Community Calendar for the week of April 27, 2014

April 26, 2014 6:18:10 PM





"To Please the Masses" -- The Columbus Choral Society presents this 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. A reception follows. Admission is free, but tax deductible donations are welcome (please make checks payable to CREATE/LCF, with CCF on the memo line). For more information, contact Lori Pierce, 662-368-2339. 




Monday, April 28 


MSU Choir concert -- The Mississippi State University choirs are in concert at 7:30 p.m. at Starkville's First Baptist Church, 106 E. Lampkin St. For more information, call the MSU Department of Music, 662-325-3070. 




Tuesday, April 29 


MUW Faculty/Alumni recital -- Mississippi University for Women's Department of Music presents Dr. Cherry Dunn, soprano, and Zane Lynn, tenor, in a voice recital at 7:30 p.m. in Poindexter Hall on campus. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 662-241-6399. 




Thursday, May 1 


Lowndes Day of Prayer -- In conjunction with the National Day of Prayer, the privately-funded Christian Community in Prayer organization invites citizens of Columbus and surrounding areas to join in an observance at noon outside the Lowndes County Courthouse at 502 Second Ave. N. 


Exhibit opening -- Come as you are to the Columbus Arts Council's free reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. opening an exhibit, "Started from the Pixel; Now we're Here," by area graphic designers Nick Adams, Jonathan Cumberland, Blaine Gerrard and Hayley Gilmore. Don't miss an accompanying exhibit by Chris McDill in Artist Alley, which adjoins the Rosenzweig Arts Center gallery, 501 Main St. For more information, call 662-328-2787. 


Book signing -- Adele Elliott signs copies of her book "Witch Ball" from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at 417 Main St., Columbus. Paintings of animals will be available for sale, with proceeds benefiting Shaw Pit Bull Rescue. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 662-368-2211. 


MUW Choral Concert -- Mississippi University for Women's University Chorus, Chamber Singers and Chorale are in concert at 7:30 p.m. in Poindexter Hall on campus. Free and open to the public. Call 662-241-6399 for more information. 




Friday and Saturday, May 2-3 


Market Street Festival -- Make plans now to be part of Columbus' biggest street party - Market Street Festival. Festivities begin Friday at 7 p.m. with a free concert at the Riverwalk by Shawna P & The EarthFunk Tribe, followed by Almost Famous (bring lawn chairs or blankets). Saturday starts with the Splash of Color 5K at 8 a.m. at the Riverwalk. From 9 a.m.-5 p.m. downtown, enjoy more than 230 vendors, live music and activities. Learn more at, or contact Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305. Watch for a convenient festival guide in Friday's Dispatch. 




Saturday, May 3 


Starkville Community Market -- Starkville's Community Market at Jackson and East Lampkin Streets downtown opens for 2014, every Saturday from 7:30-10:30 a.m. and Tuesdays from 4-6 p.m. Learn more at  


Kentucky Derby party --  


Starkville Junior Auxiliary presents its fourth annual Kentucky Derby party fundraiser at 4 p.m. at Magnolia Manor, 215 N. Jackson St., Starkville. Get tickets at Thyme, Occasions, George Sherman, or JA members in Starkville. For information, visit or call 662-418-3935.  




Tuesday, May 6  


Book signing -- Author and sitting Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Randy Pierce signs his new book "Magnolia Mud" at 3 p.m. at The Book Mart, 120 E. Main St., Starkville. To reserve a signed copy of Pierce's novel about a fictional governor's race and Mississippi political intrigue, call 662-323-2844.  




Thursday, May 8 


Extension Centennial -- The Mississippi Extension Service celebrates 100 years with an open house from 2-5 p.m. at the Lowndes County Extension office, 318 Seventh St. N., Columbus. A tomato-growing seminar begins at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited. For more information, call 662-328-2111. 




Saturday, May 10 


Hitching Lot Grand Opening -- The Hitching Lot Farmers' Farmers' Market at Second Avenue and Second Street North in Columbus celebrates its grand opening, 7-10 a.m. Suzuki Strings musicians entertain as area growers and craftspeople come to sell. Beginning May 10, the market is open three days weekly: Mondays 4-6 p.m., and Thursdays and Saturdays 7-10 a.m. For more information, go to or contact Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305. 




Sunday, May 11 


Mother's Day concert -- 


The Columbus Choral Society presents "A Musical Treat for Mom" at the Columbus Arts Council's Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St., at 2 p.m. Admission is $5; all proceeds support the Choral Society's June trip to New York to perform. For more information, contact Lori Pierce, 662-368-2339. 




Saturday, May 17  


West Point Art Walk --  


The West Point Main Street Association and West Point/Clay County Arts Council presents an Art Walk downtown from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit numerous local and regional artists as they sell their wares.  




Friday, May 23 


"The British Are Coming" -- 


The Columbus Arts Council presents an open mic night featuring area musicians performing songs related to the British music invasion. Tickets are $8 in advance; $10 at the door, at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St. Call 662-328-2787 for tickets or information.