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Community Calendar for the week of September 24, 2017


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Monday, Sept. 25 


Charity fitness party -- Mississippi University for Women's Stark Recreation Center hosts a charity fitness party to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of the Golden Triangle from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Admission is your choice of school supplies or fitness equipment such as gams, hula hoops and jump ropes. For information, call 662-241-7494 or email [email protected] 




Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 26-27 


"The Pot of Gold" -- Shackouls Honors College at Mississippi State University presents this Roman comedy by Plautus, directed by Donna Clevinger, at 6 p.m. in Griffis Hall Courtyard. Free, part of the Honors College Classical Week and Lyceum Series. For information, call 662-325-2522. 




Wednesday, Sept. 27 


Historical Society -- The Columbus Lowndes Historical Society hosts its annual meeting at noon at the Stephen D. Lee Home, 316 Seventh St. N., Columbus. Mississippi State President Mark Keenum presents "Stephen D. Lee: A Higher Education Perspective." A light lunch will be served. To become a member of the Historical Society, send a check for $20 to John Davis, Treasurer, 916 College St., Columbus, MS 39701. 




Thursday, Sept. 28 


Downtown Columbus Art Walk -- Visit local artists in downtown Columbus businesses from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Shopping after hours, live music and kids' activities are on tap, too. For more information, contact Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305, or the Columbus Arts Council, 662-328-2787. 


Nathan Best in concert -- After the Art Walk, Grammy recipient ("O Brother, Where Art Thou?") and former O'Jays member Nathan Best presents a night of smooth jazz, R&B and gospel at 7:45 p.m. at the Columbus Arts Council's Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St. $12 in advance at or at the arts center; $15 at the door. Call 662-328-2787 (closed Mondays). 


"Gringo Trails" -- This documentary on the cultural, economic and environmental impact of global tourism begins at 6 p.m. in Nissan Auditorium on the Mississippi University for Women campus. Free.  


"Rise for Recovery" -- Recovery House and The Pines and Cady Hill Recovery Center host this fun, free, family-friendly event at 6 p.m. at the Stennis Lock and Dam East Bank Pavilion in celebration of National Recovery Month. A 6:30 p.m. balloon release is followed by a free dinner. For more information, contact Community Counseling Services, 662-327-7916. 


"Laughing with the Romans" -- Shackouls Honors College at Mississippi State presents a Classical Week lecture, "Laughing with the Romans: Plautus Onstage," at 2 p.m. in Griffis Hall, Forum Room 401C. Scholars Michael Fontaine, Timothy Moore and Salvador Bartera are featured. Donna Clevinger moderates. For information, call 662-325-2522.  




Saturday, Sept. 30 


"The Little Mermaid" -- Theatre MSU presents "The Little Mermaid" at 2 p.m. in McComas Hall on campus. Tickets are $10; $5 for 12 and under. For information, call 662-325-3320.  




Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 5-7 


Seventh Avenue Heritage Festival -- Music, food and family fun mark this event that honors the spirit of what was once Columbus' high-profile African-American business and entertainment district, near the corner of Seventh Avenue and 15th Street North. Many activities, plus Oct. 5 Ricky Smiley is at Trotter Convention Center at 7 p.m. ($35; On Oct. 7, Alcorn State University Band parades from Catfish Alley to the festival at noon. For more information, call 662-425-1447. 




Friday, Oct. 6 


"Living Mississippi" -- The Columbus Writers Guild shares their Mississippi stories and writing at 7 p.m. at the Columbus Arts Council's Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St. Free. For more information, call 662-328-2787. 




Saturday, Oct. 7 


Veterans Memorial Walk/Run -- This fifth annual 5K Walk/Run and 1 mile fun run presented by the Richard E. Holmes II Memorial Foundation begins at 8 a.m. at the Columbus Soccer Complex. Registration is 7 a.m. Enjoy music, food and fellowship. $20 registration by Sept. 29 includes T-shirt. Discounted team registration available. For information, email [email protected] or call 662-889-0180. 


Art in the Park -- The Starkville Area Arts Council presents this children's art festival from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at McKee Park, 405 Lynn Lane, Starkville. Free arts activities: painting, clay, poetry, music, dancing and more. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For information, visit or call 662-324-3080. 




Tuesday, Oct. 10 


Mississippi songwriters -- Come out to support Golden Triangle songwriters performing at 5:30 p.m. in Trotter Courtyard. Free, The Mississippi Songwriter Contest is presented by Main Street Columbus and the Columbus Arts Council.  




Friday, Oct. 13 


Pumpkinpalooza -- Kids of all ages can trick-or-treat with merchants on Starkville's Main Street from 6-8 p.m. Enjoy inflatables and face painting, too. Wear costumes and bring a treat bag. For more information, contact Jennifer Prather, 662-323-3322. 






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