Taylor, 662-617-3671. 




Monday, Jan. 20 


Commemorative breakfast -- This annual NAACP-Dream 365 event presents the nationally-known Dr. Frederick Haynes III, pastor of Friendship West Baptist Church of Dallas, as keynote speaker at Trotter Convention Center, Columbus. Community awards will be presented. Tickets to the 8:30 a.m. breakfast are $15 at the door. For more information, visit 


Unity breakfast -- Mississippi State's Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion and the MSU president's office present the 20th annual MLK Jr. Day Unity Breakfast from 7-9 a.m. in Colvard Student Union. Free. For information, call 662-325-2493. 


MLK Volunteer Fair -- Volunteer Starkville hosts its inaugural, family-friendly Community Volunteer Fair from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Starkville Sportsplex, 405 Lynn Lane, with a speaker and MLK Jr. Activity Stations. For more information, contact Jamey Bachman, 662-268-2865, or visit 


Oktibbeha County march -- The Oktibbeha County NAACP hosts an MLK Jr. Day march at 1:30 p.m. from the north end of Dr. Douglas Conner Drive in Starkville, proceeding to the Courthouse Annex for a rally. Dr. John Marszalek is the speaker. For more information, contact Chris Taylor, 662-617-3671 or 662-418-9687. 


West Point MLK celebration-- In West Point at 9 a.m., marchers will walk from the end of MLK Drive to Center Stage Auditorium on Westbrook Street, for a program at 9:45 a.m. For more information, contact Anna Hayford-Jones, 662-494-1024 or 494-1173.  




Tuesday, Jan. 21 


Book signing -- Mississippi Library Association Award-winning author Deborah Johnson of Columbus attends a book signing for her new novel, "The Secret of Magic," at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St., Columbus from 4-6 p.m. For more information, call 662-328-2787. 


International Series -- Mississippi University for Women's International Series on Ireland opens with the film "The Story of Ireland: Age of Nations" at 7 p.m. in Martin Hall on campus. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Kim Whitehead at [email protected] 




Thursday, Jan. 23 


Gordy Honors Series -- This lecture series at Mississippi University for Women opens with a talk by Dr. Tom Velek, "Lessons from an Obsession: Athletics and the Life Well Lived," at 6 p.m. in Nissan Auditorium on campus. For more information, contact Velek at [email protected], 662-241-6850, or visit 


Jazz Ensemble -- The Mississippi State University Jazz Ensemble presents a free concert in McComas Hall on the MSU campus at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact the MSU Music Department, 662-325-3070. 




Friday, Jan. 24 


Interactive drum circle -- The Columbus Arts Council hosts an indoor "campfire" supper followed by a Native American-themed interactive drum circle facilitated by Dr. Bob Damm at 7 p.m. at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St., Columbus. (Supper tickets are $8 and must be purchased by Jan. 23.) Drum circle tickets are $10, limited to 20 participants. Contact the CAC, 662-328-2787. 


Wind ensemble -- The Mississippi State University Wind Ensemble presents a free performance in McComas Hall on the MSU campus at 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact the MSU Music Department, 662-325-3070. 




Thursday, Jan. 30 


MUW alumni luncheon -- The Lowndes County chapter of the Mississippi University for Women Alumni Association meets from noon-1 p.m. at Lion Hills Golf Club, Columbus. MUW Admissions Director Shelley Moss is the speaker. Lunch is $12; reservations are not necessary.  




Thursday, Feb. 6 


Mayhew Mission seminar -- The Columbus Arts Council presents speaker Emilie White of the Mississippi Humanities Council Speaker's Bureau with the story of the development of this 1819 Choctaw mission. The free program at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St., begins at 7 p.m. For more information, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787.  


"Remember the Titans" --  


The Gordy Honors Series screens this 2000 film at 6 p.m. in Mississippi University for Women's Nissan Auditorium. Free and open to the public. A discussion follows. Coach Herman Boone, portrayed in the film by Denzel Washington, will speak at MUW Feb. 13 (see below). For information, contact Dr. Thomas Velek, [email protected], 662-241-6850, or visit 




Friday, Feb. 7  


Music of Scotland and Ireland -- The Columbus Arts Council presents Celtic music recording artists Jil Chambless and Scooter Muse in concert at the Rosenzweig Arts Center's Omnova Theater at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. For tickets or information, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787. 




Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7-8 


Rotary Club Rodeo -- This annual rodeo sponsored by the Starkville Rotary Club takes place at the Mississippi Horse Park. Look for more information soon at 




Saturday, Feb. 8 


SOUPer Bowl -- Taste five-star soups at this event hosted by Starkville Main Street Association and Starkville Young Professionals from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the StaggerIn in Starkville. Tickets are $15 in advance at the Greater Starkville Development Partnership ($5, 12 and under), or $20 at the door. For more information, call 662-323-3322. 


Dudy Gras parade -- Celebrate the opening of Mississippi State's baseball season at this 4 p.m. parade down Starkville's Main Street to Dudy Noble Field. Parade participants and rigs should gather at Rick's Cafe's parking lot at 3 p.m. For more information, contact Hobie Hobart, 662-769-9687. 


Starkville-MSU Symphony -- The Starkville-MSU Symphony Association Orchestra presents "Haydn Highlight" at 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 106 E. Lampkin St., Starkville. Free and open to the public.  


Paul Thorn concert -- WMSV 91.1 Radio celebrates its 20th anniversary with a concert series, beginning with Paul Thorn at Rick's Cafe in Starkville. Bill Cooke and Kannawermz are special guests. General admission tickets are $20; doors open at 8 p.m. VIP tickets, with 7 p.m. band meet-and-greet, are $30. Get tickets at or call WMSV, 662-325-8481. 




Feb. 13-16 and 18-22 


"Steel Magnolias" -- Starkville Community Theatre presents this production directed by Paula Mabry at the Playhouse on Main, 108 E. Main St., Starkville. Play times are 7:30 p.m., except Sunday at 2 p.m. For more information, contact the SCT box office, 662-323-6855. 




Thursday, Feb. 13 


Titans' Herman Boone --  


Mississippi University for Women's Gordy Honors Series welcomes Coach Herman Boone, an inspiration for the movie "Remembering the Titans," at 6 p.m. in Limbert Assembly Room in Cochran Hall on campus. For more information, contact Dr. Thomas Velek, [email protected], 662-241-6850, or visit 




Friday, Feb. 14 


Lee Home Valentine Gala -- This Valentine fundrasier from 7:30-10 p.m. in Columbus features desserts, floral arrangements and more, to benefit the S.D. Lee Foundation. For reservations and more information, contact Eulalie Davis, 662-328-3088.



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