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Community Calendar for the week of January 14, 2018


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Monday, Jan. 15 


MLK Commemoration -- According to MUW, reservations are now full for an 8 a.m. breakfast and program at Trotter Convention Center in Columbus in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 


Unity Breakfast and Day of Service -- Mississippi State hosts a free community-wide breakfast at 8 a.m. at The Mill, 600 Russell St., Starkville, followed by a 9 a.m. program featuring former State Rep. Tyrone Ellis. Doors open 7:30 a.m.; seating first-come. For information, contact Hannah Owens at [email protected] or 662-325-2493. Volunteers will assist from 10:45-12:45 p.m. at nonprofits. Sign up at the breakfast or at  


NAACP march -- The Oktibbeha County NAACP plans a march starting at 1:30 p.m. at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Douglas L. Conner Drive. A program follows at Unity Park on Conner Drive. Free. 


West Point MLK celebration -- At 9 a.m., marchers will leave the parking lot at East Half Mile Street and Dr. Martin Luther King Street in West Point and proceed to Central School Center Stage on Westbrook Street. A program featuring Rev. Raphael Terry begins at 10 a.m. For information, contact Anna Jones, at 662 494-1024 (day) or 662 494-1173. 




Tuesday, Jan. 16 


Community Health and Wellness Fair -- Americorps Vista and the Columbus Arts Council host a health and wellness fair from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St., Columbus. Free health screenings, healthy snacks, on-site instructors for yoga, yogaflex, pilates and info from area nonprofits. Free.  


Music and spoken word tribute -- The Columbus Arts Council hosts an evening of music and spoken word at 7 p.m. at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St., in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Contact the CAC for information, 662-328-2787.  




Friday, Jan. 19 


Eye Opener in West Point -- The West Point Growth Alliance invites the public to a morning Eye Opener of coffee and networking from 7:15-8:30 a.m. at the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts, 235 Commerce St. in downtown West Point. For more information, call 662-494-5121 or email [email protected] 




Saturday, Jan. 20 


Frostbite Half-Marathon -- This half-marathon benefit for the Starkville Fire Department includes a 10K and 5K begins and ends on Starkville's Main Street. Races begin at 9 a.m. For more information or to register, go to before Jan. 18. Medals awarded at noon. 


Souper Bowl -- Starkville eateries vie for "best of" votes with signature soups from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Main Street downtown. Advance tickets are $15 adults; $5 children, through a link at Tickets are $20 day of. Call 662-323-3322 for more information. 




Thursday and Friday, Jan. 25-26  


Writers' Series Winter Wrap Up -- The Columbus Arts Council and grant partners conclude their Writers' Series with talks by authors Lisa Howorth and Deborah Johnson at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 (free); and an evening of songs and stories with Claire Holley and Beth Ann Fennelly at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 ($15 advance, $17 at door). Programs are at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St. Get tickets at or call 662-328-2787 (closed Mondays).  




Tuesday, Jan. 30 


GSDP Annual Banquet -- The Greater Starkville Development Partnership holds its annual banquet from 5:30-9 p.m. at The Mill at MSU. Tickets are $50 at 




Thursday, Feb. 8 


Mystery Theatre Dinner -- A Mystery Theatre Dinner at 5:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Starkville benefits United Way of North Central Mississippi. Tickets are $50. For more information, or tickets, call 662-323-3830.



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