Community Calendar for the week of July 22, 2018


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Sunday Funday -- This mini arts and music fest from 1-6 p.m. at the Parthenon on Starkville's University Drive showcases area artisans and musicians. Visit 




Thursday, July 26 


Community-wide Class of 2019 Convocation -- All Columbus and Lowndes County high school seniors from public and private schools, their families and community members are urged to attend this inspiring back-to-school program at 5:30 p.m. at Nissan Auditorium on The W campus. Everyone is encouraged to wear their school colors for the event hosted by the Columbus Lowndes Chamber of Commerce Education Committee and its education partners. For more information, contact the Chamber, 662-328-4491. 


Sounds of Summer finale -- A summer of free music at the Columbus Riverwalk concludes Thursday with the last Sounds of Summer concert of 2018. The Bouncing Betty band entertains from 7-9 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or blankets (no pets or coolers). Concessions will be available for purchase. For more information, contact Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305, or Columbus Lowndes Chamber of Commerce, 662-328-4491. 




Saturday, July 28 


Dancing in the Park -- Celebrate National Dance Day with dance and movement from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at McKee Park in Starkville. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Presented by KMG Creations. Free. Visit 




Sunday, July 29 


Aidan Dunkelberg in concert -- Aidan Dunkelberg presents a show of original works, covers and fiddle music at 3 p.m. at the Columbus Arts Council's Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St. Advance tickets are $15 for CAC members/$17 non-members. Tickets at the door are $20 for members/$22 non-members. Get tickets at or call 662-328-2787 (closed Mondays).  


Because Hayden II -- This fundraiser in memory of the late Hayden Allen benefits the Hayden Allen Kids' Education Fund and a medical fund for Hannah Hitchcock. Enjoy live music and food at Zachary's in downtown Columbus from 1-7 p.m. For sponsorship information, contact Colin Krieger, 662-329-7653.  




Saturday, July 28 


Artesia Days Back to School Bash -- Artesia hosts this free outdoor event for kids from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., with school supply giveaways, food and other activities. Open to all. For more information, contact Artesia Town Hall, 662-272-5104. 




Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 2-5 


Artesia Days -- This summer festival includes an Aug. 3 block party with entertainment, motivational speakers, dance teams and more from 6 p.m.-midnight. On Aug. 4, opening ceremony is 2 p.m., followed by a cake walk, face painting, cartoon characters, gospel music and blues that evening. A baseball game Aug. 5 begins at 2 p.m. For information, contact Artesia Town Hall, 662-272-5104.  




Saturday, Aug. 11  


Art for EB -- The third annual Art for EB from 4-7 p.m. at the Ole Homestead, the home of Rufus and Karen Ward, at 302 College St., Columbus, honors the late Gabe Valentine of Starkville and features the art of his grandparent, Lee Gibson. Learn more about epidermolysis bullosa. A portion of sales proceeds benefit the EB Research Partnership. For more information, contact Paige Knapp, 662-523-1259.  




Saturday, Aug. 18 


Golden Triangle Comic Con -- This celebration of comic, geek and pop culture begins at 10 a.m. at Trotter Convention Center in downtown Columbus with special guests, gaming, tournaments and cosplay. Get information and tickets at Tickets at the door will be $20 for adults ($15 for military, first responders), $10 teens, $5 children (kids 6 and under get in free). 






Farmers Markets -- Columbus Hitching Lot Farmers Market: Mondays 4-6 p.m.; Thursdays/Saturdays 7-10 a.m. Second Street and Second Avenue North. 


Starkville Community Market: Tuesdays 4-6 p.m.; Saturdays 7:30-10:30 a.m. Fire Station Park, Russell and Lampkin Streets.  


West Point Farmers Market: Thursdays 5-6:30 p.m., Mossy Oak Outlet Pavilion, Highway 45 Alt.  


Caledonia Market on Main: Friday, July 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m.



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