The VFW Ladies Auxiliary of Water Valey will host an indoor-outdoor yard sale from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday at the VFW, 11535 Highway 315, in Water Valley. Vendors are welcome and booth space is $10. For more information, call either 662-473-4456 or 662-561-6689. (September 28, 2011)
The Kennon Observatory at Ole Miss will host an open house from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. Telescopes will be set up for members of the community to enjoy a free viewing of the sky. The moon sets early, and is only visible for a short time after sunset, and Jupiter comes up around 9:30. Participants will also observe star clusters, and colorful double stars, as well as the Ring Nebula. Observations are possible only if the weather cooperates. In case the weather is cloudy, or rainy, there can be no observation. Families and children are welcome. (September 28, 2011)
The Oxford Rally for the Cure will take place Friday to Saturday. Members of the community are invited to sign up to play tennis and/or golf that weekend for a good cause. All proceeds will go to north Mississippi and the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer. The golf rally will be Friday at the Country Club of Oxford. The Supporter’s party will be held for all players at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at Rooster’s on the Square. The tennis rally will be held Saturday at the John Leslie tennis courts and feature a round-robin format. To sign up for one or both of the events, email Claire Kiamie at firstname.lastname@example.org. For general ticket information, call 801-3138. (September 28, 2011)
The LOU Boys & Girls Club is holding an online silent auction to help benefit the Oxford club. Some of the items being auctioned include artwork, vacations, portraits, theater tickets, spa treatments, Ole Miss tickets and sporting memorabilia, autographed guitars from Alan Jackson and Lady Antebellum, shopping sprees and much more.
The auction is open now, but closes at midnight Friday. All funds raised will stay in Oxford to help fund the various programs held at the Boys & Girls Club. To register and bid on the various items, visit the club’s website at www.bgcnms.org. (September 28, 2011)
Genghis Barbie, an all-female French horn quartet from New York City, will perform a free concert at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Nutt Auditorium as part of the University of Mississippi Artists’ series. They are all conservatory-trained and they do covers of songs by Queen, Lady Gaga, Seal and others. They have been described as “Spice Girls with French Horns.” They will give a free master class at 1 p.m. that day in the auditorium. (September 28, 2011)
The Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library will feature Elephantine Tales during Family Story Time at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. (September 28, 2011)
The Oxford School Board has secured the Mississippi School Boards Association to aid in the process of conducting a search for a new superintendent of education for Oxford. As part of that process, Harold Fisher will host a community forum to discuss the process of the search and get input from parents and students in the school district at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Kayla Sue Mize Auditorium at Oxford High School. The search will open on Nov. 14 and close Dec. 30. The School Board plans to select a new superintendent by the end of February 2012. (September 28, 2011)
Whether you are already familiar with the Young Life program or want to learn more about the ministry for Oxford kids, you are invited to attend one of the upcoming free Young Life Vision Dinners planned. The dinners will be held at noon Thursday and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Space is limited so those planning to attend are asked to email email@example.com for a reservation, location and more information. (September 28, 2011)
Leisure Lifestyles, established through the cooperative efforts of the Oxford Park Commission and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, has an overall mission to provide leisure and recreational outlets that meet the physical, social and health and wellness needs for all citizens of the community. Leisure Lifestyles primarily focuses on a variety of recreational programming for mature adults in the range of 50 and older. It provides classes, events, and activities designed to encourage all individuals to be a part of a healthy lifestyle. Free rec and fitness classes for mature adults includes: Mondays, exercise at 9 a.m., bingo at 2 p.m. and dancing with a twist at 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday, dominoes at 12:30 p.m. and line dance at 2 p.m.; Wednesday, exercise at 9 a.m., sit n’ fit and games at 10 a.m., movie at 1:30 p.m. on the third Wednesdays; Thursday, genealogy at 10 a.m. at the public library); and Friday, yoga at 9 a.m. and art at 10:30 a.m. Event location is the Oxford Activity Center. For more information or to register, contact Deb Helms at firstname.lastname@example.org or 236-1157. (September 28, 2011)
New exhibits in the L.Q.C. Lamar House tell the story of the Mississippi statesman’s life against the events and politics of the Civil War era. They can be viewed Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 2 to 5 p.m. Group tours may be scheduled for most days.
Malone Design & Fabrication of Atlanta designed the exhibit to enhance the recently restored house. Each room reflects a different period of Lamar’s life and times. Audio excerpts of his speeches are included.
The L.Q.C. Lamar House Museum is at 616 North 14th, with the main parking lot on North 16th. Admission is $5 adults, children under 18 and Ole Miss students with current I.D. free. For more information, call Oxford Tourism at 232-2477. (September 28, 2011)