Community Calendar for the week of September 9, 2018


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Tennessee Williams Tribute -- The three-day Tribute concludes today with related sermons at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 318 College St., and a tour of apartments from, 1-4 p.m.; start at the Tennessee Williams Home, 300 Main St. ($20). Visit or call 662-368-8591. 


Exhibit opening -- The West Point/Clay County Arts Council's "An Exhibit by Extraordinary Women," featuring art by Columbus artists Kay Calaway, Elayne Goodman and Judy Howle, opens with a free reception from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts, 235 Commerce St., downtown West Point. 




Monday, Sept. 10 


Hazard Lecture Series -- The Hazard Lecture Series presents Jim Floyd, program advisor and former director of the Auburn University Canine Performance Sciences, at 7 p.m. at Heritage Academy Elementary School Activity Building, 623 Willowbrook Road, Columbus. He'll speak about training dogs to sense vapors from explosives in moving crowds, plus other research. Free. For information, contact Beth Lucas, 662-327-1595, ext. 211. 




Sept. 12-14, 16, 18-22 


"Sylvia" -- Starkville Community Theatre presents this modern romantic comedy about a marriage and a dog at 7:30 p.m. nightly (except 2 p.m. Sunday) at the Playhouse on Main, 108 E. Main St., Starkville. Tickets $15 adults, $10 students. Contact the box office at 662-323-6855. 




Thursday, Sept. 13  


Roast-N-Boast auction -- This fundraiser to benefit St. Jude Children's Hospital begins at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 308 Chubby Drive, Columbus. Free to attend; refreshments will be available for purchase. For information, visit  


Books and Authors -- Friends of the Starkville Public Library host a talk by author Michael Kardos at noon at the library at 326 University Drive. Refreshments will be served at 11:30 a.m. Free to the public. 


Battle of the Bands -- The winner of this contest at MSU Lee Hall's Bettersworth Auditorium will open for Bulldog Bash Sept. 28. Learn more at 




Friday, Sept. 14 


Starkville Art Walk -- Part of New South Weekends in Starkville, fine art vendors display and sell their original work downtown from 2-5 p.m. For more information, visit of contact The Partnership, 662-323-3322. 




Saturday, Sept. 15 


Canoe day -- Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge hosts free canoeing and kayaking at Bluff Lake. Canoes, kayak, life jackets and paddles provided free between 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Refuge Visitor Center outside Starkville. For information, call 662-323-5548. 


Starkville-MSU Symphony -- The Symphony Association opens its 50th season with a free 7:30 p.m. concert at Whitfield Hall's Rent Auditorium at Mississippi University for Women. For more information, visit  




Sunday, Sept. 16 


Downtown Venue Stroll -- Stroll downtown Columbus from 1-5 p.m. to visit three unique social venues, Events Off 5th, The Southern and Venue 208. Enjoy light refreshments and mellow entertainment as you tour event venues and meet the owners.  


Friday, Sept. 21 


Shots Heard 'Round the World -- Rotary Club of Columbus hosts this fourth annual target shooting competition fundraiser at Prairie Wildlife in Clay County. Proceeds will benefit efforts to eradicate polio worldwide. For information, contact Stacy Madison, 601-562-2761; James Hazard, 662-574-2577; or Chase Frazure, 662-251-3942.  




Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21-22 


Roast-N-Boast BBQ championship -- This Mississippi State BBQ Championship takes place at the Columbus Fairgrounds on Highway 69 South. Opening ceremony is 5 p.m. Sept. 21. $5 gate charge Sept. 21; no charge Sept. 22. For information, visit 




Saturday, Sept. 22 


Run United 5K Kickoff -- This 8 a.m. 5K at the Starkville Sportsplex, with live music and rally stations, benefits United Way of North Central Mississippi. Check-in is 7 a.m.. $25 early registration ($30 race morning). For more information, visit or call 662-323-3830. 




Thursday, Sept. 27 


MUW Lowndes Alumni -- The W Lowndes County Alumni Chapter hosts a Welty Symposium preview luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at Hogarth Dining Center on campus. Cost is $12.25, payable at the event. 


Downtown Columbus Art Walk -- Stroll through downtown Columbus to visit with artists displaying their original work from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Enjoy live music, kids' activities and shopping-after-hours. For more information, contact Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305. 




Friday, Sept. 28 


Bulldog Bash -- This free event presented by the MSU Student Association includes the 3 p.m. Maroon Market and a 6 p.m. concert with a Battle of the Bands winner, rapper Ric Wilson, alt-pop The Mowgli's and The All-American Rejects in downtown Starkville. Visit, or call 662-325-2930 for more information. 




Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28-29 


Possum Town Tales Storytelling Festival -- Professional international storytellers Sheila Kay Adams and Gene Tagaban entertain nightly at 7 p.m. at the Columbus Arts Council's Rosenzweig Arts Center, 50l Main St. Weekend: $25 members; $30 nonmembers, or nightly member/nonmember tickets. Free on Sept. 29: 10 a.m. Storytelling for kids 6-16 with Tagaban and Mother Goose. 1 p.m. Storytelling Workshop with Adams. Get tickets at, or call 662-328-2787. 






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



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