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Community Calendar for the week of March 4, 2018


Dispatch Staff Report



Monday, March 5 


Community Conversation -- The Lowndes County Foundation and CREATE Foundation invite the public to participate in a public forum on challenges facing Lowndes County at 5:30 p.m. at Trotter Convention Center (lower level). Registration begins at 5 p.m.  




Guest artist recital -- Pianist Alexey Trushechkin presents a recital at 7:30 p.m. at The W's Poindexter Hall, funded by the Leslie F. Threadgill Lecture & Artist Series. Free. Trushechkin also presents a master class Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. 




Tuesday, March 6 


Guest pianist -- Guest artist Jonathan Levin and Mississippi State faculty perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Band and Choral Rehearsal Hall on the MSU campus. Free. 




Wednesday, March 7 


Meet the Author -- Author Elizabeth Findley Shores ("Earline's Pink Party: the Social Rituals and Domestic Relics of a Southern Woman") will be at The W's Fant Memorial Library, 5-7 p.m. Free.  


TAO: Drum Heart -- Mississippi State's Lyceum Series presents these Japanese percussionists at 7 p.m. in Lee Hall. Tickets are $25 at (MSU students free; seniors and MSU employees $20; discounts for ages 3-12). Call 662-325-2930 or visit for more information.  




Thursday, March 8 


Choral concert -- Mississippi University for Women presents a free choral concert at 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 202 Seventh St. N., Columbus, funded by the Leslie F. Threadgill Lecture and Artist Series.  




Friday, March 9 


Human-Animal Bond lecture -- American Ninja Warrior Andrew "Roo" Yori, the "K-9 Ninja," will be at The Mill Conference Center, Starkville, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. MSU's mobile veterinary unit will be on site for tours. RSVP required to Karen Cook, [email protected] or 662-325-1103. 


Friday Night Jams -- The West Point/Clay County Arts Council presents live music at the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts, 235 Commerce St., West Point. Free. 




Monday, March 12 


Quilt reception -- The Columbus-Lowndes Public Library hosts a quilt exhibit reception at noon, with speaker Lillis Taylor, director of Bib and Tucker Sew-Op from Birmingham, Alabama. Contact the library at 662-329-5300 or email [email protected] for information. 




Friday, March 16 


Rupert Wates in concert -- The Columbus Arts Council presents Rupert Wates with "The Lights of Paris" at 7 p.m. at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St. Tickets for members, $15 advance/$17 at door. Non-members, $20/$22, at or 662-328-2787 (closed Mondays).  




Saturday, March 17 


St. Patrick's block party -- This Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society fundraiser at Zachary's in downtown Columbus from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. features Irish festival music, green beer, silent auction and raffle. Shelter supplies (see or cash donations accepted. For donations and sponsorship opportunities, contact Colin Krieger, 662-329-7653. 




Sunday, March 18 


Sundays at the Center -- The West Point/Clay County Arts Council presents The Watsons at 2 p.m. at the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts, 235 Commerce St., West Point. Free.  




Thursday, March 22 


John T. Edge -- The W's Nell Peel Wolfe Lecture Series and Gordy Honors College present Southern Foodways Alliance director John T. Edge at 6 p.m. in Nissan Auditorium in Parkinson Hall. The author of "The Potlikker Papers" will sign books after the lecture. Free. 


Music showcase -- The W's Department of Music presents a Student Showcase at 8 p.m. in Poindexter Hall. Free. 




Thursday through Saturday, March 22-24 


Templeton Ragtime and Jazz Music Festival -- The 12th annual Charles Templeton Ragtime and Jazz Music Festival features Steve Cheeseborough, Jeff Barnhard, Eddie Erickson, Ivory & Gold and Kris Tokarski in performances and talks at Mississippi State's Mitchell Memorial Library and McComas Hall. Register, get tickets at or call 662-325-6634. 




Friday, March 23 


Exhibit reception -- Mississippi University for Women Galleries hosts a reception from 4:30-6 p.m. at Summer Hall for the exhibits "Unique Visions: Elayne Goodman and Herbert Reith" (up March 9-April 13) and "The Art of Terry Cherry" (March 7-April 4).  




Friday and Saturday, March 23-24 


CAC fundraiser -- The Columbus Arts Council's second annual indoor yard sale at the Rosenzweig Arts Center includes a preview sale March 23 at 7 p.m. ($5 donation at the door) with light refreshments. Doors open March 24 from 7 a.m.-noon (free entry). Booths $15; call 662-328-2787 (closed Mondays). 




Saturday, March 24 


Gator Run -- This Friends of the Noxubee Wildlife Refuge 5K run, walk and fun run begins at 9 a.m. at the Refuge Welcome Center and benefits Refuge conservation projects. Preregistration $20; race day $25. For information, call 662-323-5548 or email [email protected] 


Easter Egg Hunt festival -- This event from 12:30-4 p.m. at the Columbus Fairgrounds includes an egg hunt, games for youth, food and entertainment. For more information, email organizer Pierre D. Beard Sr. at [email protected] 




Saturday and Sunday, March 24-25 


Everything Garden Expo -- Oktibbeha County Master Gardeners present vendors, plant sales, kids' activities and speakers from 7:45 a.m.-6 p.m. March 24 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. March 25 at the Mississippi Horse Park, 869 E. Poor House Road, Starkville. Special guests include Garden Mama Nellie Neal, Southern Gardening's Gary Bachman, Jim DelPrince and more. $5 adults; 6 and under free. For booth space info, call 662-320-9574 or 662-312-6563. 




Monday, March 26 


Book signing -- Michael Farris Smith talks about his latest novel, "The Fighter," at a book signing from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Columbus Arts Council's Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St. Open to the public. 




Thursday, March 29 


Noon Tunes -- This free spring series of midday music at Trotter Courtyard in downtown Columbus kicks off from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Lunch is available for purchase. Noon Tunes continues April 5, 12 and 19. For information, contact Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305. 


Southern Soiree -- This Palmer Home for Children fundraiser from 6:30-10 p.m. at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point includes food, music, auction and the Palmer Home Treblemakers choir. Tickets are $75 at, or call 662-328-5704, or email [email protected]



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