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Community Calendar for the week of April 6, 2014


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Through Saturday, April 12 


Columbus Pilgrimage -- Historic home, garden and church tours continue this week in Columbus. For tour schedules, go to or contact the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau, 800-920-3533. 




Monday, April 7 


Irish dance workshop -- Join Dr. Beverly Joyce of Mississippi University for Women at Stark Recreation Center on campus for an introduction to Irish social dance at 7 p.m., part of the MUW International Series on Ireland. Free and open to the public. For information, email [email protected] or [email protected], or visit the Series' Facebook page. 




Monday, Wednesday and Friday, April 7, 9, 11 


Tales from the Crypt -- Meet some of the interesting "spirits" interred at historic Friendship Cemetery in Columbus on these walking tours presented by students of the Mississippi Math and Science School. Hours are 7-10 p.m. $5 for adults; $3 for students K-12.  




Wednesday, April 9 


Historian's talk -- The Columbus and Lowndes County Historical Society presents historian Terry Winschel with "Stephen D. Lee and the Making of an American Shrine" (Vicksburg Military Park) at noon at the S.D. Lee Home, 316 Seventh St. N., Columbus. Bring a brown bag lunch at 11:30 a.m., if desired. Lee Home docents provide complimentary beverages and desserts. For more information, call 662-328-3088. 


Table Talk -- Tupelo-based writer and poet Patricia Neely-Dorsey is the featured speaker at Table Talk at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, 314 Seventh St. N. Bring lunch at 11:30 a.m. to socialize; Friends of the Library provides iced tea. The program begins at noon. For more information, contact the library, 662-329-5300. 




Thursday, April 10 


Noon Tunes -- Head to Trotter Courtyard in downtown Columbus for live music by Melvin Mordecai and lunch by Zachary's available for purchase on site. For more information, contact Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305. 


Art history series -- The Diane Legan Howard Art History Lecture Series presents Dr. Temma Baldicci of Arkansas State University at 7 p.m. in the Mary Evelyn Stringer Auditorium of Mississippi University for Women's Art and Design Building.  




Thursday and Saturday,  


April 10 and 12 


Friends Book Sale -- The Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library host a book sale from 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. April 10, and from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. April 12 at the library, 314 Seventh St. N. Proceeds help purchase new books and fund activities such as the children's summer reading program, Table Talk and exhibits. For information, 662-329-5300. 




Thursday through Saturday, April 10-12 


Super Bulldog Weekend -- A weekend of sports, including the Maroon/White Spring Football Game, at Mississippi State and Starkville also features the Cotton District Arts Festival and Old Main Music Festival April 12. See the entire schedule at 




Friday, April 11 


Kappa Pi exhibit -- The public is invited to the Kappa Pi High School Invitational art exhibition at the Mary Evelyn Stringer Auditorium in Mississippi University for Women's Art and Design Building, 5-6:30 p.m. 


Voice and guitar -- A musical program for voice and guitar by classical guitarist Dr. Michael Patilla of Mississippi State University and Dr. Joseph Hopkins, dean of the School of the Arts at Samford University, begins at 7 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, 511 Airline Road. Free to the public. For more information, contact the church office, 662-328-8644.  




Friday through Sunday,  


April 11-13 


"Grease" -- Heritage Academy presents the musical "Grease" April 11 at 7:30 p.m., April 12 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and April 13 at 2:30 p.m. More than 100 elementary and high school students are involved in the production at the HA Student Activity Building, 625 Magnolia Lane. Admission is $10 adults; $6 students. For more information, contact HA, 662-327-5272.  




Saturday, April 12 


Inaugural Pilgrimage Half Marathon/5K -- The Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau and Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation host this inaugural Pilgrimage half-marathon that boasts a total purse of $4,100. Events begin at 7 a.m. at the Tennessee Williams Home, 300 Main St., Columbus. Find registration details and routes at 


Cotton District Arts Festival -- Starkville's annual festival features artisans, juried art, songwriters competition, pet parade, Taste of Starkville, multiple villages, a 5K and 1-mile fun run and much more. For more information, visit 


Mayor's Unity Picnic -- Bring the family to the Riverwalk for a picnic hosted by Columbus Mayor Robert Smith at 4 p.m. Enjoy free food, music and fellowship. All are invited.  


Old Main Music Festival -- The Mississippi State Student Association and Music Maker Productions present this concert featuring The Neighbourhood, Eric Hutchinson and The Red Thangs, starting at 7 p.m. at the MSU Amphitheater on campus. Free. 


Caledonia egg hunt, movie -- Caledonia hosts its annual Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt at Ola J. Pickett Park at 7:30 p.m. At 8:30 p.m., the Alvin and the Chipmunks movie "Chipwrecked" will be shown. Free. For more information, contact Caledonia Town Hall, 662-356-4117. 


Eagle watch -- Friends of Noxubee Refuge hosts an eagle watch from 2-4 p.m. near the Refuge. Observe an active nest through spotting scopes. Bring binoculars if you have them. Go to the Checking Station just west of Bluff Lake. Call 662-323-5548 for information.  




Tuesday, April 15  


MUW spring recital -- Mississippi University for Women music students present a spring recital at 7:30 p.m. in Poindexter Hall on campus. Free to the public. For more information, contact the Department of Music, 662-241-6399. 




Thursday, April 17 


Noon Tunes -- Don't miss the final installment of Noon Tunes at Trotter Courtyard in downtown Columbus. Dawn Barham entertains from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch by Zachary's is available for purchase. For more information, contact Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305. 


"Titanic & Me" -- The Columbus Arts Council shows the PBS documentary "Titanic & Me" at 6 p.m. in the Rosenzweig Arts Center Omnova Theater, 501 Main St. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787, or go to 




Thursday, April 24 


Underground Railroad quilts -- Learn how hand-sewn quilts were a method of communication during a difficult time in history, at a 2 p.m. talk at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, 314 Seventh St. N. Free to the public, sponsored by the Mississippi Humanities Council. For more information, call 662-329-5300.  




Friday, April 25 


Relay for Life -- Lowndes County's Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society is 6 p.m.-1 a.m. at the field behind Columbus High School, 215 Hemlock St. All are invited. Sign up a team by contacting Mott Ellis, 662-574-1104, or email [email protected] 


Piano duo -- Mississippi University for Women presents Dr. Julia Mortyakova and Dr. Valentin Bogdan in recital at 7:30 p.m. in Poindexter Hall on campus. Free. For more information, contact the Department of Music, 662-241-6399. 




Sunday, April 27 


"To Please the Masses" -- The Columbus Choral Society presents a concert featuring Franz Schubert's Mass No. 2 in G Major at 7:30 p.m. in Poindexter Hall on the Mississippi University for Women campus. Admission is free; donations are welcome. A reception follows. For information, go to



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