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Community Calendar for the week of August 10, 2014


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Monday, Aug. 11 


"Hotel Hell" -- 


Fox network's reality show "Hotel Hell," created and hosted by Gordon Ramsay, features Starkville's Hotel Chester. The episode airs on Fox at 8 p.m. CT. 




Tuesday, Aug. 12 


Town & Tower -- Town & Tower hosts a summer breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in the President's Dining Room in Mississippi University for Women's Hogarth Dining Center. MUW President Dr. Jim Borsig will present a university update. Cost is $12. Contact [email protected] or call 662-329-7148. 


So & So -- The Columbus Arts Council begins a series of arts evenings for adults on the second Tuesday of each month, August through December. Sessions with different art mediums and instructors, paired with light spirits, make for unique experiences. The first So & So Aug. 12 is 6-8 p.m.: "Bottles and Brushes" with Mysti Guthery. For more information, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787.  




Friday, Aug. 15 


Critz Campbell exhibit -- Facing South, a body of new work by Critz Campbell of West Point, opens at the Cullis-Wade Depot Gallery on the Mississippi State campus. The MSU associate professor's pieces employing low-relief marquetry techniques are up until Sept. 6. A public reception is Aug. 28, 5-7 p.m. For information, call 662-325-2970 or visit 




Saturday, Aug. 16 


Possum Town Triathlon -- Cheer on participants as they swim 600 yards, bike 17 miles and run 3.3 miles in the third annual Possum Town Triathlon in Columbus. The race begins at 7 a.m. at the boat ramps on Wilkins-Wise Road. Awards will be presented at 10 a.m. Get details and register at 




Tuesday, Aug. 19 


Book signing -- Jane Hunt of Columbus signs copies of her book, "Farview: Then and Now," from 2-4 p.m. at Whitehall, the antebellum home of Dr. Joe and Carol Boggess at 607 Third Ave. S., Columbus. Farview, located in Sumter County, Alabama, and built in 1835 is an ancestral home in Hunt's family. The public is invited.  




Wednesday, Aug. 20 


Book signing -- Genealogist and author Sharon Leslie-Morgan brings an audiovisual presentation on her book, "Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade," to a book signing from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Main Street Macon Center, 401 Jefferson St., Macon. The public is invited. 


Merle Haggard -- The Mississippi State Lyceum Series presents Merle Haggard at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Hall's Bettersworth Auditorium. Tickets are $45-$80. Contact the Center for Student Activities, 662-325-2930 or visit 




Saturday, Aug. 23 


Denim & Diamonds -- This benefit for the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum includes a barbecue dinner, square dancing, silent auction, raffle, complimentary wine and beer and a DJ. Tickets to the 6:30 p.m. event at the Starkville Country Club are $40 at the museum, The Book Mart or ERA Realty in Starkville. Or call 662-323-0211. 




Wednesday, Aug. 27 


Starkville's Get Swept Up -- Sign up to volunteer for the 11th annual Get Swept Up event, a city-wide clean-up day in Starkville. Volunteers get a T-shirt and are provided cleaning supplies. Contact the Greater Starkville Development Partnership, 662-323-3322, or go to 




Thursday, Aug. 28 


Artist's Talk -- Musician and visul artist Chad Anderson gives an artist's talk at 5:30 p.m. at the Columbus Arts Council's Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St. Anderson's exhibit of drawings, "Twelve Bar Bridge: Rhythm in Portrait," is on display in the arts center's Artist Alley. Free. Call 662-328-2787 for more information.  




Friday, Aug. 29 


Howlin' Wolf Memorial Blues Festival -- This 19th annual blues fest features George Porter Jr. & Runnin' Pardners, Carolyn Wonderland, Lightnin' Malcolm & Stud, and Mr. Sip at the Mary Holmes College Auditorium in West Point. Doors open at 6 p.m.; music starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Get them at the Columbus Arts Council, in Starkville at Jack Forbus Insurance, and in West Point at Culin-Arts. Or online at For information, contact Richard Ramsey, 662-605-0770 or [email protected] The festival is presented by the Prairie Belt Blues Foundation.  


Starkville Block Party -- Starkville's Downtown Block Party to kick off the football season is 6-8 p.m. at College Park on Russell Street and features an MSU pep rally, annual Tailgating Wear Fashion Show, live music, food vendors and kids village. Go to  




Saturday, Aug. 30 


Prairie Arts Festival -- The 36th annual Prairie Arts Festival in downtown West Point features fine arts, crafts, Southern cooking, four music stages, classic cars, Kidsville and more from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A 5K race begins at 8 a.m. This Top 10 Southeast Tourism Society event includes more than 600 exhibits. For more information, contact the Growth Alliance, 662-494-5121. 




Thursday, Sept. 4 


Columbus Art Walk -- Columbus' second annual Art Walk from 5:30-8 p.m. features area artists paired with downtown merchants for an evening of original art, live music and evening shopping. For more information, contact Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305.  


"Ozland" premiere -- This feature-length film by West Point independent filmmaker Michael Williams of Shendopen Productions premieres locally in a test screening at the Malco Theatre in Columbus at 7 p.m. "Ozland" was filmed in the Golden Triangle and in Kansas. Tickets are $10. Visit



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